12 June 2014

More knife fighting BS

Today on Facebook a good friend and law enforcement student sent me a like to a video called something like "What you need to know if you carry a knife for self defense".  It was an intro to what I imagine are a series of videos to follow.  It showed a guy in his living room with is knife collection.  In five minutes, he spoke about the varying quality of knives, sharpening and carrying them.  The one thing he said that got my attention was that he had amassed this knowledge from years of study.  My years of study have taught me something much different.

If you want to study edged weapons like someone would study BJJ or Boxing that is fine, but the truth in that if anything you are going to be attacked with an edged weapon that you never see coming and you are going to have to defend yourself open handed.  Your knowledge of knives and the quality of what you are carrying will not matter.  The one that cuts your skin will be something that most reading this will not be caught dead with.  It will be a knife that was designed first as a tool and then pressed into service as a weapon.  Things like steak knives, screwdrivers, and box cutters.

Most know that I earn part of my living bouncing.  Recently, while working with one of my regular partners, I was involved in an altercation.  A fella who was a bit taller than me and about 80 pounds lighter was asked to leave the bar.  During the exchange, he swung at me and missed.  A buddy of his then attempted to strike me and got a palm smash to the right cheek bone that put him flat on his ass.  It ended up with three of us and about six of them, not counting the ones that were kicking one bouncer as he held the guy in a rear choke on the ground.  At one point, I had the original guy up standing and was taking him out the door when he did land a punch to my face and the blood began to flow.  In response to this, I hit him with two palm smashes and a kick to the ball of his ankle.  This brought is head down for a knee strike that opened up his forehead and took him out of the fight.  I handed him off to a bartender and went back into the bar to move the other guys out.  You may ask yourself what the hell this has to do with knife fighting.  It has to do with an observation that I have made many times.  During the chaos of a real fight, you and the people you are fighting will be moving all over the place and if someone decides to pull a weapon you will probably not be in a physical or mental position to see it.  All you know is that you are fighting a person, and to fight a person you are usually facing their front.  You might detect movement you recognize as drawing a weapon, but more likely it will be a roundhouse with a knife attached.  All the shots I took to my body and the back of my head could just as easily have been stabs or cuts.

The bottom line is that if your training is based on defending against a weapon that in real life you will likely never even see, and you are training to survive the street, you are wasting your time.  Here are some take aways-

During an altercation, the best place to be is well within arms distance.  If you are well outside arms distance, run away if you can.  This is usually not an option for police, corrections, and bouncers.  In that case, get a physical barrier between you and them.

Once the fight is on the fight is on, end it.  You need to decide what that means.

Tying up with one person is OK in the dojo or gym, but on street it just allows their buddies to abuse you.

The fastest way to take someone out of a fight is a combination of Central Nervous System disruption/destruction and Structural System disruption/destruction.  If you don't know how to accomplish that, then learn.

You will be held accountable for your actions either by your employer or in court.  Probably both.  There are very few situations where you could ever justify using a knife, or any weapon.  It is much easier to justify open hand strikes and some kicks.  Even easier if you never strike them with a closed fist.  Again,, if you need a closed fist to effectively strike, you need to seek training.  Broken hands suck.

Do with this information as you wish.

06 May 2014

Safety & Awareness for Women WED 04JUN14 6-10 PM New Freedom PA

Safety & Awareness for Women
 WED 04JUN14 6-9 PM 
New Freedom PA

Hampton Inn 100 Far Hills Dr New Freedom PA
(Just off RT 83)

 Safety & Awareness is an interactive lecture course.  Over two hours, attendees will learn to see the world around them from a different perspective allowing them to identify potential dangers and threats that others miss.  In addition to processing this information, they will also learn proven avoidance strategies allowing them to escape potential emergencies, such as active shooters and criminal assault.  Make the choice now to take personal responsibility for your safety.
.The following training topics will be covered:
  • Controlling your environment
  • Personal security concepts
  • Things you should always carry
  • Physical security concepts
  • How to survive an active shooter
  • Cover vs. Concealment
  • Caretaker strategies for those moving with children or disabled persons
  • Fight - Flight - Freeze
  • Stalking
8-9 PM will be used for an optional question and answer session

The cost of the course is $25 per person.  Pre-registration is required and space is limited.  To register e-mail Lisa or call 717-889-1753.  Accepted methods of payment are check or money order mailed to us, or via paypal to mcs521@gmail.com.

30 April 2014

Stop dragging your feet and learn pistol fundamentals

Last year after my Dad bought a 2013 Street Glide I inherited his 92 Fat Boy.  For those of you who are not familiar I am talking about Harley Davidson motorcycles.  For years because of my shaved head and tattoos I had been identified as a “bike”.  Even though I look like I should have known how to ride a motorcycle I didn’t.

Drawing of my Dad’s 50 years of riding experience, I took in as much as I could, but in the end, nobody can ride a motorcycle for you, just like nobody can shoot a gun for you.  After riding for a year or so I just new there was something I was missing, something very fundamental.  Years ago my Dad had mentioned Jerry “Motorman” Palidino to me.  The Motorman was a retired police motorcycle officer who taught a course and DVD called “Ride Like  Pro”.  I got a hold of said DVD and while watching it I had a huge face palm moment.  In the DVD he covers some very simple fundamentals about using the rear, brake and clutch to allow you to execute very tight turns at a snails pace while riding the largest of motorcycles.  With less than an hour of practice my riding was 100% better.  This increased my confidence and fun factor.  Now my goal is to continually hone those skills every time I ride.

In a Youtube video the “Motorman” says “if you are replacing your boots faster than replacing your tires you might be a foot dragger”.  You see the only time you should be putting your feet down is when the bike is stopped.  But in reality you see lots of bad ass bikers walking their bikes around with baby steps while going slow.  The best place to see this is at the gas station and other parking lots.  If you see one them dragging their feet you know that they have the bike but not the training to get the most out of it.  This leads me to the point of this article.

There are plenty of people out there who own pistols.  Many of them even have the 511 Tuxedo and Oakleys.  They look like they should know what they are doing, but the truth is that many have no idea what to do with that pistol.  All the information they have about it has come from magazines, family, friends, and worst of all the internet.  Unless they attend training or get in front of others that know the fundamentals, no one will ever recognize their “foot dragging”.  Ignorance is bliss until it comes to life and death.  

This will be the first in a series of articles and short videos showing the fundamentals of handling a pistol.  Notice I did not say how to shoot a pistol.  The reason why is because that does not seem to be the issue with people I see turn up at classes.  Their issues are safety and gun handling.  If you have never attended structured training or shot on an actual firing line there are tips, tricks, and etiquette that you could not possibly know.  In this series I will give you the information that will allow you to be safe as well as look like you know what the hell you are doing.  This will hopefully increase your confidence as well as your fun level when it comes to the pistol.

The most important thing though is that you will have a structured, repeatable techniques to share with people who come to you for it after they see you wearing that 511 Tuxedo and Oakleys.

Here is some primer, if you are serious about training yourself and others, narrow it down to one pistol (at least at first).  Get a Blue Gun and two Blue Gun magazines for that gun.  Stay tuned.

13 February 2014

Can you use a knife to defend yourself?

Inverted Edge Tactics is essentially point shooting for knives.  It works with all types of knives reguardless of size or locks.

04 February 2014

Stop bolting expensive stuff onto your kydex sheaths

One of the many things I have never understood is why people get a nice thin knife for concealed carry in a nice thin kydex sheath and bolt a Tec Loc onto it doubling the thickness.  This makes the whole thing stick farther out and does not allow the knife to move with you, and when you try to put it back in the sheath you stab yourself.

Lets do the math, three Tec Loks would be $39 without shipping.  That would take care of three sheaths.  A three pack of mercharnesses is $20 and a three pack of Tactical Tethers is $10.  So for $30 you could take care of six sheaths.  Knife and sheath makers contact me for quantity pricing, and the best part is that you can offer both for less than a Tek Loc and don't have to bolt anything on.

Chief, can we stab people?

Unfortunately this is what many chiefs hear and see when someone asks about edged weapons training.  The truth is that officers will come into contact with more people carrying edged weapons in a day than with people carrying guns in a month.  Edged weapons, whether they are designed as such or improvised, are found in just about every environment even if the offender is not carrying any on their person.  That is why we keep people out of bathrooms and kitchens while on calls for service in residences.

Most DT programs only touch on edged weapons defenses because most DT techniques fair very poorly when used against edged weapons.  An effective edged weapons program recognizes that we usually do not see the weapon before we are attacked.  This requires an open hand response that either stops the threat or allows the officer to transition to a mechanical force option that will.

Training against a threat as deadly and spontaneous as an edged weapon attack has to focus on Principle Based Responses that are as intuitive as hitting your brakes when a car in front of you slams on theirs.  This means there is no time for complicated martial arts techniques.

Our Edged Weapons Survival for Law Enforcement Course is 8 hrs for the officer, and an additional 8 to be an instructor.

Morning Session- Spontaneous Attack Suppression

Topics covered include-
Use of force
Combative Fundamentals
Combative Anatomy
Selection, carry, deployment, and use of edged weapons
Three phases of an edged weapon attack
Common angles of attack
Constant tactical positioning
Responding to furtive movement 
Principle based responses 

Even though the majority of officers carry a knife while on duty, very few agencies have any policies and procedures in place in reference to these ERTs (Emergency Rescue Tools).  You would think that agencies would want to have something in place to ensure that their officers are not carrying the Death Dealer 2000 or some other savage weapon that could become an issue if ever used to defend the officer’s life.  Our answer to this issue is the afternoon portion of Edged Weapon Survival.

Afternoon Session- Tactical Folding Knife for LE

Topics covered include-

Role of the tactical folder in law enforcement
Selection, carry, and use of the tactical folder
Principle of required extension
Role of the live hand

Both Spontaneous Attack Survival and Tactical Folding Knife for LE can be taken as stand alone courses with the understanding that they were designed to be taken in that order and to complement each other.

Spontaneous Attack Survival has been presented at both ILETA and ALEFI Conferences.

Call 717-693-2085 today to find out how easy it is to host this course at your agency and receive free training.