Professional Martial Arts Instruction       

Field  Application

             It is a blunt reality that we live in dangerous times. It is not enough that we prepare ourselves just on the physical level through the understanding, focused training, and application of techniques. We must also be prepared mentally and psychologically. We do not have the luxury of techniques that are flashy, or visually impressive. These do not work. What do work are simple, field-tested techniques that efficiently and quickly gain control of a situation. Whether circumstances dictate that we control an attacker via pain compliance techniques, or if we have no other option than to severely damage and/or cripple an adversary (perhaps even utilize lethal force if it is necessary); we must be in absolute control of ourselves before we can hope to have control over a situation.


                                Facing an armed attacker is one of the most intimidating situations a person could find themselves in.                                                                                                                

                                                                              It is not enough to simply rely on a weapon to always save you. What if you aren't armed at the time, or can't get to your weapon? What if you are taken by surprise, and there is absolutely no time to draw a weapon? What if you can't retain your weapon?     External weapons are excellent tools, and it is a good, solid tactical plan to become proficient with them as an extra layer of defense (firearms, blades, utility survival tools/weapons, etc.) Although actual firearms training is not offered at Ghost Bear Martial Academy, the value of learning how to properly and safely handle firearms, and to use them proficiently, is recognized.   We encourage students to very seriously consider maintaining firearms as an extra layer of defense.      HOWEVER, with the possibility that weapons can be extracted from you,
and even used against you,  it is absolutely imperative to also sharpen your understanding and application of your own natural (unarmed) weapons. In reality, we need to be prepared with ALL available tools- armed and unarmed both.
                                                                 We also need to recognize that blind over-reliance on an external weapon can be a very dangerous 'blind spot', and can actually damage our overall awareness.  To convince ourselves 'That could never happen to me';  or 'I will ALWAYS have my weapon' can be very dangerous assumptions, as well as being short-sighted and even arrogant. These closed mentalities are risky liabilities; not only for oneself, but possibly for others.  For absolute efficacy- either in a self-defense or field protective dynamic- the quick and decisive use of unarmed tactics as necessary can make the difference between success or failure; survival or fatality. A focused and balanced individual, effective and confident with all available tools, will be able to use their chosen external weapons in conjunction with solid unarmed techniques safely, fluidly, and without hesitation.

                                                                                                                     We learn the importance of how to PERCEIVE an incoming armed assault- this trains us to move with the motion of the attack, rather than against it. This allows us to utilize the attack as a resource, using the momentum and trajectory of the attack to our advantage-directing it into an extraction, pain compliance technique, or even a crippling lock/capture technique.  Using that extracted weapon against the assailant may even be warranted. Moving with the flow of events fluidly allows us to take the
decisive action, without hesitation and doubt.   As with all of our martial practice, we apply the practical understanding of momentum, leverage, low-center, torque, and trajectory to weapons extraction training.  Understanding the natural physics of motion and energy, and how to apply it, is also critical.  We do not just focus on the physical mechanics of an incoming armed assault, but on the INTENTION that is driving it.  This allows us to not only gain quick and decisive control, but it allows us to maintain our own center and control in the face of such a potentially dangerous situation. This mitigates the fear-based responses of frozen inaction, or paniced and unbalanced over-reaction.


                               We train
to operate without hesitation by conditioning the subconscious. This conditions us to flow with the unfolding of events, without  the conscious mind getting in our way with self-doubt and hesitation. Fear itself is a natural part of our being, and whether we like it or not, it is necessary to keep us in check. However, we can condition ourselves to very temporarily 'over-ride' it, and use it as an energy source to take appropriate action.  The conscious mind will tell us "You are afraid".  The subconscious mind will tell us "Act. Now."  We do not have the luxury of analyzing at a crucial moment what we must do. There is only time to just do it, with focus and absolute, complete commitment.
                        We use a variety
of tools to achieve this subtle, but critical, understanding. These include our ever-present blindfolding; random, realistic attacks; 'The Gaunlet' (multiple, random multi-directional attacks), and as we have in our Warrior Path programs, Fear Training (modified for different modalities and situations).
                                                      If you condition the mind, and condition your internal core through the understanding of energy and motion,  the physical dynamic becomes balanced,  efficient, and focused.


                                                                                           'Peace' of  Mind    

  As an executive, your safety may depend on the skills of your protective assets. Provide them with effective, practical training.  Your survival and your 'peace' of mind is worth the price.  

   As a field professional, being responsible for the safety of others requires great skill and solid training in simple, field-tested techniques. You can ill-afford to make mistakes. Being confident in your training and skills lessens the likelihood of potentially fatal errors.


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