HEAD INSTRUCTOR: DAX WILLIAMS
Hive Combatives is the brainchild of Dax Williams, borne out of a lifetime of experience intentionally being in the wrong place at the right time and experiencing real world violence on a regular basis. Our curriculum focuses on empowering each client to recognize the tell tale signs of violence and abuse and react to them accordingly. Our vision is to empower each individual who makes that first big step into an unfamiliar environment to learn something new and indescribably important. Our clients will leave the gym, confident in their instincts and able to act on them when and if the need arises.
Why "Hive" Combatives?
It isn't an acronym, but instead an allegory to the standard we hope to instill in those who attend. A hive of bees operate as a synchronous unit for the greater benefit of all who reside within, and to the detriment of anyone who tries to bring harm to any individual member. Dax's vision is to reduce the incidents of violence that are so prevalent in our society today by training individuals to be proactive, vigilant and supportive of those around them who could use a helping hand in dealing with an aggressor or aggressors. Hive Combatives stresses dialogue and questioning throughout the training schedule, as everyone's experience is different and valid, and everyone can benefit from frank discussion regarding the subjects contained within. It is a simple idea with huge potential benefits for clients and their friends and families.
What can I expect to gain from attendance?
Hive Combatives stresses an understanding of the nature of violence and the roles that it takes in our society. We cover abuse in its many forms from physical and sexual, to financial and emotional. Our curriculum supports individuals to share their experiences (in whatever way is most comfortable for them), and to help them work through questions that they may have or issues that have come up on account of experiences they may have experienced personally or witnessed.
We take time to cover the letter of the law and how it applies to every individual. We steer individuals away from egotistical response and toward logical forethought, so when the need arises the individual isn't frozen in a typical panic state. In addition, we emphasize the rights of each person who finds themselves at the receiving end of violence both legal and moral, and provide a framework of support in teaching and aiding the client where possible to take the steps necessary to resolve incidents.
Physical training is the backbone of the Hive curriculum and is compiled from 15 years of training in traditional, contemporary and sport based martial arts. Finding none of them directly relevant to reality based training, or the real world violence that became commonplace in the areas he existed in, they have been pared down to the essentials of self preservation and efficiency. Dax's background working in event, nightclub and personal security provided ample opportunity to discern what works, what doesn't work, and most importantly, why. Hive Combatives training methods and techniques focus on things that can be learned simply and expediently as well as deployed reliably over a number of scenarios. That means more time training what works, instead of being baffled with showtime nonsense.