• 10:14

    Through frequent and realistic training, we can use the power of recognition to respond to a threat more efficiently. In this in-depth video, Michael Dasargo of 10X Defense explains that by recognition, he means we’re familiar with what’s happening, and contact is a key method to develop skills and have those skills transfer to the

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  • Learn Extremity Anatomy for Self-Defense
    4:42

    The hands and wrists are made up of very small bones and joints that are mobile and can be moved in many different ways. Peak-Performance Coach Mike Gillette advises that the first thing to understand is the range of motion the joints have, so you can maintain stability no matter how they move in a

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  • Importance of Extremity Strength Development
    3:08

    Peak Performance Coach Mike Gillette talks about how important extremity strength development is to improve all personal defense skills. While core strength development is often promoted, having strong fingers, hands, wrists and forearms is vital to us defensively in numerous ways, including being able to punch more effectively, hold weapons and tools more efficiently and

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  • Active Shooter Training
    4:47

    An active shooter is someone who comes into a public space with the intent of hurting as many people as possible. What kind of active shooter training can be done in a workplace? High-Risk Areas If you’re in a high-risk area such as a hospital, amusement park, shopping mall, or school, a place where people

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  • Defensive Grooming Gestures
    2:48

    Defensive grooming gestures are great defensive techniques for when you aren’t sure what’s going on or for when you are sure but don’t want to escalate a situation by making more overt moves. Rob Pincus demonstrates these defensive grooming gestures. Possible Scenarios Imagine you’re walking down the street and see a couple of kids coming

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  • 3:04

    PDN Contributor and hand-to-hand close-quarters combat instructor Cecil Burch discusses and demonstrates how to use a body lock. Once we’ve crashed into the bad guy, inflicted some pain and set him back on his heels, we need to take control from him. He started the control by initiating the attack. We take control away from

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  • Close Combat Training
    3:58

    PDN Contributor Cecil Burch demonstrates a close combat training technique. There are a lot of options once we have established the body lock and have broken the attacker’s posture. We can put him on the ground and run away. We can put him on the ground and go to the ground with him and strike

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  • Self-Defense Techniques
    8:36

    Tony Blauer, President of Blauer Tactical Systems Inc, and Jason, a BTS instructor, demonstrate some self-defense techniques using the startle-flinch conversion. This kind of training doesn’t require any special equipment or place. It requires the commitment to practice. Flinch Response to Danger If someone is getting too close to you, your hands will naturally move

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  • elbow strikes for self defense
    3:01

    Two great things about elbow strikes for self-defense are that the elbows are readily accessible, and you are not limited to one type of motion with them. You can strike up with the elbow, come around and strike from the side with it, or in some circumstances start up high and strike downward. There’s no

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