1. Home Page and Menus
The Home Page gives a number of functions:
1. Log In. Once you have subscribed, Log In at the top of the home page to unlock all the material for your subscription level. Advanced subscription will unlock everything on the site. NOTE: ONLY ONE LOG IN IS ACCEPTED AT A TIME - IF SOMEONE ELSE IS LOGGED ON WITH YOUR DETAILS, YOU WILL BE LOCKED OUT. Visitors are welcome to move throughout the website, as there are free samples of everything in every section.
2. My Profile. Once you have logged in, your name will show in the top left of the screen and a Logout button will appear. Beside that button will be a My Profile link. In here, you can update your information, see when your subscription expires, renew subscription, or if you are on the Beginners, you can upgrade to the Advanced. You will only be charged the difference between the Beginners and the Advanced for the remainder of your current subscription period - e.g. the difference between the two levels is only US$35, but if you are 6 months into your subscription when you upgrade, you will only be charged half of that.
3. My Content. This is where you will find all your saved articles. Using this is described under 'Customizing Content'.
4. Menus. These are drop down menus so you can go directly to the section you are looking for. Menus and information are in the order of learning. Read through the About Menu before the Self Defense, and work from top to bottom down the menus.
When you hover your cursor over a menu, a submenu will appear, and a number of submenus will have a further level, so you can go directly to the Category you wish to focus on.
5. Hexagon Links. These take you directly to the section they describe.
6. Search Box. This lets you search the website if you know what you a re looking for. When the results come up, you have the ability to fine tune your search:
a) you can choose how your search words are used - 'All Words' will return a result of everything that contains any of the words you enyered, 'Any Words' uses your words in any order, while 'Exact Phrase' will narrow your search to those particular words in that order
b) Choose the order of the results. Selections such as 'Most Popular' will bring up the most common, while 'Newest First' will bring up the latest.
c) You can also narrow your search by type of entry - 'K2 Items' gives the actual pages with the detailed information, Categories will give higher level groupings.
6. Site Map
In the footer of the Home page is a link to the Site Map. This is a visual method of seeing what is in the website and can be an easier way to navigate and go straight to where you want to go.
To help with navigation, the path you have traveled is shown at the top of the page, and the current category you are on is highlighted in green. You can click on any of the previous levels to return to that position.
This site has a responsive design, so is suitable on a range of devices. When viewed on smaller devices, the top menu is represented by three horizontal bars in the top right corner of the screen. When you press this, the menu will appear down the right hand side of the screen.
2. Filter and Search
The Filter and Search function is either located at the right side of the screen or on the bottom, depending what device you are using. This function gives a lot of flexibility to finding what you are looking for. This has five sections:
2. Article Text.
5. Level of Difficulty.
It will be discussed below how to use a mixture of all these filters to quickly get to the item you want.
1. Title. The title search is an auto complete entry - as you type, options will come up with those letters. When you enter a title and press Search, all items that have those words in the title will be listed. Most titles are self explanatory, describing what the content is. A prefix of 'Drill' is a practice for the movement and a prefix of 'SD' is a Self Defense application containing that movement.
When you select your Filter criteria and press Search, the results are listed. There is an Ordering function at the top, where you can order by such things as Date, Title, and Level of Difficulty. Pressing the small bars to the right of the Ordering dropdown will rearrange the results from top down, or from bottom up.
2. Article Text. Filtering by Aritcle Text means all Items that discusses your search criteria will be displayed. There are times where one topic will reference another.
Results you see will refer to the topic you specifically searched for, and other items which reference it.
3. Category. Categories refers to the grouping of items - eg There is a Category called Movement, in which all the movements are grouped. By filtering on a category, all items listed below that category are shown. By using this, you can research a particular topic without knowing what the titles are. For example, if you filtered by 'Movement', only items describing movements will be displayed, and you will not be confused with advanced pages or self defense applications of the movements.
4. Tag. Tags are used in items throughout the website to be able to group them together.
There are two ways to search on tags. 1. in this filter tool. By selecting a tag from the drop down box and pressing Search, only those items which have those tags will be returned. Eg, if you chose 'Elbow' from the drop down list, the instruction for performing elbow strikes as well as the self defense applications for the elbow will be shown.
The second way to search on tags is to simply hit the tag listed under that item. Eg When you see 'Tagged Under #Palm' by pressing the #Palm, all items with the palm tag will be shown.
5. Level of Difficulty. The Level of Difficulty filter aids you to find the learnings at your level. When you are starting off, and searches return too many results, you can narrow the results down by dragging the selection levers to the levels you want. Selecting 1-2 difficulty, the basic and easy instruction items will be shown and you wont have to sort through items you are not ready for.
For the same reason, when you are getting better, you can drag the selection levers higher so the filter will not return the basic instructions you have already been through.
Multiple Filtering. Because there is so much information on this site, even the filters shown above can return a lot of results. For this reason, it is good to use multiple filters to quickly get to your desired item. eg - by selecting the category 'Basic Defenses - Strikes', the tag list will only contain tags found in that category. By choosing 'Backfist' from the tags and pressing Search, only basic defenses using a backfist will be shown.
These drop down selection boxes are 'smart'. If you enter anything in any entry box, the others will update and only show options which include what you have already chosen.
Many items contain 'Tags' so they can be grouped together. These are shown at the bottom of the item:
Items may have a number of tags. By clicking any of these tags, all items with that tag will be listed. eg if you click the 'Knifehand' tag, items showing the execution and the uses for the knifehand will be shown. To narrow down this search, use the Filter and Search function at the right or bottom of the screen.