• Krav Maga Self-Defense Striking
    7:28

    One of the most important parts of any unarmed self-defense system is the striking. Instructor Aaron Jennetti of the U.S. Krav Maga Association maintains that if you cannot hurt someone, you cannot defend yourself as efficiently as would otherwise be possible. He presents the basics of Krav Maga self-defense striking with the hands, elbows, feet…

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  • Shooting Mechanics: Trigger Control
    3:35

    Mike Hughes of NextLevel Training asserts that trigger control is one of the most unnatural elements of shooting. We have to train our three joints to work together and move in a straight line. And the motion is not constant due to the design of striker-fired triggers. What can we do in training to ingrain…

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  • Lateral Movement Exercises
    3:22

    When under fire, we want to immediately move off the spot where we’ve been targeted. But moving does not eliminate the threat – return fire does, which means we need to shift the firearm from a ready or slung position into a shooting position at the same time we are moving to one side or…

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  • Is Reality Based Training Worth the Expense?
    4:34

    Ken Murray answers this question from both monetary and philosophical perspectives. He notes that there are different levels of reality-based training and only the most elaborate are costly. In addition, the value of not getting involved in a shooting situation because of what you have experienced through reality-based training is harder to quantify, though “priceless”…

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  • Functional Movements
    5:28

    The second tenet of functional exercise is functional movements. Although “functional” has become a catch-all fitness phrase, CrossFit has designated eight tenets that functional movements have to hit. CrossFit Instructor Rob Gerdes explains how functional movements maximize your returns with minimal investment.

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  • Extreme Close Quarters Rifle Training
    6:57

    For many people, defensive use of a rifle will most likely occur inside the home. This makes an encounter at extreme close quarters (defined as within two arms’ reach) a possibility we should train for. How do we maintain control of the rifle at this distance and employ it to stop the threat if needed?

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  • Volume of Fire: Handgun Shooting Accuracy
    3:48

    The volume of fire concept improves your handgun shooting accuracy while delivering a constant string of fire until the threat is stopped, or if you are on the range, until a reactive target goes down. The concept of delivering shots in patterns is flawed because we don’t know how many shots it will take to…

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  • Brandishing a Firearm
    4:58

    Marty Hayes, founder of the Armed Citizen’s Legal Defense Network, clarifies the complicated legal issue of when brandishing a firearm (known in some jurisdictions as unlawful display of a firearm) may be considered a crime. Check your local statutes to know when making, or just implying, the threat of lethal force in self-defense can get…

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  • Driving in Reverse
    5:34

    In some critical incidents, you may need to drive in reverse at a higher than usual speed and/or for a long distance. Buddy Basnett, Senior Driving Instructor with the US Training Center, stresses the importance of situational awareness, which every driver should have to be prepared to drive out of a dangerous situation. He then…

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