What We Teach

Reality-based defense is a fast growing industry because it is effective and efficient.  Principles and accompanying techniques must be simple to learn, gross motor, and reflexive.

Principles:  Grasp the difference between rude, antisocial (not life-threatening) behavior vs. the dedication of the predator. De-escalate the threat vs. injure the attacker — now.  De-mystify attacker’s weapons.  Master point-on targeting. Persist until the attacker is incapacitated.

DESD —  teaches strikes, joint breaks, and throws.

DESD — teaches functional bodyweight strength conditioning, cardio drills and combat-dedicated buddy drills  — to hard wire muscle groups delivering your attack.

Edge One: Self Defense

              DESD is not about sparring, competition, or belt promotions.

Edge Two: Fitness!   It feels good to feel good!

Chalk talk helps us catch our breath.

Chalk talk helps us catch our breath.

  • De-escalation is  paramount.  Recognize obnoxious, bullying behavior for what it is — the need for dominance.  Leave that game to the monkeys.   DESD practices sucking it up —  walking away from insults.
  • DESD teaches the thirty-plus attacks disallowed in competitive sports and martial arts, including the MMA systems. Pretty simple approach. You start with the high value targets (eyes, neck, groin, to mention a few), then plow your weight-driven intent into those targets. “ONE INCH OF YOU ON ONE INCH OF THE BAD GUY.” (TFT)
  • Inflict debilitating injury immediately, like now. As soon as possible, you want to be the one doing the injury.
  • De-mystifying attacker’s weapons: guns, knives, and blunt objects. DESD assumes the attacker is armed, dedicated, and feels no pain. Very scary. Very possible. This assumption is the most realistic way to train.
  • Principles trump technique – meaning DESD does not teach a myriad of techniques or weapon disarms (i.e., a counter move matching each possible attack).
  • Diffusing the adrenalin dump. Violence is all about chaos, short for disorientation, fear, and panic. DESD thoroughly examines the 3 Fs — fight/flight/freeze.
    • Do you have to be super fit to deliver injury to a predator?  Basically, no.  Can you be more effective and powerful?  Probably.  The main point is —
    •  Fitness is more about health and overall personal presentation:  feeling good begets looking good begets heads-up empowerment.  So you’re less likely to be I.D. by the predator as a sheep.
    • Going after fitness (sorry, it’s always a brass-ring-out-of-reach thing) means you’re getting off the couch and joining the sheepdog community — now and forever.


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