PFC Training May 2014 Newsletter

Code 4 Concepts Article – Takedown Defense
Low-Light Firearms Drill Video
PFC Loadout: Plate Carrier Special!
Murph Challenge Event
Tactical Firearms Instructor Certification (TFIC)
PSOC Training in California

PFC Training Schedule

Code 4 Concepts – Takedown Defense
By Chad Lyman, PFC Director of Combatives

One of the most common attacks used by bad guys is to tackle or take someone to the ground and then attempt to finish the fight from top position on the victim.  We have a principle-based approach to takedown defense that has been tested and refined in training, and proven during combat in the street.  Through learning and training these simple concepts, C4C students prove hard to take down, and near impossible to hold down.  This article will focus on not being taken down at all.

We need to consistently deliver several principles to avoid being taken down.  The core principles are to get our hips in, create a barrier, control and drive the opponent’s head, and create an angle.

Get your hips in to “stuff” the opponent’s attempted takedown.  One of the biggest errors that we consistently see when people sprawl is that they throw their hips back and up to try to counter the takedown.  C4C trains its students to get their hips in to their opponent as they try to take them down or tackle them.  It is as though you are “punching” the opponent with your hip as they try to tackle you.  If the opponent shoots a low takedown, the C4C student will sprawl by getting hips in, feet away, and keeping their knees off the deck.  You must get your hips in and create pressure on the opponent to stop his takedown.

Another key concept is to establish a barrier with your forearm, a cross face, or through an under-hook or over-hook.  This barrier will reinforce the student getting their hips in to stop the takedown.  Barriers also assist the C4C student in establishing head control and creating angles.

C4C students should also attempt to control and drive their opponent’s head offline, down or up, and away in an attempt to stop the takedown.  Driving the opponent’s head offline is beneficial because where the head goes, the body follows.  If we are successful in prying the opponent’s head up through a cross face it will be difficult to continue to take us down.  If we drive the opponent’s head down towards the ground, we can bury the opponent under us and stop his forward momentum to stuff the takedown attempt.  It is also common for the opponent to abandon the takedown attempt and put his hands out to catch himself before his face is driven into the ground.  Getting the opponent’s head offline is also a way to put a “kink in the hose,” which makes the opponent weak.

The final core principle of takedown defense is to create an angle.  Remember, an easy way to know we have an angle is if our hips face our opponent, and his hips face away from us, we have an angle.  If we are getting our hips in, establishing a barrier, and controlling the opponent’s head, it will be much easier to create an angle.

Hips in, create a barrier, control and drive the opponent’s head, and create angles…if we consistently deliver these core principles we will be hard to take down.  Come train with us in Las Vegas, or have us come to you, and we will show you how to train these simple principles so you can defend one of the most common attacks you are likely to see.  Stay safe!

To receive hands-on Code 4 Concepts training, check out these upcoming courses:

 C4C Edged Weapon Defense Course, May 23-24, Las Vegas, NV

C4 Tactics Instructor Certification, June 30-July 3, Las Vegas NV

C4C Enforcement Tactics & Defense, July 18-19, San Jose, CA

For more information, Chad Lyman may be contacted at: [email protected]

PFC Training & Drill Video
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PFC Training Firearms Drill – “Low Light, Left Right”


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11:00AM – 1:00PM at PFC HeadquartersJoin PFC CrossFit on Saturday, May 24th for a Memorial Day Weekend MURPH WOD + BBQ!

Murph Workout (for time):
1 mile Run
100 Pull-ups
200 Push-ups
300 Squats
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May 31 – June 4, Las Vegas, NV


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Featured Professional Training:
July 14-18, San Jose, CA

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May 31-June 3 – Combative Pistol Instructor Certification (CPIC)
Las Vegas, NV
May 31-June 4 – Tactical Firearms Instructor Certification (TFIC)
Las Vegas, NV
June 21-22 – Nevada Armed Security Officer Course Expanded (ASOC-X)
Las Vegas, NV
June 26-30 – Protective Security Operations Certification (PSOC)
Phoenix, AZ
June 28 – PFCC Kettlebell Seminar – Member Price
Las Vegas, NV
June 28 – PFCC Kettlebell Seminar – Non-Member Price
Las Vegas, NV
June 30-July 3 – Code 4 Tactics Instructor Certification
Las Vegas, NV
July 7-11 – Full Spectrum Operator Course (FSOC)
Las Vegas, NV
July 14-18 – Protective Security Operations Certification (PSOC)
San Jose, CA
July 18 – Code 4 Concepts; Enforcement Tactics
San Jose, CA
July 18 – Protective Pistol Skills Module (PSOC)
Castro Valley, CA
July 19 – Code 4 Concepts; Practical Defense
San Jose, CA
August 9-10 – Nevada Armed Security Officer Course Expanded (ASOC-X)
Las Vegas, NV
August 24 – Progressive Handgun 1; Fighting Foundation
Las Vegas, NV
September 3-5 – TAC OPS East Conference
Arlington, VA
September 12 – Code 4 Concepts; Enforcement Tactics
Las Vegas, NV
September 13 – Code 4 Concepts; Practical Defense
Las Vegas, NV
September 28 – Progressive Handgun 2; Fighting Positions
See the complete PFC Training Schedule Page for more!
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Stay safe,
The PFC Team

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