Combative Paradigm

Coaching – Understanding the fundamental differences between a ‘Coach’ and an ‘Instructor’.
Psychological Resiliency & Robustness Training (PRT) – Integrated training modalities to develop toughness. Bridging the gap between the skill and will to fight.
Combative Self-Defence – Striking, clinch and ground work with and without the presence of weapons. Implementing skills in preparation for real world dangers.
Blade Work – Developing fixed and folder proficiency, employment and defence.
Firearms Training – Dry and Live fire range training specific to the platforms of pistol, carbine rifle and shotgun firearms.
Physical Conditioning – Improving capabilities specifically designed for the tactical / combat athlete.
Nutritional Advice and Guidance – Refining a nutritional framework to utilize macro/micro nutrient ingestion made relevant and sustainable for the busy body.

All services can be tailored individually and for small groups not exceeding 8 participants.

Combative Self-Defence – General Public

Combative Seminars are delivered on the Mat and at the Range:

A no-nonsense, solution based approach to combat the emerging dangers of today.

        ON THE MAT:
Full spectrum combative self-defence to enhance environmental awareness and psychological/physical conditioning.

  • Blending multiple skills with a combative mindset.  Purposefully focused on decision making and critical thinking.
  • Mitigating the risk of injury through progressive and controlled training.
  • Striking, clinching and ground concepts with and without the presence of  weapons.
  • Edged weapons training.  How to use a blade and how to defend against an attacker yielding a blade.
  • Pistol disarms.
  • Blunt weapon use and defence.
  • Building strength and confidence while improving overall personal growth.
  • Medical training to address care under fire, emergency situations and actions-on; Major bleeds, Airway management and Shock.

    Firearms safety and range protocols.

  • Firearms handling, accuracy and speed (specific to a CQC environment with carbine rifles, pistols & shotguns).
  • Efficiency of movement.
  • Comprehensive effectiveness and environmental understanding.
  • Incorporating conditioning/physical exertion while employing various  firearms.
  • Range drills and proficiency development,  scaling between novice to advance applications.
  • Levels 1 through 5 certification program.
    Level 1 –  On the range: Pistol fundamentals, working from a holster, stance, grip, sights & body alignment, trigger manipulation, recoil management, self-diagnostics, master hand and support hand only shooting, malfunction drills and shooting on the move.  On the mat:  Striking and movement fundamentals.  Distance/Position/Movement drills.  Open palm strikes Vs. traditional striking arts.  Pistol disarms and defences.  Controlled sparring drills.
    Level 2 – On the range:  Pistol and Carbine fundamentals, transitioning between long gun and pistol.  Long gun management, barrel-sight relationship, body-firearm positioning.  Movement and shooting with the use of cover.  Positional shooting.   Off-hand shooting and malfunction drills.  On the mat:  Clinch work and close range attacks and defences.  Low-line strikes and high line strikes while being fouled.  Effective take-downs and take-down defences.  Ground to feet recovery considerations.  Edge weapons attacks and defences; Pre-deployment and deployment phases of a knife.  Dangers and considerations with regards to edged weapons.  Use and understanding of fixed and folding blades.
    Level 3 – On the range:  Pistol, Carbine rifle and Shot gun fundamentals/intermediate levels.  Shooting from un-orthodox positions and transitioning between the 3 firearms.  Stages designed to incorporate movement/conditioning/various firearms at various distances with various target difficulty.  Introduction to low-light shooting (use of white light – handheld & firearm mounted).  On the mat:  Ground-based focus demonstrating strengths and exposing vulnerabilities when an altercation goes to the ground.  Weapon possibilities (edged, ballistic and blunt objects).  Ground to feet paradigm motivation, retention of dominate positions, escape from less desirable positions.  Medical application to assist with life-threatening possibilities pertaining to; Major bleeds, Airway obstruction and Shock.
    Level 4 – On the range:  Pistol, Carbine rifle and shot gun advanced firearms practices.  Speed, accuracy and complexities of working in a small team construct.  Movement, communication, situational awareness integrated with the use of vehicles.  How to move in and around vehicles, ballistic effects and considerations while shooting through glass/wood/drywall.  On the mat:  Full spectrum combatives including;  Striking, Clinch and Ground, defences to a variety weapons, implementation of readily accessible force-multipliers, dynamic micro-fights designed to increase heart rate, challenge the decision-making process, introduce levels of discomfort,  solve problems while experiencing various levels of stress / duress (in a controlled environment).
    Level 5 – On the range: Pistol and Carbine focused.  Extreme close range application with the focus on break-contact drills.  Use of cover/concealment/open space considerations.  On the mat introduction of a full-spectrum experience;  Abduction avoidance, confined space considerations, break-contact, regain the initiative if caught off balance.  Deeper understanding what a force multiplier is and how to employ it.

    All levels are provided with a progressive and safe approach.  Firearms safety and injury prevention protocols are exercised.  Proficiency and overall effectiveness are our top priorities.   Accountability of actions will be addressed regularly.

    Group or individual training experiences are developed to connect with the general public.  Regardless of your age or athletic ability, Direct Acton will help you reach your goals.  Gain strength, develop skills and techniques for self-defence to improve overall personal growth.  Looking good with a toned physique is marly one of many positive by-product to training with Direct Action.

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For the Professionals

Combative / Defensive Tactics Training

  • Customized packages specifically designed for Military, Law Enforcement, Security Professionals and Other specialized Government Agencies.
  • Full Spectrum Combative Training developed to enhance operational effectiveness.
  • Combining skills utilized for operational realities.  Purposefully focused on Decision-Making Strategies, Hand-to-Hand Combat, Tactical Shooting and Close Quarters Battle (CQB).
  • Weapon retention drills, break contact drills.
  • Abduction avoidance strategies and techniques.
  • Low profile/concealed carry training.
  • Extreme close quarters training, confined space training.  To include blade attacks and defences.
  • Aggressive and effective while maintaining accountability of actions.  Managing stress, anxiety and emotional control through realistic scenario-based training.
  • Maintaining and preserving your agency’s credibility and positive public image, by minimizing negative media attention.
  • Improving overall personal safety.  Mitigating the risk of injury through progressive and controlled training.

Combative training and consulting specifically designed for:

  • Law Enforcement Agencies
  • Military Organizations
  • Other Government Agencies
  • Security Professionals

Train the trainer opportunities are available upon request.
All material taught will be fully endorsed by Direct Action and defendable in a court of law.

Women’s Only Seminars

Women’s self-defence seminars are particularly developed to meet existing challenges and needs of modern women.  Direct Action will deliver skills designed to empower women, to successfully avoid risks and defend themselves.

Women are often viewed as ‘soft targets’.  Due to this common view the aim of our delivery is to enhance an understanding of options related to becoming a ‘hard target’.  We will explore pro-active measures to make the bad guy reconsider his intentions.

Behavioural studies have indicated there are two types of aggressors in the world;
Social Aggressor: Those motivated to induce fear or uncertainty onto another person for instant/momentary gratification or for personal gain.  They are motivated by materialistic items (purse, cell phone, money, etc.) or temporary social enhancement through verbal assault, physical altercation or emotional belittling.

Predatory Aggressor: Those are the 3 – 5%, often male population, who will cause serious harm or worse.  Commonly accompanied by drug/alcohol abuse and/or mental illness, these aggressors have little fear of law enforcement, no self-respect or respect for others are are willing to take greater risks.  Their actions are evil and ill-intended,  motivated by physically abuse, sexual abuse, rape and emotional trauma.

Direct Action will create a safe learning environment for women to feel comfortable exploring new material.  With the absence of a testosterone-filled training space, the material becomes more proficient in execution.  Through repetition and consistency, the complexity and cognitive load factor will increase in order to expand the training realism.  All training will be conducted in a professional, safe and progressive manner.

No previous training is required.  Designed for females 10 years of age and up.

  • Situational awareness and the use of your environment to your advantage.
  • Understand the OODA loop (Observe the danger, Orient oneself – collect as much data as possible, Decide on the most appropriate course of action, Act on that decision).
  • Strategies to help manage a physiological response to psychological stimulus.
  • Use of voice, posture and body language to avoid a potential altercation.
  • Break contact when somebody invades your personal space.
  • Abduction avoidance skills and strategies.
  • Use of position, distance and movement in order to seek safety or to strike back.
  • Use of strikes and targeting specific areas of opportunity.
  • Intro to blade (attacks and defences).
  • Ground to feet recovery (options and outlets).

As a result, women will increase their confidence and ability to protect themselves and their children.