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Use the Environment as a Weapon

When I was a corrections officer working in the Costa Mesa Police Men's Jail in 1990 a prisoner attacked me and ran me into...

CPR Training and Treating for Shock

Shock requires IMMEDIATE medical treatment and can get worse very rapidly. So, what are the three steps in treating for shock? Every martial artist...

The Danger of Repetition in Martial Arts Training

When it comes to reality-based self-defense, repetition, as practiced by most martial arts schools, could cost you your life. You've heard it said, "Practice makes...

Conflict Communications: Team Communications and Teamwork

Unfortunately, most civilian martial arts training fall short in the area of team communications and teamwork, because there is an assumption that the martial...

Jim Wagner Remembering 9/11

Today Americans are remembering 9/11 and the horrific terrorist attacks that not only changed world history, but directly impacted all our lives, including Jim...

Flash Mobs

With these hard economic times upon us, and no signs of letting up in the near future, there may be even more riots and...

Your Phone Is Your Best Weapon

After I had run each person through a scenario as a witness I explained to my students huddled in a semi-circle around me, "Your...

The Drug Factor

When you learn self-defense in a controlled environment you are practicing against fellow practitioners who are sober. Before the training session your opponents have...

Where In The World Is Osama Bin Laden

In the 2008 movie titled Where In The World Is Osama Bin Laden instructor Jim Wagner teaches the star, Morgan Spurlock, how to survive...

Child Stranger Abduction

There are many types of criminals who do a wide variety of crimes and there are different types of abductors involved in child stranger...

Violence Must Be Practiced

Violence has to be a part of your reality-based self-defense training. If you are only practicing techniques but you are not imagining and simulating...

Handgun Disarms: The Gas Alone From A Pistol Can Kill You

The general rule for handgun disarms, when it comes to trying to disarm an attacker of a pistol in hand-to-hand combat, is "If you...

Making Soldiers Better Warriors

We are not making soldiers better warriors with inadequate "reality-based self-defense systems" that hold onto outdated techniques and training methods. Perhaps the reason why our...

The Right Response to a Ground Attack

Imagine that an unarmed person has mounted you, he is sitting on your stomach as you lay flat on your back, and he is...

Avoid Being Shot By Police

Many martial artists tend to get involved in situations that most citizens would avoid; especially situations involving violence. The confidence building nature of self-defense...

Accidentally Killing Your Opponent

Do you carry a pair of handcuffs with you? Most martial artists don't. How then are you going to restrain a suspected criminal, whether...

Learn How To Strike A Human Head with the Reality-Based Impact...

class="td_pull_quote td_pull_center">Once my students have the motion and timing down for hand and arm strikes they never see a focus glove again. Instead...

Using Closed Fist Or Open Hand Strikes?

In most police academies and military combat units worldwide professional students are taught to use closed fist strikes when resorting to hand-to-hand conflict. When...

Seven Signs of Terrorism

A terrorist car bomb and a suicide bomber right in the middle of Stockholm with the sole purpose of killing Christmas shoppers. Many thought...

Rapid Dominance is Always Moving Forward!

The next time you are sparring with the protection on or doing some realistic scenarios you must overwhelm your training partner and use the...