A (Respectful) Breakdown of the Gracie Breakdown: Active Shooter

Many know that we spend a lot of time researching and teaching on surviving active killer events. Recently, the group from Gracie Breakdown did a video on the recent Nashville shooting at the Waffle House. My initial reaction was scathing. The video angered me for several reasons. I immediately decided I was going to do…

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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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Chokes w/ Hood

We’re taking a look at using the hood to apply a few practical and simple chokes. Keep in mind, the skills and ability to wrestle and control become a big part in firmly hitting any choke. But in the event you are up against someone with a hood or jacket, you can use it as…

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Aftermath: Physical/Medical

photo credit: Jeff Bauman Boston Marathon Bombing Survivor (http://www.irishmirror.ie/news/boston-marathon-bomb-victim-jeff-3417146)   *The following is an excerpt from the book How to Survive an Active Killer Unfortunately, the situation doesn’t end simply when the bad guy is taken down and the good guys show up. The following days, weeks, months, and years may be riddled with physical…

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Using Hood to Cover Face

Weather is a big variable that tends to be overlooked in self defense. Here in Ohio, things get cold. People wear hoodies, jackets, hats, gloves, etc… Knowing how to use these to your advantage as well as how they can be used against you is crucial. Here we’re talking about the simple idea of using…

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LEO Response: Fast and Slow Search

*the following is an excerpt from the book How to Survive an Active Killer Fast Search vs. Slow Search: There are essentially two phases of LEO response. The first task is to stop the killing. They do this with what is referred to as a fast search. All responding officers will be focused on one…

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Restrain Them?

*This is an excerpt from the book How to Survive an Active Killer Many popular programs that discuss fighting back consider the act of re- straining the attacker as the main objective. Is restraint an option? Sure. Can it be used successfully? Certainly. Should it be your primary goal? Absolutely not. Your primary goal is…

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Using a MedBall For Striking Drills

We’re taking a quick look at using a large padded medball for some dynamic striking drills. Props to Tony Blauer, whom I stole this idea from.

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Just Run?

*this is an excerpt from the book How to Survive an Active Killer Running in and of itself involves fitness. Again, seems like common sense, but we don’t think about it. We assume we can run, we’ve done it before. Maybe it was yesterday, maybe last month, maybe 10 years ago. If I ever needed to,…

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