The I.H.T.H.C method contains two main parts:
This part includes structured exercises to protect against threats, attacks, sharp objects attacks, live weapons, bear hugs, chokes, kicks and punches etc. The exercises relate to a wide range of scenarios such as: standing, on the ground, sitting, while in a vehicle, hostages, and attacks on a third party. Generally, the exercise is over as soon as the threat no longer exists or stops. This can happen by either counter attack, neutralizing controlling your opponent or by getting away from the scene. The self-defense exercises are based on simple, natural and basic movement which allows effective execution by anybody.
With the I.H.T.H.C an untrained person can easily fine tune his or hers reflexes to the most effective and immediate self defense
Hand to Hand Combat:
This part is made up of punches, kicks, and defending in motion. The goal of this section is to prepare the student for a conflict from both the physical and mental aspects. Hand to Hand combat is more complex and can last relatively longer than self-defense. Violent conflict usually starts when an effort to execute a self-defense exercise develops into a fight
I.H.T.H.C system emphasize several insights:
"Always be in control and take a good look on your surroundings, if you can avoid fighting- do it with no ego, if you can't – fight fast, strong and take the element of surprise on your side"
In the streets there are no rules, the only rule is "don't get hurt or die", act now and save your life, explain later". If you are forced to fight and you get injured continue fighting even under the new circumstances.
“The simple way is the shortest and fastest way” – Strive for simplicity and effectiveness
“Minimum movement against maximum force”- Use minimum movement and energy in order to protect yourself. At the same time, you must strive to respond to multiple threats with minimum movement.