The “Test” According to LtCol Rex Applegate, Hand to Hand Pioneer

Lt.Col. Rex Applegate, the pioneer of Hand to Hand Combat in the United States, had a “test” for a system. His test was this:

“Will this [fighting system] work so that I can use it instinctively in vital combat against an opponent who is determined to prevent me from doing so, and who is striving to eliminate me by fair means or foul”.

Col. Rex Applegate

Col. Rex Applegate (Makes GI Joe his bitch)

It really does NOT matter what style, system, method, or technique you MAY wish to apply to your personal survival training. What DOES matter is, if “whatever” you choose passes the TEST.

This requires HONEST self-appraisal. Forget how you would LIKE the world to be, see it as it really is and look at yourself in the same light.

I’ve learned thousands of techniques over the years. I practice about a dozen (striking and grappling) on a daily basis. I have been ruthless in rejecting ANY technique or method that DOES NOT pass Applegate’s “test”.

We can take a page from combat sports here:

MMA, boxers, wrestlers, and Judokas ALL have that one “Sunday punch”. That one technique that they have drilled and practiced, and drilled and practiced and generally these “techniques” as applied to each specific sport are repeated over and over. Why?
Because these methods have the BEST overall track record of success. There is only one reason you see the same group of techniques over and over again in sport competition: they work. Watch hundreds of MMA, wrestling, judo bjj and boxing bouts and you will see a definitive pattern of decisive winning techniques and they are very few in number.

The same goes for street fighting.

Georges Carpentier was a champion Savateur [French kick boxing] and boxer. He was known for his right hand KO power and technique. He called this punch his “whip punch”. His bread and butter, his Sunday “best”. He said that it took him TEN years of hard work before he felt he really “mastered” this ONE technique!!!!

Georges Carpentier, Savate fighter

Savate fighter, Georges Carpentier…don’t let the hair fool you.

There is a vital fundamental lesson there. It took a professional fighter 10 year to truly perfect one technique. The definition of perfect being that you could use it with satisfactory results the majority of the time.

This is the purpose of the Self Defense Training System ( was to only use techniques and tactics that PASS THE TEST and train them until you find YOUR favorite technique, your Sunday’s Best. Then you learn how to adapt your favorite techniques to any situation.

At the end of the day, it’s not about style, how long you train or how many medals you have, the only thing that matters is will it work against “instinctively in vital combat against an opponent who is determined to prevent me from doing so, and who is striving to eliminate me by fair means or foul”

So the next time you “learn” some technique, put it thru the “test” and be honest about it.

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Self Defense Training System Does Not Replace Your Martial Art

Often when people see advertisements for the Self Defense Training System, they assume that Damian Ross wants to completely replace the martial art they have been studying. That is not the case.

Here’s what he has to say on the subject:

“It’s funny, after decades of teaching I still can’t believe I get the same comments over and over again. Here’s an example, and I’m paraphrasing, “Who do you think you are, I spent seven years training with Master Who-Flung-Poo and it’s the only one true method of self defense and combat. My instructor says so. You are a scam artist and my way is better. Even though I have never seen combat, been in a street fight, or have any historical evidence to back me up.”

Let’s clarify the Self Defense Company’s position.

Martial Arts can be broken into three distinct categories: Cultural Fighting Arts, Combat Sport, and Self Defense. While each might contain shared or similar elements to one another, real, proven methods of martial arts self defense training has not been seen by the general public in over 70 years.

Cultural fighting arts like Karate, Kung Fu, Aikido, etc. are fun, but those who practice these activities are more similar to being a Civil War re-enactor than a true warrior.

Combat sports like wrestling, boxing, judo, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, and MMA, are all awesome training methods for conditioning, performing under stress, and physical contact. But unless you plan on defending yourself with rules, gloves, a mat, mouthpiece, rounds, and a referee, don’t make the mistake that these sports are a substitute for legitimate martial arts self defense training.

The Self Defense Training System is not meant to replace whatever martial art you are training. All we want you to do is to take a look at proven “old-school” defensive tactics and then simply add these battlefield methods to what you already know.

If you have not martial arts or self defense experience. Then it’s even better. You have nothing to modify. You are an uncarved block, and will pick up the tactics effortlessly.

A little known fact is that when the Nazis threatened to invade Britain, the elite commandos and the civilian guard did not train in different methods. Sure, the soldiers learned some advanced tactics, but everyone’s baseline of close-combat martial arts self defense training remained the same. This was because of one reason only…It actually WORKED.

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60 Minute Self Defense – Techniques Keep You From Being a Victim

60 Minute Self Defense

You are just 60 minutes away from learning what you need to know in order to protect yourself and your family.

That’s right, 60 minutes.

Contrary to what you’ve been told, you do not have to be an ultimate fighter, super soldier or black belt to be able to defend yourself. You don’t need years of martial arts training and countless hours in a self defense class to know how to protect yourself. You just don’t.

Here is something rather astonishing. Five hundred martial arts experts were asked at a recent convention how long they would need to teach someone to defend themselves. The answers would turn most people off to learning self defense. The “experts” overwhelmingly said it would take between 2 and 5 years to teach someone how to defend themselves in an attack.

For most people, two to five years is a long time. Which is no wonder why people don’t bother learning self defense.

How about if you went down to your local martial arts studio and asked the EXPERT there? He would probably give you the same answer. If you asked him to show you something right now that would save your life, he wouldn’t have a clue what to tell you.

But if you asked one of the Self Defense Company Professional Instructors they would say they could teach you something in two seconds that you could use immediately. After ten minutes you would have a clear understanding. After sixty minutes, you would have all you need to know.

How can the Self Defense Company teach you in minutes what the rest of the martial arts and self defense world takes years to do?

The reason to this is simple. Martial arts and combat sports like mixed martial arts are based on fighting. They demand that you defeat your enemy. Well to survive you don’t need to fight, defeat or even hurt your attacker. A lot of people just want to know how to avoid and escape from dangerous situations. That’s why the first line of defense is ESCAPE and EVASION.

We know that it is infinitely harder to defeat an attacker than it is to escape from one. Martial arts and combat sports have forced us to think that self defense means we have to “beat people up”. That is not so.

Just remember, you don’t need a black belt to defend yourself. Also, you don’t have to change you life in order to save it. Once you understand how criminals and bullies pick their targets and what strategies they use to ambush you, you will be on your way to living a healthier, safer life.

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