• Close Combat Training

    Close Combat Training: Distance After Control

    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

    Self-Defense Techniques: Outside 90 Position

    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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    Downward Elbow Strikes for Self-Defense

    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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  • Self-Defense Pressure Points

    Self-Defense Pressure Points – Vulnerabilities and Training

    During self-defense preparation, we want to integrate concepts that apply to both armed and unarmed situations. What techniques should we spend time training to deal with the human weapon system? PDN Managing Editor Rob Pincus sits down with Dr. Robert Smith of the Direct Action Medical Network, who discusses the concept of self-defense pressure points.…

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    Hip Escape

    One of the basic concepts of unarmed self-defense is creating distance between you and your attacker. This can be done vertically or horizontally. In this video, PDN Contributor Cecil Burch demonstrates a horizontal displacement move called the hip escape. It comes from Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and is also known as shrimping. It can be used if…

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    Defeating the Telegraph

    In a real-world defensive encounter, if your body is telegraphing what your next strike is going to be, you may give the attacker an advantage. One benefit of training in off-balance positions is that they limit your ability to telegraph. Omari Broussard, owner of 10X Defense, demonstrates how you can still strike with speed and…

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    How to Secure Your Home to Prevent Invasion

    Protecting your family starts with strengthening your domicile against home invasion. Having a reinforced entryway is a great place to start. A secure screen door is the first message that you’re serious and potential invaders should look elsewhere. Next we examine the main door and what features it should have to keep intruders out. But…

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  • Self Defense Tips:  A Recipe for Unarmed Defensive Skills

    Self Defense Tips: A Recipe for Unarmed Defensive Skills

    Students often ask firearms instructors which martial arts they should learn in order to be prepared to defend themselves. Rob Pincus provides self defense tips and advises students to seek instruction in two areas: striking and grappling. Rob feels the most efficient way to develop close-quarters striking skills is at a Muay Thai school, and…

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  • Self Defense Techniques: Survival Posture

    Self Defense Techniques: Survival Posture

    PDN Contributor Cecil Burch on self defense techniques, tactics, and positions that you can use consistently that allows you to survive, defend and set up your escapes in a physical confrontation. Cecil calls this the Survival Posture and it has three components. First, keep your hips squared toward the attacker. Second, try to have as…

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