Tiger McKee

Shootrite Firearms Academy

Hand-To-Hand Skills

For most of us, when it comes to tactics avoidance and escape are at the top of the list. The last option is actually having to fight the threat. As for fighting, you’ll find a lot of people invest time and money into learning how to fight with pistol or long-gun. Yet they rarely consider or choose to ignore the fact that the fight may include “hand-to-hand” combat. Everyone’s tool box should contain some basic unarmed fighting skills.

These need to be simple skills, which are easy to learn, retain, and apply. Simplicity is key to victory, especially if you don’t do a lot of fightin’ in your spare time. If you’re like most people you don’t have time to study a traditional fighting style, which take years to master. You need to know how to fight.

The techniques you learn should apply to as wide a variety of attacks as possible. When threatened there simply isn’t time to dissect the attack and select a response from a list of twenty options. You need to stop the threat. Although this may be a temporary “stop,” it can buy you the time necessary go to guns and assess from a more powerful position.

There is also the possibility that even when/if you get to your firearm that the advantage is temporary. Plenty of bad guys out there practice disarming techniques. Action always beats reaction, and when they get their hands on your weapon you end up in a bad place. Then there are the guys who get their hands on you after you’ve shot them and they should be on the ground. Fights come in all flavors, and a lot of them involve unarmed responses, both before and after the guns come out.

What you need to learn is how to inflict damage, quickly, with the least amount of effort necessary. You don’t want to be in a long drawn out struggle where strength and stamina come into play, and there are no rules like in a competition. Attack the weakest part of their body with the stronger parts of yours. You can call it self-defense, personal protection, or whatever, but in truth it’s a fight, and fights are by nature ugly and violent.

To learn some basic defensive skills you’ll need to locate someone who can teach you. I was lucky enough to know a lot of people who instructed me in a variety of martial arts. Then I picked techniques from each art that worked for me. As you search for an instructor, remember you’re not looking for a life-style, you’re wanting to defeat an attacker as efficiently as possible.

The fight won’t be what you think and the unexpected is the rule. You don’t have to become a combat master of anything, but you do need to be ready for everything.

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September 19, 2010 - Posted by | General Training

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