Roy Hill’s post on the Tueller Drill made an important point: you need a whole lot of time/distance to successfully draw your self-defense firearm against an oncoming attacker. So much so that you would be well advised NOT to go for your gun in many circumstances. You could get caught mid-draw. And die. And that’s at the hands of someone who has no clue how to conceal and then wield a knife, baseball bat or, quite simply, their fists. If you’re facing a skilled opponent who’s got the drop on you, you’ll need some basic open hand self-defense skills—if only to buy you enough time/distance to remove and bring your self-defense weapon to bear; be it a handgun on the streets or a shotgun in the home. How to choose the right instruction . . .
It’s pretty much the same concept that applies to selecting an academic course. There are no boring subjects. Just boring teachers. It doesn’t really matter what type of [unarmed] self-defense instruction you receive, as long as you’ve got a good teacher. Ask around. Try a lesson. Clock the Sensei’s ‘tude. Then decide.
That said, before I take a class, I always tell a martial arts instructor that I have no desire to become an expert in their discipline. I want to learn simple self-defense techniques. [I also mention that I carry.] Once I’ve got a working knowledge of some effective moves, I’m gone.
In most cases, the instructor tells me to piss off. And rightly so. They’re unwilling to “half train” a newbie—in case the student gets the crazy idea that they’re some sort of proto-ninja. In some cases, I’ve received private instruction. Which works out cheaper, in the long run.
I’m sure our Armed Intelligentsia have some recommendations for the type of self-defense techniques they prefer. Meanwhile, I’m a big fan of the Israeli method known as Krav Maga.
I know: that’s like saying I like Chinese food. There are many different variations on Krav Maga. Some good. Some . . . not so good. [The above video’s emphasis on “getting in shape” is more than slightly worrying for us OWFGs. And that lightning-fast gun grab depends entirely on proximity.] You pay’s your money . . .
You takes your chances. Chances are that you will not have time to fully deploy your firearm in a self-defense situation. You need to develop non-firearms based defense AND learn how to fire accurately under stress, from less-than-ideal positions. But that’s a story for another day . . .