Red Zone Empty Hand Knife Defense Program
Our approach to edged weapons defense focuses much more on depth of knowledge than accumulation of techniques. All of the techniques employed are gross motor which helps to make them more easily accessible in the heat of a confrontation. If we try to rely too heavily on fine or complex motor skills we will be in trouble when things go bad.??The goal in any weapons defense program that has any connection to reality is to exit the situation as soon as possible. In many cases, those who claim to teach edged weapon defense pay lip service to avoidance and escape and then spend an inordinate amount of time showing intricate (and highly inappropriate) disarms and counters.
In the Red Zone program escape is not an afterthought, it is the entire focus. This means that all of our techniques and training methods revolve around creating a window of escape at the earliest opportunity.??Having said that, there are definite hands on skills that can greatly reduce the amount of damage we suffer should we have to go hands on. The main objective in our method (when escape is not an immediate possibility) is to gain control of the weapon bearing limb. This is achieved a few different ways depending on the type of attack. Once we have a hold of the weapon bearing limb we have to establish a dominant control position from which we can counter attack. To this end we utilize a few different positions such as the baseball bat, and the modified 2-on-1 .
These positions can be transitioned through to deal with the rapidly evolving situation much in the same way Brazilian Jiu Jitsu utilizes positional control in order to strike and submit. Once a control position has be achieved, we can work to attack the attacker and end the confrontation.?? Beyond the physical aspects of the program, we also work to dispel common myths regarding knife defense (we will get to some of these later).
Also covered is force on force training and dealing with various types of static attacks (knife at throat etc.)??The 2 DVD’s which cover the Red Zone program have sold all over the world. The RZ program is currently being taught in law enforcement and military groups throughout the world. The feedback has been tremendous. We will continue to post updates to the program as well as training insights here which can help to supplement the material taught on the DVD series.
Ronald D. Spear Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department