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Core Combatives Seminar with Mick Coup at Wild Geese

Hi all-

Some final details on securing attendance at the Mick Coup seminar, along with a brief outline of what will be covered.


The course dates are Saturday, November 26 and Sunday, November 27.
Training will run from 10am to 4pm with a 30 minute break for lunch and smaller breaks as required.

The location remains as previously indicated: Wild Geese Martial Arts,
14-16 Magennis Place, Pearse Street, D2.


Mick wishes to highlight that this will be a chance to gain an overview of the topics below. Due to time constraints and the nature of this event it will not constitute the in-depth and subject-specific type of training which he provides through other, longer course formats such as the Foundation Course.

Day One

Introduction to the C2 system-method-concept and training structure

Combat Management – the emergency ‘in-fight’ action option

Contact Management – the preferable ‘pre-fight’ assessment option

Day Two

Threat Management – the preferred ‘no-fight’ awareness option

Subject Management – the security-role apprehend & arrest option

Obviously a great deal of offshoot-topics will be addressed in brief, and lots of Q&A throughout.


Both days will require mouth and groin protection – for live drills and for the force-on-force drills during subject management.


Payment will officially open tomorrow.

If you wish to confirm your attendance then advance payment is recommended.

To pay in advance (at the rate of 80 euros for both days):-

*E-mail me to this account indicating that you are ready to pay via PayPal.
* PayPal payment details will be provided.
*When your transaction has been completed your place on the course is reserved, and not before.

There are space constraints and although it may be possible to attend and pay on the day (at the higher rate of 100 euros), this cannot be guaranteed. I will attempt to highlight via the Facebook page for this event if we are approaching capacity, but I would encourage anyone who wants to make sure they do not miss out to pay early. Should the course fill up I will open a waiting list in the event that a place becomes available via cancellations.


Ruairi Quinn

The Ultimate Self Defence Move

Ladies and Gentlemen, I have recently learned the ultimate in self defence technique.

And I’m going to share it with you.

Recently I was training one of our regular private clients, when they stopped and told me of a course they had just been on.

This course was run at her job.

A course so well thought out, it came with a manual.

The manual was so well written anyone who reads it will fully understand the intricacies of self defence in such detail as to be able to teach to a room full of beginners.

The manual could be described as the real world equivalent of Kung Fu Panda’s Dragon Scroll.

But enough hype. Lets now look at the climax of the course, as taught from the manual.

This is quite possible the most groundbreaking self defence manoeuvre I have ever come across in 20+ years of Martial Arts training and 10+ years working in private security and Door work.

It is this:

“Should your assailant bite your arm, do not pull away, instead push forward
into the persons mouth.”

So far so good, but it’s basic common sense, if you pull out the teeth may rip your flesh. We all know that, so what’s the secret, groundbreaking move…….

Here it is:

“With your free hand, tickle the assailants top lip just under his nose.
This will stimulate their parasympathetic nervous system and cause their jaw
to drop releasing your arm from the bite. You now step away.”


Who’d have thought of tickling a man hell bent on biting through your arm.
I told you it was ground breaking.

This is the type of bullshit being taught by unqualified, inexperienced “self defence” instructors. If you’ve ever been in a fight, even if it’s just a friendly sparring match down the dojo, would you think you would be stopped dead in your tracks by someone tickling you?

If you had a man sinking his teeth into you, do you believe that:
1 – You’d have the self control to tickle him and
2 – That it would actually dissolve the situation.

I don’t.

I’ve been bitten. Twice. In different scenarios as a doorman.

Now, I realise that I’m merely talking from experience here, I don’t have a manual to follow, but here’s what I have done when someone has attempted to bite me:
I have done something most “instructors” are too squeamish to teach.
I stuck my finger deep into the man’s eye socket.

The result, the assailants jaw drops as he squeals in pain, his head snaps back as he attempts to move his eyes away from the attack, he takes a step backwards.

What did I do next?
I put the man on the floor and restrained him while the authorities were called.

That’s because I was working security. If it was a street scenario, a self defence situation, I’d simply drop him and run.

Regardless of the outcome, get yourself to the Doctor for blood tests and tetanus booster. Bites, even from people, especially from people, can carry a whole heap of infections.

I’m not an advocate of violence, but sometimes you have no option. If some lowlife decides to bite you, hurt him, end of story.
What would happen if your dog bit someone? You would be obliged to have him put down.
Why would the rules be different for a person? If you get bitten, put the guy down and get the hell out of there.

If some muppet reads a self defence course from a manual, ask him to back up what he says with personal anecdotes. Ask him what his experience is. And if the answer is “It’s in the manual” hit him with it and leave.

Wild Geese run bespoke Self Defence and Control & Restraint courses. These courses are based on real world experience, both from experience we have gained personally and from experience gleaned from those better than ourselves.
We have taught at the Academia De Police in Aguas Calientes Mexico, for the Presidential Guard in the Gambia, to Greenbow Lgbt, Price Waterhouse Coopers, Tekken Security and Door Security Management in Dublin and regularly consult for ESTS < an internationally recognised leader in security training and services.
The picture above was taken at a seminar in Mexico. Wild Geese Chief Instructor Paul Cox showing control & restraint as members of the various Law Enforcement agencies look on.

If you or your company feels the need for Self Defence training, maybe you work within the Security Field and require Control & Restraint and Baton (Asp) please drop us a line anytime to


Dave Hedges

087 672 6090