rich graham

Hmmmmm:

The instructor in the video is Rich Graham, we go way back.  The Fog of derp post, and his reply is such classic ENDO.  I’m happy that he’s putting out post-worthy videos again.

Would this stuff “work” in a real life situation?  I don’t know, potentially I guess?  That said, I could easily make a youtube video where I create a bunch of moves to make me look cool by using a compliant guy to demonstrate on.  If nothing else, Rich Graham is quite creative in this and it would look good in a movie.

Naturally I see one of the videos he put up recently which I posted about, disappeared.  :(

Thoughts?

Gat tip: no uno

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Combatives… shooting… very casual.  Holy… wow… I thought this was a parody video at first:

This is Rich Graham.  I blogged about him a bunch in the past… this man is a legend and he INVENTED the TACTICAL JOSTLE.  Holy looking back at the comments on a few of those posts his jimmies got pretty jostled that I poked fun at some of the stuff in the video.

“Developed for the police officers down in Central / South America” he says.  Man he is loving that tactical t-rex aka “sul position”.

Watching the video he’s really confident in what he’s saying, it almost has me convinced.  Like right now I’m sitting here starting at 4:41 SKEPTICAL AF… and then he’s talking and talking and as time goes on I’m really like “Ya you know, holding the gun like a microphone… tactical Barbara Streisand seems like a good idea”.

6:39 – That transition tho.  Pure butta on a hot summa day.  When from “one mic” to “I love rock & roll”.

7:22 – This man just said to use the magwell as a hammer… hit the guy in the head with it.  haha

13:39 – In his conclusion he says he has been developing and working on this technique “for years”

I never thought I’d make it through a full 14 minutes of this, but wow the time just flew by.  So entertaining.  Oh and to make things even sweeter, he’s got a retention holster on his hip.

Thoughts?  You off holding the gun by the grip now?  You only holding the gun like a microphone… like you’re singing sweet tactical tunes into it?  You calling tactical t-rex “sul” because it sounds more cultured?  I have so many questions after this video.

Gat tip: no uno

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Another day another “training” method.  I present the jostle-max loosey-goosey drill.  Shawty get LOW LOW LOW LOW LOW:

A video posted by RICH GRAHAM (@trifitkb) on

From the description:

Today I was demonstrating to the class a “DRILL” to stay loose and on target by adjusting to impacts using feel, footwork, and body movements to deflect, release, or compensate for the disruption. This drill will really test your body position & balance, while connecting combative fight training with shooting.

All shots impacted silhouette at 5 to 7 yards. Again this is a skill-building DRILL.

Also you can see my post on Instagram and my follower’s comments here.

Oh god I almost died when he repeatedly does that lil ass twist move for what looks like no reason. Granted again I’m sure there’s some tactically operational reason I’d never understand.

Jostle-Training-Shooting-Rich-GrahamI’m definitely not operator enough to understand this.  Sometimes I wonder if guys that do all this unconventional “training”, are on board with all the other guys who do similar unconventional stuff.  Like for instance does the guy in this video, Rich Graham (who I’ve posted about a few times and who got VERY upset) think that oh I don’t know… a dry-fire academy, and standing on someones chest while you shoot, and say advanced forward rolling techniques are useful and completely valid forms of training?  Or do all these guys scoff at how not operator the other school’s methods are?  Maybe they get kind of disappointed in themselves that they didn’t think of ____ first?  I called 2015 “The Year Of The Jostle” (some past vids here and here), but it looks like it’s still alive and well in 2016.

If you think jostle-max loosey-goosey is the future and is here to stay, I’d really like to hear why.  If you don’t I’d like to hear why also.  Go spend your hard earned money with Rich Graham over at Trident Fitness if you like what you see.

Gat tip: g_1saac

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Since the last post was incredibly long I figured such an extreme FAIL deserved its own post.

Note the WHOIS information for his rebuttal comment in the fog of derp post:

And the WHOIS info for the person “Poppy” who just responded to that comment:

LOL Rich, you may think you know something about firearms training, but you obviously know absolutely zero about computers and the internet . You just lost all credibility by responding to your own comment under a fake name.

Incredible FAIL bro…

If you’re that insecure with your training methods that you have to type a page long rebuttal to my post, then try to be sneaky and agree with yourself under a different name, maybe it’s time to quit posting on YouTube?

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Navy SEAL Rich Graham didn’t take too kindly to us making fun of his youtube training video in my last post The Fog Of Derp – Shooting Under Stress.

You can view the video below, and click on the link above to see the comments that were made about it:

For those that are not subscribed to the comments on that post, here’s what he wrote tonight:

OK, OK, you guys can put your stones back into your old testament! I am Rich Graham, and I instructed the course every one is ripping apart. I’m not going writing back to engage in a pissing match, but I do want to clarify a few things. After reading all of your comments and watching from your point of view, I can see how what I was teaching these guys could be misinterpreted. It is very difficult to take and entire course and put it into a 1min-6min promo video, that is exciting to watch, but informative at the same time. There is just to much info and the guys in the course don’t want to see a video of me just talking, they want to see clips of them doing the drills.

So, lets start from the top. Yes, I was a SEAL, class 236, and I did have an honorable discharge for those suggesting otherwise. In the beginning of the video I was talking about thought process that is proactive instead of reactive. Is it easier to block punches or throw them? Same concept.
The drills on muzzle discipline were the first drills of the day, done with no ammo on the range, all magazines in your bags, slide locked to the rear(if you look closely) and group buddy checks from everyone in the group, every time a new student was up. I would not do this drill with live ammo!

I’m glad everyone liked my break dancing, I thought I did it pretty good! Ha ha! Again this is out of context. I was demonstrating soft vs. rigid shooting stances. A shooter needs to be able to get bumped, bounced, tripped, etc. and be able to maintain his muzzle on the target at all times even as his body moves and changes under him. Think about it. A tank can lock onto a target and change directions, go over hills and bumps but the barrel stays locked onto the target at all times. This was not just break dancing to look cool on you tube I was teaching a very important lesson on gun control.

As for the stress courses that some guys find unrealistic, I don’t know what to say there. Just a difference in training opinions I guess. I train Law Enforcement, Contractors, and civilians also. Needless to say if you where a Cop and you chased a guy two blocks, climbed three fences, at night in the dark and it came to an end breathing heavy in a hostage situation… that is NOT the first time to shoot tired, stressed, and under pressure. So lifting weights, running, crawling, multiple targets, etc. is how I try to put it together. One person asked “why would you crawl or who crawls in a gun fight” seriously? If you have not trained shooting from the prone position with a pistol your wrong. How many people carry concealed rifles? If you always have a pistol and you run into a situation and bullets are flying and you don’t know where they are coming form your may want to get down!

With the spray paint, some of the guys got carried away at lunch. The course is serious but we like to have fun also. I am not hazing or running a militia by any means. We got rained on half way through the day so a few guys took there shirts off because every one was soaked. And the best for last the combat roll… I don’t teach that ha ha one of the guys asked about it and if he could try it. I don’t do that, some teach it in Systema, etc. but he did perform it safely so….  Yah I know maybe I should have left that out.

This response is becoming to long, I know you guys just brought up a lot of questions about my video. If you really want to know what the course was like or what people thought of it you could have, or can just go to my website tridentfitness.net and read the testimonials from the course. I have had over 30 SWAT Team operators from NJ, PA, DE, and MD tell me that this course was the best pistol training that they had received so that is why I am not taking offense to these remarks on your site. I truly believe if you had attended the course and had been taught the thought process and reasoning behind the drills you would view this video differently.

He also was butthurt enough to email me this:

Mike-I posted a reply to the less than respectful comments about my video.
In the future you may want to do a little more homework before throwing
someone under the bus like that. I don’t know who the bloggers are or who
you are for that matter thats why I am not going to run my mouth or make
false statements about your club or your site. If you want to know more
about how and why I train the way I do all you had to do was ask.

Rich Graham

To which I responded to with this:

Rich,

My goal wasn’t to throw you (or any of the guys in the other vids I’ve made fun of) under the bus.  The videos speak for themselves.   I could have just put “presented without comment” under your video, and everyone would have pointed out the same things I did, in the comments section anyway.

I’m no one important, and I’ve never operated in any operations.  I’m just a regular guy that happens to blog about stuff that amuses me, in an attempt to keep myself and the several hundred thousand people that stop buy the site every month entertained.

All the best,

-Mike

His comments about the legitimacy of the training exercises was predictable.  We have seen similar justification from other guys who’s vids I’ve made fun of.   I guess it’s one of those things I’ll never really understand because I’m not an operator.

Are you guys convinced by his response? Or are you still leaning more towards Derp?

UPDATE: see the Rich Graham – Tactical Internet Fail post after this one for some extra laughs

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I hope I never run out of videos like this:

This video has it all!  Tactical break dancing, tactical muzzle control on a crowded street simulation, tactical beam overturning!  

– I don’t lift heavy beams on the reg, but i’m pretty sure the deflating tire “pssssssssssssssssssshhhhtttt” sound isn’t necessary.  They are all doing it though.

– What’s with the spray painting of the guys back at 3:53?  Some sort of hazing?  haha that would be a pain to remove.

– Forward roll at 4:54!  OH NO HE DIDN’T! ahahha

The training school is called Trident Fitness, you can check out their website – HERE

According to the about page, the instructor (Rick Graham) is a former Navy Seal. *shrug* who knows… I’m pretty sure he didn’t learn a lot of this stuff during his SEAL training.

I’ll never be that high speed low drag. :(  Save the video quick guys, these things have a bad habit of disappearing once we make fun of them.

What are your thoughts?

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