Civil Defense

The Neighborhood Guardian

3 Modules 7 Chapters 48 Lessons Intermediate

About this course

Why learn hand to hand combat when you can just use a gun?

I will always stress the importance using your biggest stick first. If you've got a gun and you can get to it on time, by all means - use it! However, every tactically sensible person knows how important it is to be prepared for any typed of situation.

These tactics are for when you run out of ammo, your attacker has snuck up on you or you simply can't reach your weapon in time.

Be Warned

I'm a soldier. All of my combat training has been focused towards ending the fight as quickly as possible using the most brutal methods. I don't fight fair - and I'm not going to be teaching you how to fight fair, either. So use these methods wisely.

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Course Structure

5 Chapters

Guard Basics

Stationary Guarding - Roaming Guard - Guarding in Action - Range Cards

The Stationary Guard 9 Lessons


Welcome to the Neighborhood Guardian. Let's get started.

Stationary Guard Roles and Responsibilities

What is a stationary guard and what are they used for? You will be tempted to take the lazy way out, but don't shirk on this role.

Wartime Tactics

The perimeter of your neighborhood should be set up in such a manner that your stationary guards can keep out mass numbers with minmal manpower. 

Peacetime Tactics

During times of peace, you can set out watchpoints to keep an eye out for potential threats. You can keep track of suspicious behavior and intervene/call for help before anything has a chance to escalate. You can also use your notes and pictures that you have taken to help law enforcement track down criminals.

The LP/OP & Blending In

You don't have to be an expert to conceal your location. Just be sure to follow these guidelines.


Realistic Peacetime Example

What should stationary guards look out for during times of peace? Here are some realistic examples of what you can expect and how to react. 


Realistic Wartime Examples

What can you expect during times of war? How would you use your stationary guards? Here are a few examples of what to look out for and how to react.


Wartime Traffic Control Point

Even if your area is not gated, you can keep people from getting in using these methods.


Training Drills

In order to learn this stuff in and out you need to practice it. Here is your homework that you should do on a routine basis to keep up your tactical skills.


The Roaming Guard 6 Lessons

Working with A QRF

*WARNING* This Lesson isn't for everyone. If you have any doubts at all about protecting your family or your community -then don't take this class. What I am about to teach you is very serious. I do not share this information lightly and I want you to be extremely careful about how you use it.

Modes of Travel

Honestly, the best way to get around quietly is your feet. However, there are other ways you can silently patrol your area without walking. (Driving is not ideal)

Realistic Examples During Times of Peace

This is what to look out for and what you can expect during times of peace as a roaming guard.

Realistic Examples During Times of War

This is what to look out for and what to expect during a time of war.

Training Drills

You need to be able to react quickly and with confidence. This is what you need to do on a regular basis as a Roaming Guard so that your muscle memory will aid you during times of trouble.


Guarding in Action 6 Lessons

Slumber Guarding

If you suspect trouble but you don't have the ability to post guard 24/7, this solution may work for you.

Approaching Suspicious People

You want to be very careful when you come upon someone that you feel may be a threat. This is what you should do when you need to be ready to react.

Approaching Suspicious Vehicles

Even during times of peace, you can come across vehicles that just don't belong and may be a danger to your area. This is how you can approach those vehicles with minimal risk.

Staying Alert

Staying alert is staying alive. When you are guarding an area against a potential threat you don't want to miss those subtle warning signs that tell you danger is coming. I've had plenty of experience with this. I've learned the hard way what works and what doesn't.

Rotation Times

Avoid fatigue and complacency by not overworking your guards. Here is how you can do that even when you don't have a lot of numbers.


This is what you need in order to be able to do the job right.


Range Cards 3 Lessons

How to Use Range Cards

These are very useful when you are working as a team. 

Realistic Examples During Times of War

This is how Range Cards can help you during a time of war.

Test Your Knowledge

Range cards won't do you any good if you haven't tested yourself. 


Bonus Material 5 Lessons

POWs & Searching People

This lesson was taken out of our Advanced Urban Warfare course. It will help you know how to handle a person that you have to search or treat as a prisoner of war.

Weapons in Close Quarters

This lesson is taken from our online courses Close Quarter Combat & Knife Fighting - they will help you in the event you need to defend yourself when the enemy is right up next to you.

Shooting in Dark

When bad things happen in the dark you need to be able to utilize your weapon as proficiently as you do during the day.

For Kicks & Giggles

Just threw this in here for fun. Try it at home - have fun but be careful.

Training Advice

Never, never stop training - consider this when planning your next educational route.

2 Chapters


How to fight using various weapons & hand to hand.

Hand to Hand Combat 6 Lessons


Welcome to the hand to hand combative section of the Neighborhood Guardian. Be warned - these tactics are for survival purposes only and are completely lethal.

Areas of Target

Learn specific areas to target on the human body that will affect maximum damage with minimal effort.

Proper Form

Learn how to use place proper punches, elbows, knees, head-butts and blocking.



Learn how to take your opponent to the ground from either the front or the rear.


Ground Fighting (Brazilian Ju Jistu)

Every fight goes to the ground. How fast it gets there depends upon the skill of the combatants. Brazilian Ju Jistu is not only the grounded-fighting tactic for the UFC but also the United States Army as well.



Learn both defensive and offensive combinations that are fast, effective and lethal. *Caution - emphasis on LETHAL*

Knife Fighting 6 Lessons

Target Areas

When fighting with a knife it is key to have a good idea of the human body, its vital organs, central nervous system, and arteries.


Rear Attacks

I always recommend keeping situational awareness to avoid a bad situation. However, sometime you get caught off guard. 


The Karambit

The Karambit was designed for a more experienced fighter. This knife can be used both under-handed (traditional grip) or over-handed (hammer grip) depending upon what is naturally more comfortable for you. In order to defend yourself effectively with the Karambit, you need to attack the arteries. This blade works really well in a fight, however, it is a bleeder. 

The Ka-Bar

The Ka-Bar was specifically designed for the Marines. It was not simply used as a weapon but a survival knife, and a tool to get into things (such as a door or a lock). Because of this, it is much stronger and thicker than other knives.

The Pocket Knife

While most people see a pocket knife as a tool, it can also but a deadly weapon if used properly. Keep in mind that you are only working with a few inches. However, you can still inflict serious damage to the arteries with minim effort.

Disarming Your Attacker

Disarming a knife attacker is usually going to end with you getting cut. This is why I carry a gun. However, sometimes you find yourself in situations where you cannot avoid it. In this section, I show you how to disarm your assailant. Just keep in mind, this is a last resort kinda thing.

7 Lessons

Emergency First Aid

Combat Life Saver - Combat medical care and dealing with mass casualties. 

How the Body Works

Basics of Anatomy

Medical Equipment

Essential medical supplies

Breathing and Circulation

How your lungs work to aid your body - how to help someone breath and circulate their blood after being injured

Major Wounds

How to address major wounds


Deciding who you can help and who you can't during mass casualties

Facilities & Transportation

How to organize which facilities & transportation you should use to help treat the wounded. (i.e. knowing which hospital specializes in what)

Homemade Alternatives

Improvising equipment to treat wounds when resources are limited