No Second Chance (NSC) is our no-frills reality assault survival program--there are Six Instructional Blocks that comprise it--these may be used independently but are ideally used as an interlocking whole so that maximum effect is derived.
Below I describe, in brief, each instructional unit and recommended order of consumption for those with an eye on Certification in this program.
1. NO SECOND CHANCE--We advise all to read our introductory manual to familiarize themselves with our Mind-Setting Material. It is important that we understand just who we define as Predators so that we can justify/immunize ourselves to the seemingly brutal methods we advocate. This book lays the intellectual foundation and moral justification for the NSC Program.
2. STREET SELF DEFENSE VOL. 1: THE VOCABULARY--This DVD set introduces the entire head-to-toe unarmed arsenal and the head-to-toe target system and then runs both of these through a comprehensive unarmed vs. unarmed retaliation drill sequence using both Static & Fluid Assault Scenarios.
3. STREET SELF-DEFENSE VOL.2: X-WEAPON--This DVD introduces the "Never without a weapon" concept and then proceeds to delineate the 14 classes of improvised weapons and provides a transferable movement template that can be used for all 14 classes. It then introduces the concepts needed to survive an unarmed vs. armed assault-- both Static & Fluid Weapons Assaults.
4. STREET SELF-DEFENSE VOL. 3: THE OUTER LIMITS DRILLS --This DVD set details 60+ Chaos/Entropy Drills to test any and all self-protection responses—not just NSC material. This subject matter is not about "how to" but to determine what tactics and strategies survive point of contact with the enemy. These drills run the gamut from Physical Handicapping and Sensory Deprivation to Environmental Manipulation and Ballistic Stressors. It is my sincere belief that none of the physical material is truly seated or understood until your vocabulary (both armed & unarmed) are tested with at least an even dozen of The Outer Limits Drills.
5. FLIGHT (MUD, GUTS, & GLORY): Here we emphasize the 2nd word in the Fight or Flight Dictum with a series of drills to ensure that you have both the ability and skill to move as rapidly and efficiently as possible in, over, under, around, and through as many terrains or environments as you may encounter. This book is a dual purpose manual, portions are for the obstacle course race enthusiasts, the self-protection trainee should jump right to the Fight or Flight Section and then proceed from there to the Tips & Tactics Drills.
6. THE NSC BOOK OF DRILLS: What The Outer Limits Drills are to physical skills, the NSC Homework is to our Preparation and Mind-Setting. With this material we seek to have you not merely think about the material but to live it. This material is a series of hands-on intellectual and physical preparedness exercises and drills that teach preparation, planning, and improved response in a variety of environments. Each unit uses detailed questionnaires and task checklists to improve the safety of the individual and their family. Drills cover Home Preparedness, Vehicle Preparedness, Common Location Preparedness, Disaster readiness, et cetera. This material moves the preparation out of the gym and out of merely thinking about the material and physically forces us to be ready via the grading process we use to check and keep the homework on point. These drills are designed to help you get it right when everything goes wrong. Currently these drills are only available to RAW Members.
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ASSIGNMENT SET #10
HOMEWORK PROTOCOL: Upon the completion of each written-assignment, simply email it back. We will provide an evaluation (and follow-up assignment if need be) and proceed to the next assignment.
“FIRE DRILLS” There is a Special Ops axiom that we need to keep in mind at all times throughout our training: “Never do anything for the first time in combat.” In other words, no passive consumption of the material; everything (everything) must be drilled, drilled, drilled.
It is with the above mantra in mind that we approach the next set of exercises.
EVACUATION: Having previously examined escape from the home and common environments (work, et cetera) in other words, evacuation in the micro-sense, let’s zoom out on our environment to the macro. In this assignment we assume our threat is not necessarily that of the criminal predator (although it can be that) but a threat more pervasive and encompassing. This threat can be meteorological in nature (tornado, hurricane, severe storm, flooding, et cetera), geological (earthquake, mudslide, volcanic eruption and the like), man-made, whether intentional or, an act of failure (attack, power grid failure, rioting), or, biological (epidemic, or the un-likely to western minds “species plague”—a periodic swarming of wildlife).
Use the following questions and activities to prompt strategies for a variety of evacuation scenarios. Again, I urge you not to pay mental lip service to these questions but to act upon your own assessment of the information.
QUESTIONS & THE 21-DAY EVACUATION PREPAREDNESS DRILL
LEARN FROM MY MISTAKE
There is essentially one tertiary surface road that leads to my home. This road has one point of egress on the south end and a 3-way intersection along the north end. I know three of these exit points well and use them often in the course of weekly travel.
I also own two vehicles, my primary was a 4WD for “just in case” purposes.
Having already executed the above drills for my home I “assumed” I had my bases covered.
The winter of 2011 rolls along and we are hit by icy conditions. Portions of my home county are caught flat-footed. Our southern exit road is rendered impassable, even to 4WD as it is a tight two-lane with a steep uphill grade with no shoulder to the right or left and a steep 75 to 80 foot drop on the right. I had already ruled out this road in the drilling phase knowing that icy conditions would make passage here mighty treacherous.
Time to head north to the 3-way intersection. I had planned ahead and I was good to go, after all, I have 4WD and experience driving on ice. My plan failed by not taking into account the plans (or lack of plans) of others.
The two egresses I had mapped and planned in the event of icy conditions also have steep grades—steep but manageable with a bit of care—these grades became choke points when others wiped out and jammed these grades rendering the road, shoulders, and even ditches impassable for even a 4WD. This led, in both choked routes, to a mighty stress inducing 5-6 miles icy road traverse in reverse on one route and a 2-3 mile reverse traverse on the other. Cars had jammed ditches and lanes making a 3-point turn-around out of the question.
I thought I was fine in icy conditions but this mighty tight-squeeze reverse work was a bit different.
We now had 3 of 4 possible egresses choked leaving the one route I did not map. I have used that road (westbound) only once and for the life of me could not recall where it terminated, what roads led off of it, or, even what the general terrain of that road was (i.e., even more potential choke-points?). At that time, rather than risk ditching my vehicle I returned home—the family was warm, we had supplies, and the trip could afford to be scuttled but…if the trip were in fact an emergency my vehicle plan was rendered useless by my “well considered” plans.
So, use my failure as an example when answering this assignment questions and running the drills.
Oh, and I now know my westbound road route well. Turns out I just may need to keep a go-bag in the vehicle and be prepared to ditch if need be.
Read THE BLACK SWAN: The Impact of the Highly Improbable by Nassim Nicholas Taleb and provide any thoughts you may have on “black swans” in your own life.