8 Hour Block

The ShivWorks Extreme Close Quarter Concepts (ECQC) course is a block of instruction that offers a multi-disciplinary approach to building functional, combative handgun skills at zero to five feet. The course is designed to instill core concepts of seamless integration and provide the platform for aggressive problem solving during a life or death struggle at arm’s length or closer. We emphasize the common body mechanics that apply across different skill sets. That way, all combative software is reinforcing. Once students’ skill sets are ingrained, they will be stress inoculated with force-on-force drills using marking cartridges and protective equipment.


  • Criminal Assault Paradigm

  • Unequal Initiative Events

  • Managing Unknown Contacts

  • Practical Unarmed Combat or In-Extremis Knife modules

  • Introduction to the components of the Combative Drawstroke

  • Building the #2 position in live-fire

  • Firing throughout the horizontal line of presentation

  • Off-hand fending positions

  • Default position

  • Basic empty hand blows

  • Theory of in-fight weapon access

  • Grounded basics


  • Reliable handgun

  • Minimum two (2) magazines

  • Quality holster and magazine pouches

  • 200 rounds of ammunition

  • Heavy sweatshirt or soft body armor

  • Mouthpiece and cup

  • Seasonal weather gear

  • Ballistic Eye protection

  • Ear protection

  • Weapon lubrication and cleaning supplies

  • Positive attitude

  • Open mind