— Center Mass Tactical Training & The Complete Combatant's Hybrid Course --
I took the Fighter Ready course with The Complete Combatant and Center Mass Training Group August 27th and 28th. It is a very good class that picks up the slack where other courses call it a day. This course is a blend of grappling, striking, knife work, and shooting. Most of the shooting is done from retention positions or from the context of the gun being used in an entangled fight, and some really great drills focused on using alternate sighting methods. Take the class to learn them.
The primary lesson, at least for me, was how dangerous transitions are. Many self defense and tactical training courses talk about the danger of 'transitional spaces'. You can be taken through endless accounts of people being ambushed going through doors, entering/exiting buildings, entering/exiting vehicles, walking through parking lots, and going from their vehicle into their home. What these courses often fail to mention are the failure points people encounter when transitioning from performing one action to another. Can you shift focus from going about your daily routine to recognizing a potential threat, either a person or your environment? Can you move between striking and grappling as needed? Can you recognize when empty hands are no longer a viable option, and you need to get a weapon? Are you able to get enough space from your opponent, and time your movements to effectively draw your weapon? Once you have your tools in hand can you use them effectively at contact distance? Are you able to transition from contact fighting to using handguns to deal with 'threats' and longer range?
Most people have never been exposed to situations like those above, and have not trained to understand those challenges. That is where Fighter Ready comes in. This class owns the 'transition space' between armed and unarmed, knife and gun. It uses drills to force you to adapt your level of force as required by the situation, and to escalate or deescalate as needed. It teaches you when drawing a weapon will help you, and when it will leave you vulnerable. It helps you to understand the strengths and weaknesses of you weapons, and how to employ them correctly.
I recommend this class to everyone for the reasons above. There are very few people who do this type of training, and even fewer who do it well. If you carry a weapon for self defense, you need to learn what is taught in this course.
Billy Sapp, Georgia
Fighter Ready puts into perspective elements we don’t think about when we train to survive violent encounters. The fatigue, the loss of fine motor skills and tunneled senses as a result of stress are things often absent in life-fire, firearm training. Fighter Ready provides this experience and by putting the student through different scenarios also pinpoints areas we need to work on to strengthen our awareness in the fight. Fighter Ready brought to my attention the way my senses narrow during stressful situations and provided tools to fight through these problems. During the transition drills, I had to make on the spot decision and chose the appropriate use of force option proportionate to the threat. Real live slashing and live “bang bang” will make a difference when combined with stress. Quick decision making, how to react to a close distance attack and staying in the fight after a surprise attack are elements discussed in class. If you have taken The Complete Combatant and have trained with CMTT, this workshop will put it all together.
Officer with the APD
I attended the Fighter Ready course in Dahlonega, Ga. This is a hybrid class formed by two training groups that work with each other. Brian Hill of The Complete Combatant and Sean Brogan of Center Mass Tactical Training.
Let me say up front that this is an awesome group of instructors, the coursework was well thought out and presented in an easy to understand style, and the topics and concepts we learned early in the session were utilized in later segments. Discussion was had concerning warning signs, or pre-assault cues leading up to an attack/assault, assuming you're that fortunate and how to avoid becoming a victim if you have the choice. In situations where people have no warning signs for whatever reason, the instruction and drills presented provided participants with the knowledge and techniques to survive a surprise attack/assault and give confidence in their ability to fight their way to whatever tool is most readily available, be that a pistol or knife, or pepper spray or whatever tool is within reach at the time of the incident.
This session built upon the thoughts and ideas presented in The Complete Combatant and provided an opportunity to expand on that knowledge with additional grappling and self defense maneuvers, including what to say when 911 is called and police authorities arrive on scene. It also allowed for Center Mass Tactical Training to now build on the morning with armed stress inoculation on a private range so that concepts learned during the grappling phase could be demonstrated and applied to fighting your way to a pistol and how to retain control of your firearm. The course included multiple live fire drills that included the concept of creating space between you and an attacker or group of attackers. Safety was paramount amongst the sessions and extra attention was given to preparation and thought on how to avoid unsafe muzzle action during the drills as well as instructors stressing the importance of maintaining safe control during an actual threat in an effort to avoid additional injuries or casualties.
This course allowed for instruction, learning, and practice in a safe and controlled environment where mistakes could be made without the loss of life. Equipment failed and firearm jams occurred during the drills - each time this occurred, it created not only a learning experience for all participants due to the discussion afterwards, but also added a degree of legitimacy to the absolute requirement of knowledge of your weapon system and how to properly operate said weapon.
In my opinion, all participants of Center Mass Tactical Training & The Complete Combatant should take this course - and in all honesty, I would highly recommend both courses to anyone who carries a pistol or other weapon on them and is in charge of protecting themselves or loved ones.
Because of this, I can't wait to attended additional courses and would absolutely recommend any class led by Brian Hill and/or Sean Brogan.
Daniel of Marietta