“FINISH-IT-NOW”- SELF-DEFENSE SYSTEM CONCEPTS & OVERVIEW
PURPOSE: The “Finish-It-Now” Self-Defense System was designed by Defensive Training Group, to build proficient self-defense fighters in a relatively quick manner. The reality is that most people do not have 10 years to devote to one martial art style to become the best in that specific area (although that would be ideal). Defensive Training Group realizes that the family protector (The Self-Defense Fighter) has many tasks in the big picture of keeping the loved one’s safe. We’ve collectively spent years in traditional martial arts and non-traditional combatives. This has allowed us, just as other good combatives instructors have done, to take the most effective, efficient and trainable strategies, tactics and techniques and outlined them in our Finish It Now Self-Defense System. The program was born out of the modern Jeet Kune Do frame work to capitalize on the following concepts:
Violence of Action – While the overall purpose of any practical self-defense program should be avoidance of violence, once the decision to defend is made, the action must be swift and brutal. All FIN techniques, tactics and procedures support this.
“Street” Effective Techniques - FIN focuses on the most street effective combatives techniques vs. techniques that are meant to impress would-be students. FIN-SDS takes into account that most street fights involve one or more of the following: Realization that attack is occurring after the first strike is landed. Weapons are involved. Weapons are not always visible until after they are being used. Low Lighting. Multiple attackers.
Gross Motor Skills - Self-Defense techniques that are predicated on the use of fine motor skills are much less likely to be used in a surprise attack. Gross motor defense techniques are not only more likely to be used in high adrenaline situations, but they are generally easier to become proficient with.
Congruency – FIN SDS was designed to have congruent techniques and strategy for threat neutralization, whether fighting with gear on in a Grid-Down situation or on the street defending one’s family against everyday criminals.
Well Rounded Self-Defense Fighters: FIN focuses not only on empty hand techniques, but the ability to fight on one’s back, with improvised weapons, personal protection weapons and with security gear on. FIN exists to build a well-rounded Self-Defense Fighter instead of focusing on mastering just one area of combatives.
Combat Mindset – The combat mindset, (most easily articulated by combat arms veterans of the US Military) is what gives the Self-Defense Fighter a mental edge and the “fuel” necessary to maintain confidence in training, willingness to use their skills and the fortitude to survive no matter what. – Articulated best by John Mosby of Forward Observer Magazine
Exhibit Emotional Control – When experiencing adrenaline in hostile situations, anger, fear, embarrassment can cloud judgement . . . it’s important to stay “in control” at all times, but especially when “the chips are down”. Staying in control is a daily process of acknowledging our emotions and acting wisely in spite of them. Keeping one’s emotions in check helps the Self-Defense Fighter to keep from “freezing up”, falling prey to “superman syndrome” in the midst of an altercation, or worse yet . . . getting baited into a fight. Emotional response, whatever the cause, is one of the hardest things to control before, during and after an altercation. We are constantly
Have a Moral Compass - There is a such thing as absolute right and absolute wrong called Natural Law. DTG doesn't train with "feral people". Although we very well may have the most brutally effective programs out there, our system exists to protect ourselves and our loved ones, not to go around harming others. The second part of this training philosophy is that we are bound to fight to stop the threat (albeit permanently if necessary). It is not to exact our own form of “justice” or to “prove a point” by force beyond what is called for by the specific threat(s) in the altercation. This training philosophy goes hand in hand with keeping one’s emotions in check in the midst of an adrenaline charged situation.
Add Realism in Training –What works in a street fight is not necessarily what's flashy. Having the humility to recognize what has been learned in some circles is not always most effective (and used only to recruit students) is key. Training that focuses solely on technique development doesn’t give the SDF the whole story of what it takes to win a fight. The commitment to this training philosophy will help the SDF survive if the need arises. Stress inoculation drills, realistic pressure and drills that put the SDF at a disadvantage help take the techniques learned to the “next level” of proficiency, and is above all else, “keeping it real”. We are dedicated to showing individuals how to take their combatives training safely to the next level – And “Stress Test” the heck out of it. Safety first – Get Out of that Comfort Zone – And Learn by Doing!
The fighting strategy for FIN-SDS is to quickly end threats – hence the name “Finish It Now”. We use elements of Thai boxing, the Wing-Chun, Head-butts, Knees, Elbows, BJJ, Western Boxing and Filipino Martial Arts to devastate the threat. This is truly a street effective approach to fighting. DTG believes that law abiding citizens should be armed for personal protection. We've also adapted our clinch range fighting skills for employment of one's personal protection firearm against close in weapon threats (where the majority of knife and other weapon threats take place!).
FIN is also an acronym to describe the vehicle for which Self-Defense Fighters learn to end threats quickly:
Find - (or manufacture) an Opening: Whether pre-empting an imminent attack or reacting to a launched attack, the ability to either find a vulnerability or manufacture a vulnerability to get past kicking and punching range is key to ending the threat effectively and efficiently. In empty hand fighting this is done by breaking the hand / foot of an incoming strike or striking vulnerable areas such as the groin, eyes, or throat. Much like a boxer uses a jab, finding an entry will not end a fight, it’s just a very effective means to an end. The same conceptual approach is used when fighting with weapons inside the clinch, or using basic BJJ concepts to survive on the ground.
Interrupt - Momentum and Balance with Violence of Action: Violence of action is not only present in all aspects of FIN, it is the driving force behind brutally driving a threat forward and off balance which ultimately sets up to neutralize the attacker. Moving a threat off balance applies not only in empty hand, but on the ground or within the clinch even if weapons are present.
Neutralize – The Threat: Neutralizing the threat is easiest to accomplish inside grappling range standing up from the clinch. Inside the clinch, the temple, jaw, nose, and groin all present fight ending targets. When these targets are struck in rapid succession with one’s head, knees and elbows, the threat will find it very hard to remain conscious – let alone stay in the fight. In more dire situations, FIN-SDS teaches to the clinch to incapacitate the threat permanently.
Whatever combatives or martial arts program you choose to practice, hopefully it balances training between technique development, fighting attribute development and stress inoculation (which is nothing more than varying pre-determined levels of physical and mental adversity or “suck” while having to perform a task to a certain level of proficiency).
While the art or program you train in may be different from others, if you and another person in a different combatives system are both good fighters, you share some common fighting attributes. The ability to “bring the hurt” to the bad guy is more dependent on these under lying fighting attributes than the innate perfection (which is different than the PERFECTING one’s technique) of the technique employed.
1. Cover – Allows the Self-Defense Fighter (SDF) defend against or minimize the enemy strike. Having your “guard up” instinctively the moment an attack is realized will cover vulnerable areas on your body. This attribute is practiced through proper fighting stance drills to say the least. Eventually through practice, the moment your body senses trouble, you will enter a defensive posture, whether against an initial attack or punch 452 in the midst of a knock down drag out.
2. Footwork – Has has everything to do with setting up the angle on an opponent for your strike and subsequent follow through combinations. Much emphasis should be placed on developing this fighting attribute. When boxers are seen in ring moving back and forth, side to side, without throwing a punch, you’re seeing a constant check and counter between the fighters. One fighter tries to set up an angle to strike while the other counters this setup and in turn tries to setup the angle on his opponent. As important at footwork is to the successful fighter, it is surprising to see all of the You-tube videos out there that demonstrate how little time and effort is spent explaining proper footwork. It’s been said that footwork drills are not flashy and don’t help recruit students.
3. Command of Range – This is simply controlling the overall survival situation of a street fight. You probably won’t have time to employ sophisticated footwork and wait for the best opening. After all, a street fighting survival situation is NOT a boxing match. If we are forced to fight, the goal is to attack the attacker the moment he steps into range* (over the “trigger line”). *Here’s a tip: An opponent steps into range a lot further out than many like to think. Proper command of range drills allow the SDF to pre-empt the attacker who is moving in on him. It’s also another reason while we love the BJJ art, we also believe that you’d better have a good stand up game to handle multiple opponents (fights are rarely fair, and thugs will not fight you one at a time).
4. Combinations – Combinations not only punish an opponent but are also used to set up an angle to finish the opponent off and end the fight. Combination drills must be effective and used with violence of action to drive the opponent back, giving the SDF the momentum to end the fight.
5. Movement – Movement’s purpose is to disallow your opponent the ability to set for an attack or counter attack. Movement also minimizes the effectiveness of an attack when a blow is landed on the SDF. We train SDFs to not stay static. It isn’t just about keeping your feet moving. Notice when you watch two boxers, they constantly keep their head and shoulders moving so that it’s hard for their opponent to line up a shot.
6. Follow Through – Follow through combines the fighting attributes of proper combinations and movement so that the SDF becomes more effective in his attack.Correctly executed follow through increases the power and speed of an attack, whether the SDF is entering, driving the opponent back with combinations, or finishing the fight with a devastating elbow to the temple.
7. Awareness – The recognition of attacks before they happen as well as reading telegraphed strikes defines fighting awareness. Sometimes an opponent will drop their chin, sometimes they will twitch funny or look to the area they are going to strike. This attribute is developed with experience in drilling and sparring.
8. Speed – Is the overall reaction of the SDF in general. This attribute is developed over time, with experience in training through muscle memory and reacting to recognition of the telegraphed attacks that a training partner launches. When speed is built over time through much practice, you might feel slow, but you won’t realize how fast you actually have become when the adrenaline is pumping, until someone says, “Oh my G-d, you looked like you just performed a magic trick”. In reality, the brain will have performed self-defense reactions in training so many times, that you are fighting on a subconscious level opposed to a conscious level.
“Overcoming Style – A man doesn’t excel because of his style. It’s only when a man can go outside the bounds set by his system that he excels. If a martial artist can practice a style without being bound and limited to his particular school, then and only then can he be liberated to fit in with any type of opponent. A great majority of instructors, however, blind their practitioners and brainwash them into believing only their school of training is best.” - Dan Inosanto, 1972
ASSERTIVE RESPONSE TRAINING
STAND UP FIGHTING
UNARMED KNIFE DEFENSE
THE FIGHTING PISTOL
THE FIGHTING CARBINE
IMPORTANCE OF TRAINING PARTNERS
DRILLING: ATTRIBUTE DEVELOPMENT, PERFORMANCE AND STRESS
HOW DO FIGHTS OCCUR?
If I can figure out HOW fights happen, I can better see a “fight” coming and therefore avoid it. If I know HOW a “fight” occurs, if I can’t avoid it, I can react in a quicker fashion. So before I can define how a “fight” occurs, it’s important to discuss the setting in which the “fight” is taking place. Is it in a bar fueled by two or more egos? Is it in a parking lot in a low-light situation while escorting one’s family? Is the “fight” occurring in collapsed community that has suffered wide spread emergency services interruptions? Are there weapons involved? The point is, there are so many variables in the topic of “fighting” that I can’t say “this is how fights happen all of the time” like some self-defense trainers like to proclaim. The best I can do is categorize hand to hand, or hand to weapon fighting into two broad areas:
Because fights can happen from a Stand-Off position, we train our Assertive Response skills. Given physical indications we train to recognize as soon as it is apparent that a situation cannot be diffused we go right into our combatives skill sets to stop a threat. If I’m ambushed, I use those same skill sets to react and take the initiative or advantage of the attacker and end the threat. If I’m dedicated to training these skill sets, I’ll have a chance at survival. We’ll show you how you can too.
TRAINING PARTNER RESPONSIBILITIES
A proficient training partner is absolutely necessary to help bring about the fighting skill set proficiency of the student. In time when a general base of self-defense skills are gained, they two training partners (or more), will act as steal that sharpens steal. The training partner is responsible for the following:
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