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2-Day Empty Hand Defense

Front Sight Course Review

K (Taken September 2012)

Editor's Note: This is a review for the 2-Day Empty Hand Defense Course class offered at Front Sight.
  • 2-Day Empty Hand Defense

  • Student: K
  • Occupation: Currently Unemployed
  • Weapon: N/A
  • Instructor's Name: Steve
  • Number Course Taken: First time
  • Student Rating: 9/10
  • Course: Front Sight Course
What were your reasons for taking this specific course?

Basically, just to learn some of the hand defense basics. When I had attended a course a while back, there was a lady who had taken this course; and she really liked it and highly recommended it to me.

General Comments

I loved that this course was not in the sun and was indoors! It was pretty hot outside, but the tent was air-conditioned. By midday, however, the air conditioner couldn't keep up.

I grew up boxing some, so I already knew a lot of the basic maneuvers that they introduced. There wasn't much legwork in the course, but there were a lot of upper body moves. The only legwork we did was a front kick, and they taught us how to sweep. Overall, the course was rather intensive.

On the first day, they had half of the students hold martial arts body pads, while the other half would practice punching and kicking the pads down the line of students. Then, we switched off after two times through the line of students.

When they paired us off with partners to practice some one on one things, the instructors were kind enough to pair me with another lady for the "rape" simulation. In this exercise, we were to attempt to buck off the other person and get them on their back. I appreciated the fact that the instructors gave us a lot of personal attention to make sure that we were doing everything right. With every maneuver, there was an instructor right there with you to make sure that you learned to do it properly before they moved on to the next thing.

Approximately how many people attended this course?

About 30 people with 5 instructors

Do you have any tips for first-time students of this course?

Don't wear any jewelry; do wear loose-fitting clothing. Also, I suggest that you look at this course as a learning experience and don't let your ego get in the way.

Would you suggest this course to others?

Yes, I would.

How did you get there?

I flew from CA.

Where did you stay?

I stayed at the Best Western.

How did you handle the lunch situation?

I ordered my lunches from the Beach Café.

Do you have any dinner suggestions?

I ate at Wulfy's in Pahrump. I really like their Black and Bleu Burger, which was a bleu cheese burger with bacon.

What other courses do you plan on taking in the future?

2-Day Edged Weapons

What other classes have you taken at Front Sight?

4-Day Defensive Handgun
4-Night Defensive Handgun
2-Day M-16
2-Day Handgun Skill Builder