ASR/RAK Defense: Striking from Standing

One area often overlooked in programs is the practical use of striking from a standing position when getting hands on with an armed attacker. This potentially takes place in three ways: from Distance/Ambush, from Clinch, or pinned against a third leverage point. The elements for dealing with the third leverage point are very similar to…

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ASR/RAK Defense: Takedown Concepts from Contact

The drills we laid out in the first nine videos of our ASR/RAK Defense series covers the majority of what we discuss and teach in our seminars. These drills will give someone very good hands on practice with dealing with a dynamic and violent encounter. One area we haven’t discussed it doing purposeful takedowns from…

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ASR/RAK Defense Part 9: Break Things

We’ve covered a lot of ground to this point and yet, in the realities of the fight, we are only talking mere seconds. From impact, to control, to most likely hitting the floor or a wall, the longer the fight goes on, the more opportunities for the bad guy to harm us. With that in…

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ASR/RAK Defense Part 6: Transitioning to the Ground

To this point, all of the drills have started standing. That process allows the students to learn the concepts and apply them under resistance and not overloading them with too much. Now that said, the longer a struggle for a weapon goes on and the more aggressive (and sloppy) the fight, the more likely it…

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ASR/RAK Defense Part 3: Different Angles – Don’t Give Up the Back

Now that we understand the basic idea of not getting shot/stabbed and have explored different positions of distance and control, we need to begin to introduce a very important – and yet simple – idea. We do not get to choose the angle of attack or where we will be positioned in relationship to the…

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Forcing the Over and Under Hook

Understanding the basics of grappling is very important in a wholistic approach to self defense. All too often systems get caught up in one control position. This is a very simple simple drill you can add in to help students gain a sensitivity for controlling from an underhook or overhook position beginning in the basic…

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Advice I Actually Took… And Worked: Andy Frisella

Andy Frisella is one of my favorite people to follow at the moment. I was first turned on to him by my good friend Drew Dillon, when he suggested I listen to Andy’s podcast: The MFCEO Project. Andy has a pretty in your face style, which I thoroughly enjoy. If you are ok with tons…

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Unedited Class: Gun Defense from Front

I let the camera run in one of our upper level classes the other day when we were discussing gun from the front. This hasn’t been edited or tweaked outside of getting rid of 40 minutes of B-roll fighting. This is how we train. This is how I teach. This shows the way I usually…

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Clinch and Knees Flow Drill

In this video we’re discussing the need to adapt in dynamic clinch situations. All too often, we tend to obsess over a specific position and when we can no longer hold that spot, we are not ready to transition to another. We’re looking at a start from a common grab you find in most KM…

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Waiting For The Bubble to Burst

While writing the section on Immediate Casualty Care in the book How to Survive an Active Killer, I fell into a rabbit hole. This is what happened. Enjoy! —- I am sure throughout the book you’ll notice a certain tone (both subtly and blatantly) about being accountable for your own safety. All too often we…

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