March 8, 2024
5 to 9 PM
In my teaching approach, five distinct study areas come into play when someone is on the ground, with grappling being just one of them. This event is designed to introduce all five areas of study, with a special focus on the counter-grappling and ground-fighting curriculum. It’s crucial to understand that concentrating solely on one aspect of ground combat means missing out on several vital components. The primary objective of this event is to bridge this knowledge gap, providing you with a more comprehensive understanding of the diverse strategies and techniques applicable in ground situations.
The material presented in this course is the same as what I offer through Baker Defensive Tactics to a diverse clientele including protection agents, law enforcement personnel, and military operatives.
Professor Alan Baker
Professor Alan Baker is a distinguished martial artist and self-defense instructor, bringing over 40 years of experience in an array of martial arts, with a specialized focus on Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Judo, Shoot, and Combat Submission Wrestling. As the founder and chief instructor of Baker Defensive Tactics (BDT), The Civilian Tactical Association, and the Pugilist Marksman program, he imparts comprehensive defensive tactics and advanced techniques in close-quarter combat, including firearm and edged weapon handling.
Coach Alan’s expertise in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Judo, Shoot, and Combat Submission Wrestling positions him as an authority in ground fighting and grappling strategies, reflecting his deep commitment to these disciplines. His training under world-renowned instructors has not only refined his technical skills but also deepened his understanding of the intricate dynamics and tactical approaches inherent in these arts. Coach Alan’s journey in martial arts is marked by his dedication to continuous learning and teaching, fostering a rich tradition of excellence in these specialized fields.
For more information on Professor Alan Baker’s background and expertise, visit his bio page: Alan Baker Bio.
Training Will Be Held At The Atlanta Martial Arts Center
Hosted In Woodstock Georgia
Located just 30 minutes north of Atlanta, Woodstock has craft brews and chef-driven restaurants plus miles of trails and a vibrant music scene.
Woodstock, located in Georgia, exudes Southern charm and offers a delightful blend of history and a strong community spirit. The downtown area of Woodstock is brimming with energy, featuring a vibrant atmosphere and an array of exceptional dining and shopping options. With over 30 distinctive locally owned shops, you’ll discover a treasure trove of unique finds and exciting deals. Downtown Woodstock also boasts an enticing culinary scene, offering a diverse selection of locally owned restaurants that promise unforgettable dining experiences.
Adding to its allure, Woodstock is proud to be home to the Outlet Shoppes at Atlanta, Georgia’s newest premium outlet mall. Housing more than 100 world-class stores, shoppers can indulge in a delightful retail therapy experience.
WOODSTOCK THINGS TO DO
Reformation Brewery (Woodstock)
Taylor Randahl Memorial Mountain Bike Trails
The Outlet Shoppes at Atlanta
Hampton Inn Atlanta/Woodstock
450 Parkway 575, Woodstock, GA 30188•(770) 592-2323
340 Parkway 575, Woodstock, GA 30188•(770) 517-9650
Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Atlanta Woodstock
455 Parkway 575, Woodstock, GA 30188•(770) 926-4669
Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Woodstock/Atlanta North
305 Molly Ln, Woodstock, GA 30189•(678) 738-0001
Equipment Needed For Event:
- A Set Of Focus Mitts
- Non-Marking Mat Shoes
- Plenty of water and snacks
Participation in this program requires a fundamental level of physical fitness, including the capacity to kneel on one knee and return to a standing position. However, we understand that injuries and physical limitations can occur. They won’t entirely prevent you from training with us if you have any such concerns. We are committed to modifying and adapting exercises to suit your needs and conditions. Our primary goal is to provide you with a high-quality educational experience, ensuring all participants gain valuable skills and knowledge, regardless of physical constraints.
Before engaging in any physical activity, including this event, it’s advisable to consult with your doctor for guidance and to ensure it’s suitable for your health and fitness level.
This course represents a significant time and financial commitment for both participants and organizers. It has a strict refund policy due to high demand and limited spots. Cancellations made over 30 days before the class are fully refundable. Between eight and thirty days prior, tuition isn’t refundable but can be applied to another program within 12 months. Cancellations within a week of the class result in forfeiture of tuition. If a class is canceled by the organizers, enrolled students will receive a full refund.
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In this phase of our training, we’ll immerse you in the grappling world by introducing the most commonly encountered ground positions. You’ll start by mastering essential defensive skills to protect yourself in these positions against aggressive attackers. The focus will then shift to methods and techniques for creating space and time, crucial for implementing more effective defensive actions. These techniques are particularly valuable for quick disengagement and returning to a standing position, an important strategy in self-defense scenarios.
Moreover, understanding and managing time and distance becomes even more critical when incorporating weapon systems into your defense strategy. The nuances of Counter Grappling and Ground Fighting are vital for real-life self-defense situations, as staying grounded in a grappling match, especially in the presence of loved ones or multiple adversaries, is often disadvantageous.
The course encompasses five distinct study areas on the ground, of which grappling is just one aspect. We’ll explore each of these areas, teaching you how to intelligently and effectively apply these tactics in a self-defense context. This comprehensive approach ensures that you’re well-equipped with the knowledge and skills to handle various ground combat scenarios effectively.
Here’s a condensed list of bullet points of some of the topics covered:
- Understanding Ground Positions: Introduction to common ground positions in a grappling environment and defensive strategies against violent attackers.
- Intro to Grappling: High-percentage fundamentals in various control positions like Side Control, Mount Control, In The Guard, and From Guard Control.
- Creating Distance and Time: Techniques to effectively create space and buy time for more potent defensive measures.
- Exiting Ground Environment: Methods to quickly return to a standing position during a ground confrontation.
- Weapon Integration: Incorporating weapon systems into ground fighting scenarios, considering time and distance.
- Comprehensive Ground Study: Exploration of five key study areas on the ground, with a focus beyond just grappling.
- Intelligent Utilization of Tactics: Effective use of ground tactics in self-defense situations.
- Fundemental Ground Mechanics: Alignment, movement, breathing exercises, and the Bridging and Shrimping Series.
- Ground Fighting Techniques: Strategies for defending against a puncher in both closed and open guard positions and basic defensive postures.
- Counter-Grappling: Understanding what the grappler needs to survive and how you can use that against them in a self-defense situation.
My exposure to the bodyguard and protection agent industry, as well as my experience instructing in law enforcement and military sectors, led me to a crucial realization. There was a significant gap in ground fighting training. The existing training methods were not fully aligned with the practical needs of these professions.
Acknowledging this discrepancy, I embarked on developing a specialized curriculum to address these evident and critical gaps. Years of teaching this material to professionals and their valuable feedback on what effectively works in real-world scenarios shaped my current curriculum into what it is today. Initially exclusive to my tactical training business due to its specialized nature, the high demand has now led me to offer these courses publicly. This shift marks my commitment to equipping a broader audience with these essential ground fighting skills and tactics.
THE FIVE AREAS OF STUDY ON THE GROUND