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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The Biomechanics of the Combat Stance

The Biomechanics of the Combat Stance

The term “combat” to me, has always been something that is related to all forms of combat, armed and unarmed. It followed me through my years of training in Krav Maga and my service in the IDF. I noticed over the years that each form of combat had its stance, and a lot of the time that stance was similar between the different forms. As an instructor of both armed and unarmed combat, I have always tried to streamline the learning process for my students. As a result, I have consolidated the different stances into one “combat stance.”

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Why I recommend the Glock 19 handgun to my new students

Why I recommend the Glock 19 handgun to my new students

I’m always surprised by the number of gun owners who don’t have the slightest idea how to take apart their gun. It’s an essential skill; critical for proper cleaning, maintenance and inspection for wear and tear. That’s why I teach new students how to field strip their handgun before we fire a single round. It’s also one of the main reasons I use GLOCKs for beginning shooters.

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Fitness Programming for the Tactical Athlete

Fitness Programming for the Tactical Athlete

The Tactical Athlete must be Strong, possess Explosive Power, maintain exceptional Mobility, and have All-Day Endurance. Creating a Strength and Conditioning program that reaches all of these goals gets a bit tricky, especially when you take into account the constant skills training that operators need to stay sharp in their specific fields. I like to meet these demands with Multiple Daily Workouts and make efficient use of our time by addressing at least a couple of these components during each workout.

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What to expect at your first Tactical Fitness firearms and Krav Maga course

What to expect at your first Tactical Fitness firearms and Krav Maga course

This short article will better help you prepare and understand what to expect when attending your first course with me. Trying something new is never easy, let alone a half or full day intensive firearms and Krav Maga course. Though apprehension is normal, you should expect to receive real life practical skills, be pushed to the edge of your physical and mental limit, and receive professionally organized instruction.

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The Shift to Concept Based Training

The Shift to Concept Based Training

When first starting to train, the student focuses on basic technical skills; how to hold the pistol, how to throw a proper punch. Once the student reaches a competent technical level, he or she can start focusing on tactics. Essentially, putting together various techniques and learning to apply them properly to different situations. However, once the student reaches a high technical AND tactical level, they can shift their training and mindset to take a more broad-based conceptual approach.

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Understanding the Biomechanics of the Pistol Grip

Understanding the Biomechanics of the Pistol Grip

The thumbs forward grip is considered the modern day standard for handgun shooting. This grip is extremely important in developing good shooting habits.  Although many people use it, many people also do not understand the reasoning behind it. In this short article I will explain the didactic reasoning behind it; when learning the how we must also understand the why!

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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