The Core Combat Training Course™ Official Syllabus
( by Carl Cestari – www.carlcestari.com ) Tools Needed: Training Dummy Shirt/ Pair of Boots Belt Egg Timer Brick Cinder Block Sand paper belts House Sponge (about 5 X 8”) Carpenters or woodworking sponge (about 3 X 5”) Duct Tape Any truly practical approach to personal survival in the context of real-world violent assault must assume certain fundamental “base lines”. These are in essence the “measuring sticks” used to validate and/or prioritize training, tactics and so-called “techniques”. One MUST assume that the ANY pragmatic training doctrine should ALWAYS START with “worst case” scenarios. Anything less is just plain foolishness. These mandates include: 1. More than ONE aggressor (whether you see more than one aggressor or not). 2. ALL aggressor’s are ARMED (whether you see a weapon or not). 3. ANY aggressor you may face is a SUPERIOR fighter (in terms of size, strength, fitness, youth, experience and skill). 4. ANY aggressor willing to lay a hand on you, or even verbally threaten you is FULLY capable of KILLING YOU! 5. NO potentially violent situation can be “defused” or “de-escalated”. NEVER EVER assume that it CAN! 6. NO stranger OR potential threat should EVER be allowed to enter your personal safety zone without being CHALLENGED (to reveal intent) or STOPPED IMMEDIATELY(if within touching distance) – ANY approach from the REARWARD 180 degree circumference MUST be FORCEFULLY and IMMEDIATELY DEALT WITH! 7. ANY and ALL tactics, training and “technique” must be “workable” under conditions of poor visibility, poor terrain, obstacle strewn and unfamiliar environment, physical distress, injury, exhaustion and while having to protect others. To sum up in the SIMPLEST of terms – Consider how VERY, VERY “bad” it can get……………….triple that…………………then “plan” accordingly. And then realize that whatever you plan…………………….at first contact it will go right down the crapper! In terms of TRAINING and “technique”, three important factors must be present: 1. Speed
cradle-blows. Accuracy SLOW reactions/actions are USELESS! WEAK reactions/actions are USELESS! INACCURATE reactions/actions are USELESS! In order to BEST fulfill the above requirements and avoid the USELESS the trainee should choose the SIMPLEST. Right lead – Left follow thru 5. hammerfist smashes. Right side flanking attack 10.
.LEAD WITH SPEED – FOLLOW with POWER! Now consider ALL the possibilities with JUST THIS ONE ATTACK. Rear attack turning right 13. body English and follow through with the INTENT of blasting the assailants head right off his shoulders! REMEMBER the BOXING ADAGE………………………. Double left hand 3. 3. Not to mention training various headbutts. Then you start to COMBINE all the various blows and combinations. Power 3. POWER FIRST – Then speed. finger-jabs. Left side flanking attack 9.2. Direct to the FRONT (using all of the above) 6. Double right hand 2. Angled attack 45 degrees to the right rear 11. shoulder slams. knees and kicks. punches. Rear attack turning left These are ENOUGH DRILLS to work on for WEEKS if not months! NOW!!!!!!!! Do the same for edge of hand blows. ALSO REMEMBER the age old boxing adage: LEAD WITH SPEED and FOLLOW WITH POWER! Training the TIGER-CLAW/CHIN-JAB/HEEL of HAND blow would mandate that these LINEAR type attacks be PRACTICED in TWO ways: 1. 2. Angled attack 45 degrees to the left front(using all of the above 1-4) 7. SPEED FIRST – Then power. most mechanically efficient and OVERALL pragmatic attacks. elbows. Left lead – Right follow thru 4. Angled attack 45 degrees to the left rear 12. ALWAYS WITH COMBAT ACCURACY! So a training combination USING JUST a “Tiger-Claw” could simply be a FAST NONTELEGRAPHED “Cobra-like” whip to the face EMPHASIZING SPEED(your opening “gambit”) ………………….. forearms. Angled attack 45 degrees to the right front(using all of the above 1-4) 8. 1. and hip-checks.then a POWER SHOT “Tiger-Claw” using recoil.
no referees. EMOTION and FULL AGGRESSIVE DRIVE………………………………and REMEMBER THIS – a street ASSAULT is NOT a “sparring” match! No parity.
. FORGET PIN-POINT ACCURACY! It AIN’T GONNA HAPPEN! “COMBAT” accuracy means the ability to hit GENERALLY VITAL targets! REMEMBER THESE THREE GENERAL TARGET AREAS as being PRIME: 1. no acknowledgement of the skills of the opposition. and NO RULES……………which means you are JUST as likely to get stabbed right thru your eye socket with a rusty shank. The entire area from the BRIDGE of the NOSE to the BASE of the THROAT. 2. no “time” to “train up”.a three inch strip that wraps around the body’s center line and contains a NUMBER of damaging target areas. THEN you train with INTENT. no time limits. The entire area from the TEMPLE to the BASE of the SIDE of NECK. 2.NO RULES in the street REALLY MEANS “NO HOLDS BARRED”. have your innards blown out by a sawn-off or be set upon by a gang of ruthless “thrill” killers as you are to be cold-cocked in the jaw or kicked right in the balls…………………. handball or similar small BOUNCING type ball under the armpit of your striking hand. For SPEED: Place a child’s rubber ball. This is VERY IMPORTANT! FULLY understand HOW the ”technique” should work……then let YOUR body teach you the BEST way for YOU to do it! The use of MAN-LIKE dummies is ESSENTIAL! Heavy-bags can be used. Using the man-dummy will work the accuracy. strike and kick.Concentrate on developing SPEED. Your imagination is the limit here! The above two drills added to the actual full bore fighting drills are ENOUGH for ANYONE to increase their speed and power. then POWER and ALWAYS ACCURACY! STUDY the mechanics of each blow. For POWER: Use RUBBER TUBING to place resistance in ANY type of attack maneuver. Some training drill ideas: Here are some very basic. 3. no willing participation.ATTACK with your weapon of choice and STRIKE as many times as possible BEFORE the rubber ball hits the deck and bounces once! Then use COMBINATIONS right and left. With your hands and arms at your side and the ball firmly under the attacking arms armpit………………. but to reap full benefit from these drills man-like training dummies are the BEST! YOU START with a regimented by-rote LEARNING process! You have to learn to crawl before you walk and so forth. The CENTER LINE AXIS……. no KNOWN qualifiers AT ALL. but EXCEPTIONALLY GOOD training drills that are VERY simple and very effective1.
Angled attacks to the front. 1. Make sure to take every 5th day off. Angle to the right: Repeat 1 through 4. Double left hand (2 Short Edge of hands 25 times) 3. Work out 1 Edge of Hand Short and Long A. Each work out is designed to happen on different days. Remember to use the ENTIRE body and really feel the muscular lock from he feet thru the legs and hips up the torso to the shoulders and thru the arms to the striking weapon. JUST DON’T STOP TRAINING! Five minutes a day is better than NO minutes a day! Below are some Sample Training Routines to get you started. TRAINING ROUTINES: For the average individual interest in training has its peaks and valleys just like any other endeavor in life. You can also integrate each workout into your current training regiment.Position yourself so that the dummy is directly on either side of you. Angle to the left: Repeat 1-4 C.ISOMETRIC CONDITIONING USING THE MAN-DUMMY: This is another great way to employ your man-dummy. “speed” – “power” or “accuracy”. pick out ONE single “technique” and ONE single specific goal. 2. it is better to address TRAINING MOTIVATION/ Breaking your workouts up into smaller specific routines directed at a specific “technique” and goal will help you get over “training” doldrums keep you focused on a specific short=term goal or accomplishment. Right lead – Left follow thru Right follow thru (Short Edge of Hand and Long Edge of Hand 25 times) B. Left side flanking attack: Repeat 1-4 2. Double right hand (2 Short Edge of hands 25 times) 2. Left lead – Right follow thru (Short Edge of Hand and Long Edge of Hand 25 times) 4. Maintain the discipline to train that abbreviated and focused goal daily until you feel energized again and return to a fuller training regimen. i. Angled Attacks to the rear
. Take ANY hand blow and at the POINT of NATURAL contact with the target perform a series of isometric-type contractions as you attempt to power thru the target. Work each routine as frequently as every day or as infrequently as every 3 days. But below you should have enough to last you a very long time.e. Facing the Training Dummy (Remember to assumer the appropriate angle on his center line) 1. So when you get stale in your overall training routine.Position your self so that the dummy is 45 degrees to the right or left of you 1. Right side flanking attack: Repeat 1-4 D. Rather than giving the trainee a specific series of drills (which the trainee can and should develop for themselves). Repetitions will vary for individual. Flanking Attacks.
2 short horizontal edge of hands to side of target’s head. Rear Attacks 1. Strength Conditioning Edge of hand as Example 1. Adjust the number of reps as needed. Hand Conditioning Place the house sponge on the cinder block and place the brick with the carpenter’s sponge. cradle-blows (hand yoke/web of hand). elbows. finger jab and punch Rotate the techniques. knees and kicks. Edge of hand. practice the combinations in the above manner. Work out 3
. Only do one set of each with each hand. sand paper and duct tape on top of the sponge. heel of hand.shoulder only B. Drop step shoulder stop with lead hand. long horizontal edge of hand with same across targets head. 1. chin jab with post. just do the edge of hand. Examples: 1. long edge of hand. Tiger claw. edge of hand chin jab/ no post. Edge of hand 50 to 100 each hand. knee to testicles 3. web of hand. Drop Step Tiger claw with your lead hand. **Do techniques by themselves and in combinations. Rear attack turning right: Repeat 1-4 2. A. Angled attack 45 degrees to the left rear: Repeat 1-4 E. and hip-checks. Simply. 5 to 12. Short edge of hand. punches.whole body Edge of hand. 2. Not to mention training various head-butts. hammer-fist smashes. rear elbow smash the chest. web of hand throat.10 second holds with each hand. fingerjabs. Angled attack 45 degrees to the right rear: Repeat 1-4 2. One work out. Rear attack turning left: Repeat 1-4 F. edge of hand head. Short edge of hand. Shoulder stop. 5. edge of hand body. The next work out just do the heel of hand and so forth. 4. Go lightly at first and then add intensity. Work out 2 Strength conditioning and Hand Conditioning This can be done for the: edge of hand. rear vertical edge of hand to targets collar bone. 6. Burst Drills: Get your Egg time and do 10 sets of 15 or 30 second bursts Replace the edge of hand with.1. forearms. shoulder slams. Short edge of hand with the same hand and post/Chin jabDig the fingers in and push the neck back.
4. Pay attention to your body. 30 seconds bursts from the top 5 sets. 30 second bursts from the bottom Work out 4.Strangles and Grappling Rear Naked. Chain Drill. sitting on a stake out. In your spare time. or waiting for that federal witness to stick their head out of a safe house. Things will be uncomfortable. Practice with your Brick. hit it.v.
. Strangles from the closed guard/ do jime (make sure to lock the feet out) Rear Naked 5 sets Front 5 sets Japanese 5 sets Basic Collar 5 sets 3. Move from each strangle to dislocation. do it until you’re bored and then find something else to torture. Remember times and repetitions can and should be altered. strangle it. Do from both the top and bottom. Striking on the Ground. Do the patter as illustrated in the video by Damian. Rest until you feel good enough to do another set. 5 sets. Squeeze it. As always consult a physician before undertaking ANY strenuous activity. Technically this last one isn’t a “work out”. 5 sets of 30 seconds in duration Move from one strangle to the other (like Carl Does on Ground fighting). while your watching t. but use common sense. Strangles from the rear Each Strangle is done 5 sets of 5 to 12 second lock outs. stalking a former girlfriend or boyfriend. Front. Rear Naked 5 sets Front 5 sets Japanese 5 sets Basic Collar 5 sets 2. sitting about. Japanese and Basic Collar Strangle Strength Conditioning 1. Stay safe and God Bless.