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Street Fighting Skills: How The Navy Seals Train

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While the Navy Seals are one of the world’s most feared fighting forces, much of their training is kept hidden from the public eye. While it is impossible to know exactly what the Navy Seals of today are up to behind closed doors, we can look to Veterans and training programs of the past to help us figure out what methods and styles serve them well on the fields of battle.

In this article, we are going to look at the street fighting skills, philosophy, and methods that the Navy Seals employ in their training.

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  1. Notes on Self-Defense and Why We Look to the Military
    1. Street Fighting Arts Versus Sport Fighting
    2. Finding What Works in ‘The Street’
  2. What the Navy Seals Train
    1. The R.A.T. System
      1. The 3 Steps of the RAT system
      2. Step 1. Entry/Pain
      3. Step 2. Pressure
      4. Step 3. Termination
  3. Where You Can Learn

Notes on Self-Defense and Why We Look to the Military

Before we can understand why the SEALS and other Special Forces train the way they do, there are a couple of concepts we need to understand:

Street Fighting Arts Versus Sport Fighting

One thing to reinforce before we move forward is that street fighting IS NOT sport fighting. This is something the SEALs take to heart. There is a lot of overlap, and they may look similar from the outside, but they are absolutely different beasts. Once people start poking eyes, biting, kicking the groin, etc. many tactics and methods used in the UFC or MMA are no longer nearly as effective.

At the same time, a fat guy thinking he is going to simply poke a super athlete in the eye and neutralize him in a life and death situation is lying to himself. It is about understanding what “no rules” really means and training your body and tactics appropriately.

Think about it this way: Many MMA fighters can take haymakers and kicks to the head for 5 rounds. However, a simple eye poke has more than once made the toughest fighters take a seat and discontinue fighting immediately. This is a simple case of just how much more effective “street” target areas can be.

Most ‘street’ or practical self-defense arts like those employed by the SEALs will use delivery systems like kickboxing or Wing Chun to quickly attack the eyes, throat, groin, etc. of an opponent repeatedly and effectively. The goal changes from trying to render an opponent unconscious with approved blows, to trying to disable and hurt them however possible.

Another aspect is blades and firearms. Most good street fighting arts will address blades and other weapons, something not found in sports but arguably the most relevant to saving your life.

I was at a seminar recently where Burton Richardson was speaking. This guy has spent decades doing everything from stick fighting in Africa to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu with the Machado Brothers, to training top MMA fighters.

He made a very good demonstration about how some sports training is more likely to get you killed since many moves and methods don’t take into account the possibility of blades and dirty tactics. A grappler who pulls guard, or a muay Thai fighter who grabs a clinch only to find out his opponent has a knife is going to have a bad day.

Now don’t get it wrong; sports like Boxing and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) are ABSOLUTELY effective in a street fight but remember they are methods of fighting fair. They train you to have limitations. Spending some time training those skills for a true self-defense scenario can go a long way. A boxer who learned to use his skills to gouge your eyes and chop your throat, or a grappler effective at holding you down and using an impromptu weapon for a coup de grâce — now that is truly scary.

Jocko Willink (a former Navy Seal and now media personality) says that the first thing he would train with is a gun and concealed carry, then BJJ. He even talks about how he used BJJ to tap out another SEAL who was highly trained in another art.

While this actually is great advice, it can be misleading for some who think that Jiu-Jitsu must be all that the Seals learn. As stated before, Jiu-Jitsu is amazing and is necessary for anyone serious about self-defense, but it is much less useful against two people. Even more so if one of those two people has a pocket knife or a screwdriver.

Even Jocko would say (or he should) that the last thing you want to do in a chaotic and deadly environment is to start rolling around on the ground where you are immobile and can have your head stomped in or squashed (luckily, learning Jiu-Jitsu also gives you the tools to get back on your feet quickly).

What is important to note, however, is that if you don’t take the time to learn grappling, you will be completely at the mercy of someone who is proficient in it — and that is a very scary prospect for a warrior.

Finding What Works in ‘The Street’

The last ten years have seen an absolute explosion of different martial arts systems and methods appearing — some quite clearly better than others (and some completely nonsense). So it is impossible to provide a critique and an opinion on every art that is now out there — so how do we figure out which ones are legit and which ones are not?

Luckily, one of the richest, largest, and most expensive organizations in the world has spent quite a bit of time trying to figure that out. The U.S. Military.

For example, The military was incorporating Jiu-Jitsu into their training about 60 years before the average American had even seen an MMA bout.

Nobody has a better incentive to get the training right the first time than someone who may soon be fighting for their life. By seeing the methods they have employed, we can get an idea of what styles can really work to save our lives.

We should note that the standard hand-to-hand training given to your basic soldiers and marines is more or less just a quick overview of basic strikes, throws and grabs. (About a decade ago, I was certified as a lower-tier Marine Corps martial arts [MCMAP] instructor. It’s important to understand arts like that are designed to train large numbers of marines very quickly and lack the depth found in other arts past a certain point.)

Conversely, units like the Navy Seals have the funding and the training time to get more specialized and can really spend the time becoming proficient across the board. This allows them to both learn multiple arts and develop much more comprehensive skills.

So by looking at what the special forces — and in this, case the Navy Seals — choose to train, we can get a very good idea of what type of martial arts training is both practical and effective in a life or death struggle.

Note: Many people ask me about Krav Maga. It’s Great! But like MCMAP, it was made to be easy to understand, easy to teach, and simple to use, so it may not provide as much depth as a specialized art in any one domain.

What the Navy Seals Train

Navy Seals learn a wide variety of styles ranging from wrestling and boxing to Kali and Escrima. Like we talked about before, they also strongly believe in knowing your firearms (duh) and knowing how to fight on the ground.

So in addition to learning our firearms, being proficient in striking, and how to survive on the ground, what else can we glean from the experience of the Navy Seals?

While Navy SEALs are encouraged to learn as many different hand-to-hand combat styles as possible, there have been times where the units themselves have put together martial arts initiatives. Perhaps the most famous of these was the on-boarding of Paul Vunak and his R.A.T. system..

The R.A.T. System

Paul Vunak, who created the R.A.T. system, is a well known wild man in the martial arts world. He was a student of Dan Inosanto’s and trained with Rorion, Royce and Rickson Gracie. He is one of the guys best known for carrying on Jeet Kune Do through the last 30 years. But the wild man reputation stayed throughout.

It is said that this SEAL program was stopped because he and the guys he was training would hit the bars on the weekend to test out their fighting methods. The government didn’t like seeing all the money they invested in these assets being risked in bar scuffles.

Drama aside, the RAT system remains to this day one of the most effective and quickest-to-learn self-defense approaches available. Self-Defense schools, primarily Jeet Kune Do, have been teaching the RAT for almost twenty years now.

For this article, we asked Sifu Damon Evans to walk us through the basics of the RAT. Sifu Evans was certified as an instructor under Paul Vunak, has trained his own share of the military in the US and overseas, and has had students who’ve successfully use the RAT system in real self-defense scenarios.

Even if you already train a striking art, the RAT system gives you a combination of tactics designed to effectively and quickly end a hand-to-hand engagement.

The 3 Steps of the RAT system

Step 1. Entry/Pain

The secret of the RAT system and why it worked so well for Special Forces is that it breaks your response, and your opponent’s actions, down into segments. While you will need a partner, a teacher, and some practice time to pull this all off — knowing is half the battle.

The first step in the RAT is entry. The first thing you want to do is get into range and stun your opponent with a painful strike. Often this is taught as a groin strike, throat strike, eye poke, or limb destruction. Think of it like a sucker punch or kick to the most sensitive areas.

The point here is that while your opponent attempts to strike you with a powerful strike, or is preparing to strike, you intercept that intention with a faster quicker strike to an area that will cause them to react. This isn’t supposed to disable them, just cause them to hesitate or pause for a moment.

Step 2. Pressure

The next step is pressure. Once your foe’s intention has been stunned for a moment and you have gained the initiative, you hold onto it.

This is done by following up your stunning strike with a series of fast and quick punches to cause your opponent to become defensive or ‘shell up’. Most students are taught to use a “Straight Blast” which is a very quick succession of Wing Chun punches down the center into your opponent’s face.

Step 3. Termination

With enough practice, both the entry techniques and the following flurry of punches can end most untrained or weak combatants. The more resilient ones will require termination techniques. These are attacks like headbutts, knee strikes, and elbow strikes. If the opponent had shelled up to guard his face, it may be a sidekick to their knee. These are the techniques that with enough practice need only be done 1-3 times to disable most opponents.

In most training scenarios, once you have the opponent going backward with your quick punches, you grab control of their head and unleash with a series of headbutts and elbows. Striking the groin and knee if they are still turtled up over their head.

To effectively train through step 3, Paul Vunak would have one partner put on a motorcycle helmet while the other person would wear elbow pads and bag gloves. Then the motorcycle helmet wearer would begin to attack the other person with haymakers. Person number 2 would intercept the helmet wearer mid-punch then unleash a flurry of brutal strikes down on them.

The idea is that these steps fit and flow together in all confrontations. You attempt to disable and gain an advantage from the safest distance and then you violently close the distance to apply your disabling techniques. You go from “Entry” (far range) to “Pressure” (mid-range) to “Termination” (close range).

Where You Can Learn

Paul Vunak still has his website where he sells books and DVD’s of his systems, but your best bet is to find a local JKD school that is certified to teach. There is no substitute for a real-life partner.

Sifu Damon Evans teaches out of the Academy of Jeet Kune Do Sciences in Petaluma, California, which also has a digital classroom — but today there are many schools located all over the country.

If you don’t live near a JKD school, or it is one with a bad reputation or poor teacher, then you can always adopt the other philosophies of the SEALs. Seek out all sorts of hand to hand training and learn to put it together in an effective and straightforward process.

As stated before, arts like Krav Maga and Kali are also great places to begin your training. Even boxing or wrestling, with the right mindset and cross-training, can serve this purpose.

There is no ‘Best Art.’ It is about you applying yourself and learning how to effectively handle a wide array of scenarios, armed and unarmed.

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4 No Cook Meals For Surviving The Pandemic And Food Supply Shortages

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When it comes to your food supply, you just can’t risk not having enough. These no cook meals will be a great addition to your food supply planning. Check out the recipes below!

No Cook Meals to Help You Through the Pandemic

As of the writing of this article, there are 20 meat processing plants that have been shut down due to COVID-19 infections. We have been worrying about these types of effects on our food supply for months now, and this is the first real sign of how infections can affect the food supply.

When you walk into a supermarket, you might not see all the choices you had in the past. An empty meat case is a humbling thing for your eyes to fall upon. It’s the shocking realization that the seemingly infinite supply of chickens, pigs, and cows that are butchered for us has begun to run dry!

To deal with this issue, we are going to present four no cook meals that will help you create dinners at home that will feed your family without worrying so much about what’s available, or unavailable, in the meat case.

1. Smashed White Bean, Avocado and Salted Pork Sandwiches

Smashed White Bean, Avocado and Salted Pork Sandwiches | No Cook Meals for Surviving the Pandemic and Food Supply Shortages

As preppers we get beans. There are a bunch of ways to use beans and this a great example of how you can pack a sandwich with great nutrition and protein.

Serving: Makes 4 sandwiches


  • Can of White Beans
  • Olive Oil
  • 1 Avocado
  • 8 Slices of Whole Grain Bread
  • 8 Slices of Salted Pork (Prosciutto, Ham, Virginia Ham)


  • Begin by draining your beans in a colander then smashing them up in a bowl add a few glugs of olive oil, salt, pepper. This little mix is delicious. If you add some minced rosemary, you can even turn this into a delicious dip.
  • Pit your avocado and cut it in half and then quarters lengthwise. Leave the skin on.
  • Lay the bread out on a clean work surface for assembling the sandwiches.
  • Spread your mashed bean mix onto one side of the bread.
  • Peel your avocados and slice 1 quarter for each sandwich. Spread slices over the bean spread.
  • Add a few slices of your pork to over the top of the avocado.
  • You can finish this sandwich with some lettuces, fresh sprouts, or just eat it as is.

2. Delicious Crab Salad

Canned crab is a protein option that will likely be around through much of this meat crisis. It does have to be kept in refrigeration, but it’s delicious and this chipotle mayo salad is great in the spring and summer.


  • 1 Can of Crab Meat
  • 1 Bunch of Asparagus
  • Chipotle Mayo
  • 1 Bunch of Green Onions
  • 1 Bunch of Cilantro


  • Drain your crab in a colander and set it in the sink.
  • Slice your asparagus into 1-inch pieces. Throw them into a bowl.
  • Thinly slice your onions and your cilantro and throw that into the bowl, as well.
  • Gently toss in the crab meat.
  • Squirt on enough Chipotle mayo to coat everything and toss gently not to break up the crab meat.
  • Chill in the fridge and serve.

3. Simple Greek Salad

Simple Greek Salad | No Cook Meals for Surviving the Pandemic and Food Supply Shortages

The combination of simple summer ingredients makes for an incredible quick salad that you could add other proteins, too, if you wanted. These could be canned meats.


  • 2 Large Tomatoes
  • 1 Cucumber
  • 1 Red Onion
  • ¼ Cup of Feta Cheese
  • A Few Sprigs of Fresh Mint
  • ½ Cup of Kalamata Olives
  • Balsamic Dressing


  • I like to cut the tomatoes in large chunks and have them kind of be the main course in this salad. Peel and slice your cucumber in half. Remove the seeds and either dice or slice in half-moons.
  • Peel and slice your red onion in half. Julienne your, or thinly slice, your half onion.
  • Add all these ingredients to a bowl. Finely slice your mint.
  • Add your olives, crumbled feta, and mint to the bowl and add enough dressing to coat everything.
  • Stir it up and allow this to chill for at least an hour for the flavors to really blend.

4. Mediterranean Tuna Lettuce Wraps

Mediterranean Tuna Lettuce Wraps | No Cook Meals for Surviving the Pandemic and Food Supply Shortages

Using some similar ingredients and adding a protein like tuna, you can create some delicious lettuce wraps. The key to a good lettuce wrap is to have most of the items around the same size. So, consider that when you are preparing this dish.


  • Iceberg or Butter Lettuce
  • Canned Artichokes
  • Canned roasted Red peppers
  • Fresh Cucumber
  • Feta Cheese
  • Minced Olives ¼ Cup
  • 2 Cans of Tuna
  • Green Onions
  • Basil


  • Start by peeling all the full leaves from your lettuce. Set them on a plate either cover them with a wet paper towel or put them back into the fridge.
  • Dice the peppers, artichokes, and cucumbers into cubes. Go no larger than ½ an inch.
  • Thinly slice your green onions and basil and add them to a bowl with your diced vegetables. Add your loves to this bowl and mix them thoroughly.
  • Crumble your feta cheese over the mixture.
  • Drain your tuna thoroughly and then add that to the bowl, as well.
  • Gently toss this mixture. Try not to break up the tuna and the cheese too much but incorporate it thoroughly.
  • If you want, you can add some olive oil to the mix or a few glugs of balsamic vinegar. It’s also delicious just how it is.
  • Scoop a few tablespoons into a lettuce leaf, wrap it up and eat up!

These no cook meals should help lessen the stress you feel when thinking of what to feed your family. If you don’t have the specific ingredients, use your creativity, and use what you have. You might discover a new recipe while you’re at it!

What’s your favorite no cook meal recipe? Please share it with us in the comments section!

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Billionaire Whistle Blower: Wuhan Coronavirus Death Toll Is Over 50,000

  1. Exiled Chinese businessman Guo Wengui recently revealed leaks from Wuhan crematoriums. He claims based on the number of bodies their furnaces are burning, the death toll could be as high as 50,000.

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  • The official coronavirus death toll in China is a little over 800. But an exiled Chinese businessman says crematoriums are leaking the real figure.
  • A billionaire whistleblower alleges Wuhan has crematoriums working 24/7. He claims they’ve cremated some 50,000 coronavirus victims.
  • Guo Wengui is a Chinese billionaire living in exile in the United States.

The official coronavirus death toll is some 800 people in China. The current official death toll worldwide, outside of China, is 774. But a Chinese billionaire with a history of blowing the whistle on his former government says the real figure is much higher.

Exiled Chinese businessman Guo Wengui recently revealed leaks from Wuhan crematoriums. He claims based on the number of bodies their furnaces are burning, the death toll could be as high as 50,000. Wengui made the bombshell allegations in an interview with former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon.


Whistleblower: 1.5 Million Coronavirus Cases In China, 50,000 Coronavirus Deaths In Wuhan


He also claims to have inside information that there are 1.5 million confirmed coronavirus cases in China. Wengui is emphatic that these are not merely quarantined or “under observation” but confirmed cases of coronavirus infection:


China has struggled to contain the coronavirus. But it has also struggled to contain public outcry against censorship and tight control of information. Dr. Li Wenliang, who sounded the alarm about the disease, succumbed to an infection and died this week. The Chinese government arrested him for blowing the whistle.

Then officials tried to suppress news of his death. Afterwards, millions of Chinese citizens saw the hashtag #IWantFreedomOfSpeech on Mandarin language social media. But the Chinese government censored that too.

Are Wengui’s Crematorium Claims Credible?

Watch VICE’s 2017 profile on Guo Wengui. At the time, he published bombshell documents alleging corruption in the Chinese government. He got the attention of the media and reportedly the U.S. State Department.


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5 Types Of Ammunition To Stockpile For A Collapse


Every prepper knows it’s a great idea to stockpile ammunition when preparing for a major disaster.

You can use it for hunting, self-defense, or barter.

But which types of ammo should you stockpile?

If you plan on bartering, then you don’t want a bunch of calibers that nobody wants. And that’s just one consideration.

In this video, Reality Survival & Prepping talks about what he thinks are the 5 best types of ammunition to stockpile for a collapse.

Here are his picks:

  1. .22 LR – Very common, good for hunting small game, very light and small.
  2. 9mm Luger – Great for self-defense, fits in a wide variety of handguns.
  3. 5.56×45mm or .223 Remington – Also very common, cheap and effective.
  4. .308 Winchester – Widely used, works in AR10 and bolt-action platforms.
  5. 12 Gauge – You can do a lot with it — hunt, defend yourself, etc.

In the video below he makes a much more detailed case for each caliber. What do you think of this list?

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