Frequently Asked Questions

Self Defense in General

How long does it take to learn self defense?

It takes an hour, and it takes a lifetime. The best answer is “it depends.” What does self defense mean to you? What are your goals? How good do you want to be? Et cetera.

For our purposes here at Hogosha, we do have material broken into chunks that can be trained to proficiency and even mastery, over a significant amount of time of quality, deliberate practice.

In short, a Saturday seminar is not enough to “learn self defense.” Do it as often as possible.

What is self defense?

Self defense, or personal defense (which nominally includes others), is whatever you do or don’t do in order to avoid, prevent, or survive an unsafe or violent encounter.

Obviously some things you might do are better than others. Training in self defense helps you learn more of these.

Why do I need self defense training?

You don’t. Unless you want to be prepared for violence. Read the news today. Is the world getting safer? Are people more honest? Less hateful? Less violent?

Does anyone out there, from international mega-corporations to your next-door neighbor, have YOUR safety and protection in mind? Do you have your own personal bodyguard? Police protection detail?

We can and should live with positivity, gratitude, contentment and joy. But we can not live in ignorance.

This is not a world where everyone is fundamentally good and decent. Learn to protect yourself.

Concealed Carry Training

What is concealed carry training?

Concealed carry training is the practice of material in a self defense system that includes use of a concealed firearm.

This is not the same as a firearms safety class or CCW permit class, or even  a defensive pistol class.

Obviously there is better and worse training out there for concealed carriers, but the idea of “concealed carry training” is that you are regularly training and practicing all of the things involved in carrying a deadly weapon for personal protection.

I go to the range regularly. Why do I need concealed carry training?

Being on a live fire range is not the same as learning how to deal with a violent encounter, much less while wearing a deadly weapon. Marksmanship is important, but it is figure skating, metaphorically speaking. You need to learn hockey.

I took a CCW permit class. Why do I need concealed carry training?

If you took your CCW permit class, you should already know the answer to this question. These are very basic classes that teach you the general functionality and safe handling of firearms.

The better classes out there will cover use-of-force law, pros and cons of different carry methods, and will include some live fire.

What they do not include, however, is 90% of what you need to know to carry that weapon safely, retain it effectively, and access it efficiently in various situations involving self defense and violence.

Hogosha / IDS APEX Training FAQ

What is IDS APEX training?

The APEX training curriculum was developed by Integrative Defense Strategies over many years of research, development, testing, and practice. The philosophy of the program is “don’t be a gunfighter, be a fighter with a gun.”

Why do I need this training?

Because you are the kind of person who runs toward the threat intending to protect those being victimized. This kind of person must be as prepared as possible to deal with violence. That means regular, effective training.

What makes this training better than others?

Most training that involves a firearm will focus either on basic gun-handling and marksmanship skills, or defensive tactics (typically law-enforcement oriented).

As citizen defenders, we have different goals and limitations than law enforcement personnel, so in general our tactics will be different. While marksmanship skills are important, we know that we are more likely to need preventive skills as well as empty-hand intervention.

So we take an integrative approach to self defense training. Using the IDS Apex methodology and curriculum, we are working to become more well-rounded citizen defenders. To make self defense training more complete, we integrate all the pieces we can into training that facilitates better comprehension, material retention, and proficiency.

What do you really get out of practicing with inert weapons?

It’s true, practicing with inert weapons means you aren’t training all the skills you need. So what are all those skills? Recoil management and followup shots.

Conversely, what can we practice with inert weapons that we can’t practice live? Pretty much anything involving another person. And what does every violent encounter include?

I have martial arts training, why do I need this?

Most martial arts training includes a stick or knife as defensive tools, if they are not solely empty-hands focused. What we do is bridge the gap between empty hands and the access, use, and retention of defensive tools (mainly the firearm), as well as integrate the soft skills and broader principles that apply to self defense situations and violence/criminality in general.

In short, we’re not primarily focused on the “damage control” portion of self defense. Your existing training will serve you well, but this will be something new for you.

I already did my concealed carry class, why do I need this?

Consider this metaphor. What we do here is the foundation, framing, walls, electrical, insulation, and flooring of a house.

A standard concealed-carry class is a conversation about the house, and how to build it. You need to have that conversation, but eventually you have to get in there and start doing the work.

I am a security professional, is this training for me?

Yes, absolutely. If you are someone who has increased potential of encountering a violent situation, you need to be training in hand-to-hand skills. Knowledge and experience with pre-attack cues and the criminal environment, as well as the use of any defensive tools you might carry, is critical! Get in here.

I am LEO, is this only for civilians?

Even if you have extensive law enforcement training and experience, you will get crucial training here. As a supplement to your existing training, this will not only fill in the gaps, but also allow you more regular skill maintenance. Come try it.

I don't carry a firearm, so why would this do me any good?

Over 60% of assaults are simple assaults, which would preclude the use of a deadly weapon. Much of what we do deals with the broader principles and factors involved with violent encounters. You can come here to learn and practice the skills you need to deal with this.