How to get into the special forces

How to get into the special forces

Many people have asked me over the years how to train to be in the special forces.  They will ask, “I want to try out for the special forces. What sort of cross training and weight training should I do to prepare myself?”  I usually respond with, “You are asking the wrong question.”

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The Endless Weapon

The Endless Weapon

It is about 2 am in my level one trauma center in one of the major cities in the United States. By this point, I have been a nurse for about seven years in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and was completing my second year of my Certified Nurse Anesthesia (CRNA) training. I was pretty comfortable with death, and able to “keep my s*** together when s*** hit the fan.” I’ve broken ribs countless times while performing CPR and just to keep things a bit more interesting, myself and other staff members (including other nurses, respiratory members, physicians) had friendly competitions to see who can perform the most quality compression by watching an arterial line waveform and achieving best systolic blood pressure.  

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What is the Combat Rifle Course?

What is the Combat Rifle Course?

The Combat Rifle course is a full day course (8 hours) meant to teach students the fundamentals operation of the AR15/AK platforms. Course curriculum ranges from basic disassembly of the rifle to shooting to various distances from different positions. It is ideal for the beginner level shooter. 

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Why is Firearms Training Essential for Krav Maga Practitioners?

Why is Firearms Training Essential for Krav Maga Practitioners?

When it comes to real world self-defense techniques and tactics, knowledge is power. If you understand the nature of the threat you’re facing you can formulate a practical defense — whether that’s compliance, fleeing or attacking. People who know little to nothing about firearms are at a severe disadvantage. If they’re assaulted by someone with a gun, they may well be too frightened or too ignorant to react properly.

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Darkness - a form of tactical concealment

Darkness - a form of tactical concealment

During my service in the IDF my unit operated almost exclusively in complete darkness. Operating under the concealment of darkness gave us a huge tactical advantage, not only for the ability to surprise the enemy but also to ability to be concealed. Except in Security Ops, we seldomly used white lights.  When in use we still had to understand the importance of staying concealed whenever possible. As a civilian, I adapted these tactics for the defensive shooting and self-defense world, since night vision and thermal optics are no longer readily available to me.

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Close Proximity Shooting, using your hands first or reaching for your gun?

Close Proximity Shooting, using your hands first or reaching for your gun?

Instagram seems to be filled with a lot of tactical ninjas featuring high speed close proximity shooting.  I have partaken as well as it’s a lot of fun after all!  The videos show people engaging threats with a pistol from the hip, with little to no distance, and in most cases with one or two strike beforehand.  But do these ninjas and the people watching understand the context, the reality of the situation, or the biomechanics of it? Should the hands be used first or can the gun be drawn in time?  

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Fighting in Confined Spaces

Fighting in Confined Spaces

As Murphy's law implies, you will never be in an ideal environment when in a physical altercation on the street. There will not be gloves, wraps, a gi, a cushioned mat, and a referee. More than likely that environment will be confined, like a pub, nightclub, or in or around a vehicle. Hence, you will need to adapt your hand-to-hand techniques to those confined spaces. A person needs to know which hand strikes, leg strikes, and how to use the environment to your advantage, in these situations.

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