A constructive approach to training
“A Responsible Warrior Mind”
We explore and guide students through their values and belief systems that need to be in place in order to act sensibly when faced with a challenge to their safety.
“You need to know what you are prepared to do to defend yourself, when you are prepared to take these actions and also understand the consequences of your actions and or inaction.”
“Strife Eager Battle Glad”
To be prepared for the challenge of defending yourself requires a constructive approach to training, balancing hard work, relevant skills and aspects of safety in a challenging training environment.
“Train hard, Fight easy”
Warriors “die in the gaps”
MDW Training focuses on facing attackers in real-time, not only when things are going according to plan but also for when they go wrong.
Whats New in 2019
What’s New In 2019
Facing edged weapon attacks is an ever present and growing threat to law abiding citizens and law enforcement officers all around the world. The MDW Knife proof programs are focused on providing easy to understand, easy to implement lifesaving skills when facing a knife wielding attacker/s. The programs are presented in modules that focus on carefully selected critical skills that can make an immediate positive difference to surviving edged weapon threats.
Civilian and Law enforcement courses.
Because of different objectives and mandates The MDW Knife proof programs are separated into Civilian and Law enforcement courses.
MDW Knife proof for Civilians Programs
MDW Knife Proof -Civilian 1 (Empty Hand Skills)
The Civilian 1 program focuses on developing a survival mindset to recognise, understand, avoid and deal with criminal approaches and violent, random attacks in public spaces. Course participants are guided through a process of effective decision making when confronted with these scenarios. They will learn to use their environment and everyday items to their advantage in instances where they are confronted with an edged weapon attack.
MDW Knife Proof -Civilian 2 (Empty Hand Skills)
Managing distance is key to avoiding edged weapon attacks but this is not always possible. MDW’s Knife Proof Civilian 2 course focuses on countering edged weapon attacks when your attacker has managed to grab you while trying to stab you.
MDW Knife Proof -Civilian 3 (Empty Hand Skills)
The MDW Knife Proof -Civilian 3 program focuses on criminal approaches and deals with edged weapon threats and muggings.
Hold ups imply that you have been ambushed and the criminal has chosen not to attack you directly but rather use their blade presentation and actions to get you to give something up or move you. Their follow up intentions and actions may be varied once they have what they wanted. Course participants will be guided through the decision making of how and when to comply, and how and when to counter and escape.
Knife Proof Civilian Carry
Using a blade for your personal protection requires that one understands the law and the social responsibility that comes with the decision to carry a blade. The MDW Knife Proof Carry program will guide you through sensible blade choice and carry options. Course participants will be taught how to recognize criminal approaches, access their blade, prevent disarms by criminals and using their blade to manage distance, and counter aggressive attacks.
MDW Knife Proof for Law Enforcement officers
MDW Knife Proof LEO -1 (Empty Hand skills)
The MDW Knife Proof LEO -1 is a combination of the MDW Civilian Knife Proof 1&2 Programs but differs in approach because security and law enforcement officers are mandated to engage suspects, protect civilians or resolve situations such as domestic disputes.
This program focuses on developing a mindset to recognize, understand, avoid and deal with, criminal approaches and or violent random attacks in public spaces. Course participants are guided through a process effective decision making when confronted with these challenging scenarios. They will learn to use their environment and everyday items to their advantage against edged weapon threats to their safety.
Managing distance is key to avoiding edged weapon attacks but this is not always possible. MDW Knife Proof LEO -1 program focuses on countering edged weapon attacks when your attacker has managed to grab you while trying to stab you. Course participants learn to recognize how variations of the attacks are executed and how they can be countered.
MDW Knife Proof LEO-2 (Baton and OC spray)
Effective use of tactical baton and OC (pepper spray) when dealing with edged weapon threats
Law enforcement and security officers will have to engage individuals/attackers that present edged weapons threats. Knife Proof 2 -Law enforcement will utilize individual and small team tactics to, effectively employ issued equipment (tactical baton and OC Spray) to manage and stop these threats.
MDW Knife Proof LEO-3 (Handgun focus)
MDW Knife Proof LEO-3 program emphasizes weapon access retention and shoot or no shoot decision making while under attack by edged weapon assailants. This program can be presented as a dry solely as a dry fire (blue gun). Departments may select the extended program (2 days) that integrates live fire exercises.
MDW Knife Proof LEO-3 dry fire or blue gun training program (half day)
MDW Knife Proof LEO-3 integrated live fire program (2 days)
MDW Knife Proof LEO-4 (Arrests and restraints)
The MDW Knife Proof LEO-4 Arrests and restraints program emphasizes officer safety and effective use of force options when officers are faced with suspects armed with edged weapons. Structured approaches, positioning, verbal commands, distance and contact management are critical to successful arrests to minimise risks to an officer’s safety.
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MDW’s relationship to other combat systems
“Good combat skills are universal,” some are timeless, many are revamped from existing ideas, lost skills are rediscovered or re-developed because of modern challenges, mandates and technology.
MDW attracts Instructors and practitioners (many leaders in their field of expertise) from a broad range of martial arts and or firearm related backgrounds that have selected the MDW methodology of problem solving and skill transfer methods to compliment and grow their existing skills.