Covered 6 DEFENDER – January 2022 Edition

In This Issue

Self Defense for Security Teams 

“Is there a supreme martial art?”

By Bryce Eddy  - Covered 6 Contributor


Vicarious Credibility 

“Don't trust us, test us”  

By Mike Grant  - COO, Covered Six 

Self Defense for Security Teams 

“Is there a supreme martial art?”  

By Bryce Eddy - Covered 6 Contributor

For uptight characters, this question is close to discussing religion, politics or questioning the efficacy of worldwide lockdowns for a spicy cold.  Thankfully, there isn’t a Big Corporate Lobby for the Bullshido folks to shut down or cancel me for this question.

I’ve studied martial arts for many years and have a great respect for anyone who chooses the path of a warrior and dedicates the time to any discipline, even if some of them look like dancing. I do think it’s pretty clear which disciplines are useful for public safety or self-defense and which one, if you could only pick one, would reign supreme. 

All this being said, we should be open to the idea that no one has all the right answers and in almost any endeavor we should take the best of what works, adopt it and throw the rest out. 

First, any martial art that doesn’t have a sports equivalent, should be mostly ignored. If you cannot pressure test in a merit-based sports environment, you cannot see what comes out when you are personally tested and what could happen in real combat. When we create an intense adrenal response, one in which your opponent is actually trying to hurt you, we get to see an echo of what it would look like in a real fight.  Real life physical confrontations look nothing like the meditative dance of a Kata or the choreography in a movie.  Additionally, as warriors, we need to be slightly inoculated to the fear and rush that comes from combat and you can only get close to this in a controlled sports contest.

This is why the most dangerous opponents are fighters that have trained and competed in Muy Thai, Kick Boxing, Boxing, Wrestling or BJJ.  I mean no offense to the Krav Maga crowd and have many friends in that universe (many also train with me), but most of the of the effective movements cannot be pressure tested easily in training (i.e., simulated eye gouge or a blow to the nether regions).  This can create a situation where an experienced bar brawler who spent his youth beating up college football players can wreck a Krav guy’s night simply because he is used to the explosive chaos and violence of a real exchange.  That being said, Krav has exceptional strategies for dealing with weapons and should be incorporated into your practice.

The real question is, which defensive tactics system can deliver the experience, personal confidence, effectiveness, and necessary skills for real situations in the shortest effective dose and can be appropriate for people of all ages, shapes and shapes?

If you can only spend time on one, Brazilian Jiu-jitsu is the top of that list.

I could give you 10 reasons, but I only have 800 words, so I will focus on just a few.  

  1. The overwhelming majority of all “use of force” situations for Public Safety Professionals require “hands on” and BJJ techniques are most effective and look better on the National News.

  2. BJJ is the ONLY one that is effective in real life scenarios for smaller or weaker individuals, including women.

  3. It takes the least amount of time to become proficient and is effective against 80%+ of the population. This is roughly Blue-belt level or approximately 1 year of dedicated training.  

  4. It causes the least amount of training injuries and is much safer for both parties in a combat or Arrest & Control scenario.

  5. It produces an incredible effect on your confidence and can teach you “To be Comfortable with the Uncomfortable” and this has a profound effect on all areas of life. 

I can hear it now, “What about multiple attackers, dude!” or “Yeah, good luck when you’re on your back in the guard and my homie soccer balls your head!”. 

I get it. Let’s talk about that.  What is the best martial art for multiple attackers? It’s called Run So Fast, or GTFO.  It’s the oldest of all defensive arts and should be the first thing you learn after Verbal Judo. But seriously, we constantly review actual footage of these encounters.  The better fighters rely on managing the distance, the confusion of multiple attackers, and dominating or getting out of the situation quickly. 

Addressing the second point, most people are familiar with the jiu-jitsu ground game and what has become popular during the evolutionary years of Sport BJJ, which is not very effective in the street. However, with the traditional BJJ publicly promoted by Rickson Gracie and taught at my own Jean Jacques Machado School where the majority of our students are first responders, we teach BJJ as a life-or-death skill first and not a game.  We focus on controlling our opponents from standing first, then to the ground.  We stay on top, in position and in control. We certainly teach guard as a defensive tool, or something to transition through on the way to a position of control and dominance. 

We also focus on positions like knee on belly, which transitions nicely into a handcuffing position, keeps your head up and aware allowing you to disengage with ease, if you need to address other attackers or move to a deadlier tool in your arsenal. 

Until next time, keep training, OSS. <>

Vicarious Credibility 

“Don't trust us, test us” 

By Mike Grant - COO, Covered Six 

Most managers and leaders in the security industry are familiar with the term “vicarious liability”, where one party can be held indirectly responsible or liable for a third party’s actions. You’ve probably also heard the word “vicarious” used when experiencing in your own imagination, the feelings or actions of another as in, “I wish I was going to Hawaii with you! I guess I’ll have to live through you vicariously!” Recently, while meeting with Covered Six CEO and Owner Chris Dunn, we were discussing companies and people that co-opt others’ experience and credibility for their own gains. In deep contemplation, we arrived at the term, “Vicarious Credibility”.

For vicarious credibility to take place, one needs to associate themselves with a company or person that exemplifies traits that they themselves wish to possess but don’t due to lack of experience and training. That person will then co-opt that credibility, claim it as their own, and sell themselves or their company as actually possessing those traits where none actually exist. Any logical person can see not only the liability but the danger in hiring a company or person who perpetrates this front. 

Often, many people believe that law enforcement or military experience properly prepares one for a career in the security industry. Unless that person possesses a dynamic personality, open to new ideas, has zero ego, and possesses a warm and friendly disposition, most of what they learned in the past does not quite translate in the present. “Titles, trademarks, and resumes”, as Chris Dunn often relates, can be impressive, but they are generally not an indication of the person's ability to perform executive protection at the concierge level, nor does it indicate a realistic approach to security. 

So how does a potential client protect themselves from hiring the services of a security company or security advisor engaging in vicarious credibility? Chris Dunn often uses the term, “Don’t trust us, test us”. Encourage potential clients to visit your company proving grounds, security academies, and training facilities where the actual training takes place. Engage with their instructors to determine the depth and breadth of initial training and how frequently ongoing training takes place. Review and analyze their policies and procedures that guide sound decision-making. Most potential clients will be shocked to discover that the vast majority of security companies don’t actually train but only require of their guards a simple guard card. 

The security industry must remain in front of the global power curve of rising crime, decriminalization, and encroaching destabilization. Only tangible and meaningful training, the selection of emotionally intelligent candidates, and sound policies, and procedures can guide future security officers to make sound decisions, reducing liability and keeping businesses and people truly safe. One’s confidence in a security company or adviser should arise from demonstrated facts and observable actions, not through the vicarious credibility of others. <>

  • January 6, 2022