Self Defense for 9 Common Attacks
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WARNING – The following instructional videos depict violence and use strong language. Ages 18 and older only.
4.0 (22 ratings)
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Created by Damian Ross
Last updated 2/2015
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What Will I Learn?
  • Identify potential threats
  • Develop a plan of defense before the attack happens
  • Learn how to transform common household items into tactical weapons
  • Escape from multiple assailants
  • Escape from being pinned on the ground by a much larger attacker
  • Defend against muggings at gunpoint
  • Defend against knife attacks
  • Defend against common grabs and holds
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  • No previous experience needed
  • No materials needed.

Self defense so simple that anyone can master it in a fraction of the time of learning a martial art.

The Reality Check Course you’re about to unlock shows you exactly how to defend yourself in 9 common situations using SDTS Combatives.

The program is a 3-step process: First we show you the attack, next we give you the solution and finally we show you how to apply that solution to the attack.

To some martial arts “experts” the methods might appear crude, sloppy or unpolished. It’s most likely those experts have never had to use their skills outside the gym against a determined, capable enemy.

Because in a real fight your adrenaline kicks in and all you can execute are large simple movements. Most of what you learn in a dojo or gym is designed for a controlled environment with rules designed for safety or governed by a style. While class may be demanding you’re not in fear for your life.

You should note: the people who appear in Reality Check are ALL accomplished martial artists in a variety of arts, yet they still choose SDTS Combatives when it comes to self defense.

If you are willing to do what is necessary to survive and win,
then you’ve come to the right place.

Before we continue, I apologize for the drama, but I need to be completely honest with you – this is not a martial art, this is a tactical response to violence. These methods are a result of over a century of research based on actual warfare and are designed to save lives.

This is not what you would expect to see as “self defense.”

What you’re about to discover is not a sport or an art, it is a system invented out of necessity to save the lives of cops and soldiers in the worst environments in the world. Over the years we have seen these tactics and training work time and time again.

This system is not complicated, fancy or even pretty – it’s simple, brutal but above all, it works when you’re in in fight or flight mode. Remember…

“There’s no Relaxing in Combat!”

Don’t be fooled – there is no “relaxing” in combat. Even the most seasoned operator or cop gets goes into “fight or flight” when they go through that door, or come in contact with the enemy. There’s just no way around it, it’s embedded in your DNA because that’s how evolution designed you to deal with life threatening situations.

Your instincts tell you: eat when you’re hungry; get shelter when you’re cold, run if you can and fight if you have to.

Your challenge is knowing how to channel your natural instinct to survive and protect into action and that’s exactly what we do.

We call our program, the Self Defense Training System™ or simply SDTS Combatives.

Martial arts are for personal development; SDTS Combatives are for survival.

We know what works, we have been in some of the worst places on the planet, from Kabul, Afghanistan to Camden, NJ – our business is violence and helping you protect yourself against predators that threaten your way of life is what we do.

Let’s put it this way, if fancy, complicated moves worked in real life,
we would be teaching them.

If the answer was in another system, we would be telling you about it. But the truth is, this type of self defense has the highest percentage of success and it’s the easiest to learn and you can’t find this at your local MMA, Karate or Krav Maga School.

I have a confession to make…

I didn’t learn SDTS Combatives in a dojo…

In fact I learned it in the basement of an old church through a friend of mine who was on the SWAT team in Paramus, NJ. The only reason I gained access to this training was because I was already an accomplished martial artist who was exposed to real violence when I worked security and body guarding.

As a kid I got into a lot of fights, usually defending a smaller friend or standing up to the school bully. It was easy because I had an unfair advantage: I wrestled and my grandfather taught me how to box a little bit.

A double leg takedown and a few punches was all I needed to win.

I grew up watching Kung Fu and Bruce Lee and like most people, I thought martial arts were going to make me into a “stone cold”, indestructible and supernatural master dispensing thugs with a flick of a wrist.

Over the years I studied Tae Kwon Do, learning self defense counters, forms and point fighting. Later I started kickboxing because point sparring wasn’t real enough.

Next I studied Aiki Jujutsu because Steven Segal (who did Aikido) looked cool as hell in “Above the Law.” I learned joint locks, strangles and all kinds of nasty stuff to twist up my training partner, make him whimper and bring his arm to the brink of snapping like a pencil. It was cool and I felt like a samurai bad ass.

In 1990 Krav Maga had started becoming very popular, so I checked a couple of the original schools out, funny thing – they all did the same stuff we were doing in Tae Kwon Do, so I figured I was on the right path…but I wasn’t.

In college I was the wrestler “karate guy”, the deadliest man on campus. Truth be told, I didn’t feel that way because every time I got into a fight I would shoot a double leg take down and just start punching until the guy submitted.

That was fine until one night I was separated from my friends against more than two or three guys. I don’t know exactly how many because I blacked out.

The last thing I remember was taking a guy down, climbing on top of him to do the old “ground and pound”. Unfortunately, his friends didn’t like it so they joined in. I got hit in the head with maybe a bottle and I got kicked and stomped. Some how through the grace of God, I got to my feet and made it to my buddies on the other side of the bar.

I was lucky; I only suffered a concussion, broken rib and a laceration on my scalp that needed a few stiches.

At that point I realized that after all of my training,
all of those years, all of that hard work and trophies;
I was still the kid in the schoolyard!

As fate would have it, a few months later my SWAT buddy arranged for me to meet the man who would turn out to be my self defense mentor and Godfather to my daughter, Carl Cestari, one of Black Belt Magazine’s 20 toughest men of all time.

He was teaching “World War II Combatives” only he called it Combatu Defendu.

Now I have to tell you, this was like nothing I had ever seen before or since.

No fighting stances.

No hand wraps or gloves.

No waiting for him to grab me or flash a weapon.

…None of that stuff!

Seriously, all the fights I’ve seen outside of the playground never started with two guys putting their hands up.

In a real fight, the posers push
and the real bad asses just start hitting (or worse)
–usually right after they tell you “they don’t want to fight.”

Either way, real fights don’t start like a boxing match.

That was my FIRST revelation.

My second revelation was how simple it was.
It didn’t require a ton of power, skill or even endurance to execute the techniques.

My third revelation was how every situation can be broken down into two primary factors of position and distance. Where he is in relation to you and how the two of you are positioned:

    ·Both Standing: Head up, to the left, to the right or behind.

    ·Standing and Prone: Either I’m standing; he’s down or vice versa.
    He’s either at kick distance or stomp distance.

    ·Ground: he’s on top, and I’m in the guard or he’s in the mount or it’s the other way around. I’m on top in his guard or my mount. (the half guard doesn’t apply tactically – you do the same techniques in the SDTS)

My forth revelation was how you could take a hand full of simple techniques and apply them to any self defense scenario. What we do on our feet, we do on the ground (yes it’s that simple).

My fifth revelation was how the core skill techniques could be adapted to using an edged weapon, an impact weapon and even a firearm. No need to “relearn” different body mechanics, whether you have a knife, club, gun or nothing at all it your hands, you use the same motor skill set.

My sixth revelation was how ANYONE (and I mean anyone) could do it.
Trying to teach a middle-aged accountant whose 50 pounds over weight an armbar is impossible, but I can sure as heck teach him a hand yoke that could knock a career criminal to his knees.

I have to tell you, I felt a little embarrassed that I didn’t think of this stuff myself, I mean it was just common sense. This stuff was exactly what I thought martial arts should be…only it was much, much simpler.

From that point on I dedicated my life to the “truth about self defense”. The problem is most people’s experience with real violence happens in the ring, the dojo or on TV.


I’ve been in the martial arts and self defense world for over 30 years and I have to tell you, most so called experts and black belts couldn’t fight their way out of a paper bag. We call them “paper tigers” hiding behind their paper certificates, belts and sports. You know who you are.

Don’t get me wrong; I have met some very TOUGH (VERY TOUGH) fighters who could apply their skills in the street. But I also met a lot of guys who were hell in the ring and the gym but folded like a cheap tent in the street.

At the end of the day it’s not about what they can do,
it’s about what you can do.

You don’t box to become the next Mike Tyson and you don’t do MMA to try to be the next Chuck Liddell. These are professional athletes who are revered because they are EXCEPTIONAL and SPECIAL. Trying to do what they do is like trying to run like Usain Bolt.

The reason I love teaching SDTS Combatives is because it can make a weak person good, an average person better and an exceptional person incredible in a very short amount of time.

SDST Combatives also gives the weak person a fighting chance
against the exceptional person.

So enjoy the REALITY CHECK program, we’re obviously NOT actors…but I assume you’re not here for the acting.

Train Honestly,

Damian Ross

Founder, The Self Defense Company

Who is the target audience?
  • Ages 16 and older
  • Essential Self Defense without the sport and ceremony of martial arts
  • Proven tactics and techniques.
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Road Rage Head Lock
3 Lectures 03:16

You're trying to get to your office and suddenly out of nowhere, some maniac starts cursing at you and pointing his finger, before you know it - he's grabbed you by the neck and rams you into the elevator.

Preview 00:17

Being grabbed in anger is something we're just not used to. When you're attacked in this manner, it's usually by someone who is bigger, stronger and feels comfortable and confident with this attack. The last thing you want to to is get into a wrestling match. SDTS Combatives will show you how to maintain your balance and attack his vulnerable areas.

Preview 02:46

You don;t need to know how to grapple to escape a headlock. All you need is a plan and a couple of moves.

Preview 00:13

Reality Check: Head Lock Defense
3 questions
Parking Lot Grab
3 Lectures 04:44

In order for someone to impose their will on you, the need to get close to you. In order to do that they use something called a "dodge". A dodge is a deception to get you to drop your guard and let them get close. In this case, the bad guy asks for directions.

Once he's close, he can start his attack.

Preview 00:18

The initial grab is NOT the attack, its only the beginning of the attack. With SDTS Combatives you train to fight passed the attack and take the fight straight to the attacker. This methodology frees you from having to memorize dozens and dozens of attacks.

No, instead of trying to figure out which attack you need to do...all you need is one reaction for a plethora of assaults.

Preview 04:03

Attack the man. Always attack the man.

Preview 00:23

Parking Lot Grab
2 questions
Knife Attack at Work
3 Lectures 06:31

Time and time again you read reports of employees coming into work on a suicide mission. You never really know who you're dealing with.

Preview 00:26

The problem with most self defense systems is that they force you to meet the enemy on his own terms. While SDTS offers empty hand solution, your first choice is to arm yourself. Now it doesn't necessarily have to be a "weapon". In this case we take a normal chair and use it to defeat an armed attacker.

Preview 05:44

Chair vs Knife or Club...Chair wins :)

Knife Attack Success

Knife Attack
2 questions
Junkie Assault
3 Lectures 03:32

There are sometimes you will need to "get someone under control". This takedown is the simplest and easiest way to get a man off of his feet.

Junkie Assault Attack

Every takedown has three components - breaking balance, fitting in and following through. In sport we uses complicated set up, but in SDTS Combatives we use simple strikes and gouges to off balance the enemy - this is much, much easier to execute.

Junkie Assault Solution

The Hockey Takedown is simple and ANYONE can master it in a short amount of time.

Junkie Assault Success

Junkie Assault Take Down
1 question
Gang Attack
3 Lectures 01:48

All situations are potential multiple attacker scenarios. This is why you need to attack, keep moving and avoid getting wrapped up with one target for too long.

Gang Attack

The best way to avoid getting wrapped up with your enemy is to use techniques that limit the amount of bodyweight you put behind them.

Gang Attack Solution

Stick, move, and keep on moving.

Gang Attack Success

Gang Attack
1 question
Car Jacking
3 Lectures 04:28

It's not up to us to tell you when you need to fight or what you need to fight for, but you need to know that if someone wants to take you someplace else, statistics show that you will die if you go with him.

There's crime scene A and crime scene B. Crime scene A is the first point of contact and crime scene B is where they find your body.

You have a much better chance of surviving crime scene A than you do B. The reason the criminal wants you to move from A to B is because they can't do what they want to you at scene A. If you make your stand at scene A you will have a fighting chance.

Car Jacking Attack

If someone attacks you in a particular way, they don't think you will try to defend yourself. They will attack you in a manner that they feel will be successful.

Car Jacking Solution

Clear the weapon and attack the man.

Car Jacking Success

Car Jacking Gun Defense
2 questions
Stairwell Knife Mugging
3 Lectures 11:30

No place is safe. On wrong turn, a late meeting or a security guard off of his post and you can be face to face with your worst nightmare.

Knife Mugging Attack

As we mentioned before - it's up to you if you want to make a stand, this method is what has been proved to work time and time again. Simple, straight forward, brutal. Remember, you don't have to win...just escape.

Knife Mugging Solution

Clear the weapon, attack the man...sound familiar?

Knife Mugging Success

Knife Mugging Defense
1 question
Umbrella Defense
3 Lectures 03:13

Never underestimate the power of a good umbrella.

Umbrella Defense Attack

Most people think you need to "swing" a club but in all honesty, this two handed method is extremely effective, brutal and easy.

Umbrella Defense Solution

That's going to leave a mark.

Umbrella Defense Success

Umbrella Defense
2 questions
Date Rape
3 Lectures 04:03

Did you know that 87% of women who fight back against sexual assault or rape are successful in defending themselves! That is an amazing number, but at the Self Defense Company, it's just not good enough.

We want to give you the tools, "A Move and a Plan" to resist, make a stand and survive.

Date Rape Attack

You don't need to submit him or get him to just need to get him off of you.
Gouge his eyes, yell and use your legs and kick out.

The more you do, the greater your chances to survive. Even women who resist physically and verbally and fail STILL report less injuries when compared to women who did not resist.

Date Rape Solution

Fight, and fight hard - the statistics are on your side!

Date Rape Defense Success

Date Rape Defense
2 questions
About the Instructor
Damian Ross
4.5 Average rating
37 Reviews
206 Students
4 Courses

    ·Founder of the Self Defense Company

    ·4th Degree Black Belt Tekkenryu Jujutsu and Military Combatives under Carl Cestari

    ·2nd Degree Black Belt under Yoshisada Yonezuka 9th Degree

    ·2nd Degree Black Belt Tae Kwon Do

    ·Varsity Wrestling Lehigh University under Thad Turner

    ·2 time National Runner Up Judo Black Belt Masters

    ·Bando National Kick Boxing 3rd Place Black Belt Division

    ·Multiple State and National Titles for Karate Black Belt Division

    ·Former Bouncer and Body Guard with New Jersey Concealed Carry Permit

    ·Former Varsity Wrestling Coach Ridgewood High School, Ridgewood, NJ

    ·Ridgewood High School Hall of Fame Wrestling Inducted 2008

    ·Ridgewood High School Hall of Fame Football Inducted 2008

    ·Bachelor of Arts in International Relations, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA

3 Black Belts, International Competitor, Division 1 Collegiate Wrestler, Hall of Fame Athlete, Security Agent, Private Contractor and Bouncer, Mr. Ross has been in the mix since he was a wee-little ass kicker. In 1998 he began training scores of people in what would become The Self Defense Training System. Over the years Secret Service Agents, Federal and Local Police, Military, members of the Famed NYPD and Private Contractors have traveled over thousands of miles and paid top dollar just to train for an hour with Mr. Ross.

Realizing the demand for this ultimate form of self defense was too great for him to do by himself he launched The Self Defense Company (SDC) in 2007 to certify and train people using new distance learning techniques implemented by leading universities. Despite the economy at the time, the SDC exploded on to the scene and has left all other forms of martial arts and self defense stuck in the 1980′s.

When Mr. Ross is asked why SDTS Combatives is so successful, he just shrugs and says, “People know the real thing when they see it. SDTS Combatives was created based on necessity. We needed to know what worked because our lives depended on it. Most of the SDTS Legion members are people who have experienced violence or see violence on a regular basis, so it has to work.”

Damian Ross has appeared in SWAT magazine, Black Belt Magazine, Martial Arts Masters Magazine, MAXIM Magazine The Danny Bonaducci Radio Show, Fox News and makes regular appearances on other mainstream media.