1. To providestudents and instructorswith the most effective, realistic, and up-to-date personal protection training in the world.
2. To prevent any training injuries by following strict safety protocols.
3. To provide a positive learning environment.
Other than a gun the knife is the most common weapon used in crime. In fact, many terrorist attacks are committed with knives because they can’t get their hands on a gun. However, the attacks are not always with knives, but with a variety of edged weapons: screw driver, syringe, broken bottle, a shard of glass, a “shank” in a custody environment, and anything else that can use to cut or stab with. Knowing how to survive these gruesome tools is vital.
Right from the start of the beginning of the course you’ll see full speed, full contact, unpredictable criminal and terrorist style knife attack demonstrations. For most it’s a real eye opener. Most participants with previous martial arts training will find within the first 20 minutes of the course that most everything they learned about knife defense will not work in a real attack. You will be taken step-by-step through Knife Avoidance drills (using rubber training knives) that will immediately increase your odds of survival. You’ll then discover why the 21 feet / 7 meter Rule is so important.
If you are ever attacked with a knife there is a high probability of getting injured. That’s why you’ll learn Self-Triage and First Aid. The Reality-Based Personal Protection system was the first civilian self-defense system in the world to introduce Martial Arts Conflict Casualty Care going back to 1986. This is the same kind of training that police and combat military personnel learn today.
Knife fights are scary events, and that is why Mental Preparation is extremely important in this course coupled with physical techniques, conflict drills, and realistic scenarios. You’ll also get an insight into the criminal mind when it comes to the knife as their weapon of choice.
Not only do you need to know how to defend against a knife attack, but you also need to know how to use one yourself in a self-defense situation. Oh sure, in real situation you may not have a knife on you at the time, but you could very well find yourself fighting for your life with a fork in a restaurant or with a writing pen on an airplane – the principles will be the same. To learn how to use a knife properly you’ll be taught the Imminent Knife Conflict Stance, The 10 Angles of Attack (that’s right, there are only ten directions in which to strike the human body), The 10 Knife Blocks and Specialty Knife Blocks.
It's not enough to know a bunch of techniques, but you must be able to put them into context, and the only way to do that is through Knife Conflict Drills. These drills will reduce your reaction time and improve your decision-making skills in a knife fight. This all leads to the Freestyle Drill, which is as close as you’ll ever come to real knife combat, but without real knives of course. It’s your “final test,” so to speak.
A knife wielding attacker may corner you in a confined space, such as a room in your home, in an elevator, or even pressed up against your own car. In this situation you’ll learn, and practice, the Jim Wagner Knife Disarm Rule that has been adopted by police agencies and military units worldwide because of its simplicity and effectiveness based on human instinct and a logical flow pattern.
The final section of the course teaches you how to survive Hostage Situations at Knife Point. This is when someone has a knife on you, and you have no idea if they are going to kill you or not.
After completing Knife Survival your training continues with Knife Expert, and “expert” is exactly what you’ll become, because most of what is taught in this course is not found in any other self-defense system in the world; at least not all in one package. You’ll start off learning the Kinetic Sensation Response Drill against an unarmed attacker at first, and then against an attacker armed with a blade (a training weapon). Once you touch the attacker’s arm you’ll know exactly what he or she is going to do next, and you’ll know how to counter it. It sounds mystical, but it’s not. It’s all about physiology and physics.
You’re then going to go through some pretty intense training drills, like the Leap Frog Drill and Walking the Gauntlet Drill. Both will improve your reaction time and decision-making skills. These are the same drills that are taught in Special Operations military units and bodyguard schools throughout the world.
Although not as common as knife attacks, from time to time we hear in the news of somebody being hacked by a machete or sword, and this is exactly why you’ll get Machetes and Swords training. Not only will you learn to protect yourself against these long blades, but should you ever disarm an attacker you’ll know how to use these same weapons yourself. Of course, you’ll run through a variety of drills and scenarios to know when and how to apply your newly acquired techniques and tactics.
Next is Double Blades training,because there are some attackers in this world that will come at you with a blade in each hand, which means double the danger. If double blades works for the bad guys then it can work for you as well, and so you’ll learn how to protect yourself with an object in each hand; it could be a rolled-up magazine in one hand and a tactical pen in the other hand or a flexible shield (such as a jacket) in your secondary hand and a pocket knife in your primary hand.
Although a rare event you may have no choice but to throw a knife at an attacker under certain circumstances, and so you’ll be taught exactly how to do it in the section of the course called Throwing Knives. You’ll also get a brief history lesson as part of your adding to your expertise.
Not all knife attacks are the same, because not all cultures and subcultures are the same on this planet. You’ll be surprised just how many different ways there are that someone can come at you with a blade. There are prison style attacks, military style attacks, terrorist style attacks, gang style attack, and the list goes on. Two thousand years ago the ancient Chinese general Sun Tzu wrote in his book The Art of War that it is vital to “know your enemy” to win a battle, and it is for this very reason that the final section of the Knife Expert course concentrates on World Wide Edged Weapons Attack Methods. You’ll learn how different groups attack their victims, and in so doing accomplish the goal of “know the enemy,” which translates to increasing your odds of surviving the various attacks that you may encounter.
This course is RESTRICTED to government and private security personnel only or for those who are enrolled in the Knife Survival Expert Instructor course since they may be teaching students in the security sector. This course provides additional information and techniques in order to provide greater safety for security personnel.
Knife Survival Expert Instructor
This course teaches instructors how to teach the Knife Survival courses to their students. It not only goes into greater detail about each element in the program (information, techniques, tactics, and scenarios), but additional information and techniques are taught to truly make the instructor an expert in knife self-defense. In addition, this course is designed to give the instructor more confidence and polish their teaching skills: lesson planning, presentation, safety protocols, legal issues, and business pointers.
Before learning how to fight you must first know the proper distances to keep when facing potentially hostile people, which is based on Conflict Indicators (tell-tale signs of aggression). You’ll then learn the three Threat Zones by participating in various true-to-life scenarios (role playing, which serves to implant into your mind real experiences to recall when needed). From the scenarios you’ll learn all about the Alert Stance, which is the position you want to be in prior to someone attacking you; how to stand, body positioning, where to place your hands, et cetera.
All police officers learn about the Criminal Assault Cycle in the police academy, and so will you in this course. They are the steps criminals take in selecting and attacking their victims.
No matter how much you try to avoid a physical conflict there will always be violent people in this world determined to attack you regardless of your attempts to diffuse the situation. For such instances you will learn the Imminent Conflict Stance. It is from this stance you be able to effectively protect yourself or escape.
In any situation where someone wants to do you harm you must move, and move you will. You’ll be taught step-by-step the 10 Angles in which to advance or retreat, and these 10 angles apply to everything you do in self-defense: blocking, striking, and the use of all weapons.
Whether you are a beginner or a black belt you’ll learn everything thing you need to know when it comes to striking another human being with your fists, open hand, and elbows in the Arm Strikes section of the course. Not only will you learn the few techniques required for a real fight, which can all be mastered in just a matter of minutes, but you’ll also get an education on the legal issues behind the techniques as well using the simple Jim Wagner Use-of-Force Ladder graph and examples presented. The end result is that you’ll know what you can and cannot do for controlling force, reasonable force, and life and death situations. Arm Blocks, Leg Strikes (feet and knees), Leg Blocks, and yes, even Head Strikes will become part of your new arsenal.
After successfully completing Defensive Tactics your training continues with Defensive Expert, which will turn you a hand-to-hand combat expert. You’ll start off by learning how to get out of all of the possible choke holds that someone may put you into with Choke Holds Defense. However, it’s not just the neck and head the enemy may target, and so you will be taught Body Holds Defense as well.
What about if you were with a loved one, a friend, coworker or even a stranger that went down in a fight and you have the opportunity and will to get them to safety? Would you know how to do it? It’s easier said than done, especially if you are under fire, and that’s exactly why you’ll get extensive training in Victim Ground Rescue Techniques. These are techniques collected from firefighters, combat medics, and Search and Rescue teams; techniques that are not found in 99% of the self-defense schools. We include it, because casualties can be a very real possibility in conflict.
Not all human conflict is a matter of life and death. Sometimes you just need to control someone with a little pain compliance, which will keep you within the legal use-of-force guidelines. Therefore, a whole section is dedicated to Pressure Points training. From head to toe you’ll learn what parts of the body to touch or manipulate in order for a hostile person to let go of something, back away, stop resisting, or even test them to see if they’re faking unconsciousness (a deadly gang initiation trick for an unsuspecting rescuer). Afterwards it’s onto Citizen’s Arrest Techniques. Perhaps one night you find a criminal has broken into your home. Do you let him escape or hold him there for the police? If you do decide to detain him then what commands and techniques do you use that will assure your safety? There’s a lot of considerations to take into account, and by the time you’ve completed this portion of the training you’ll know how to handle almost any situation.
The course ends with an Armed Suspect Takedown. This is an extreme situation, but you’ll master it because it could very well be your reality one day.
This course is RESTRICTED to government and private security personnel only or for those who are enrolled in the Defensive Tactics Expert Instructor course since they may be teaching students in the security sector. This course provides additional information and techniques in order to provide greater safety for security personnel.
Defensive Tactics Expert Instructor
This course teaches instructors how to teach the Defensive Tactics courses to their students. It not only goes into greater detail about each element in the program (information, techniques, tactics, and scenarios), but additional information and techniques are taught to truly make the instructor an expert in Defensive Tactics. In addition, this course is designed to give the instructor more confidence and polish their teaching skills: lesson planning, presentation, safety protocols, legal issues, and business pointers.
Anyone who goes to an airport, train station, sporting event, church, synagogue, school, university, monument, resort, movie theater, government building, business office, and the list goes on and on, is a possible target of terrorism; be it by an active shooter or a terrorist. Unfortunately, terrorism around the globe is increasing, not decreasing. This is why Jim Wagner put his law enforcement and military counterterrorism background to good use on January 21, 2003 by creating the first ever civilian self-defense course that teaches people how to survive the most common terrorist attacks – Terrorism Survival.
The very first technique you’ll learn in this course is Hand Grenade Survival. In just a few minutes you’ll master the same technique that combat soldiers learn in Basic Combat Training. Next you’ll learn original Jim Wagner techniques on how to protect others who may be with you during such an attack.
Of course, tossing hand grenades may only be a prelude to an attack, if at all, but attacks with assault rifles and pistols is all too common. This is why you will get in depth hands-on training in Small Arms Attack Defense. You’ll learn a whole bunch of things like Situational Awareness, the Terrorist Attack Cycle, Position of Advantage, Cover & Concealment, Room Entry Evasion, Pause in Conflict, Tactical Movement, and why you should carry the Jim Wagner Go Bag.
At some point in one’s life everyone must take one form of public transportation or another, be it a bus, train, airplane, or ship. It is important to know what kinds of attacks can take place on these modes of transportation, where the best place to be is at the time, and how to survive them. This is all covered during the Public Transportation Survival section of the course through true-to-life demonstrations.
Countersniper Tactics will, of course, help you survive a sniper attack. You’ll not only get a lot of interesting information you’d only get if you attended a sniper school, but you’ll actually learn-by-doing. There’s a few realistic sniper scenarios that will forever be in your mind should you ever need to recall the life saving techniques and tactics in a real situation.
Do you know what the acronym CBRNE stands for? The five letters are for the words Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear and Explosives; high explosives. These dreaded weapons must be considered if you are living, working, or traveling through certain areas. Some people think that there is nothing one can do if one of these devices go off near you, but that is not necessarily true. It all depends on the scale of the weapon and your location to it at the time of the attack. You’ll learn to take a proactive approach to your safety when it comes to CBRNE.
The course finishes with Kidnapping Survival. Of course, the chances of being kidnapped depends on your “reality.” At home a wealthy businessman, businesswoman, or celebrity is more of a target than most people. However, travel to certain parts of the world and even the average person can be the victim of a “lightning kidnapping” (demand of a ransom for small amounts of money any tourist could pull out of a bank). If you have children, then the techniques and tactics in this section can be passed down to them, because children are always a target in this day of an unusual amount of sexual predators.
After completing Terrorism Survival your training continues with Terrorism Expert. Now, this does not mean that you’ll be an expert in the sense of a police or military counterterrorist agent ready to take down a terrorist cell, although many police and military counterterrorists have taken this very course to fill in the gaps of their own training, but you’ll be an “expert” in the sense of better recognizing Pre-Incident Indicators of a terrorist attack, and be better prepared to survive a different set of terrorist attacks not covered in the first course due to time restraints.
Building upon what you learned in Terrorism Survival about explosive attacks you’ll receive additional training on Suicide Bomber Defense, Letter & Package Bombs, and Vehicle Bomb Search. After you search an actual vehicle for inert training devices you’ll move on to how to survive a Vehicle Ambush. For some this can very well be their reality because of their social-economic status, their profession, or just finding themselves in a bad situation while on vacation abroad: being shot at, a roadside bomb, or even a Molotov cocktail thrown at the vehicle.
The Jim Wagner Reality-Based Personal Protection system was the first civilian self-defense system to incorporate conflict first aid training, and in this course we continue this important mission with Self-Triage & First Aid / Victim Triage & First Aid After Small Arms or Explosive Attack. After an active shooter or a terrorist attack you may have to tend to your own injuries or render aid to others. Few civilians are trained at this level, but you will be.
In Terrorism Survival you learned how to avoid a kidnapping, but in Kidnapping Survival Part II you’ve been kidnapped, and now you will learn how to increase your chances of survival and escape methods.
This course is RESTRICTED to government, private security, firefighters, and medical personnel only or for those who are enrolled in the Terrorism Survival Expert Instructor course since they may be teaching students in the security, firefighting, or medical sector. This course provides additional information and techniques to those who must respond to an in progress, or after the fact, active shooter or terrorist incident.
Terrorism Survival Expert Instructor
Since very few civilian self-defense instructors in this world have an antiterrorism or counterterrorism background (knowledge that is derived from the police, military, and intelligence communities) this course is crucial for learning how to accurately pass on life saving information, techniques, and tactics found in the Terrorism Survival courses. In addition, this course is designed to give instructors more information than what students are taught in the first course, and polish their teaching skills: lesson planning, presentation, safety protocols, legal issues, and business pointers.
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