Hand-to-Hand Training?

How many of you wake up and wonder where you got that new bruise on your shin? That used to be a frequent occurrence when I was training in tae kwon do 3-5 days a week. I could touch the bruise and remember the blow that caused it.

I haven’t done TKD in a while and I miss it. I really need to get back into it - and everyone around me reminds me how much I loved it when I was training.

How often do you train for hand-to-hand, without a weapon defense?


Hi Dawn,

I enjoyed the article, however, pain isn’t necessarily a reminded or instant feedback of how serious a deadly force encounter is.

I would like to share a video of some training I received five years ago and continue to receive from my friend and combative mentor Hank Hayes. I don’t like showing my face on social media (putting a name to the face), but I feel I’m in good company here a USCCA.

The training video will speak to how important instant feedback is, and because of that week I’m a more decisive, and precise defender of my person.

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I completely understand about not wanting your face out there. Until my kids were older, I didn’t want my face out there either. Now that all of my kids are “adults” I have less issue with it.

And if someone stalks me online, they know I’m prepared to defend myself and not an easy target which is a deterrent in and of itself.

@Dawn I am the first to say that I need to start working more and more on hand to hand so I can start remembering my bruises and broken bones… maybe we will just stick to bruises. Honestly I have no excuse. There is a facility here in Winter Garden, FL that we have partnered with that I am in almost every day talking with people about the USCCA, what we do, and getting people protected, yet, I never seem to kick off my shoes and join in the classes which I NEED to do. We focus a lot on training with our firearms but what happens when that system goes down, you run out of ammo, you cant deploy it or simply put you do not have it on you. Hand to hand is a very very real possibility. Not to toot my own horn and make myself look like an idiot at the same time, the facility I am at on pretty much a daily basis is ran by Royce Gracie’s first black belt. Yes, Royce Gracie UFC fighter and UFC Hall Of Fame member Royce Gracie. Royce even comes in a few times each year to do classes and I STILL have not started training. Their programs are killer and the head instructor is EPIC!!! And the fact that I have not started training with him yet makes me look now like an idiot. None the less, I challenge all of you to take a look at someone local, someone who knows what they are doing and take some classes and I now commit to the community that I will( so everyone keep me in check) so we can all come back and share our black and blue bump pictures.
Regardless of anything, training is key. Best way to win a fight, and specifically to win a gun fight is to not be in one, but when you are…what will you do? How will you react? and obviously that big question I ask people every single day… WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?

Do I need to sick @Thomas6 on you and make him your accountabili-buddy for this, @Jack? I saw him walk by this morning. I’m sure I can track him down. :rofl:

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I’ve been studying Krav Maga at home. Granted, it isn’t as effective as studying at a training school, but no one around me wants to accept a part-time student on weekends only, so it’s my only option.


@Michael Thats bad ass bro!! If you are wanting to study under the same people I work with, they are launching an online platform. Messages me and I will get you the info!

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Yes, it’s a good to train hand to hand. You don’t want to be one dimensional, learn how to fight (street fight); especially, if you have to fight to keep your gun. I think a good Art to start with is Tai Boxing, you start off learning punching combinations with low level kicking (waist down), knee’s, elbows and defensive techniques.

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