The Protector: Citizen Support Initiative
The perfect self-contained self-defense and readiness program for anyone who wishes to be prepared to take care of themselves and others when threatened with physical violence!
Damian Ross has done it again! For those of you who are familiar with Mr. Ross’ Self Defense Training System Combatives program you know how efficient and effective that program is. Now, there is a new system based on the Police Combatives program from the Self Defense Company, but this program is for civilians who want to help their community and themselves!
Kendo is a very popular martial art involving the practitioners using simulated swords which are called shinais, to battle each other in matches which are meant to replicate an actual sword fight between Samurai warriors.
However, there is much more going on during practice than meets the eye. Kendo teaches discipline, coordination, balance, focus, and self-enlightenment. These skills are useful in the modern day world we live in.
Let’s face it…we aren’t nearly as trusting in society as we once were, are we?
Behaviors that were once commonplace, indicating a much greater level of comfort with what we thought was a safe and civilized society, have changed to reflect more fear, more prudent caution, and even more paranoia.
We keep a much closer eye on our kids, for fear that some pervert will snatch them.
We’re nervous in parking garages.
We lock our doors at night.
We’re suspicious of the knock at the door.
And with good reason…
The average citizen is easy pickings for the predatory class of criminals categorized as “home invaders”.
Tony Southard is a unique man. He has been a full contact professional fighter, a bodyguard for celebrities, a martial arts instructor, a police instructor, a military instructor, a Karate Grandmaster, and a chaplain! This North Carolina based martial arts expert and trainer is a man you should know. Many law enforcement officers, police recruits, and military operators already know Mr. Southard very well. He frequently teaches the local police and military personnel.
Of course you’re smart enough to avoid dangerous areas prone to a riot, right?
But the very nature of social chaos reveals that riots can occur at a moment’s notice and have been known to occur in such common scenarios as:
- Sports team championship loss
- Bad court decision like LA “Rodney King” riots
- Flash mobs like 2011’s Milwaukee State Fair attack
These very events have led to severe injury and even death where there was once a peaceful environment.
If you find yourself caught in a riot, one of the things you want to make sure of is that you don’t draw attention to yourself.
While you may be a crack shot down at the range with the bright lights and nice stationary paper target, you must understand this…
… most shootings will occur in low-light settings and while you (and/or your attacker) are moving.
This is important to know because I’ve been noticing more and more stories in the news of late night home invasions.
In low-light, you have the added challenge of identifying your target and then making a shoot — don’t shoot decision.
(You wouldn’t want to find out that bump in the night was just your teenager sneaking in through the window after losing the house key, right?)
This is where a good quality tactical flashlight comes in handy.
So what type of light do you need?
Don’t let the small size fool you; this little tool can help you out of a jam!
I recently had the opportunity to learn how to effectively use this device at a training conference I was teaching at and now I am in the process of becoming a certified instructor in the use of it. I plan on teaching my police officers and martial arts students how to use this strange looking object to defend themselves, and in the case of my fellow police officers, to control the bad guy so that he can go to jail!
You may remember this heartbreaking news story…
In 2000, 42 y.o. Thomas Junta took his 11 y.o. son to hockey practice.
The coach wasn’t controlling the rough play on the ice and when Junta saw his young son get elbowed in the face, he yelled at the coach to calm the kids down.
The coach didn’t like that.
“That’s hockey!” was his reply.
The fuming Junta left the rink to regain composure but came back in to round up his son and his friends to take them home.
When he did, the coach reportedly physically attacked him, even though Junta far outweighed him.
Junta defended himself and punched the coach 3 times in “self-defense”.
Many firearms training courses use airsoft guns to help with their firearm training exercises because they are a realistic option. These guns offer some realism and they help people in the scenarios stay in the mindset that they are carrying a weapon. With this force on force education, you have the chance to be putted against a real live person and have the chance to use a weapon in the same manner as a firearm for defense. However, there training is limited indoors and until you are faced with the public. Because of this, it is important to learn how to conduct the carjacking defense in a realistic manner, while in public.
When you are using airsoft guns as part of your firearms training, you need to be sure that you create real scenarios. Realistic drills like a home invasion would be a good way for you to ensure that trainees understand how to use their guns properly in a matter of moments. Here is a way you can practice home defense in the home should danger arise, without using a real firearm.
Home Invasion: Setting Up the Training
Begin with a stopwatch and situate yourself in your living room setting and turn on the television. Keep your airsoft gun in a location where you would potentially keep your own firearm, such as a drawer or a nightstand. Now with your partner, you will begin a home invasion scenario. Begin by having them knock on the door and then enter your home in a manner that would be unpredictable. Students should be encouraged to enter through different doors to keep others on their toes and to simulate an intruder that you will help to improve the actual home defense experience.