Brock links to SHTF School, an excellent piece.
Whether you imagine a 300 or 30 yard conflict, I can not counsel you strongly enough to expect a series of savage 3 inch conflicts. That 1911 will run dry and in many circumstances you will not be able to reload before one or more enemies are in your personal space.
If you don’t have time to draw and feed that autoloader, you probably won’t have time to draw and employ that Ka-Bar or wicked looking Cold Steel tomahawk.
Belt-to-belt fighting will be in your future if this ugliness goes hot. It may only be when the nice policeman (or thanks to our US Senate) the nice Army Private reaches for your wrists to begin the process of handcuffing you.
I can’t teach you how to handle that, not on a blog nor in the book that I have decided to write (since there does seem to be interest) about savage CQB techniques. I can tell you, show you, but you have to do it.
You are the man who will be standing there, fighting for your life. You are the man responsible, right now, for learning how to break the body of an enemy that you have taken the decision to break.
Forget the movies. Every man in a real fight at close quarters will bet hit, bruised, and bloody (yours or his, usually both). One (most often both) will have injuries afterward that require real healing time. I do not care how many years of martial arts you have had, you will get punched, kicked, possibly broken, maybe killed.
Victory? That is a word you’ll have to learn to define for yourself.
In my world Victory does not mean, necessarily, being alive at the end of the fight.
Victory in my world is making sure the other guy is dead. If I have to take the journey with him, so be it. I win.
Learn to hit and get hit. Learn what it is like to get bloody in a training class because you’ve taken a head-butt and split your lip, or you’ve somehow gotten a scalp cut that pours blood all over you and your training partner. Learn not to tap at these moments – these are the moments that are as real as you can get…until it is real.
I promise you, the sweat and blood mixed with adrenaline that will be present in a belt-to-belt fight will make many of your dojo techniques useless.
Your mind is the weapon.
Make sure you prep it, too. Make it hard. Lose your illusions.