I recently had the opportunity to attend (observe) the Shivworks Extreme Close Quarter Concepts Course (ECQC) taught by Southnarc. The course description reads as follows, “ECQC is a two day block of instruction that focuses on a multi-disciplinary approach to building functional combative handgun skills at 0 to 6 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… Once the student’s skill sets are initially ingrained they will be stress inoculated with force-on-force drills using man marking cartridges (MMC) and protective equipment”.

As usual, these words don’t quite give you the true flavor of the training. What one of the students called “fighting in a phone booth” comes closer. The reality is that however a force-on-force scenario begins in ECQC, it usually winds up on the ground with two students fighting for control of a handgun loaded with MMC cartridges (just to give you a little extra incentive). It is a tough, intense, very physical two days. It is based on lessons learned from the street. Southnarc combines impressive instructor credentials with his experiences as an undercover narcotics officer. He is an active service police Lieutenant with nearly two decades of narcotics enforcement and tactical team callouts on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. He has a keen understanding of the dynamics of close quarter encounters, body mechanics, and how to use your hands or a knife or a handgun in a violent close quarters encounter.

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