The famous German knife manufacturer Boker, located in Solingen, and I have been a team since 2005 when they first produced my original Jim Wagner Reality-Based Blade (item number 01BO051), which has been one of the most successful models ever for the Boker Plus line. Although I’ve had many items on the market this past decade, thanks to Boker, this year I have introduced some new items, which I’m proud of, and I’d like to share them with you.
Going off of my original design comes the RBB Collectors Edition. Instead of the flat black finish 440 steel blade from my original design, this new edition has satin finish blade made from premium VG-10 steel. In addition, all hardware, such as screws and clips, are also equipped with a bright finish. Manufacturer retail price is $169.95
My next blade is truly for any professional in law enforcement, military police, or private security. This small scalpel like tactical folding knife, called the Boker Plus Urban Survival LE, has a handcuff key that flips out of the handle, and at the end of the Kubotan like handle is a handcuff double lock pin. Not only is this a “last resort” survival blade, but it’s also good to have an extra handcuff key handy. Manufacturer retail price is $59.95
For those in the military, be it the Army or Marines, the Boker Plus Urban Camo is a good “last resort” scalpel like knife to have in a pen pocket, or wedged in between some gear taking up no more space than a writing pen. This camouflage (similar to MultiCam colors) version does not have the handcuff key or double lock pen. It’s the original design. Manufacturer retail price is $49.95
My original Boker Plus Urban Survival, black color, now comes in a Clam pack. This is great for retailers to display my scalpel like knife made of 440C stainless steel. It shows well the ergonomic textured grip, glass-breaker tip, and pocket clip. This is a good “back-up” blade to have that is no bigger than a writing pen. Manufacturer retail price is $49.95
My Boker Plus RBB Training Tool came out last year. It’s the only training knife that lets you, or your training partner, know exactly where the blade actually “stabbed” or “cut” (with red chalk or lipstick), or where blunt trauma impact was bade with the pommel of the handle (indicated with blue chalk or lipstick). Well, this product just got better, because the Boker Plus Kydex Sheath has just been made for it. Now Combatives and self-defense instructors can wear the RBB Training Tool on their belt or attached to a tactical vest, and it comes with a belt adapter. Manufacturer retail price is $19.95 See this video for a demonstration on the RBB Training Tool.
I have a couple of new projects in the works right now with Boker, and I hope they’ll be on the market after the summer. If you are interested in buying any of these new products I’ve just introduced then you can do so by going to my online store.
Finally a "master!"
Although I have been teaching the martial arts professionally for 29 years, and I have trained some of the world’s most elite police and military units, I never dared call myself a “master.” However, on Friday morning, 11:18 am to be exact, on March 27, 2015 I received a phone call from my brigade commander, a full bird colonel no less, congratulating me on my promotion to the military rank of E-8 Master Sergeant, which would be the NATO equivalent of an OR-8 (Stabsfeldwebel in the German Army, Adjudant in the French Army, Maresciallo in the Italian Army, Warrant Officer Class 2 in the British Army). Now I am a “Master.”
Of course, to achieve this level I had to go through the Senior Non Commissioned Officer Course and prove myself as a worthy leader. Then everyone up my chain of command had to recommend me for the promotion, including my mentor who had been grooming for the position for two years. However, even though I had my Company and Brigade leadership on my side, it was actually the State government that had to approve my promotion, and the capital in California is Sacramento.
I can honestly say that at this point in my military career I have achieved everything I ever wanted to, and my military history goes all the way back to when I was 18-years-old when I first joined the United States Army and got shipped off to Fort Jackson, South Carolina for Boot Camp.
When I got out of the Army I was out of the military for 25 years investing my life in my advertising career for several years, and I then switched gears and went into law enforcement up until 2002. Then nine and a half years ago I became a Reservist serving in a military police unit. In all of this time as a soldier I’ve had the opportunity to be a Combatives and tactics instructor for soldiers going to Afghanistan, Iraq, Kosovo and for missions at home. I’ve been on countless armed missions that included bodyguard work and Special Reaction Team. I went to the White House to meet President George W. Bush for my part with the war effort. I was on an Airborne mission with the U.S. Army Rangers flying nap-of-the-earth in a C130, ripping around in the mud during HUMVEE training, going to the gun range all the time, and just doing my part to safeguard the State of California and the United States of America.
The three stripes up, and three rockers down, that I now wear on my uniform is a symbol of the time I have invested, and I wouldn’t have given up a minute of it. Most of the time it was a thankless job with a lot of time away from home and family, but I did it because I am a warrior. It’s a sacrifice that most civilians just can’t understand. Even a lot of martial artists think of themselves as “warriors,” but unless they have picked up arms for their country they too cannot understand the work and dedication it takes to achieve each rank in the military. It’s kind of like the traditional martial arts belt system, with a little bit of discipline, but it is still not close.
For you in the Reality-Based Personal Protection system, either those who have been in my courses or those who practice what I teach through different medias, this promotion is a part of your history as well. It’s always good to know that your instructor achieving goals as well. HOOAH!
Reality-Based instructors proud to display their affiliation
Years ago I trained David Perrington at my former Reality-Based Personal Protection school in the Los Angeles area. Like many of the instructors I certified in my system David kept in touch with me, and always wanted the updated from the RBPP International Association. For many years he told me that he was teaching private lessons, and that he hoped “one day” to open up his own self-defense school. Well, I just received the good news, and David finally made his dream a reality. He wanted me to take a look at his new website, and needless to say, I was both impressed and proud of him. David Perrington is the owner and chief instructor of the Hyrbrid Self Defense school in Orlando, Florida.
Also opening up a new Reality-Based school is Thorsten Schmick. His new school, called Reality-Based Tactics and Defense, is located in Siegen, Germany. The last time I was in Cologne teaching he and his wife took me out to dinner for a great Peruvian meal.
His good friend, also one of my students I certified as a Reality-Based Personal Protection instructor, is Christian Schäfer who is also teaching. His school is called Combatives 365 located in Bad Bertrich, Germany. Christian appears in my YouTube video titled Jim Wagner RBB Training Tool made by Böker.
A few weeks ago my RBPP Director of South Africa, Morné Swanepoel, wrote me and told me that he had updated his website, and information about Reality-Based is prominent for self-defense. Morné runs the Combat Coaching school.
My last trip to Europe included a few courses that I taught in the Czech Republic for Martin Hradecky and Mario Tachedi. I taught some live-fire firearms courses on a gun range an hour outside of Prague, and then a few courses at their schooled called Serrada in the city of Prague. I had been introduced to these two instructors by Martin Mikolasek who runs the RBSD school (Reality-Based Self-Defense).
For all of you instructors who display the Jim Wagner Reality-Based Personal Protection logo, or name me as one of your instructors, on your websites it is always an honor when I see this.
RBPP Level 3 instructor produces new product
Alex Haddox is one of my Reality-Based Personal Protection Level 3 instructors who has used his training and knowledge to pass it on to others. It always gives me satisfaction to see may students succeed, and even surpass me in some areas, and Alex has done both. He runs his own private security training company in Southern California called Security Center, LLC. He is also an author, and I gleaned a lot of good information from his first book titled Practical Home Security. After that was How to Write Range Safety and Defensive Spray for Security Guards. He has also written a whole host of Guard Card Training manuals for California security guards.
Alex’s latest book, now on amazon.com, taps into the private security market in the State of Arizona, is titled 8-hour, Arizona Unarmed Security Guard Skills Training Course. This training manual is intended for use as part of an instructor-led course in accordance with Arizona Revised Statute, Title 32, Chapter 26, Article 4, §32-2632 and Arizona Administrative Code, Title 13, Article 6, §R13-6-601. The complete 8-hour Arizona Unarmed Security Guard Skills Training Course is divided into nine (9) lessons and must be completed before the Unarmed Security Guard Registration certificate and identification card are issued. This book features a few of my Reality-Based Personal Protection graphics that are found in my Level 1 courses.
Terrorism on the rise
All over the world terrorism is on the rise. It’s about time that martial arts instructors start teaching their students how to survive the most likely terrorists attacks: small arms attacks, hand grenade attacks, sniper attacks, along with Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) attacks. Any self-defense instructor can learn how to teach their students, even if they have never been a counterterrorist, by following step-by-step my 8-hour Terrorism Survival courses that I first introduced to the martial arts community on January 21, 2003.
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