Should you end up on the ground in a self-defense attack situation, Jim Wagner's Ground Survival DVD from his Reality-Based Personal Protection series will teach you how to use this otherwise undesirable position to your tactical advantage. Topics include the best method for hitting the deck, subject takedowns, tackle defense, the ground-conflict position and ways to generate powerful arm strikes from the ground. Learn the latest police and military recovery methods for escape and evasion, how to use the environment to your advantage and how to get back on your feet. As a well-known defensive-tactics instructor, Sgt. Jim Wagner draws on more than three decades of experience in martial arts, police, military and special operations. For many years, Jim Wagner wrote Black Belt’s High Risk column. His methods are used by many elite forces, including the Israeli Special Forces, FBI SWAT and Germany's GSG9 unit. Wagner is the creator of two Reality-Based Personal Protection DVD series, a multi-topic DVD series on survival tactics, and the author of two books: Reality-Based Personal Protection and Defensive Tactics for Special Operations, with the third (Protecting Others) in production for 2011 release. Jim Wagner remains in demand around the world, where he preaches the gospel of reality-based fighting, a genre he single-handedly defined.


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