14 April 2016

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09 April 2016

Original MCS Article #1- Preparatory vs Execution Movements

A longtime fan e-mailed me the location of where a lot of the original MCS site was archived so I will be sharing some my older stuff.

Many folks reading this are current or former military, for those that are not I will attempt explain Preparatory Command/ and Command of Execution. When you are marching and the person calling cadence says something like "Right" that is to alert you that prepare you that a command is coming. When they say "Face" that is the Command of Execution and when you hear "Face" you turn "Right".

My point is that I use that to teach self-defense. Picture your training partner standing with their feet about shoulder width apart but on the same plane. You are standing at a 45-degree angle to them at their at approx. their 2 O'clock position.

In most cases for them to throw a right handed lunge punch or a roundhouse they are going to have to step back with their right foot before throwing the punch. That is the Preparatory Movement  (PC) before the attack. When they step back is when you should counter attack. Not when they are throwing the punch which is the Execution Movement (EM).

Another example would be when somebody reaches for a fixed blade worn on the belt in a sheath. That is the Preparatory Movement. Drawing the knife is the Execution Movement. If you attack the attack and smother it you have done two important things. You have kept the knife in the sheath and probably identified the person's strong hand.

The detection of PMs relies heavily on recognizing natural patterns of human movement present during normal contact, as well as quickly establishing a baseline of movement with every contact when possible.

You will be familiar to police responding with gunfire to what is defined as "furtive movement".   Some struggle to define it, but it is pretty easy.  After thousands of times watching people draw guns on TV, movies, or in person we know that if it were not done with speed once could make a case they were retrieving their wallet.  A reasonable person would conclude based on the totality of the circumstances that they were most likely attempting to draw a weapon and planned on use it.  When someone wants to show you something their is no need to present it with speed.

Of course in most attacks there are several Preparatory Movements. Learn to respond to them instead of the Execution Movements.

28 March 2016

Two free things that will make a huge difference in an emergency...and every other day

Everyday more and more people seem to be waking up to the fact that something very bad is heading for our country and that time is running out.  Many people respond to this by buying guns, ammo, food, water, and making other preparations.  A small percentage of those folks will seek training besides what they discover on Youtube and forums.  Unfortunately, there are two things that it takes a life time to train for, but get very little attention because they are so every day and so mundane.  I am talking about your relationship with your family and interpersonal communication skills.  There is nothing to buy, nothing to carry around, just the results of who you are as a person and who you are in your family.

Some of you may or may not know that I run a men’s ministry called Iron Sharpens Iron. One of the big things we emphasize is that men accept their responsibility to their wife and children.  Most men that claim to do that really mean that they go to work every day and support the family.  They don’t “lead”.

Their wife makes most of the decisions and sadly their kids don’t even know who they are.  Since the 70’s popular culture including TV had made Dad out to be a goof who is really just another kid for Mom to take care of.

Flying a fair amount I see the outcomes of the detached Dad over and over in airports.  When you enter your airport, you give up a lot of your control.  People become edgy and nervous.  You see the happy family on the trip to Disney World.  The stress and confusion on the Dad’s face is evident. Mom runs things and the kids know it.  He is along for the ride.

No matter what, most of us experience this to some extent, especially those in emergency services and the military.  We are unplugged for long periods of time forcing Mom to step up to the plate.  Then we show up and wonder who are we to just jump in and start barking orders.  It is a fine line.

But no matter who you are, whether you have just a wife, just kids, blended family or whatever, in time of an emergency will they listen to you and do as you say without argument.  After all, if you are reading this you are probably the default leader of the group.

Does your family freak out when someone gets hurt at home or you are involved in a non-serious motor vehicle accident?  While we are on the subject, do you freak out when things go sideways?  If you do, how can they respect you as a leader in case of a real emergency such as a violent attack or forced evacuation.  How well do you know your family?  The people you are preparing to protect, take care of, spend an unknown amount of time in a rough situation.  If you are wondering, now might be the time to stop stockpiling gear and strengthen relationships.

The second part is interpersonal communication skills including conflict resolution.   The more fights you become involved in, the bigger the chance of losing.  Do you view yourself as Rick in the Walking Dead? During any and all emergencies you are going to have to deal with all kinds of people who are already stressed out and over protective from people just like you to first responders.  If you regularly make a habit of getting angry when you don’t get your way in daily life, you will do the same thing under stress.  Raising your voice or even using the wrong inflection will draw unwanted attention and put people on guard.  There are ways to get them back on your side, but it is much easier not to have to use them.

First of all you have to learn to see and hear yourself as the world does, not as you do.  Take me for instance.  I am big, bald, and covered in tattoos, so I use that to my advantage.  My appearance is my visual flashbang.  People have a certain reaction, but I am purposely soft and well spoken.  Now they don’t know what to think.  It is all about getting my needs met.  Often the first thing I say has little or nothing to do with my business.  Within seconds, I am inside their mind and well on my way to getting what I want.  The vast majority put no thought into what they say and how they say it.  Another one of my favorite tactics is to greet them in such a way that they think we know each other, even if we have never met.  If this is achieved, for the rest of the time we spend together they will be trying to figure out how we know each other.  The truth is that they will remember me next time and act like we are friends.  It is called having a hook.  This is as easy as reading a name tag and calling them by name, so people do this that it really works.  Recently I did this in an auto parts store and the guy continued to help me as other customers were lined up to the point where other employees helped them, I mean after all we were friends from…..somewhere.

These everyday skills are the same ones that will make your life easier in an emergency, but they require continuous honing and don’t cost you a thing.

22 February 2016

MCS Correspondence Course Lesson 06- timing and distance, move forward to the outside

I don't think I have ever seen a video that does a better job of showing how your body's natural compass can be a liability in a real altercation.  Nor have I seen one that does such a good job of showing exactly the opposite of how we train.

Humans being verbal and social creatures most often engage each other face to face at conversations distance.  The reasons are obvious. When you are close to and facing someone, you don't need to yell at each other.  They can also see your facial expressions and possibly read your lips if they cannot hear you. Try having a conversation with someone facing away from you and see how frustrating it is and watch how fast the person with their back to you turns around.  

Now consider the fact that the vast majority of altercations that escalate to physical violence begin as a verbal altercation.

The next problem, as you can see in the video, is that when roughhousing or practicing some of the striking arts they tend to stay within hands touch distance allowing them to stay in contact with each other or trade punches and kicks.  The longer this goes on in a fight the longer it will be maintained.

If you couple your natural compass with millions of interpersonal contacts that do not result in any physical contact and add "training" like this or hours and hours of traditional striking arts, you can see where there is an excellent chance you will do exactly the same thing when being confronted.

The larger problem with this is that at contact distance when someone pushes the attack, unless you are trained to do otherwise, you will back up and not move forward.  The closer you are to people, the more likely you are to move towards the attack.  This is why we train police officers to deal with suspects who are both compliant and have their hands in view.  Standing at the traditional interview distance of 3-5 fee is absolutely the worst position you can be in.  It is a no mans land where you are too far away to move in during an attack, so instead you will back up giving the attacker full extension for an open hand strike or impact/edged weapon attack.  

Typically we teach bouncers and police to be at a distance to a contact where they can put their palm flat against their chest.  This means that your response will be behind the wrist and inside the weapon or you can foul their attempt to draw a weapon.  If they take a step back, you take a step forward like your leg is tied to theirs.  This really shuts people down.

Your reaction to any furtive movement towards you, such as a finger in the chest, is to close the distance and move to the outside of the offending hand and control the arm.  If they are putting a finger in your chest, they are punching you in the face in their mind and will be doing this next if you don't respond with action instead of words.  This is FUNDAMENTAL.  If done correctly, all your natural weapons are pointed at them and all theirs are pointed away from you.  They are 100% playing defense at this point because they are not used to having someone flank them.  It puts you in a position to issue verbal commands or attack the Central Nervous System with with elbows to the head and the Structural System with strikes to the elbow and knees.  There is no trading shots or back and forth.  If the open hand skills you are practicing allow you to practice them several days a week for hours at at time, they are likely to fail in the real world.  

This one thing has kept many altercations from becoming violent for me and the bouncers I train.  With more training it also transitions fast into a rear choke or simply smash them into a wall.

The bottom line is that being close enough to move to the outside at the onset of violence gives you the luxury of time and options that do not exist when you are face to face.

16 February 2016

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15 February 2016

MCS Correspondence Course Lesson 005- when to deploy your pistol

Whenever you are choosing a defensive tool, there are four things you need to consider: selection, carry, deployment, and use.  Whether you are talking to people in person, or reading magazines and forums, most of the talk is about selection, carry, and use.

Deployment, the when and how of deploying your pistol is messy, sticky, and gray.  When deployment is covered, they are usually talking about the draw stroke and not about the possible need of having to get someone off of you, or the legal ramifications for brandishing.  The reason why is that most instructors are police, military, or both, including me, and never had to worry about when to draw their gun.

No matter who the instructor is, or how notable they are, whether they be military, police, or not, ask them if they have ever drawn their pistol on someone as a civilian and what the outcome was.  If they look at you funny, it is because they have not put much thought into the ramifications of drawing a gun on someone in public.  Many police will go through and entire career without ever drawing down on someone while off duty.  This is true with me as well.  The closest I have ever gotten was lifting my shirt to display my pistol and order verbal commands during three robbery set ups.  Once when I was still a cop and twice since I have been retired.  In all the incidents, I had cover and could see all the suspects hands.  In all three cases, it was enough to stop what was happening.  In each situation, based on my experience, I knew that drawing would be justified but wanted to avoid doing so, if at all possible.  Again, a decision based on my personal experience.

Much of the instruction post 911 is coming from Veterans, especially SOF guys.  There is no doubt that they can teach you to rock and roll with a a rifle or pistol..USE.  The problem is whether or not they understand your needs as a CCW holder and not a warfighter.  If most police have never drawn their gun off duty, how many warfighters have?

The vast majority of police training is qualification masquerading as training.  The goal is to get everyone to qualify with an agreed upon score and agreed upon course.  The only people qualifying in plain clothes are detectives and bosses, and I cannot tell you how many of them show up that day and qualify with a duty rig instead, or how many never carry a reload.

During my career, without exaggeration, I drew my gun hundreds of times, sometimes on suspects, and often just entering situations like clearing buildings.  Acting under the color of law, not one of those times did I ever hesitate since I knew that I was in uniform and in most cases would not have to justify me drawing my gun. This could not be any further from the truth for the CCW holder.

Also for the CCW holder, about 90% of your range time should be from the holster, not shooting at a target with a drawn weapon.  Police are given the discretion of drawing down on people even with slight justification.   Even if they are stopping a car or pulling someone up, they often get to choose the when and the where.  A citizen will be selected by the predator and the predator in most cases will select the when and where of the "stop".  They are driving the action and you will just be responding to it.  Like I referenced earlier, I saw the robberies getting ready to brew in very subtle ways that at first I probably did not consciously process.  An attack on a citizen will most likely be spontaneous requiring you to shoot as you draw.  During a career of drawing my pistol, often several times a shift, I fired it once during my career.   Before firing that round, I had already drawn my pistol and was looking for the suspect.  It was later followed with four rounds of OO buck.

As you sit reading this, especially as a citizen, think about the feelings that would rush over you if you had to draw your handgun in public.  How about if you have your family with you, something else uniformed police do not have to worry about.  If there are witnesses,  will you look like an off duty cop, a regular guy, or a bad guy?  Not just if you shoot, but when you draw your gun.  People are going to freak out.  Especially if it is in reaction to something subtle they did not see. In my case, these days I look like a biker and have to take that into consideration.  Since you have never done it "live" before, you will likely be freaking out just a little.

In all those times drawing my gun in the line of duty, there were a few other times when my finger was on the trigger taking up slack and things changed and I did not have to shoot.  My shooting was the only time that I experienced the tunnel vision, audio exclusion  (muffled sounds), tachypsychia (the distortion of time), intrusive thoughts ( I remember reminding myself that I had to pick up milk on the way home), associated with a life or death situation.

The funny thing about training for the "when" of deployment is that it is the cheapest of all things to train for. Keep in mind that on of the biggest issues with square range training is that it often uses a whistle or buzzer to provoke your fire and there is no noise in the world that can justify you to pull the trigger.  Search Youtube for videos of robberies  and police involved shootings.  Watch them with the sound off and watch the actions of the predators.  The furtive movements of a predator do not match those of any other types of human interaction.  The second is with a Blue Gun, or a clear pistol with barrel insert.  Have a friend mimic the movements you saw on the videos as well as having them draw training weapons such as guns and knives. Practice issuing verbal commands and stepping to cover.

Police have bells that go off in their heads or mental lines drawn that make them draw their weapon.  After time, those bells and lines are more fine tuned from experience.  You need to develop your bells and lines and that cannot be accomplished with all the square range training that there is.

Part 2 of Deployment will be the how to deploy your pistol.

02 February 2016

Knockers- subtle, discreet, effective

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