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Re: Good talk on blocks

Postby Van Canna » Mon Jul 01, 2019 2:49 am

In the streets of today we can face up to 5 main weapon categories.

1. Projectile Weapons i.e. Firearms
This includes but it not limited to the throwing of objects i.e. being attacked by
rocks being thrown at you. Firearms are your most common projectile
weapons associated with street attacks/crime. It is imperative that one needs
to learn how to use and study some basic tactics concerning a firearm.

Part of
these tactics should include important feedback on issues such as; firearm
disarms, escaping methods, use of various firearms, gun safety, target
acquisition, weapon grip & stances, difference between competitive and
combat shooting, cover and concealment, room entry and building searches to
mention just a few.

Exposing yourself to this training will give you a better idea
of what the attacker is able to do with his weapon thus giving you a better
chance to survive.

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Re: Good talk on blocks

Postby Van Canna » Mon Jul 01, 2019 2:50 am

2. Edged Weapons i.e. Knife

In all of my training and experiences, the one area of the martial arts or
realistic combat that frightens me the most is edged weapons or more
commonly the blade. It is hard to convey the ugliness of the blade as a

Anyone, trained-untrained, man-woman, is at a significant advantage
with a blade and a great disadvantage against one. This includes but is not
limited to broken glass or bottles being used as a weapon.

One also needs to
be aware that you can be up against any sharpened objects which includes
steel, wood, plastics etc. Anything that can cause a puncture or slash wound
will fall into this category.

The blade is the most common edged weapon used
in the streets of today. It is important to understand that your attacker does
not need a $100 limited Edition designer blade to be effective or deadly.

it is imperative one trains with various edged weapons to understand the
strengths and weaknesses. Part of your tactical training you should expose
yourself to the studies of various criminal edged weapon attacks as
experienced in the jails etc.

Do not think for one second that the criminal out
there is going to feed you with the perfect overextended angle of attack or
give you time to perfect your block or your disarm.
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Re: Good talk on blocks

Postby Van Canna » Mon Jul 01, 2019 2:52 am

3. Impact Weapons i.e. Baton
Impact weapons are probably the most available weapon to which a person
has access to.

Man has been using impact weapons since he began throwing
rocks, as his first means of protection, and as a weapon to hunt game in his
struggle for survival.

Impact weapons become usable for everything from riot
control, prisoner control, military purposes, civilian self defence tool to a
extremely lethal close-quarter combat weapon.

The range of impact weapons
are unlimited with batons, clubs, sticks, everyday household objects to just
about anything you can lay your hands on.

The baton, club and stick are the
most common impact weapons found on the streets of today.

Two important
factors re impact weapons in contrast and comparison with edged weapons is
that firstly your attack with an impact weapon should primarily be focussed
upon the bony protrusions and nerve centres of the human anatomy, while the

edged weapon is most effective cutting, slashing and puncturing veins,
arteries, muscle, tendons and organs of the body.

Secondly it is exactly what it
says ‘impact’ which means you need to strike as hard and powerful as possible
whereas the edged weapons can be effective with far less brute force.
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Re: Good talk on blocks

Postby Van Canna » Mon Jul 01, 2019 2:53 am

4. Chemical Weapons i.e. Pepper spray

Chemical weapons offer an easier way for the user to escape various
situations or to create an opportunity to attack an innocent party more

Think about it. If you wanted to rob somebody or beat them to a
pulp just for ‘the fun of it,’ wouldn’t it be easier if you came up to the person
unexpectedly and sprayed him in the face with pepper spray, mace or some
caustic chemical ?

Once you ‘blind’ him, it is next to impossible for the victim
to put up effective resistance. This is why criminals are turning to this

Chemical weapons come in various formats such as liquids, gas and
powders. Pepper spray is the most common chemical weapon out there

Pepper sprays are aerosols containing the extract of very hot chilli
peppers as their ingredient. A correctly formulated, correctly produced pepper
spray is the most effective non-lethal weapon available for use against single
and multiple attackers.

A good pepper spray will blind an attacker, create
temporary breathing difficulties and extreme pain (physical and psychological).

All symptoms are temporary and are not life-threatening. It is once again
imperative to understand the use and effects of common chemical weapons
and build your strategy surrounding your experiences and studies.
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Re: Good talk on blocks

Postby Van Canna » Mon Jul 01, 2019 4:44 am

5. Weapons of Mass Destruction i.e. Bombs, chemical warfare etc.

You may be learning a Martial Art system in order to protect yourself against a
common criminal, but does your training also include how to handle the global
wave of terrorism ? Terrorist attacks are generally very spectacular due to the
fact that they crave media attention.

Bombings are the most favoured method
of attack by terrorists. For those of us who live, work or travel through big
cities, a bombing or bomb threat is part of our ‘reality’.

It is important that
you know how to detect a device (pre conflict), what to do at the moment of
attack (conflict) and how to recover from the attack (post conflict).

So why can’t one just train against an armed opponent, why is it important to also become efficient using various weapons?

It is imperative one understands the character including the strengths and the weaknesses of the most common weapons found in the 5 categories above.

The best way to achieve this is by doing actual training with the specific weapon. You need to understand the offensive elements in order to develop defensive tactics for any offensive techniques you might encounter.

Dealing with an armed attacker you need to be able to make use of the weapon should you be able to disarm or if the weapon drops. Knowledge of weapons working will give you an advantage if you must defend yourself against one.

Improvised weapons are often available, so we need to practice fighting with a weapon to develop those skills. Like any fighting or survival skills, you must train it in order for it to become a natural response.
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Re: Good talk on blocks

Postby Van Canna » Mon Jul 01, 2019 4:46 am

It is important we also study our reality, in other words – Know your enemy or who you up against -. A Person’s reality in the Middle East will surely not be the same as someone who lives in Nashville Tennessee for example.

Or someone residing on the Maldives Island will not have the same reality as someone in Johannesburg, South Africa. These are extreme examples illustrating my point that one needs to study and be aware of what your immediate reality is.

So the person who lives in Johannesburg South Africa will have to ensure their training and studies are up to date with what they face on a daily basis. For the resident of the Maldives Islands to undergo comprehensive training in Weapons of Mass Destruction will surely not be as relevant as the person residing in the Middle East.

What looks good is not always effective and what is effective does not always look good

Realism is the key here, as most martial artists train primarily to defend against a face to face ‘Hollywood’ type attack.

We need to distinguish between that which looks good for demonstration purposes and that which will work in the streets of today.
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Re: Good talk on blocks

Postby Van Canna » Mon Jul 01, 2019 4:47 am

Most weapons training today is complicated and unrealistic for the streets of today. Look at the way you are training.

You need to develop your training to gain the necessary skills and attributes to deal with high-speed aggressive attacks.

Training with weapons is virtually useless unless it is balanced out with experience or realistic training methods and functional techniques.

Research has shown that fine motor skill techniques require a certain degree of awareness, skill, proximity sense and exact timing to pull off, quite a bit to ask in a real self defence situation.

The best techniques are those you have tried and tested over and over again in as close to reality environment as possible.
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Re: Good talk on blocks

Postby Van Canna » Mon Jul 01, 2019 4:48 am

Make things simple so it works under pressure and ensure you incorporate functional training methods to compliment your techniques.

’Knowledge is not power. The ability to apply your knowledge (under pressure) is true power’ – Burton Richardson

We get this experience via resistance training or through actual sparring and scenario rehearsal/training. Street Fighting occurs at combative speed and this is where we need to be functional and effective.

This doesn’t mean that you should neglect the various drills that allow for creative, relaxed and playful training.

When you are in a confrontation that can cost you your life, you have no excuses for not having prepared as thoroughly as possible in your training.
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Re: Good talk on blocks

Postby Van Canna » Mon Jul 01, 2019 4:49 am

This means that your training exploration has to involve everything that works in a full resistance environment, and that you have to thoroughly prepare yourself for these defensive and offensive tactics.

It is also important to use various kinds of weapons and improvised weapons to ensure a well-rounded approach to a realistic encounter. Add Realistic drills in your training and ensure correct drilling before and after ‘techniques’.

Train in various environments, wear everyday clothes and test your techniques all the time to ensure you get the correct feedback with the ‘techniques’ you are using.
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Re: Good talk on blocks

Postby Van Canna » Mon Jul 01, 2019 4:50 am

Besides the importance of training with a variety of weapons it is also important to include training in various light conditions, environments and scenarios and the ‘not so ideal’ situations such as fighting on the ground or in reduced spaces.

When training with weapons it is important to understand the various levels of confrontation one should implement.
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Re: Good talk on blocks

Postby Feur » Mon Jul 01, 2019 4:09 pm
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Re: Good talk on blocks

Postby Van Canna » Mon Jul 01, 2019 9:07 pm

Hello Laird, my good friend. Been missing you on this page...hope all is well.

You bring up a critical point here with acid attack potential...which I would think catches by surprise and even if you saw it coming, almost impossible to get away.

It is really true that human beings are lower than snake s*hit.
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Re: Good talk on blocks

Postby Van Canna » Tue Jul 02, 2019 12:00 am

1. Avoid.

Improve your awareness and avoid. There are various ways to improve ones
awareness towards violent crime. From the training you do to studying the
criminal mindset and statistics and cases relating to the topic.

2. Escape

Set up various scenarios in your training and learn to always look to escape.
Mentally ‘create’ various situations in your mind and plan how you would
escape from it. One can also create a situation in your training where you need
to ensure the escape of a loved one etc.

3. Use Environment

In the case of Impact, Edged and chemical weapons incorporate throwing
objects or putting an obstacle between you and your attacker or
using and object to hit the weapon hand or attacker. In the case of projectile
weapons i.e. firearm, ensure one is able to make use of cover and
concealment concepts when one is being fired upon.

One can set up various
training methods and scenarios to simulate this i.e. using focus mitts, boxing
gloves, safe debris etc. which will represent the difference between objects one
can throw and those you can use as a weapon or find cover behind.

4. Mobility

Working on ones perception of distancing, timing and accuracy not to engage
and to escape the situation as safe as possible. The ‘safe’ distance between an
attacker with an edged, impact, projectile, chemical weapon varies and one
needs to understand the range of the weapon to be able to deal with the
attack effectively.

One needs to also work on ones mobility tactics when
having a loved one with you to protect.
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Re: Good talk on blocks

Postby Van Canna » Tue Jul 02, 2019 1:50 am

5. Engage

This is extreme and is really only worthwhile if you or a loved ones life is at
stake or if the situation or environment requires one to engage the attacker.

In Conclusion

Adding Urban Tactical Weapons training into your arsenal for realistic Street Self defence is essential. One must not make the mistake by thinking you are invincible and that it is now OK to take on an attacker with a weapon.

Avoiding and Escaping should always be your first priority. This is by no means a cowardly reaction. Your possessions can be replaced­ your life cannot. Most of the time there is only one winner in a weapons encounter and more often than not there are two losers.

There is an old saying that says ’ When two tigers fight, the one will die today, the other dies tomorrow due to all it’s wounds it suffered’ Don’t just dismiss training with weapons because you think that you’ll never use them and that you will be able to avoid this type of attack in the street.

Expose yourself to practical techniques and dynamic training methods. You will gain more insight, be more prepared for any situation, improve your attributes, and its loads of fun. Training with weapons is part of becoming the best that you can be.
Morné Swanepoel
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Founder of Urban Tactical Weapons program
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Re: Good talk on blocks

Postby Van Canna » Tue Jul 02, 2019 4:27 am

There’s a lot of misinformation out there these days about people who have chosen to exercise their right to carry a concealed weapon according to the provisions made by state governments.

Here are a few things that CWP holders want people to know about them. Now of course there are exceptions to these general rules but I think you’ll find these things to be true about the vast majority of your legally carrying neighbors.

1. We don’t carry firearms so that we can ignore other basics of personal safety.

Every permit holder that I know realizes that almost all dangerous situations can be avoided by vigilance, alertness and by simply making wise choices about where one goes and what one does.

We don’t walk down dark alleys. We lock our cars. We don’t get intoxicated in public or hang out around people who do. We park our cars in well lighted spots and don’t hang out in bad parts of town where we have no business. A gun is our last resort, not our first.

2. We don’t think we are cops, spies, or superheroes. We aren’t hoping that somebody tries to rob the convenience store while we are there so we can shoot a criminal.

We don’t take it upon ourselves to get involved in situations that are better handled by a 911 call or by simply standing by and being a good witness. We don’t believe our guns give us any authority over our fellow citizens.

We also aren't here to be your unpaid volunteer bodyguard. We'll be glad to tell you where we trained and point you to some good gun shops if you feel you want to take this kind of responsibility for your personal safety.

Except for extraordinary circumstances your business is your business, don't expect us to help you out of situations you could have avoided.

3. We are LESS likely, not more likely, to be involved in fights or “rage” incidents than the general public.

We recognize, better than many unarmed citizens, that we are responsible for our actions. We take the responsibility of carrying a firearm very seriously.

We know that loss of temper, getting into fights or angrily confronting someone after a traffic incident could easily escalate into a dangerous situation.

We are more likely to go out of our way to avoid these situations. We don’t pull our guns to settle arguments or to attempt to threaten people into doing what we want.

4. We are responsible gun owners. We secure our firearms so that children and other unauthorized people cannot access them.

Most of us have invested in safes, cases and lock boxes as well as other security measures to keep our firearms secure. Many of us belong to various organizations that promote firearms safety and ownership.

5. Guns are not unsafe or unpredictable. Modern firearms are well made precision instruments. Pieces do not simply break off causing them to fire.

A hot day will not set them off. Most modern firearms will not discharge even if dropped. There is no reason to be afraid of a gun simply lying on a table or in a holster. It is not going to discharge on its own.

6. We do not believe in the concept of “accidental discharges”. There are no accidental discharges only negligent discharges or intentional discharges.

We take responsibility for our actions and have learned how to safely handle firearms. Any case you have ever heard of about a gun “going off” was the result of negligence on somebody’s part. Our recognition of our responsibility and familiarity with firearms makes us among the safest firearms owners in America.

7. Permit holders do their best to keep our concealed weapons exactly that: concealed. However, there are times with an observant fellow citizen may spot our firearm or the print of our firearm under our clothes.

We are very cognizant that concerns about terrorism and crime are in the forefront of the minds of most citizens. We also realize that our society does much to condition our fellow citizens to have sometimes irrational fears about firearms.

We would encourage citizens who do happen to spot someone carrying a firearm to use good judgment and clear thinking if they feel to need to take action.

Please recognize that it’s very uncommon for a criminal to use a holster. However, if you feel the need to report having spotted a firearm we would ask that you please be specific and detailed in your call to the police or in your report to a store manager or private security.

Please don’t generalize or sensationalize what you observed. Comments like “there’s a guy running around in the store with a gun” or even simply “I saw a man with a gun in the store” could possibly cause a misunderstanding as to the true nature of the incident.

8. The fact that we carry a firearm to any given place does not mean that we believe that place to be inherently unsafe.

If we believe a place to be unsafe, most of us would avoid that place all together if possible. However, we recognize that trouble could occur at any place and at any time.

Criminals do not observe “gun free zones”. If trouble does come, we do not want the only armed persons to be perpetrators.

Therefore, we don't usually make a determination about whether or not to carry at any given time based on "how safe" we think a location is.

9. Concealed weapon permit holders are an asset to the public in times of trouble.

The fact that most permit holders have the good judgment to stay out of situations better handled by a 911 call or by simply being a careful and vigilant witness does not mean that we would fail to act in situations where the use of deadly force is appropriate to save lives.

Review of high profile public shooting incidents shows that when killers are confronted by armed resistance they tend to either break off the attack and flee or choose to end their own life.

Lives are saved when resistance engages a violent criminal. Lives are lost when the criminal can do as he pleases.

10. The fact that criminals know that some of the population may be armed at any given time helps to deter violence against all citizens.

Permit holders don’t believe that every person should necessarily be armed.

We recognize that some people may not be temperamentally suited to carry a firearm or simply may wish not to for personal reasons. However we do encourage you to respect our right to arm ourselves.

Even if you choose not to carry a firearm yourself please oppose measures to limit the ability of law abiding citizens to be armed.

As mentioned before: criminals do not observe “gun free zones”. Help by not supporting laws that require citizens to be unarmed victims.

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