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This past weekend Ben and I had the opportunity to take a course called ECQC or Extreme Close Quarter Concepts with Shivworks with Craig Douglas a.k.a. Southnarc. It was a great course with lots of information mostly pertaining to the solving the problem that 0-5′ attacks create….what is that you ask? Well repetitive orthodox shooting and training can perpetuate these shortcomings in a entanglement. I.E. Floating the gun, not understanding proper extension or compression based on the proximity of the threat.
In THIS episode however, we dive into the Friday night portion of the course where we went over Craig’s M.U.C. portion which included how to deselect yourself by understanding the criminal assault paradigm, pre contact cues, and general awareness. Please LISTEN and share with your friends and family.
Below is the ECQC Course Overview from the Shivworks website.

The ShivWorks Extreme Close Quarter Concepts (ECQC) course is a two and a half day (20 hours) block of instruction which focuses on a multi-disciplinary approach to building functional, combative handgun skills at zero to five feet. The course is designed to instill core concepts of seamless integration and provide the platform for aggressive problem solving during a life or death struggle. A heavy emphasis is placed upon commonality of body mechanics between skill sub-sets, which means that all combative software is reinforcing. Once the student’s skill sets are initially ingrained, the participant will be stress inoculated with force on force drills utilizing marking cartridges and protective equipment.

Topics covered include:

Day One (4 hours):
– Criminal Assault Paradigm
– Unequal Initiative Events
– Managing Unknown Contacts
– Practical Unarmed Combat

Day Two (8 hours):
– Introduction to the components of the Combative Drawstroke
– Building the #2 position in live-fire
– Firing throughout the horizontal line of presentation
– Off-hand fending positions
– Default position
– Basic empty hand blows
– Theory of in-fight weapon access
– Grounded basics

Day Three (8 hours):
– Challenging the potential attacker
– Preemptive weapon access
– Multiple attackers
– Negotiating the F.U.T.
– ECQ Handgun retention in holster
– ECQ handgun retention out of holster
– Handgun recovery
– Handgun striking

Weapon & Gear Class Requirements:
– Reliable handgun
– Minimum two (2) magazines
– Quality holster and magazine pouches.
– 500 rounds of ammunition
– Heavy sweatshirt or soft body armor
– Mouthpiece and cup
– Seasonal weather gear
– Ballistic Eye protection
– Ear protection
– Weapon lubrication and cleaning supplies.
– Good attitude

Shivworks Website

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  1. Mike Foster says:

    Finished this one a little bit early so I can take the ole lady out this evening. Good episode Guys. You’re beginning to take on the air of professional broadcasters. Thanks for giving us the inside scoop on MUC training. I’m an old dog who learned a couple new tricks from your presentation.

    • Evan Carson says:

      Thanks Mike, we are glad that you continue to enjoy our shows. We appreciate the feedback! Stay tuned…..

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