How to Take Down An Active Shooter

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How would you take down an active shooter ?

No gun, no weapon, just you and the dozens of other people around you waiting…hoping you’re not going to be next.

Today this is a VERY REAL concern.

There may come a time where you and the people around you are facing a life and death situation with only a small window to save yourself.

Today I want to show you how you can overpower the shooter and give yourself a fighting chance.

This will be a WORST CASE scenario.

Nothing to injure or distract the shooter, it is just you and the other people like you stuck in this horrific situation.

Remember, there are no guarantees only increased percentages of survival.

To help you we’re going to use a simple combination takedown of the HAND YOKE and the HOCKEY TAKE DOWN from the Protector Program.

The time to execute this takedown is when the shooter is:

• Reloading
• Moving over or through or past an obstacle
• Moving past doorways, corners and hallways
• Shooting at other targets.

Interested how this works?


Self Defense Basics: Do Weapon Disarms Really Work on the Street?

Do Weapon Disarms Really Work on the Street?

Gun disarms are fancy and complex. They look cool but are completely useless.

In addition to martial arts, I have had advanced firearms training and training in the Lindell Handgun Retention System. But I have never had to use weapon disarms in real life. So, I can’t honestly vouch for them.

What I have learned in my study of fireams, weapon disarms and the Self Defense Training System is this. When you are attacked and in a survival-type situation, fine motor skills go out the window. You have to rely on gross motor movements that work when the flight-or-fight response kicks in. That is why fancy disarms can be a problem. Please understand that I’m not dissing the Lindell system. I’m sure it’s saved plenty of people in the line of duty. However, I’m someone who doesn’t practice these techniques day in and day out. Which is why I’ve come to a different place in my thinking. But who am I to tell you anything? I’m not a recognized expert. But, I know someone who is.

Damian Ross, CEO of the Self Defense Company and creator of the Self Defense Training System. Here is what he has to say about weapon disarms.

“Most people think the reason why I don’t like weapon disarms or more to the point, think weapon disarms are dangerous is because I don’t know any.

Believe me, I have studied numerous methods of “de-fanging the snake” and even won several self defense competitions doing weapon disarms and “controls” using any number of techniques you see on youtube.

The only difference between me and people who disagree with me are common sense, experience and logic.

Here is why weapon disarms FAIL:

Weapon disarms involve taking the weapon away while the attacker is on his feet. If he is still on his feet or if he is not VERY unbalanced (stumbling) he can still attack you. Remember this is a person willing to threaten to kill you with a weapon. They are not going to take kindly to your trying to pry their gun out of their hand. If you’re off even the slightest degree in a joint lock, it’s NOT going to work.

Weapon disarms force you to take your attention off the attacker. While a lot of these disarms begin with a strike they immediately force you to move back to the weapon. Tactically this is a huge mistake because now he has a chance to regain his balance and fight back. You’re better off sticking to the initial strike and repeating it until he’s a quivering mess and forget the rest of the stuff.

Weapon disarms require small motor skills and complex movements. Physiologically this is improbable because when you’re under stress you’re going ONLY BE ABLE to focus on one or two gross motor skill sets (Read Lt. Col Grossman’s book “On Combat” and get back to me before you start talking about some guy you know…).

In Grossman’s book he gives you neat scientific data that clearly shows what physical acts you’re capable of doing when you’re fighting for your life. Wrist locks and complex grabs are NOT one of them. You can only go gross motor skills or BIG MOVEMENTS.

You also have a one track mind which means you’re only going to be able to do one or two of these large movement techniques. Add to that, sweat, rain, mud or 100 other environmental factors that will inhibit your ability to pull off those fancy moves and gross motor skills are the ONLY answer.

Weapon disarm leads you to believe you need the weapon in your hand in order to control the weapon. Control the man, control the weapon. A weapon is only as dangerous as the person holding it. Why hit him once and stop hitting him?

Let’s look at the reality of each type of weapon (Impact, Edged and firearm).

Impact or striking weapon (club, black jack, chain, bat, etc). An impact weapon needs to be drawn back and swung or thrust with a great deal of force. In order for your attacker to do this they need to have balance and space to generate enough force to cause damage.

The secret is to know how to interrupt his balance and control the space or distance. Once you do this, you will be able to attack him at will.

In Module 8 of SDTS Combatives you learn how to avoid or disrupt the initial attack either by distance or the use of your environment and then immediately close the gap and destroy your attacker.

Edged weapons (knives, spears, pikes). People have turned knife fighting into a game of tag. You do not automatically fall apart when you’re touched with a blade of a knife.

In order for the knife to do REAL damage it must either be thrust into you or slice your airway or major artery, both of which require a significant amount of force and pressure.

As a result the same principles for the impact weapon hold true. You need to clear the weapon and then immediately keep your target off balance by attacking him so that he can’t plant his feet and attack with force. The injury you might incur while you’re beating him to death is minimal compared to being stabbed repeatedly. In SDTS Combatives Module 8 you see how to neutralize the knife by using your environment, closing the distance and dismantling your attacker.


Once you clear the weapon, you MUST continue to attack the man. In order for him to squeeze the trigger he needs to send the message to his hand to do it. This is hard to do while he’s being pulverized. Listen, in the off chance he squeezes off a round before his world goes black, the chance is minimal that it will do significant damage.

But hey, I’ll take those chances because a split second ago it was 100% in his favor!! Don’t let your delusions of being Jason Bourne, get in the reality of what is real. I’ve trained Jason Bourne types – we all laugh at that stuff.

Oh and if you think you have a better chance of disarming an attacker with a complex joint lock instead of knocking them out cold with a few brutal strikes here’s a news flash:

NOTE: If you don’t have the strength and skill to knock someone out with a strike, you damn sure DO NOT have the strength and the skill to apply a move that requires leverage, power and skill.

What’s wrong with this picture?

Typical training scenario, we even talk about this in the SDTS Combatives Program.

Look at the attacker. I assume he’s using him for cover or he wants to move him. Holding the firearm in this position poses a few MAJOR Problems.

1. The weapon pressed against the target will not discharge. It’s a semi-auto and all semi automatic weapons have a neat safety feature built in so the weapon doesn’t discharge in the holster. It only takes a few pounds of pressure to keep that weapon from firing, so in this case, bad guy can’t pull the trigger.

2. If attacker does blow his brains out, the attacker will be blind, deaf and covered in sticky grey matter. That weapon discharge is going to be deafening, the muzzle flash will be blinding and yes, brain matter is hell on the laundry.

But the biggest problem with this picture is the defender….


This goes for ALL disarms experts, everyone is so F’ing calm, cool and collected. I can speak from personal experience that even if you THINK the guy has a weapon you’re SHITTING A BRICK!

Any self defense instructor who tells you to “remain calm” has NO IDEA WHAT HE or SHE is TALKING ABOUT.

This is the complete opposite of what your body is engineered to do. When you train in SDTS Combatives you learn how to channel that adrenaline dump and focus it, NOT REPRESS IT. You learn to maximize your kill or be killed instinct.

Let me ask you this, if combat veterans can’t repress the adrenaline dump, what chance do you have?

There is only one way to handle a weapon attack – and that is with direct and brutal force that targets your attacker.


I have known instructors who refuse to give up on their twisty wristy ways and say, sure I’ll teach SDTS Combatives but then I’ll teach the other stuff as an “advanced option”.

This really pisses me off and reveals to me what an awful instructor you really are.

Let me ask you, do you think when one of your students has a gun stuck in their face they’re going to think “Should I do defense “A” or defense “B”, there’s just such a wide selection to choose from?…”


If on the off chance your student does face an armed assailant you’re going to confuse them with “OPTIONS”!!!

There is only one way that has been proven to work and this is it. STOP being impressed with yourself. Believe me, I could be sitting here giving you the same, warmed over Hollywood BS but my conscious won’t let met.

I know, we all want to have that nasty weapon wrapped up in a neat little package and you can, but instead of taking it away from your attacker and having him standing in front of you, I show you how to take the weapon away from your attacker and have him lying before you.

Choice is yours, use stuff that has been proven on film or in warfare.”

Damian Ross, creator of the Self Defense Training System (SDTS).


Which Type of Person Are You: Hero, Witness or Victim?

Protector: CSI, Learn Techniques from the Cop Who Trains the Cops

This isn’t a martial arts thing or even a self defense thing, it’s a civic duty.


A Hero is someone who risks their own well being for the greater good.

A Witness is a Victim that hasn’t been attacked YET.

Look I realize that only a few, a very small percentage of you will ever have the guts to stand up and help.

That’s OK.

The vast majority of the world is and always will be submissive. That’s how a few people with the will to power seize control. That’s why criminals ALWAYS have victims to target.

I’m not talking to them. I’m talking to the HERO inside of you. The HERO that wants to step up and do the right thing. The HERO who watches a movie and gets frustrated when no one stands up against the bad guy.

The problem is the HERO inside of you, doesn’t know what to do?

If you saw someone struggling with a bunch of packages, you would help them wouldn’t you? Sure, because you know EXACTLY what to do.

If you saw a cop losing a fight, wouldn’t you WANT to help?
Of course you would because that cop is what stands between the piece of crap he’s fighting with AND YOU.

Because if the cop can’t control him, YOU’RE NEXT.

Well now you can step up and help and I’m going to show you how RIGHT HERE:

Terrorists, criminals and mass murderers know that most of the world will crap them selves when faced with a grave situation. They knew it on 9-11 and they knew it in Beslan, Virginia Tech and Sandy Hook.

The choice is yours: HERO, WITNESS or VICTIM.

That link again:


Protector: CSI, Learn Techniques from the Cop Who Trains the Cops

Protector: CSI, Learn Techniques from the Cop Who Trains the Cops

What’s the number 1 skill for gun owners?

It comes before gun safety and even before being able to hit your target. It’s the
most important yet it’s by far the most OVER LOOKED skill in all of gun ownership.

Most gun experts don’t EVEN talk about it.

It’s called Weapon Retention.

Weapon Retention is your ability to hold onto your weapon when someone tries to take it from you.


The reality is this, if you carry a hand gun or even have one in your house for self-defense there’s a GOOD chance you will be right on top of your attacker before you pull the trigger.

If you have a concealed carry permit, the reality of your gun being grabbed is even GREATER.

An attacker will probably try to seize your gun FIRST before you even have a chance to draw, aim and fire.

But before we continue, I have to tell you something – this is not the twisty wrist bulllsh!t we’ve been forced to learn.

You know the stuff no one uses and forgets the minute they leave the academy.

This is an SDTS combatives based program and has already had 100% success in the field.

The FIRST thing you should know BEFORE you pick up a gun is weapon retention. And this is how you do it.

In Protector: CSI we give you a complete hand gun retention program along with all you need to know about controlling, arresting and restraining violent subjects.

We take you step by step on how to maintain control of your weapon in EVERY and
ANY position and situation imaginable.

And if that wasn’t good enough, you’re going to learn from one of the most respected names in Law Enforcement, Det. Lt. Ed Kane.

So before it’s too late (we only have 450 of these protector packages available) get over to:

And start watching and learning RIGHT NOW though our secure streaming portal.

• No waiting for the mail man
• No DVD boxes to sort through
• No shipping to pay

After you order you will be taken to the special log in page and emailed your instant access code.

Like I said only 450 of these Protector Packages left (over $300 of material for $49!)

That link again:


Detective John M. Landry Reviews Guardian Defense Tactics

Recently, Detective John M. Landry, Ph.D. wrote a glowing review of the Guardian Defensive Tactics – Police Combatives DVD training set. Below is an except of his review, but let’s talk a little more about him.

He’s a full-time active duty police officer, training coordinator and police instructor in South Florida. He’s been instructing law enforcement officers since 1995, and is certified to teach law enforcement firearms, including rifles, shotguns, and pistols, but also defensive tactics, TASERs, chemical weapons, handcuffing, expandable batons, knife tactics, close combat, and officer survival. He is definitely an expert in the field of law enforcement and security defensive tactics.

Here’s what the detective had to say about the Guardian Defensive Tactics training:

“Damian Ross gets it. If there was ever an instruc­tor who knows what works and what does not work, it’s this guy. He is the pres­i­dent of the Self Defense Com­pany and cre­ator of the Guardian Defen­sive Tac­tics Police Com­bat­ives sys­tem, as well as the Self Defense Company’s flagship program, the Self Defense Training System.

I have been train­ing since 1974, in a myr­iad of mar­tial arts and defen­sive tac­tics sys­tems. I have been a Police Defen­sive Tac­tics instruc­tor since 1995. I have taught mar­tial arts since 1989. I can tell when a sys­tem has what it takes to keep you alive and when it is strictly for sport, for show, or sim­ply for profit. The Self Defense Company’s Guardian Defen­sive tac­tics Police Com­bat­ives pro­gram is the real deal!

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