Shooting vs. fighting and with a pistol…

I’ve got a great video for you today where we’ll expose some of the flaws with traditional training and a few simple drills from Eric Cobb and the Threat Resolution Science guys that you can do at home to help take your flat-footed paper shooting skills and turn them into dynamic gunfighting skills.

If you don’t know them, let me introduce you to them real quick…

Eric is a one of the world’s top performance neurology consultants for professional athletes and warfighters.  He has a 30 year background in combatives and has been instructing top military and law enforcement teams for more than 20 years.

Tyler is a career SWAT and violent crimes task force officer as well as a multi-year Washington State IDPA champion.

Leo is a jiu jitsu world champion and law enforcement defensive tactics instructor.

They’re truly a world class training team and I know you’re going to appreciate this.

Stay tuned tomorrow for another video from Eric, Leo, Tyler, and me where we’ll talk about the big problem with carrying defensive tools like knives, pepper spray, and kubatons and a MUCH better solution.

If you’ve got a sec, I’d like to know if you already combine combatives training with your gun training, if not…why, and if so, how often you practice.  I’ve got a REALLY quick 8 question, click-the-button survey >HERE< that will help me know how I can help you with this the most moving forward.  It’s mobile friendly and will only take about 40 seconds to do.

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9 Comments

  • Ron

    Reply Reply September 24, 2018

    [received by text] Hey Ox…I saw your video tonight and all I can say is “wow!” It’s so damn obvious and I’m kicking myself that I haven’t been doing this for the last 25 years. All I can say is, I get it now…you’ve been trying to explain this to me for a few years and it all makes sense. Can’t wait for the next video.

  • Paul Meyer

    Reply Reply September 25, 2018

    Great video, I totally understand the complication of when to and when not to use your weapon, Its like using the least amount of force to the greatest amount of force depending on the scenario I enjoyed the video and I walked away with real world knowledge “Thank You”.

  • Wayne Clark

    Reply Reply September 25, 2018

    This is what I like about you guys. I realize you have a product to sell but you share these helpful & pertinent videos for free. Sure, it’s not a full blown instructional video but very informative none the less. Thank you.

  • Alan D Kerby

    Reply Reply September 25, 2018

    Ox,
    Enjoying the dynamic work with Dr. Cobb. Looking forward to the rest of the segments. The latest email training from Z Health Performance was Episode 266: Elite Level Contraction/Relaxation Skill Development. This skill also has direct application for defensive shooters and can help with their movement off the proverbial “X”. It might make for a good training segment.
    Alan

    • Ox

      Reply Reply September 25, 2018

      You’re right on the money as usual, Alan 🙂 That’s the technique that Massad Ayoob used (back in the early 80s, I think) to stay calm during the finals of the Bianchi Cup and it’s one of the techniques that I teach in Draw Stroke Mastery.

      One of the ways that you can measure speed is how quickly you can cycle between complete contraction and complete relaxation of the muscle. They’ll never be COMPLETELY relaxed during motion due to maintaining muscle stability, but the ability to get all of the muscle fibers of a muscle group working in harmony can give people a big boost in speed/strength/explosiveness.

  • Ron Leifeste

    Reply Reply September 25, 2018

    I enjoyed the video but I have a concern. I’m 72 yrs old, with 2 back injuries and have had fibromyalgia since I was a teenager. I’m not a total physical wreak, but almost. So what is an “almost physical wreak” to do other than the No. 1 rule, avoid the fight in the first place, if possible? I’m not helpless, just lacking in strength and mobility as in earlier years. I still want to defend self and loved ones, so what to do.
    Regards, Ron

    • Ox

      Reply Reply September 25, 2018

      I feel for you, Ron. I haven’t dealt with what you have, but I dealt with pain, injuries, and limited motion off-and-on for years.

      Here’s what I tell people…

      Everyone’s performance envelope is different and it ebbs and flows throughout life. And that’s why it’s so important to focus on fundamentals rather than techniques.

      You’re absolutely right that the #1 rule is to avoid the fight in the first place. That means learning to identify what a fight looks like as early in the process as possible.

      Does an attack start when someone is up against you and has a gun pressed to your ribs or does it start when you see them lock eyes, do a 360 degree scan to make sure nobody’s watching, and change direction and make a bee-line towards you? When they’re 10 feet away? 6 feet away?

      Does an attack start when a guy has you pressed up against a car in a dark parking lot at night, when he asks you for gas money to make it home, or when you see him coming towards you with a gas can from 3 cars away?

      What you want to find is techniques that are compatible with your body that will allow you to apply the fundamentals.

      Can you practice throwing a cup, water bottle, or coffee cup without pain? Can you swing a light pack, shoulder bag, or bag of groceries without pain? Do you have a BRIGHT flashlight that you can carry?

      It takes a little self-exploration to figure out exactly what will work best for you…but if you take solid fundamentals and figure out what your range of motion and realistic speed is, you can piece together 2-3 solid “immediate action drills” that YOU can use to help you stop an attack or get a more effective weapon into the fight.

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