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 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 8: Low Tackle

We’ve covered the high tackle, which again, in most cases we believe will be the most likely approach. However, we have to understand that hitting above the waist can make it a bit harder to get someone to the ground without the size, strength, or training. Doesn’t mean it isn’t very possible, just being realistic…

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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 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 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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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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Sensitivity Drill for Arm Drags, Head Clears,and Duck Unders

When introducing dynamic movements and concepts, we want to make sure we build progressions for the student (or ourselves) so that we can build towards hitting them in real time. All too often we have a tendency to drill the movement from a technical standpoint, then go straight to trying to hit it full speed,…

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Knife Defense: Moving Around the Back

In this video we’re taking a look at a knife attack where the person has attached to you first with the other hand (a common occurrence) and is keeping you from efficiently addressing the knife arm. This is just one option/concept to keep in mind. If I can’t efficiently address the knife arm, and assuming…

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Evasion Drills – Responding to an Active Killer

The following video shows a very brief snap shot of a few drills we run in our Responding to an Active Killer courses. All too often people assume running to safety is simple. And sometimes it is. However, when to run, where to run, and the variables that come into play create a decision making…

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