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History of Self Defense: Combatives

Close Combat, Hand To Hand,
World War II, Self Defense
Mixed Martial Arts and Beyond

By Damian Ross
The Self Defense Company

Close combat or “Combatives” comes from the root word COMBAT – “to fight in direct contact”, “active fighting between enemies”, “any fight or struggle”.

What is the singular glaring absence in the above definition? Notice it? There is absolutely no mention of Fairbairn, Applegate, Biddle, World War II, Sykes, O’Neill or anyone else for that matter. Furthermore, there is no mention of any particular style, Jiu-Jitsu, Boxing, Savate or any member of the Gracie family. No mention of the Punic Wars or the Spartans. No mention of any techniques, Juji-Gatame, a smashing overhand right, an edge of hand blow, or even a good old kick in the ass!

What’s the point?!?

There are no specifics that define what is or isn’t so-called “Combatives”, Close Combat, Self Defense, Martial Arts, Hand to Hand or Whatever else people are calling it these days! So why do so many people feel such an overriding need to “define” combatives into a narrow scope of limited methodology?

Now anyone how thinks of world war II era hand to hand puts it into that “Fairbairn stuff”. A few months ago this same guy (or girl) thought Fairbairn was what you got when you had too much sun and Applegate was the entrance to an orchard!
Now everybody who is an “expert” in self defense is also and authority on combatives.

Well what exactly are you an expert at? I’m not sure even “they” really don’t even know.

This document won’t presume to speak for anyone else that uses this term “combatives”. Actually I wouldn’t want to! All it can do is offer a CORRECT semantic observation based on HISTORICAL FACT on what encompasses my study, training and understanding of so-called “combatives”.

The Roots of Close Combat, Self Defense and Mixed Martial Arts

If you really do your research you will see that even in manuals describing man to man combat that are centuries old, there exists a very comprehensive survey and presentations of many forms of armed and unarmed combat. You will find a vast array of weapon skills and “unarmed” combat that is a diverse mix of “techniques”.

Before the use of London Prize Ring rules and the Marquis of Queensbury, “pugilists” used and relied on a great number of different grappling, striking, kicking and gouging methods.

Ancient Greek Pankration was a combined system of “all powers” combat.

The original Koryu Bujutsu fighting systems of the Samurai included a comprehensive catalog of both armed and unarmed skills. The unarmed combatives of the Japanese Bushi also DIDN’T limit scope or method. Grappling was stressed when that was the best method of gaining tactical superiority. Striking, kicking and even biting was resorted to when that was deemed the most appropriate method.

The Chinese have always maintained fully robust systems of combat that included all manner of striking, punching, kicking, throwing, strangling and joint-locking.

Original Okinawan Te (Ti) included percussion methods as well as “tegumi” and “tuite”. Punch his lungs out if that did the job best. Kick his gonads out the top of his head if THAT worked best or grapple him into submission and control or grapple him into a spine lock and neck break.

No matter what culture or style, when it came to real fighting it was whatever was called for and whatever GOT THE JOB AT HAND DONE, PERIOD!

The 19th century saw many methods of “combined” self-defense systems develop in the West (READ: Mixed Martial Arts.)

The French combined elements of Chausson/Savate (Basque Zipota as well) with Boxe Anglaise, Parisian Lutte, and even the “new” Japanese Jiu-Jitsu.

The British did the same. The “BARTITSU” of Barton-Wright is a classic example. In the United States a number of self defense methods became available to the public that combined methods from Boxing and Wrestling. EVEN before any organized mixed martial arts systems were presented, men who fought even for sport used virtually ANY device to insure victory. Just read Elliot J. Gorn.

The Twentieth century saw even more “mixed” martial art combat systems. (It didn’t take a Sherlock Holmes to figure out that in a real fight ANYTHING goes.) Any and ALL manner of grappling, throttling, kicking, kneeing, butting, biting, punching, gouging, stomping and whatever other methods of mayhem could be employed were all “FAIR” when “fair” meant the difference between life or death and it certainly didn’t just end at “unarmed” fighting!

A gentleman of the day who beset upon by a rough and tumble “footpad” on a lonely and desolate backstreet would feel perfectly justified in running said “footpad” through and through again with his sword cane or bashing his brains in with a “lifesaver” even when the highwayman wasn’t even armed with a lowly brickbat. What’s that old saying? All’s fair in love and war. Often it’s not a matter of whose “right”, but simply whose LEFT!

This is the soul of combatives or self defense for self preservation is clear, pure and simple. Whatever WORKS BEST at the time! A mixture of varied fighting skills, a “mixed” fighting system, what a NOVEL IDEA!

Systematic Self Defense in the Industrial Age

The advent of World War I (the war to END all wars) brought warfare into a new and foreboding era of man to man killing and slaughter. Air power, mechanized warfare, chemical warfare and the general widespread use of machine guns changed the face of battle almost completely.

The static and stagnant lines created by entrenched warfare demanded new and innovative tactics and strategies. Among these was the advent of “raiding” parties.
Small groups of lightly armed men who ventured out into “no man’s land” behind enemy lines for the purpose of recon, probing, intelligence, prisoner grabs, and psychological demoralization missions. The nature of fighting under these conditions became popularized as trench warfare. This was close-in, knife to belly, hand to hand combat.
For this all manner of expedient, purpose designed and improvised close-combat weaponry was developed and deployed.

While technological advances were being made in all other forms of warfare, this particularly nasty and vicious man to man fighting reverted to the most barbaric, primitive and bloody “methods” imaginable. Despite these changes in technology, one solitary fact remained that in the end it was STILL man against man in a desperate, brutal and deadly struggle for survival. Just as it has been since Cain slew Abel and how it will be until the last two humans left on earth clench fists or seize stones in raging anger during the final melee of the Apocalypse. When it comes to hand to hand combat, NOTHING CHANGES!

Fostered by this fact, most military forces researched, developed and implemented fairly comprehensive and rigorous training methods specific to close-combat and trench fighting. The bayonet, the knife (especially the trench knife) and hand to hand combat became prime training doctrines along with advancements in general physical conditioning and battle preparation.

Unarmed hand to hand methods were drawn from any and ALL sources of man to man combat. Boxing, wrestling, savate, jiujitsu, and any number of rough and tumble, gouge and kick back alley tactics were employed. Those charged with the task of developing such training programs were well aware of the fact that no one single approach to combat was sufficient in real man to man kill or be killed battle!

Punching, kicking, striking, butting, stomping, biting, gouging, throwing, tripping, choking, strangling, bone breaking and the use of any and all weapons of close combat expediency were stressed!

The foregoing should satisfy and fulfill anyone’s definition of mixed martial arts tactics and techniques (even though Muay Thai or more accurately Siamese boxing and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu were not included).

But to be fair, there are English language books circa the late 1920’s and 30’s that detail Siamese boxing quite well. One manual details the favorite attacks of Siamese style boxers as being directed at the liver with brutal kicks and at the throat while grasping the hair with one hand and smashing the throat with the other fist (gloves were NOT worn at this time). One should note: the liver attack was lethal in many cases because of the widespread epidemic of malaria which left the liver swollen and distended. Deaths occurred frequently in these matches and were considered just a routine hazard of the “trade”.

Proven Self Defense to the People

The years after WWI saw an increase in self defense “systems” designed for and marketed to the average citizen. Law Enforcement organizations also began to pay more attention to this area of training. This was part of a movement to increase the professionalism of law enforcement personnel in general. Virtually all of these systems advocated an all-around well-balanced approach to personal combat.

Elements of boxing, wrestling, foot-fighting and jiu-jitsu were put together in a toolbox of personal self defense tactics. The mixing of different martial art styles became quite popular. Even methods that relied primarily on western boxing and wrestling maneuvers acknowledged that a well rounded combatant must be able to both strike effectively as well as grapple.

Other methods of self defense touted “jiu-jitsu” as the singular answer to personal attack and defense. The reason is because most Japanese methods for self defense already included a comprehensive system of blows, strikes, kicks and grappling methods.
You should also know that it’s difficult to pin down a style of jiu-jitsu because during this period any method of Japanese self defense was given this moniker. Combine this with an influx of Japanese immigrants and emissaries promoting judo, their culture and the individual’s personal training and experience, it is impossible to determine a specific style or “ryu”. Add to that the Japanese effort to promote Judo above all of these methods, most of the older systems became outdated and lost. From the early 1900’s forward most English manuals and books refer to these systems as jiu-jitsu, jujutsu or judo.

It would be VERY good to remember here, that for all the “talk” about W.E. Fairbairn, during this period the Shanghai Municipal Police academy trained their recruits in boxing, wrestling and jiu-jitsu! One veteran of the Shanghai Municipal Police put it, “Our training in this area was a MIXED BAG of physical skills.”

There was virtually no “authority” or “expert” in this field who did not advocate a “MIX” of striking, kicking and grappling either as a combined “method” or as found singularly as in “real” Japanese jiu-jitsu.

When it was “for all the marbles” no one would be as short-sighted as to negate any and all possible methods of attack and defense. As far as reality training goes, jiu-jitsu (NOT Kodokan Judo) “free practice” or randori of this period allowed virtually anything. This included atemi (striking) to all kyusho (vital) points, including the testicles, base of skull etc. The only “advisement” was NOT to hit so HARD as to KILL your training partner, SAVE that for “matches” against OTHER jiu-jitsu schools!!!

Which Martial Art is the Best?

Only in the arena of sporting combat did this division of method, pitting one against another become a somewhat popular past time. Matching wrestlers against boxers, either of the two against jiu-jitsu men, or savate fighters against boxers (Biddle fought in such a match while in Paris). These matches were done under a constantly varying set of rules so that it became virtually impossible to ever really determine what “method” or martial art was superior. Even then, as some sportswriters of the time pointed out, what did ANY of this have to do with REAL fighting when NO rules applied?

Even the founder of Judo, Jigoro Kano’s nephew got involved in promoting these types of matches between western boxers and native Japanese Judoka. They were called “JU-KENTO”.“Ju” as in Judo and Jujutsu and “Kento”as in fist-fighting.

Even Choki Motobu when asked if his Kempo-Karate was “superior” to boxing (after his Knock Out of a western style pugilist) said that in order for his “method” to be used against a boxer specialized training specific for that type of match would have to be undertaken.

Judoka interested in these JU-KENTO bouts sought out specific instruction in just how to make Judo work against boxing. An entire book on this subject was published in Japan in the early 30’s. It is of the utmost importance to remember that all of these bouts had strict rules and regulations of engagement! Few if any of these mandates would have had much bearing on what one could do in a real pier-six back alley brawl. As an example: Judoka (Judo practitioners) were almost always forbidden to use any methods of atemi waza (striking, punching, kicking, butting and smashing). However, Judo experts of the time have advocated often and in their writings that atemi would be the MOST preferable method of attack and defense in a serious engagement.

The bottom line here is simply this: for use in a REAL violent assault NO ONE, but an utter FOOL, would suggest an attitude or method approaching anything LESS than that of an all-in, “anything goes” doctrine. In regards to deciding which martial art is best: NOTHING was ever, or could ever be, conclusively proven to be superior to anything else. At one time or another any of these various “methods” had both big and impressive WINS and equally impressive FAILURES.

The Question is: What makes effective Self Defense, Close Combat or Combatives? The point, I am sure, will be missed by some but it must be emphasized that these conclusions are based on historical fact and is accurate in substance and detail. This is an objective view of combatives and NOT a subjective opinion or personal “definition” designed to fill an agenda of one sort or another. The definition came first, the training came second!

Self Defense in the Modern Age

The Battle of Britain began in early July 1940. England was isolated, cut off and alone. The miracle retreat from Dunkirk and the German “Blitzkrieg” across Europe, including the crushing tactical defeat of the famed French “Maginot Line” proved the Third Reich war machine to be virtually unstoppable. Hitler’s plan for the invasion of England, named “Operation Sea Lion” was a daily focal point of danger and concern for the British.

Dunkirk had decimated the British forces and moral was at an all time low. Two recently returned veterans of British colonial rule in Shanghai, China approached the War Office and offered their services at this desperate time. William Ewart Fairbairn, retired as a ranking officer of the Shanghai Municipal Police force and his partner Eric Anthony Sykes, a private arms dealer who served as a volunteer in the Shanghai Municipal Police and where he headed the sniper unit of the famed Shanghai Riot Squad, promised the War Office that their training and methods could in short order make “any one man the equal of ten”.

After the debacle at Dunkirk this was a most important and dramatic statement. Initially dismissed, these two men went on to prove the veracity of their words and convinced the power that be as to absolute effectiveness of their methods. If that meant that an over middle aged W.E. Fairbairn had to place several young bucks in the hospital to prove his point in an impromptu, but extremely realistic “demonstration”, so be it. Those who “tested” Sykes fared NO better. So the methods that these men had developed during decades of very dangerous work in Shanghai now became a highly valued and integral part of training for all British forces and Special Operations personnel.

The attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941 coupled with the Imperial Japanese military’s coordinated assault on all American and British forces across the Pacific Rim pulled the United States firmly in this world wide conflagration. The United States was now fully at war with the Axis forces. Fairbairn, who was now in Canada, assigned to the infamous “Camp X” where he along with “unarmed combat” George de Relwyskow, a BRAZILIAN JUDO/JUJUTSU EXPERT, and Colonel Carl Eifler was ALREADY undergoing training here, was ordered to assist the U.S. government agency known as the “The Office of the Coordinator of Intelligence” the precursor of the OSS.
Eric Anthony Sykes remained in England and found the need for his services in great demand. He also found himself working under the auspice of the British covert force known as the Special Operations Executive.

The history of these men from the early days of Shanghai, up to and through the war years is an entire story unto itself and beyond the scope of this article. However it must be clearly understood that the contribution of these men had a profound effect and influence on close-combat methods, tactics, and techniques for decades after the war (Despite the often heard “argument” that we have somehow “evolved” beyond these methods.) They were however, certainly not the only experts involved in this field! One of many examples would be A.J. Drexel-Biddle who studied and trained extensively in boxing, savate, jiu-jitsu, swordplay, knife-fighting and various bayonet methods.

As the United States geared up for war, a major factor began to be publicized. Both here and in Australia, the press made a great deal about the superiority of the Japanese fighting man. Part of this was, to be sure, rooted in fact.

The Battle of Port Arthur, the turning point in the Russo-Japanese war, several decades earlier, had shown the world the tenacity and ferocity of the Japanese soldier, particularly in the area of close-in man to man combat. Much was made of the large Russian soldier finding abject defeat at the hands of his smaller Japanese adversary when engaged in hand to hand combat (hence a very obvious need for the creation of Sambo). It was here that Japanese Jiu-jitsu was given world-wide attention and notoriety in this regard. The Japanese conduct and performance of the war in China also demonstrated to the world a seemingly invincible and unstoppable force. Japan was a force that was brutal and deadly in the extreme.

As a result, much attention was given over to the training of United States and Allied forces in methods of personal self defense that would enable the average soldier to meet the Japanese fighting man on a somewhat equal footing. Every branch of the Armed Services began an intensive physical training program designed to meet these needs. Much of the expert instruction needed, particularly in the arena of close-quarters man to man combat, came from the civilian quarter as it still does today.

Men with tremendous and varied life-long experience in all forms of martial arts and self defense were tapped to create training programs that would give the Allied soldier sufficient means by which to engage their enemies at close-quarters. The Axis did the same of course, Japan being the obvious factor in this regard, but even Adolf Hitler proclaimed the absolute need for boxing and jiu-jitsu in German military training as it imparted courage and daring the average soldier to close with his enemy!

In the United States there were a plethora of varied methods and training systems. Any attempt to narrowly define the methods extant in this era is complete ignorance and foolishness! Though the contribution of Lt. Colonel Fairbairn is great, as is the influence of Colonel Applegate, there were dznes upon dozens of different close-quarters battle systems developed. From wrestling, boxing, savate, judo, jiu-jitsu, Chinese boxing, and even football and rugby methods were not only drawn upon, but entire self defense systems were advocated based on these individual methods. It may come as a surprise to many, but here in the Unites States, even Japanese Karate was used and found to be effective!

The Development of a Fast and Effective Self Defense Training System

The same problems still exists today, many unarmed combat courses are highly complex and technical. They are rooted in the favored methods of the men tasked with their creation. Wrestlers tend to rely on that method, Judo and Brazilian Jujitsu men on that system, Boxers on their expertise and so on and so on. Each method also can claim stunning success in actual combat! True after action reports showed that ALL of these methods had merit and COULD be used effectively in the rigors and stress of real battle.
However, as the war progressed two major factors began to influence and change these training protocols. One was the fact that more and more men from all sorts of varied backgrounds being were drafted into military service, the other was that as demands for more and more replacement troops began to rise the amount of training time became by necessity reduced and limited.

The approach that seemed most feasible and useful was one that combined the best or the most effective, efficient and quickly learned methods as well as those most well RETAINED! The rudiment basics of boxing and wrestling were made part of an overall general physical conditioning program and unarmed combat became a specialized block of instruction.

These courses in unarmed combat, hand to hand combat, combat judo and so forth again sought to COMBINE the most advantageous holds, throws, trips, locks, strangles, blows, strikes and kicks from all the varied methods available. The only truly limiting factor here was the time element.

Other considerations were also important. The O’Neill (another Shanghai veteran and ranking Judo Black Belt) method is a classic example of a system specifically tailored for both the training environment available as well as the nature of the combat engagement expected. There were even attempts made to instruct the military in actual Koryu (old school) Jujutsu systems here in the United States, however the most effective systems still sought to mix all the varied martial arts.

As the war progressed, more and more after action intelligence gathered from the reality of actual battle helped shape and determine training priorities. Many methods of close-combat began to be trimmed down to those fundamentals that proved most effective overall and most applicable to all trainees across a wide and varied spectrum of physical attributes and skill.

Col. Rex Applegate was perhaps the most vocal of these advocates owing to his exposure in the INFANTRY JOURNAL and the publishing of “KILL or GET KILLED”. He was not without his critics, as was Fairbairn.

Some courses were so short in duration that they involved ONLY SEVERAL HOURS of instruction. Others were quite involved and very complete in their syllabus content. Many are familiar with the Navy V-5 programs and the training at Fort Benning, but lesser known is the very extensive training at places like Fort Meade and at the Hawaii Jungle Warfare complex. Here at these locations conducted a very complete and mixed program of martial arts was taught. From the CIC training center in Chicago to the Army training camps in Colorado, from Parris Island to the Ranger/Commando schools in the Hawaiian Islands, from the training bases in England prior to D-Day to the “Killing” school in Palestine, the METHODS taught ran the full gamut of man to man tooth and nail close quarters combat. From the complex to the “instinctive kill” (a method designed to take full advantage of so-called natural “animal” killing instinct). ALL these methods, systems and approaches FALL under the definition of COMBATIVES! Even the OSS personnel training at Area B were shown the methods of SIAMESE boxing (read Muay Thai), western boxing, wrestling/grappling, French “foot-fighting”(including Assaut Vite savate), Indian Varma-adi/Varmannie, Chinese boxing, “Roman” boxing, Japanese Judo/Jujutsu and Karate, Siamese boxing, Burmese boxing-Bando, western fencing, Filipino edged weapons and any and all systems (including almost every weapon known to man) deemed effective in dispatching one’s enemies to the hereafter were studied, researched, implemented and trained! One WWII era United States hand to hand combat manual even makes reference to Indonesian methods!

This is the TRUE DEFINITION of SELF DEFENSE and COMBATIVES! This is the legacy of The Self Defense Company, Tekkenryu Jujutsu and The Self Defense Company Professional Instructors. Those who need to “pigeon hole” others into the box of only doing World War II combatives, well, applying the above definition based on the TRUE historical RECORD, then YES! We do follow the LEGACY of WORLD WAR TWO “COMBATIVES”!

The purpose of The Self Defense Company is to continue to teach and train the FASTEST, most EFFECTIVE and EFFICIENT means self defense to anyone regardless of experience, size, man or woman. No one should one without the means and the resources to protect themselves and their loved ones from harm.

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You Can’t Fool Mother Nature

I just received a blog update(yes I do subscribe to a number of mail lists) titled “Israeli Gun Disarm Secrets” That is the title the post has all the trappings a catchy headline needs. “ISRAELI” has been a buzz word ever since the Mossad emerged as a force to be reckoned with after the 1972 Olympics. They wrote the book on counter terrorism and protection tactics. I have had the opportunity to meet some of these people in seminars in the early 90’s and they were most impressive. Unfortunately counter terrorism has nothing to do with personal self defense. It has everything to do with gathering intelligence, technology, weaponry and tactical planning. If you are using your hand to hand combat in a counter terrorist situation a lot has gone wrong. There are only 24 hours in the day. Most of your training is intelligence gathering, small arms and other technical devices. Hand to hand is a part of it, but a very small part of it. The Israeli moniker is a marketing buzz word. Because underneath, it’s just the same old martial arts myths and misconceptions.

I just use this article as a jump off point, the same can be said for the vast majority of self defense, not just what is being promoted as Israeli Elite Commando. Let’s put it this way, I have seen a lot of things. I know, I’m only one man and one life. I have only met a handful of people on the right track. A lot of them “talk” the same language, but their actions turn into the same old stuff. They may execute it harder, or faster, but it’s still based on the wrong principles.

The mistake lies in the way we think. We all have a tendency to Monday Morning Quarter Back our lives. It’s easy to watch a professional fight and yell at the screen “Why isn’t he just punching him.” But unless you’re in there, you don’t know what’s going on inside his head. Martial arts look at self defense and project REASONING into it. You look at a situation “logically” and come up with a solution. This may work in practice, but under real world conditions, reasoning is non-existent.

Fighting and pain evoke emotional reactions, not intellectual responses. When you take yourself outside the emotion and you THINK about a self defense situation you will come up with response based on reason. This is natural, this is how we all think. Heck, we all can give the best advice in the world, but when it comes to our own lives, that’s a different story. That’s because you act on emotion and feel, not reason.

Your body is engineered to react emotionally to danger and physical stress. This is actually a good thing when you learn how to channel the adrenalin rush. Training to make your body REASON and go against instinct is an exercise in futility. You can’t go fight mother nature. You must accept the fact that you will react a certain way and prepare for that reality.

This is what happens to you when you are under stress.

From the book “On Combat” by Grossman

“An understanding of the stress of close combat begins with an understanding of the physiological response to close-range interpersonal aggression. The traditional view of combat stress is most often associated with combat fatigue and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, which are actually manifestations that occur after, and as a result of, combat stress. Bruce Siddle has defined combat stress as the perception of an imminent threat of serious personal injury or death, or the stress of being tasked with the responsibility to protect another party from imminent serious injury or death, under conditions where response time is minimal.

The debilitating effects of combat stress have been recognized for centuries. Phenomenon such as tunnel vision, auditory exclusion, the loss of fine and complex motor control, irrational behavior, and the inability to think clearly have all been observed as byproducts of combat stress. Even though these phenomena have been observed and documented for hundreds of years, very little research has been conducted to understand why combat stress deteriorates performance.

The key characteristic which distinguishes combat stress is the activation of the SNS (Sympathetic Nervous System). The SNS is activated when the brain perceives a threat to survival, resulting in a immediate discharge of stress hormones. This “mass discharge” is designed to prepare the body for fight-or-flight. The response is characterized by increasing arterial pressure and blood flow to large muscle mass (resulting in increased strength capabilities and enhanced gross motor skills–such as running from or charging into an opponent), vasoconstriction of minor blood vessels at the end of appendages (which serves to reduce bleeding from wounds), pupil dilation, cessation of digestive processes, and muscle tremors. Figure 2(below) presents a schematic representation of the effects of hormone induced heart rate increase resulting from SNS activation. “

That being said, let’s review what will happen to you with the “Fit hits the shan.”

1. Tunnel Vision
2. Auditory Exclusion
3. Loss of fine and complex motor control
4. Irrational behavior
5. The inability to think clearly

You will however have increased strength and the capability to run away or charge your target.

Now marinate with that for a few moments. Think of all the gun disarm techniques, all the “weapon control” techniques. All the complicated trapping and subtle movements you’ve been training for decades. I’m not going to tell you they are a waste of time (BUT THEY ARE). Physically, it will be impossible to execute them. Being tired is different than being stressed under combat. This effect happens when hormones hit your blood stream and that only happens when you feel your life is truly in danger.

I’m sure somebody has heard of someone doing something at some point in time that resembled a complicated disarm. Hey, even a broken clock is right twice a day. I’m not going to hang my life on something I heard some guy did somewhere. I’m going to depend on what I know is fact. You can convince yourself into thinking (reasoning) that you will be able to remove millions of years of evolution in a few short years of practice OR you can embrace what the good lord gave you and train in a manner that takes advantage of what your body is designed to do.

Things like “gun disarms” are a fantasy. All of the “disarms” I have ever seen involve two things 1. diverting your attention away from your attacker towards the weapon for an extended period of time (more than a second) and 2. Complex motor skill movements that will be beyond your capability when your SNS takes over. You know what happens to complex movements when you try to process them when your SNS takes over. They turn into gross motor movements and look like twitched and convulsions. You may just manage to put your hand on the weapon and then you will stop. The best disarm is when the guy pointing his gun at you is knocked the f#ck out. Then you can bend down and pick up the gun.

Why is it that the more dangerous the situation, the more complicated the technique?
This is funny, or tragic, that martial arts and self defense experts teach more complex techniques for weapons defense and less complex techniques for unarmed defense. Sure the SDTS teaches you THE SAME TECHNIQUES for both and I know, it’s too easy (Sorry for not wasting your time). The right answers MUST be complicated and difficult (being sarcastic here).

The first thing you learn in the SDTS is that if your faced with a gun or any other weapon at a distance is to escape. Even with firearms, the FBI and the Department of justice show that in situations where a firearm was present less than 20% of the victims were shot at. Less than 2% of those people were actually hit and 0% were seriously injured or killed. That’s right, there is a 100% chance you will live when you run .

NOTE: Pepper spray or a “substitute” can work wonders against a knife or club attack from a distance! On the other hand, pointing pepper spray at someone who has a gun trained on you might be a big mistake.

But, when walking away is not an option, you will need to do a two things:

1. React in a manner you that you are capable. SIMPLE, GROSS MOTOR MOVEMENTS
2. Get out of immediate danger and inflict as much damage to your target in the shortest amount of time.

Gun disarm, sure when you gingerly pluck it out of his unconscious hand. Complex movements and Hollywood disarms look cool and are fun, but in reality you are NOT going to pull them off, your engineering simply won’t let you.

NEVER die in training.
You will be surprised on what your body can endure. Google “knife wound” or “gunshot survivor.” Gruesome, I know, but the people survived. Hey, I’m the first person who doesn’t want to get shot or stabbed and my doctor has recommended I avoid this as much as possible. But you have to understand that people with out any training at all who attacked their assailant first sustained minimal damage.

Using paint guns, markers, chalk knives and shock knives are good but you must train with them correctly. Getting touch with a shock knife might mean you’ve been cut, but it doesn’t mean you’re dead. What ever you do, train to fight HARDER after that happens and DON’T STOP! It’s not a game of tag, train to fight through the pain. Train know that these things will happen. DON’T assume you will be able to walk away without a scratch, that’s just plain silly.

Work within the parameters of your engineering and stop trying to fight mother nature. Instead, use what she has given you to your advantage, embrace her, take her out, she’s quite the MILF.

Train Honestly,
Damian Ross, CEO The Self Defense Company

Damian Ross is CEO of the Self Defense Company and developer of The Self Defense Training System, the most lethal and effective self defense system in the world, The Guardian Defensive Tactics Police Combatives Program, 60 minute Self Defense and the Family Safe Program. Mr. Ross also founded the Self Defense Instructor Program that helps people develop their self defense careers from the ground up. Mr. Ross is originally from Ridgewood, NJ where he was a High School Hall of Fame Athlete in football and wrestling as well as a varsity wrestling coach. He then went on to Lehigh University where he was a varsity wrestler and football player. Mr. Ross has 3 black belts, 4th Degree in Tekkenryu Jujutsu, 2nd Degree in Judo, 2nd Degree in Tae Kwon Do. In addition to his martial arts experience, Mr; Ross spent 8 years in the professional security and personal protection business. He is internationally recognized as one of the foremost authorities in reality based self defense.

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History of Self Defense: The O’Neill Combatives System

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Dermott “Pat” O’Neill – The Man Who Taught the Devil’s Brigade. Besides the fairly well-documented Judo background of Dermott O’Neill and his service with the Shanghai Municipal Police (SMP)…

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Self Defense – Are you a cheetah or a gazelle?

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]In the battle between a cheetah and a gazelle the cheetah only wins 40-50 percent of the time, that means, on average, the gazelle is more successful than the cheetah…

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Hard Training

The late Carl Cestari (my mentor and instructor) wrote this in 2003. At the time we were expanding my dojo (Zenshin) which would eventually become the Self Defense Company. You…

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History of Self Defense: The Origins of Fairbairn’s DEFENDU

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] “DEFENDU” The first appearance of the term DEFENDU was as the title of W.E. Fairbairn’s 1926 publication on his method of “scientific self-defence”. We are further informed that this…

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That “OH SH!T” Moment

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] The “OH SH!T” Moment. There’s a point in between your every day life and a traumatic event where you need a moment to process what is happening and shift…

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What if he puts his hands up?

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Let me ask you this…if I handed you a chainsaw, would you care if your attacker puts his hands up?!?!? No, you would just cut through them and that’s exactly…

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Every Day Self Defense

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Self defense is life skill that should fit your life…not the other way around.  You’ve been conditioned to believe that you need to spend a lot of time, money…

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The $30 Training Dummy in 3 Steps.

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Don’t over complicate things – if you can’t afford a training dummy…make one. I made this with a thai pad, fence post and some duct tape and it cost around…

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Is an Armed Person more Dangerous than an Unarmed Person?

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] The answer is unequivocally YES! Dangerous = able or likely to cause harm or injury. Whether you are legally or illegally armed – an armed person is more dangerous…

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Self Defense Training in 2020

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The way you learn to protect and defend yourself and your loved ones has changed as more and more people are using the Self Defense Training System to meet their…

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Self Defense Company Lebanon Promotes New Instructor

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The Self Defense Company Lebanon promotes Ellie Saadeh to Level 1 Instructor. Instructor Mario Karam is proud to announce another member of his team is promoted to Instructor. This is…

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Self Defense Company News, May 2019

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Self Defense Company Lebanon inks a deal with prestigious University in Lebanon Instructor Mario Karam and his team have done it again. After successfully training American University of Beirut…

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Self Defense Company Podcast #128 Mark Hale

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_video link=”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=el2Je-dPQBA” title=”Self Defense Company Podcast #128 Mark Hale”][vc_column_text]Self Defense Company Instructor Mark Hale Self Defense Company Instructor Level 3 6th degree Black Belt in Goshin jutsu 1st degree Black…

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Self Defense Company Podcast #127 Kip Marsh

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_video link=”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r1FLAwYrWRU” title=”Self Defense Company Podcast #127 Kip Marsh”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Self Defense Company Instructor Kip Marsh Marine Farmer Paramedic Registered Nurse Black Belt In this episode of the Self Defense Company podcast…

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Self Defense Classes in San Bernardino, Ca

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The Self Defense Company is Proud to announce it’s newest instructor Jashawn Jones, now holding classes in San Bernardino, Ca. A story of setbacks, triumphs and determination. Instructor Jashawn Jones…

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Self Defense Classes in Orlando, Florida

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Self Defense Training System™ Classes now forming in Orlando, Florida Instructor Tim Cherry is not stranger to violence and public service. As a retired Police Chief with over 23 years…

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Why Blocking Doesn’t Work

When I started training in martial arts I believed that I would be able to identify an attack and correctly block the attack with one of the several blocks I…

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Self Defense Company Promotions and Awards for April 2019

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Congratulations to all Self Defense Company Instructors and Students! [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_single_image image=”21134″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”3/4″][vc_column_text] Troll Hunting Awards These Instructors keep the peace on social media by actively engaging people who…

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Women’s Night Out In Michigan

Women’s Night Out for Ages 13 and Up. The combatives workshop will cover: Situational Awareness Mental Preparation Hand to Hand Combat The Use of Pepper Spray and other Self Defense…

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Self Defense Company Promotions and Awards February 2019

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Self Defense Company Promotions [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_single_image image=”27221″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”3/4″][vc_column_text] Instructor Level 5 OK Neal, Jr – Instructor George Hutchings Nick Ossorgin – Instructor George Hutchings[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_single_image image=”27219″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”3/4″][vc_column_text] Instructor Level 3 Duane…

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Revelations in Training

There are very few things when it comes to training that give me a REVELATION – I don’t use that term often, if ever – so you need to listen…

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Self Defense Classes New Mexico

Veteran Dedicates Himself to Helping Others to Defend and Protect. “Growing up watching comic book superheroes, I’ve always wanted to be able to protect people, especially those I care about….

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Nick Ossorgin Completes Master Class Training

Barrie, Ontario – Self Defense Company Instructor Nick Ossorgin (Self Defense Company Santa Fe, New Mexico) made the long, cold trip up to the Great White North to attend SDC…

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Self Defense Company Combatives Featured at Movie Premier

February 14, 2019 Beirut Lebanon, – The feature film Alita Battle Angel features some techniques that Self Defense Company Members might recognize. In collaboration with VIRGIN and EMPIRE MOVIES, Instructor Mario Karam Jr and…

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Self Defense Classes Great Lakes

A good friend once told Sean, “I can’t stand bullies. And I’ve done everything I can my whole life to stand up to them.” This concise truth stood out to…

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Self Defense Training Classes in Chicago, Ill

Lifelong Martial Artist, Multiple Black Belt Holder brings his talents to the Self Defense Company. Meet Self Defense Company Instructor Mark S Hale… “I think it is important to post…

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The Self Defense Company Banned by Udemy

I woke up this morning and discovered that Udemy has banned the Self Defense Company Programs: A couple of years ago, we put a few programs on Udemy to test….

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The Self Defense Company

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_single_image image=”32774″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”3/4″][vc_column_text]The Self Defense Company Mission. Our mission is to provide real and practical solutions for anyone who has the will to defend themselves and protect their loved…

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Self Defense Company Promotions January 2019

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] The Self Defense Company is proud to announce promotions for January 2019 – Congratulations to all and please feel free to post your promotion badges…you earned them! [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] SDTS…

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Stoneman – Douglas Active Shooter Report

This first link is a media analysis of the commission report on the school shootings at Stoneman-Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, near Fort Lauderdale & Palm Beach.  The link…

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Christmas Eve Active Shooter

Today we remember Firefighters Tomasz Kaczowka, 19 and Michael Chiapperini, 43 who were shot and killed in an ambush attack on December 24, 2012 in West Webster, New York. On…

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Who is the Self Defense Company?

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] “People Don’t Join The Self Defense Company Because We’re Different…They Join Us Because They Are…” Above is a picture of Self Defense Company Instructor Mario Karam teaching a group…

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Self Defense Classes in the Netherlands

Instructor Steve Drake Celebrates 10 Years Teaching Self Defense Company Programs.  Instructor Stephen Drake is a certified Professional Self Defense Instructor living in The Netherlands and he’s been associated with The…

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Self Defense Classes in Santa Rita, Ca

Champion Martial Artist finds Home Teaching Self Defense in Santa Rita, California Instructor Irvin Burton began his martial arts career in college training in Hung Gar (Tiger Crane) Kung Fu…

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Self Defense Classes in Rutherfordton, North Carolina

State Trooper Now Holding Self Defense Classes in Rutherfordton, North Carolina Most would consider Instructor DeLauter highly trained and capable. Several years in Tae Kwon Do, and academy training as…

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Self Defense Classes in Jacksonville, FL

Former U.S. Marine and Correctional Officer is Holding Self Defense Classes in Jacksonville, FL. Meet Self Defense Company Instructor Terry Bowser, Sr. Immediately after graduating high school Instructor Bowser joined…

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Self Defense Classes in Sierra Vista, AZ

Navy Veteran and Lifelong Martial Artist Celebrates Five Year Anniversary with the Self Defense Company Instructor Anthony Hubble Ranks/Certifications: Level 2 Self Defense Company Instructor 5th Degree Black Belt Taekwondo…

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Self Defense Classes in Black, AL

Vietnam Veteran and Former Police Officer Finds Home Teaching Self Defense Instructor Duane Huffstutler lives by Christian principles, “I treat people the way they want to be treated by how they…

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Self Defense Classes in Burleson, TX

Retired Police Officer Teaching Realistic Self Defense Classes in North Texas.  Meet Oral Kenneth Neal, Jr. but his friends call him OK or “Shine”.  Instructor Neal jokes, “I have never…

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KOBK – How to Fight a Really Big Dude in the Street

In this episode of the Kill or Be Killed Podcast… What’s with the Finger Dart? How to Fight a REALLY BIG DUDE… …and a compliment?!?!     Did you get…

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The Self Defense Training Revoltuion

In this episode of the KILL or BE KILLED podcast…The Self Defense Training Revolution. More effective and personal than Peloton Cycle, The Self Defense Company is revolutionizing self defense training…

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Man Survives Knife Attack While Cops Stood By and Watched

The following video is a story posted on CRACKED by Joe Lozito. It’s about this maniac Maksim Gelman who on February 11, 2011 went on a 28 hour stabbing spree and…

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Self Defense Classes in West Michigan

Self Defense Company now forming classes in West Michigan Firefighter, Paramedic and Private Investigator is now holding self defense classes in the Evart, MI area. A good friend once told…

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Instructor Promotions December 2018

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] The Self Defense Company is Proud to announce the following Instructor Promotions [/vc_column_text][vc_column_text] Dr. Carl Welliver Level 5 Boston, MA Area Self Defense Company of Greater Boston 38 Montvale…

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Find Your Inner Bully in 2019

My wife and I recently brought two of our granddaughters into our home in response to low-grade sexual assault of them. Some half-wits who only half know me declared, “HE’S…

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Kill or Be Killed Podcast: Be Your Own Cop

Be your own Cop — Be your own Bodyguard — Be Your Own Hitman In this episode of the Kill or Be Killed Podcast Director of Instructor Development George Hutchings…

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Elite Member Spotlight: Richard Turner

How to Kick Ass with Only One Leg. Meet Rich Turner who at the age of 18 months lost his leg in a riding lawnmower accident. Since then Rich was bullied…

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Legal Use of Force

When is it legal for you to use force to protect yourself, loved ones or property?  When a person has reasonable grounds for believing, and does in fact actually believe…

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Know your rights about stalking

You Are Not To Blame for Being Stalked. 1.4 million people are stalked every year in the United States, one in 12 women and one in 45 men in their…

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How To Protect Your Child Against Online Predators

Children and teenagers today have the opportunity to connect with others in many ways. They have cell phones, giving them instant access, either by voice or text. Social Media allows…

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Crime Prevention for Families

Families and couples provide different advantages and disadvantages when dealing with violent crime. It’s important to have a plan in place BEFORE you’re face to make tough decisions. Become a…

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HOW TO DEAL WITH CYBERBULLIES

Many teens try to deal with cyberbullies own their own by stopping any communication with the person doing the bullying, deleting messages or reporting the bully to website moderators, often…

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How to Protect Your Home Against Theft

Coming home to see your home or apartment torn apart is a feeling no person should ever have to endure, it is a violation of your property and your person…

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Ten Steps to Survive an Assault

There is nothing more traumatic than being a victim of violence. The aftermath left in the wake of an assault, robbery or rape can be devastating and have lifelong effects….

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Self Defense Company Instructor on Knife or Death!

An interview with lifelong martial artist, police officer and Self Defense Company Instructor, John Martin Landry who competed on Knife or Death Season 2, Episode 4. Knife or Death is…

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Self Defense Classes in Tennessee

Black Belt – Bounty Hunter joins the Self Defense Company Self Defense Company proudly announces that it will be holding self defense classes in Tennessee under the direction of Instructor…

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The “Secret” to the SDTS – The Drop Step

People often ask what makes The Self Defense Training System different than all others and there is only one place to start – The Drop Step. In fact, I’ve been…

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Interview with a knucklehead – More Anti Gun Rhetoric

We get an email from Richard L regarding our Body Armor… “Instead, how about we better and more complete ownership background checks, have owner testing, similar to a drivers license and…

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Disavowed List

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] What gets you on the Disavowed List?  Cancelation, chargeback or decline of the Operation Phoenix Program. We’re pretty clear on the website – this is a non-refundable purchase. More…

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Do you need a training Partner?

This episode of the Kill or Be Killed Podcast – Training Partners…do you REALLY need them. It’s the first podcast is a long time, and it shows… Feel free to…

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5 Steps to Surviving Sexual Assault

Statistics can vary, but on average, every two minutes, somewhere in America, someone is sexually assaulted. Research indicates that more than half of all rapes of women occur before age…

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Self Defense Classes in Palm Beach Florida

Law Enforcement Officer and Multiple Black Belt Holder (and TV Star) is now holding Self Defense Classes in Palm Beach, Florida Instructor John Landry is no stranger to violence. During…

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Self Defense Company on the DRS

Beirut, Lebanon – Self Defense Company Instructor Mario Karam made his TV debut on the DRS in Lebanon. Instructor Karam is a Level 3 Instructor with the Self Defense Company and…

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Self Defense Classes in Madison, Wisconsin

Security Officer Now Forming Self Defense Classes is Madison, Wisconsin. Meet Self Defense Company Instructor Nathan Willison He never stood for bullying in any sense. Growing up he had to…

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Hate Mail

#hehateme In spite of the thousands of people out there doing what we do…haters still gonna hate…       I’ve put a stop to watching this nonsense, so why…

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Self Defense Classes in Boston, MA

Doctor Sees Simplicity as the Key to Success in Self Defense   Having trained in Judo as a young teen I have always been interested in the martial arts and…

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Self Defense Classes in West Pasco, Florida

The Self Defense Company in now holding classes in West Pasco, Florida Meet Self Defense Company Instructor Nick Palumbo Instructor Palumbo is a retired law enforcement officer and  a certified…

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Self Defense Company Instructor Promotions

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] The Self Defense Company is proud to announce the latest round of instructor promotions.  [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_single_image image=”27219″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”3/4″][vc_column_text]Instructor Mario Karam (Lebanon) Promoted to Level 3 by Instructor Hutchings[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_single_image…

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But what if they fight back?

Dear Sirs, I’m very disappointed in you 60 minute Self Defense Program, it seems like most if not all your “defenses” don’t account for the person fighting back.” -Dave M….

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Self Defense Company expanding in Lebanon

The Self Defense Company is expanding rapidly in Lebanon under the direction of Instructor Mario Karam. Instructor Karam has successfully implemented the SDTS into a top tier American University (Lebanese…

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My Sensei – Donn F. Draeger

By Michael P. Belzer I saw Donn Draeger for the first time when I was 13 years old. My father had heard that some top ranked martial artists from Japan…

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From Wimp to Warrior

Wimps are annoying. They wander around as hollow two-legged targets, silently begging to be bullied or injured. And, when they complain about a nearby Warrior who is willing to fill…

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Women in the Self Defense Company

In the wake of the #metoo movement, more women are actively seeking self defense solutions and adding these skills to their tool box. Joining the cause is Self Defense Company…

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Confessions of a Krav Maga Instructor

Self Defense Company Director of Instructor Development George Hutchings tells all about his experience in teaching and training in Krav Maga, Muy Thai and the Self Defense Training System.  …

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Self Defense Classes in New Hampshire

The Self Defense Company is proud to announce a NEW Instructor in Dover, New Hampshire, Mr. Tim Sprowl.   Martial Arts Journey Instructor Sprowl began his martial arts training at…

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Self Defense in Marshfield, Missouri

Marshfield, Missouri – The Self Defense Company announces today that it has expanded to the Ozark Mountains with it’s newest Instructor – Mr. Kip Marsh http://www.facebook.com/OzarkMountainsSDC Instructor Marsh’s Self Defense Journey…

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Self Defense Company at the Lebanese American University CEP

Self Defense Company at the Lebanese American University CEP Beirut, Lebanon – The Lebanese American University CEP (LAU-CEP) announced today that it will include The Self Defense Company’s training programs…

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The Ultimate Choice: Sacrifice or Regret.

Every day you wake up and make a choice between SACRIFICE and REGRET.  Sacrifice is the act of giving up something valued for the sake of something else regarded as…

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The Will to Win in Self Defense

I’m going save you a lot of time and aggravation. The sooner you come to this realization the better off you’ll be.  I don’t talk about this in public too…

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I got Injured, so I quit.

I got Injured, so I quit. If you STOP self defense training and learning because you’re injured then what you’re learning is NOT self defense. Let me ask you some…

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The SDTS vs. Thai Boxing

Self Defense Company Instructor George Hutchings recently traveled to Thailand to train, learn and grow his passion and respect for the local fighting art. As a Muay Thai Kru, I…

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How to Secure Your Facebook Account

By Tom Powers – Self Defense Company Instructor/ Cyber security Expert Facebook is a great thing, but if configured incorrectly…it gives terrible people WAY too much info about you. Unfortunately,…

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Mayor of London set to “outlaw” knives

An epidemic of stabbings and acid attacks in London has gotten so bad that London mayor Sadiq Khan is announcing broad new “knife control” policies designed to keep these weapons…

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Chicago Church Member Stops Attacker in Church Gunfight

On Wednesday, 28 March, 2018, the West Maypole Avenue Church of Christ was having a Bible study that started at 7:30 p.m. At 8:09 p.m., the study was interrupted by 27-year-old Kenneth…

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Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School: The Day After Tragedy

The following article was written by my daughter for her high school school paper. As fate would have it, her cousin is a freshman at Stoneman Douglas high School. Needless…

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I don’t hate Krav Maga, I just think it’s kind of silly.

We get emails and comments all the time about Krav Maga and I don’t hate it…to me it’s just like any other martial art. Why do people believe in Krav…

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How to see something, say something – what you can do to help.

Intense hunger for quick fixes to mass murder is not just an American challenge. There is a global search for answers to this horror. Amid the suggested big-game solutions for…

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How Many Dead is it Going to Take?

The last school fire that killed more than 10 people was March 31, 1954 in Cheektowaga, NY (15 dead). NFPA Website HERE.There were 8 total school fires from 1937 to 1954…

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Why don’t all gun owners do this?

Everytime you carry your firearm you’re accepting the responsibility to use deadly force – which is something I believe most gun owners take seriously. But what’s hard to believe is…

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How to Tell If you’re Going to Be Attacked (before it’s too late)

Action is faster than reaction and in the real world, split seconds count and standing there, waiting for him to “throw the first punch” against a real dangerous person is…

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Self Defense Classes in Frankenmuth, Michigan

  For the Last 2 years, Instructor Bry Galganski has been representing The Self Defense Company in Frankenmuth, Michigan. Instructor Galganski is currently teaching the Self Defense Training System seminars,…

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[VIDEO] Was this attack REALLY Random?

MIDTOWN MANHATTAN, NY — The NYPD is trying to identify a man seen wearing a suit and tie who was involved in a brutal beating inside the Times Square subway…

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The Self Defense Company now in LEBANON

The Self Defense Company is excited with the incredible recent expansion of instructors worldwide throughout the United States, Canada, Brazil and NOW even Lebanon. New instructors are lining up to…

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Why Martial Arts are NOT Self Defense

The primary focus of martial arts has never been self defense.  Even though self defense is listed as a benefit of all martial arts, and you can use some martial…

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Self Defense Company Instructor Bry Galganski Promoted to Level 1

The Self Defense Company is proud to announce that Instructor Bry Galganski has successfully completed all of the requirements and has been promoted to LEVEL 1 Instructor of the Self…

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Teenage girl trains in ‘forgotten’ self defense system

It’s 9pm on a Tuesday night and while most high school students are working on their extracurriculars for college, one of them is preparing another way… Meet Veronica. This 17…

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This is what a real gunfight looks like…

It’s not the movies…. people don’t just fall down when they get shot and they sure as heck don’t stop fighting. There are NO guarantees in any of this (self…

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Self Defense Training in Barrie, Ontario Canada

Now Open – The Self Defense Company is proud to announce a NEW training location in Barrie, Ontario Canada.  SDC Instructor George Hutchings is now taking a limited number of new students…

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This is how we know you’re a moron – The Truth about Guns and Self Defense

No one can deny that a gun can be an effective means of self defense (no kidding) but the reality is the opportunity to use a firearm in self defense…

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SDTS Member Spotlight Ed Kizun: Inspiration Personified

Hi, my name is Ed Kizun and I am an SDTS Elite member.  It seems some of you need a strong-shot of morale. Look, I’m no big deal, ok?  I was…

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There are no words

This one was too close to home… Yesterday I received a call from my close friend who’s daughter is a freshman at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. SHE…

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I was attacked by two guys!

Hi Damian, Your videos are amazing. Simple,but so efficient. I had an awful experience a few years ago. I was attacked by 2 guys. A big guy (about 2 meters high) was behind…

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I’m 67 and have never been in a fight…why do I need self defense?

“Mr. Ross, I am a 67 year old grandfather that hasn`t been in a altercation with a human since junior high school (although I came very close to punching the…

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Momentum and the Forward Drive

The three pillars of  self defense are POSITION, DISTANCE and MOMENTUM. Position is where you are in relation to the threat. Distance is how far you are from the threat….

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The 12 Criteria of Self Defense

I get a lot of people asking my opinion about other self defense programs and to be honest – there’s SO MUCH stuff out there both good and bad and…

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Any One Man The Equal of Ten

The following is an excerpt from the upcoming book “Any One Man The Equal of Ten – The Fundamentals of Self Defense” by Damian Ross. The (short) History of Self…

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Autism Stands its Ground!

Eric and his autistic son Kevin have been training together in SDTS Combatives for several months,. Well last night that training was put to the test when Kevin, by himself,…

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Hate Mail Damian Ross Can’t Fight

“NINJA PLEASE, it’s HATE MAIL” #NINJAPLEASE This edition of hate mail features people telling me that I have ZERO talent and don’t know how to fight even on the most…

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Do you still practice these defenses?

Your time is valuable, and when it comes to self defense there’s A LOT that is taught that really has no business in your life. Time to cross these ridiculous…

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How unrealistic attacks are destroying your self defense

An unrealistic self defense works against only unrealistic attacks. Most scenarios practiced fail in the real world because they’re practiced against a compliant, and passive partner who is simply letting…

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Cold Weather Self Defense

“How do you best defend yourself in Winter gear? Are strikes less effective wearing gloves and a big heavy coat? Any special considerations/recommendations?” – Eric I love this question because it…

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Self Defense for the Old and Broken

“I’m wondering if you have some advice for the old & broken. I suffer from severe spinal arthritis, and any kind of physical altercation would result in severe injury.  In…

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Carl Cestari – Close Combat Legend teaches 2 hand grab defense

The late Carl Cestari is arguably one of the greatest reality self defense instructors who ever lived. In this video Carl teaches the SDTS Combatives two hand grab defense. This…

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Self Defense is FREEDOM

I can’t think of anything more natural and basic than the right to defend yourself and protect others. This is the part of the foundation of the U.S. Declaration of…

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Self Defense isn’t sparring….

Self Defense isn’t sparring…. Brian: “I’ve been training really hard in the SDTS and the other day I was just messing around with my brother and he was able to…

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Why it Shouldn’t Take You that Long to Learn Self Defense

You’ve been told by the experts that it takes YEARS of training to learn how to defend yourself but why should it take that long to learn something that’s INSTINCTUAL to…

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Self Defense Company Spotlight: Kurt Mattison

I’d like you to meet one of our SDTS Elite Members Kurt. Kurt’s a 63 yer old grandpa who’s not letting up any time soon. Every week I get messages from…

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SEALS, S.W.A.T. and Self Defense

What does a heavily armed operator with a mission objective, equipped with intelligence, superior numbers and technology have to do with you being stalked when you’re alone, walking to your…

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What are you Grateful for?

The Grateful List When times get a little tough, remind yourself of what matters in your life – why are you doing this…WHAT ARE YOU FIGHTING FOR – who do…

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Everyone lies about training

“I train 4 hours a day, seven days a week, 100% full contact.” – Any martial artist.  Having trained in division I athletics, and competing on the highest amateur levels…

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The secret to hitting hard….

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Is to HIT SOMETHING AS HARD AS YOU CAN. We’re always looking for shortcuts. Fitness, sports…we LOVE when we get a little “secret” that gives us an edge over the…

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How Long Does it Take to Learn Self Defense?

I posted this question and it wasn’t long before the ‘experts’ chimed in – months, weeks, a year…10 YEARS!!! Not surprising because after decades in the martial arts whose business…

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You’re Doing it Wrong…

If you posted a video anything, (especially in martial art and self defense) – without FAIL a self proclaimed “expert” will emerge and point out some useless detail that has…

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How to Escape from Any Room

How to Escape from Any Room Before entering any room, always look for a second way out, because under stress most people will always escape the way they entered. But…

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Confessions of a Self Defense Instructor

Empty hand self defense is the absolute LOWEST form of self defense. If it were so great…we wouldn’t need weapons. Ever since Cain killed Abel with a rock, mankind has…

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ADAPTATION

There’s a great photo essay on the World Adaptive Surfing Championships in the Player’s Tribune. Each year competitors from all over the world with disabilities from blindness to missing limbs…

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Autism Fights Back!

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1. Your assailant is armed.

Even though you may not see a weapon, that doesn’t mean one doesn’t exist. Martial arts train you to master separate techniques for weapon attacks and another set of techniques for unarmed attacks. While in THEORY this sounds like a good idea, in REALITY it will get you a spot on the medical examiner’s slab faster than you can say “CSI”.

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2. Your assailant intends to kill you or cause you serious injury.

Don’t hope that your attacker is not going to hurt you. Most predators will try to take EVERYTHING they can if given the chance. Never trust your attacker, no matter how persuasive they may be. Once you “let them in the door” you’re life is on their hands. In addition, most criminals are repeat offender, nearly 85% of them have spent some time in the criminal justice system. Martial arts teach you to wait for your attacker to escalate the attack, the Self Defense Training Sysem trains you to end the assault immediately.

To end the fight BEFORE it gets out of control GO HERE NOW:
http://insider.theselfdefenseco.com/?ap_id=expatcombat

3. Your assailant has “friends”.

Your attacker wants to stack the odds in his favor. More times than not he will have help. Unfortunately you won’t know it’s a multiple attacker situation BEFORE its too late. Martial arts teach you different tactics for single and multiple attackers. The Self Defense Training System gives you only tactics that work against both single and multiple threats at the same time!

4. You will be attacked when you’re injured.

Criminals, like predators attack targets of opportunity. If you appear to be weak or distracted you have a greater chance of being targeted. You must prepare yourself for those times when you’ re not at your best. Martial arts require athleticism, tremendous strength and coordination. How many times have you missed class because you were sick, injured or out of shape? Well we have a rule at the Self Defense Company: If you can leave your house, you better be able to save your own skin! won’t do you any good when you’re not at your peak.

5. Your assailant will be twice your size.

Tigers don’t eat other tigers. They choose smaller and weaker animals. Chances are your attacker will be larger and stronger than you. Professional athletes don’t get mugged, regular people do. Martial arts try to accomplish this be teaching you complicated techniques that take years to master. The Self Defense Training System only uses core, gross motor skills that target medically proven weaknesses on the human anatomy. So it doesn’t matter how big or strong he is, you’ll drop him like a sack of potatoes!

To discover the secret to knocking someone twice your size out cold GO HERE NOW: http://insider.theselfdefenseco.com/?ap_id=expatcombat

6. You will have to fight in the worst possible environment.

The training room is nice, it is smooth, has a matted floor and plenty of space, but its not reality. Outside there’s pavement, rocks, tree stumps, snow, ice and sand. No matter where you move, inside or out, you can’t walk 10 feet in any direction without bumping or tripping over something. Martial arts are designed to work in the ring or a matted area designed for safety. The Self Defense Training System trains you to move in a way that takes any and every possible environment into consideration.

7. The fight is NEVER over.

Don’t assume because he’s down, he’s out. After the initial confrontation, when your adrenaline subsides, you are the most vulnerable. While you’re admiring your handy work, thinking he is going to leave, he may be securing a weapon or his friends have decided to give him a hand (or a knife). Martial arts teach you to “fight fair” by instilling rules and etiquette. While this may be good for the kids, it has no place in the kill or be killed world of self defense. The Self Defense Training System prepares you to keep focus after the initial assault and shows you exactly what to do when you THINK the fight is over.

8. You will miss your target…a lot.

Martial arts make you believe that every shot hits it target. In the real world you sometimes slip, your attacker moves and you will miss. The Self Defense Training System instills you with the attitude of “keep fighting until the threat has stopped” by training you in lethal combinations and dynamic tactics.

In the real world you do not stop when you score a point or get your partner a tap out. You must train and prepare to go far beyond the tap. You don;t get points for style and there is no justice. In the street, it’s not a matter of who is right, only who is left!

Be the one left standing, start training for FREE, today: http://insider.theselfdefenseco.com/?ap_id=expatcombat

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1. Your assailant is armed.

Even though you may not see a weapon, that doesn’t mean one doesn’t exist. Martial arts train you to master separate techniques for weapon attacks and another set of techniques for unarmed attacks. While in THEORY this sounds like a good idea, in REALITY it will get you a spot on the medical examiner’s slab faster than you can say “CSI”.

In low light conditions that punch may be a stab, how can you tell the difference? According to the Department of Justice Uniform Crime Report, in over 80% of criminals arrested in connection to a violent crime a weapon was present. The Self Defense Training System trains you to react in a way that takes armed and unarmed situations into consideration 100% of the time.

2. Your assailant intends to kill you or cause you serious injury.

Don’t hope that your attacker is not going to hurt you. Most predators will try to take EVERYTHING they can if given the chance. Never trust your attacker, no matter how persuasive they may be. Once you “let them in the door” you’re life is on their hands. In addition, most criminals are repeat offender, nearly 85% of them have spent some time in the criminal justice system. Martial arts teach you to wait for your attacker to escalate the attack, the Self Defense Training Sysem trains you to end the assault immediately.

To end the fight BEFORE it gets out of control GO HERE NOW:
http://insider.theselfdefenseco.com/?ap_id=expatcombat

3. Your assailant has “friends”.

Your attacker wants to stack the odds in his favor. More times than not he will have help. Unfortunately you won’t know it’s a multiple attacker situation BEFORE its too late. Martial arts teach you different tactics for single and multiple attackers. The Self Defense Training System gives you only tactics that work against both single and multiple threats at the same time!

4. You will be attacked when you’re injured.

Criminals, like predators attack targets of opportunity. If you appear to be weak or distracted you have a greater chance of being targeted. You must prepare yourself for those times when you’ re not at your best. Martial arts require athleticism, tremendous strength and coordination. How many times have you missed class because you were sick, injured or out of shape? Well we have a rule at the Self Defense Company: If you can leave your house, you better be able to save your own skin! won’t do you any good when you’re not at your peak.

5. Your assailant will be twice your size.

Tigers don’t eat other tigers. They choose smaller and weaker animals. Chances are your attacker will be larger and stronger than you. Professional athletes don’t get mugged, regular people do. Martial arts try to accomplish this be teaching you complicated techniques that take years to master. The Self Defense Training System only uses core, gross motor skills that target medically proven weaknesses on the human anatomy. So it doesn’t matter how big or strong he is, you’ll drop him like a sack of potatoes!

To discover the secret to knocking someone twice your size out cold GO HERE NOW: http://insider.theselfdefenseco.com/?ap_id=expatcombat

6. You will have to fight in the worst possible environment.

The training room is nice, it is smooth, has a matted floor and plenty of space, but its not reality. Outside there’s pavement, rocks, tree stumps, snow, ice and sand. No matter where you move, inside or out, you can’t walk 10 feet in any direction without bumping or tripping over something. Martial arts are designed to work in the ring or a matted area designed for safety. The Self Defense Training System trains you to move in a way that takes any and every possible environment into consideration.

7. The fight is NEVER over.

Don’t assume because he’s down, he’s out. After the initial confrontation, when your adrenaline subsides, you are the most vulnerable. While you’re admiring your handy work, thinking he is going to leave, he may be securing a weapon or his friends have decided to give him a hand (or a knife). Martial arts teach you to “fight fair” by instilling rules and etiquette. While this may be good for the kids, it has no place in the kill or be killed world of self defense. The Self Defense Training System prepares you to keep focus after the initial assault and shows you exactly what to do when you THINK the fight is over.

8. You will miss your target…a lot.

Martial arts make you believe that every shot hits it target. In the real world you sometimes slip, your attacker moves and you will miss. The Self Defense Training System instills you with the attitude of “keep fighting until the threat has stopped” by training you in lethal combinations and dynamic tactics.

In the real world you do not stop when you score a point or get your partner a tap out. You must train and prepare to go far beyond the tap. You don;t get points for style and there is no justice. In the street, it’s not a matter of who is right, only who is left!

Be the one left standing, start training for FREE, today: http://insider.theselfdefenseco.com/?ap_id=expatcombat

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I remember the early days in the Karate class were you would stand in front of your partner, adjust your distance accordingly and wait for that little nod of the head to show they are ready, a split second later he would lunge forward delivering a straight arm punch for you to step back and block, a split second later he would take another step forward delivering another straight arm punch for you to step back and block again, then he would come at you one more time, stepping forward and bringing a third straight arm punch, only this time you stepped off to one side, blocked the punch and then very swiftly delivered a counter strike your partner with a reverse punch to his kidneys … KIAI, job done. I guess way back then many of the people who trained in that same class must have imagined things like this: they’re walking down a street late at night when a mugger jumps out of the nowhere and demands their money. Picturing himself as the hero, the Karate man remembers those very same karate sanbon kumite, and drops into his fighting stance, and blocking the attackers best punches before he counters and makes his attacker wish he had have picked on someone else.

The more likely scenario: our well-trained person is stumbling down a dark street, either drunk from a great night out, or just cold and distracted. He sees a shadowy figure step out from a shop doorway, but before he can even get his hands up, someone grabs him from behind. His legs are knocked out from under him and he wakes up on the street, battered and bruised after a good kicking, without his wallet or phone.

What is this all about?
They say knowledge is power, I for one don’t agree with that, I believe it is what you do with the knowledge that makes it powerful, I can only provide you with a comprehensive program to prepare you to survive an attack on the street. While being in the right kind of shape will certainly improve your odds of survival, actually taking time to practice self-defense strategies and techniques is essential, and the concepts in on this page are meant to support a self-defense program. In my experience, most self-defense classes tend to neglect the fitness of their participants. Combat sports are, as the name implies, sports, and thus physical conditioning is usually incorporated into the training. Self-defense, on the other hand, requires a deep and involved study of a much wider variety of situations and attacks, so time for fitness and conditioning is much more difficult to incorporate.

Self-Defense vs. Combat Sports
There are few similarities between a real street fight and any kind of combat sport. Thai Boxing, Judo, Mixed Martial Arts, Olympic Tae Kwon Do, all of these has the following traits in common when it comes to fighting:
a) You know who your attacker is, their size relative to you, and possibly even their fighting habits and experience
b) You know when the fight will happen, and you know the environment
c) You know the number of attackers
d) There are rules preventing serious injury or death
e) You are wearing protective gear, not just to avoid injury, but to allow you to hit harder without fear of breaking your hand.
f) Your attacker is not trying to kill you, or even to injure you. They are trying to win. (Tempers and egos do sometimes play a part in these fights)
g) Nobody else will get hurt during the fight.
h) You know the environment and the arena.
i) You know the duration of the fight.

In contrast, an attack on your way back to your car has none of these rules. In addition, there are certain assumptions you should always have regarding an attack:
a) The attacker wants your property, your body, or your life. They will threaten your safety accordingly.
b) Your attacker will have some advantage–size, numbers, a weapon–and/or you will be at a disadvantage–isolated, lost, confused, sick, drunk, and injured, etc.
c) You will most certainly be surprised.
d) You will be seriously injured, even if you win.

These assumptions don’t apply to social fights, like a good old night club fight, but even they can very quickly escalate. A common scenario is two guys ‘taking it outside’ to settle some difference, only to have the fight escalate to a lethal encounter when the loser won’t go down quietly and grabs a weapon or his friends jump in as tempers flare.

Please note, this isn’t meant to diminish the exceptional people out there who excel at combat sports, nor should it be taken to suggest that they can’t hold their own in a real attack. It is simply to point out that the fitness requirements of winning a boxing match and those of surviving an attack are very, very different, on the street and should be trained for with that in mind.

The Elements of an Attack
To get a better idea of what you need to accomplish to survive an attack on your property or your life, let’s look at the elements of this kind of scenario.

Timing
Most self-defense scenarios last only for a few seconds, from the initial contact to one of the combatants being incapacitated or escaping. However the flip side is that in very rare situations these fights can last up to a couple of minutes.

Combatants
The attacker always has the advantage. Since the attacker initiates the fight, they would not do so unless they perceived that they had an advantage. It is possible that they are mistaken – you may have a concealed weapon, but if an attacker makes a mistake in choosing a target (and survives it); they usually learn very quickly how to screen their future targets.

For the most part, attackers are cautious. They risk arrest and serious injury if they choose the wrong target, which is one that will put up a fight, take too long to drop, or cause a loud and noticeable disturbance. If someone chooses to attack you, you should assume they have a very good chance of winning, and if there is no apparent reason for their confidence, you can bet there is something you don’t know. Their advantage can be in the form of back-up, a weapon, or size. This is why self-defense classes teach their students to always assume the attacker has a weapon, even if it’s not visible, and to always be looking out for the attacker’s friends. One notable exception to this is attackers who are on drugs or are drunk. In these cases, they are still a serious threat because certain drugs dampen or eliminate pain sensations.

Goal
Unlike a sport fight, the goal of a self-defense scenario is to protect your life and escape. It is not to defeat the attacker. That’s not to say taking your attacker down, or even killing him isn’t the most efficient and effective way to protect your own life, but it isn’t the primary goal. If the opportunity to run presents itself, you should always take it. In some cases, the safety of a loved one may also be at stake. Generally, property can be sacrificed, but some people may decide that risking their life for the contents of their wallet is worthwhile. That is a personal decision you will have to make for yourself, and which may vary depending on the situation.

Cost
You should always assume that you could die or be permanently injured. Even when an attacker doesn’t intend to kill you, they have little concern for your safety or well-being and might simply kill you accidentally. Considering how easy it is to crack your skull on a pavement, it doesn’t take much more than a bad fall to end things. If you are cut or shot and left unconscious, you could simply bleed to death. In short, you can die, and should assume it is a very real possibility.

Requirements for Surviving
Knowing all that, what do you need to be able to do to survive an attack?
You must be able to go all out for a least 30 seconds to 2 minutes. You don’t have to last twelve rounds, so the fight usually goes to the person who can inflict the most damage in the shortest amount of time. If you knock someone out cold in the first 5 seconds, which saves you 25 seconds in which you could have been killed.
You must be able to stay on your feet while being attacked. The quickest way to lose a fight is to end up on the ground. Remember the attacker’s mates? As soon as you’re down, they will be playing football with your head. Getting back up is very difficult under these circumstances.
You must be able to run. There is no substitute for this, absolutely none what so ever. You can do your cardio workouts in the gym on a rowing machine or a bike, but if you are training to protect your life, you need to be able to sprint 80m and then run a fairly fast half mile…after a fight.

In terms of fitness, here are the benchmarks:
1. Extremely intense cardio-activity for 30 seconds followed by an 80m sprint and 800m jog. You should be able to operate near or at your maximum heart rate for 1-2 minutes.
2. Good coordination and balance to stay on your feet, probably the best way to ensure your survival.
3. Muscles that can generate a lot of explosive power in short bursts. Think throwing or Olympic weightlifting instead of power lifting.
4. Exceptional core stability and strength to protect vital organs and postural integrity while your hands are protecting your head.
5. Durability in the form of supple joints and the ability to absorb shock, whether from falls or hits. Muscle helps here, but so does flexibility and mobility.
6. Ability to hit small targets accurately and quickly. Your targets in an attack are eyes, throat, and groin.

What you don’t need:
1. Endurance. Beyond the ability to run a short distance to escape, you won’t need to go for very long. Training intervals can be longer, but only if they assist short-term performance.
2. Strength beyond a certain point. Your attacker will almost certainly be stronger than you, and getting into a contest of strength is a sure-fire way to lose. Be strong enough to maintain your body’s integrity, and then focus on power and speed, and don’t ever rely on your strength to win a fight. A small woman can learn to generate enough explosive power that her strikes crush an attacker’s windpipe without being able to bench her bodyweight. It’s not about big strong muscles.

The basic training methods for strength and conditioning program designed to improve survivability in a self-defense scenario will follow the following criteria.
Mimic the real movements as closely as possible, your training should be as close to the actual requirements of the scenario as possible. This means that short circuits using kick shields and punching bags are a great way to improve cardiovascular capacity for a fight.

Training for Toughness
One of the distinguishing features of an effective self-defense conditioning program is that it takes into account the fighter’s toughness, both mental and physical. Mental toughness is the ability to perform well under less-than-ideal circumstances without losing focus or intensity. Physical toughness is also called resilience, and is simply the ability to absorb shock without sustaining permanent damage.

Training Techniques for Mental Toughness
Training for mental toughness requires that you train in uncomfortable situations. The classic example of this is from the movie Rocky IV. We see Rocky turn down state off the art training facilities for some log cabin in the middle of nowhere in despicable weather.

Environmental Stress
I love training outdoors; some of the best classes I have ever conducted have been in local parks, low lighting, and uneven ground along with unpredictable weather. It’s just perfect, no mugger it will ever attack you in your gym so he won’t hurt himself on the four inch mats. If at all possible, commit to training at an outdoor location on a regular basis. Simply going for a jog, rain or shine, can do wonders for your ability to tolerate environmental stress. You will be subjected to rain, mud, snow, sleet, cold, heat, and variations of all of those. The important thing is to learn to function when the environment dose not wan’t to cooperate. Also, try to train on surfaces other than flat. Even a grassy field has lumps and divots and worse traction to challenge your balance and foot placement. The ability to adjust for unusual terrain can save you in a fight.

Social Stress

In my Combat training we made use of a special kind of exercise called a stress drill or sometime known as the pressure drill. These were not especially physically taxing, but were socially uncomfortable because they involved other people trying to touch you or even grabbing you. If you have access to a training group, consider implementing these into your training:
Example Drill: Several people surround you making a circle, the instructor gives each person a number, except the one in the middle, and the object of the exercise is to be aware of your surroundings and your personnel space. The instructor calls out random numbers in quick fire succession, example one, four, three, five, eight, each time the student on the outer cycle hears there number they walk forward in a straight line and try and touch the person in the middle, If you the one in the middle your job is to be aware of someone entering your personnel space, and avoid any contact by side stepping there approach. More advanced versions allow a successful attacker to grab the player in the middle, who must then use a defense technique to force an escape.

Balance
Balance is the ability to control your center of gravity. It is essential for surviving a fight because the surest way to lose a real fight is to end up on the ground where your attackers can easily surround you and play football with your head.

Many fighters will disagree with this claim, citing a commonly heard statistic that 90% of fights go to ground anyway, so you might as well be the one to take it there.

The statistic is often cited as a reason to master grappling technique and forgo stand-up fight training. This number is a myth. Nowadays, we have a generation of people raised on MMA as the dominant combat sport, in which many fights do go to ground, because in MMA, you can safely drag your opponent to the ground without making things worse for you if you know how to grapple. In real life, even a skilled grappler would want to avoid going to ground in the street because they would be rolling on concrete, often with uneven terrain and debris, there is no rule against striking (or biting), and you cannot effectively control spacing or arrangement of multiple attackers. If you’re on the ground, it means you can’t run when the chance presents itself.

Balance helps you stay off the ground because it allows you to manage your center of gravity effectively, even when you are in compromising positions. It encompasses more than just the ability to walk across a narrow or unstable surface, but also includes the ability to move over and around obstacles while maintaining control of your center of gravity, to rise from the ground or maneuver low to the ground without actually falling, and recovering stable footing when you are tripped or fall over.
Balance is also essential for force transfer. By keeping your center of gravity where you want it, you make sure all the power of your legs goes into your strikes rather than keeping your on your feet.

Hand-eye Coordination

Hand-eye coordination is especially useful for fighters because we use our hands to defend ourselves and respond with attacks. Martial artists have always known the value of fast hands, and have developed numerous drills to develop this skill. The boxing speed bag is the classic and perhaps the best for the specific conditioning fighters benefit from.
Throwing/catching

Throwing and catching drills are great for hand eye coordination.

Basic: Simply toss and catch and object between you and one or more partners. The object can be anything, but unusual objects provide more of a challenge. Objects that require you to adjust your grip to catch it in a specific way, sticks or poles, training knives that could spin in the air or pieces of cloth are examples of these. Catch with one or both hands.

Power

In the context of a fight, power means the ability to generate a lot of force in a very short amount of time, as opposed to maximal force generation. Think about the difference between a short, powerful punch as opposed to a slow push. The push may have more weight (force) behind it, but it is delivered slowly and so causes no damage. The punch, on the other hand, might just be a jab with very little bodyweight behind it, but if it is done fast, it will still hurt and might break a nose.
Power is important because most street fights are over as soon as one party gets a good solid hit in, causing the other fighter to stagger or leave an opening that allows a finishing attack (if the initial hit wasn’t) or an escape. Real fights don’t allow for long drawn out exchanges of blows. Conserving energy is useless.
Power obviously relies somewhat on sheer strength, aka muscle tension, but it is more reliant on neurological activation. For this reason, power training is different than strength training. The classic illustration is once again the difference between power lifting and Olympic weightlifting.

Non-weight-bearing exercises for power development include jumps for height or distance, and depth jumps. Since power in a fight is transmitted from the hips to the arms, drills to develop power in the arms should be focused on this hip-to-extremity transfer; clapping pushups are not as useful as heavy push presses or medicine ball throws.
The ideal training methods that emphasize this hip-to-extremity power development are Olympic lifting and kettle bell. Olympic lifting, allowing for higher weights on a barbell held by both hands, develops a deeper foundation of power development, and kettle bells allow you to train unilaterally, the way you’d use your limbs in a fight: one at a time.
Pretty much any of the traditional kettle bell movements will be applicable here, but the Primary movement pattern is the clean and press.

Speed
Running is a necessary skill. You can’t get around this. In most fitness training regimens, running is lumped in with biking, jump rope, or swimming as generic cardio, but from a self-defense standpoint, running is treated as a specific skill that needs to be developed.
This is because the primary goal of a self-defense situation is to escape danger and it is easier to run from danger than to neutralize it with violence. The best strategy in a fight is to run away from it, and if you can run fast enough, your attacker may never even lay a hand on you.
Failing that, protect your vitals, fight back enough to create space, and then run away. Unless you are the attacker with the goal of killing or injuring your target, sticking around to “finish the job” is a waste of your energy, brings down legal culpability, and increases the risk of further serious injury.
So learn how to run and how to run fast.
Luckily, running in the context of self-defense is very short-duration. Half a mile is the longest you’d ever have to run in most cases to reach the safety of a populated and well-lit area or to simply lose an attacker.

Sprints
The beginning stage of your escape from danger will take the form of a sprint as you seek to put as much distance between your attacker and yourself.
Singles (40-80 yards): Set up a marker 40-80 yards out and run as hard and as fast as you can to it. Rest for 60-90 seconds, and repeat 3-10 times.
Intervals (400m, 800m, or distance with interspersed sprints): Interval training is a staple of effective conditioning programs because it teaches the body to maintain a high output of energy for a defined time period, recover quickly, and then do it again. This closely mimics the cardiovascular demands of a fight, in which you will go all out for 30 seconds to 2 minutes and then run away.
Measure out your distance (400m or 800m. A running track is 400m long). There are two ways to run intervals: pick a pace and try to maintain it over all the intervals you are planning to run, or try to run each interval as fast as possible. Both are useful. Do 3-10 intervals with 60-120 seconds of rest.

Intervals
Interval training is a popular form of programming because it allows trainees to get a lot of movements into a short workout. It is useful for real-world self-defense as well because it trains the body to transition from one kind of activity to another with minimal rest in between.
A good example of interval training would be 30 seconds each of five exercises, with the whole cycle repeated five times, with no rest between individual exercises. Variations might include rest after each cycle is completed.
Scenario simulations
An effective self-defense program should utilize scenario training to allow the trainee to exercise his skills in the context of a complex situation. That is different from scenario simulations in the context of a conditioning program.
Most fights contain a series of complex movement patterns performed in a kind of sequence. You might encounter an attacker, wrestle for a moment, sprint away, become cornered, fight with strikes, and then run and escape.

Simulating the fitness demands in that kind of scenario might look something like this:

1. Medicine Ball pick up & drop
2. 30 seconds of sit ups with striking into focus mitts
3. 30 second cover & fight drill
4. 50m sprint
5. 30 free style striking into kick shield or focus mitts
6. 400m run

Training Programs & Basic Structure

The basic structure of a fight conditioning program follows the general rules of any good exercise program. It starts with a warm-up meant to prepare the body for exertion by priming the muscles and nervous system, transitions into the main phase of the workout, and finishes with a cool down, stretch, or rehab session to aid recovery. The main phase of the workout is itself divided into three parts: a technical part, a strength/power skill, and a conditioning segment, done in that order to allow you to get the most out of body systems before performance tapers off. Fine motor control fatigues first, followed by maximal muscle activation, and followed by actual muscle fatigue.

Beginner
The beginner workout published on the older posts is ideal for the new student or someone who is returning to physical activity after a long period of inactivity. It can also be used as a pre-training workout before a martial arts class.
It is can be performed in a more controlled environment, such as a gym, or home workout area, however taking it all outdoors where terrain and climate change would add an additional challenge.

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