CAN YOUR PLAN WITHSTAND GETTING PUNCHED IN THE FACE?: Hill Country Combatives In-Fight Weapon Access

Here we are. The week after the force-on-force seminar that I was getting all wrapped up over. As it turns out, I was getting myself amped up unnecessarily. I did alright.

The Hill Country Combatives seminar was focusing on In-Fight Weapon Access, so the exercises were all based around the entanglement. Since it was run more like a jiu jitsu seminar, there wasn’t a lot of opportunity for me to get my own film, on top of taking notes and running the drills.

Borrowing from the Short Barreled Shepherd 3×3 Format, here are my takeaways:

Top 3 Things Covered:

– Grappling Positions (Standing at Grounded)

– Takedowns

– “Earning the Draw” (Timing)

My Top 3 Takeaways:

– Standing takedowns

– Reinforcing proper timing so you don’t mess up your draw

– I am making progress.

Yes there’s still plenty of work to be done, but it’s nice to see that the work I’ve put in so far is actually paying off.

3 Things I’ll Do Differently:

No major epiphanies on this one, no revolutionary discoveries. That being said – Improve my jits (there were a couple of very useful tweaks, especially pertaining to passing guard)

– Continue improving my cardio

– Continue exploring blade options.

*All Photo Credit Thanks to Hill Country Combatives*

The Suited Shootist
Alex Sansone took his first formal pistol class in 2009, and has since accumulated almost 500 total hours of open enrollment training from many of the nation's top instructors including Massad Ayoob, Craig Douglas, Tom Givens, Gabe White, Cecil Burch, Chuck Haggard, Darryl Bolke, and many others. Spending his professional life in the corporate world, Alex quickly realized incongruities between "best practices" in the defensive world, and the practical realities of his professional and social limitations. "I've never carried a gun professionally. I'm just a yuppie suburbanite that happens to live an armed lifestyle. Having worked in the corporate arena for the last decade, I've discovered that a lot of the "requirements" and norms of gun carriers at large aren't necessarily compatible with that professional environment. I also have a pretty diverse social background, having grown up in the Northeast, and there are many people in my life that are either gun-agnostic or uncomfortable with the idea of private gun ownership. This has afforded me not only insights into how we are perceived by different subcultures, but how to manage and interact with people that may not share your point of view without coming across as combative or antisocial. This is why my focus is the overlooked social aspects of the armed lifestyle."