Lessons learned training Special Operations

Navy-SEAL-WallpaperBelow you will find some good questions and answers that were brought up by the finest men on the planet during a class I was teaching!  Questions of, “what comes next,” in a fighting situation and how to overcome it here in training, so that when it happens in the real world they will be prepared for it.

Here is my wonderful disclaimer: I know a lot of you who read this will think of some other cool techniques you can do because you were taught in this form of Martial Arts or this one.  But remember that a TRUE Martial Artist is very humble and adapts to all arts.  What you do in a situation may vary from person to person, but unless you have been in combat (street fight or stressful situation) you do not know how you will act, perform or run when the time comes. You want to keep it simple and dominate the situation and end up on top.

Lesson #1 – Why would you want to fight someone on the ground in full Tactical gear? They have their primary weapon strapped to their chest and a secondary weapon in a holster attached to your thigh?  I said, “Good question!”

Most people believe that all fights will go to the ground, well some will, but not all! One day in class when I was training a team (we will leave it at that) I had one of the guys lay on his back as if the fight went to the ground.  Then I had another one start to attack him (everyone was still in full tactical gear) the guy on the ground loved to fight and was handling himself pretty well, but then I had another guy start to attack him also.   “What now? Two guys are attacking you, what are you going to do?”  Are you going to continue to wrestle around with them? Or are you ever going to use any of the weapon you have to finish the fight,” I said.  This is the difference between classroom work and real combat.  Some people like to play footwork, but when it comes to the real situation you must think on your feet and attack as if your life depends on it.

3 lessons

The point from lesson #1 is that if you go to the ground in a fight, use the tools you have available to you, because out of nowhere someone else can come into the fight and help the person you’re fighting.  Or with all that gear you have on will slow you down and the opponent will use your weapons against you and win.  One way or the other, win at all cost.


Lesson #2 Lets take that weapon away! Weapons disarm.

What do you think about all the weapon disarm techniques out there in the Martial Arts world?  Which one would you use was the question I was asked in class.  Here was the answer I gave.  I always show my answer for a lesson.  Of course I was in full Tactical gear and asked the class, who knew a good weapons disarm.  One guy lifted his hand and I invited him over to take away my primary weapon (M4).  He stopped for a moment and looked at the situation and then attempted to take my weapon away.  Now, the technique was a good one, but there was just one problem, he could not take my weapon away.  Why?  Because most weapon disarms are always taught to people without the three-point sling attached to the rifle, which is attached to me.  People now a days (especially in the Military) will always have a weapon and sling attached to themselves (also Pistol and lanyard too).  What you need to do is learn a weapon disarm that is taught with and without the sling or lanyard.

I know that sometimes in situations you will not need to do a disarm, because you maybe the aggressor, but what if Mr. Murphy kicks in and says hello (as in my article here in The Loadout Room – Tactical Handgun disarm tip of the week) then what? would you like to be prepared for ALL situations?  I know I would.

The point from lesson #2 When learning a weapons disarm from anyone, understand that you need to be training for real world stuff and know that people may have their weapon strapped to themselves because they do not want to lose their weapon, so plan on it and practice every way you can.


Lesson #3  Knife fighting, where do I cut?

Lol… this is a great question.  In class we were working on Tactical knife fighting and everyone started by doing the, “12 angles” of attack for a warm up exercise, making their shoulders warm up before we started.  When I had one guy says to me, “if your opponent is wearing body armor, most of the 12 angles will not cut him.”  I said to him, “you are right!”   There are times where you may be walking down the street around your home or even downtown and you are attacked by a knife, (because not all people carry guns, but everyone does carry a knife) and you may have to defend yourself with a knife.  You or your opponent will not be in full tactical gear either!  So you will have to train in all scenarios.  I walked over to the guy in class and said that you may not be able to cut in the body at all, but the “limbs” are free! (the legs, arms and face)

See here again some people train in a classroom environment and will only work on cutting the body (key word: some) But knowing that there is more to the body than just the torso, is where we rely on striking and making our effective strikes.

The point from lesson #3 is that when you are working anything (technique wise) learn from what you are doing right and what you are doing wrong.  Practice in all situation and you to will rise to the occasion.

There are NO dumb questions asked EVER!  You just need to ask them.  See even the best trained guys in the world will ask questions even if you think they should know the answer already.  It is to make sure you cover all situations that you or someone can come up with, so that one day you can follow through.

I hope you have learned something from these lessons? I know I could have listed tons more, but I will leave it for future articles.  Remember humble yourself, learn all you can and achieve one goal and that is to win at all cost!  until next time


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