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    • #10680

      The issue I want to see addressed again is how effective is the training if I don’t have an instructor or I have to practice with another novice like myself using the videos.

      David Dathe


      If you’re willing to work the system, it works. There are literally thousands of people who are just like you – the fact that you have someone to train with its a bonus, but not needed.

      Go through the program one lesson at a time. Try it for 30 days. If you have any questions, just ask here. If you want live instruction – go to an SDC Instructor or set up a live training session.

      That’s it.


    • #12921
      James Goolsby


      If I may, please let me assure you this is the most effective training I’ve ever seen. I am a full-time police officer and a defensive tactics instructor and I can honestly tell you that when the s*** hits the fan, outside of a gunfight, SDTS is the ONLY thing I use!

      Video training may not work for some “styles” due to the complex nature of their art. Of course, these are the same styles that prove ineffective in a real street situation. SDTS does not have this problem because Damian is teaching you simple (but effective) gross motor skills that will still work when your adrenaline starts flowing. Within a few days you will literally not even have to think about the moves; they become instinctive.

      Sign up for a month. If I’m wrong, you’re only out $20. But I’m betting that, once you see the system in action, you will become a member of our family for life Smile

      Stay safe.

    • #12926

      Thanks [James Goolsby] and this is probably the MOST frustrating issue.

      People’s frame of mind is martial arts and combat sport so they put the SDTS into it and think it must be trained like those arts.

      Add to that we’re fighting the institution of martial arts. A good instructor is worth their weight in gold. Even the best instructors are going to make sure that you have all the tools you need to learn better and faster.

      Styles aside – most people assume that the content of the SDTS is the same as the local martial arts school – to that I say if you don’t take the time and see the difference, well – I don;t know what to tell you – that’s like saying my pediatrician is the same as my wife’s gynecologist.

      There is a good chance your instructor sucks.

      We’ve all had good and bad teachers in school. Yet those people have had 4 plus years of college, student teaching, state board certification, etc.

      But just because a guy has earned a black belt, opens a school a few miles from your home and is a nice guy, that qualifies him as a great teacher.

      The martial arts model is broken.

      To survive it depends on enrolling new students and keeping them training longer.

      This forces instructors to make you dependent on coming to class and the only way you can learn is by going to them.

      Yet in other sports, it’s different.

      We use film to analyze our play and the play of our competitors. We use video to learn drills and different tactics and techniques. We talk to other coaches and instructors to see new training methods.

      In school we use books and now remote learning platforms just like Insider, to accelerate our learning.

      Yet when it comes to watching, listening, pausing, rewinding and asking over the computer a lot of people just shut down.

      Again, you’re right – complicated or competitive based systems you need partners and an instructor but even then you STILL use other resources to further your game. It’s only the insecure instructors that tell you they can teach you everything and compel you to be obligated to them and make it seem like they’re doing you a favor by teaching you (regardless of the money you pay them to teach you).

    • #12978
      Scott Cain

      Dave, I bought the program after a near altercation where I realized, that at 50+ years old, I didn’t know how to defend myself. You don’t need a partner, just a dummy and the will to practice on it. Then when you go into Home Depot, or a bar, or wherever… when you get aware….. all you see is necks and throats and how to hit them if need be. You don’t look at size or tattoos or anything else, because you know you can handle whatever comes your way. And that’s only after Module 1.

    • #12979

      [Scott Cain] “All I see is necks and throats.”

      I love that.

    • #12986
      James Goolsby

      @Damian Ross said:

      [Scott Cain] “All I see is necks and throats.”
      I love that.

      Ditto. That’s freakin’ awesome! Smile

    • #12996

      @James Goolsby said:

      @Damian Ross said:
      [Scott Cain] “All I see is necks and throats.”
      I love that.

      Ditto. That’s freakin’ awesome! Smile

      Agreed awesome quote. It is true tho after just mod 1 your tactical awareness changes and you start to notice things you might not have before. After 8 months of mma training and two years oh Muay Thai kickboxing I never had the awareness I have now with just 3 or 4 months of SDTS!

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