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January 2011

John McCreery - Suarez International Instructor Natural Improvised Weapons During a discussion of improvised weapons I started to think about timing when introducing an improvised weapon. Some take more time and thought than others. Sometimes the encounter may find you behind the curve and reacting to a strike, leaving you with no time to consider an improvised weapon. A phrase Eric Pfleger used during the Combatives for Gunmen class stuck with me; The God-given club! He was referring to the forearm. As some of the instructors were discussing this topic Eric added this “Too often fighters, when receiving a spontaneous hands on attack, seek a tool (such as a baton, pocket stick, pistol, etc.) to respond...all well if it can be deployed...however that is not often the case. Our body weapons are the fastest responses we can deploy in such an event because they are always 'in hand', they require no prior concealment, and you will never have to check them into your luggage or leave them in the truck. They are simply there to be called upon instantly. Applying... Read more →


by Chris Upchurch, Suarez International Staff Instructor Suarez International classes are one of the best investments you can make when it comes to self defense. We've got a really great curriculum and our instructors are top notch. As with many things in life, however, how much you get out of it depends on how much you put into it. A bit of preparation beforehand and some regular follow-up afterwards can dramatically increase the amount you learn and how much your skills increase. Based on my experience in quite a few SI classes, both before and after I became an instructor, here are some things that I think you can do to help you get as much out of the class as possible. Before Class The starting point for getting the most out of an SI class is to choose an appropriate class to begin with. If you don’t have the fundamental skills to do well in more advanced classes, you’re not going to get as much out of them. Suarez International classifies its classes into three levels: basic, intermediate, and... Read more →


-Suarez International Staff Instructor Jon Payne I have seen the problem before; they will try and twist themselves into a pretzel trying to shoot anything you put in their hands. What I am seeing is “Cross-Dominance”. People are either right-handed or left-handed with the majority being right-handed. Those who are right-handed are usually right-eyed. Those who are left-handed are usually left-eyed. I left the idea of being normal behind years ago and the law of averages never seems to work in my favor. I am “Cross-Eye Dominant”. As a youngster I was not comfortable with a rifle and couldn’t break glass in a phone booth with a shotgun. I took to the pistol very quickly, but it was years before I understood why. My father was a car salesman and my mother a surgical nurse. I was raised in a non-shooting home. Dad had a small revolver he kept for home protection, but I never saw him shoot it. My Papaw told me stories about hunting and growing up during the Great Depression but was too old to take me... Read more →


What Do You Know? CR Williams As of the time of this writing, it has been a day or two since two people, both instructors with a lot of time on the books, posted in the same thread on a gun forum and ended their posts with the same question: “But what do I know?” A day or two later, I find myself pondering this very thing, because it’s a great question. What DO you know? And it leads to some very useful follow-ups: Is what you know useful? Is what you know relevant? Is what you know current? Does what you know actually help you or someone else? I work in the Information Technology field. I’m used to asking those questions to myself on an almost daily basis. And I’m used to the answers sometimes being, in order: Not Enough, Not So Far, Not To This Situation, Not At This Time. When I get those answers, I’m used to working on getting the knowledge I need to change the answers and solve the problems. As a student of the... Read more →


By Alex Nieuwland, SI Staff Instructor Almost exactly ten years ago, a friend of mine invited me to my first IDPA match. I still remember the first stage I ever shot. It was called “Officer Down.” For string 1, I started out laying flat on my back with my legs pointed at the target, holding a hammer in my left hand, and a Glock 19 in my right hand. At the buzzer, I sat up and shot both targets twice. For string 2, the hammer and gun switched hands. The only matches I had previous experience with were much more sedate, and I thought IDPA was the greatest thing since sliced bread. Fast forward 10 years. I have shot countless IDPA matches and been an IDPA Safety Officer for longer than I can remember, but I have also received some of the best training money can buy through force-on-force training with Suarez International. I still shoot IDPA matches, and will continue to do so, but I have also realized that most of my fellow IDPA shooters are training to beat... Read more →