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Blog Posts of Dave Young

Dave served as law enforcement officer in Florida and in the Marines as a gate sentry, patrol officer, watch commander, investigator, Special Reaction Team (SRT) member, leader and commander. He now serves as a defensive tactics consultant for numerous police and correctional agencies. Dave also is an industry leader in testing public safety equipment and non-lethal weaponry. He applied all of this expertise as host of “Crash Test Human,” a TV series for National Geographic in which he tested emergency scenarios such as being trapped inside a water-submerged car.

Wrist Grabs--More Common And More dangerous than you may think!

Wrist Grabs--More Common And More dangerous than you may think!

When an attacker grabs you, it creates a situation that is dangerous on so many levels.  Grabs can quickly escalate to a fight, including the use of weapons.  Once grabbed, the victim is severely and instantly limited in their ability to escape or defend.  

All grabs are dangerous due to all the unknowns that may follow, meaning what might come next in the form of a follow-up attack. During any...

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When you cannot breathe - do this!

Ground Smother Series- When you can't breathe, do this!


People can deal with hunger for days and thirst for hours, but we can only manage being deprived of our next breath of air for a couple of minutes. That is why smothering sends a person so quickly into a blind panic, whenever they are forced to fight for their next precious breath of air. 

Unlike shooting from a distance or even stabbing during a sudden assault, smothering is a very...

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You've Been Grabbed! Now What? Why being hopeful can get you killed

Am I Safe? Why being hopeful can get you killed featured image
No work is more personal and intimate than healthcare and working inside a hospital means you are always up close and personal with your customers. In fact, healthcare workers are so close to their work that managing their personal safety comes second to their patients needs. If you are unable to manage your distance and positioning, as say in our training, then you are more than likely going...
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Can I die if Someone Spits on Me?

Ever been spat on? Nothing can change the conversation like spitting on someone. It's gross, disgusting, inexcusable, illegal, and perhaps the highest display of disrespect that someone can make towards another human being. Make no mistake about it, spitting on someone is an assault, just the same as punching or kicking them. And the response to any assault should be consistent and in...

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Personal Protection - Do You Know What to Look For To Stay Safe?

Personal Protection - Do You Know What to Look For To Stay Safe?

The old saying, “You speak volumes before the first word is spoken,” couldn’t be truer!  As a personal safety expert and defensive tactics trainer with over 30 plus years of training and experience in law enforcement, corrections and the United States Marine Corps, I have often read assault victim reports, in which when asked what happened, the person shrugs, “I don’t know, he just punched me.”

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'Hey, You Grabbed Me The Wrong Way!'

Vistelar Blog Front Wrist Escape

Have you ever taken a self-defense class and heard an instructor say something like, “No, grab my other arm?” or “Hey, you grabbed me the wrong way?” So, if you're grabbed by the wrist, the arm, the shirt, or the throat, do you really want to take the time to think about what move you need to escape? Wouldn't it be much better to have a self-defense technique that is easy to learn, recall, and...

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