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    Non-Lethal Weapons: Open Hand vs. Closed Hand Strikes

    In the martial arts and unarmed defense communities, there’s always discussion about whether open- or closed-hand strikes are best. In reality, there are appropriate targets for each. The formula is simple: If you’re striking a soft surface, use a closed-hand strike because it creates a hard surface. If you’re striking a hard surface, use an…

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  • Pre-Battle Veteran: Hand to Hand Combat Training

    Pre-Battle Veteran: Hand to Hand Combat Training

    Lt. Col. Dave Grossman explains the concept behind this term, which he coined while a professor at West Point and how it connects with hand to hand combat training. Historically, veterans were those who had lived through combat. Today, with the use of realistic simulators, hand to hand combat training, airsoft and Simunitions, we have…

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  • Monday Morning Quarterbacking

    Monday Morning Quarterbacking

    Reviewing past experiences is clearly a great way to learn and plan for our own personal defense. Yet Monday morning quarterbacking still has a negative connotation attached to it. A widespread perception exists that we should not second-guess or judge the actions of those who have been involved in critical incidents. Rob Pincus disagrees with…

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  • Personal Safety Tip: Wearing a Scarf

    Personal Safety Tip: Wearing a Scarf

    You wear a scarf in cold weather to help stay warm, and that is accomplished by making a tight seal with the scarf around the neck area. Unfortunately, this impacts your personal safety. Wearing a scarf around the neck gives bad guys a way to choke you and a handle they can use to pull…

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  • Dynamic Training Strategies: Maintaining Control from the Ground

    Dynamic Training Strategies: Maintaining Control from the Ground

    Empirical evidence shows that street fights and other unarmed defensive encounters usually go to the ground. If you end up in that worst-case scenario of being flat on your back on the asphalt, how do you defend yourself?

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  • Escaping Front Headlock

    Escaping Front Headlock

    Tyler Grant demonstrates and explains a simple technique for escaping from a front headlock during a fight. Anytime that your airway is threatened, you risk lethal injuries. Escaping from a headlock in an efficient way is vital.

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  • Establishing the Clinch

    Establishing the Clinch

    Cecil Burch explains how he has evolved the way he teaches establishing a clinch when fighting in extreme close quarters. Cecil explains the difference between reaching out to try to get into a control position, and using your entire body to establish proximity and then get into a clinch.

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  • Carrying Non-Lethal Force Options

    Carrying Non-Lethal Force Options

    Rob Pincus discusses carrying optional defensive tools along with your firearm. This practice has been strongly advocated by several instructors, including PDN Contributor Claude Werner, in order to allow you to defend yourself without having to

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  • Male vs. Female Attackers

    Male vs. Female Attackers

    Rob Pincus responds to a frequently asked question in regard to differences in how you might respond if attacked by a woman instead of a man. The fact is that the physical actions you would take to defend yourself from a woman are no different than they are if you are attacked my a man

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