If you have ever heard me talk about knife defense you’ve heard me mention Jerry Wetzel. Jerry’s Red Zone program is the premier knife defense program. There are a lot of knife programs available, and almost all have some merit. However, the material I trust my life to, (and the life of those that train with me), is Red Zone.
In the spirit of full disclosure, Jerry is a long time friend and we’ve trained together quite a few times over the years. He’s helped me with my programs, and I’ve offered my input regarding his programs over the years. As a result this has driven us to give honest feedback in an effort to offer the best possible service to our trainees. We test and evaluate extensively before we roll something out to the public. We understand the stakes so there is no way we are going to say the comfortable thing rather than the honest thing. Jerry, like all of my friends, shoots it straight and expects the same in return. So when I received a copy of Red Zone Knife Defense I expected excellence, and was not disappointed. Jerry has pressure tested this material for years upon years as well as having guys like myself pressure testing and evaluating the material. The result is a bomb proof approach to dealing with an edged weapon attack. So order a copy of the book, and more importantly get yourself into one of Jerry’s courses so you can experience the material for yourself.
One of the first of many cool sayings I heard as a young man in the fight game was; hit first, hit fast, hit last. I’ve heard this attributed to a number of folks so I really don’t know who I should say I’m quoting. Teddy Atlas? Cus D’Amato? Salim Assili? This would seem to be one of those universal truths that apply to any fighting art. Bottom line, as one that was brand new to the game this was an important lesson for me to learn.
It would seem self-evident but sometimes we need an outside voice to give us permission to make the first move in defense of life and limb. Putting my hands on someone without waiting for them to put their hands on me was a foreign concept. Most of us have been taught by family, friends, and society to avoid throwing the first punch. The person throwing the first punch is always the aggressor therefore, wrong. At this point I realize how wrong I was to accept this as true back then, and after having witnessed a few violent confrontations I can assure you I have no issue throwing the first punch. Think about it this way, how many hits can you take before you’re unconscious? Once unconscious you can no longer defend yourself or your loved ones. Don’t let that happen. You need to act, and act right now. You can solve the legal challenges after the fact, with the help of competent counsel but right now, in the moment when your gut is screaming that something just isn’t right? You gotta get it on before he makes his move.