CCW Skill: Verbal Jiu Jitsu

Win the fight by avoiding the fight before it even happens.

CCW Skill: Verbal Jiu Jitsu Pistol Drill

As conceal carriers, we want to avoid the fight. Drawing, let alone firing, a handgun is a last resort of last resorts. De-escalate and avoid is the first part of any self defense plan – pulling the trigger is the last.

Unfortunately we can’t always de-escalate or avoid, which is why proficiency with our conceal carry is important, but just because shooting skills are important doesn’t mean de-escalation and avoidance aren’t important.

Verbal Jiu Jitsu

Sifu Tim Tackett at the CSW 2016 World Conference sharing some ideas of how to avoid getting into a fight.

Sometimes a quick de-escalation or bit of confusion can be enough to end a fight before it even begins.

Responses to confrontation such as, “I like your shirt!” can be especially useful in avoiding fights with drunk people.

Leave your ego at the door every time you strap on a CCW because ego battles are not worth fighting.


Written by - always a student, sometimes a teacher.

I'm not a competitive shooter - I'm a performance shooter. I am all about performing at as high of a level as possible. Towards that end, I am obsessive about learning how to perform. I spend a lot of my life learning from the best across the entire firearms world and even into other areas of performance and other sports. I am a USPSA Carry Optics Grandmaster, currently working towards my second GM title in the Open division.