Self Defense DVD Training Bundle

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Surviving a violent encounter is more about what is between the ear than whats in your hand. While a tool like a firearm can be extremely helpful in defeating a criminal that is trying to harm or kill you, your mindset and training have a greater likelihood in helping you prevail than any tool alone. That is one of the primary reasons why I suggest people seek out competent self defense training to go with obtaining a firearm and concealed carry permit (if needed or even available to you.)

However, training is expensive in both time and money. With any travel expenses, a good training class can cost hundreds, and sometimes thousands, of dollars. Additionally, it will require you to block off several days or even a week of time to attend. Sure, having a Tom Givens or Mas Ayoob local to you can reduce those costs, but most of us don’t have that luxury.

As an alternative, video training can be a good intermediary step toward competency in a defensive situation.

One of those video training programs is the Comprehensive Self-Defense DVD Bundle. This $199.99 bundle has nine DVDs, one each for the following topics:

  • 5 Ws of Personal Defense with William Aprill
  • Defensive Mindset
  • Fundamentals of Defensive Striking with Kelly Muir
  • Safer Faster Knife Defense with Alessandro Padovani
  • Armed Home Defense
  • One Handed Survival Shooting with Mike Seeklander
  • Defensive Long Gun Fundamentals with Rob Pincus
  • Vehicular Defense with Buddy Basnett
  • Immediate Aftermath of a Shooting

No video course will give you all of the tools you need. But then, neither will any one training class. However, finding a good quality video instructional series and then implementing the things into your own personal training on the range and in your life can increase your ability to properly address any violent encounter you may face.

Video training certainly isn’t a new thing. If you haven’t seen the WWII sniper videos the Germans made, you may wish to do so.

Have you taken any online self defense courses or training videos? What were your thoughts – did they help you improve your shooting, awareness or safety?

Richard Johnson

An advocate of gun proliferation zones, Richard is a long time shooter, former cop and internet entrepreneur. Among the many places he calls home is


  • Rick O’Shay

    But are they captioned?

    That’s been my #1 complaint with pretty much any DVD I’ve bought, whether for self defense or hunting. They’re never captioned.

  • stephen

    Not really a Pincus fan but I love Mike Seeklander’s DVDs, they are really good. Another video series I think everyone should have are the Magpul DVDs with Travis Haley and Chris Costa. They are probably the best DVDs I have seen. I took the Magpul pistol 1 & 2 class with those guys after the DVDs came out and the live class had even more info = great stuff.

    Many frown on DVDs but I like them – you can go over a technique/drill over and over to get all the little nuances. I used to burn the DVDs and put em on my phone and tablet. Then at the range I would review the drill/s then go shoot. I agree that a class does not develop any skill but rather its just an introduction so you can practice and get proficient later on.

    Good stuff.

  • A Fascist Corgi

    “Surviving a violent encounter is more about what is between the ear than whats in your hand. While a tool like a firearm can be extremely helpful in defeating a criminal that is trying to harm or kill you, your mindset and training have a greater likelihood in helping you prevail than any tool alone.”

    Nonsense. I read an FBI study (“Violent Encounters: A Study of Felonious Assaults on Our Nation’s Law Enforcement Officers”) several years ago that revealed that armed criminals win most of the gun fights that they have with police officers. Granted, the criminals almost always have the advantage of surprise; but the end result is still the same: guys with absolutely zero professional training are winning the majority of 1 vs 1 gun fights against our nation’s police officers.

    You don’t have to receive SAS training, or pay tens of thousands of dollars to civilian tactical firearm instructors, in order to successfully defend yourself with a firearm on the streets or in your own home. You don’t have to be in Delta Force in order to whip out your pistol and shoot someone within 15 yards. Most of the people telling you otherwise have something to sell you.

    The only handgun training that I would even consider paying for would have to be taught by someone who has had to shoot a lot of people with pistols in real life. And from all of the “war porn” that I’ve watched on teh webernetz over the years, that would probably be a Brazilian police officer. I can’t count the number of videos that I’ve watched of off-duty Brazilian police officers getting in crazy gun battles with criminals. And even then almost all of the videos show the off-duty Brazilian police officers fighting solely on their instincts. They simply whip out their pistols and start blasting away while trying to dodge incoming rounds.

    • Bob

      Oh good. Don’t train. I can do that.

      • A Fascist Corgi

        I’m all for training. I just don’t think that it’s necessary. Shooting someone within a few yards with a pistol isn’t hard to do.

        If you’re going to train, do it on your own or go join a shooting sport like IDPA or IPSC.

  • DanGoodShot

    Believe it or not, I have actually learned quite a few excellent techniques from YouTube. Yes there is a lot, and I mean a lot of garbage on there. You just have to be smart enough to sort through the bullshit. Little bit of brain and a little bit of research and you can actually find some really good tips and techniques on the interweb. But nothing will ever ever substitute doing some live Fire and actual training.

  • Rusty S.

    “One-handed defensive shooting techniques for the worst case scenario” No offense to Mike, but the cover of that DVD looks like THE worst-case scenario. Where’s that muzzle pointing?…