Techniques for Using a Tactical Pen for Defense

We promote a self-defense strategy that begins with a proper mindset of awareness and avoidance. Unfortunately, avoidance isn't always possible, and when de-escalation is ineffective or impractical, we can make the mistake of thinking our everyday carry (EDC) handgun is the solution. Without question, a handgun is a fantastic tool in some self-defense situations, but certainly not all of them.tactical pen tecniques

Close-Quarters Self-Defense:

We need to develop other skills to defend against an attack at a close distance. Unfortunately, even though most of us know this reality, many still fail to grow in this area.

For this reason, our friend and instructor, Matt Numrich, has produced an 11-part video training program on Close Quarter Defensive Tactics. Today, we will share one of the videos from that series below, but please note, the entire course is available now for Guardian Nation Members.

You can learn more about the benefits of being a Guardian Nation Member here.

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Combatives instructor Matt Numrich produced this 11-part course, only available in its entirety to Guardian Nation members. Today, we will bring you a special preview of Numrich's online course, Close Quarters Defensive Tactics.

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Techniques for Using a Tactical Pen for Defense:

Using a tactical pen is best used in specific circumstances. Like any other self-defense technique, it should involve a simple process that we can perform under stress, not just at half-speed with a compliant attacker.

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The fundamentals covered in this lesson are:

How to use the tactical pen utilizing two types of grip:

  1. Positive grip
  2. Negative grip

Like any other self-defense technique, these techniques are not overly complicated. The methods are repeatable and straightforward so that we can perform them under stress, not just at half-speed with a compliant attacker.

As you will see when viewing this lesson, the course requires active, physical participation. Therefore, getting a buddy or family member to take the class with you would be ideal. This way, you have a person with whom you can go through the repetitions.

To get the most of the techniques, it would help to have a tactical pen of your own. Here is a no-frills tactical pen just like the one used in this lesson.

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Take a look at this week's lesson from Matt Numerich's course Close Quarters Defensive Tactics.

As I mentioned, this 11 part video course is available for free to members of Guardian Nation.

SPECIAL BONUS: Right now, Matt Numrich is offering a special free DVD to our readers. You can claim a copy of Matt Numrich's Krav Maga online training course for free (just pay shipping and handling). Some of the topics covered in the course include:

  • A specialized hand strike that will drop any attacker who gets hit in this unguarded target
  • Devastating self-defense move, perfect for the street, and showed three different ways to cover different kinds of attacks
  • .How to “strike low” when an attacker outside your peripheral vision attacks you
  • Discover a defensive and offensive kick that will move a guy back ten feet while letting all those around you know that you mean business
  • Learn how to defend yourself if pushed or knocked down to the ground
  • Find out the three-step defense technique to counter anyone who chokes you on the ground in the scariest position!
  • The FIVE key elements of effective self-defense training, so you can learn these moves quickly and defend yourself even faster
  • Find out how to quickly get out of a common ground position, which takes MMA champs years to learn! You'll learn a better way in seconds!
  • The best fighting stance, which mimics what the body naturally does to defend itself and will help your moves become like second nature
  • A dominant defensive position that will control your opponent and position them for incredible and brutal follow up strikes after they try to attack you

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About Matthew Maruster

I follow my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ who is the eternal co-equal Son of God. I currently live in Columbus, Ohio with my wife and daughter. I served in the Marine Corps Infantry. I was a Staff Sergeant and served as a Platoon Sergeant during combat in Iraq. After I was a police officer at a municipal agency in San Diego County. I have a Bachelors's Degree in Criminal Justice from National University. MJ Maruster Defense.


  1. James on January 6, 2023 at 8:11 pm

    Thanks so much for great guides. In my opinion, the Reverse Grip or Ice Pick grip is the most efficient way to hold a tactical pen.

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