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Ask Coach David: How do I strike the vagus Nerve? #2 (bat)

WARNING: You should never use what I teach unless you’re in a life or death situation! If you had a gun, would you pull the trigger? Actually, don’t ever use what I teach…you will kill someone!

In this episode of “Ask Coach David” I show a vagus nerve strike using a bat as the tool.  You can always substitute a bat with a club, tree branch, tire iron, etc… A bat is just a tool extender, which means you can reach a vital target on your about from a further distance. I am also demonstrating that I don’t always practice my B.E.T. “Target Based” Self Defense System (see at right in front of somebody or the practice device I am using such as a heavy bag or body opponent bag (BOB). I also try to imagine different scenarios. One of the scenarios in this video is that I am imagining an attacker trying to kill a loved one and I come up from behind. I am not going to let my presence known, I am just going to swing the bat into the vagus nerve of the attacker in order to cause incapacitation, unconsciousness or death. If I get any of these results from my strike, then I can consider the attacker neutralized and can strike a second attacker, if necessary or leave the scene.

What is the vagus nerve? “The vagus nerve is a cranial nerve that also effects heart rate and blood pressure. When the Vagus nerve is struck it creates avaso-vagal reaction causing an immediate change in the central nervous system and a person will immediately have syncope which is a fancy word for passing out.”

Remember, you would only use my system if you had no other choice to survive the encounter/attack. My system is violence! You will need to be more violent than your attacker. Your attacker is not going to try and “fight” you, they are trying to kill you. Are you going to let that happen?

As I always say “When you’re in a fight for your life, you had better know how to win!” Coach David Alexander

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Real Self Defense videos

In this post I have 3 videos showing 2 neck/trachea strikes from my B.E.T. “Target Based” Self Defense System and a new video for Ask Coach David:  What is indexing?  I am also including a video I recently filmed with Hollywood Stuntman Ken Clark (Killers, Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull, Modern Family) where he “Whips” me.  If you have any questions or comments please leave them below or contact me through my website at  Thanks, Coach David

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Throat Strike Lesson #1 for the B.E.T. “Target Based” Self Defense System 

Throat Strike Lesson #2 for the B.E.T. “Target Based” Self Defense System 

Ask Coach David: What is indexing? 

Coach David Alexander gets “whipped” by Hollywood Stuntman Ken Clark 

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Thanks, Coach David Alexander

B.E.T. Self Defense System Private Lesson Clip #1 by Coach David Alexander

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This is a quick clip of a private lesson that I had tonight. Please don’t ever do anything I teach! You will kill someone!!! You must know your states self defense laws. Neck break from behind

Also posted on  This is not a technique that we would normally use in the B.E.T. Self Defense System.  It would only be used if you were a larger defender against a much smaller attacker.

WARNING!!! What I teach will seriously injure or even kill. These techniques should only be used in a life threatening worst case scenario. If you’re uneasy about taking someone’s life to save your own or someone you love, then this is not the system for you. Go home, board up your windows, lock your doors, buy a few pit bulls, drudge a moat and NEVER, EVER GO OUTSIDE! You must stop when you feel that the threat is neutralized in the eyes of the law. You are responsible for knowing your states self defense laws.

Want to learn more? I will be working on a DVD soon or you can schedule a private or group lesson. I can come to you or you can come to me. sample video for the 1 Lesson Self Defense DVD. I will expand and offer a DVD or video download when it is finished. Thanks for watching! Coach David Alexander (World Famous Self Defense Expert)