Defendu is a modern martial art developed by William E. Fairbairn and Eric A. Sykes prior to World War II. It is a hand-to-hand combat system based on practical experience mixed with jujutsu and boxing that was developed to train the Shanghai Municipal Police, and was later taught in expanded form to Office of Strategic Services and Special Operations Executive members during World War II.
Patrick Van Horne and Jason Riley wrote a magnificent book on how to survive using the U.S. Marine Corps’ Combat Hunter Program, titled Left of Bang. We call it Situational Awareness in the U.S. Air Force. This program will save your life if you understand the concepts.
“If you were to picture a timeline, “bang” is time-zero and is in the middle of the line. Bang is whatever event you are trying to prevent from occurring.”
The Next Level of Tactical Awareness— Getting Left of Bang
What is the Left of Bang?
Left of Bang Webinar (FBI’s Citizen’s Academy Alumni Association – Boston Chapter)
Left of Bang and the OODA Loop –
For those that don’t pay attention…
“Get tough, get down in the gutter, win at all costs… I teach what is called ‘Gutter Fighting.’ There’s no fair play, no rules except one: kill or be killed.” – William E. Fairbairn
If you do not have a firearm handy and you need a secondary weapon (or primary where guns are not allowed), the knife is the perfect weapon to defend yourself. The Self Defense Company has a great article on “The Truth About Knife Fighting” – read it.
If you want to learn from one of the best, William E. Fairbairn is your guy. Fairbairn is considered the Father of Modern Close Quarter Battle and was known as “Dangerous Dan.” Fairbairn trained some of the most hardcore warriors in the world to include: U.S. Army Rangers, British and Canadian Commandos, OSS Spies, U.S. Marine Raiders, and the SAS. His fighting style assisted our troops and British commandos in World War II. Fairbairn’s knife is still available today. Fairbairn’s books are available on Amazon and other places too.
High level training
Some of the deadliest street knife fighters are in Brazil.
Check out the “Bloody Brazilian Knife Fightin’ Techniques” (click on picture).
SEAL Knife training
Navy SEAL vs Israeli Commando in Spike show
Rage University has tons of links to PDF’s from knife fighting to close combat techniques.
Russian Knife Fighting Techniques
If you ever go to prison, you might want to read this book as well…
The OSS had a sabotage manual created for them to show dissidents in foreign countries how to fight back against the Nazi’s. You too can learn how to do sabotage
Caveat: THIS INFORMATION IS FOR ENTERTAINMENT and INFORMATION PURPOSES ONLY
Click on the picture to get the OSS field manual!
Learn from Mao Tse-tung on Guerrilla Warfare – click on the photo
GUERILLA WARFARE AND SPECIAL FORCES OPERATIONS
Army Special Operations Forces Unconventional Warfare
- Humans are more important than Hardware.
- Quality is better than Quantity.
- Special Operations Forces cannot be mass produced.
- Competent Special Operations Forces cannot be created after emergencies occur.
- Most Special Operations require non-SOF assistance
The F3EAD is used by military and government agencies to target individuals, organizations, and more. It can be useful for defending your family, business or self in a self-defense scenario.
The F3EAD (Find, Fix, Finish, Exploit, Analyze, and Disseminate – pronounced “F-three-e-a-d” or “feed,” is a version of the targeting methodology utilized by the special operations forces (SOF) responsible for some of the most widely-publicized missions in support of overseas contingency operations) method is interesting and it used by the military to find a target and eliminate it.
Use the F3EAD method in self defense can work like this:
Find – it is a start point to determine who who targeting you, your business or family.
Fix – identifying the threat or target in space and time (“Unblinking eye”) or known as surveillance.
Finish – neutralizing the threat using whatever means necessary (gun, knife, MMA, police, etc).
Exploit – finding evidence on the individual or group that is targeting your family, business or self, and if this information can be used in prosecution or in your defense in court.
Analyze – what went wrong or right during this self defense situation. Capture lessons learned.
Disseminate – share what you have learned with the self-defense community, so that it will help another person defend themselves in a similar situation.
F3EAD was used to capture Bin Laden –
Clearing your home –
Close Quarter Shooting Techniques –
Human Weapon Techniques
Biblical Self Defense
SELF DEFENSE TECHNIQUES: Knowing a little of everything is a good thing…
The U.S. Army Special Forces are the elite of the elite and they have many techniques that people can learn from to survive any engagement.
These books are really helpful, but there are tons of videos out there from former Special Forces soldiers, Delta members and even SEALS (The Navy’s special warriors).
Special Forces Crest
The Special Forces crest insignia was adopted in 1960 and approved as the Special Forces regimental designator in 1984. Its design reflects both the lineage and mission of Special Forces.
In 1890, the crossed arrows were officially prescribed as uniform insignia for the U.S. Army Indian Scouts who served in the American west from 1860 through 1939. In 1942, during World War II, a joint U.S./Canadian special operations unit was established to conduct operations behind enemy lines. Members of this First Special Service Force wore the historic crossed arrows as their branch insignia.
In the current Special Forces crest, the intersecting dagger represents the V-42 dagger issued to each member of the force. The encircling scroll which arches at the base bears the Special Forces motto, “DE OPPRESSO LIBER” which is translated from Latin as “To Free the Oppressed.”
UNCONVENTIONAL WARFARE: U.S Army Special Operations Forces
Check out the Unconventional Warfare Manual right here!
When people are faced with a dangerous scenario there are two things they do – fight or flight. They fight if they have the warrior mindset or they flee if they don’t. LTC (Ret) David Grossman writes a great book on this and it is called Warrior Mindset. For those that are willing to defend themselves, this book is essential.
In the book “Warrior Mindset,” Lt. Col. Dave Grossman says, “In the end, it’s not about the ‘hardware,’ it’s about the software. Amateurs talk about hardware or equipment, professionals talk about software or training and mental readiness.”
Dr. Michael J. Asken says that, “…experience shows that up to 90% of successful performance is attributed to psychological skills. Rarely is that number reported to be less than 40%. This comes from talking to military personnel, police officers, including SWAT tactical team members, and other emergency responders who engage in life and death situations.”
Found this at this link here –
Warrior mindset: 8 elements of tactical performance
Are these consistently your personal priorities when you’re on the street?
Jun 5, 2013
Here’s a handy checklist, suitable for periodic review and reinforcement to recharge your warrior mindset.
These eight critical components of tactical performance were itemized by Dallas SWAT veteran Steve Claggett at the 25th annual conference of the Illinois Tactical Officers Association and in an interview with PoliceOne.
Are these consistently your personal priorities when you’re on the street?
1.) 540-degree Awareness
“Continually ask yourself: ‘What people, things, or uncleared spaces are around me or above my eye level that could hurt — or help — me?’ ” Claggett advises.
“As you approach a scene, pause and assess your 540-degree battlefield. Process individuals you encounter — their whole body, their hands, their pockets and waistband, their demeanor. What do you know about them…and what do you know about yourself in that environment? Don’t get hyper-focused on just one subject. Stay aware of potential secondary threats and threat locations.”
2.) Superior Positioning
“Sometimes a single step to the right or left can give you a better tactical edge,” Claggett says.
“Keep your battlefield in front of you. If you can get your back against a wall or something solid, you protect your six and cut your area of concern in half. If you create distance between you and your partner, you split the suspect’s focus — minimize your battlefield, maximize his.
“Does your position facilitate your ability to act and react, or restrict it? Is your nearest cover real, or imaginary? Do you keep the suspect between you and a potential secondary threat? Do you tend to simple but important details, like keeping your flashlight out of your gun hand? Do you recognize and adjust as new vulnerabilities arise?”
3.) “Attack-the-Attack” Ferocity
“When a suspect physically attacks you, defending yourself may need to be much more than just blocking his moves,” Claggett declares.
“If he’s going for your gun, for example, your life is on the line. Turn the attack on him with all the ferocity you can muster. Drive your thumb into his eye socket, punch him in the throat, bite him — you need to overwhelm him so he no longer wants to fight and can’t fight.
“Life-or-death physical combat on the street is likely to turn more on mindset than on skill, and your mindset must be to win, whatever it takes, not merely to survive.”
4.) Clear Mental Triggers
Establishing what Claggett calls “a clear mental trigger” means anticipating the evolution of trouble and having limits in mind in advance.
“Given the specific circumstances you’re in, know what action you will take when the suspect’s behavior reaches your trigger point. How close will you let a guy with a knife get before you shoot? How many times will you tell a gunman to drop his weapon?
“If you don’t know, you’ll more likely make no decision or a bad decision. Mentally drawing a line in the sand lets you avoid hesitation and prevents you from falling back on an unplanned startle response — two confirmed killers of officers. In a sense, you’re giving yourself the answers to the test before the test!”
5.) Personal SOPs
Equally important, Claggett believes, is honest dialogue with yourself to clearly define in advance what you are willing to do in a crisis. Will your personal standards of operation permit you to act confidently and decisively under stress?
“Would you shoot a dangerous suspect in the back when legally justified in doing so?” Claggett asks. “Would you run over someone with your squad car who was threatening to shoot you? Would you feel compelled to try some intermediate-force option before employing deadly force, even in the face of an imminent threat? The time to ponder your moral and ethical code and resolve potential dilemmas is not when lives are on the line.”
6.) Commitment to Movement
“Static positioning during range training leaves a terrible training scar,” Claggett says. “When you’re targeted by a deadly threat, movement is life. Ingrain that concept into your thinking and into your conditioned reaction. Get off the ‘X’. More laterally, not linearly, in relation to your adversary to make yourself a harder target. And if possible, of course, move to cover.”
7.) Uncomfortable Training
Quoting an anonymous sage, Claggett says in a crisis, “‘We do not rise to the level of our expectations. We fall to the level of our training’.”
To drive that level higher, “training needs to be uncomfortable, always pushing you to meet tougher challenges, acquire more demanding skills, make harder decisions, and build confidence and competence where any trace of uncertainty and mediocrity exists. We often get too little of that because we tend to train in our comfort zone. Think of training like an insurance policy: You hate paying the premiums, but when you need it you want the best coverage there is.”
8.) Unsparing Debriefing
Critique yourself after every stop and every call, Claggett urges.
“What were your strengths and weaknesses? What did you do that could have gotten you hurt or killed? What could you have done better? What do you need to improve on? Don’t let a good end result justify the means by which you got there. Be proactive about remedying shortcomings. Don’t just leave it to Fate, because Fate has a real good way of pointing out our deficiencies when it’s too late.
“Cops don’t like to hear — even from themselves — that they could do things better,” Claggett says.
“Ego can get in the way of self-improvement. True warriors put ego aside and make the principles of tactical thinking a lifestyle. They understand that hope is not a strategy and luck is not a skill. They not only recognize that they can be better, they take action to make it happen.”
Now retired from Dallas PD after 25 years of service, Claggett is director of training for the Fulcrum Tactical Training & Support organization, which offers advanced professional instruction for patrol and SWAT personnel. Course descriptions are available at: www.fulcrumtactical.org. Claggett can be reached at: email@example.com.
To survive and win you must prepare, commit, believe, and never give up.
A must read article…
Taking care of your loved ones is essential in defending your home. When you have a family, you need to protect them by any means necessary. Alarm systems alone will not protect you or your family. You need to be well versed in what to do, both tactically and maintaining situational awareness
The Crime Doctor has some good tips here too!
Here are some Home and Family Security tips from the government:
You and your family members should always practice basic personal security precautions.
Familiarize your family with the local terrorist and criminal threats and regularly review the protective measures and techniques listed in this handbook. Ensure everyone in your family knows what to do in case of emergency.
In addition to installation-specific Web sites, the following Web sites may also provide useful information about recent threats or activities. Indeed, portions of this guide are derived from the sources below.
In the continental United States (CONUS):
• Federal Emergency Management Agency http://www.fema.gov
• The American Red Cross http://www.redcross.org
• U.S. Department of State http://travel.state.gov or http://www.state.gov Also, the Department of State has a travel registry for U.S. citizens living or traveling overseas. Called STEP (Smart Traveler Enrollment Program), this service is used to facilitate contact between the local U.S. Embassy or Consulate and the individual during times of emergencies. More information on the process can be found
U.S. citizens living or traveling overseas. Called STEP (Smart Traveler Enrollment Program), this service is used to facilitate contact between the local U.S. Embassy or Consulate and the individual during times of emergencies. More information on the process can be found at: https://travelregistration.state.gov
Ready.gov has this plan on their website:
PLAN TO PROTECT YOURSELF & YOUR FAMILY
(PDF – 1.2 Mb)
“Prepare yourself and your family for a disaster by making an emergency plan.
Download the Family Communication Plan for Parents and Kids (PDF – 1.2 Mb), print the pages and fill them in offline.
Your emergency planning should also address the care of pets, aiding family members with access and functional needs and safely shutting off utilities.
You may also want to inquire about emergency plans at work, daycare and school. If no plans exist, consider volunteering to help create one. Read more about school and workplace plans.
Once you’ve collected this important information, gather your family members and discuss the information to put in the plan. Practice your plan at least twice a year and update it according to any issues that arise.”
SELF DEFENSE TECHNIQUES: Knowing a little of everything is a good thing…
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