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).


The Protector: Citizen Support Initiative, Coming Soon from SDC

Damian Ross, CEO, The Self Defense Company

There is a new product coming out called The Protector:CSI from the Self Defense Company. CSI stands for Citizen Support Initiative.

When we focus on self defense it’s usually something personal, like you or your loved ones being attacked. But the problems we face are MORE dangerous and more evil than a bully or a junkie.

We are living in the most violent times in our nation’s history. Home grown mass murderers, Gang violence and the new terrorist playbook that targets our children and schools is poised to enter our nation’s borders.

Our cops are out numbered and out gunned.

According to the FBI there are 1.4 million active gang members in the US and only 800,000 cops.

NOW MORE THAN EVER citizens will be called to assist law enforcement in keeping the peace.

And this is how we’re going to do it.

SDC Instructor Detective Sgt Ed Kane and SDC CEO Damian Ross put this program together that details and trains citizens to assist with law enforcement. This is the same program Ed teaches at the police academy and it’s really amazing.

This is the best way to be part of the solution and NOT the problem.

The program is 1 hour and 4 minutes long and is an MP4 instant download only. The cost: 2 payments of $49.00

I can’t tell you how important this initiative is. It is time to wake the patriot in all of us, put down the golf clubs and do something with your time that has some redeeming value.

We may not be facing British Imperial Rule, but we better be prepared to act in a minute’s notice.

Look forward to the March 1st launch of this product.


Here’s the Truth About Weapons Defense

Remember these words because they will stay with you forever….


A weapon is only as effective as the man holding it. Without the operator, the weapon is about as dangerous as a doorstop.

Other martial arts and self defense system teach you to “control the weapon”. This is Hollywood fantasy. While in certain situations you may have to clear the weapon, you must immediately disable and injure your attacker. Anything less is a tactical mistake.

You have been training to injure your attacker and stop the fight before it escalates, weapons defense is no different. A handful of high impact, gross motor skills designed to cause maximum injury in the shortest amount of time possible.

You will not be able to do anything else.

Take ground and keep attacking, that’s the name of the game…sound familiar?

Damian Ross
CEO, The Self Defense Company

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MacDill AFB Soldier Nearly Beaten to Death

MacDill AFB Soldier Nearly Beaten to Death

Recently, a newly-stationed MacDill Air Force Base soldier was badly beaten and robbed. Self Defense Company Instructor Darren Poesel teaches in the area and he wrote Damian Ross this message:


This poor victim works on the same floor that I do at MacDill AFB here in Tampa. Unfortunately, he is a new kid in town and I have yet to meet him. Once he gets out of the hospital, I am going to sit down with him and offer to train him in the SDTS Combatives
Program for free.

Ironically, I go over this same scenario in my intro class and will be presenting it at the seminar.

The link to the news story is here:

          U.S. Army soldier brutally beaten in South Tampa

Darren C. Poesel
Chief Instructor
Tampa Bay Self-Defense Company LLC.

Here is an excerpt from the original article by Tampa Bay 10 News:

Tampa, Florida — Police want your help finding four men who teamed up to beat a young U.S. Army soldier in a South Tampa street.

It was an awful welcome to Tampa Bay for a young soldier. Police say the victim of a violent beating caught on camera is 24 years old and has lived in Tampa for less than a month.

He’s a U.S. Army soldier assigned to MacDill Air Force Base and lives not far from the base at Dale Mabry Hwy. and Interbay Blvd.

Police say Sunday morning, at around 3 a.m., the soldier’s car broke down a few miles from home along Westshore Blvd.

The attack came when he was walking home and using Iowa St. to get from Westshore to Dale Mabry. At the intersection of Iowa and Renellie Dr., the man came into the view of a neighbor’s motion-activated security camera.

A group of three young men is seen walking ahead of the soldier. Police say one of the men in the group doubled back and asked to soldier to borrow a dollar. When the soldier reached for his wallet, the first punch flew.

The first, tremendous sucker punch laid the victim onto the ground. The other two men joined in, punching and kicking the soldier.

A fourth man comes sprinting into view from the left edge of the video. The new attacker — a man the soldier said he had walked past earlier — joined in the beating.

The story goes on from there, but you get the idea.

I have been through every module of the Self Defense Training System and it’s the best training I have ever seen. You can immediately put to use techniques that you will learn in Module 1. Most of all, it doesn’t take years of practice. Just simple techniques that are highly effective.

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You Think It’ll Never Happen to You, Until It Does

Damian Ross of the Self Defense Company received a call from an attendee of last year’s training summit and she told him of a story that happened to a woman who lived in the condo across the street from her. I’d like to share this story with you.

The victim here was a lady who used to deal drugs until several years ago when she decided to change her life. She moved to another state, got her life together, and got married. However, in her case, she was not done paying for her sins.

Her trouble started when she was selling her car. The young man who purchased the car recognized her as someone who used to deal drugs to his older brother. Later he, another male and a 17 year old, pregnant female came back to rob her figuring she was doing well and still had cash and a stash of drugs at the condo. They robbed her, stabbed her to death and “blew the house up.” The front door of her condo was blown completely off the hinges.

The moral of this story is that you never know who your neighbors are. Everyone has a past and everyone has a story to tell, some good, some not so good.

Sometimes you don’t have to go find trouble, trouble just finds you. Even though the chances are lower if you live in a better community, they’re still just “chances”, not “definites”.

It’s better to know how to defend yourself than not know. It’s better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it.

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