We provide training and certification in Battle School. There is a certification course for each Level of the Official Battle School Curriculum. Participants who successfully complete each course to Battle School standards is authorized to teach the techniques in that level.
Certifications are provided in 5 levels. There are significant prerequisites for each level.
Certification Course Prerequisites:
- Adequate knowledge of all techniques in that level
- Demonstration of adequate fitness/conditioning
- 4 three minute round of focus mitt work (minimum of basic 1-5 combinations)
- 4 three minute round of kicks, (front kicks, round kicks, and knees)
- Short explanation of the Self defense sets from Level 1. We are looking for ability to demonstrate the technique and present information.
- Live, aggressive demonstration
- Shark tank "Pressure Test"
- Verbal description of the defense
Rank and What it Means
Is it based on the individual's personal abilities/limitations, or
Spartan rules, only the strong survive / higher belts always take out lower belts?
This is a really touchy subject. What instructors are looking for:
Trust your instructor. You may wonder what your instructor is thinking. You may ask them where they think you are at in your development, and what you need to do to improve, but you don’t need to ask when you are getting your next Level. Your instructor may be right in assuming that you are over focused on the Level instead of getting better!
I have to mention that not all rank promotions are fair. We are dealing with human beings, and everybody makes mistakes. Occasionally I have seen some students promoted too soon, but more common is that students get held back.
We are able to meet almost all student at their current level and fitness ability. Students of various ranks may practice together at times. Firstly, everyone will be allowed the freedom to practice the technique. You will not be constantly bombarded by attacks from a higher rank leaving you flailing to learn a technique and lost. The goal is to LEARN! Higher ranks are very aware of their abilities and are not here to "take out the lower belts." They to are here to learn as well.
This is the most important consideration of most instructors for promoting students. I heard one famous instructor say “My Level 3's don’t lose to my Level 2's, my Level 2's don’t lose to my Level 1's." I don’t believe this is always true, but it will be true most of the time.
Most instructors will consider the age and size of the student they are considering for promotion compared to other students, but they want to see a Level 3 consistently beating most of the Level 2. Sometimes even catching Level 3's before they are promoted to Level 3,
Time Training (how many months/years)
Some students are less athletic, may be older, smaller. Rolling may not be their strongest area. If they are a little weaker in their rolling ability, they will need to make up for it in other areas like their amount of time training, knowledge and teaching ability. However, Battle School is about leverage, technique and aggression.
Training Frequency (how often per week)
Someone that trains three days per week is going to grow much faster than a student who trains twice per week. I have heard several instructors say that it takes years to really understand combatives and training 3 days per week does not give you the depth of understanding that years of training gives you.
Knowledge and Teaching Ability
Some instructors place little emphasis on this and some more, but like I mentioned under total time training, if a student is not able to compete with other students physically, they need to make up for it in other areas.
Attitude, Service to the School or Organization, & the Loyalty Factor!-
by Professor Jay Pages- Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
This is not something that will get you promoted as much as if you violate the loyalty rule, you can be sure that you won’t be promoted. One of the best ways to not get promoted is to train at a lot of different schools! When instructors feel that you are disloyal, many will become very cold with you, and may even kick you out. Most instructors will tell some version of a common story, “I trained ________ for 3 years, put a lot of work into that guy, then he switched over to ________ and now he’s teaching with that guy’s logo on his back, and they are getting all the credit, and I am getting none."
The Bottom Line
Earning rank is not easy . Anything worth having, is worth working for.
Level 1 Apprentice aprox 1 year
"Natural led pipe attacks" 3 min rounds of strikes
15 SDS (Self Defense Sets)
The most common ways you will be attacked in the street, from "postal attacks", "choke holds" to "double leg, or body lock take downs".
BJJ Grappling flows -15 Brazilian Jiu Jitsu "flows" (reflex development drills) to give you the best techniques for your ground survival.
Brawl survival one on one and group.
Level 1- Apprentice Sample:
Each level has with it: striking combinations Take-downs /defensive Grappling and ground work/ S. D. S. Self-defense sets ( a set of scenarios most likely to be seen in a violent street attack)
SELF DEFENSE SCENARIOS/ SETS
These are intended for you to survive, at a Level one you are not expected to be Jason Bourne. You are to have the correct reflexes to defend yourself in the event you cannot leave a dangerous location / situation for various reasons... Perhaps you are with elderly or young family members, perhaps you are Law Enforcement.
If you handle any of these situations wrong or you messed up, it might be your only chance. In self-defense sometimes you only get one opportunity, so train correctly.
Examples of trained scenarios:
1. A rather large angry man starts jamming towards you with intentions to smash your head, what do you do? We call this a "postal attack." Hes gone "Postal" and about to take you out.
2. An attacker succeeds in grabbing you, in an attempt to take you to the ground to smash your skull or worse.
3. An attacker tries to tackle you to the ground to cave your chest in.
4. A stronger, more aggressive attacker puts his hands around your neck in the in an attempt to choke the life out of you.
5. While speaking with someone, a third-party attacker comes from your blind side to choke the life out of you.
6. An attacker tries to grab you in order to drag you off somewhere.
7. An aggressive attacker tries to shove you and then smash you.
8. An aggressive attacker grabs you by your hair in order to whip you around and stomp a mud-hole in you.
9. Speaking with somebody an attacker comes from behind to grab total control of your body with your arms trapped.
10. An attacker manages to get their arms around you with your arms trapped in order to pick you up and carry you off.
11. Your attacker manages to take you to the ground a get on top of you in order to smash your head to the curb and make you eat your teeth or worse.
12. You're home alone and someone breaks in, startles you and is able to get on top of you on the ground with bad intentions.
Over time we have seen certain combinations of strikes have a higher percentage of working more than others. Through years of competitive sports like boxing, full contact Karate, MMA and Muay Thai , we can confidently say there are a handful of combinations that have a great range of success. We call these simply "combinations" each level is comprised of a set of these combinations to master. Learn to use your body's natural led pipes that you can carry around with you at all times. What really makes this system work is the ability to get this into your subconscious mind so that way you're able to react without consciously thinking. You simply will respond in the correct way, this happens through repetition of our system and way of learning.
When the opportunity strikes, why not hit your assailant with the biggest object you can..."the planet Earth". Judo and Wrestling have some of the highest percentage leverage based throws, spears, and take downs known to man. Size and strength are not pre-requisites for these leveraged based techniques, that means women can use these, as Ronda Rousey has proven with out a doubt! Body locks, double-single legs/ snap downs/ out side-inside leg trips/hip tosses/ osoto gari: you can be sure that each level will include a few take-downs
Level II. Journeyman
Level II Journeymen Aprox 2 years
7 Strikes Combatives- Meat Grinder Strikes
Mean and Nasty, jams counters, lead with speed devour with power
Master Counter fighter- defense against all major strikes
7 BJJ flows 10 Attacks
Knife I -keep away from the pointy end. 8 scenarios you are likely to experience the flash of steel and how to die less often.
proficiency in sparing and Group Jump Survival
INTRO into Grappling Program Combative Jiu Jitsu
LEVEL 2 AGGRESSION
"We're in the bidness of self preservation, and bidness is boomin'. Each man/woman under my command owes me 100 bad guy scalps.." *gets closer. "...and i want my scalps."
1. Out of nowhere an aggressive attacker tries to choke you from behind, with his forearm across your throat, the intention to knock you out or kill you In the scuffle, time is of the essence.....tic toc, tic toc
2. Head Locks....A much larger attacker manages to get a hold of your head and tries to rip it off your body. Headlocks- a lot of what we are taught and Combatives is wrong. Mess this up and you'll severely regret it. If you have learned to hit him in the groin and bring one hand up in front of his face in hopes that you can lift his chin or get his eyes you are severely mistaken. You are doing it wrong and you will pay for this. If you only have one way, you will be ground meat.
3. When an attacker managed to grab your leg in an attempt to take you to the ground.
An attacker manages to pin you against a wall in an attempt to choke the life out of you, there's no space there's no room to do any ninja techniques what do you do?
4. Someone manages to slam your body face first into the wall and has you pined there, there is no room to maneuver what do you do
5. An aggressive attacker is standing over you reining down viscous blows
6. Someone has you in the most dangerous choke known, the RNC or rear naked choke in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in 3 to 10 seconds you will black out what do you do hint: you messed up already... but there are some last ditch escapes that are reliable. -Standing, ground escapes covered in level I.
10. Someone has managed to get you on the ground with bad intentions they're holding you down from the side (cross body) of you ready to smash you or worse what do you do
11. We start Knife I here.
drills in order to get you ready for Level 2. Wet Works, how to die less often!
An ice pick style grip an attacker who's highly emotional tries to stab holes into your face and body.
B An attacker tries to widget six-inch bladed piece of steel under your rib cage in an upward stabbing motion.
C An attacker lunges at you with a forward facing knife in an attempt to put a hole in your body what do you do?
D Someone is on top of you and wants to make a human pin cushion of you.
Stick I lesson 1-4 don't get hit, get hit less often, and "hey, gimme that!"
Level 3 Hard Target Aprox 3.5 years
Striking Combatives Widow Maker Program
Ferrial Program/ Widow Maker Program II/ Warlock - mastery of over / under hooks/ dirty boxing
10 SDS and Add Ons options you can to to previously learned techniques to give you a deeper understanding of how the bad guy may respond and for you to always stay a step ahead.
Blade on the ground, after refining knife basics you are ready to chain defense/attacks
NEW WITH EXTRA Pressure Tests!
Gun I this is the business end, stay away from that end.
6 of the top ways you may be confronted with a gun, and how to make them eat their teeth.
Year 2 of Combative Jiu Jitsu Positional dominance chokes and locks intro to knife on the ground
Extra Range Fees May apply as we will hit the range, if you are luck you wont need to pick up your brass
1. An attacker has grabbed your head from the front in order to get you into a guillotine choke. Within 3 to 10 seconds you will pass out. Quickly... What do you do? If you only have one way out, you're in trouble!
2. An attacker has managed to force you to the ground, they have total control of your head in a headlock, they are bigger, stronger, faster than you. What do you do?
3. Someone has a blade and has the intentions of making you into their personal pin cushion we call this a prison pump attack, one of the hardest knife attacks to defend. What do you do?
4. Someone attempts to give you a grab and stab what do you do Someone attempts to give you the icepick grip to your skull. What do you do?
5. An aggressive attacker holds onto you and puts a blade against your neck and throat. What do you do?
6. An aggressive attacker attempts to stab you in your torso multiple times aggressively. What do you do? Almost more important is what NOT to do!
7. An attacker has you from behind and has a knife against your throat.
8. An attacker has a baseball bat an attempt to take your head off your body.
9. That attacker gives a swing and a miss with a razor blade, but coming back for more aggressively.
10. An attacker has a gun pointed at your face and it is it within reaching distance, you know he's going to shoot you anyways what do you do?
11. An attacker grabs you and puts a gun into your side in an attempt to take you somewhere.
12. An attacker presses a gun into your back in order totally control you.
13. You are on your knees and an attacker has a gun to your head, how do you survive?
14. Lions and tigers and Sticks Oh My.
Level 4 Operator instructor Aprox 4.5- 5 years
Knife III "here, hold my beer"
Stick III "Batter up, this is level II things may get a little ...wild"
Gun II: 3rd party defense, car, seated, add ons, Although we concentrate on empty hand vs.gun we include offensive gun, and retention , this will require range fees and range time and gun safety fire arms training
Gun III Rifle: learn how to use it...and take it away from someone 6 ways from Sunday. front aimed at chest, front aimed at head, behind aimed at body, behind aimed head, side aimed at body, side aimed at head. The one hand "lead you to the kill zone" Shove, Seated, Execution style and grappling with a rifle, or strapped to them and dealing with scondarys "in the clutches of..."
Multiple opponents, multiple targets, third party protection
Improvised self defense tools