Extreme Close Quarter Concepts (ECQC)

Extreme Close Quarter Concepts (ECQC) course is the flagship Shivworks Course and takes place over 2.5 days with a total of 24 training hours. Instruction is given on functional handgun skills from zero to five feet, a unique problem requiring an interdisciplinary approach. Provided is a template for what we feel are the best practices between verbal and physical skills to avoid, stabilize, and resolve a life-threatening situation within the context of the criminal assault paradigm while armed. After developing new skills, everyone validates the skills through an unscripted evolution. Evolutions are competitive, non-consensual force-on-force experiences using marking cartridges and protective equipment.

**The first four hours of day two and three are live fire training. You can train from concealment or overtly outside the waistband; neither choice will impact the quality of your training experience. You must be able to safely and competently deploy/shoot/manipulate your firearm. This is not a pistol 101 course, and a lack of basic weapons handling skills will result in you being asked to step off the firing line. **


Criminal Assault Paradigm: the reality of violent crimes against people and the trends commonly observed

Managing Unknown Contacts: a template to improving social literacy and navigate public space

Adapted presentation: functionalizing the pistol draw stroke for real-world space

Thumb Pectoral Index: Proper pistol retention shooting and diminishment

Appropriate Extension: Avoiding an unnecessary weapon retention problem

Grounded Weapon Fights: An efficient template to get to your feet, a weapon, or something between the two

Weapon Retention, Recovery, Disarm: Splitting attention and the impact of conversation on motor-skill, in-holster/out holster gun problems

Full Spectrum Evolution: realistic problem solving with the possibility of multiple threats

Please bring the following items with you to class:

  • Quality holster
  • Handgun, 220 rounds of ammunition
  • Safety glass, ear protection
  • Comfortable clothes
  • Mouthpiece and cup
  • Preferred carry knives
  • Trainer knives (if you have them)

Please check our training calendar for upcoming offerings of ECQC and other Shivworks classes near you. Also, please review our refund policy before signing up for any class.

First Day (Four Hours):
  • Criminal Assault Paradigm
  • Unequal Initiative Events
  • Managing Unknown Contacts
  • Practical Unarmed Combat or In-Extremis Knife modules
Second Day (Eight 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
Third Day (Eight 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
Please bring the following items with you to class:
  • 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
  • Positive attitude
  • Open mind
Costs of this course:
  • Total course tuition will vary depending on the host facility, any applicable range fees, and many other factors.
  • Please check our calendar for course offerings, and contact the organizer directly for tuition information on a specific class.