Extreme Close Quarter Concepts:

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.

Course fee (range fees may apply depending on venue)


Topics covered include:

Day One (4 hours):
– Criminal Assault Paradigm
– Unequal Initiative Events
– Managing Unknown Contacts
– Practical Unarmed Combat or In-Extremis Knife modules

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.
– 275 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


Armed Movement in Structures:

The ShivWorks Armed Movement in Structures (AMIS) course is a twenty hour block of instruction focusing on negotiating movement problems within structures with limited or no resources. Realizing that moving through a structure that contains armed hostiles, perhaps by one’s self, is probably the most dangerous task one can undertake, the best options for winning a confrontation are presented with the qualification that there is no safe way to do this.

Day One (12 hours):
– Viewing the environment in terms of the unseen
– Vertical, Horizontal, and Diagonal planes of visual obscurement
– Distance variables and the visual apex
– Threshold evaluation
– Dynamic and Deliberate movement
– Room Entry factors (known versus unknown)
– Minimizing multiple exposure
– Modifying the fighting platform to conform to cover and concealment
– Re-setting/Disrupting the adversary’s OODA loop
– Chalk board exercises
– Dry-runs
– FoF evolutions
– Low-light module

Day Two (8 hours)
– Practical Exercises for egress, search, and third-party rescue

Course fee (A facility fee may apply)


Gear Class Requirements:

-Airsoft pistol, gas, and BBs

-Appropriate head and face protection for airsoft (full mask)






Practical Unarmed Combat:

The ShivWorks Practical Unarmed Combat core concepts module is a 4 to 16
hour foundational block of instruction that introduces the student to the
parameters and context of criminal assault. The student will learn how criminals
actually assault citizens in the real world and will initially focus on strategies and
tactics for challenging and preempting the potential assailant. The instruction will
then shift to simple physical skills for spontaneous assault and how to
regain initiative and escape.  Coursework many include ground work and empty hand applications against firearms and edged weapons, contingent on seminar length.



Edged Weapons Overview:

The Edged Weapons Overview course is a 16 hour focused overview of knife application methods that will give the student a fundamental and broad understanding of edged weapons. Like all ShivWorks courses EWO is contextually underscored and emphasizes conceptual framework applied through the minimalist, functional toolbox. All software is presented from the “reductionist’s” point of view to maximize retention and maintenance efficiency. Topics to be covered in the course include:

Day One:

The Criminal Assault Paradigm
Managing Unknown Contacts
Default Position and basic blows
Tool Survey
Robust Folder Deployment
Theory of In-Fight Weapons Access
In-Extremis application

Day Two:

Mobility and Zoning Issues of equal initiative encounters
Plyometric Fighting Platform
Point Theory, forward and reverse grip
Conventional Edge introduction
Refining the narrow angle
Reverse Edge introduction
The Functional Support Hand
Specialty and Improvised Edged tools (push daggers, icepicks, screwdrivers, etc.). This module is largely based on what students bring to the class and wish to see addressed.

Equipment Required: Comfortable clothes, wrap-around eye protection, mouthpiece and cup, preferred carry knives.

Course fee




Vehicle Combatives and Shooting Tactics

The ShivWorks Vehicle Combatives and Shooting Tactics (VCAST) course is a twenty-four hour block of instruction focused on developing combative functionality with firearms and empty hand skills in and around vehicles. The coursework is contextually underscored for the problems an armed citizen might possibly face from criminal activity. VCAST is a high liability course due to the nature of the developmental drills and evolutions.

This course will be utilizing non operable vehicles intended to be shot, and running condition vehicles not intended to be shot but will be damaged during the class. Student vehicles will also be used during the class in certain non-hazardous to damage portions of the class.

***Prior attendance of Extreme Close Quarter Concepts (ECQC) is mandatory, NO EXCEPTIONS.***

Topics covered include:

Day One (4 hours):

•Positional Dominance and parking tactics
•Surveillance Detection
•Managing encroachment and movement tactics
•Task Fixation problems on embuss
•Hostile debuss problems (parallel and perpendicular)

Day Two (12 hours)

•Engaging exterior targets front, sides, and rear live fire
•Engaging interior targets live fire
•Utilizing the vehicle as cover and positional shooting dynamics
•Debuss under fire
•Managing passengers and children
•In traffic positional tactics
•Minimizing target profile while driving through ambush
•Pushing through other vehicles
•Optimal in vehicle movement (modified Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu)
•Managing collisions and the Airbag Ambush
•Oncoming traffic concerns
•Live fire vehicle penetration demo

Day Three (8 hours)

•Student versus student developmental evolutions
Weapon & Gear Class Requirements:

– Reliable handgun
– Minimum two (2) magazines
– Quality holster and magazine pouches.
– 200 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

Course fee;



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