Combatives in vehicles

Restrictive striking/striking in cars

Develop power strikes from positions of disadvantage 

Using car door to push off of with foot to generate more power

Get as much of your body into the fight as possible

Using your environment to your advantage (frame, window, steering wheel, etc)

Working from different seats and angles

Getting seatbelt off while striking

Switching with partner- adding communication

Can you access your weapon (s) while in the car

Do you have a plan with any others in the vehicle? Can or you help if someone needs it? 

Gun Defense in Car

Working the principles 

D- dialogue/distraction

R- redirect

C- control

A- attack, attack, attack

t – take away – it’s a small t because if you need to fight for it go back to attack- I can take a weapon away from almost anyone I render unconscious first

Ways to control and attack in the car, getting seatbelt off, using your weight

Redirect with multiple people in car and not sweeping them with the muzzle, working as a team, not getting in each others way

Using your environment (principle in KM) what can you use in the car to your benefit

When asking for help, do it like CPR be specific as possible. Who is lead person with hands on weapon or over watch?

Work through different scenarios using principles

Driver Down

Wheel first, then oh shit handle, then your foot against their shin sliding down getting them off the gas/brake depending on situation

Civilian vs military 

Stan did this in Bosnia

Driver Extraction

Working as a team, code word

Passenger takes wheel (driver down), driver side backseat puts driver in bar arm, when car is stopped backseat passenger gets out opens drivers door, extracts driver and jumps back in drivers passenger side door. Then drive, drive, drive


Knife Defenses

     Reviewing the general forms of defenses and when we use what according to the range

·      Explaining and experiencing the challenges of defending a knife from close range 

·      Practicing defense in middle range vs. open hand 

·      Practicing defense in mid range vs upper knife attack, slash and a stab 

·      Learning different controls of the attacker’s arm with the knife, after surviving his first attempt. 

·      Drills to get better sense of fighting vs knife attacks and improving reflexes 


Israeli Point and Shoot


·      Fighting stand and the form of shooting 

·      Racking the gun and pointing to the target

·      Taking a look at the handgun before running

·      Running with the gun, stopping and entering the stand

·      Switch aiming between close targets 

·      Switch aiming between far targets

·      Kneeling and switching magazines and moving back to  IPS stand 

Offensive knife


Standing and grips:

-          Working from the same fighting stance as empty hand

-          Forward grip with the knife pointed at the bad guy

-          Forward grip is more versatile and lends to a greater range of motion

-          Rev grip gives better concealment and works well close quarters


-          4 ways the knife can be used (slashing, stabbing, striking with the handle, punching as a fist load

-          This can/should pe worked into combinations with punches and kicks

-          Timers VS Switches

Self Defense:

-          Defenses from punching and grabbing

-          Deploying from concealment while being moved (creating balance issues)



From the ring to the street

Beginning Introduction: Benefits of sparring as a tool builder

-          Develops Timing

-          Understanding of distancing

-          The ability to read body language (when a punch or kick is coming)

-          Decreases mental shut down when getting hit

-          Develops the ability to be simultaneously offensive and defensive when things are live

Positioning & Movement:

-          Movement drills (moving to the dead side)

-          Getting outside foot positioning 

Offensive Striking in the Ring: Working principles of closest weapon (lead hand) to the closest target and principles of rotation for power

-          Jab/Cross

-          Lead Hook/Rear Round Kick

Offensive Striking in the Street: Working same principles and movement with technical modifications

-          Jab/Cross = Lead palm to the chest (creating space and momentary mental shut down) / Right cross to the face

-          Lead Hook/Rear Round Kick = Lead slap to the ear / Rear Round Kick


Knife vs. Knife

Reviewed Standing & grips:

-          Working from the same fighting stance as empty hand

-          Forward grip with the knife pointed at the bad guy

-          Practiced standing at the correct distance if someone else has a knife as well

Moving with a Knife:

-          Walk instead of shuffle

-          We shuffle empty hand to create a leveraged stance for maximum power.

-          With a knife, we don’t need maximum power.  We need maximum speed to move in and out.  Walking is faster than shuffling


-          Moving at a 45, defending downward angle slash with an upward slash

-          Apache Cross Defenses (Using the knife as a blocking and cutting tool)


Carbine CQC

Rifle down = safety on

Rifle up = safety off. 

NO sweeping of muzzle horizontally.

Pause to stop movement and engage

Manage recoil before repeat rounds


Tact Med

M - Massive Hemmoraghe


Compression bandages

stuffing gauze

A - Airway

R - Respiration 

C- Circulation

'Leaking' wounds need attention but after the above. Don't get distracted

H - Head Trauma

VERY important to get a brain bleed seen quickly

Hard to diagnose in the field

watch for Altered Mental Status

- TQ placement


vehicle cover and move

Engage threat




Look for cover before moving

Trust your partner

Use cover to deliver effective fire

Always have a working weapon system

Strength through Structure

Functional movement

Create strength through structure

Using the Turkish Get Up as a warm up, you can teach your students how to create strong positions through movement which they can carry over to Krav Maga techniques.

TGU to hand with poor shoulder position, have partner provide pressure through fist, then correct shoulder position activating scapular stabilizers.  The partner again provides pressure.  Have the students assess the stability they feel. 

Have partners complete one hand gun from the front defense with newly found shoulder position.  Make a point to discuss hip position pointed toward target, as well as pressure to hip joint, not soft tissue to create change in structure.

Point out using tension from floor against foot to create power in restrictive positions


Handling your weapon

- Firearm safety

- Knowledge and handling of a semi-automatic handgun

- Fundamentals of marksmanship

- understanding workspace 

- Command still using Gen 3 NWSDE target (colors, shapes, letters placing an emphasis on HITS...shoot until you get the desired result)


Extreme Close Quarters Engagement

- reviewed safety & knowledge and handling 

- command drill with added elements (turning, side stepping, kneeling, etc)

- #2 retention firing (as if from holster)

- CAR position #2


Low Light Engagements

- reviewed safety and knowledge and handling.

- different techniques for hand held vs weapon mounted lights

- “striping” while searching

- firing from 3 various holds (FBI, Cheek index, and Harries)


Balancing Speed and Accuracy

- reviewed safety & knowledge and handling

- presentation from a holster (if not renting).

- stepping to the known to address potential threats

- added an awareness drill (students were walking around with one person holding a training knife) students in line would engage target and shout out description of the guy with a knife when they saw them.

- all hands drill (shooting supported and in supported with both hands)

- shooting on the move (laterally)


vehicle down

- Safety brief 

- how to remove seat belt and how to present a handgun safely and efficiently from driver and passenger side.  

- emergency engagement through windshield 

- how to open and stabilize the door while using the A pillar as cover (mechanical offset discussion at this point)

- how to safely exit 

- stress drill