Combat Conditioning: The Foundations of Survival

Combat Conditioning: The Foundations of Survival

It is hard to simulate full intensity in training because you need to follow safety protocols designed to prevent injuries. Using the best and most advanced protective gear can help you train better. Your training partner is critical to simulating intensity. It is ok to learn a technique without stress, but when you know the technique well enough, it’s time to train it under stress. Your training partner must adopt the role of a real “bad guy” and simulate his attack with enough speed, power, unpredictability, and resistance. Contrary to popular belief, your partner is not doing you any favors by attacking gently and letting you win easily. He needs to make the attack “dirty” in order for you to benefit from it. For example, when attacking you with a knife, he must simulate several thrusts at high speed and try to free his arm when you try to control it. When choking or grabbing, he must try to surprise you and apply real resistance to simulate real stress. When training two attackers against one, one attacker often waits for the other to finish his or her attack. When simulating reality, you cannot wait. You must put constant pressure on your training partner in order to challenge him correctly. Remember—in real life, you won’t be attacked by an old lady with osteoporosis. You will be attacked by a psychotic, blood thirsty beast in his prime. To make training efficient, you must attack with speed, surprise, intensity, and resistance.

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How to train less and improve more

We have all seen those people at the gym wandering around between weights doing a set or two and moving to the next exercise. They never seem to improve or consistently show up. That mentality is also very common at the range, aimlessly shooting at a target without any thought behind what they are doing.  

Knowing what you are doing is key; practicing for the sake of practice without guidance can form bad habits, create injuries, and hinder any type of improvement. So first and foremost seek professional training, learn good form, and safety (especially with firearms!).

In order to start the process we must first choose what we want to improve on. Once that topic is chosen we must perform focused and consistent practice on that topic. For example, I have decided to improve my speed on the concealed draw from appendix carry, so over the past two weeks all I had been doing is dry drawing each day (about 10 minutes) about 100 times. Take that over two weeks and that is 1,400 repetitions on one single movement!  One of the lead shooting instructors mentions this in the video.

This deliberate practice helps us improve quicker without spending countless hours trying to improve 10 different things. For example, take a look at the Krav Maga classes I teach. Each class has only one subject that will be practiced during that hour.  In that one hour the class will focus only on a punch instead of trying to combine a choke defense, a kick, and a pistol disarm into one session. This concentrated practice allows my students to perform hundreds of repetitions during that hour and internalize and improve on one technique. However, just because they are learning one subject does not mean that they are not practicing others. They are still practicing their fighting skills, their fitness, and their tactics but focusing on only one technique.

So how do we train less and improve more:

  1. Receive professional training on the topic in order to know how to perform the movement/subject correctly and safely.

  2. Practice that topic perfectly, deliberately, and with many repetitions.

  3. Build on known knowledge and work to the unknown.

 

Thank you for reading, 

Ron Grobman

Tactical Fitness 

Owner | Chief Instructor

 

Let Your Children Grow and Explore by Teaching them Self-Defense

I am often approached by parents that are very concerned about their child's safety and want them to learn self-defense. What they don't realize is that they will receive so much more from their training: self-confidence, independence, social skills, and the ability to function under stressful conditions. 

One of the first adaptations children have from their Krav Maga training is self-confidence. As they are constantly challenged in their training both physically and mentally, being able to do things they could have never imagined. That self-confidence is sometimes more important then the individual techniques they may learn. It creates a victor mentality (instead of victim). This mentality will follow them through everything they do in life, whether it is presenting in front of their class, defending against a bully or applying for a job when they before adults.

The independence that the child builds as a result of their training lets you as a parent have that peace of mind because you know that your child has the tools to deal with various situations they may confront.  This skill will give the child the ability to navigate the world around them, giving you the peace of mind to let them be free and make their own choices. 

Life can be a very stressful thing, especially during the adolescent years. Krav Maga helps the child put things into prospective as they are constantly put into very stressful conditions in their training (both physically and mentally). In fact, the majority of the training is to teach the child to persevere under stress through different drills and games. That ability was instilled in me during my service in the IDF, it helped get through situations that most people will not face in a lifetime. 

As classes are typically taught in a group format the child must learn to get along with others. Of course this transfers to other aspects in life; school, other sports, and general social abilities. In-fact, as an instructors I have seen children go from being very introverted to being very extroverted and participating easily in any activity I may put them through.

Lastly, the above skills and abilities allows for conversation. The child knows that their opinion is respected and valued and in return they will feel empowered. For the parent, it will prevent the child from hiding anything they feel they should not speak up about in order to maintain that mutual respect. 

For more reading on the subject, refer to this great NPR article on how more schools are utilizing self-defense training. 

Thank you for reading, 

Ron Grobman

Founder

Tactical Fitness Austin

Want to Own A Gun? Make Sure You are Tactically Trained

Spider-Man was once told, “With great power comes great responsibility.” Ok, maybe Spider-Man didn’t shoot a gun, but he certainly knew the power of having a firing weapon, and so should you.  

Owning a gun is a serious responsibility. Gun ownership is a Constitutional right protected by the Second Amendment. No one can argue that. Of course “you have the right to bear arms,” but do you know when, where, and how that right can be exercised? Each state has a different set of laws when it comes to owning and using firearms. However, since Tactical Fitness Austin operated in the state of Texas, this post will focus on the laws and regulations associated with the Lone Star State.

Purchasing a Gun

Although Texas has a reputation of being a rough-and-tumble state where people can wield guns in the street, it’s not. In fact, Texas is governed by sensible gun laws where felons and the mentally unstable are banned from purchasing firearms, and anyone who is allowed to purchase one is required to undergo a federal background check.

Obtaining a License to Carry

Before you can keep your gun on your person in public, you must complete and pass a License to Carry (LTC) course that will be taken through a DPS certified instructor. Before you can receive your LTC though, you must submit your course documentation through the Texas Department of Public Safety. Submitting an application requires, fingerprinting,  a one time $140.00 processing fee, and can take up to 60 days to be approved.

Using a Gun

If you are ever put in an extreme self-defense situation for yourself or another, you may be required to use your firearm in a public place, most of the time you will be using it at a range. Practicing at a gun range is great to keep you in practice, but it is also good way to learn new techniques and skills should you even need to fire your weapon in a real life situation.


What is the best way to become proficient and confident with using your firearm? Tactical firearms training.


Tactical training is training that is designed for people who need to coherently and effectively react to real life situations involving serious risk.  When you focus on training yourself tactically, you will be able to better deal with dangerous situations that involve an overwhelming amount of stimuli or severe emotional response.

Learning how to appropriately react in a situation involving your gun could literally save your life. Here at Tactical Fitness Austin, we are dedicated to continually helping you hone and improve your firearm skills so that you are prepared in the event of an attack. We teach defensive tactics and maneuvers aimed at helping you resolve a self-defense situation. It is critical that, if you own a firearm, you continue your training. Nothing can prevent an encounter with someone who wants to do you harm, but you can ensure that you are trained and prepared to react with a set of skills that could mean the difference between life and death.


For complete info on firearms and licensing visit the DPS website: https://www.txdps.state.tx.us/rsd/chl/index.htm

 

Jessi Devenyns

Tactical Fitness Austin Marketing

 

Streetwise: How do you Defend Yourself Against Multiple Assailants?

One of the biggest dangers in urban environments is an attack from multiple assailants.  It is not just something you see in video games and on the news. It is a serious threat that comes in many forms to lurk around dark corners as well and on well-lit streets. Therefore, anyone who is serious about their personal safety and that of their loved ones should be trained to defend themselves.

While having access to a firearm and being trained to use it is certainly an advantage should you encounter a violent situation, there are times when you might be caught without one. Should that be the case, knowing how to react when unarmed is essential to your safety.

How To Defend Yourself Against Multiple Attackers

Mindset

The first thing you need to do in order to put yourself at an advantage during an attack is maintain a constant awareness of your surroundings. Always be on the lookout for unusual activity or sudden increases in people, and pay attention to your intuition. It is always right.

Awareness is the greatest self-defense tool that you possess. The priority in any violent situation is to avoid and escape. Being aware of your surroundings allows you to be pre-emptive and spot most confrontations before they start.


Strategy

Take a deep breath and remember your training. If you find yourself caught and need to defend yourself, the first thing you need to do is assess the situation and develop a strategy.


In situations of intense stress, your behavior is far more likely to be based on past experience and training, so rely on it.

Training teaches you control, and controlling your environment will allow you to set up a strategy for the best possible advantage in a fight. In order to do that though, you need to ask yourself a few questions:

1.     Is there an escape route?

2.     Is there somewhere nearby with more light?

3.     Are there any natural barriers like cars, walls, etc?

4.     Are there any weapons of opportunity available like bricks, bottles, or tables?

Identify the Leader

Who is the strongest or most vocal in the group? This person is your main threat and should be neutralized first. To effectively take the leader out of the game, create a visible injury. Doing this can deter the other attackers in the group and give you time to formulate your next move. Plus, often removing the leader from the equation can eliminate a group’s willingness to fight.


Attack

When you are faced with a violent situation where you need to defend yourself, rules of etiquette are thrown out the window. Instead do what you need to do to take your attacker out.

What are some good methods to start?

1.     Target the “Four N’s.”

2.     Make your first strike very visible to the entire group.

3.     Use what you have available as a weapon.

When defending yourself, the objective is to be effective; don’t worry about looking good. Instead, use the resources you have available and remember your self-defense training. Your goal is to immobilize your attackers and get yourself to safety. Knowing how to protect yourself is key to surviving so learning self-defense now could put you at the best advantage in the worst situation.

Jessi Devenyns

Tactical Fitness Austin Marketing

Hit Here and Hit Hard: Priority Targets

Life is unpredictable. Unfortunately, that means that sometimes you may be put in a dangerous situation where you are forced to defend your personal safety. When this happens, it is important to have some basic self-defense knowledge and techniques at your disposal. In particular, when facing a violent situation, knowing where to make contact with a body can make all the difference.  

In the case that you find yourself the victim of a street attack, you need to know how to inflict as much damage as quickly and efficiently as possible. Knowing the “Four N’s” of contact placement can help you better position your shots and neutralize an attacker in order to give yourself time to escape.


The “Four N’s” of an anatomical target are: 

The Nose

A powerful and well-placed strike to the nose has a good chance of breaking it, which will distract the attacker and give you time to make your next move. Busted noses usually bleed, so when coupled with the swelling and pain of the blunt force trauma, this will impair an attackers vision and allow you to escape.  

The Neck

Necks are a delicate part of the human anatomy, so being able to effectively strike one is a great asset in a street fight. Depending on the force of your blow, injuring an assailant’s neck can result in everything from discomfort and disorientation to unconsciousness and fatal injury.

Even just a well-aimed strike against the windpipe can result in intense pain and panic.

The Nuts

Men, as crude as it sounds, we are talking about testicles. It is well known that a shot to the groin can take even the fiercest man to his knees. So knowing where to aim should be a staple of your defense strategy.


Even a moderate blow to this vulnerable target can cause your attacker serious pain, so a solid strike to the region is one of the most effective ways to take your attacker out of the game.  

The kNees

Although this word technically begins with a “K” word and not an “N”, it’s close enough. Knees are complex joints with many interlocking parts, so a strong kick can be an excellent way to dislocate, disjoint, or otherwise tear this joint. Doing so will cause your attacker to collapse in pain as well as prevent them from effectively chasing you should they be able to get back up and try.

While no one hopes to find themselves in the middle of an attack, knowing basic techniques on how to defend yourself can make all the difference when it comes to your safety. Spend some time learning to understand the human body and where its vulnerable points are. That way, should you encounter a situation where you need to defend yourself, you won’t have to waste time thinking. You will, instead, be in a position to react effectively and give yourself a better chance of escape.

Jessi Devenyns

Tactical Fitness Austin Marketing