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Combat Focus Shooting by Rob Pincus

Monday, January 25th, 2010

As a NRA certified handgun safety instructor I’m always on the lookout for material to present to students that goes beyond the text. While mainly focused on safety I do cover some defensive use of handguns. The most recent book I read to expand my knowledge is Combat Focus Shooting: Intuitive Shooting Fundamentals by Rob Pincus. In his book Pincus covers areas that many other authors have also covered but two things stood out for me in reading his book.

In going through his book the first thing that struck me was Pincus’s writing style. A good writer, especially on a technical subject, needs to break down the information so that it can be absorbed by the reader that may not have as much technical knowledge as the author. Pincus fulfilled this requirement quite well. Many times during the book I could instantly visualize the point Pincus was making. Pincus also kept things short and to do the point. I’ve seen some authors go through pages upon pages explaining shooting stances where Pincus covers it in a few pages, including explaining why you want to use this stance

The other area that stood out for me is the intuitive part of the book. Pincus has examined what your body wants to do in a stressful situation and using that as a starting point for his system. Those familiar with Tony Blauer’s S.P.E.A.R. System will recognize this approach. I’ve been through training classes before where the instructor has drilled us on what to do, but not explaining always why we want to do this. Examining what your mind and body want to do and building your system around is a big selling point to me. Those that rather fight what your body wants to do may not agree with me on this point.

Overall I came away with some good information to share in my classes and will suggest Pincus’s book to those in my class. If you have an interested in self-defense usage of a handgun and looking to learn more then Pincus’s book should be on your reading list.

DVD Review; S.P.E.A.R. System: For Women & Self Defense Coaches; Rape Safe

Sunday, June 21st, 2009

S.P.E.A.R. System: For Women & Self Defense Coaches; Rape Safe is a two volume set available from Tony Blauer and his company Blauer Tactical Systems. Combined these two DVD’s weigh in at over 3 hours in length and focuses on a wide variety of topics aimed at the main topic: self defense for women in a rape situation.

In a nutshell, this series covers what Blauer refers to as the 3 D’s: Detect, Defuse, and Defend. While too often many self-defense system focus on only the Defend part, Blauer spends lots of time talking about the other two parts. If one thinks of self defense as being layers between you and a predator, the outer layer is Detect, the middle Defuse, and the inner layer Defend. Blauer points out the importance of these three layers and how our goal should be to stop the threat at the outermost layer that we can. Blauer provides various tools and techniques to be used at each layer along with examples of using them in different scenarios. These range from situational awareness, non-violent postures, and his Closest Weapon Closest Target (CWCT) concepts. In all Blauer provides very useful information in all three of these areas.

This set also offers a good overview of many of what I’ll call Blauer’s philosophies. Blauer talks about his S.P.E.A.R. System, or Spontaneous Protection Enabling Accelerated Response, which I consider the heart of his teachings. Blauer breaks this down and explains how our natural flinch response can be used not only to defend out also as a launching point for an attack. Also presented is a Powerpoint slide explaining his “Cycle of Behavior”, which is a probably most simply described as explaining how we behave. Myself I found this presentation very interesting and really ties together the concepts presented in this series. I actually watched this section a couple of times to wrap my mind around the concepts presented here. Trying to explain all of this is beyond the scope of this review but in the end all good information.

Is there a downside to this series? In the information presented, no. But as the disclaimer says at the beginning this is DVD presentation of analog videos that in some cases were filmed over twenty years ago. The video and sound quality is not the best. If that is the biggest knock I have against this, which it is, then that is something I can live with.

Does the DVD meet its goal as stated in the title? I would say yes. One just needs to remember you don’t learn self-defense from a video, or a book. You need to take the concepts and practice them, and practice it like you mean it. When you are learning to drive you just don’t watch a video then get a license, you practice the skills. Same thing here. Any woman getting this video to learn self-defense needs to also practice the techniques presented. A self-defense coach could learn much too and it could help them determine “am I teaching my students the right things?” Outside of the target audince I would add that anyone looking to learn more about self-defense, both the physical and psychological aspects, would benefit from this series.