Whatever Works

IMG_0866Coach Jeremy's practical street tactics (Close Quarters Combat) utilizes simple, effective techniques for no-rules survival. The philosophy with street tactics is "Use What Works!" Don't get fancy or complicated. When adrenaline is pumping and real life costs are at stake, we must be able to rely on muscle memory, natural reactions, and the ability to cope with fear. Coach Jeremy's self defense and awareness training does just this.

On the physical side, with the ultimate aim of escaping an attack or submitting an attacker, depending on the situation, Coach Jeremy teaches students how to quickly and effectively close the distance with an attacker, get to a safe control position, take the attacker off his/her feet, and decide either to run or to control the attacker and call for help.

Contact Coach Jeremy

Coach Jeremy teaches private lessons, semi-private group classes, and workshops.
Call 310-895-9927 to schedule an appointment.



1)      Carry Concealed: On the street, forget fighting fair. Use every advantage you can. It is important to always carry an easy-to-use, legal weapon that is effective at a distance, such as Pepper Spray or a Tazer. When walking in a high-alert area (dark alley, empty parking lot, etc.), have this weapon out and ready to go, even if there is no immediate threat. Do not carry close combat weapons like knives or batons unless you are well trained in them, ready to use them, and willing to deal with the legal ramifications of using them.

2)      Awareness: Develop a constant state of general awareness. Pay attention to your environment at all times. Where are you? Is it dark or light? Are there many other people around or are you alone? Are you in an enclosed place or is it open? Are you familiar with your environment or is this place strange and/or new? Depending on the answers to these questions, your general state of awareness and attention should correspond. If you’re in a dark, strange place with no one else around, obviously your awareness level should be higher than when you are in a familiar, light place with several other people. In high-alert environments, be aware of your possible exits, potential shields, and makeshift weapons.

3)      Scream OR Speech: When confronted, you may scream: “Don’t come any closer! Get away from me!” As loud as you can! Most predators prey on the weak, so show your attacker that you will put up a fight. Do not let yourself cry or be overcome with fear… Get angry instead! And yell out at your attacker with all of your energy and anger! OR (depending on the situation) Choose Calm Positive Speech: “How can I help You?” instead of “Don’t hurt me” or “I don’t want to fight.” Don’t use negatives – words like “hurt” or “fight” incite negative ideas in attackers’ minds. Being able to think clearly and act decisively in a self defense situation is where the proper training comes in hand.

4)      Escape: If someone tries to attack or engage you in any way, you must get away quickly! All your defensive efforts should have this end goal in mind: Run to safety! Find a phone and call the police if necessary. ACTION: When escape (flight) is not an immediate option, you must act (fight) swiftly and relentlessly. Use your full body weight and power against a smaller, vulnerable part of the attacker’s body and balance. If you strike, be ready to take it all the way and even create injury because if you don’t, you’re simply going to anger your attacker. You must finish and then escape!