• 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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  • 12:00

    We can’t always count on having the time and distance needed to deploy our knives before we actually need to defend ourselves. A good way to approach this problem is by using the three Cs: clear, control and counter. In this extended video, Alessandro Padovani of Safer Faster Defense takes us through each step.

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  • Grip & Stance
    6:48

    Alessandro Padovani of Safer Faster Defense discusses why it’s important for a knife handle to fit properly in the user’s hand, focusing on three grips: the hammer grip, the fencer’s (or Filipino) grip, and the reverse grip. Find out which grip works best for you and develop your skills with it. Don’t try working with

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  • Self Defense Techniques: Survival Posture
    7:59

    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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  • Self-Defense Against Multiple Attackers: Split and Stack Strategy
    3:20

    Alessandro Padovani of Safer Faster Defense looks at four important factors that will help us when dealing with multiple assailants using the split and stack strategy: angle, distance, speed and accuracy. Alessandro demonstrates how these work against single and multiple assailants in unarmed self-defense and discusses how each skill can be honed in practice. In

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  • Part 1: Advantage of Striker-Fired Pistols
    6:40

    There are several variations on the defensive handgun, from single-action to double-action, short trigger to long trigger, and hammer vs. modern striker fired guns.

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  • Ezekiel Band
    1:39

    The Ezekiel Band is a triple threat: a fashion bracelet, survival bracelet, and defense bracelet. Designer Rick Foster shows how it works and explains the concepts behind it. The Ezekiel Band is 10 to 12 feet of paracord with a bit of defense band on it. It’s named for the jiu-jitsu choke called the Ezekiel

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  • Knife Training and Knife Grips
    1:50

    Alessandro Padovani of Safer Faster Defense works with you on knife training and demonstrates how to grip a knife in a defensive context. He shows the three ways to grip a knife. The hammer grip, where you hold the knife as if it were a hammer, is a strong grip but you lose some dexterity.

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  • Keychain Lanyard for Personal Defense Weapon
    4:37

    Many personal defense instructors recommend using keys as improvised defensive tools. Rob Pincus discusses the best ways that you can improve on this idea with a keychain lanyard.

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