Personal Defense Modules

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FUNDAMENTALS OF ARMED HOME DEFENSE FOR WOMENShow More >

  • Part 1: Developing Intuition: Intuitive Decision Making
    16:09

    Part 1: Developing Intuition: Intuitive Decision Making

    Humans are hard-wired on a subconscious level to pick up on many of the threats in our environment. For women, recognizing potential danger is not the problem. Due to their cultural conditioning to be polite and kind, failing to act on their intuition of danger is. Kelly Muir gives an in-depth presentation on how women…

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  • Part 2: Home Defense: Planning for Expected Strangers
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    Part 2: Home Defense: Planning for Expected Strangers

    Home is where people tend to let their guard down and relax. But there are times when people at home need to learn home defense and raise their awareness levels in order to keep themselves and/or their family members safe. Kelly Muir, founder of “Be the Wrong Woman,” analyzes one of those times: the Expected…

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  • Part 3: Deadbolts and Home Security
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    Part 3: Deadbolts and Home Security

    In this expanded video, Jay Musselman, owner of Professional Lock, discusses the first line of security for doors: the deadbolt. Jay gives a detailed analysis of various deadbolts from low to high quality, how they work, what features they offer, and where their weak points are. One step to hardening your home against break-ins is…

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HANDGUN MODULE: GETTING STARTEDShow More >

  • Part 1. Test Driving Defensive Firearms
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    Part 1. Test Driving Defensive Firearms

    Before buying a defensive firearm especially if you are a first-time gun buyer, give it a trial run at the range if possible. The dual purposes of this test drive are to ensure the gun’s functioning and to confirm that it’s suitable for you personally. This is especially important if you’re a first-time gun buyer.…

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  • Part 2. Choose a Good Concealed Carry Belt
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    Part 2. Choose a Good Concealed Carry Belt

    We may need different types of belts when wearing different types of holsters, but there are some universal things to look for in a belt. Rob Pincus is on the range with a variety of belts and holsters.

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  • Part 3. Advantages of a Quick-Release Holster System
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    Part 3. Advantages of a Quick-Release Holster System

    Rob Pincus reviews the advantages of having a holster that holds your gun securely, but also allows for the quick removal of the holster from your body to secure it somewhere else when you cannot carry it, to change clothes, to use the bathroom or for any other number of reasons.

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PRACTICAL BLADE DEFENSEShow More >

  • Part 1: Knife Grip
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    Part 1: Knife Grip

    The first step to knife defense is being able to grip your knife properly, and there are three basic requirements for using a combative knife.

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  • Part 2: Stance
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    Part 2: Stance

    In a real situation that requires you to use a combative knife, your stance is going to be dynamic, but you should at least establish a solid foundation for practicing your knife-wielding tactics.

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  • Part 3: Five Angles of Attack
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    Part 3: Five Angles of Attack

    Once you’ve learned how to hold your knife and the best way to stand, the next step is learning how to cut with it. This involves five basic angles of attack, which Michael Janich shows in this demonstration. The five angles serve as general guidelines for the quadrants or zones of your body that you…

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ACTIVE SHOOTER RESPONSE: UNARMED RESPONSE CONSIDERATIONSShow More >

  • Evolution of Proactive Strategies
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    Part 1. Evolution of Proactive Strategies

    The topic under scrutiny is responding to a spree attacker when you don’t have traditional defensive tools. The idea of having a proactive strategy toward this has been evolving among both law enforcement personnel and private citizens over the past couple of decades. What lessons were learned from the past, how are things done differently…

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  • Using a Fire Extinguisher as a Defensive Tool
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    Part 2. Using a Fire Extinguisher as a Defensive Tool

    A fire extinguisher can make a great defensive tool. In almost all public spaces you can find a fire extinguisher and they can be kept inconspicuously in virtually any environment. Few people question the logic of having a fire extinguisher close at hand, but most people don’t think of it as a defensive tool. A…

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    Part 3. How to Defend Yourself with Improvised Tools in the Workplace: Self Defense Weapons

    Millions of people work in an enclosed environment and may not have access to a defensive firearm. Are they helpless if confronted by an armed bad guy? Definitely not, as a work environment offers a plethora of items that can be used as defensive tools or self defense weapons. Kelly Muir demonstrates several items that…

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FUNCTIONAL FITNESSShow More >

  • Introduction to Fit-Shot Concept
    9:51

    Part 1: Introduction to Fit-Shot Concept

    Rob Pincus discusses a training implementation called FitShot, which combines the exhausting workouts of functional fitness with shooting practice.

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  • Kettlebell Workout for Defensive Fitness
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    Part 2: Kettlebell Workout for Defensive Fitness

    Kettlebells have been a standard fitness tool in Eastern Europe for a long time, but have only become popular in the US over the last decade or so. Kettlebells have some unique features that make them outstanding tools for those interested in defensive fitness, because they give you an opportunity to work your entire body,…

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  • Fundamental FitShot Exercise: Push-Up Technique
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    Part 3: Fundamental FitShot Exercise: Push-Up Technique

    FitShot™ is a program designed to promote fitness in the shooting community. FitShot™ exercises are not meant to be “defensive shooting training.” The push-up can be done slowly or quickly, and with the feet or knees on the ground. After the push-up is completed, a shot is taken, then the process repeated.

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