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8 Hour Block

The ShivWorks Practical Unarmed Combat module is a foundational block of instruction that introduces students to the parameters and context of criminal assaults. This block can be customized from a four-hour format to a 16-hour format. Students first learn how criminals actually assault citizens in the real world. They are then introduced to strategies and tactics for challenging and preempting the potential assailant. The course then shifts to simple physical skills for countering a spontaneous assault, regaining initiative, and escaping. Instruction may also include ground work and empty-hand applications against firearms and edged weapons, depending on seminar length.


  • The Criminal Assault Paradigm

  • Managing Unknown Contacts

  • Basic empty-hand blows

  • Verbalization

  • Grounded basics

  • Empty-hand applications against firearms

  • Practical applications


Please bring the following items with you to class:

  • Comfortable clothes

  • Patience

  • Open-mindedness

  • Positive attitude

  • (No weapons are used in this class)

** Disclaimer: Many of the topics will only be touched on briefly and some may not be covered, based upon the pace of the class and the allotted time. This is meant to provide you with an insight into the instructor's teachings, however, given the limited time of only 8 hours, it will not be as thorough as a normal class would be**

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