“Too Long Don’t wanna Read(TLDR)” Summary:
Tarrget Focus Training(TFT) revolves around YOU getting in the first strike or injury on your attacker. The problem is, you are not an assassin and this isn’t sentry removal. The criminal has an advantage because HE acts first.
This is why you, the law abiding citizen, must get your arms up into some type of non-threatening, defensive interview stance. TFT is full of sh*t. Larkin basically shows how you can “cause injury” even with your hands in your pockets. AKA, no need for defense, just offense. If you believe in this (as I certainly use to), you are also full of sh*t.
If a man is getting in your space, don’t keep your hands down but don’t make an overt boxing stance. Use the Jack Benny stance (Google this) as if you were scratching your chin or something. Or put your palms up at eye level. At the very least keep your arms folded across your chest.
When he’s closing in on you HARD, you always try to COVER your face with at least one forearm. One arm should be up at a 90-degree angle as if you were trying to cover your ear. And keep your CHIN DOWN. This is how you move in the street. THIS is what Mr. Ross is known for. Check out his videos for the details. Than take a look at Larkin or any TFT instructor. TFT guys move like Hollywood actors.
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Friends, to be honest, Target Focus Training has a reputation head and shoulders above everything else in the Reality Based Self Defense industry. Not really meaning much, but there’s a reason why TFT has an endorsement from “celebrities” such as Glenn Beck and Matt Furey. TFT’s founder, Tim Larkin, was featured on Alex Jones’ talk show. Krav Maga has NOTHING on TFT. What initially drew me towards TFT after studying Krav was its (relative) simplicity and claim their methods aka coordination sets could be trained entirely at home with just about anyone. Or what they call a “reaction partner.”
After ordering their Striking Series, I was HOOKED. I immediately ordered their weapons series (back when it was called “Nuclear Weapons”, they just call it the “Weapons Series” now), along with Joint Breaking/Lethal Leverage, as well as Justified Lethal Force (a seminar geared specifically towards law enforcement). After training at home with a neighbor as my “reaction partner,” I was really on the fence about coughing up the dough to attend a live training seminar.
This was until this one specific confrontation had occurred where I realized I could have been KILLED BECAUSE of my training in TFT. See, TFT teaches you their training is the equivalent of a loaded gun(it’s not) and to never use it unless you were facing an asocial attacker(How do you know?). As a result, sparing the trivial details, this one guy I knew went from normal conversation to invading my space and yelling a bunch of profanities directed at me. I’m sure 99% of guys have experienced this.
Keep in mind, I outweighed this guy by a good 20 pounds of muscle and he had not touched me at this point, he just seemed like a pissed off asshole. As I was trained, I ignored him. As I broke eye contact to walk away, BANG! I got sucker punched. THANK GOD it was the weakest “my sister could hit harder” sucker punch ever. THANK GOD for wrestler’s neck bridges. Long story-short, the fact I didn’t get knocked out or even looked shaken up probably broke his spirit to want to do anything else.
At this point I was in an awkward position, I still realize this is an anti-social situation yet, I realized I might easily get injured if I don’t do anything. So just as I had been trained to do in TFT, I “penetrate” and throw my bodyweight at him like a bat and step in-between his legs and displace him with a…? Exactly, I was reluctant to drive my forearm through his neck as I had trained, since I THOUGHT, the situation didn’t warrant it, so what happened? I ended up driving my forearm into his freakin CHEST! Now, THANK GOD, I had what Larkin calls the 3 advantages. I was bigger, faster, and stronger and he ends up flying away from me and just HAPPENED to end up slipping on the curb and falling. He didn’t hit his head on the CONCRETE hard enough to die, but he must have been dazed since I was able to walk away.
What bothered me looking back on this was the what if I DID get shaken up on the first sucker punch. I felt like it would have been my fault.
If this happened, one sucker punch would turn into a barrage of punches. And God knows what would happen if I got knocked unconscious.
If this happened, what if I hit my head on the concrete. And while God knows this is a worse-case scenario, even TFT points out how even schoolyard shoving matches have ended in someone dyeing.
If this happened, what if I was with a relative or girlfriend? Only God knows what some thug might do to them if I was out of the way.
I decided this sh#t was never going to happen again. I needed to start assuming ANYONE could be dangerous even if they just appear to be a little “antisocial” as TFT likes to call it. I started looking for answers. Obviously, never leaving home was not an option. I also didn’t want to walk around in Cooper’s Condition Orange: paranoid and unable to relax whenever I left the house. This was when I found Damian Ross’s introductory
and DRILL IT INTO YOU IN BOTH 60 Minute Self Defense AND Module 1 of the SDTS) even though I SHOULD HAVE. Hell, EVEN BAS RUTTEN talked about having your hands in what we call the “Jack Benny” stance when talking to someone in a viral street fighting instructional video all over Youtube.
Overall, TFT is doing a huge disservice by indoctrinating students with the theory they should only use the tool of violence in asocial scenarios, whereas the reality is it will be very difficult to tell the difference. It is really rare to have a car pull up next to you and have 5 guys get out and surround you. This is clearly an asocial situation where it’s pretty obvious you’re getting jumped. Here, you can go straight into causing injuries and attacking.
But for all the other scenarios, scenarios in which you ARE LEGALLY JUSTIFIED in utilizing SOME AMOUNT of force since there exists at least the POSSIBILITY of BODILY HARM, there needs to be intermediate steps and PHYSICAL actions taken so that you are not at risk of suffering the first injury since the criminal has the advantage in that he’s acting first and that he’s approaching you.
In a mugging scenario, if the guy holds you at KNIFE or GUN-POINT, even if it would appear to be “anti-social” where you THINK HE JUST WANTS YOUR MONEY and if you gave him the money everything would be cool, why even bother thinking about legal ramifications? Serious bodily harm is definitely possible so either FIGHT or FLIGHT.
YOU SIMPLY CAN’T WAIT FOR HIM TO START STABBING YOU TO TAKE ACTION OR UNTIL YOU KNOW FOR SURE IT’S ASOCIAL. Even the other day when a friend all of a sudden put his arm on my shoulder, I immediately hit him with a shoulder stop or punch-stop from Module 1, a non-lethal pre-emptive strike which off-balances him and prevents him from punching me or drawing a gun or stabbing me, just in case. Call me a little paranoid, but better safe than sorry. I don’t know about you, but I’d rather not get punched in the face because he heard a rumor his girlfriend was cheating on him with me.
Ok, this article is getting too long, so be on the look out for Pt.2 where I detail the unnecessarily complicated techniques behind their strikes and coordination sets.
Where are the videos of the SDTS? Again, go here, enter your email to GET ON DAMIAN’S MAILING LIST FOR MORE FREE TACTICS AND TIPS, and GET INSTANT ACCESS TO A FREE 4-PART ONLINE COURSE put together by Damian Ross which will OPEN YOUR EYES TO THE SIMPLICITY AND SUPERIORITY of these methods over TFT.
And as always, HIT TO HURT,HIT WITH HATE…