Needing to Fight Your Way Out of a Violent Riot

By Roger Phillips, Owner and Operator of Fight Focused Concepts

From a discussion at my forum

Marc is doing beautiful job covering contact weapons and edge weapons foot work, for when things are very close, and you are not strapped. And I threw in on the positioning concept, because ultimately movement must have purpose. In the middle of a mob that has set their sights on violence on me…..I need to get out of there. If they are not going to let me leave and they are committed on attacking me, I may have no choice but to fight my way out of the situation.

I do not want anyone to think that I am ignoring movement while fighting with a firearm. With the significant threat of death and grave bodily harm to my loved and I, at my age, at my size, at this level of disparity of force against me, and at my skill level with hand to hand, knife, and contact weapons, I will mainly be relying on my firearm, my positioning, and my skill with a firearm, while moving dynamically, while moving in a controlled manner, and while stationary. I cannot go toe to toe with the mob and I cannot just out run them. Just running from a violent mob is like running from a pack of feral dogs. It is not going to go well.

I will most likely need to fight while maneuvering, possibly dynamically, to set the tone that their mortality is also at risk. I need to deter the largest portion of the mob that I can. Eventually the mobs guns are going to be deployed. Then I will need to fight once I have landed in my position of tactical advantage. Here is where my accuracy level needs to be at the highest level I can achieve. One shot/one hit is what I am going to need or I am going to run out of ammo. If the threat remains, I will then need to fight while moving to the next position of tactical advantage. The best solution may be “move stop shoot” or accurate fire with controlled movement, one shot/one hit, all while ultimately looking to get the hell out of Dodge.

If this very unfortunate situation ever came to reality I am going to be very happy with the type of well rounded training I have been doing.

You are going to need to be smart. You are going to need to be fast. You are going to need to be accurate. And most of all you are going to need to be well rounded.


By Roger Phillips, Owner and Operator of Fight Focused Concept

At my forum we were discussing footwork that my be helpful if you are unfortunate enough to get caught up in a violent riot. Here were just some of my thoughts.

My footwork at my age is not going to help me against a bunch of 20 year olds. I am thinking what I need is outstanding positioning.

I have written so very much over the years, but the one subject that I always wanted to write about, but could never figure out how to articulate, is about the importance and concept of positioning. “Concept” is the only way I can explain it. It is the act of placing yourself in the most tactically advantageous position possible. There are so many things to consider, that it is literally impossible to convey it by the written word. At least it is for me. The situation is the dictating factor and the environment is the most important of the many factors.

Positioning seems to me to almost be instinctive. I have no idea where I picked it up from, but it comes to me with almost zero conscious thought. It comes as easy as taking a step or taking a breath. Not only have I never figured out how to write about it, I have not even figured out how to teach it. The most beneficial aspect of the concept of positioning is that it can help you completely avoid the confrontation. If that does not work, it can help you deter the attack. A position of tactical advantage is not just obvious to you, it is obvious to your adversary. There are times where all you need is for them to recognize the obvious. “Good ground” may be all that some of us can hope for, but “good ground” can mean everything.

Funneling your opponents, having the high ground, having your back covered, having your flanks covered, obstacles that slow the pursuit, obstacles that divide your adversary, creating exposure for your adversaries, lessening the exposure for yourself, having additional positions to be able to maneuver too, and having an escape route are just a few elements of the concept of positioning.

When I was young, my footwork was my claim to fame. I can no longer out run a gang of 20 year olds, but with a sharp mind, I can definitely out maneuver them.

“Guns Don’t Kill People, Men with Beards Kill People”

First attempt at humor, by Roger Phillips, Owner and Operator of Fight Focused Concepts

Throughout this forum we discuss ALL things martial. We are constantly looking to become as dangerous as possible to our enemies. But it has become clear to me that we have not covered one of the most important topics inside of this very important subject.

The Beard.

Back before I started training, I had a mustache. I simply did not know what I did not know. I thought I was “good to go” since I had owed guns since I was six, hunted with my dad, and occasionally shot competitively. My ignorance and lack of skill was directly related to my lack of facial hair.

Once I started training, I understood that a mustache was simply not good enough. My skill set was one dimensional. While I was really good at shooting and my mustache looked great, I did not believe that I was really training to fight. My learning progression on training to fight lead me to a more well rounded skill set and a neatly trimmed goatee.

I trained for decades and as my skills grew, so did my Goatee. It became perfectly clear (to me at least) that the more dangerous I became, the more facial hair I had. It grew from a stubble goatee to a good six inch long bushy goatee, one so nice that any warrior in Valhalla would be proud of. I wore this goatee proudly, for years, with the full knowledge of my absolute deadliness.

Then Covid-19 hit!

My goatee was so fracking awesome that nobody could keep their hands off of it (when I say “nobody”, I mostly mean “me.”) At that point it became perfectly clear that my goatee had become so dangerous that it was even dangerous to me. So, I convinced myself (against all empirical data) that it was not my goatee that made me such a bad ass and that I could be just as dangerous without it.

I shaved it off.

The next thing I know I am participating in 9mm-vs-45cal. debates, asking what the best magnet holster for my car was, and pontificating about open carrying at Walmart as soon as my CCW permit expired.

It was clear that I had thrown away tens of thousands of dollars of training with a couple of passes of a trimmer. I was reduced from a steely eyed gunfighter to an absolute imbecilic newbie.

Then the Antifa and BLM riots hit!

As I looked in the mirror at a panicked face, a smooth as a babies butt, and a skill set of the same age, I immediately knew what I had to do………..grow the most dangerous beard that I can.

This is a thread on the deadliness of the beard, the importance of the beard, the training of the beard, the upkeep of the beard, the maintenance of the beard, beard products, the mastery of the beard, and most importantly… of the beard.

Training in 2021

By Roger Phillips, Owner and Operator of Fight Focused Concepts

All 2021 courses will be private courses only

I have had some up and down success with my private courses and have been looking at how to make them as attracted and fair as I possibly can. Here is what I have come up with. It reduces the risks of the motivated guy being messed around by friends or training partners, that are not as motivated or dependable. You get the best deal when you can get four guys that commit, but even if they flake on you, you can still get a decent deal.

$400 for one person, for one eight-hour training session. (8:00 -5:00)
$600 for two people, for one eight-hour training session. (8:00 -5:00)
$800 for three people, for one eight-hour training session. (8:00 -5:00)
$1000 for four people, for one eight-hour training session. (8:00 -5:00)

For those that are looking to get as much as possible inside of one day, add-on extra hours for $150 an hour. We can push as hard or as easy as you want. You get to tailor your training to your needs.

$400 non-refundable payment, 6 weeks in advance, to secure date and range.

Additional students transactions can be taken care of in advance or on the day of the course, at the range. Please keep me informed on how many students I should expect so I can bring the appropriate amount of supplies.

Contact me by phone or by email at least 6 weeks in advanced to get things all set up.

Free Speech

By Roger Phillips, Owner and Operator of Fight Focused Concepts

Free speech is all about the quest for knowledge, seeking of a dialogue, and ultimately discovery of the truth. It is what allows us to debate topics, hear varying opinions, gain insight, and to see things from every angle. It is about improving ourselves, our lives, our families lives, and our world through an open conversation of free thinkers.

The suppression of free speech is nothing more than the exact opposite. The suppression of free speech, that half of the Country is dealing with today, may just be the most formidable weapons ever used against us. Without free speech, we are lesser men/women, intellectually, spiritually, morally, and in regards of understanding the true reality of our world. When there is only one acceptable way to think, to speak, and it is not what you believe, we suffer severely.

Right now the left is using fear to silence us. They have made it perfectly clear that they will come after you, your family, your job, the way you support your loved ones, your freedom, and even your life. They will cancel you with zero concern on what is “right or wrong” of what is “good or evil.” They hate you, therefore you must shut up/obey and any dissent to what they believe must be ruthlessly crushed.

Free speech is hate speech and hate speech is violence. That is the way the left is framing this. That is their narrative.

I have been sitting back and watching how this all plays out. Most of you know well, that I did not have much faith in getting a free and fair election. Most of you know well, that I did not have much faith in the left not dramatically abusing their new found and ill-gotten power. Not only did we not just witness the most questionable election in America history, but we have witnessed the most destructive 18 days, to the founding principles of America, in American history.

I have sat back and watched. I have hardly said anything, except to those that I know I can trust. I have been effectively silenced and that silencing is based on fear. I have no fear of dying, I should have died when I was 16 and I was effectively “already dead” for 10 more years on top of that. My fear is for my family and my loved ones. If they cancel me, my family will suffer. That probably sounds familiar to a lot of you, but most people will not say it.

I have gone back and worth on this issue. The American man in me wants to keep speaking as I always have. The husband, father, grandfather, protector, patriarch does not want to draw any more attention than I already have.

With the attempted suppression of your free speech being an irrefutable fact……..

What is your mindset in regards to speaking on these irrefutable facts?

What is your tactic in regards to speaking on these irrefutable facts?

How important do you believe, your decision on this issue will be to you, to your family, to your lives, and to America?