"SouthNarc" is currently a narcotics agent in the southern U.S. assigned to a multi-jurisdictional narcotics task force. A veteran of the U.S. Army's 75th Ranger Regiment, SouthNarc has over 25 years of martial arts training focused in Japanese, Phillipine, and Indonesian martial arts. SouthNarc has personally trained over two thousand city, state and federal law-enforcement officers, and has conducted high-risk personnel training for members of the U.S. military.
The DVD's training objective is to impart a non-stylized application methodology that is simple to use under high-stress, and easy to retain with very little maintenance. The DVD contains 9 chapters of instruction shown above, and two slide shows. The first slide-show focuses on current models and pictures that HideAway customers have sent me. The second slide show, "Sheath Attachment Systems", illustrates the new deployment options available for HideAways and other small knives.
The DVD raw footage was professionally edited by someone with considerable self-defense knowledge and skills. Footage was filmed in analog and had to be converted to digital for the DVD medium. You will notice some picture graininess and sound level changes as a result. However, I really wanted to convert it to DVD format instead of staying in analog (VHS) for portability and usability reasons. VHS tapes are clunky and annoying. DVDs are nice and small, like HideAways :-). With digital format, you can quickly and directly go to specific chapters. I opted for the less-is-more approach with packaging as well. The HideAway DVD comes packaged in one of those cool transparent clam-shell "c-shell" case. I chose that instead of the much bigger packaging style that you buy retail DVDs in, for portability reasons. Much easier to toss in your laptop bag and watch when you can. On the downside, the smaller transparent case was actually *more* expensive then the much larger one! Go figure...
On-screen notes were added to assist in retention of important concepts throughout the 9 chapters, and to facilitate comprehension by a HideAway customer who is deaf. I've discovered the on-screen notes also help me when I want to fast-forward to a certain part within a chapter to review how-to's and practice the skill. On-screen notes haven't been used in this way before in self-defense videos, and I think they make a big difference in providing some reinforcement for the key points.
There are a *lot* of different subjects covered in this DVD. The early chapters are for everyone, and the later chapters, especially "Integration of Handgun" and "Unconventional Methods" which show some particularly sneaky, blade-under-palm techniques which are for the advanced user.
This DVD is dedicated in memory of Rob Simonich, Knifemaker of the Heavens.