Shivworks ECQC Truck Evolution

| July 23, 2015 | 0 Comments

I attended the Shivworks Extreme Close Quarter Combat course taught by Craig “SouthNarc” Douglas last weekend.

In a previous post I discussed the different modes students used to train with each other:

  • Consensual – students offer little to no resistance during practice.
  • Non-consensual – students offered resistance at the direction of Craig, depending on the drill. Resistance varied from 25% up to 90%.
  • Technical – one student was attempting to overcome the other student, but the partner student was only expected to provide resistance at Craig’s direction.
  • Competitive – both students were trying to enforce their wills on the other. This was the highest intensity mode. Effort was at 80 – 90%, with respect for other students being the only restraint.

The “evolution” drills pitted one student against one or more other students. All evolutions were non-consensual and competitive.

I participated in a few evolutions, and this is the first one I’m going to share.

The Drill

One student is driving a truck. They pick up a hitchhiker. Both students are armed, but the hitchhiker student has their gun under their right leg, while the “driver” has their gun in a holster.

The objectives are:

  • Distract the hitchhiker in order to execute a disarm and/or control them so you don’t get shot
  • Counter-attack the hitchhiker
  • Switch roles

Seems easy, right?

Analysis – first drill

There is no other way to write this: I got dominated. Here are some things I did wrong, and that my training partner did well:

  • I did not have the presence of mind to release the seat belt. This kept me in the seat and unable to move as much as I needed to.
  • I was not able to establish body-to-body contact, which was one of the cornerstones of what Craig taught us all weekend. I had to result to just using my hands (and even then couldn’t reach my partner).
  • I didn’t give up and still got my knife out, but it was ineffectual. However, the amount of time I spent underneath full mount is an example of how Craig lets students keep fighting until they figure out what they need to do.
  • My partner did a great job with mobility inside of the car. I trained with him several times during the course, and he had great movement. Other students used the entire interior of the car, putting their feet on the dash and ceiling if needed to get an advantageous position.
  • My partner did not fall for my tactic of getting him seat belted. I tried my best to talk him into it, but it didn’t work.
  • I should have waited longer before making my move, he did a better job of this in the second drill.

Analysis – second drill

Even though it’s not clear throughout most of the video, the second drill illustrates the necessity of a small fixed blade knife along the body midline.

  • My partner does a good job of waiting for the right moment. If you re-watch the video, I look away just for an instant. And he pounced! Great job.
  • As evidenced in several force on force (FoF) classes including this one, action beats reaction. My training partner makes the first move on me and is ahead of my OODA loop.
  • However, the seat belt limits the second important part of a disarm: moving the body off the muzzle. I put a round in his face / neck area.
  • My TDI knife went to work for just over 40 seconds in this video while he had me pinned against the car. My training partner was over six feet tall, very strong, and used his leverage naturally and effectively all three days of class. I have very little knife training, and only used a single grip. Nevertheless, I was able to repeatedly stab his guts, ribs, neck, and face with my left hand. When we separated, I switched hands (no recollection of doing this) and hit him a few times in the neck and face again.
  • I lost my handgun after performing the “shutter” technique learned in other classes. When performed in a consensual, non-competitive mode this technique works pretty well. Executed after an initial struggle and in full fight mode, it resulted in the gun popping loose. In short, the shutter technique rams the pistol into the face/body of the attacker and back out. I did this with one hand, and as the pistol rotated up after striking my partner in the face, pulling back resulted in it popping free.
  • I think I did the right thing by not “chasing the gun” and going to my knife.
  • I need more hip flexibility, I was very close to controlling his arm and body a few times with my right leg but couldn’t quite make it there. I was consciously trying to control his body with my leg, so that was good on me.
  • My partner freed himself from the seatbelt! That made all the difference. This allowed him to launch his body against mine and pin me into the car. Without my knife, he would have been the victor here.
  • My partner never gave up, even after all the stabbing. THIS IS IMPORTANT. According to several instructors I trust who have worked as LEO and/or corrections officers, most people don’t know they’ve been stabbed while the fight is going on. This is further corroborated by some of their personal experience of getting stabbed, as well as by students in FoF who just thought they were getting punched. My partner kept fighting, and eventually got to his gun. Good job. As QSI instructor Erik Pakieser says, “no one gets to murder me.” Fight until you can’t.


Let’s practice fighting in cars! I loved this drill, even when I got the free vasectomy. 😉 I really appreciate the efforts of my partner, he was super capable and cool, and didn’t make me feel bad after clearly having the advantage in the first iteration. I intentionally left the scenes in the video where we pat each other. Cool dude.

If you’ve read this far, please do one more thing for me: pat you fixed blade mounted on your body midline. Don’t have one? Please go buy one and carry it. The TDI is an economical and capable choice. I was lucky enough to buy one of the last in-stock Clinch Picks from Craig at class this weekend (more are coming).

Don’t stop fighting, ever. As one of my fellow students this weekend said, there are people who love you out there and are depending on you. Get home to them. You can do it if  you don’t give up and give yourself options.

Force on force training is mandatory for anyone carrying a weapon.

Take this class from Craig Douglas. You can follow up with similar coursework from other instructors, but start with Craig. You might be overwhelmed like I was, but this class is the gold standard, and you will do better in follow up classes if you start here.

About the Author:

Short Barrel Shepherd Short Barrel Shepherd is a regular guy and works to make Web sites and mobile apps easier for people to use. He spends his free time attending fight-focused firearm, knife, and combatives training, motorcycling, writing, and playing games. His daily carry is a Glock 19 pistol and an AR15 .300 Blackout pistol in a backpack.

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