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The Real Truth About VIPER Street Combat Personal Protection Self Defense & Bodyguard Training With John Nottingham

May 11, 2012
No More Deer-In-The-Headlights!
Viper taught me how to function clearly under stress, and channel the power of my adrenaline. If you know martial arts, VIPER magnifies your knowledge and training ten fold.
Phil Borgia, Insurance, Real Estate, Black Belt
 
“I Was Shocked…”
As a long time professional in martial arts, I was shocked at the VIPER program. I thought I could handle any situation, but VIPER introduced me to reality. It’s real, its in your face, and it works. I am a force to be dealt with.
David Bravo
Model, Robert Black Agency
Trained in Krav Maga
Professional Martial Arts Instructor
 
I Was Unprepared For a Fight!
Priceless training. I couldn’t believe how unprepared I was for a real confrontation. I learned more about street defense in the VIPER course than in 10 years of martial arts.
Tommy Brown
Police Officer
Martial Arts Champion
 
Two Strange Men Approached
I was able to use what I learned while out with my 5 year old daughter one evening. I backed two strange men off… and I believe I wouldn’t have known what to do and keep my daughter safe without this training.
L. Templeman
Former Federal Corrections Officer
 
“Life Transforming!”
I have used the VIPER skills. It is truly a positive, life transforming experience. You will not be the same person… and you really wont want to be.
Teresa “Tess” Jenkins
Actor
Martial Arts Instructor
 
TRS Review:
Why do the Spec Ops love this training? Cuz it’s super-fast to learn… and unbeatable in the field. These are all new cutting-edge skills. With no practice at all, you will be at home with extreme violence… and be able to USE your new skills when it comes down to “you or him” situations. Learn how to reduce ALL your “pre-fight” thinking to just 3 simple choices… the 4 super-accessible weapons hidden inside your body… how to recognize a true threat 6 times faster than “normal” people do! (Simple ways to judge the situation — allows you to safely ignore false threats, and react with stunning speed to real danger.)… how VIPER-trained combat-ready professionals control their emotions in crunch-time… how to take a gun away as easily as scooping a pair of scissors from a small child… how to demolish an attacker in the dark. (90% of attacks occur in low-light conditions — not in the bright dojo. You’ll be astonished how easy it is to fight in the dark, the way John reveals.). And a lot more.
 
John Nottingham, PI, EPS, 6th Dan, Master Instructor
John Nottingham holds certificates from Paul Vunak (Seal Team, FBI Trainer under Dan Inosanto), Tony Blauer, and letters of appreciation from Special Forces for his hand to hand combat instruction.  A military veteran, he taught an experimental hand-to-hand combat to a Special Forces Reserve Unit while assigned to a support detachment.  lifetime martial artist, he holds multiple Black Belts and the title Master Instructor as a member of the Martial Arts Hall of Fame.  He is also a graduate of Bodyguard Training International (USA Bodyguards) and Gavin de Becker and Associates Academy for Protectors as well as trained in Advanced Threat Assessment and Management.  His training concepts and methodologies have been disseminated all over the world and used by elite combat teams.  Nottingham owns and operates a Security Agency and Bodyguard Training company in Phoenix Arizona as well as a professional martial arts school.  
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The ABC’s of Conflict Avoidance, Resolving Conflicts Peacefully With Dignity and Wisdom

January 20, 2012


The ABC’s of Conflict Avoidance
Resolving Conflicts Peacefully With Dignity and Wisdom

As a fundamental of all of our law enforcement, security, self-defense, bullying prevention and anti-abduction training we include the ABC’s of Conflict Avoidance. Originally taught to me by Master Dave Kovar, I have since included elements from Advanced Threat Assessment and Executive/Dignitary Protection and Close Protection (Bodyguard) training. The ABC’s of conflict avoidance self defense are also influenced by my military training while serving in a reserve Special Forces unit. Over the past twenty five plus years, these tools have helped many of my students and clients problem solve and end conflicts peacefully.

We recommend that you role play these until confident. Using a video camera works well as an evaluation and feedback learning tool.

Conflict Neutralization
A: Always practice safe habits. Avoid potentially dangerous situations. Be Alert to safety priorities for situational Awareness.
Avoiding potentially dangerous situations is relative. It depends on where you live, what you do, your age, ability and life experience. Obviously the choices must match the unique situation. A child growing up on a farm in the country faces different dangers than a child in an urban setting. Self defense is situational, that is, it is context specific and therefore must be treated appropriately.
This can be taught to a child by playing the question game. Simply using teachable moments such as crossing a busy street is a perfect opportunity to reinforce safety lessons in a calm manner and build confidence in your child. It might be going out on a boat or visiting a friend of the family with firearms in the house. Rather than instilling worry, children can be armed with tools to make better decisions to avoid situations that might lead to danger.
Indeed, these are not one time lessons, but reinforced on a regular basis and made appropriate to the age and maturity level of the child. It is recommended that it be taught in a relaxed, matter-of-fact manner to avoid any unnecessary anxiety, worry or unwarranted fear. Unwarranted fear can have nasty repercussions because it can scramble or be mistaken for our God-given survival signals (what my teacher Gavin de Becker refers to as “The Gift of Fear”).
As parents, teachers, coaches and mentors, we want to model the behaviors for them, remaining calm and making good choices.

B: Be calm, Breathe, Be centered.
The human brain is an extraordinary, complex and powerful computer. However, left untrained and unmanaged it can run a muck. This is the case when we have mid-brain -forebrain conflict where emotions and logic collide. The heart rate increases, stress goes up, the hormone adrenaline is released into the system and the ensuing result us usually not productive, often making the situation worse.
One method soldiers, law enforcement and martial artists use successfully to help manage this problem is using a yogic style deep belly breath. This smooth style of breathing helps lower heart rate, improve brain function and regain emotional control. Proper breathing is a great way of managing the stress response to a fear stimulus.
An important part of conflict resolution, especially in Verbal Judo (founded by Dr. George Thompson), is the use of emotional separation. Not allowing ourselves to get drawn into the insults, feelings or emotion of the moment is key to making wise choices that have lasting consequences.
Proper breathing helps us remain calm and insert time to avoid doing or saying something irrational, potentially making the situation worse. Often, the last thing we want to do is escalate an already agitated situation.
This can help also in taking a moment to read pre-incident indicators (red flags for violence), or pre-assault cues (warning signs), exit points, vulnerable targets, weapons of opportunity, barriers, people to recruit and other useful self defense and protective tools.
This can be taught when you notice your child (or yourself for that matter) experiencing intense emotions. Encourage them to stop, take a moment to breathe and insert time to respond rather than react. If this is a regularly used skill around your household, children can better learn to manage their own emotions and make better choices. When you see them do it successfully, make a big deal out of it and celebrate their choice to encourage it as a habit. Taking ten to twenty deep, slow, belly breaths can be really beneficial.
This doesn’t mean that they will not still feel angry, but it does allow more use of the fore-brain (our center for logic) and make better choices. This goes a long way in learning how to problem solve, use words to communicate and get their needs met. Of course, you as a parent or role model will need to lead by example. Children reflect what they experience and see from their parents.

C: Communicate with confidence.
Selection Phase and Testing Phase of the Pathway to Violence
This is a critical skill to help individuals present themselves in a manner which eliminates them from the victim profile or the “selection phase”. Those who are perceived as most vulnerable tend to be the ones least likely to tell, resist or create problems for the attacker/abuser. From making eye contact, standing tall, shoulders back, alert, noticing others and whats going on, speaking up, and learning when it is OK to question authority, these go a long way in building assertion competence. It is a fundamental belief that you are worth fighting for. The average “bad guy” is selecting their victims based on perceived vulnerability. Just learning how to carry yourself with confidence and communicate clearly can often mean avoiding trouble.

“Bad guys don’t have an alternative plan, they have an alternative victim”

We are always sending out signals with our behavior, demeanor, appearance, actions, tone, words, eye movement, posture and energy. Imagine sending the signals of “I’m a victim” and how dangerous that can be. Now imagine sending the signals, “I’m a confident, communicating individual who will fight back, attract attention and cause you problems.” The difference can be life saving. The goal is to be a mismatch for the criminals selection radio frequency so we are never selected in the first place.

“My safety is more important than their feelings.”

In Verbal Judo training programs, Dr. George Thompson teaches Police Officers that like it or not people will instinctively judge us upon first meeting as 1. One better than you. 2. Same as you. 3. Less that you. This is why paying attention to the signals you are sending others is a fundamental in self defense, avoiding bullying and establishing your own authority.
Children and subordinates (lower ranks in law enforcement or military) need to feel safe and confident that they can go to their superiors to report things if needed. Setting this climate is a priority of a good leader or parent. Often, individuals who were continually victimized, indicate that they did not report it because they didn’t feel they would be listened to or believed.
These are no guarantees taht you will not be attacked, confronted or selected, but it does help stack the odds in your favor. Self defense, security and protecting yourself with effective personal security is building layers of protection. This can be a good layer to include in your personal security and safety self defense planning.

Bad guys usually test. This can come in the form of using questions, engaging in conversation, attempting to build rapport, uninvited advances, solicitations and seemingly innocuous touching. All of these are used to assess the limits and boundaries the individual will assert, defend or ignore. “This can be in a variety of forms including, Do you have the time?” “Can you help me find my cat?” “Do you know where the game store is?”. This is why it is important to learn the criminal “lures” and how to thwart them. Teaching children to speak up and set boundaries starts at an early age and needs to be consistently reinforced so they learn healthy boundaries without anxiety. Remember, it isn’t necessarily what you say but HOW you say or do it that can make all the difference. The goal during this stage is to deter the pathway toward abuse by assertion competence. Firmly stating “NO!” or “Back Off!” might be effective.

Above all, teaching yourself and your child to trust your intuition when something doesn’t feel right and take action on it can save lives. [Read THE GIFT OF FEAR by Gavin de Becker]

Isolation is trouble. Privacy and control are the setting for abuse.

D: Distance yourself from trouble. Don’t put yourself in a worse situation. Never ever go with someone to a secondary crime scene location. Research clearly shows that a defenders chances significantly go down if transported to another place. Remember that privacy and control are the setting for abuse. You might remember it the way my team and I do as P.C.. This is a powerful strategy in diverting the pathway to violence.

E: Environment can create opportunities.
Learning to use your environment is key to successful self defense and escaping danger. Just learning to take mental note of the entrances and exits in a room can be beneficial for evacuation. One association you might make is to fire safety. This help you piggy-back on an existing skill and augment it for other safety and self defense purposes.

You can train your mind to look for barriers you could use to slow an pursuer, something to use as a shield, cover or concealment, or even weapons of opportunity. Things like off hand blunt objects like a book end or, pens, pencils staplers can be used as defensive tools. Of course, the more training you have, the more relevant these can become for protection. A working knowledge of vital targets on the human anatomy is critical to effective stopping techniques.

Do you know which neighbors to go to for help? Do you have an agreed upon meeting place in case of evacuation? These are helpful in times of crisis with little or no time to think.

Conflict Resolution

The ABC’s of Personal Safety from a Security Self Defense Specialist

Self Defense Tips – The ABC’s of Personal Safety and Security for Personal Protection

Self defense is something everyone knows that we should learn, yet few actually do. Rather than use a few self defense or fighting tips as an emotional pacifier, it is important to test and apply what you think you know. It is through this process that self defense competence is built. With self defense competence comes personal protection and security confidence. A good self defense instructor will ad to your peace of mind and help you use your innate survival signals and skills to bring to bear in protecting yourself and/or the ones you love.
When you learn to defend yourself you are less likely to have to because:

1. You tend to avoid potentially dangerous situations because you recognize them earlier
2. You are more likely to trust your intuition/gut feelings therefore act on them
3. Project more confidence which often removes you from the victim profile. Criminals like easy targets, not difficult ones. It is said that bad guys do not have an alternative plan, rather an alternative target to victimize.

HERE ARE A FEW OF OUR ABC’s OF PERSONAL PROTECTION – SELF DEFENSE STRATEGIES FOR PERSONAL SECURITY

“Dangerousness is situational” – Gavin de Becker

Alert to Avoid Potentially Dangerous Situations
– Knowledge and Awareness of dangerous situations and how criminals operate
– Trusting instincts and Acting on intuition
– Always observe safe habits and practices – Remember, we are always building habits – so practice good ones

Breathe and Be Calm by Believing you have options
– Belly Breath with Backpressure on exhale helps manage stress, adrenaline and fear
– Be looking for opportunities, weapons, barriers, escape routes and targets
– Be prepared with training and a plan but Be flexible

Communicate with Confidence and Commit
– Clearly say and demonstrate directly what you mean and mean what you say
– Change the Context of any situation you feel might lead to a violent encounter
– Commit to your plan and execute with intensity

Distance
Whenever you increase distance, you increase time and options and usually deny the targets

Eyes on targets and Escape options
Eyes, neck, groin, knees, Everything’s a weapon, Escape

Recommended reading: “The Gift of Fear” by Gavin de Becker

Personal Security and Self-Defense Training Courses

Escape to Gain Safety: Jeet Kune Do based self defense for women http://www.fighting.net/johnn
P.E.A.C.E.: A 5 Step Program of Self Defense
ABCs of Self Defense: Self Defense Basics for Everyone
The 5 Fingers of Self Defense: Self Defense Concepts
Street-Wise Street-Smarts: Street savvy self defense lecture
http://USA-MartialArts.com
Hit Like a Girl: Bodyguard Tactics for Women in a fun entertaining format http://www.facebook.com/pages/Hit-Like-a-Girl/339618134337?ref=ts

Children’s Personal Safety Self Defense Courses
Kid-Wise Street Smarts
Bully to Buddy Friendship Beats Bullying
Bully Proof Vest- 5 Steps to Handle Bullying Effectively
Escape School for Kids- Stranger Safety Skills
http://USA-MartialArts.com

Rapid Learn Immersion Reality Based Self Defense Training
Paul Vunak’s RAT: The rapid learn hand to hand combat course taught to Navy SEALS
John Nottingham’s VIPER Personal Protection: A customized street combat course specializing in scenario based training and adrenal stress conditioning, survival stress inoculation with context driven solutions.
http://JohnNottingham.com
Each program can be taught as a lecture or hands on clinic and tailored to the individual or organization.

USA Martial Arts Phoenix

4731 E. Greenway Rd. Suite 9
Phoenix, Arizona 85032
602-896-8721
http://USA-MartialArts.com

Nottingham Sword&Shield; SecurityNTS TACTICAL TRAINING Phoenix Campus
4731 E. Greenway Rd. Suite 10
Phoenix, Arizona 85032

* Credit for the original ABC’s of Conflict Avoidance to Kiyoshi Dave Kovar http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gpcB_2_kMKs

Love Handles…Meet Kickboxing

November 8, 2011

Love handles...meet Kickboxing!


America’s hottest workout has hit Phoenix and weight loss fitness enthusiasts are fighting the fat.

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USA Martial Arts Phoenix Kickboxing program specializes in teaching beginners with no previous experience how to take charge of their fitness by learning authentic Kickboxing. This step-by-step program will have even the most out of shape individual kicking and punching away stress and having a blast.

Sweat away the fat while wearing authentic kickboxing gloves, slamming the heavy bag and being surrounded by positive people.
Our instructors will encourage you to reach your new body goals in a safe, supportive atmosphere.

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You’ll learn how to Kickbox in the safest manner possible while being treated with respect. Once you admit that there is not magic pill or quick fix, come see us at USA Martial Arts Phoenix Kickboxing. It is challenging but highly rewarding because you feel and experience powerful Kickboxing results.

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Military Hand-to-hand combat system for Special Forces comes to Phoenix in Self Defense Training Course

June 7, 2011

For Immediate Release
Contact: Cathy at 602-896-8721
Practical self-defense Phoenix Arizona

Military Hand-to-hand combat system for Special Forces comes to Phoenix

NTS VIPER Tactical Instructor Anthony Miles Shows an Explosive Move from VIPER Street Combat Self Defense under the watchful eye of founder John Nottingham

John Nottingham launched his Arizona school USA Martial Arts & Kickboxing in 1992 and recently opened a new training center in Phoenix to accommodate his Bodyguard Security & Training Company [Executive/Close Protection]. In addition to teaching kids good values through martial arts, Nottingham teaches military, law enforcement and the discerning civilian.

“There are no rules on the street when it comes to your survival or that of a loved one.”, says Nottingham.

Their methods are considered unorthodox to the mainstream self-defense or martial arts way of teaching. Nottingham’s approach is to break structure, conventional thinking and teach clients to think and operate outside the box. The majority of martial arts and self-defense systems pre-scribe rules and strict conformity, sportive emphasis or complex motor movements. Although well-intentioned, many tactical self-defense, fighting and hand-to-hand-combat instructors are retrofitting sportive and cultural tradition lifestyle martial arts to fit what they believe is effective self-defense.
Nottingham’s self-defense method, called VIPER, is designed to break things down into effective, simple self-defense steps and principles that can easily be adapted to a wide variety of individuals in varying dangerous situations.

Last Resort Handgun Disarm Defense

Military Origins
Nottingham and his team come from a unique backgrounds in the military, having served in Special Forces, Airborne units, law enforcement and a decades in the martial arts. In the early 90’s, Nottingham was asked by his Army company Commander to develop an updated, simple and effective hand-to-hand combat course as part of an experimental program. His research continues to this day as he stays on the cutting edge of combatives and defensive tactics. His client list includes those who serve in combat, on the street as law enforcement and bodyguards to protect VIPs.

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Bodyguard Tactics for Strategic Self-Defense

“The best way to explain VIPER (his version of reality based self-defense) is the skills you would use to survive the most terrifying criminal assault situations you or your family can imagine. We cover the entire gamet from early detection for avoidance to the harsh reality of physical intervention such as gouging out an attackers eye as a last resort. We teach our clients how to manage situations most people don’t believe are possible to survive.”, said Nottingham

“When your families lives are in danger or your life is on the line, you can’t be thinking about rules or worrying about the wrong things. Part of the initial education is deprogramming the incorrect conditioning and beliefs people have about self-defense so that they can adopt an accurate and winning mindset. Self-Defense is a leadership role so our clients learn to be assertive when they have to.”

VIPER Self Defense is built on natural reflexes, physics, bio-mechanics and the physiological response to intense stress.

“Clients have refered to VIPER as an American Krav Maga type training due to it’s reliance on combative principles, simple and effective self defense. However, VIPER Evolution I does not emphasize the physical as much at this level as Krav Maga does. Instead we teach smart strategies to avoid, detect, diffuse, avoid and thwart situations before the begin. We find this is a faster method to efficacy. Krav Maga was designed for young, fit, military personnel so it is very intense and high risk training. I love the Krav Maga system and practice it, however it is predicated on high mobility, explosive movement and a degree of athleticism most people don’t have or maintain. We take pride in VIPER being much safer than Krav Maga and can reach a wider array of clients because VIPER isn’t designed just for young, resiliant, military soldiers.”


HOW IS VIPER SELF DEFENSE UNIQUE?

Take for example a criminal threatening your family with a gun. The natural instinct for an untrained person is to fixate on the weapon. VIPER teaches clients how to control that intense stress and mental function through proprietary conditioning training, the same used for training elite Special Forces operators for combat. The body’s stress reaction becomes a conditioned trigger to look for exits, cover, and opportunities an untrained individual, gripped by panic, would not see.

Background of VIPER Close Quarters Combat CQC
VIPER was developed by John Nottingham while serving in a reserve detachment of a Special Forces Unit. He was selected by his company commander due to his unique background in combative martial arts in order to develop a scientific, highly effective method of practical self-defense for Special Operations. It had to be able to beat other elite forces hand-to-hand and weapon close combat training.

What Makes VIPER Different
The key difference in VIPER is in it’s testing. It only takes techniques, tactics and strategies that can be quickly and effectively implemented by a user then tested under stress. To date, Nottingham and his team have run thousands of scenarios and gleaned invaluable feedback from the tactics used in the field and street.

During the 25 years he’s served teaching Martial Arts, Law Enforcement, Military, Nottingham updated and refined his method of practical self-defense, and after scientific study and observation, adjusted his system to teach it to the civilian men, women and children.

Nottingham’s training materials, research and unique approach has inspired numerous other instructors. His training videos and programs have been adopted by military, law enforcement, martial artists, bouncers, agents and bodyguards all over the world.

“It’s gratifying to get feedback from Police Officers or Military that our programs saved their lives in the field. That’s what this training is designed to do – protect and give the good guys the edge.”, said Nottingham

Realistic Self Defense Training. Will What I Know Really Work?

“At some point everyone will face a moment when they have to ask themselves if what they know about self-defense and safety will truly and honestly work when they need it most. It might be to protect their loved ones or at a time when they are out of shape, injured or in a unique environment. VIPER will give them newfound confidence.”

Nottingham is quick to point out that martial arts is great and has numerous benefits but it is not to be mistaken with specialized self-defense and personal protection training. I encourage good martial arts training but it needs to be properly placed in context. Martial Artists are by far our fastest adapting clients, once they grasp the fundamental shift in mindset. However, what we do in VIPER doesn’t look anything like a typical martial arts class.

Nottingham and his team will be hosting a special VIPER SELF DEFENSE training course in May. It is a three day VIPER intensive immersion course combining classroom, slow motion drills and scenario training with a fully padded mock assailant.

V.I.P.E.R. Personal Protection Bodyguard Tactics for Self Defense Security
Students will learn to deal with the most common street attacks and self-defense situations including punches, chokes, grabs, and attacks from various positions such as from behind and on the ground.

The class even sets up different environments to have the students apply the VIPER thinking and action steps to resolve or escape the situations. Students get to learn how to deal with the stress and anxiety of a real attack in crunch time and how to manage the adrenaline dump, rapid heart rate and how to focus on what matters most for survival.

Instructors encourage students and create a learning atmosphere of comfort and relaxed professionalism where cheering is as prevalent as learning. Nottingham explains, “We know it is a stressful subject so our goal is to make it as enjoyable experience as possible. Our clients often comment on how much fun they had while learning and want to come back. Our repeat business is amazing. We guarantee you come out transformed and thrilled with your experience or we refund your money in full.”

In class, students learn the techniques of:
o Punching
o Kicking
o Elbows
o Knees
o Headbutts
o Biting
o Eye gouging
o [and some things Nottingham says only go to clients and too graphic for public articles]

Clients learn to develop power in their attacks and the vulnerable places on the human anatomy to attack for the best results. VIPER Self Defense emphasizes targeting and strategy over perfecting techniques, teaching students to keep it simple and direct.

Brutal Reality Check
Clients are shown videos of actual crime footage, assaults and then discuss applying VIPER tactics and tools to learn from the situation and prevail. Although graphic, Nottingham emphasizes that we have to understand violence in order to thwart it.

Our of Shape? Even More Reason To Take VIPER
Nottingham says that he can teach any willing student despite age, physical make-up or limitation. “Everyone can improve his or her personal protection with this course. It’s not about beating the other guy into submission. Most of it is brains over brawn. We focus on what a client CAN do, not what they can’t. People are often amazed to find out that we are hard wired for self-defense. We just need a few tools to best bring it out.”

USA Martial Arts Phoenix and Nottingham Sword & Shield Security – Scottsdale Bodyguard Academy -are located at 5930 W. Greenway Rd Suite 9 & 10, Phoenix, Arizona 85032. To sign up for this self-defense or another martial arts, kickboxing or personal training program, call 602-896-8721 Facebook: VIPER Personal Protection

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About John Nottingham
Owner Nottingham Sword & Shield Security
Founder USA Martial Arts Phoenix
John Nottingham is a 7th Degree multiple Black Belt holder, veteran who served in an Airborne Special Forces reserve unit, has been trained and holds certifications from Paul Vunak, Tony Blauer, Krav Maga, Gavin de Becker and Associates, Bodyguard Training International USA Bodyguards, ASIS, Robert Oatman, and many more.

VIPER STREET COMBAT & VIPER Personal Protection

June 7, 2011


VIPER STREET COMBAT DVD Video
VIPER PERSONAL PROTECTION Live Training for Reality Based Self Defense and Personal Protection Security. Bodyguard Tactics for Protecting Yourself and The Ones You Love.

Personalized Security Scenario Based Stress Inoculation Immersion Training

Violence
Stopping, or intercepting violence at its source through recognition, assessment and neutralization. VIPER is a course about winning, surmounting incredible odds, and quickly anticipating, eliminating or managing a threat in a variety of situations based on context.

Interdiction
VIPER strategy disrupts the threat and aims to keep you from harm. VIPER students learn to change the format, tempo, and style of conflict with clever and deceptive strategies that catch their opponents off guard. This enables VIPER trained individuals to stay one step ahead. VIPER teaches to attack threat and seize the initiative to dictate the outcome. It deals with neutralizing violence by any means necessary and only one of those modalities may be the use of physical force.

Personal
VIPER is made so that anyone can use his or her individual abilities and situation to adapt and win. Additionally it is designed for those who are out of shape and my have other limitations. You will develop your own safety plan and arsenal of skills centered on your individual needs and experiences.

Evolutionary
VIPER teaches concepts so that student’s techniques improve over time and evolve into the response that works best for them. Additionally the concepts are like planted seeds that grow in time in students. The strategy used by VIPER evolves and adapts to fit virtually every situation that could arise.

Responses
VIPER students learn how to solve problems proactively and/or counter offensively, not simply react to them. It is a response to potential violence and the threat of being a potential target. VIPER graduates seize control and take the conflict to their arena where they can dominate and win. VIPER is designed for and used when responding to hostile situations and a high level threat.

Nottingham Training Systems
VIPER STREET SELF DEFENSE for PERSONAL SECURITY

Bringing you to a higher level of personal safety through effective self-defense training in a very short period of time.

Course registration
Telephone 602-896-8721
info@usa-martialarts.com
VIPER STREET COMBAT
VIPER PERSONAL PROTECTION [Self Defense Personal Protection Security]
http://JohnNottingham.com

How To Block a Punch

June 1, 2011


It was suggested by WordPress that I write a blog article on the topic of how to block a punch. My first response is to learn at a proper school or from a qualified instructor. This is one of those areas that shouldn’t be learned on the internet. However, for purposes of discussion and supplemental training, I decided to take this on as if I were being asked by an adult student. Note: Nothing will replace proper instruction from an expert instructor or qualified coach, hard work and a humble learning attitude. Hopefully this might get you thinking about ways to avoid the dreaded faceblock.

“Before I learned martial arts, a punch was just a punch and a kick was just a kick. When I studied martial arts, a punch was no longer just a punch and a kick was no longer just a kick. Now I understand martial arts, and a punch is just a punch and a kick is just a kick.” – Bruce Lee, founder Jun Fan Jeet Kune Do

Is a Punch Just a Punch? Some Ground Rules
First I need to find out why you want to know how to block a punch. A punch can mean many things and as a professional consultant on safety and personal protection, I am reluctant to offer a recommendation without a proper diagnosis. Is it for Military, Law enforcement, Security, a family man, business traveler, domestic abuse situation, co-worker problem, out of hand associate? What is the context? Without that information it is difficult to answer such a broad question. My professional advice will depend on several variables including determining the defenders (intended target) capabilities or previous training.

Are you a senior citizen with limited mobility? Are you a former wrestler? Do you have martial arts training? How much time do you have to invest into learning this? What punch are you avoiding… the local pub jerk? A trained boxer? MMA match? Those answers would guide the advice and tactics. However, I will give it my best shot for informational and discussion purposes. I’ll presume an average person of average intelligence and ability for the sake of this article.

Second, to prevent giving overly specific advice I will stick to concepts and principles as the core of the discussion. I’ll start in more general terms about how to block a punch or how to handle someone trying to punch you, then move into some physical options.

Philosophical: How To Block a Punch
I teach a system rooted in preventing, detecting, de-escalating, deterring and defending situations. I firmly believe in the ancient battle field strategy of Chinese philosopher and strategic genius Sun Tzu,

“The battle avoided cannot be lost.”

My first recommendation would be to follow the USA Martial Arts rules of engagement for self-defense:
A. Remove the opponents will to punch (Motive/Intent)
B. Remove the opponents opportunity to punch (Opportunity/Availability)
C. Diminish the opponents ability to punch

Ninja Magic: How To Block a Punch
This may come in the form of a distraction, “Tell it to the Police Officer standing behind you.” Then you disappear. Or maybe you could use something like, “I’ll meet you at 4pm in the alley.” When he looks or shows, simply don’t attend. Ninja magic. (Keep in mind you didn’t resolve the problem, you just may have delayed it.)

Wise Martial Arts Master, “Why do we learn to punch?”
Martial Arts student, “So that I can defend it.”

Training Good Guys Not Bad Guys
I realize that it’s unsatisfying to read “avoid the situation” but that is precisely my recommendation. I study and teach my martial arts and self-defense students that our training is so that we may “walk in peace”. Our fight is for inner peace and to better understand ourselves. If we begin with the end in mind then we must presume that you do not wish to engage in a fight, rather to end this situation peacefully.

Verbal Judo: How To Block a Punch. Winning The War often starts with Words
One of my favorite training videos to use when teaching law enforcement and private security is a bouncer in Europe who is a KICKBOXING champion. He is dealing with an upset guest trying to bully his way into a club. The bouncer calmly engages him and assertively but kindly answers his questions in unexpected, non-confrontational ways. With outstanding VERBAL JUDO skills he bouncer separates him from his friends, asking him to “talk to him like a man”. The bouncer then appeals to the loud mouths selfish interests informing him that he will tell the loud mouths brother and diffuses the situation in short order. A clever use of redirection and appealing to selfish interests to resolve the issue. Brilliant psychology and conflict avoidance chess.

Win a Battle Lose a War
You may successfully defend against this punch but do not presume the attacker will not go get a tire iron, wrench, pool cue, broken bottle or gun and come back for retribution with his buddies. It’s best to preserve another humans dignity and de-escalate situations intelligently, taking the high road.

Strategic: How To Block a Punch?
Most punches are the result of social verbal contracts breaking down or an individuals inability to express their inner feelings or desires adequately enough to get what they want. The pre-contact stage usually starts with verbal communication and non-verbal communication (body language). These pre-contact cues are critical skills to have if you want to prevent and avoid conflict.

1. The “up down” look – a quick assessment to size up another. Testing the target. [Assessing likelihood of success and or getting hurt or getting away with it.] Assessing.
2. Puffing up or peacocking, an attempt to draw attention and appear to be bigger or more of a threat. Displaying.
3. Antagonistic communication marked by short syllable words, gestures, sudden change in volume. Testing.
4. Owning space and scanning (predatory postures and sometimes pacing or pecking-sudden jerky movements)
5. Tension in jaw, neck and shoulders (you can often see the shoulders visibly rise)
6. Eyes do not blink, widen or tense
7. Respiration increases or suddenly changes
8. Wind up
9. Clenching a fist
10. Shoulder dip, moving into range

When the verbal skills break down or don’t work, some individuals will continue to communicate through physical action . This can be in the form of shoving, slapping, punching, chest bumping and so on. This is still communication – just anti-social physical communication.

Knowing this “language of escalation” and pre-contact or “pre-assault cues” are powerful tool we teach to law enforcement, bodyguards, military, and especially bouncers, coolers and doormen who do security at rougher nightclubs requiring such security. If you see it as communication, you are more likely to be able to avoid being emotionally compromised and can view the situation more objectively. Furthermore you can pre-empt, prepare and stack the odds in your favor by getting the jump on the often oblivious aggressor.

Tactical: How To Block a Punch

___ Can you create a diversion and escape via the nearest exit?
___ Can you call in security for an intervention?
___ Can you offer to buy them a drink, snack or make a gesture of peace?
___ Can you find humor in the situation and/or de-escalate it with verbal means?
___ Can you recruit friends and bystanders to help you?
___ Can you use physical barriers around you to avoid contact (tables, pillars, chairs, people etc.)
___ Can you feign illness or use an unexpected tactic to disrupt the aggressors pattern?

Physical: How to Block a Punch
A common saying in my school is,

The Best Block is to Not Be There!

Physical defense is like the rest of personal security and self-defense and should be built in layers.

___ Can you simply walk out?
___ Can you run away?
___ Can you side step or evade in such a way that compromises the aggressors position?
___ Can you use the physical geometry of the room as a weapon of opportunity? For example: Throw something, cover their eyes with a towel, throw a drink in their face, intercept the punch with a hard object?

Disrupt The Attack: How To Block a Punch
Depending on the appropriate use of force you could flinch into a defensive position holding a pen, fork or seemingly innocuous object and let him ram his fist into it. I teach my students to use elbows and knees this way to intercept and destruct/damage the attackers punching limb. (If you’ve ever cracked your fist on a hard elbow point full speed you’ll get why this one works really quick.)

Proper Use of Force: How To Block a Punch
Of course I am duty bound to advise using only the minimal amount of legal force necessary for you to escape the danger and get to safety. It is a judgement call you for which you will be ultimately responsible. This advice is generic and designed for entertainment and discussion only.

Another physical option for dealing with a punch is simply changing range. Move out and in like a boxer. Imagine your torso is a spring to allow head movement. (Be careful not to swing your head into a hard object of course.)

“Float like a butterfly and sting like a bee.” -Ali

You might also consider changing level; that is, ducking, bobbing, weaving, slipping and of course, covering. Good level changes come from bending your legs, not usually bowing unless highly skilled.

Improve Your Position: How to Block a Punch
Another option might be that if you do not detect the punch early enough that you try to roll with it and transition into a better position to prevent subsequent damage. Try to get to a position of advantage and protect your vital areas.

Flinch Cover: How To Block or Avoid a Punch
Your body is hard wired to flinch away from an attack such as a punch. Once perceived, the hands will extend up to shield the head with palms facing out. A good trainer will help you use this as your starting point that transitions into your next move.

Put your hands up and assume a strong stance. Hands up means shielding your face and chin. You’ll need to be able to run interference like a fence or barrier.

A strong stance means knees bent over toes (off heels), feet apart like standing on the corners of a box, comfortably about shoulder width and a half or so apart (width and length). Like a good boxing or MMA stance you may have seen.

RAM HORN/RHINO HORN Shield: How to Block a Punch
One of my preferred ways of covering the knockout zone on the human head is using a double rams horn cage block. The best way I can describe it is raise the elbows up and in at the level of the face, tuck the chin in, shrug your shoulders to protect the neck (carotid, trachea, mandible area), now place your palms over the tops of your ears and squeeze the elbows together in the front like you have RAM HORNS that form into a RHINO SPIKE on the front. You should still be able to see with movement. They key to this techniques effectiveness is not just the structure of the shield movement, but the change in level (height) and range (usually moving inside).

Stopping a Punch and Preventing Others
Remember that you are usually not out of danger just because you slipped or avoided the first attempted punch. You may have even eaten it. If you’re still conscious, you might be able to clinch by driving forward and using a hold. The key here is to pin down the arms, usually at or above the elbows and use driving, pulling pressure to upset the attackers balance.

Dirty Trick: How to Block a Punch
An old school trick to block a punch is to headbutt it. Presuming we’re talking about a head hunter punch, you may be able to drive the hard part of the skull (the apex point used in soccer) to strike the metacarpals of the hand. The ensuing collision can do serious damage to an attackers hand. Keep in mind that it doesn’t necessarily guarantee they will stop attacking you or that you are out of harms way.

Pre-emptive Maneuver: How to Block a Punch
Another way to stop a punch would be a pre-emptive maneuver such as a double palm knocking them back. A push kick or front stomping style kick can work due to the longer range of the leg. You could also simply shove his face back. Whichever way, remember that if you are close enough to make contact with them, he is close enough to make contact with you. Make sure you are prepared with defense at all times while targeting the key parts of his anatomy to disrupt and thwart the attack.

Force Multiply: How to Block a Punch
All of these ideas are really irrelevant without understanding the context of the situation. The situation will always dictate the appropriate response and physical intervention is always a last resort. In my experience the person with the most friends, compassion and good manners usually has the advantage. Be nice until its time to not be nice. Everyone has a fundamental God-given human right to defend themselves. Training gives options. The old adage is true,

Better to know it and not need it than need it and not know it.

About John Nottingham
John Nottingham is a 6th Degree multiple Black Belt holder and founder of the USA Martial Arts chain in Arizona USA. He owns Nottingham Sword & Shield Security, a Bodyguard, Law Enforcement and Military Training Company specializing in protective security.

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