When you attend one of Emerson’s classes, you may be standing next to a Navy SEAL, Force Recon Marine, SWAT officer or professional MMA fighter on one side and a computer programmer, editor or auto mechanic on the other.
These courses are open to all walks of life and, because of that, the first few hours if not the first day are devoted to the basics:
• How to hold your hands up to protect your head
• Boxing drills to ensure you can properly throw a punch
• Jiu-jitsu throws and rolls
• Work on the heavy bag
These are not enough to make you able to go five rounds in a cage fight, but they are a skill builder or refresher for some.
“I can’t just give out training knives to 20 people with whom I have never trained,” Emerson said. “I would end up with 20 people who don’t know how to fight swinging knives around.”