An Improvised Tool for Home Defense
The Hammer System © was created in a search for an effective improvised tool for home defense.
Why a hammer?
Found in almost every home of the US. (Probably around the world for that matter.) A hammer by itself is only viewed as a tool. If you had a hammer sitting on the counter or kitchen table, people would only think that you had it out for some kind of maintenance project. If you had a hammer sitting on a shelf, people would see it and think very little of it.
This is a part of our reasoning behind using this tool. Easily accessible, readily available, draws very little attention, and very easy to use.
For times when one does not have or can not access their firearm, this is an improvised tool that can end even one of the most dire situations… a home invasion.
While not only suited for that environment, the Hammer System was developed as an application based force multiplier. Meant to end a situation as quickly and decisively as possible.
Where does it come from?
The Hammer System draws it’s roots from three major systems of influence.
Guro Chris has spent a significant amount of time researching the Hammer System. Utilizing proven methods from various systems of Filipino Martial Arts. The biggest influences coming from Inosanto Kali and Modern Arnis.
Drawing from the strengths of these systems, Guro Chris then spent time testing and fine tuning the skills to be used within the Hammer System. Making it a well rounded system of self defense.
What’s with all the symbols in the logo?
The Hammer System is more than just learning various application methods of a hammer. The logo actually covers all the aspects of the Hammer System.
From the usage of the hammer itself, we’ve also included the ‘cousins’ of the hammer. A hatchet is very similar in shape and size to the hammer. Yet the splitting edge does change the properties of how it’s applied. On the outside of the circle you have the Tomahawk and Long Hammer (think larger framing hammers used in construction and even war hammers.)
Each of these tools comprise an element of the Hammer System.
So how does it all work?
The Hammer System is made up of separate Modules. Each containing a specific set of curriculum that is covered in the videos, classes, and seminar sessions. As one learns the techniques of the system, they can then become certified through the various levels of the program.
Module 1 – Focuses on the aspects of the basic usage of the hammer. Containing a set of responses for each of the five most common angles of attack.
There is also a section covering the basic usage of the Long Hammers as a part of the Module 1 curriculum.
Module 2 – This section also focuses on the usage of the hammer. However the techniques are a bit more technical in this module. Thereby building on the skills learned in Module 1.
There is also another section on the Long Hammers. Hammer vs knife, sparring/training applications, and even an aspect on joint/manipulation locks with the hammer.
Module 3 – This module is dedicated to the hatchet aspect of the system. Very similar to the previous modules, it is the next logical step in the development of one’s skills in the Hammer System. In this module we pay specific attention to different aspects of the hatchet and the unique characteristics that it possesses.
Module 4 – This module is all about the tomahawk. We now move from the shorter range hammer into the longer range tomahawk and spend more time with the Long Hammers (framing hammers, war hammers) specifically focusing on two handed (dos manos) methods of the Long Hammers. Thus allowing for a well developed system focused on the usage of these tools.
Module 5 – Instructor’s Level. More information to follow.
There are three levels of each Module. Apprentice, Associate, Instructor
Apprentice – You have learned the material. Whether through classes, seminars, or the videos themselves. You have been taught the techniques and methods of the Module.
Associate – You have been graded under Guro Chris or another authorized representative of the Hammer System to have shown proficiency in a specific Module.
Instructor – You have taught someone else the material of the Hammer System and they have been graded to Associate Level under Guro Chris or an authorized representative of the Hammer System.