Close quarter fights are ugly. The raw intensity and unwanted intimacy of these events force individuals to make immediate decisions while under physical and mental stress. Worse, self-defense within the confined interiors of a vehicle can further complicate an already dangerous situation. Ballistics, different types of glass, and the reliability of cover versus concealment are just a few of the variables that armed defenders need to consider when fighting from their cars. By viewing vehicles as terrain, we can utilize the tactical principles that influence all close quarter fights, and better understand how to prepare for self-defense in or around vehicles.
About Aaron Barruga
Aaron is the founder at Guerrilla Approach, a Virginia-based training company that teaches vehicle tactics, close quarter battle, and tactical marksmanship to law enforcement agencies, government organizations, and armed civilians.
Aaron enlisted in the military because of 9/11 and served in Special Forces. Deploying to Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Pacific Theater of Operations, he was mentored by some of the most elite American warfighters, intelligence operatives, and foreign commandos.
From his first day on a Special Forces A-Team until he left the military in 2013, Aaron constantly learned new skills as both a trigger puller, but more importantly as a teacher. Regardless of the mission, proper application of the fundamentals combined with the ability to immediately adapt were critical to success. This was true whether serving as the primary jumpmaster for a high altitude free fall jump, or leading militia fighters on a combat patrol. Aaron takes these lessons learned and applies them to training courses at Guerrilla Approach.
Aaron believes that defensive marksmanship is so much more than just shooting. Its all about mindset, and in fact, training conducted improperly actually sets students up for failure in the real world. He helps students breakthrough training plateaus, and more importantly, challenges them to think through problems and the methods in which a fight can be avoided all together.