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About Sammy Franco
With over 35 years of teaching experience, Sammy Franco is one of the most recognized authorities on reality based self-defense instruction. Highly regarded as a leading innovator in the martial arts, Sammy Franco is one of the premier pioneers in the field of both armed and unarmed combat.
Sammy Franco is also the founder and creator of Contemporary Fighting Arts (CFA), a cutting-edge martial art specifically designed for real world self-defense situations. This dynamic, "no nonsense" system is specifically designed to provide efficient and effective methods to avoid, defuse, confront, and neutralize both armed and unarmed attackers.
Sammy Franco has been featured on national radio shows, newspaper and television programs, including the CBS television news magazine 48 HOURS. As a professional writer since 1989, Mr. Franco has authored dozens of books on the subject of reality based self-defense, street fighting, martial arts, combat conditioning, combat psychology, and military strategy. He has also published numerous articles for various national publications. In addition, Mr. Franco has directed and produced over 60 instructional self-defense videos.
Sammy Franco is also a Law Enforcement Master Instructor who has designed, implemented, and taught officer survival programs to members in the law enforcement community, including the US Secret Service, Military Special Forces, Washington DC Police Department, Montgomery County, Maryland Deputy Sheriffs, and the US Library of Congress Police. Mr. Franco is also a member of the prestigious International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA), American Society of Law Enforcement Trainers (ASLET) and is listed in the "Who's Who Director of Law Enforcement Instructors." He is also a certified law enforcement instructor from a variety of agencies, including the National Law Enforcement Training Center (NLETC).
Sammy Franco holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminology from the University of Maryland. He is a regularly featured speaker at a number of professional conferences, and conducts dynamic and enlightening seminars on numerous aspects of reality based self-defense.
On a personal level, Sammy Franco is an indiscriminate animal lover, who will go to great lengths to assist and rescue animals. However, his most treasured moments are always spent with his German Shepherd dogs.
To learn more about Sammy Franco, please visit his official website at: SammyFranco.com or follow him on Twitter: @RealSammyFranco
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Cane Fighting Techniques For The Real World!
Cane Fighting: The Authoritative Guide to Using the Cane or Walking Stick for Self-Defense is a no nonsense book written for anyone who wants to learn how to use the cane or walking stick as a fighting weapon for real-world self-defense.
The Ultimate Self-Defense Weapon for Everyone!
While seemingly inconspicuous, the cane or walking stick is both a practical and devastating weapon for all ages, young and old, regardless of size or strength or experience and skill level. Most importantly, you don’t need martial arts training to master this incredible self-defense weapon.
One Book For All Kinds of Fighting Sticks
With over 200 photographs and step-by-step instructions, Cane Fighting is the authoritative resource for mastering the following weapons:
- The Hooked Wooden Cane
- The Modern Tactical Combat Cane
- Walking Sticks of all types
- The Irish Fighting Shillelagh
- The Bo Staff
Powerful Cane Fighting Techniques At Your Fingertips
Cane Fighting is devoid of tricky or flashy cane fighting moves that can get you injured or possibly killed when defending against a determined attacker. Instead, it arms you with practical and powerful cane fighting techniques that actually work in the chaos of real-life street assaults. In fact, the skills and techniques found in these pages are surprisingly simple and easy to apply.
Cane Fighting Covers These Essential Topics:
How to choose the right tactical cane for your needs, advantages of the combat cane, weapon requirements, grips, essential dos and don’ts, weapon terminology, high and low concealment stances, strikes, power swings, preparing for impact shock, first strike techniques, combinations, striking angles, cane chokes, self-defense stages, blocks, deflections, footwork skills, cane fighting attributes, target areas, medical implications of cane strikes, use-of-force concerns, workout routines, conditioning exercises, and much more!
Whether you are a beginner or advanced practitioner, student or instructor, Cane Fighting: The Authoritative Guide to Using the Cane or Walking Stick for Self-Defense teaches you powerful street-oriented techniques and proven fighting methods to get you home alive and in one piece.
Be Prepared for the Fast, Furious and Fatal World of Knife Fighting
Written by world renowned martial arts expert Sammy Franco, Knife Fighting: A Step-by-Step Guide to Practical Knife Fighting for Self-Defense prepares you for the deadly world of knife fighting.
Complete and Comprehensive Knife Fighting Instruction
With over 200 photographs, and easy-to-follow instructions, this comprehensive 300 page book cuts through the guess work and teaches you the most practical and effective knife fighting techniques for real-world survival.
Knife Fighting Will Teach You:
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- How to choose the best combat knife
- Fixed blade and tactical folder knife requirements
- Prevention and avoidance strategies
- Knife carry, quick draw and concealment strategies
- Knife grips, stances, ranges and footwork
- How to control fear during a knife fight
- Knife targeting and reaction dynamics
- Knife cuts and angles of attack
- Franco’s knife fighting blueprint
- Knife fighting defensive skills
- The aftermath of a knife fight
- Knife fighting training drills
- Conditioning exercises
- And much, much more
35+ Years of Real-World Knife Fighting Experience at Your Fingertips
Whether you are a beginner or seasoned knife fighting expert, Knife Fighting: A Step-by-Step Guide to Practical Knife Fighting for Self-Defense teaches you battle-tested knife fighting skills that will get you home alive and in one piece.
The Ultimate Guide to Killer Heavy Bag Combinations!
Heavy Bag Combinations is the second book in Sammy Franco’s best-selling Heavy Bag Training Series. This unique book is your ultimate guide to mastering devastating heavy bag punching combinations. Practitioners who use this guide as a reference tool will quickly improve their heavy bag training skills. In fact, the punching combinations featured in this text will dramatically improve your fighting skills, condition your body, and breathe new life into your current heavy bag program.
Achieve Maximum Training Performance!
Heavy Bag Combinations will help you achieve maximum training performance in a variety of activities including, boxing, mixed martial arts, kickboxing, self-defense, and personal fitness.
30+ Years of Research, Training and Teaching Experience!
This one-of-a-kind book is based on self-defense expert, Sammy Franco’s 30+ years of research, training and teaching the martial arts and fighting sciences. He has taught these unique heavy bag skills to thousands of his students and now he’s finally put them down in a comprehensive book.
A Heavy Bag Book for All Skill Levels!
With over 300+ photographs and detailed step-by-step instructions, Heavy Bag Combinations provides beginner, intermediate and advanced heavy bag workout combinations that will challenge you for the rest of your life! In fact, even the most experienced athlete will advance his fighting skills to the next level and beyond.
Infinite Combinations Means Infinite Heavy Bag Workout Programs for a Lifetime!
The best feature of this book is Sammy Franco’s “combination blending” formula that teaches you how to easily create an infinite amount of unique punching combinations. As a result, you get:
An unlimited supply of heavy bag combinations that will challenge you for a lifetime.
An invaluable tool that prevents your heavy bag training from becoming boring, stagnant, and monotonous. This means you are less likely to quit or abandon your workouts.
A fantastic training method that develops mental toughness.
The Comprehensive Heavy Bag Workout Book
Whether you need stand-alone heavy bag combinations or a comprehensive heavy bag training program, you will find it in this exceptional book!
Learn how to:
- Protect yourself and your family from vicious street criminals
- Hone your awareness skills
- Assess threat levels
- De-escalate situations before they turn violent
- Fight back with simple, no nonsense self-defense techniques
- Use self-defense weapons skillfully
- Prepare your family for a home invasion
- Remain calm and focused when faced with fear
- Cope with the aftermath of violence
- Get realistic self-defense training
Self-defense expert, Sammy Franco is no stranger to violence and personal protection. With decades of experience, he is the author of numerous self-defense books and the innovator of Contemporary Fighting Arts, a reality based self-defense system that breaks self-defense down to its simplest elements: practical skills, proven techniques and the confidence to use both on armed and unarmed criminals.
When Seconds Count is considered by many to be one of the best books on real world self-defense instruction. Ideal for men and women of all ages who are serious about taking responsibility for their own safety. By studying the concepts and techniques taught in this book, you will feel a renewed sense of empowerment, enabling you to live your life with greater confidence and personal freedom.
Learn What It Takes to Survive a Knife Fight
The 10 Best Knife Fighting Techniques: Deadly Knife Fighting Techniques for the Street is a concise guide designed to teach some of the most practical and effective knife fighting techniques for self-defense. Unlike other knife fighting books, The 10 Best Knife Fighting Techniques is devoid of impractical and gimmicky techniques that can get you injured or possibly killed when faced with a real-world self-defense crisis. Instead, this book arms you with the most efficient, effective, and practical knife fighting skills that work in the chaos of a real-world survival situation. In fact, the self-defense skills and techniques found within these pages are straightforward and easy to apply.
Easy to Follow Knife Fighting Skills
This easy to follow book covers a broad spectrum of knife fighting concepts. Learn how choose the right fighting knife, exploit and manipulate your environment, learn deceptive knife fighting tricks, master knife hand grips, knife fighting ranges, knife wound reaction dynamics, secondary knife fighting weapons, and much more. By following the knife fighting techniques outlined in this book you will dramatically improve your combat skills regardless of your size, strength, or level of training experience.
Bonus Knife Fighting Material Included!
Since knife fighting is a vast subject filled with numerous subtle details, we've included an additional 10 knife fighting techniques plus a chapter devoted entirely to knife fighting training.
30+ Years of Knife Fighting Experience
The knife fighting techniques and strategies featured in this book are based on world renowned martial arts expert, Sammy Franco's 30+ years of research, training and teaching reality based combat. He has taught these unique knife fighting concepts to thousands of his students, and he's confident they will help you.
A Great Addition to Your Self-Defense Library
Regardless of your knife fighting background or level of experience. The techniques and strategies featured in this book are practical and straightforward and can be seamlessly incorporated into your current martial arts, self-defense or survival program. As a matter of fact, integrating these essential knife fighting principles and their related concepts will dramatically improve your odds of prevailing in any high risk self-defense situation.
Knife Fighting Targets
Knife Fighting Targets: The Ultimate Knife Fighting Targeting System for Self-Defense is a concise book designed to teach you the most practical and useful knife fighting targets for real-world self-defense.
The knife fighting techniques featured in this book apply to both fixed blades as well as fighting folders and can be readily used by young and old, regardless of size or strength. Most importantly, you don’t need to be a martial arts expert to understand and master these effective knife fighting skills.
No Gimmicks - No Nonsense!
Unlike other knife fighting books, Knife Fighting Targets is devoid of complicated, impractical and gimmicky techniques that can get you injured or possibly killed during a deadly knife fight. Instead, this book arms you with an efficient, effective, and practical knife fighting system that work in the chaos of life and death edged weapon encounter.
30+ Years of Real World Experience
In this unique book, world-renowned martial arts expert, Sammy Franco takes his 30+ years of training and teaching and gives you the ultimate foundation for knife targeting. He's taught these unique knife fighting skills to his students, and he's confident they can help protect you and your loved ones during an emergency situation.
- Law Enforcement
- Martial Artists
- Self-Defense students
- Preppers and Survivalists
- Security Personnel
- Executive protection agents
A Must-Have Survival Book!
Knife Fighting Targets: The Ultimate Knife Fighting Targeting System for Self-Defense is a must-have book for anyone who needs the knowledge, skills, and mindset required to win a deadly knife fight.
SAVAGE STREET FIGHTING - A New Generation of Self-Defense!
Welcome to a new generation of reality based self-defense! In this revolutionary book, self-defense expert Sammy Franco reveals the science behind his most primal street fighting method. Savage Street Fighting: Tactical Savagery as a Last Resort is a brutal self-defense system specifically designed to teach the law-abiding citizen how to use “Tactical Savagery” when faced with the immediate threat of an unlawful deadly criminal attack. Savage Street Fighting is systematically engineered for the most dire circumstances - when there are no other self-defense options left!
LEARN HOW TO:
- End a street fight fast - real fast!
- Defeat any ground fighting system
- Bypass the time-consuming grappling game
- Develop a true "savage "mindset for combat
- Inflict swift and severe pain at will
- Psych-out the toughest street thugs
- Quickly escape from all types of choke holds
- Defeat any attacker regardless of his size or strength
- Force your attacker to immediately retreat from a fight
- Defeat multiple assailants
- And much, much more
It's a Ground Fighter's Worst Nightmare!
Savage Street Fighting is a ground fighter's worst nightmare! Unlike every submission fighting system taught today, Savage Street Fighting scientifically circumvents the laborious and time-consuming grappling game and ends the ground fight instantly. But, when you combine Savage Street Fighting with any grappling or ground fighting system, it makes you unbeatable on the ground! Savage Street Fighting is the combat program mixed martial artists and grapplers don't want you to see!
Savage Street Fighting is Ideal For:
- Law enforcement
- Military personnel
- Security specialists
- Executive protection
- Martial artists
- Self-defense practitioners
It's Quick and Easy to Learn!
With over 300 photographs and detailed step-by-step instructions, Savage Street Fighting teaches you Franco’s most ferocious and barbaric street fighting techniques. They are simple to learn and easy to apply. As a matter of fact, you don't need any previous self-defense or martial arts training to apply these devastating combat techniques. But, if you do have previous training, Savage Street Fighting seamlessly integrates with any martial art style or self-defense system.
It's Time to Unleash Your Inner Beast!
Savage Street Fighting truly is the 800-pound gorilla of self-defense tactics. This is a must-have book for anyone concerned about real world self-defense and who wants the knowledge, skills and mindset required to dispense extreme punishment when faced with a deadly force self-defense situation. Now is the time to learn how to unleash your inner beast!
SMALLER PEOPLE CAN DEFEAT BIGGER OPPONENTS!
When you’re about to fight a thug on the street and you have to look up to stare into his eyes, you’re bound to feel a pang of fear. But follow the solid strategies and self-defense techniques presented by self-defense maverick and innovator Sammy Franco, and the fight will end with your attacker looking up at you in confusion as he crashes to the ground.
WHEN THE ODDS ARE STACKED AGAINST YOU!
Sammy Franco was concerned that no book on the market successfully tackled the particular problem of fighting a larger, stronger opponent. In The Bigger They Are, The Harder They Fall: How to Fight a Bigger and Stronger Opponent in the Street, he addresses that all-important issue and delivers the solid information you’ll need to win a street fight when the odds seem stacked against you.
LEARN HOW TO:
The Bigger They Are, The Harder They Fall will teach you:
- How to avoid panic and intimidation
- Avoid the do's and don'ts of fighting a bigger opponent
- The best "big boy" knockout targets
- What works, what doesn't and why
- The best "big boy" fighting combinations
- How to avoid ground fighting a bigger opponent
- Escape from chokes and holds
- The best workout programs for fighting larger opponents
- Use the right exercise equipment
- How to select weapons as equalizers
- Advantages and disadvantages of being a smaller fighter
- Bruce Lee's secret to striking power
- Self-defense and the law
The Bigger They Are, The Harder They Fall is one-of-a-kind skill building workbook, Sammy Franco calls upon his 30+ years of experience as a reality-based self-defense expert to prepare you both mentally and physically for the fight of your life. Unless you’re a lineman for the NFL, there may come a day when you will face an opponent who can dominate you through sheer mass and power. Read and study this book before that day comes.
DROP HIM WITH JUST ONE PUNCH!
Knockout is a one-of-a-kind book designed to teach you the lost art and science of sucker punching in a self-defense situation.
SIMPLE, BRUTAL AND EFFECTIVE
Sucker punching is a unique fighting skill that can be performed by just about anyone, young and old, regardless of size or strength or level of experience. Best of all, you don’t need martial arts training to master these simple fighting techniques.
TURN YOUR FISTS INTO SLEDGEHAMMERS
Knockout is based on world-renowned self-defense expert, Sammy Franco’s 30+ years of research, training, and teaching both martial arts and combat sciences. He has taught these cutting-edge fighting skills to thousands of his students, and now he’s put them down in this in-depth book.
EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO MASTER SUCKER PUNCHING
With over 150 detailed photographs, 244 pages and dozens of easy-to-follow instructions, Knockout has everything you need to master the devastating art of sucker punching.
1. How to win a fight every time
2. How to deceive, disorient, and demolish your opponent
3. The best sucker punch tricks and tactics
4. Critical knockout targets
5. Fist loading weapon
6. Sucker punch drills and exercises
7. Solo and partner workout programs
8. Hundreds of training tips
9. And much, much more
BATTLE-TESTED STREET FIGHTING MOVES!
Whether you are a beginner or advanced, student or teacher, Knockout teaches you brutally effective skills, battle-tested techniques, and proven strategies to get you home alive and in one piece.
The Widow Maker Program - Bad Guys Beware!
TheWidow Maker Program: Extreme Self-Defense for Deadly Force Situationsis a shocking and revolutionary fighting style designed to unleash extreme force when faced with the immediate threat of an unlawful deadly criminal attack.
In this one-of-a-kind book, self-defense expert Sammy Franco teaches you his brutal and unorthodox combat style that is virtually indefensible and utterly devastating. However, the true power of the Widow Maker Program comes from its ability to psychologically terrorize a street predator while simultaneously ripping him to pieces.
LEARN HOW TO:
- Protect yourself and loved ones from vicious street criminals
- Safely close the distance gap between you and the opponent
- Evoke psychological terror in your opponent
- Shift from prey to predator when attacked
- Master quarter beat strikes
- Unleash powerful webbing techniques
- Quickly disorient and demolish you opponent
- Shutdown the opponent’s cognitive brain
- Master offensive and defensive anchoring
- Master the wicked art of "razing"
- Select the best targets to attack to maximize damage
- Condition your limbs to maximize your Widow Maker skills
- Design your own Widow Maker workout routine
- And much, much more
Rated "H" for Hardcore Self-Defense!
With over 250 photographs and detailed step-by-step instructions, The Widow Maker Program teaches you Franco’s surreptitious Webbing and Razing techniques. When combined, these two fighting methods create an unstoppable force capable of destroying the toughest street criminal at will.
The Widow Maker Program is a must-have for anyone interested in real world self-defense and who wants the ability to dispense extreme punishment when faced with a deadly force self-defense situations.
If you Own a Heavy Bag, You'll Need This Book!
The heavy bag is one of the oldest pieces of workout equipment. It is regularly used by boxers, mixed martial artists, self-defense students, and fitness enthusiasts. Unfortunately, most people don't know how to properly use the heavy bag. Impatiently, they rush out to their local sporting goods store, buy a bag and begin wailing on it without a care in the world. In most cases, they are hitting it incorrectly, developing dangerous habits and possibly injuring their body.
Get the Most Out of Your Heavy Bag Workouts!
Heavy Bag Training is the first book in Sammy Franco's best-selling Heavy Bag Training Book Series. In this unique book, world-renowned martial artist and self-defense expert, Sammy Franco provides you with the foundational knowledge and skills necessary to maximize your heavy bag workouts. In this information-packed guide, you'll find the important answers to the questions about all aspects of heavy bag training.
Topics covered in this book include:
- How to purchase a quality heavy bag
- The benefits of heavy bag training
- How to design your own heavy bag workout program
- Sample time-based heavy bag workouts
- How to properly set up the heavy bag
- Heavy bag hanging systems
- Heavy bag training safety tips
- Essential heavy bag gear
- Hand wrapping techniques for intense heavy bag workouts
- The fighting stance for heavy bag training
- Mobility and footwork skills during training
- How to punch the bag correctly
- How to avoid hand injuries when training
- The best hand strengthening exercises for bag work
- The fighting ranges used during bag training
- Heavy bag kicking techniques
- Punching techniques
- Grappling strikes on the bag
- Bonus: heavy bag workout tips
Over 100 Different Kicking, Punching & Grappling Striking Combinations!
In Heavy Bag Training: For Boxing, Mixed Martial Arts and Self-Defense, you'll also learn over one hundred different kicking, punching and grappling striking combinations! If you are serious about training and want to get the most out of your heavy bag workout, then you will want to read and study this book!
Will You Be The Last One Standing?
Written by world renowned self-defense expert Sammy Franco, Survival Weapons: A User's Guide to the Best Self-Defense Weapons for Surviving Any Dangerous Situation prepares you for all possible worst-case scenarios. With practical, easy-to-follow instructions, this comprehensive book cuts through the guess work and teaches you the most practical and effective weapons for personal survival.
The unique survival weapons featured in this one-of-a-kind book are low profile (practically invisible to the public) and can easily be concealed and carried on your person, in your vehicle, or carried in your survival bag. Best of all, they can be readily used in a broad range of environments - from the expansive great outdoors to congested city streets.
30+ Years of Real-World Combat Experience at Your Fingertips
Based on Mr. Franco’s 35+ years of research and teaching both military and law enforcement, this book teaches you how to choose the right gear to protect yourself and your loved ones during any type of high-crisis combat situation.
With step-by-step instructions and detailed photographs, Survival Weapons: A User's Guide to the Best Self-Defense Weapons for Surviving Any Dangerous Situation shows you the best weapons and teaches you how to seamlessly integrate them into your life. In this comprehensive survival book, you’ll learn:
- The best weapons to carry on your person, in your car, or in your survival bag
- Survival weapon requirements
- Weapon concealment strategies
- How to maximizing the "gray man" strategy
- Crucial survival skills
- How to control and harness fear during combat
- Situational awareness
- Threat assessment skills
- Self-defense laws
- Make-shift weapons
- Last ditch weapons
- Survival ready drills and exercises
- And much more
The Ultimate Resource for Survival Weapons
Survival Weapons: A User's Guide to the Best Self-Defense Weapons for Surviving Any Dangerous Situation is ideal for:
- High-risk professionals
- Self-defense practitioners
- Law enforcement
- Military personnel
- Security personnel
- First responders
Disasters can come in any form and at any time!
Whether you are just commuting around town or preparing for a SHTF scenario, Survival Weapons: A User's Guide to the Best Self-Defense Weapons for Surviving Any Dangerous Situation teaches you how to choose with the most efficient weapons for any survival situation. A must-have book for anyone interested in real world survival and wants to dramatically improve their odds of prevailing in any high-risk combat situation.