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Jim Wagner

There are martial men who choose to fight in the ring for fame and then there is the quiet breed of martial military men who use their knowledge to protect their country and help civilians learn how to protect their families. Jim Wagner is just such a man.

Jim Wagner has served the United States and its people in many capacities—first in the Army, then as a corrections officer, police officer, SWAT officer, diplomatic bodyguard and federal air marshal. He currently serves as an Army Reserve soldier in a military police unit. Based on his military and law-enforcement experiences, Wagner created a self-defense program known as the Reality-Based Personal Protection system. Through a diverse curriculum, he teaches ordinary people how to fight and protect their loved ones as if they had all the years of hard training like a career military man.

The program is so effective that in 2006, Black Belt inducted Wagner into its Hall of Fame as Self-Defense Instructor of the Year.

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  1. Tactical Flashlight, MRE, QuikClot and a Space Blanket: Why Jim Wagner Recommends These Travel-Safety Emergency Supplies

    Tactical Flashlight, MRE, QuikClot and a Space Blanket: Why Jim Wagner Recommends These Travel-Safety Emergency Supplies

    Family-vacation planning often overlooks the reality of tactical threats. Reality-based personal protection expert Jim Wagner’s list of life-saving supplies for protection of self and others may be essential for your next trip!
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  2. Jim Wagner: How to Handle Bomb Threats

    Jim Wagner: How to Handle Bomb Threats

    Many people think that police automatically respond to bomb threats, evacuating buildings and diving into device detection. However, that is not always the case, says reality-based personal protection pioneer Jim Wagner. Would you know where to start?
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  3. Jim Wagner DVD Trailer – Knife Survival

    Jim Wagner DVD Trailer – Knife Survival

    The knife is the most common weapon used by criminals and terrorists, with the average knife attack lasting a mere five seconds. Knife Survival will take you step by step through the 12 angles of attack, the four primary blocks, the proper grip and the Jim Wagner knife-disarm rule. Includes
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  4. Jim Wagner DVD Trailer – Crime Survival

    Jim Wagner DVD Trailer – Crime Survival

    Personal protection and self-defense go beyond the proverbial bar fight. It’s about surviving modern criminal conflicts such as strong-arm and armed robbery, carjacking, gang violence, assault and battery, caustic chemical attacks and other assaults. Crime Survival from Jim Wagner’s Reality-Based Personal Protection DVD series includes step-by-step instructions for protecting other
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  5. Self-Defense Expert Jim Wagner with Boker Knife

    Self-Defense Expert Jim Wagner with Boker Knife

    Reality-based self-defense expert Jim Wagner, recorded in the Black Belt booth at Trexpo West 2009 at the Long Beach Convention Center in sunny Southern California, explains the details of his new knife from German manufacturer Boker.


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  6. Jim Wagner Reality-Based DVD Series 2 Preview!

    Jim Wagner Reality-Based DVD Series 2 Preview!

    In February 2009, reality-based self-defense expert Jim Wagner filmed material for three new instructional DVDs at Rick Hustead’s studio in Westlake Village, CA. Go behind the scenes to get a glimpse of how these DVDs are made… and how much fun such hard work can be! Also check out exclusive
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  7. How Germany’s Police Handle Law-Enforcement Defensive Tactics Training

    How Germany’s Police Handle Law-Enforcement Defensive Tactics Training

    The art of policing doesn’t change much from one country to another.

    When citizens commit crimes, the police respond and arrest them; and if a suspect resists arrest, force is frequently used. What changes a lot is how much force may be applied under the law and which martial arts techniques
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  8. Jim Wagner: 2006 Self-Defense Instructor of Year

    Jim Wagner: 2006 Self-Defense Instructor of Year

    This video biography of Jim Wagner was presented during his induction into the 2006 Black Belt Hall of Fame as Self-Defense Instructor of the Year. As a well-known defensive-tactics instructor, Sgt. Jim Wagner draws on more than three decades of experience in martial arts, police, military and special operations. For
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