Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Fighting Fighting

So, I spent the last three days getting my killing on.

Spartan Training Resources founders, John and Steve

This time it was at Spartan Training Resources' Tactical Pistol course. That is my brother, Steve, on the right. He and his buddy, John, started their own training company after running the firearms training for the  local police academy for the past several years.

This was their first class. They invited ten high-speed operators from around the county to attend their shake-down class and give them feedback before they open it up to paying customers.


Two-man tactics


wounded malfunction clearing

more team tactics

empty hand combatives

knife defense

the dishwasher working knees

Steve handing out some pain


I think they're going to do okay.


The three day class started with the basics- grip, stance, sight picture, trigger control, etc, and built on that foundation step by step, introducing movement, wounded drills, team tactics, combat mindset, close-contact shooting, all the skills necessary to prevail in a dynamic lethal-force engagement with a pistol.

Then on day three we went into the gym and pressure tested what they taught us, using airsoft guns and rubber knives and dedicated, live opponents to see if the shit really worked.

And it did.

We also got a basic intro to Krav Maga from Eric, who runs a Muy-Thai/Krav Maga/Jits dojo in town. Eric is a certified bad-ass, professional Muy Thai fighter, high-level Krav instructor, former Marine, academy trained, the whole shooting match.

He and his assistant Lisa kicked our asses but good.

Lisa working the tombstone bag with Eric

Eric's dojo, the Budo Ryu


There are lots of places you can go to learn how to run your gun, lots of places that will teach you how to shoot really, really well. There are places you can go to learn how to shoot and move, and think tactically, and win a fight with armed assailants. But they almost universally see the pistol as the be-all end-all tool for the fight. Not many schools are working at integrating empty-hand defense, knife defense, ground fighting, and striking into the defensive pistol curriculum. South Narc does it in his ECQC classes, which I took last year and let me tell you, that fucking opened my eyes.

But most places don't have the width and depth of experience in combatives and pistol work that my brother has. Gun guys tend to stick with guns, and combatives guys tend to stick with rolling and striking.

The future is in integrating the disciplines. Just like how mixed martial arts took a bunch of different styles of fighting and tested them against each other- it showed what worked against a dedicated opponent and what only looked good in a kata but broke down in the real world. Eventually a mix of stand-up striking and kicks, a BJJ based wrestling game with locks and submissions, and a ground-and-pound game emerged as the most functional and lethal combination, and that's what we see today in the fights. You can't just be a standup striker, or a jits player, or a kickboxer. You've got to integrate all the necessary skill-sets, and that is a completely different game.

That is what my brother is doing with Spartan Training Resources. I think in another ten years we're going to see a lot more of it. Especially in the .mil and LE world, it's just necessary. It's not optional. I don't think it will take off too much in the civilian world, just because it isn't as comfortable as standing on a range and poking holes in paper targets. It's hard, and it hurts, and most folks, even most gun folks, won't want to do it.


I love the fuck out of it, myself.


I am really proud of my little brother. He is a total stud. He can kill you just by looking at you, but he's the most easy-going guy you'll ever meet. I will never be as tough as him, but he gives me something to aspire to every day.

I love him like a brother.



So, that's it from me. No art, no poetry, no cosmic deep-thinking, no food porn, no alcohol, no despair, no moodiness.

Just fighting fighting.





Blogger Elisabeth said...

Freud called it sublimation, the channeling of aggressive - maybe eve destructive - impulses into something constructive, something creative.

You manage this well, Dishwasher and it seems your brother helps others to do likewise.

1:46 PM  
Blogger tearful dishwasher said...


Insightful comment.

I was sitting here thinking about this post, how violent it is, or at least, how it is all about violence. Violence channeled into something constructive, creative, you are right.

My wife makes fun of me for being obsessed with violence, with fighting and shooting and fighting and shooting. She gets kind of sick of it.

And I do not. I never tire of it. But I do not think of myself as a violent man. I think I am a man of peace, who is ready only to resist the violence of others.

Which is borne out in my life, I believe. I've never hurt someone physically that didn't have it coming, and I've never wanted to.

But if you have it coming, I want to be the one to give it to you. Or at least, if you try to hurt someone and I am around, I want to be the one to stop you.

Other than that, though, I'd prefer to read and go for a long walk and cook a bitchin' meal or watch a movie or clean the house.

The thing is, if I'm going to be able to stop some bad man, I have to prepare for the worst one there is.

And that takes a lot of time and energy.

So, it can look like obsession from the outside.

Ah, I'm probably trying to fool myself. It probably is obsession anyway.

Anyway, thanks for your thoughts on this, Elisabeth, I thought they were spot on.



2:07 PM  
Blogger 37paddington said...

we need you and your obsession. that is for sure.

i love how you love your brother. i love how you love your wife. i am intrigued that a man obsessed with violence and fighting and shooting loves so well.

better that the two occur together, i think. better still that they occur together in you.

if that makes sense.

3:59 PM  
Blogger michelle said...

Exactly what Angella said

4:49 PM  
Blogger Radish King said...

I got nothing insiteful. This is hot!

I studied Karate then Aikido for 15years with my son and ballet at the same time. I could kick some black belt ass for sure but when the time came I couldn't get away from the fucker with a knife in my back. A gun would have helped and I wouldn't have had second thoughts about popping him.

Just thinking out loud here in raintown.


5:09 PM  
Blogger Ms. Moon said...

My first thought was that all this controlled violence keeps you calm. I think that's good.
My second was- if I needed to walk a mean street, I sure would want you or your brother walking with me.
And Angella seems to have said the rest for me, too.
We've missed you, dear Tearful.

7:10 PM  
Blogger tearful dishwasher said...


it does make sense, and thank you. I think that at first blush I would say there should be a balance- that all love, or all violence, is imbalance, and you need both of them or you'll be all fucked up. But really, I think it is more that both come from the same place, and that is passion. Passion for life that embraces all experiences wholly and fully.

If that makes any sense.



7:52 AM  
Blogger tearful dishwasher said...


thank you.

7:53 AM  
Blogger tearful dishwasher said...


I'm glad you made it out of the knife thing intact. I'm sorry that happened to you. I'm sure you would have taken his head off if you'd had the right tool- but it was his lucky day I guess, not yours.

You rock, you weirdo, you really do.

7:55 AM  
Blogger tearful dishwasher said...

Ms. Moon-

I don't know if it keeps me calm, exactly, but it does keep me happy. There's a guy who runs a full-contact stick fighting club called Dog Brothers Martial Arts, and his saying is this:

"Higher consciousness through harder contact."

I'm a believer.



7:56 AM  
Blogger Petit fleur said...

You are a lethal combo of yin and yang. Very rare indeed.

Good to see you back.

8:24 AM  
Blogger 37paddington said...

Dishwasher, it makes the most perfect sense.

11:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I live near the 29 Palms Marine base and next Tues they'll cut the ribbon on a 170 million dollar combat, urban training tactical challenge complex--live fire, over 1000 buildings, with human role-players. Can accommodate 12 to a full brigade of of 1500. Whoa! Sounds like John, brother Steve and the Dishwasher could give 'em a few pointers!
Thanks for the post...you bring me to places I've never been.

9:32 AM  
Blogger Mim said...

Two detectives shot dead in Miami. Bad business.

Me--I shoot my mouth off, which is not effective. I suspect my shooting a gun would be even more ineffective.

Right on about "food porn."

The Spartans did defeat the Athenians, I believe. A shame.

Warm regards from South Beach

10:51 AM  
Blogger SY said...

what an interesting enterprise.. sounds thrilling
- Sy

1:22 PM  

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