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Modern Weapons & Close-Quarter Tactics

Throwing The Martial Arts Center of Austin is honored to be the ONLY school in Austin to offer Combative Science classes and training for Military, Law Enforcement and civilians. We teach all facets of hand-to-hand training including instruction in techniques of percussion (striking), projection (throwing), immobilization (joint-locking, grappling, disarming, strangulation) and armament. Our modern weapons training includes that of the 1 ft stick, 2 ft stick (baton), 3 ft stick (half staff and cane), the knife, rope and literally dozens of other improvises weapons. Our stick training teaches dozens of moves of concealment, trapping, disarming, arresting and assault defense. This class is excellent for cardiovascular fitness and reality-based self defense. Training in stick fighting can easily transfer over to many different types of field expedient weapons as well (hanger, walking stick, flashlight, etc.).Throwing

Long before humans went to grocery stores for their food, we hunted and fished for it. And what we did not kill, ensnare or catch, we did not eat. So its fair to say that ancient men were extremely accomplished hunters. If they were not, we would not have ancestors and modern man would not exist. Due to the fact that we no longer have to seek and track our food, most humans have suppressed their abilities to use such weapons as a knife or spear.

Many martial art schools teach techniques from a curriculum that is very outdated and would, in no way, properly address the types of situations that one would need to use such tools. Here in our training center, we use Combative Science to first educate our students the proper handling and care for the weapon. From there, we teach several techniques of knife offense. We then teach a range of weapon trapping, disarming and retention.

Too many individuals feel that knife work is too dangerous and should not be practiced at all. We strongly disagree. Even though we no longer scavenge to survive, we still should understand and respect the use of the most popular weapon in all of history. And it is from this respect that we know that knife and stick techniques can be used to do more than harm others. Great outdoorsman, remodelers, campers and others all use knives and other blunt tools/objects in their day-to-day duties as well.

Throwing Some schools teach empty hand techniques and then weapon techniques. And others do just the opposite. For us, we teach what students are ready to learn -- regardless of the order they learn it in. Either way is acceptable for us. One great benefit to learning knife, stick and other modern weapons is that they easily transpose into empty-hand techniques. From this interchanging between armed and unarmed movements, students can feel a consistent flow of both. In class, we may begin with a weapon or we may begin empty handed. And then, we go back and forth between disarms, counters, double counter disarms, locks, attacks, counter attacks and on and on so that everyone can understand and become comfortable with the fact that all altercations are a combination of being violent, chaotic and emotionally traumatic. When we learn to transcend these fears, we can exchange and untangle the web of CQT without any restrictions or obstructions. The knife, stick and modern weapon techniques then begin to paint a picture of endless possibilities.

Throwing Due to this class placing strong emphasis on military combative tactics and close-quarter tactics for law enforcement, we encourage prospective students to enter this program with an objective mindset. Our program will probably be like nothing you’ve ever seen or trained in before. Some of our tactical classes (currently being held on Wednesday evenings), will involve heavy weapon training commonly used in life or death situations. However, other times, we will be dealing with several unarmed movements whereby only one person has a weapon and the other is taught how to protect themself when they have lost or otherwise no longer possess a weapon. One major difference with our program versus other schools that do not have Combative Science is that fact that most schools do not utilize live training as part of their practice. We find it very strange that many people teaching “close-quarter tactics” have never actually gone live and tested their abilities. In our program, students will learn how to deal with the high stress levels commonly produced by life threatening encounters via actively engaging in knife and stick sparring. Furthermore, the very few schools that do teach cqt virtually NEVER teach what to do when you are on the ground and someone is on top of you with a knife. If your school doesn’t have the answer to this deadly situation, we strongly consider you going elsewhere. The last thought you ever want to have cross your mind is wishing you had learned the proper techniques.