Counter Ambush Concepts: Neuroscience

with Rob Pincus
Session 1: Instinct vs. Intuition


You Get with Your Class:

  • In-depth Instruction; Over 70 minutes
  • On-demand video access anytime
  • Indefinite access. Pay once, view forever
  • Bonus materials, including several printable Class supplements and exercises
  • Earn a Certificate of Training upon completion
  • Access to Class-only Q&A with PDN experts

Neuroscience is the study of how the human brain functions and interacts with the nervous system. Counter Ambush Concepts: Neuroscience looks specifically at what we know about how the human brain operates in the context of a surprise physical attack. In taking this class, you’ll learn how to apply this knowledge in the selection and set up of a defensive handgun, and the development of an effective reality-based counter ambush training model that maximizes efficiency in stopping a threat.

Something as mundane as stumbling on a flight of stairs, for example, elicits an automatic physical reaction of reaching for a railing or bracing ourselves for the fall. Similarly, the human body is hardwired to physically react when startled or caught off guard, as in an ambush. This class helps you understand your body’s automatic reaction so that you can integrate those reactions into your defensive training plan.

Your instructor for this class is PDN Executive Director Rob Pincus. Rob breaks down key aspects of the neuroscientific processes of the human brain in easy-to-understand terms and applies those processes to defensive training. You’ll differentiate critical concepts like sensory perception versus cognitive awareness, and what it means to react instinctively versus intuitively. And you’ll see how advances in our understanding of the neurosciences has led to an evolution in a training concept pioneered decades ago, called the O.O.D.A. Loop, into a contemporary update called O3A.

The importance of knowing how the human brain reacts to surprises, how it controls your body, executes learned responses and contributes to the techniques that you are going to rely on in an ambush situation cannot be overstated.

More Than a Video Presentation

In addition to the detailed video instruction, this class includes a printable download, detailing some of the key concepts presented in the video class. Plus, to help you put the concepts you learn into practice, you’ll receive 5 bonus downloadable training exercises designed to help you solidify your understanding of the material presented through your own practical application of key concepts.

PDN Academy Certification

Your class includes automatic access to the PDN Academy Testing Center. There you can test your understanding of the material presented in your class via a series of questions derived from the class materials. Earn a passing score and you’ll immediately receive a personalized Certificate of Training recognizing your accomplishment. Full details are provided in your downloadable class materials provided when you purchase this class.

Based on years of research into startle reactions and how they can be integrated into training and experimentation in regard to technique development and practice models, the Counter Ambush Concepts: Neuroscience class is one of the most unique self-defense educational opportunities available.

Rob Pincus

As Executive Director of Personal Defense Network (PDN), Rob Pincus is the embodiment of PDN’s commitment to providing affordable, accessible, practical personal defense information and effective training for the masses. Rob has produced over 100 Training DVDs, published 9 books and written countless articles on topics related to all aspects of personal defense. His I.C.E. Training Company has developed many training programs and certified hundreds of instructors to help others be prepared to defend themselves and those they care about. Rob currently serves as a Reserve Deputy with the San Juan County (Colorado) Sheriff’s Office. From 2003 through 2007, Rob was the Director of The Valhalla Training Center in Montrose, Colorado. Rob developed the training doctrines and programs that brought Valhalla to the attention of the entire shooting industry as a leading source of reality based firearms training. During this time, Valhalla was identified by the Rand Corporation as a leader in private sector reality based training. Rob and his team provided Extreme Close Quarters Counter Ambush training to numerous US Military Special Operations teams during and after his time with Valhalla. Rob’s approach to personal defense with a firearm is exemplified by his Combat Focus® Shooting program. An Intuitive approach to defensive shooting that has been in constant development for well over a decade and is now taught by scores of instructors around the world. CFS is the flagship program of I.C.E. Training Company, which provides training around the world to military, law enforcement, private security and individual students interested in self-defense. Students of all abilities and backgrounds benefit from the methods Rob teaches, gaining maximum value from limited training resources and learning to develop skills that can be applied under real world conditions.

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Bonus Materials Included

  • Class Supplement PDF
  • Class Exercises PDF
  • Class Notes Page PDF
  • Certification Instructions
  • Sample: Certificate of Training
  • Video: Meet Your Instructor