Special Forces Tomahawk Fighting
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Special Forces Tomahawk Fighting

A System for Employing the Tactical Tomahawk on the Modern Battlefield and in Self-defense
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Created by Rich Hungerford
Last updated 7/2017
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  • 3.5 hours on-demand video
  • 10 Supplemental Resources
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  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • After completing this course you will be able to understand and utilise the tactical tomahawk to protect yourself and your loved ones in a self-defence situation. Additionally you will possess a working understanding of close combat dynamic stress management techniques and how to train to develop proficiency with the tomahawk.
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  • There are no pre-requisites for this course though having access to an actual tomahawk would be advantageous.

Special Forces Tomahawk Fighting is a course that will show you not only how to wield any tomahawk efficiently and effectively in battle or in self-defense but it will also teach you to understand 'dynamic stress' in conflict situations and how it is likely to affect you. 

The course will also show you how to train with the tomahawk in the most efficient biomechanical way in order to develop awesome weapon/body meld. Developing this ability is a force multiplier in every sense and relies not on brute strength but smooth technique supported by core body power. Weapon meld makes you effective in the delivery of all applied techniques as it develops the supporting neurological pathways in your brain to a point where you can perform techniques and movements reliably in dynamic stress situations. 

Managing dynamic stress in combat is vital yet often overlooked aspect of realistic combative training in any form of self-defense. It is essential to understand that what you can do in the safety of the training hall or sparring situation is absolutely no reflection of how you will actually perform when faced with the raw aggression of an adversary trying to kill you. Your flight or fight response will limit your ability to do anything complicated or fancy. 

That is the beauty of the tomahawk, it is a battlefield weapon and thus does not require complicated multi stage movements to be deadly and effective in battle. Keep it simple stupid is the process this course will teach you to apply when preparing for real self-defense. 

Who is the target audience?
  • Military personnel and martial artists will benefit from this course as will anyone with an interest in the combative arts, the history of weaponry, self-protection, self-reliance and preparedness.
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Curriculum For This Course
28 Lectures
Introduction to Special Forces Tomahawk Fighting
7 Lectures 37:20

This introduction to the Special Forces Tomahawk Fighting course provides you with an overview of what you will likely learn from the course. The instructor will introduce himself to you and explain in brief some of his professional background related to the course material and its development. You will also be provided with some contextual background relating to the use of the tomahawk both in antiquity as well as in the modern world.

Preview 01:56

This lecture in the form of a presentation, will serve to provide you with a brief wander through history looking specifically at the evolution of the tomahawk from ancient times up to today's modern battlefield application of this versatile weapon and tool. This understanding will provide some valuable context to how the design characteristics of tomahawks have continued to evolve and be adapted to the needs of the situation, intended use and other factors.  

History of the Tomahawk

In order to effectively understand the terminology surrounding the use of the fighting tomahawk a functional understanding of the anatomy of the weapon is important. This lesson aims to provide you with an explanation of the various component parts and sections of the modern tactical tomahawk with the aim of making you totally familiar with your weapon system.

Anatomy of the Tomahawk

Just as you should be familiar with the anatomy of your tomahawk it is equally important to understand the design characteristics of various tomahawks. This will assist you to invest in a hawk that will serve you well and suit your individual requirements. 

Types and Design Characteristics of Tomahawks

During this lecture you will be introduced to the fundamental safety precautions you should exercise to ensure that you tomahawk training is both enjoyable and safe. Tomahawks are able to kinetically transfer incredible force into a target as well as cut into that target. Accordingly it is a weapon system to be respected and your training should reflect that inherent risk potential.

Preview 06:31

Prior to any tomahawk training session it is highly advisable to correctly warm up your body to reduce the potential for soft tissue injuries that might be incurred during your training. This lecture will provide you with a baseline warm-up routine in the event you don't already have one or are seeking one that is tomahawk specific.

Tomahawk Training Warm Up Routine

This lecture will explore the important matter of how you keep your fighting tomahawk in good condition. A warrior should always maintain his/her weapons in perfect order such that they can rely upon them in times of battle. This lesson will show you how to examine your tomahawk from bottom to top, inspecting it for damage or wear that might impair your performance when training or fighting. By the end of the lecture you will possess intimate knowledge of how to keep your weapon system functioning at the highest level all of the time. 

Maintenance of your Tomahawk
Fundamental Principles of Tomahawk Combat
5 Lectures 38:09

This lecture covers the important aspect of the combative psychology associated with the fighting tomahawk. Understanding the awe and fear that axe warfare can induce in an opponent is key to effective use of the tactical tomahawk. You will be guided through various considerations of how the axe in combative situations is most efficiently wielded. We will discuss the matter of mindset and energy pushing during combat. These factors are key to being able to wield a tomahawk in battle, for there is no place for timidity when engaging in tomahawk combat. 

Preview 06:16

While the tomahawk is very much a non-selective weapon in that when you are wielding it you can easily afford to hit any opportune target or area of the opponents body and expect a significant result, it is always important to understand the main vital targets of the human body. This knowledge assists you to train safely and to fight efficiently. This lecture will discuss the primary targets of the body in relation to tomahawk fighting concepts.

Vital Targets for Tomahawk Fighting

The aim of this lecture is to ensure that you are conversant with the reality of dynamic stress as it affects you in combative situations. To train in any combative system without possessing a thorough understanding of this key aspect of combative training is to prepare yourself poorly. By the end of this lesson you will understand what likely effects exposure to high stress situations will have on your performance and how to better manage these factors.

The Dynamic Stress of Combat

Like the issue of dynamic stress, and in fact directly related to it is the matter of situational awareness. Without good situational awareness a combatant is seeing only a small portion of the battlefield and considering only a limited range of options in dealing with the fight ahead. This lecture will discuss the importance good situational awareness is in dealing with any number of potential opponents and how to increase the reliability of you maintaining situational awareness through all stages of combat. 

Understanding Combative Situational Awareness

This lecture discusses the vital matter of the 'use of justifiable force'. I have included this discussion that is in no way intended to be any form of legal advice, rather to ensure that we give due consideration to how and when we might ever use a tomahawk in self-defence. By the end of this lecture I hope to have stimulated within you the necessary internal dialogue concerning the question of "when would you ever actually use this skill and information?" As a combatives instructor I always feel that this discussion is both necessary and essential to ensure that we remain true to our warrior purpose, to protect the innocent and reign in our ego such that we serve our people well.

Discussion on the Use of Justifiable Force
Basic Skills Training for the Tomahawk
6 Lectures 01:02:32

During this lecture we will cover the basic grips and holds relevant to the tomahawk and will include in that discussion differing handle lengths and how to draw a tomahawk from your equipment. By the end of this lecture you will have a sound understanding of how to hold your tomahawk during combat.

Basic Tomahawk Grips

Lose your balance in combat and you lose the battle. This lecture will cover the fundamentals of combative stance and posture for tomahawk fighting. We will examine briefly the origins of the stance taught on this course and explain why that methodology works well with tomahawk fighting techniques. By the end of the lecture you will understand that there is actually no real stance in this style of fighting, that maintaining balance and remaining mobile are the most important skills to train.

Stance & Balance for Tomahawk Combat

During this lecture will will examine in depth the training concepts of developing a strong body core for the purpose of tomahawk fighting. Particularly with regard to the problem of over extending a strike with a tomahawk. Something we all do and that creates an opportunity for our opponent(s) to close and attack us. We must manage this issue and having a powerful, coordinated and muscle memory drilled body is central to both avoiding and recovering from any over extension of a tomahawk strike.

By the conclusion of this lesson you will know how to train with the tomahawk to develop extraordinary power and control when delivering strikes. This knowledge is central to this combative system as it provides the physical powerhouse of all of the techniques we examine during the course.  

"Strong Body - Strong Mind." - Rich Hungerford 2017. 

Tomahawk Body Core Development Training Techniques

During this lecture you will be introduced to the basic pattern of strikes taught in this system of combat. We will show you some variations of the general pattern as well as demonstrate the range of strikes with different holds and grips as well as different tomahawks. By the conclusion of this lecture you will possess the fundamental movements associated with tomahawk fighting and be ready to practice in order to develop familiarity with the strikes, good strike flow and integrate stance, balance and movement to build your skills. 

Basic Tomahawk Strikes

During this lecture we will look at what types of training aids can be manufactured to assist you in your tomahawk training efforts. By the end of the lecture you will be familiar with both the Hanging Pole and the Standing Pole or Pal. 

Constructing Your Own Training Aids for Tomahawk Fighting

This lecture discusses the various combative engagement ranges as they relate to tomahawk fighting. By the end of the lecture you will have a good understanding of how range affects combative options and how you adjust with the small axe to ranges as they alter dynamically and rapidly throughout any period of close combat.

Tomahawk Engagement Ranges
Advanced Skills for the Tomahawk
7 Lectures 54:46

The aim of this lecture is to introduce you to the concept of reaction training for combatives. The lecture will discuss my instructor view of the redundant nature of learned drill responses to attacks in favour of reacting to any attack without attempting to map out the likely options your opponent may attack you with. This equates to developing the ability to passively monitor the space between you and your opponent(s), read body language effectively and remain calm, focussed and relaxed no matter what to ensure that you respond in a timely and appropriate manner to any attack launched at you. By the end of the lecture you will understand how to develop this ability and draw on previous lectures in the course to ensure your training is effective and reality based.  

Preview 07:52

This lecture aims to build on the concepts of reaction training discussed in the previous lecture and confirm them for you as we begin now training actively with an opponent. We emphasise the point that for you to justifiably rationalise the use of a tomahawk to defend yourself against a single unarmed assailant we make the assumption that you are 'in fear of your life' and defend yourself accordingly. Even when, just training, I believe it is vital to ensure your training actions reflect what you will expect to do in battle. By the end of this lecture you will understand how to deal with a single assailant who attacks you violently without warning or whom you are unable to assess as being of sound mind. You will also fundamentally understand how the tomahawk may be utilised in such situations in order to keep yourself safe as well as those you may be protecting, safe.

Reaction Training - Single Opponent

This lecture will cover the fundamentals of reaction training with a partner who is armed with a weapon. With the imminent threat of lethal force being manifest it is even more vital that you respond efficiently while maintaining a high level of situational awareness. We will again discuss concepts such as 'reactionary distance' and 'reading body language' in order to assess the threat you are facing. By the end of this lecture you will understand how to deal with an edged weapon threat as well as handgun and long arm threats.

Reaction Training - Single Lethally Armed Opponent

This lecture puts forward the combative 'theory' of dealing with multiple opponents in close combat. Theory, because that is exactly what it is. There are simply to many variables in any combative event let alone one involving numerous opponents to call it anything other than 'theory'. Unlike the movies, here we touch on the potential strategies and tactics of how you might manage such a situation. By the lessons conclusion you will understand the principles of multi-opponent combat and how to employ your situational awareness to work towards 'lining up' multiple opponents in order to reduce the available directions to approach and attack you from. You will also begin to see more of the strike and assess principle being applied, that is the principle of assessing how your actions may have altered the combative environment and adapting accordingly through the escalation or de-escalation of applied force.

Preview 05:56

Perhaps the apex lecture of this course of training, this is the theory of dealing with multiple armed and aggressive opponents in close combat. There are likely to be few events we could ever face that are worse than this potential and the chances of you surviving such an ordeal would be significantly diminished with every additional opponent you faced. Reality Check! We don't know their real intent or capability. We will seriously delude ourselves were we too believe that even with the aid of a tomahawk to defend ourselves, that this will roll out smoothly and without considerable risk to life and limb.  By the end of this lecture you should have developed a sound appreciation of the complexity of multiple opponent combat as it relates to tomahawk fighting.

Reaction Training - Multiple Lethally Armed Opponents

During close combat situations your opponent is very close and you are both essentially fighting for you lives. When weapons are involved in that conflict then there is a distinct focal point of effort centred around the weapon(s). You may find your opponent intent on taking your weapon from you and using it against you, particularly if they have lost theirs. Accordingly if you are going to train with weapons you need to also train to retain them in such situations. This lecture will explain and demonstrate to you the principles of weapon retention to provide you with this core knowledge base. It will then allow you to train with the increased confidence that you can keep control of your tomahawk in close combat situations.

Tomahawk Weapon Retention Techniques

This lecture discusses the concept of weapon meld. Weapon meld is the process of training to ensure that there is no separation between your body and the weapon it is holding during combat. We will explain what it (weapon meld) is and how to develop it as well as how to incorporate it into your personal training. By the end of the lesson you will possess the knowledge to do exactly that.

Tomahawk - Weapon Meld Concepts
Course Close Out
3 Lectures 10:20

During this additional lecture we will examine some concepts around double weapon systems, particularly the knife and tomahawk used together. By the end of the lecture you will understand the concepts, considerations and general principles associated with knife and tomahawk combat.

Bonus Material - Knife & Tomahawk Concepts

Filming a course like this has been a major undertaking and carries with it undertones of a serious nature. We are dealing with combative realities and aiming to develop within you the sense of what being a warrior in the modern world is all about. All of that is serious training and heavy information, however along the way we had a stack of fun and many laughs. So to tone down the seriousness just a fraction we wanted to share with you this humorous look behind the scenes. I hope you laugh and remember, never take yourself too seriously ... nobody gets out of life, alive! 

Bloopers - Just for Fun

Well finally we have reached the end of the course. During this final lecture we just wanted to take the opportunity to thank you for enrolling in the course and for your interest in tomahawk fighting. We hope sincerely that you have enjoyed the course, learned a lot and found skills and information within the course that are transferable to other areas of your life. Thank you and good training.

"Train Smart - Fight with Intelligence." - Rich Hungerford 2017.

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About the Instructor
Rich Hungerford
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Survival, Tracking and Combatives Instuctor

Rich Hungerford is a former Australian SAS soldier, team leader and instructor who now teaches survival, tracking and bushcraft skills at his Bush Lore Australia Survival School in Queensland, Australia.

This modern day warrior seeks to pass on his extensive experience to people with the aim of fostering within them a true sense of self-reliance and empowering them through the platforms of emotional intelligence, common sense and awareness of their personal strengths and limitations.

Rich teaches a process of 'Total Survival' be that in the wilderness, the urban jungle or on the battlefield. His aim is to equip people with the skills, knowledge and wisdom to survive anything anywhere. He teaches techniques and methodologies that are reliable, replicable and devoid of unnecessary complication. 'Keep it simple stupid' is his guiding principle to ensure that what he teaches works under the dynamic stress of life and death situations. 

With over twenty-five years of professional survival and tracking experience Rich has accumulated a wealth of knowledge and has been there and done it. Accordingly, survival is not just a hobby or an interest for Rich, it is what he does.  He has sought to successfully blend both the military, the traditional and the naturalist perspectives in a way that offers course participants access to a unique depth of knowledge in survival, tracking and combative skills.

Rich continues to explore his passion for the natural environment, to train, develop survival systems and enjoys passing on his experience to others. He lives in rural Australia with his wife and daughters.