At the beginning of this month, March 5th, I did some taping for the new training DVD for the Reality-Based Impact Head. This product is a revolutionary striking device that will one day replace focus gloves.
Instructor Steve Vu and Tim Overby of 5 Elements Combat Arts in Costa Mesa, California assisted me in this project. They both help me demonstrate how to use the product and how to take care of it.
On March 25th the editing of the DVD began and it should be completed by the beginning of April. Eventually a free DVD will be included with each order.
The inventor, Ray Long, and I have been working together on marketing his product for the past couple of years now. The cooperation has worked well and now police and military units around the world are ordering it, and not just martial artists.
The Reality-Based Impact Head is available on my online store.
Force Multipliers Jim Wagner
As a self-defense instructor it is always rewarding to learn about individuals who I have certified as Reality-Based Personal Protection instructors teaching others what I have taught them. One of these individuals who is passing on life saving techniques and tactics is German instructor Andreas Hartmann. I am introducing you to him because the next article you read is written by him.
For those that become Reality-Based Personal Protection instructors doing what Andreas is doing is what it is all about. I love to see my instructors thriving and getting the recognition they deserve, and getting paid for their skills as well. For good instructors like Andreas, who was so attentive to detail when I instructed him in Solingen last year, I know he is passing on the information I gave him accurately and with enthusiasm. I can’t reach everybody in Germany, or the world for that matter, but those I have trained can, and they are my Force Multipliers (a military term which means a small group of instructors training indigenous instructors so they can create a large well-trained force). People like Andreas are the ones teaching people “real” self-defense. Terrorism Survival and Defensive Tactics, along with the other 8 core lessons, is what every civilian needs.
Andrea’s school, called DETAC (a police acronym for Defensive Tactics), is located in the city of Wilnsdorf and the official website is www.detac.de He also sent me links to his website that includes the photographs for the Terrorism Survival course he wrote about: http://www.detac.de/index.php?pageid=53
German professionals turning to Reality-Based Andres Hartmann
For several years now I’ve been teaching self-defense. It wasn’t long ago that I became acquainted with the Jim Wagner Reality-Based Personal Protection system and had the opportunity to train under Jim Wagner’s guidance in Solingen, Germany. As a German police officer I was convinced that this system was the most “reality-based” system out there, which is easy to learn and easy to teach.
Each week I teach thirty students. Starting this May I will expand my sphere of influence by teaching civilian seminars for civilian, and of course I will continue to teach seminars to the German police, Customs, correctional institutions, and various military units. Since teaching Reality-Based Personal Protection I’ve been teaching a “de-escalation” self-defense course for Emergency Medical Services (EMS) personnel, emergency room doctors, and even EMS helicopter crews. This includes the school for the Berlin Fire and Rescue Services. Violence has been growing considerably in Germany, and I am helping people prepare for this tragic reality. As such, weapons training is a very important component of what I teach. Although I am teaching custom courses I incorporate many of the things that Jim taught me in Defensive Tactics and Knife Survival.
It was ten years ago, February 2000, that I was sworn in by Lieutenant Patrick Lee as a Reserve Deputy Sheriff with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. A few months later I was awarded the rank of Sergeant and made a Team Leader for the Dignitary Protection Unit (DPU). My supervisor was Sergeant Tom Wallstrom, Reserve Coordinator, and then soon afterward it became Sergeant Willie Moreno. I resigned on February 4, 2002 and in March was with the United States Federal Air Marshal Service.
Although I was teaching bodyguard courses through my own company HSS International, Inc. at the time, I learned many valuable things from the DPU doing real-world missions. Many techniques from this past are now found in the Crime Survival and Terrorism Survival courses that are taught worldwide.
As a self-defense instructor it is important that my students and those I work with know my background and the history of the Jim Wagner Reality-Based Personal Protection system. Many self-defense instructors claiming to be "reality-based instructors" or "certified trainers of law enforcement and military" do not put up the department or unit names they served with, dates of service, certificates or historical photos. They keep things very vague for a reason. Not me, that's why each month we try to put up new photographs, certificates, and movies that give evidence to my background. Believe me, I get people all of the time saying, "One man could not possibly have had all of this training and experience." But, it didn't happen over night. It is over three decades of history. So far there are over fifty pages of text on my biography, hundreds of photos, and some movies; this is the area we are trying to build up. As anyone knows, websites are very time consuming, and a lot of work. There are still many more things to post, but the work is progressing. Below are just two more examples of two new movies. One is a few clips from when I was in the police academy with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, although I was with the Costa Mesa Police Department, in 1991 and counter-sniper training that I was in charge of with the United States Marines at Camp Pendleton a few years later. Many Marine units came to me and my training company for various tactical training.