ECQC Shivworks 2-on-1 Evolution June 2016

| June 14, 2016 | 0 Comments

Remember when I got shot in the head repeatedly in a cornfield? Ah, good times.

The 2-on-1 evolution is not the last evolution of Craig Douglas’s ECQC class, but I consider it to be the ultimate test of the class. Students are expected to put together everything they’ve learned, and every participant has their own goals and agendas. It is a truly dynamic (and sometimes bizarre) scenario.


1 student is the subject of the evolution. I don’t want to say they’re “the defender” or the “good guy,” because the scenarios rapidly evolve and are not set in stone.

1 student is the primary unknown contact. Again, they are not always a “bad guy,” or if they are, they don’t have to start out that way. When I was the primary unknown contact with this same group of students I played the role of an unwilling, reluctant miscreant who was egged on by the secondary unknown contact.

The last student is the secondary unknown contact. Craig releases this student at some point in the evolution. That point in time is unknown to everyone but Craig. The secondary unknown contact is free to do whatever they want, and act in a way they feel is authentic to themselves or the role they assume.


I took four rounds to the body, and a ton to the head. Despite some encouragement and compliments from Craig and the rest of the class afterwards, I consider this evolution to be a failure.

I died.

However, we know that failure gives us the best opportunity to do better and grow, and as I’ve discussed before it’s better to fail in front of instructors and peers than in a real encounter.

Here’s what I would do differently next time:

  • I am not sold on Managing Unknown Contacts. I did my best, but I definitely stayed socially and physically engaged with the primary far longer than I would based on my training with other instructors. I will write a specific post about this at a later time.
  • While my attempt to diffuse the situation on the ground was applauded, I stayed there too long. I should have disengaged and gotten up. This would have kept the primary from getting my gun (at least in this position), and would have given me the mobility necessary to avoid the “Good Samaritan” secondary.
  • Many asserted that using my firearm in this situation would have been unwarranted. I would agree — except for the part where I got disarmed and killed. Phrases like “left of bang” and the “don’t shoot yet” are popular right now, and refer to the valley between when we know someone is acting weird, and when we are in a violent encounter.

If we add these things together, the scenario may have been skewed more in my favor. Less managing, more disengaging, getting off of the ground, and more movement.

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