• 3:04

    Using a Body Lock to Gain Control in an Attack

    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

    Clear, Control, Counter Knife Defense Drill

    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

    Grip and Stance for Knife Defense

    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

    Self-Defense Techniques: Survival Posture

    PDN Contributor Cecil Burch demonstrates self-defense techniques, tactics, and positions that you can use to defend, escape, and survive from a physical confrontation. Cecil refers to this as the Survival Posture, and it is comprised of three components. First, keep your hips squared toward the attacker. Second, try to have as few points on the ground…

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

    Self-Defense Against Multiple Attackers: Split and Stack Strategy

    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

    Part 1: Advantage of Striker-Fired Pistols

    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

    Ezekiel Band

    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

    Knife Training and Knife Grips

    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

    Keychain Lanyard for Personal Defense Weapon

    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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