This past weekend Muzzle Front experienced another epic growth spurt. That’s right, we made it bigger. The Myrmidon spread our reach just a little further than folks thought we could. We’ve always traveled to where ever we were asked to be, teaching whatever we had the experience to teach to those with the right mindset to use that knowledge for positive ends. But now it’s time we started dropping seed and let things take root. Like a good suit, you’re going to like the way this feels. We held our inaugural training event in Pennsylvania at the Ceterus Training Center. For those that attended we thank you. It was a great time for us, and we hope you had an enjoyable experience that expanded your skills and helped forward your training goals. The weekend was full of great lessons, excellent people and a gracious host. We are looking forward to bringing more training opportunities to the Forksville, PA facility soon. But that’s just the start of our news…
For the Muzzle Front team this year was a huge one. We continue to work with many other organizations in a cooperative manner and look forward to expanding our list of training partners. We’ve worked with great organizations and are most pleased with what is coming. However, we now have established our three primary training Homes. Let me tell you, the possibilities are now truly endless.
We’ve helped establish a training center in Pennsylvania called, the Ceterus Training Center. Ceterus is one hundred and thirty acres of prime terrain for everything from basic weapons manipulations to mounted/dismounted patrol and convoy tactics. The property was created by a well known hunting and outdoors family and is a perfect backdrop for our training style. The local topography of mountains, streams, and prime hunting grounds are perfect for everything from full field exercises and wilderness retreats to search and rescue and orienteering courses. Along with its topography the Ceterus Training Center allows for incredible high angle long range shooting, as well as defensive disciplines. Combative Edge has brought it’s knife and non firearm related skills to Ceterus, making it an extremely well rounded institute of defensive badassery! We’re super excited to get as many of our current students up there and increase their confidence levels.
In Connecticut, Muzzle Front will be opening our CQC and force on force facility utilizing over 26,000 square feet of space with an almost unending amount of versatility. There’s a bank with fully functioning vault, a bar with a raised stage (with an almost incontinently placed brass pole) The restaurant is well stocked and the bridge and tunnel set is amazingly close to the burnt out pick up truck and boat dock. Currently we are building a segregated area that will house are monthly defensive courses. What’s that you ask?
For a while we’ve been holding mostly impromptu courses under the name, Decisive Actions. These courses were designed and built to create better thinkers under stress. The Connecticut facility, located on Kennedy Drive in Windsor, will now house the formalized version of that same course. Defensive Weapons: Decisive Actions. This course will be a membership only program that enhances a client’s ability to think under stress while learning and employing the skills to end high threat situations quickly, effectively and safely. Tired of ‘this will work against your average crackhead’ training sessions? Come see us, it’s time to up your game. Each session will cover a different avenue of attack and counter attack. From improvised weapons and ground fighting, to weapon retention and disarms as well as force on force and after threat medical training, in extremely realistic environments. The Decisive Actions program is designed to cover each discipline while utilizing some of the top names in the industry. Not just big headed instructors that talk about themselves in the third person. Instructors that are devoted to making you better, and not just there to collect a paycheck.
Let’s not forget Maine. The Pitt is always going to be our favorite home because it is owed by one of our instructors, it has that relaxing feeling of home. The Pitt is our diamond in the rough. It has everything we need to give our students a professional environment and make it a more personal class. Based on the local geography, we have the ability to teach a multitude of classes from our basic pistol/carbine to survival to long range marksmanship as well as region specific tracking and search and rescue training.
As we said, it’s been a great year.
And it ain’t over yet.
The Myrmidon are on the march. Are you with us?
Keep your head on a swivel
You can’t deny there’s something ‘bad’ coming down the pike. If you look closely, there are large forces, on a global scale mounting. Their goals are their own, and how they will affect the American way of life has yet to be determined. I’ve never been an alarmist. Life has taught me how the details affect the large picture yet the details many folks call ‘important’ are temporary trivialities at best. If you forget to pay your cell phone bill, it won’t be the end of the world as you know it. It’s inconvenient, not life ending. (regardless of what any 12 year old tells you) The truth of the matter is, it comes down to who is going to win, and how? Us. Or Them.
Russia is aligning itself to become a major fuel contributor. China is creating a currency worth backing. North Africa is becoming less and less stable. The middle east is beginning to embolden itself towards acts of violence, further and further from it’s borders. While I’m not educated enough to speak on foreign policy, I am smart enough to see the effects of actions taken over seas. As recently as the spring, a clarion call was made to those who support radical theist beliefs. That call was heard by a devout group of followers of Muslim believers. The call instructed those who were able, to attack North America inside it’s borders and within it’s homes. Specifically, Military families and sites of ‘great power.’ Within a short few months, the attacks began. Small at first, then with greater efficiency and regularity. Beheadings, modeled after the attacks of Lee Rigby have occurred within the boarders of the United States twice in just the last three months. Canadian parliament was attacked, directly. If not for the actions of a ready mind and willing body, the outcome could have been horrendous. Numerous law enforcement agencies are currently investigating threatening communications on current and former military personnel originating from outside the country. A porous boarder in the south allows easy camouflage for middle eastern individuals with ill intent to enter the country, while our northern border allows the same ingress to Slavic aggressors. Former threats are becoming far more credible when looked at in the fresh light of day.
You can’t deny that there is something ‘bad’ coming down the pike. Yet if you let it control you…
While I’m not saying we need to become isolationalist ninjas, I am saying folks need to be aware of the possibility of things going wrong. No one can walk around in a constant state of high alert and readiness. That isn’t the point of all this doom and gloom. The point is simply this; ignoring it does not make it go away. Evil enjoys ignorance and preys upon it.
The Sergent-at-Arms had a ready mind and a willing body, and he prevented tragedy in the Canadian Parliament building. Where is your Sergent-at-Arms? Is it the soldier fighting in a far off land? Is it the police officer walking the beat in your neighborhood? Or is it you. Confident and willing to protect yourself and your loved ones? Kevin Vickers can not be everywhere. Where is your Sergent-at-Arms?
I’m not an alarmist, but I’m not a gambler either. I won’t put my safety or well being in the hands of others. I walk through life confident in my ability to do so. Those within my circle of friends feel much the same way. We can’t be everywhere, but we try to spread that confidence wherever we go. We don’t foster fear, we foster awareness. Folks need to train. Yet if you let that awareness foster fear, then you allow it to alter your quality of life. At that point, you’ve already lost. Are you ignorant? Are you scared?
Or are you Confident.
Keep your head on a swivel and stay safe.
Accidents happen. When it happens to children, those accidents seem doubly troubling. Adults are there, and expected to prevent such occurrences. Recently there was a tragic accident that forever changed the life of a little girl. Unfortunately, it’s not the first time. Massachusetts and just recently, Arizona have both felt the spontaneous impact of the consequences of progressing children too far, too quickly with firearms.
In October of 2008 an 8 year old boy was attending a machine gun shoot with his father, a prominent doctor from Connecticut. The child was given an Uzi to fire. A safety officer was provided, a brief description of the firearm was recited, and the young boy approached the firing line with the instructor, close at hand. With the weapon on full auto, the recoil over powered the young man’s tiny muscles, and tragedy struck. It struck the child with the full force of a weapon with a cyclic rate over one thousand rounds a minute. Doctor Bizij’s medical knowledge could do nothing to undo the damage the 9mm bullet produced.
As I said, Arizona is only the most recent case of tragedy at the range. A young family on vacation stopped at a burger joint/shooting range. (‘Merica) They saw the sign for the machine gun shoot. What better way to help digest a meal than that? The instructor gives his safety brief, the firearm is carefully handed to the child, camera phones were held at the ready, and a single shot is fired. With that one shot, the instructor made a horrible miscalculation. The instructor flipped the selector switch to ‘full’ and stepped out of arms reach. The child flexed tiny muscles and squeezed the trigger. What happened next was a slow train wreck most experienced shooters could see racing down the tracks. Little arms that simply weren’t ready for the repetitive jerking recoil of the firearm and the muzzle tracked directly at the instructor’s face. He never had a chance.
This is not the norm, this is not a series of events. This is an unfortunate occurrence that should be a wake up call. Firearms are a serious business and should be treated as such. Furthermore it is an important experience that should be shared, between parent and child. No one knows the ability of their child better than responsible parents. Often I am asked to take a capable child out for their first shooting experience and I am almost always hesitant. Not because I fear the outcome, but because it is an experience I was never able to share with my own Father. Firearms weren’t allowed in my home, my mother forbade it. I don’t feel right taking that experience from any other capable children. It’s because of that, I always require a parent to be present, if not perched on my shoulder, during the classroom instruction, as well as the live fire portion. During which I will often have a parent stand within arms reach of their nervous little spawn.
When the first shot leaves the barrel, a smile crosses the face of both parent and child. The smile starts at the edge and spreads from ear to ear, almost always culminating in the same audible sound. “Whoa.” “WOW” or “Did you see that?????”
There are dangers to any sport. Even pee wee football creates life altering concussions once in a while. Stand close to your children, know their limits. Never rob them of their “Whoa”
Keep your head on a swivel.
Keep your children safe.
If you’re a regular reader here at MuzzleFront, you’ve most likely seen us mention Victory Defense Consulting before. Victory Defense Consulting is our goto provider of the industry’s best courses when MuzzleFront instructors need a recert, or other skill updates. They’ve contributed to our programs in the past, and are one of the reasons MuzzleFront can keep our course costs low. They also send us gear and equipment to test out during our courses. Victory Defense is where we go when we find a new piece of gear/kit/tactardedthingydoo that hits the market and we want to try it. We generally keep these reviews ‘private’ and only talk about them with course attendees. However, today, we’re cheating a little bit.
Last month, J.J Sutton, the owner of Victory Defense, gave me a call and offered to send us a unique treat. For the last year, VDC has been building some incredible competition rifles. Their PHNX52 competition ready rifles have been helping shooters score big. Earlier this year, the MF crew got to take the VDC competition gun for a test drive, and we were impressed. But JJ knows us. We like things a little more fast and sexy. So when he mentioned he had a pistol version of the PHNX52 he had our attention. In spades. A few days later we received a tracking number and our Cinquedea model PHNX was on it’s way to the Maine Compound.
The PHNX52 is an AR based pistol, using a foam covered buffer tube, but the Cinquedea adds the Sig SB15 pistol brace,the KAK Industries SIG tube length adjustment kit, a free float rail from Phase 5, and a linear muzzle compensator from KVP. The SIG tube length adjustment kit is used to extend the SB-15 Brace just enough to make it a touch more versatile. Its a $12 upgrade but worth every penny and just the right touch. (like I said, the guys at VDC know what we like) Victory Defense increased the material on the upper and lower receivers in the right places making them beefy enough to take a lot of abuse. It stabilized and balanced the little beasty without making the weapon barrel heavy. It’s a sexy little package from the start. We added a sling plate to the rear, a set of solid flip up sites and an AFG from Magpul to the front fore end. If it could make coffee, we’d take it to bed. (It may already have it’s own pillow, but we’re not at liberty to say)
Last weekend we had our Home Defense 1&2 up in Maine. What better time to test out this tiny little house cleaner! Alongside other common home defense choices such as the shotgun, AR and pistol, the PHNX52 didn’t really look out of place. Nor should it. Being a pistol with a 7 inch barrel not only keeps the package short, but makes efficient use of the PHNX52’s 5.56 caliber. The SB15 arm brace makes the idea of being disarmed almost seem laughable. Having a two point sling may seem a little redundant, but it increases weapon retention abilities by an exponential factor. Paired with a two point sling, the PHNX52 can’t be redirected toward the home defender’s head or upper torso without a complete compound fracture of the arm. Lots of students asked about the PHNX52 and all wanted to see it perform. Who are we to say no?
On the range the PHNX52 was tight and maneuverable, and the KVP muzzle break kept the recoil pulse extremely tame. Let’s face it, 5.56 isn’t jumpy to begin with, but it can get unwieldy under rapid fire unless properly held in place. The KVP linear muzzle break did a hell of a job. Recoil was slight and straight rearward WITHOUT any side facing recoil blasts blowing your shooting partner’s hat off his head. (or pissing him off) Victory Defense’s gun builders put together a reliable little package. The PHNX52 threw 75gr boat tailed hollow points, 62gr xm855 and standard 55gr ball ammo with almost unnoticeable difference in performance. The recoil pulse was negligibly changed and auditory report was consistent.
Once you’re strapped into the SB15 brace you just can’t help but feel like IronMan when you extend your arm and start sending threat repulsing lead towards your targets.
Durability was tested due to extremely sandy conditions and the PHNX52 taking a trip out of the back of a pick-up truck. The result? No change. The PHNX52 rose up and sent lead without so much as needed a dust off.
Naturally, everyone wanted to take a turn firing the PHNX52 and who are we to argue? We passed the PHNX52 around like a hooker during Fleet Week and everyone that tried it came back with that same satisfied grin you can only get from a professional grade magazine dump. The only thing missing is a full boogie switch.
The crew at Victory Defense Consulting have put together a short pistol package that meets all the requirements of a home defense gun. Reliable, accurate and powerful. We may just have to send a few more of these up to the Maine facility and thin out our ‘full sized’ stable a little bit. Hit us up if you have any questions.
As always, Keep your head on a swivel
and Stay Safe
Even though the role of the job has changed drastically over the past two decades, training for law enforcement officers has been slow to evolve. Many departments still have firearms training programs that are heavily influenced by the methods of the early 80’s and 90’s. Yet the tools available to individual officers have evolved exponentially, far surpassing the training curricula of many departments. With the growing concern of officer or department liability growing, the average academy will spend the largest portion of its training time on things like state general statues, local municipal codes and traffic enforcement. The bulk of which can be traced back to department liability. Arguably these are the topics that will encompass the bulk of an officer’s career. However, few things can alter an officer’s life, community or career as quickly as the improper instruction and implementation, of the tools at an officer’s disposal. In the academy officers spend the least amount of time on the portion of their job that can have the largest impact on both their community and themselves.
Such as the Patrol Carbine. The patrol rifle has been added to many patrol cars. The certification training in many departments has been inconsistent at best. Many departments adjust their training curricula to meet their department’s specific needs and often use other firearms training programs that they have on hand, to create the ‘new’ programs. Basically, taking their handgun qualifier, adding a little distance to it and calling it a rifle qualifier. While I know that doesn’t seem ‘bad’ per se, but many of these handgun qualifiers have been greatly unchanged since the days of the revolver. Let’s face it, times they are a changing.
As a result, when an officer is put into a highly stressful, dangerous and unfamiliar situation, the outcome is a crapshoot. The liability quickly falls on the shoulders of the officer, and the department that trained him or her.
Many law enforcement academies have recognized this trend and have gone outside their normal channels, seeking specialized instructors to fill gaps or deficiencies in their training curricula. When a department is unable to provide adequate training time to a given subject, the officers as individuals, are stepping up on their own.
Recently, we had the opportunity to work with an average size department with a modest training budget and training programs that had (more than a few) gaps in it. Their training and qualification course allowed for a passing understanding of the operation of their patrol rifle. Their program omitted enough time for an officer to become fully comfortable or familiar with the rifle itself. These officers took it upon themselves to use their free time, at the cost of time with their family, to gain proficiency with the tools their department provided them. (insert angry spouse noises here)
Many of our courses start heavily the same way, the basics. Given the enormous disparity between the training programs of many departments, most MF courses start out this way with the proper implementation, understanding and presentation of the tool in question. Whether it is a rifle, pistol, shotgun or tactical combat staple gun, the basics are what the advanced stuff is based on. All officers are taught the manual of arms before the first shots are sent towards targets. Everyone gains a full understanding of different firing positions as well as some fairly unorthodox positions a panicked officer might become entangled in. Confidence is key when fighting against someone that is a sufficient threat to justify the deployment of your patrol rifle. To this end, a lot of time is spent fleshing out what a ‘bad day’ really looks like. Students gain an understanding of moving, accuracy and above all, proper identification of legitimate threats to the public. No one wants to read a story of misplaced shots, and no officer wants to be on the wrong end of a bad shoot.
Hope isn’t dead. There are law enforcement agencies and officers out there that are taking the initiative. These men & women are actively seeking supplemental training programs. Programs that augment and enhance the base of knowledge provided by their local municipalities. When their department isn’t backing them, they’re finding creative work arounds. Like the cost effective MF programs. It isn’t just police departments. Gun clubs, families and civic groups have begun seeking out solid firearms knowledge.
Keep your head on a swivel
And stay safe
February 7, 2014 By
One of my fellow USKMA Krav Maga Instructors carries around a list of UFC fight rules in his gym bag and whenever someone asks him exactly what is it we do in Krav Maga he pulls the list out and says “whatever is illegal to do in the ring!”
I was recently asked about the rules in MMA so here they are….
Should a fighter fail to follow these rules they will be deducted a point or be disqualified from the match.
Theses rules and faults include:
-Butting with the head.
-Eye gouging of any kind.
-Groin attacks of any kind.
-Putting a finger into any orifice or into any cut or laceration on an opponent. (see Gouging)
-Striking to the spine or the back of the head. (see Rabbit punch)
-Striking downward using the point of the elbow. (see Elbow (strike))
-Throat strikes of any kind, including, without limitation, grabbing the trachea.
-Clawing, pinching or twisting the flesh.
-Grabbing the clavicle.
-Kicking the head of a grounded opponent.
-Kneeing the head of a grounded opponent.
-Stomping a grounded opponent.
-Kicking to the kidney with the heel.
-Spiking an opponent to the canvas on his head or neck. (see piledriver)
-Throwing an opponent out of the ring or fenced area.
-Engaging in unsportsmanlike conduct that causes an injury to an opponent.
-Attacking an opponent on or during the break.
-Attacking an opponent who is under the care of the referee.
-Attacking an opponent after the bell (horn) has sounded the end of a round.
-Flagrantly disregarding the instructions of the referee.
There are rules in the ring to outlaw certain things that could cause injury and end fights quickly. On the street this is exactly what we want to do…cause injury and end fights quickly! So, I guess Krav Maga’s rules would be to head butt, eye gouge, bite, pull hair, attack the groin, put a finger in a laceration and yank (how cool is that?), strike the spine and back of head, strike downward with the elbow, strike the throat, claw, pinch and twist flesh, grab the clavicle, knee, kick and stomp a downed opponent, kick a kidney, spike and throw the attacker, be unsportsmanlike, attack and attack some more and flagrantly disregard the ref…if this is what it takes to survive and BE SAFE!!
See this and other great articles at the official USKMA website.
April 12, 2014 By
When I am asked about the principles and/or the philosophy of Krav Maga I say the main principle of Krav Maga that all others branch off of is to STAY SAFE. We stay safe by first and foremost, not being there. Don’t go to stupid places with stupid people to do stupid things! The second rule is RUN. Really, run when in danger…run when in doubt. I don’t care if the local paper has a picture of me running from a knife wielding punk with the headline “krav maga expert runs from knife”. I would be a smart, still living Krav Maga expert! Our third rule is to pick up something to whack the bad guy with. Why go into a knife with just my hands when I can pick up a pipe or stick and have distance and impact on my side? The fourth rule is to DESTROY the attacker. We aren’t safe if we merely fend off the attacker but still have to go to an ER afterwards. We aren’t safe if we win the fight but have months of rehab ahead of us. We are safe if we are unscathed. If we go hard, go first and go until the threat is gone we have a much better chance of being unscathed. Notice how far down the list that the actual Krav Maga techniques are used. If you get to the techniques you weren’t paying attention or were in a stupid place to begin with!
Wikipedia says the principles of Krav Maga are: 1. Do as much damage in as little time as possible. 2. Change from defending to attacking as quickly possible (including simultaneously). 3. Use items around you as weapons. 4. Be aware of everything that is happening around you. Let’s look at these one at a time and think about why they make sense for self defense.
1. Do as much damage in as little time as possible. This goes back to a few of my blogs where I talk about not sparring but ending. Sparring is moving around, throwing a combo, backing out, changing levels, going back in, etc. This is never a good idea as it extends the time that we are in danger. The attacker may be a better sparrer than we are and (more importantly) extending the fight gives his buddies time to get to you. As a wise man once said “every asshole has an asshole friend nearby”. Our goal in a real world violence situation should be to end things and get out of there…as quickly as possible. This is why in class we teach to go forward with rage, swing as hard as you can and strike targets that do the most damage. Keep hitting until you can escape, which is when the attacker is unconscious generally.
2. Change from defending to attacking as quickly possible (including simultaneously). I talk about this in my self defense for women book. When we are attacked we are a victim. As soon as we fight back there is no longer a victim and an attacker, there are two opponents. Most scum bags are looking for a victim, not for someone who will fight back…and fight back hard!
3. Use items around you as weapons. Absolutely! I know some “great” unarmed knife defenses but why would I want to use them if there is a pipe laying close by? Something with impact and distance is a good idea…I bleed! As I’ve said in previous blogs, a person with a weapon and just a small amount of training will beat a well trained person who is empty handed more often than not. I’d take a ball bat and an attitude over a black belt in any system!
4. Be aware of everything that is happening around you. This is talking about self protection and being aware at all times. Self defense is you grabbed me so I had to react. Self Protection is I saw you coming and avoided you. Self defense is I went into a seedy looking bar and, sure enough, I got into a fight. Self protection is the bar looked seedy so I didn’t go in. Self defense is you were hitting me so I smacked you back. Self protection is you were in my space looking like a threat so I smacked you. We are much better off (and we must teach this) to learn and live by self protection than we are self defense. We must teach our students to be aware of their surroundings, to avoid trouble and to “mind set” (we covered this in a few past blogs). We are doing our students a disservice if this isn’t taught and talked about in every class. If we are only teaching self defense techniques we are failing them. Self defense is recovery from stupidity or bad luck. BE SAFE! See this an other great articles at the official USKMA website.
When I teach knife defenses I always start with the statement “I only have one guaranteed, for sure, you won’t get cut knife defense. Outrun the dude with the knife.” The first thing we do in our knife defense seminar is to have every student sprint away from their training partner when they make a move to their pocket. The second thing we do is punch and sprint away from the training partner when they make a move to their pocket. Does this sound macho? Nope, macho will get ya hurt!
When I teach Krav Maga instructor training I make sure that the potential instructors realize that using Krav Maga means that we are recovering from stupidity or bad luck. If we are using our Krav Maga we ignored warning signs, were in a bad place to start with or were just unlucky that day. We tell these future instructors that they must teach their students (in this order) to 1) not be there. Don’t go to stupid places with stupid people to do stupid things. 2) Run. Really. I don’t care if our local news has video of me running away from a knife wielding thug and laughing about how “a Krav Maga expert runs from knife!”. I would be a still living, non injured Krav Maga expert! 3) Pick up something to use as a weapon. You are much smarter to defend a knife with a ball bat than with any of those cool, expert Krav Maga empty hand knife defenses! 4) Krav Maga. See how far down the list our actual Krav Maga techniques are? If you are there you probably did something wrong!
Does this mean a good Krav Maga class would include sprint work? Yep.
When there was trouble Forrest Gump ran! This was a brilliant tactic as it kept him safe (even kept him from being fried in ‘Nam). But let’s think about this advice. Can you run? When is the last time you did any sprint work? The average violent criminal is a male ages 18-25. Can you outrun a young dude who is still in his athletic prime? I doubt I can anymore. Are we fit enough to not keel over dead after attempting to run thirty yards? Do we just hope that we are attacked only by overweight, slow and lazy people? Hope isn’t a strategy. So, first point of running for safety is to get yourself into shape. This is why we are so physical in our Krav classes. This is why we recommend to our affiliate gyms that they add CardioMMA and Crossfit. Techniques won’t save anyone. Being in better shape than the attacker, going off with rage, going forward and going hard is what will save us.
Next thought; what are you wearing? Most guys I know, when they go out, are in athletic shoes. Most women, however are in things I couldn’t even stand in, yet alone walk or run in! During self defense for women seminars I talk a lot about this. Those “cute shoes” could be your downfall. How can you outrun anyone in those stiletto heels? Statistically violence tends to happen more often where young men gather and where minds are altered. This sounds like most bars, doesn’t it? If you are going to the bar those cute shoes may not be the thing to wear. How quick can you get them off and run barefoot? The second point is to plan and mind set. Wear things you can fight and run in…have a plan!
Last thought; Where are you running to? Again, have a plan and mind set. Don’t run from danger, run to safety.
When you go into a restaurant, theater, etc. you should not only know where the exits are but also should have put yourself in position to get to them quickly. If outside in a city do you know where you can run to most likely get help? How about out in rural areas. Where can you run to quickly where help is available? In our self defense for women seminars I make the point that a tazer isn’t to be totally relied on. When you taze the guy it will lock him up for thirty seconds…if both barbs got him (happens less than 70% of the time). How far can you run in thirty seconds? When it lets go of him he may well sprint to wherever you are to do you harm.
We have one goal and one focus in Krav Maga. That is to make people as safe as possible as quickly as possible. Does it look sissy having a big, tough Krav Maga black belt instructor telling the class that he/she would run from danger? I don’t care if it does!! When we as self defense instructors have to look tough and feed our own egos we are going to get people killed. When a student comes to us for self defense training they are literally putting their lives in our hands. If they ever need what we taught it will be for the worst few minutes of their entire lives. We as instructors had better have showed them the best, most battle tested, scientific and safest self defense possible. That starts with telling them to RUN when they can. BE SAFE!
To see this and other great articles visit the official USKMA website.
April 25, 2014 By
During the first week of May the MuzzleFront training cadre had the opportunity to attend the LEO Pistol and Carbine Instructor and Reality Based Training courses in Briggsdale Colorado. This opportunity quickly morphed into an epic road trip involving a town only worth pillaging, balloon hats, a raid on Cracker Barrel and almost 4000miles of mischievous travel across state lines. The course was through the United States Krav Maga Association and hosted by Victory Defense Consulting. J.J Sutton of Victory Defense set us up with 1800 acres of shooter’s paradise for over a week with all the accommodations you could ask for. Camp space, hot showers, coffee and a lavish emergency shelter when nature decided to throw several tornadoes at us during the 3rd evening we were there. Top it all off with an outstanding meal plan for the week, home cooked and delivered by the Lady Sutton herself.
During the five days of the extremely well thought out course, we spent a healthy balance of time both in the classroom, force on force encounters and the live fire range. Each location was onsite at the Victory Defense’s Colorado facility. Each phase of training built naturally on the last phase and expounded on the lessons of the previous phase. A natural progression that allowed the student to learn, experience and retain each portion of the lessons of the day. Each student coached others through empty weapon and live fire drills. All students were required to develop courses of fire and training scenarios relevant to the subject matter as well as direct that particular training rotation.
Each evening we retired to our camp sites to digest what we learned and experienced. Most nights we found ourselves on the range playing with whatever we had brought with us. (Which was an incredible list of gear and deserves an article of its own)
One of the important things covered in this course was the importance of Reality Based Training. Training for things that are likely to happen in the real world not simply building ‘the siege of Mogadishu’ type scenarios. As Brannon Hicks likes to say, “I’m big on efficacy of training.” The usefulness of training is based on achieving the desired results. In this case, shooters that think well under the stress of uncommon and often potentially dangerous circumstances. A case in point: An officer approaches a car for any number of routine reasons. It could be a traffic stop, a motor assist, or a suspicion of driving under the influence. How an officer reads the situation has much to do with the outcome as his actions. The stop could go like countless others, uneventful and with a motorist safely on their way. Or horribly wrong. As we ran one scenario in particular, life was imitating our training.
In our encounter an ‘officer’ informs a driver that he has a taillight out while the passenger yells profanities at the ‘officer.’ The ‘officer’ dutifully takes the proof on insurance and registration and returns to his patrol vehicle to ‘run the info.’ Coming up ‘clean’ the ‘officer’ decides to return to the citizen’s vehicle and issue a verbal warning to repair the broken tail light. However, as the ‘officer’ speaks with the occupants of the vehicle, the passenger exits the vehicle and begins shooting the ‘officer.’ Reality went from calm to drastic in a matter of a few breaths.
Less than two hundred miles away, two Colorado State Troopers observe a disabled vehicle on the side of highway 70. As Trooper Eugene Hofacker approach the vehicle to render aid, Thomas Albert Ornelas shot the trooper, mortally wounding him. The presence of a second trooper is the only reason Trooper Hofacker barely survived the encounter.
I would have to say that what we do is important. More important than most folks understand. Simply because they have never put themselves in harm’s way. I’m not saying they should, but I am saying its important to have a plan and proper training if you’re ever put there inadvertently. There’s a saying, “I don’t look for trouble, but he generally knows how to find me.” I consider “Trouble” to be the bastard step child of Murphy’s Law. And we prepare for that bastard as well as we can.
Keep your head on a swivel and stay safe