The Jim Wagner Reality-Based Personal Protection is the system that everyone, from beginners to the world’s elite police and military units, turn to for realistic and effective self-defense techniques and training methods; from surviving a brutal criminal knife attack to knowing what to do in a terrorist attack, and everything in between: kidnapping prevention, chemical weapons, gang attacks, sexual assault defense, countersniper tactics, ground fighting, and so much more. We make beginners into fighting experts, and make experts even better. We even fill in the missing gaps of martial arts instructors that come to us from every system on the planet.
RBPP is the only complete civilian self-defense system in the world. By "complete" we mean that we not only teach people how to survive all likely violent situations they may encounter, both low intensity and high intensity conflict, but we also teach pre-conflict (things you need to know before an attack), and post-conflict (things you need to know after an attack). We cover it all: legal issues, courtroom survival, counter-surveillance techniques, situational awareness… things not covered in 99% of the self-defense schools out there. Just take a look at all of the courses we offer, and you’ll see for yourself why we’re the leaders when it comes to realistic self-defense training for a violent world.
Why study from Jim Wagner and his instructors?
If you wanted to learn how to sky dive, jumping out of a plane with a parachute, or how to SCUBA dive under the water for the first time, would you want to learn from an instructor who has never jumped out of an airplane before or someone who only got their SCUBA experience from in a swimming pool? Of course not, and yet most people wanting to learn self-defense go to an instructor who has never been in an actual life-and-death fight before. They merely pass down techniques they learned from their "master." Even if the instructor has been in the proverbial "bar fight," which is basically an "ego fight" fight, the question must be asked, "Have they been shot at, attacked with a knife, or looked into the eyes of a criminal or terrorist?" Jim Wagner has, and his unique background qualified him to develop the RBPP system.
As a former soldier, corrections officer, police officer, S.W.A.T. officer, bodyguard, U.S. federal agent counterterrorist, military police soldier Reservist, security forces soldier, and Team Leader of a military Special Response Team with the sole mission of counterattacking an Active Shooter or terrorist attack, Jim Wagner’s popularity within the civilian self-defense community began with his monthly column HIGH RISK back in 1999 with the world’s oldest and most popular martial arts publication Black Belt magazine; lasting 11 years. Around the same time, on the other side of the ocean, Jim Wagner began writing for Budo International, and he continues to do so to this day. Budo is Europe’s largest martial arts magazine appearing monthly in several languages: French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, English, Czech, and Jim’s articles have even been published recently in Chinese.
Through these two major self-defense magazines, and others around the world, Jim Wagner first coined the phrase "reality-based," as it relates to the martial arts. This started the reality-based movement, which is a movement that motivated other instructors to go public with their realistic approaches to self-defense, such as with Avi Nardia who introduced the world to KAPAP and Moni Aizik with his Commando Krav Maga. Jim Wagner was also the first to categorize the other two branches of the martial arts: traditional-based (which is Karate, Kung-Fu, Tae Kwon Do, Wing Chun, Filipino Kali, et cetera), and sport-based (Judo, wrestling, boxing, Thai kickboxing, and MMA – Mixed Martial Arts, and others). The other two branches have some techniques that can be used in certain self-defense situations, but they are not complete self-defense systems designed to deal with a whole host of modern conflict: drive-by shootings, prison style attacks, armed robbery from out-of-reach distances, explosives, and much more.
Drawing even more people to the Reality-Based Personal Protection system is Jim Wagner’s top selling knife series that bears his own name and system – Jim Wagner Reality Based Blade. These quality knives are manufactured by world-famous knife manufacturer Boker based in the medieval sword and knife city of Solingen, Germany. Jim's knives can be found on today's elite warriors in today’s hot spots from Afghanistan to Iraq, to cops and security personnel from Amsterdam to Argentina.
His newest product to hit the market is the Jim Wagner Go Bag; the first tactical bag designed specifically for civilians.
Does this website bother you?
We actually have people interested in learning self-defense saying that this website is "too aggressive." They take one look at our photos and say that "we" are "too violent," which implies that the system is "too violent." Some have even suggested, "you’re teaching people how to fight with knives!" They are obviously referring to our popular Knife Survival course. So, their course of action is to learn self-defense from a "less aggressive system." Well, we apologize to anyone who is offended by this website. The ONLY purpose of the Reality-Based Personal Protection system is to teach law abiding citizens, and the world’s elite, how to survive hostile people, criminal attacks, and terrorism. We teach good people how to counter violence, not condone it. The real problem lies with those who wish to commit crimes, not with good people who do not want to have a victim mentality and be a "soft target:" someone who is accessible, predictable, and unaware. We instill into our students the "warrior spirit," how to protect themselves, situational awareness, and most important - how to BE A HARD TARGET: inaccessible, unpredictable, and aware.
The RBPP system is the first civilian system that taught legal issues when it comes to the use-of-force continuum. This is why Jim Wagner created the first civilian Use-of-Force Ladder that is used by many self-defense schools worldwide. Many governments around the world have looked into our system, and they have found that the teachings conforms to international law, European Union law, North and South American law, along with many others. Violence should always be the last resort. Even if attacked the goal is never to injure someone, but to “stop” them. The appropriate level of force must always be used.
CLICK HERE to view the February 2008 issue of Black Belt magazine where Jim Wagner appears on the cover and is the feature story.
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