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Sunday, April 2, 2017

S.P.E.A.R. SYSTEM™ PDR COURSE IN WINTER HAVEN FLORIDA

Guys we are getting the word out!!!!! Professional Edge Combatives/ Winter Haven Judo Club is offering a new class The S.P.E.A.R. SYSTEM™  PDR course. The upcoming course will be starting in May and it is already garnering interest and attention. Why is it getting attention? 

WHAT IF LEARNING SELF-DEFENSE WAS EASIER THAN YOU THOUGHT?

 We all flinch when we get startled or scared and when you flinch your fingers splay and your hands automatically push away the danger. The beauty of the SPEAR System is that we harnesses that energy and then we teach participants how to redirect the kinetic energy using this instinctive movement. This makes the SPEAR System the easiest self-defense protocol to learn because the movement, this startle flinch response, is already genetically hard-wired within you.

The PERSONAL DEFENSE READINESS™ course was founded by Tony Blauer and it is not a martial art.  The PDR is based off of Tony’s S.P.E.A.R. SYSTEM™ which is the only behaviorally based self-defense system in the world.  TheS.P.E.A.R. SYSTEM™ works by converting the body’s natural flinch into a tactical response to an ambush.  Unlike many other self-defense systems that only train the physical techniques, the S.P.E.A.R. SYSTEM™ stresses the emotional, psychological and the physical.


The S.P.E.A.R. SYSTEM™ deals with the psychological, emotional and physical side of the Predator and Prey. It is the first genetic and behavioral (behavior) inspired by the self-defense system, which uses the natural reaction of our body in vulnerable situations and the moment when we are exposed to in the face of fear and violence.  This is precisely the reason why this system is easily learnable and  why everyone can use it. The S.P.E.A.R. SYSTEM™ is so useful and effective that it is taught to police and military forces worldwide.

For the already experienced martial artist The S.P.E.A.R. SYSTEM™ is a supplement to your current workout and training.  It does not interfere with your current style or training, it is a bridge to the use of complex motor skills (techniques of fighting your system).

If you expect your self-defense system to work under the realities of violence, you had better start with what your body will want to do naturally. The  S.P.E.A.R. System™   is based on the facts of neurophysiology. Instead of relying on the cognitively based muscle memory techniques common in the vast majority of defensive tactics programs, The  S.P.E.A.R. System™   utilizes reflexive, instinctive movements to create a platform from which to first react to and then respond to an assault.

 Using these innate actions strategically, honing them thru the SPEAR learning drills one begins to understand the superiority and uniqueness of SPEAR training. Add in other learning essentials like fear management, survival mindset and defusing tactics and you have the basics of the PDR program.



For information on The PERSONAL DEFENSE READINESS™ course (PDR) in the Winter Haven area and learn from professional Certified PDR Fundamantals Instructor go to:

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Monday, January 23, 2017

PROFESSIONAL EDGE COMBATIVES LEVEL ONE GUN DISARM COURSE

Professional Edge Combatives Level One Tactical Gun disarm course teaches you simple, practical, no nonsense gun disarming skills that can be applied under the stress of real world combat situations. This course emphasizes the principles of gun disarming.

 There is no escaping the fact that America is a gun culture and gun disarming techniques are an extremely valuable skill. Simply knowing how to take a weapon away from an attacker may very well end the encounter. In some situations disarming an attacker is safer more efficient and quicker than pulling your own weapon.

 Professional Edge Combatives Level One Tactical Gun disarm course teaches gun disarming as a science by studying the principles that make a disarm work while under the stress of a real situation.  Gun disarm training can't impose a doctrine in all circumstances without regard to practical consideration.

 Even if you carry a gun or a knife for self protection you may need the skills of disarming techniques to allow you to draw your weapon. Hand to hand unarmed combat techniques are invaluable because you are not walking around with your weapon at the ready.

 In some extreme close quarter situations gun disarms are your quickest most direct response. Things happen so quickly and at such a close range that you're faster to put hands on an attacker to disarm him than to try to take the time to go for your own firearm.

Friday, January 20, 2017

PROFESSIONAL EDGE COMBATIVES 2017 SCHEDULE

2017 is starting off well. Classes are going great and now my schedule has become fuller with private and semi private classes as well.  The classes are getting great responses and alot of great students.

We kicked off the year with promotions in the judo program so congratulations to all who passed.

The combatives classes have grown and continue to grow. Everyone has taken quite well to the program. It is quite pleasing to see hard work and dedication pay off. 

Below is information and our website address for more info about Professional Edge Combatives and the judo programs. 

Violence is something that hits hard and fast. It nails you from out of nowhere like being broad sided by a car. Most street assaults and violent one on one robberies are won, lost, or over, one way or the other in less time than it took you to read this paragraph......Which means 3 to 10 seconds. The harsh reality is that violence has to be dealt with in real terms.

                                 THERE ARE NO EASY METHODS OR SHORT CUTS.

No book no matter how well illustrated or explained can, alone, teach someone to fight or defend themselves. Closely supervised intensive training is the ONLY path to practical knowledge. Practice must be intensive enough to render the mechanics of each technique automatic. There is normally no time to think when the pressure of combat is on. Being able to throw a man is much different from knowing how.

Combatives arent supposed to be fancy martial arts moves that take a long period of time to get proficient at.

                                                  KEEP IT SIMPLE AND SAVAGE

Ruthlessness is what one has to seek to achieve. This is best defined in two words: speed and brutality.Combatives are not pretty, it's quick, brutal, effective and violent...COVER, CLOSE THE DISTANCE, ATTACK

Our Level One CORE COMBATIVES program teaches the most practical and effective self defense techniques.

The CHIN JAB is utilized to the chin, with the heel of the palm. It's a quick thrust with whatever power you have up and in at the chin. The strike comes from underneath in a close quarters range driving up and thru an assailant’s centerline.

 The chin jab is most devastating when the chin is protruding ahead, and when the strike is utilized extra instantly beneath the chin.

CHIN JAB/PALM HEEL
 To execute the chin jab bend the right wrist back at about a 90-degree angle with the palm facing the opponent and the fingers pointing up. Keep the right arm bent and close to the body.

Extend the hand into a concave position with the fingers slightly spread apart.  Step forward with the left foot toward the opponent, keeping the feet approximately shoulder-width apart and the knees bent. This is done to close with the opponent.

 Keep the right arm bent and close to the side. Thrust the palm of the hand directly up under the opponent’s chin striking with the heel of your palm.

At the same time, rotate the right hip forward to drive the body weight into the attack to increase the power of the strike. The attack should travel up the centerline of the opponent’s chest to his chin.

 To me the chin jab is one close quarter stirke out of many. Use it at the right time and place. I personally teach the chin jab with a arm trap or wrap and follow it with Osoto-Gari or major outside reap.
"C" CLAMP
The old "C" CLAMP or web hand to the throat is another basic and the one technique that makes ALL my training partners cringe. It obviously is not well received and is extremely uncomfortable when getting hit in and grabbed by the throat.


It has a great psychological effect on my training partners even though I am being quite gentle with it. The pic illustrate very well how I really disrupt my attacker's centerline.

HITTING 2017 HARD AND FAST!!!!!!  HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM PROFESSIONAL EDGE COMBATIVES AND THE WINTER HAVEN JUDO CLUB!!!!!!

2017 Class Schedule

Judo and CORE COMBATIVES LEVEL ONE class are open to anyone. LEVEL TWO CORE COMBATIVES are for those who have taken the LEVEL ONE course.

Our CORE COMBATIVES course is based upon explosive high percentage gross motor skill techniques to strike the vital targets seeking primarily to disable an attacker as quickly as possible.

PROFESSIONAL EDGE COMBATIVES is a joint collaboration of professionals in the field comprised of former and current law enforcement who also have military experience.



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Saturday, December 3, 2016

PROFESSIONAL EDGE COMBATIVES TRAINING

Dear Friends,

I am happy to announce the formulation of  WWII COMBATIVES/CQC/COMBAT JUDO TRAINING PROGRAMS. I cannot express how excited and motivated I am about PROFESSIONAL EDGE COMBATIVES.

My own personal training in military combatives started in basic training in United States Army Military Police Corps, and later in civilian law enforcement. By 1989, I was a certified instructor in law enforcement in self defense techniques and the use of forces.

Professional Edge Combatives is a joint collaboration, a task force, if you will of professionals in the field. These men are former and current law enforcement personnel who also served in the military,  friends and associates that are highly trained and knowedgeable.

We feel it's time to produce a professional WWII combatives training program. A learning program forged in the true spirit from which the combatives program of our very first special forces groups were developed.

  There are people out there now offering very poor WWII combatives courses online who have no real understanding of combatives or reality based self defense.  Though there are awesome instructors out there, it's my opinion that these types of programs aren't really represented in the true spirit of which it was intended.

 Another problem is that there are those who really have no qualifications to teach combatives. Some make false claims and in a few cases a few even go as far to  display faked or photo shopped miltary paperwork to attempt to back up their fraudulent claims.

However there are indeed legitimate sources available out there that one can access training from. My colleages and I believe our program stays true to the systems origins while at the same time, effectively utilizing this often thought antiquated and combat-validated system in the present. Most importantly EVER ONE involved with PROFESSIONAL EDGE COMBATIVES is experienced and qualified.

 In the coming months we will present online literature, as well as books, and videos regarding the subject of WWII era combatives and combat judo and how the best of the best of these techniques can be utilized for your personal self protection in our world today. Why Judo? Simply because judo was/is the basis for military and police combatives all over the world.

Why law enforcement professionals? It's simple as well, our law enforcement are the first responders to a multitude of Violent situations.  Who best to go to for knowledge and experience in regards to protecting yourself from becoming a victim of violence.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

THE REALITY OF A KNIFE FIGHT: KNIFE COMBAT

A knife fight isn't a duel, it is a violent physical confrontation between two or more combatants in which one or more participants is armed with a knife. Knife combat is one of the most scary and brutal things that anyone should ever have to encounter.  It is a close quarter Combative situation and matter of life or death.

This was written in order to inform the reader of the basics and fundamentals of using a knife in a combative situation. The overall theme of this article is to survive above all else.

Whenever you make the decision to engage another person in edged weapon combat, with the exception of Military combat; there are and will be legal ramifications. Remember it is always suggested to escape over anything else, but survival is paramount.

Choose principle over technique. Remember there is no such thing as a technique that works 100 percent of the time. When engaged in edged weapon combat it is important to target parts of the enemy's body that increase the efficiency of your attack. Example: The body is not the most efficient target, because there is a lot of muscle and other for armor, as well as bone and rib cage. Clothing often covers this area as does body armor.

It is possible for the knife to become wedged in the bones of the chest or ribs. Also there are many targets in the torso that just are not fatal. When choosing targets stick to, tendons, ligaments, veins and arteries. These are the targets that affect the function of the body. Remember this for targets, "If a man can't see, he can't fight. If a man can't breathe he can't fight. If a man can't stand he can't fight. Tendons and ligaments affect mobility. Veins and arteries affect blood loss and large quantities of blood loss affect the enemy's ability to do anything. The eyes are also excellent targets.

Learn the imperatives. The imperatives are simply 5 basic and fundamental principles that should always be adhered to in an engagement with an edged weapon. The five principles are as follows:

1.       Expect to get cut.
2.       Attack the weapon hand. Disarm the attacker.
3.       Control
4.       Time is of the essence.
5.       Survival. Survival is the most important imperative.

Your stance is the foundation of which you are able to maneuver and engage. The forward fighting stance is a great stance for maneuvering. The weight should be more even between feet. The weight should be rested on the balls of the foot. The front knee is slightly bent and the elbows are in at the sides and the hands are up for protection.

The lead hand or "checking hand” is always in front. The checking hand is the hand that assists the cutting hand in combat by controlling the enemy's weapon hand, and or setting up an attack. The chin is tucked in as to protect the throat. When in a fighting stance engaging a knife it is important to keep the inner parts of the arms and legs from being exposed to slashing by your attacker.  Remember that this stance is a mobile stance. In knife combat mobility is important. Never pass up the opportunity for escape!

Entering is nothing more than closing the distance between you and the weapon or you and the enemy. Stepping in is key in entering. The main point of entering is to close the distance and terminate the engagement quickly, not to narrowly evade and then re counter. Therefore stepping deeply and directly in is imperative. Remember, that the knife is simply an extension of the empty hand.

Clear the weapon arm In this method we will utilize covering versus blocking. The term blocking often refers to deflection by pushing away. That is why we will not use the term block, but cover. Covering in this case the higher and lower gate is executed by taking the checking hand and covering across your upper gate with your palm facing out. The checking hand moves across the body in an arching motion and stops past the ear of the non checking side.

The knife hand covers the lower gate, in an arching motion across the legs and groin. Once the lower gate hand reaches the opposite hip it continues the circle upwards till it is directly in front of your face. The act of stepping in and simultaneously covering is essential in setting your enemy up for the next technique in the series.

Now that you have successfully closed the distance and covered, you can now focus on ATTACKING THE WEAPON HAND.  Stepping and covering is a very important part of attacking the weapon hand, but you must also know how to control the weapon and how to attack the weapon hand / arm in order to make the attacker release the weapon.

Where to attack the weapon arm: Joints (Tendons and Ligaments) I.E. Above the elbow and the wrist. If the attacker cannot physically hold the weapon; or utilize his arm because his tendons and ligaments have been slashed and render his weapon arm useless, he cannot do much to cause harm with the weapon.
Veins and arteries; If you begin to slash into his veins and arteries located on the inner portion of his arm, he will begin to lose large amounts of blood. Losing large quantities of blood is demoralizing as well as it can make one pass out quickly and move them one step closer to expiration. The brachial artery on the inside of the Biceps and the axillary artery in the armpit are excellent targets to cause rapid blood loss and death.

Just because you have attacked the weapon hand and disarmed the attacker  and are in control does not mean you are home safe. You must maintain control. Remember this attacker had a knife! If he had a knife that means he is bent on killing you. You must neutralize the situation by preventing him from any other further attacks. If you control the head the body will follow. In order to keep control you must be deep inside the grappling zone. Once you gain control of the attackers head by thrusting your blade into the hollow cavity below the jaw, take him to the ground. Do not lose control of the arm!

Following through means to maintain control and neutralize the situation. Whenever given the opportunity, it is recommended to escape, however there are some situations here that may not be possible. For instruction sake we will cover finishing the enemy. This technique may be useful for soldiers in combat. For example a detainee or prisoner of war who may have to engage the enemy in order for Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape. The soldier has just engaged an enemy sentry and can not allow him to survive.

In a street encounter it is important to mention that this guy just intended on killing you with a knife, and he may have friends nearby waiting to attack you. You may be able to justify this next course of action legally if you are convincing that you were in fear of your life and there was a possibility of further danger after neutralizing the first attacker.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

THE REALITY OF A KNIFE ATTACK: PART 2

First and foremost I want to say that one cannot defend themselves from a knife attack by simply reading an article. You should study the subject of knife fighting in depth. Yes, you really need to have a strong understanding of what you are doing and what is really going on. 

TYPES OF KNIFE ATTACKERS

The first type is the stone-cold killer type he is most likely an ex-con. He will kill without hesitation to avoid going back to the jail. A wanted felon with a history of violent crimes also certainly fits this profile. His attack will appear to come out of nowhere.

An opportunity attacker is someone who initiates a spontaneous attack.  He has no plan to attack anyone; he just sees an opportunity and in a split second decides to attack.

A criminal caught in the act of a crime could react violently and attack in an effort to get away. He does not set out to attack or to kill anyone, but in such a situation he believes he has been forced to react with violence. This is another surprise attack, but not pre-planned.

The mentally disturbed attacker is most likely a homeless man or woman armed with a knife for reasons of paranoia or protection.

People under the influence of alcohol or drugs can fall under the same category.  The drug-induced frenzy; a crackhead or meth freak who has gone over the edge and has grabbed a knife.

TYPES OF KNIFE ATTACKS

(1) Thrust. The thrust is the most common and most dangerous type of knife attack. It is a strike directed straight into the target by jabbing or lunging.
(2) Slash. The slash is a sweeping surface cut or circular slash. The wound is usually a long cut, varying from a slight surface cut to a deep gash.
(3) Tear. The tear is a cut made by dragging the tip of the blade across the body to create a ripping-type cut.
(4) Hack. The hack is delivered by using the knife to block or chop with.

The sewing machine a rapid fire stabbing attack. It is a truly deadly attack and the intent is to kill you. It is carried out in a series of short thrusts while moving forward with violent pressure to keep you moving backward in a vulnerable and reactive type state.

The slash and stab is the scenario you hope you never have to face. This attacker is usually the most skilled in the use of an edged weapon. This attacker is set upon killing you and has both the skill and intent to do so.

REACTING TO THE ATTACK

Rule 1: Present the least vulnerable target. If someone is shooting at you, you find cover. The same principle applies here. If you are physically attacked, you move, you angle, you put something between you and the attack.

Rule 2: Stop the offensive capability of the attacker as soon as possible. This is where your actual physical training kicks in. This is where you must turn reaction into action and turn the tables on your assailant

Rule 3: Gain control of the individual. This is the final aspect where your training comes into play. However, this principle can only be applied if you have successfully applied rules 1 and 2. Rule 3 is where you take final control of the attacker. The best way to control the weapon is to take control of the individual. “You have far more to fear from a deadly man than from a deadly weapon.”

The first thing that happens to you is your reaction to the attack. This is where your mind is simply saying  Oh No! or WTF is going on? What is Happening? You are basically frozen in time during this phase even if it lasts only a millisecond this provides plenty of opportunity for the attacker to get in one, two, or maybe even three strikes, especially when you are caught totally off guard.

The second phase is when your protective instincts kick in. This is a pure fight or flight mechanism and your conscious mind is still not in control. The next thing that happens is that you start to move, usually backward, away from the danger: the attack.


You can actually practice the above sequence to increase its efficiency. By combining mental imagery with the physical actions I have just described you can decrease the time it takes to go from the “oh, no” phase to the protective phase.

HOW TO DEFEND AGAINST A KNIFE  ATTACK

The best defense against an armed attack is evasion and a well-timed counterattack.

1.) You must block and redirect the attack of the weapon to neutralize its lethal capability and clear the body of its trajectory of fire and angle of attack.

2.) You must stabilize the weapon by controlling the wrist, hand and weapon of the attacking arm of the enemy.

3.) You proceed to disarm the weapon by breaking the joint of the locked extremity or simply by applying power to induce enough pain for control and disarmament. 

Sunday, January 31, 2016

KNIFE FIGHTING

A knife fight is a violent physical confrontation between two or more combatants in which one or more participants is armed with a knife.  A knife fight is defined by the presence of a knife as a weapon and the violent intent of the combatants to kill or incapacitate each other; the participants may be completely untrained, self-taught, or trained in one or more formal or informal systems of knife fighting. Knife fights may involve the use of any type of knife, though certain knives, termed fighting knives, are purposely designed for such confrontations – the dagger being just one example.

Modern tactics for knife combat were developed by two British members of the Shanghai Municipal Police of the International Settlement in the 1920s. At the time the Shanghai streets were rife with criminal activity, exacerbated by the political tensions of the time and the breakdown of social order in much of the country.

Captain William E. Fairbairn and Sergeant Eric A. Sykes developed knife fighting skills and defences, which they began teaching to both police recruits and members of the British Army, Royal Marines and U.S. Marine units then stationed in Shanghai.  Fairbairn reportedly engaged in hundreds of street fights in his twenty-year career in Shanghai, where he organized and headed a special anti-riot squad.  Much of his body – arms, legs, torso, and even the palms of his hands – was covered with scars from knife wounds from those fights.

During World War II, Fairbairn and Sykes continued to refine their knife fighting techniques for military and paramilitary forces, teaching British Commandos, Special Operations Executive (SOE) personnel, selected American and foreign soldiers and covert espionage personnel, including members of the American Office of Strategic Services (OSS) and US/UK combined Operation Jedburgh teams. Their experience in training both soldiers and civilians in quick-kill knife fighting techniques eventually led to the development of a specialized fighting dagger suited for both covert elimination of enemy sentinels and close-combat knife fighting, the Fairbairn-Sykes Fighting Knife, a landmark weapon of its type.

The knife was designed exclusively for surprise attack and fighting, with a slender blade that can easily penetrate a ribcage. The vase handle grants precise grip, and the blade's design is especially suited to its use as a fighting knife. Fairbairn's rationale is in his book Get Tough! (1942).

In close-quarters fighting there is no more deadly weapon than the knife. In choosing a knife there are two important factors to bear in mind: balance and keenness. The hilt should fit easily in your hand, and the blade should not be so heavy that it tends to drag the hilt from your fingers in a loose grip. It is essential that the blade have a sharp stabbing point and good cutting edges, because an artery torn through (as against a clean cut) tends to contract and stop the bleeding. If a main artery is cleanly severed, the wounded man will quickly lose consciousness and die.

The length of the blade was chosen to give several inches of blade to penetrate the body after passing through the 3 in (7.6 cm) of the thickest clothing that was anticipated to be worn in the war, namely that of Soviet greatcoats. Later production runs of the F–S fighting knife have a blade length that is about 7.5 in (19 cm).


In all cases the handle had a distinctive foil-like grip to enable a number of handling options. Many variations on the F–S fighting knife exist in regards to size of blade and particularly of handle. The design has influenced the design of knives throughout the many decades since its introduction. - WIKIPEDIA