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 7: High Tackle

Now we’re starting to get into the idea of intentionally putting the attacker on the ground. Again, let’s remember a few things: 1) The defender is under a HIGH level of stress 2) They are making very quick decision 3) There are a lot of variables they have to process and adapt to 4) They…

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ASR/RAK Defense Part 4: Closing Distance/Impact

*audio cuts out a few times… not sure why, but such is life hah! To this point each version of the drill has started with hands already on the weapon. There is a reason for this. It allows the students to more at a higher pace and with more resistance SAFELY. The impact often times…

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Using High Gear Suits for Moving… Slow???

Aggression, speed, and intensity are great elements for a self defense program, but they can come with training scars. At full speed, I can’t truly deliver the impact I want on a training partner… well that is, if I want people to continue to train with me hah! With there, many students tend to develop…

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Pushes, Pulls, Pivots, and the Path of Least Resistance!

In fighting, there are two general energies: pushing and pulling. In this video we’re looking at a basic concept of pivoting based off the pressure you’re getting from the attacker. Relatively simple concept but that can be used in so many situations. Check it out. Enjoy!

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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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Mitt Work – Clearing Hands for Elbows

In this video we’re taking a look at a few mitt drills you can add in with students to begin to learn the concept of clearing hands out of your way and sliding elbows into small and temporary openings. To really bring this concept home, it’s best to drill with a high gear helmet (see…

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Mitt Work – Outside Shoulder/Center Chest Feed

Taking a look at a few tactile drills for mitts. Specifically feeding cross body shoulder and center chest. These are meant to build certain reactions in the fighter to respond to the contact and body movement of the pad holder. There’s a thousand ways you can build mitt work, this is just a look a…

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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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Options for Getting Up for Self Defense

Taking a quick look at three different ways to efficiently getting up off the floor based on whether I am looking to stand my ground, advance forward, or retreat quickly. These are all under the context of you being on the ground and the attacker not being attached to you yet. Understanding the different options…

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