Is it effective? It works like magic. No joke, the black jack is like black belt in a bottle. It is scary how much damage it inflicts. Even when you ht non-lethal targets areas like the arms or hands the pain is excruciating. When you need to get someone's attention a quick flick on their wrist will be enough to buckle the average man's knees. So please use extreme caution when working with the black jack.
Years ago when I first started training with the black jack, I took it to my work out area and started using it on the training dummy. As I got warmed up, my workout got a little more intense, so much in fact that the black jack bounced off of the rubbery surface of the training dummy and cracked yours truly in the head. When came to my senses, my head was throbbing. I picked myself up off the floor, dusted off and realized two things. First, the black jack is no joke. Even off a deflected strike t had enough juice to put me down. Second, you must train with your weapon on a target that you can hit, stab or shoot. Imagine if that was in the real world and I clocked myself in the head. I would be as dead as Elvis. Training with live blades, impact weapons and firearms on realistic targets trains you to position your body in a particular way in relation to the weapon. Especially with edged weapons and impact weapons. The trajectory of the stab or strike changes slightly with the prospect of getting any sort of blow back from the weapon. You be come extremely aware of this with knives and other edged weapons.
If you're gong to carry a weapon, any weapon from pepper spray to firearms, it is foolish that you don't at least try it a few times to understand how it works and feels. Don't make the first time you use t when your life is on the line, because, at the risk of sounding corny, it could be your last.
This yawara stick combination comes from Module 11 of the Self Defense Training System titled "Old School weapons and Tactics". The yawara stick originated in Japanese jujutsu and reached it's peak in modern day popularity in the 1940's when it was used for police work. The stick itself can be made out of a variety of materials and have different end shapes varying from sharp and pointed to smooth and round. The stick is not illegal to carry and when made of wood is easy to transport. It is and EXTREMELY effective tool for focusing the power of your strikes and dramatically increases the penetration of damage into your target. Even strikes to the body, arms and legs are tremendously painful. The stick can also be used n grappling situations to create space and cause extreme pain to your target as seen in Module 11 of The Self Defense Training System.
This types of weapons are incredibly easy to obtain and carry. Even a close ASP baton can be used in this manner. Anything that is hard and a little larger than the width of your hand can be...oh, that didn't sound right. You know what I mean. You don't have to get all tactical to "make" one. They're cheap anyway, this one cost all of $10.00.
The next important point I want to stress is that the body mechanics for use of the weapon remain the same, this is true for all of the weapons used in the Self Defense Training System. This is deliberate by design since it is in efficient, impractical and ineffective to train different body mechanics for different weapons when under stress you can only recall a handful of gross motor skills. The SDTS in this way is modeled after Japanese Jujutsu. Where jujutsu and even judo were based on the sword, the Self Defense Training System is based on Module 1, Essential Self Defense . Once those core moves are mastered, it is easy to move through the program. This is what has been proven to work time and time again. Learning a basic skill set and adapting it to any situation is the method of training that has the highest success rate in the field. It doesn't matter if you're in calculus class or on the football field. It's the person who understands the basics and how to adapt the basics quickly and easily to each situation that wins the day.
n close combat it is much more effective to use the club with a two handed grip as seen in the video than what's normally taught. In fact, unless you are swinging a bat, axe handle or lead pipe, swinging the club is only advisable in a handful of situations. You don't need to be Rodney King to realize that there is not a lot of knock out power in swinging a night stick. Will it hurt, YES, will it eventually stop you, sure, but is it the most powerful and effective, absolutely not. Add to the equation that modern impact weapons designed for law enforcement lack any significant weight to supply enough knock down power. Weapons like the ASP are more designed for comfort instead of performance. Officers were tired of having to remove and replace their night sticks in their belts every time they entered and exited the cruiser. Hey, I'm not saying they don't hurt, but when you're faced with a drug induced or emotionally disturbed person you are not gong to be happy.
There is a reason riot squads around the globe still use these types of two handed techniques, they work. Now they have even replaced the club with the riot shield (a little more humane) but the same combative movement and tactics none the less.
The reason two handed techniques work so well is simple, you can put more body weight and power behind the strike and the obvious reason is at close range t s impossible to swing the club at all. In Module 9 of the self defense training system we show you how to use the club in grabs, holds and even round situations. Nothing fancy, just what works.
Submission are nice and work, but other than strangles from your target's back, there is not a submission or a position where a capable target could not strike, bite or gouge you. In module 3 you see how simple and vicious unarmed methods will enable you to improve your position and escape. Imagine what you would do in the street tried a triangle choke on you. While they're getting you to submit, you will be eviscerating them when you bite there inner thigh or genitals. Hey, do I really want to bite someone in the nuts? Of course not, but if taking a bite in the families jewels is the difference between me going home or going to the morgue, I'm going to do what I have to do. Make the choice NOW and NOT THEN.
In module 9 "Weapons Offensive Tactics" we show you how easy it is to use weapons, especially edged weapons in a ground fight scenario. I don't know why every women in the world does not have at least 4 to 6 edged weapons concealed about their bodies. In module 9 we show you the many places and ways to conceal and carry edged weapons.
The sleeve dagger (pictured on the left) is an excellent tool and one of the many places to conceal a weapon. One in each sleeve is ideal since one arm may get pinned or injured. Most martial arts systems demand that you fight your opponent unarmed. They may not demand it, but they will not offer any other training that even suggests using a weapon. The notion of ignoring weapons is naive, foolish and down right stupid. Weapons are tools, not to be depended on, but are an integral part of your personal protection arsenal. If you're a 110 pound woman pinned down by a 220 pound man you are in for a world of hurt. But if you were properly trained in weapons training you would DEFINITELY survive and win against KING KONG!!! If you are properly armed and trained, Royce Gracie doesn't stand a chance. The point is, ground fight and grappling are worthy pursuits but still fall under the sports category and need to be treated as such.
Truth be told, give me an MMA, wrestler, BJJ, Judo, Sambo, or whatever fighter and put them up against someone who has trained in module 3 and module 9 of the Self Defense Training System, they wouldn't stand a chance in real world conditions. I say this not to boast, but to make you think about scope and purpose of training. The SDTS practitioner only cares about ending the fight by whatever means necessary while the MMA expert is operating under conditioning restricted by rules. On the flip side and SDTS practitioner would not fare well in the cage for the same reason, purpose and scope of training.
The notion that my style is better than your style is almost ludicrous when you start to ask yourself what was your style developed for? All modern martial arts were developed for nationalism, exercise, sport and profit. Not self defense.
WOW, I really went off there for a bit...sorry about that. Anyway, the point of this drill as described in the video is to get him to stop beating the hell out of you, just long enough for you to either pull him towards you in a reverse strangle or kick him off you with your legs. In a real fight on the ground you always look to better your position. If he's hitting or stabbing you, get him to stop. If you're in the mount, get to the guard, if you're in the guard get to your feet. Always strive to improve your position and don't waste time and energy trying to end the fight from the ground unless it's presented to you on a silver platter.
I received a comment on the Double Forearm Shiver video regarding my previous training and experience for the reason why the techniques I execute look as polished as they do. The person who sent the comment was respectful and well meaning so I will treat him with the utmost respect because his assumption is one that most martial artists make.
His comment is as follows: Sir, Although I agree that traditional martial arts training does not prepare for real world attacks, they are an important element of it.
Your ability to bring out the best of your close combat techniques are mainly due to talent and skills acquired in your prev martial arts training. Your execution of throws, submissions and heck even the "chop" are all neatly done, and one can tell your training before it.
I started with close combat training and moved on to krav maga and now traditional martial arts. It is just good to explore all areas.
Thiam, What your seeing has little or nothing to do with my past training and more and everything to do with athleticism and my current training. Many martial artists miss this point and tend to justify what they teach as a reason for my proficiency in The Self Defense Training System. First of all, let's get one thing straight, I developed and founded the Self Defense Training System and if I don't look good doing it, we have a problem. If Tony Bennett can't sing "I Left My Heart In San Francisco" there's a problem. Second I have been training people in this method for over 12 years and counting. You can even see some of them on the SDC Youtube Channel.
The Self Defense Training System is not a martial art. It is a defensive tactics training program. It's purpose is to train anyone to be the best prepared for real world self defense in the shortest amount of time. Anything else in gravy. It is clear you have chosen to make martial arts a hobby and possibly a lifestyle choice. That's great, but it's not essential for self defense.
What will save you in the street is 10% physical, 90% mental (I have an email blast from one of our Instructors, LtCol Darren Poesel USMC going out in a few minutes). The problem martial artists face regarding self defense are a few.
First and foremost, the business model for martial arts demands that customers stay involved as long as possible. In order to do that, more and more techniques are added to extend student involvement. Sport and competition are also used as a means of extending student enrollment but not as much as you think since a very small percentage (in my 9 years of running schools, less than 10% of students ever competed).
The second issue is that the techniques are there, but lost in the volumes of other techniques you are forced to learn. In Tae Kwon Do for example you learn volumes of technique, yet in sparring you may only use 5 or 6. And they are usually the same techniques everybody else is using. What separates the good from the bad are speed, power, timing and instinct...ATHLETICISM combined with good training guidance and GREAT TRAINING PARTNERS. The techniques are the tools, what makes a champion a champion is the aforementioned factors plus....ATTITUDE!!! On the elite levels of sport it's 10% physical 90% mental.
Look Thiam, at the end of the day the reason my chops look so good is because I've done about 10,000 of them in my life time. If you want to be good at something, you train it and practice it. If I want to be good at soccer, I don't practice basketball. If you ant to be good at self defense you train in The Self Defense Training System , not a traditional martial art or anything else. If you want to be proficient in close quarters combat, focus on those skills and spend the other time running and lifting weights. I have literally trained thousands of people in this manner of the last two decades and it's always been the same: Some people have a natural gift, some need to work harder at it. But unlike sports and martial arts, anyone with the desire can learn to protect themselves. It's basic and natural, not convoluted and complex.
Waiting to be touched by a felon. Martial arts and self defense systems train you to wait. When you're training grabs and holds in the dojo it always looks like this: Partners get next to each other, attacker grabs defender, defender does prescribed attack. Then you get in a circle and one by one you get attacked by people who know two things: what you're going to do and how they are going to react. Everything works and you look like a kung fu rock star.
In the real world...attacker grabs defender and proceeds to punch, kick, stab and bludgeon the snot out of defender immediately. You think you will have time to react, but this is the cold hard truth you must come to grips with. As soon as your grabbed, it's almost over. The bad guy has a plan, you don't. By the time (seconds) you figure out what type of attack it is, they will be outlining your body with chalk. Your mind does not work the way you think it will work when you are stressed. Think about the times you are extremely tired in training, where all you can is basic strikes...that's more like the real world when you're under a real attack.
Point of note: the initial attack only PREEMPTS THE REAL ASSAULT. That grab of the collar or the sleeve is only meant to distract you or pin you down for the follow up. The fact of the matter is, that initial grab is inconsequential. But it's the initial grab that "experts" focus on, we say, forget the initial attack and always "Always Attack the Man!"
This technique in this video comes from Module 4 of The Self Defense Training System titled "Defense vs. Mugs and Holds". In this video, Damian Ross of the Self Defense Company demonstrates the double forearm shiver, designed to stop and shock your attacker when he gets too close. The problem with other systems is that they train you to wait to be attacked and then they train you to focus on the initial attack.The Real issue is that the initial grab is what preempts the actual attack. In most cases the initial grab is only meant as a distraction or a way to pin you down and set up up for the real, follow up attack. This double forearm shiver is one of many tactics from Module 4 that enable you to react in an extreme close range before it's too late.
Train your instinct. When someone gets to close you have to be sensitive to this and react immediately by either moving or attacking. If you tell them to move and they don't, now you have no choice but to act. By act I mean blast them into the stone age.
I can't tell you how many specific defenses I was forced to learn earning my black belts. I literally have sat in the middle of a group of attackers literally hundreds of times. They would come in and in true dojo-Hollywood fashion I would dispatch them one by one. Hell, I even won trophies doing it. But when I reflected my current training against my real world experiences they didn't match up. The real world was fast and frustrating. It was surreal in nature and over before I knew it. That's why when I discovered the Self Defense Training System, I knew it would work and I have a secret for you...(it really does). I discovered that 90% of what I learned for self defense through my previous training could be shit-canned. I simply chalked my time up to experience. I made a lot of great friends (even met my wife)and discovered the training that would lead to The Self Defense Training System through my martial arts training, so I definitely got my money's worth. Sometimes you have to go through a whole lot of BS until you can identify the truth.
This installment of "This Old Ass Kicker" (working title). Hell, I have to name these things something and it has to have a hook. I digress... this clip is an exercise from Module 10 Combat Throws and Take Downs. Before I start, I want to say something about "Throwing" in the street. It's an extra. Knocking a man cold with a strike is clearly the most efficient and easiest way to knock someone's "dick in the dirt". A knock out blow happens in a fraction of second while submissions take seconds and even a minute until the guy's out cold. Longer if you want him to stay that way. Getting someone to tap in the dojo is FAR EASIER than putting someone to sleep in the street. But if you look to further your study of self defense, submissions, throws and take downs give you some options. Especially if you are in law enforcement or security where you are required to apprehend a target. In the civilian world, special circumstances not withstanding, there's little need for submissions or take downs since according to law, you should be fighting for your life or looking to escape.
Though I must admit, throwing someone in competition or in the real world is pretty cool. There's nothing like taking another human body and hurling it through the air and when that body out weighs you by 50 to 100 pounds it's extremely exciting. I remember years ago, my Yonezuka Sensei, then 69 years old, was watching practice when a student who looked all of 300 pounds was looking for a partner. Yonezuka (Yone) suggested to one of the ranked players (a 220 pounder) to go with the 300 pound giant. The 220 pounder said no, that he was hurt ans didn't want to risk injury. Yone's reaction was priceless. At 180 and almost twice the 220 fighter's age, he got on the mat with the 300 pounder and launched him with ippon seionage. He might as well have just called the 220 pounder a pussy.
The throws you use for combat are limited and simple. Sport has expanded the development of throws where the object is to get your opponent down on a matted surface and gain a dominant position with little regard for going to the ground yourself. The perfect combat throw takes your target to the ground while you remain on your feet. In Module 10 of The Self Defense Training System we go through the do's and don'ts of which throws to use and why. More important we show you which throws to avoid and for what reason.
For example, a double leg take down is a great technique for MMA and wrestling but not your first option for the street. First of all, it has a huge potential to put you underneath your target. In wrestling and in MMA, many time the opponent sprawls and buries your face in the mat. Rubbing your face, elbows and knees on the mat stinks, but smashing them on the concrete just plain sucks. Also, it automatically limits your mobility and forces you to be locked up with one single target for an extended period of time. You must always assume your target has friends. I had an experience where I took a guy down and was about to apply the old ground and pound when a few of his buddies did not like how the fight was going. The next thing I knew I was getting pummeled with kicks and punches. I was lucky to get out of there intact, I was glad to see the police.
Lesson learned. Hey, shit happens and yes, sometimes you do end up in some hairy situations but you never choose them. Never choose the ground, never put yourself in a bad position intentionally. In The Self Defense Training System you have a set of protocol that ingrains the tactics in your technique. There is a strict protocol to follow regarding the hierarchy of technique.
The following list is based on effectiveness, ease of use and time in training to be mastered. 1. Firearms 2. Edged weapons 3. Impact weapons 4. Sprays and foams (for escape) 5. Alarms (for escape) 6. Strikes 7. Take downs 8. Strangles 9. Joint submissions/dislocations 10. Throws
What the difference between a throw and a take down? A throw requires more hip movement and technique while a take down does not. In Module 10 of The Self Defense Training System you will see throws like the single side shoulder throw and the hip throw as well as take downs like the hockey take down and the bulldog take down. Take downs are a lot easier to master as you can see from the list above.
In law enforcement where a group must subdue one, the take downs are your only option and throws are simply out of the question.
Train as much as you can, but keep your priorities straight. Look at the above list and move forward when you can do the previous skills proficiently.
What if you empty you're gun in him and he keeps on coming? This was the main topic of conversation on my interview with right wing, conservative talk show host Pat Campbell.
Pat is a firearms enthusiast but realized the inherent issues with depending 100% on a firearm. They misfire, you miss and even if you hit your target like the officer did on the blog post "A gun and pepper spray couldn't stop him!.
This HUGE misconception is that you shoot him, he falls over. We can thank Hollywood for creating this fantasy which I have personally reenacted in my backyard as a kid about 1,000 times. You get shot, you die instantly. You can also file that one next to, car hits something, car blows up.
A firearm is only part of the answer and is a tool meant to be used in a complete personal defense package. The answer obviously starts with self defense and self defense begins with having a plan. The criminals have a plan. A good street fighter has a plan or more to the point a method he uses to distract you, hurt you and get what he wants from you. You better have a plan and a line in the sand.
The line in the sand
When is the time to fight. Tactically this issue is simple. We detail that in Module 1 of The Self Defense Training System. . Morally that decision is up to you. Do you fight over a dime, or do you give up your wallet? The law also leaves this decision up to you. You have the right to protect yourself when you feel your life is endangered and the person threatening you has the means and has indicated intent (check local laws, I'm not a lawyer I only send their kids to college).
You decide what's worth fighting for, I only supply you with the means and the tactical GREEN LIGHT.
What Pat loves about the program is that it was exactly what it claimed to be "The most lethal self defense in the world." It's no a martial art, only the lethal methods and tactics. It's true that you can find the techniques in a lot of martial arts. Even the new Marine Martial Arts program has a lot of the methods of The SDTS. The problem is three fold.
First problem, you have to learn so much other crap that these methods get lost in the sauce. It's like going to a football coach to learn how to block and tackle and he starts teaching you zone coverage defense in 3rd and long situations. All you need is what works in the street, what you get is all the sport and ceremony.
The second problem, which is a HUGE one but not so easily noticed are the tactics. Martial arts teach specific self defense (multiple or single attackers), armed and unarmed defense, a wrist grab or a shoulder grab. The list goes on and on and you are forced to react differently to specific situations. Further more methods that teach you to block a specific punch or kick ARE NOT COMBAT WORTHY! Action is faster than reaction. If you have the time to determine whether the attack is a punch or a kick and then can tell your hand to move faster than a punch in progress then you're fighting one of the slowest fighters in the world or your name is Barry Allen. If you've ever been in a real fight, there is only one thing you want to do: end it as quickly as possible. Which brings us to the third problem...
There is no such thing as a second chance or "escalating force" once use of force has been determined. Every situation has the potential to be lethal it is up to you to control the situation as fast as possible and by whatever means needed. After you feel the threat is neutralized (the guy and his buddies are gone, you're gone or he's out for the count) you stop. No need for theatrics, just train to stop.
The problem with self defense, especially The Self Defense Training System? It's not a pill, it's not a magic button, it's a simple solution that requires a little effort on your part. The attraction of the firearm is that it's the be all, end all. While it is a deterrent and an efficient means of personal protection it is jut another tool, no the be all end all. You still need to put your target down and a lot of time a firearm isn't enough. If you think you're going to plug in a dvd, read the manuals and make a few forum posts then go out and take on the world, well, this is not the program for you. But if you want to know what your best bet is when it comes to self defense, without all the bells and whistles of martial arts, the start the Self Defense Training System NOW before you really need it.
Stephen Lee Wise Jr., the latest scumbag to be brought to justice by a Self Defense Training System member.
I just received this email and I had to blog about it.
Mr. Ross, I recently had an experience that I would like to share with you. Perhaps you could share it with your other students and give my any advice if this happens in the future.
I along with my partner who is approximately 5'5" and weighs approximately 160 pounds were recently was involved in an arrest of a violent subject and I used some of the techniques I learned from The Self Defense Company.
I am 5'7" and weigh about 213 pounds. The weather was bad, there was a steady rain and it had been raining all day so the ground was wet and slippery. The fight was on a sidewalk with grass and concrete on a very well traveled road. The bad guy was 6' tall, weighed between 280 and 300 pounds and under the influence of illegal drugs.To make a long story short I grabbed the bad guy to arrest him, he resisted and we fell to the ground with the bad guys body weight on top of me.
I found myself unable to get my legs wrapped tightly around his waist and put him in the guard and along with the rain and wet ground made it easy for the bad guy to break the hold. I immediately and don't really know how cause it happened so fast I managed to climb on the bad guys back and he easily threw me off his back. I don't know how I did it but I was able to get the bad guy on his stomach and I was able to wrap my legs around his waist, extend and lock out my legs on the ground forming a base while attempt to hold the bad guy down with my upper body weight till my back up arrived. The bad guy was able to get to his hands and knees several times but I was able to keep my body weight on him while on the ground. Then the bad guy attempted to remove my weapon from my holster and I immediately applied a choke hold from Module 3 of the Self Defense Training System. He did not get my gun.
To finish the story I was able to keep him on the ground with my feet firmly planted and applying my body weight from moves I learned from you and The Self Defense Training System and I want to say they along with my partner and never quit attitude kept me from getting seriously hurt. I only sustained a couple sore ribs and a lower back strain. The bad guy was also tased several times and that had no effect. Just the training I learned from The Self Defense Company and my sheer will, determination and heart kept me from getting seriously hurt.
I just wanted to say "Thank you", Lawrence Bloomfield Maryland, USA
Thanks Larry and I'm just glad you're safe.
Before I continue, I changed this person's name even though they gave me the green light. All this guy needs is some Defense Attorney googling his name and finding him talking about it on line. No sense in creating a situation that can easily be avoided.
I have two initial reactions to emails that I get from people who have saved themselves from serious harm or worse while using The Self Defense Training System. The first is, thank GOD this person is safe, the second is, I'm going to sell a lot of videos. Maybe not in that order, but you get my drift. Sorry, I'm honest to a fault sometimes and well- what's the point of putting up some bullshit facade. I love the fact that the good guys win and the bad guys get choked out. I love the fact that I earn a living enabling people to do this. NO, I am not a violent person, but I'll be damned if I know something that can help you and if you think the price is right, well we're good to go. If not, no hard feelings and I'll see ya when I see ya. Hell, everyone from Bruce Lee, Ed Parker to Billy Blanks sells what they think will work. I can only imagine Bruce's website if he were still alive today...oh wait, there is one and it gets about 20,000 visits per month.
Anyway, in this case, Larry was able to save his bacon (no pun intended) when the chips were down. For Law Enforcement defensive tactics pose a unique problem since since they have to detain someone. In the civilian world it's more "all or noting". You escape or you fight all out. Cops have had the rules ingrained in their brains for so long that when the shit does hit the fan, they don't react in the best interest of their own survival. Fortunately, we get to train them and one by one we're correcting that issue.
Larry actually wanted me to "Monday Morning Quarterback" what happened. My initial reaction was "Why?, you're alive, your partner's alive and the bad guy has a headache sitting in lock up?. But as we got into it, he really wanted to do it faster, better and safer next time so we talked a bit and squared away what he needed to work on.
Look, I'm just going to tell you this, when it's on, it's on and you've got to do whatever you can to end it as fast as you can. In this case, this scumbag was going for his gun. Thank God Larry was prepared.
If you want to READ the article of this incident GO HERE NOW
The purpose of the drill is to hit your target as hard and as fast as you can while maintaining the correct position (chin down, elbow up) in between your strikes. The greatest benefit from this drill is that it trains you instinctive and convulsive pattern of combative movement. This is extremely important and one of the main reasons the Self Defense Training System works. It trains you in these combative patterns so when you are under stress you flip the switch and react. And you react not just with one technique, but a series of techniques and footwork that will maximize damage to your target and minimize injury to yourself.