Spontaneous Edged Weapon Survival AAR


This weekend I had the pleasure of taking part in Modern Combative Systems Surviving Edged Weapon Survival course.

It was an 8 hour class held by George of MCS.

We spent the first hour going over traumatic injury management.  This is something that George consulted with a few friends in the medical community and they agreed that it was worth including with the class.  It’s a session on ‘first responder’ type information that you should check for as far as medical is concerned.  It goes over the basics of ABC’s, airway, breathing and circulation along with massive hemorrhaging as well as keeping the victim warm and basic life signs till further help can arrive.

Very good information to have when you’re dealing with an incident that involves an unconscious person.  The information that was presented as I said has been looked at by medical professionals for accuracy as well as what topics should be gone over.

After that, we got into some of the basic information of where ‘self defense’ came from, how traditional martial arts came into play as well as their role in defending yourself.  He spoke about what can happen in a knife or edged weapon attack as well as attacks from stabbing weapons.

He spoke about ‘combative anatomy’ and how the central nervous system plays a major role in defending yourself.  We went over the circulatory system, structural system  and constant tactical positioning.  Basically the fundamentals that allow you to make the correct decisions.  He also explains the law of extension, which is; For someone to to attack, they have to extend their arms, legs, and head towards you.  This creates a hole in their defense.

He then explains the selection of edged weapons that criminals are most likely to carry.  The weapons that they carry are something that is easy to obtain and easy to conceal.  They are not going to be carrying the larger combat style knives or daggers that are most often taught how to defend against in most traditional martial arts or defense classes.  The weapons that you will most likely be defending against are razor blade knives, box cutters, kitchen knives, etc.  He also explains improvised ‘knives’, the shank, the slashing weapon, etc.

Again, as in the Kubaton class, it is explained that the weapons are most often carried between the belt and the nipple line, this allows for quick and easy access to the weapon.  The use, steps and angles of attack are also explained and demonstrated.

He explains that there are 5 basic responses that we will be covering;

  • The blocking movement, or stopping movement
  • The Angle #1 defense
  • The Angle #3 defense
  • The Angle #7 defense
  • The Shank defense

After explaining each individual defense, he brings someone up and demonstrates how it works.  Each and every defense allows one to end up in the same basic position at the end, the arm and weapon being ‘locked’ into position with you in control of the arm and weapon.  You would also be able to manipulate the person into the position that you need them to be in, or to push them away to access a defensive or offensive weapon of your own.  The push away also allows you to gain time to retreat to safety or to block the assailant’s friends advance.

Each of us were then partnered up and allowed some time to go over each of the defenses.  As we are going through the defense maneuvers George would walk around, give pointers, demonstrate or answer questions that we each had.

Once each of us were confident that we got the moves down, we were given Spyderco training knives (blunt edges and rounded tips) to practice with.  After a few turns with those, George took it up a notch.  He pulled out a ‘Stun Gun’.  Not a Taser, a stun gun.  This is a very safe device that he will be implementing into all of his training classes.  It takes it up to the level that it actually raises the adrenaline level and the ‘threat’ level.  You know it is a very mild shock (kind of like a VERY amped up version of putting a 9 volt battery on your tongue).  It stings, but it’s not very damaging.  The noise, the visual and the ‘threat’ is more than enough to get you moving and let’s you know if you’ve got it down or not.

I’ve gotten ‘bit’ by the stun gun as well as everyone in the class.  Even if you thought you were doing it right, you may not have been and the stun gun let you know. George let us do it till we got it right and were confident that we could perform the move.

Each and every one in the class started to take it more serious as soon as it came out and after each and every one of the defenses, the stun gun came out and we tried with it.

I wasn’t 100% sure what exactly to expect, but I can say that I was pleased with how it was presented.  I enjoyed the class and learned a lot.  I’m also confident that I’d be able to defend against at least one possibly two attackers by using the simple movements that were presented.  The movements are natural movements that the body want’s to perform.  There is no special stance that you need to be into like with traditional martial arts.  As you move, the body moves and will respond to stress with what it knows best and what it remembers.

I also realized that the training that George and MCS provides is a total system that builds on each class.  Each class that they provide institutes pieces of another training but does not rely on previous trainings.  It reinforces those trainings and allows you to reinforce the movements and actions from the other courses.

I look forward to future classes with George and MCS and will provide an AAR for each of the classes that I do get the opportunity to take.

Modern Combative Systems classes and member bios can be found at the MCS website.

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~ by Normanomicon on May 17, 2010.

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