About Reality-Based Personal Protection
The Jim Wagner Reality-Based Personal Protection system is a unique blend of police, military, counterterrorism, corrections private security, executive protection, and martial arts techniques, tactics, and training methods accepted globally to deal with modern conflict situations. It is a "complete system," because I teach Pre-Conflict, Conflict and Post-Conflict training - what to do before a conflict, during a conflict, and after one. And, when it comes to "conflict" that too goes way beyond what most civilian system teach. I was the first civilian self-defense instructor to introduce paintball guns for realistic training, and then later Airsoft guns when they came out. I was the first to introduce the use of stage blood in scenarios to learn how to survive a knife attack. I was the first to teach combat first aid for gunshot wounds, knife wounds, and bomb blasts. I was the first to have sniper survival drills. The first to use a cell phone to peek around corners in an active shooter incident (the Jim Wagner Phone Peek technique). The first in the martial arts community to teach Terrorism Survival. All of these things, and more are well documented in my articles, books, and videos.
What makes my system different?
There are three distinct branches in the martial arts, and I first wrote about this in Black Belt magazine. They are:
1. Traditional-based martial arts
2. Sport-based martial arts
3. Reality-Based martial arts.
Regardless of the system you teach, you can add to it
Traditional-based systems, such as Karate, Tae Kwon Do, Kung-fu, and others, are ancient systems that adhere to ancient techniques and training methods. They typically wear uniforms, have a belt ranking system, and require their students to learn foreign customs, traditions and terminology. Found within these systems are fundamental self-defense principals, but they are not structured to teach students modern criminal and terrorism situations such as bombings, armed robberies, drive-by shootings, carjackings, gang violence, threat assessment, etc. These are the type of things that I can teach you, and you can pass it onto your students. I've spent a lifetime learning these things, and I've boiled it all down to easy-to-learn and easy-to-teach training methods.
Sport-based systems, such as Ju-Jitsu, Judo, Greco-Roman Wrestling, Western boxing, MMA, and others, have their roots in traditional-based martial arts, but adhere to sporting rules in order to compete in various tournaments, sporting events, or even the Olympics. Like the traditional-base martial arts, viable self-defense techniques and training methods can be gleaned from sport-based systems as well, but also like the traditional-based systems they also lack many modern conflict solutions.
Reality-based systems, such as Krav Maga, Systema, KAPAP, are those systems that teach the fundamental self-defense techniques that are found in both the traditional-based and sport-based systems, but go a step further by training specifically for modern conflict situations, and eliminating outdated techniques and training methods. Although there are many systems today calling themselves “reality-based,” because they see themselves as training more realistically and have abandoned nonessential customs and traditions, few of them are actually “complete reality-based” systems. In other words, they tend to lack Pre-Conflict and Post-Conflict training in their curriculums, and some instructors lack some vital Conflict training simply because they have no real-world experience with criminals or terrorism.
Why add on the Reality-Based Personal Protection system?
The definition of the term "Reality-Based," as I defined it in my 2005 book Reality-Based Personal Protection, published by Black Belt books, is this:
Training and survival skills based on modern conflict situations that the practitioner is likely to encounter in their environment (their “reality”), in an accordance with the use-of-force continuum of that jurisdiction.
The Jim Wagner Reality-Based Personal Protection system is the world’s original reality-based system, not just because I coined the term for the civilian martial arts community, but because it is the very first system to include Pre-Conflict, Conflict, Post-Conflict, and the creation of the very first civilian use-of-force continuum graph.
Pre-Conflict training is the foundation for all of all my courses which includes, Threat Assessment, Situational Awareness, Conflict Cues (reading a person for hostilities), the O.O.D.A. process, legal issues, criminal counter-surveillance, knowing the Assault Elements, Threat Zone Management, Conflict Conditioning (mentally and physically, training documentation, and much more.
Post-Conflict training are those actions immediately following a physical conflict, such as Self-Triage and Combat First Aid, victim rescues, citizen’s arrest methods, Incident Recollection, evidence identification and preservation, police contact, the Conflict Cycle, courtroom survival, and the list goes on.
Conflict training is where I go way beyond what any other self-defense instructors teach, and yet every self-defense instructor should. Many of my techniques come from the world’s elite: police, military, correctional institutions, and private security companies, which these ultimately tie into an understanding of criminal and terrorist tactics. Because of my unique background I can teach you what few instructors are qualified to teach: defense against terrorist bombings and small arms attacks, criminal style stabbings, carjackings, drive-by shootings, kidnappings, sexual assault, armed robbery, criminal chemical attacks, gang violence, school and workplace massacres, child abductions, sniper attacks – just to name a few. Of course you’ll learn a different approach to all the strikes, blocks, chokes, movements, ground fighting if that's what you choose, but only those techniques that will actually work in the streets or the battlefield. That’s right – battlefield. Although this is a civilian personal protection system, police and military personnel often attend these courses simply because much of what I teach is not even taught in many units and agencies, or in such a comprehensive manner. Not only have I had many professionals attend all my courses, but they tend to seek out my certified instructors as well.