Ralph Mroz is a police officer with the Leverett Police
Department in western Massachusetts and is assigned to his county's narcotics/gang task force. Since
1973, Ralph has been a student of the martial arts. He is a well-known defensive tactics and firearms writer,
with more than 250 articles published in professional law enforcement and use-of-force journals.
Ralph Mroz is the author of Defensive Shooting
for Real-Life Encounters: A Critical Look at Current Training Methods; Extreme Close-Quarters Shooting: A Critical Analysis
of Contact-Distance Shooting Tactics; Tactical Defensive Training For Real-Life Encounters: Practical Self-Preservation for
Law Enforcement; and, Beginners Guide to Self-Protection: What You Need to Know If You Want to Explore Self-Protection Through
the Martial Arts or Firearms Training.
In his first book, “Defensive Shooting
for Real-Life Encounters: A Critical Look at Current Training Methods,” Ralph Mroz examines the myths
and misinformation that plague the gun community. From the five deadly training traps to unrealistic training exercises to
concealed-carry mistakes, Mroz offers solutions to help defensive shooters snap out of their routines and become better and
safer with their firearms. Mroz, whose articles have appeared in Combat Handguns and Guns magazines, takes a no-nonsense approach
to such topics as the need for empty-hands skills, range training vs. real-world training, the problem of range standards,
understanding and developing startle recovery, and more.”
One reader of Defensive Shooting for Real-Life
Encounters: A Critical Look at Current Training Methods said, “Someone who is not chained to any one school
of thought and attempts to conform reality to training instead of the opposite! I am a Firearms/Defense Tactics instructor
(both for law enforcement and civilian) and have become conscious on how unrealistic many "defense" training is
(be it firearms or empty hand). I have studied countless real-life incidents of deadly force attacks on both officers of the
law, and civilians, and have been training others and myself for such possible scenarios. There are great flaws in many "systems"
taught by today's Gurus. Ralph Mroz, the author, outlines these flaws and gives the reader a "reality check".
In this book, Mr. Mroz describes how different philosophy
of training (martial arts, weapon craft, etc.) forms a different (and many times only one aspect) point of view on the potential
threats one may face. A martial artist envisions a single unarmed mugger (maybe wielding a knife at the most) and a gunfighter
prepares for armed and multiple attackers. The problem is that we all live in the same world and can face a multitude of dangers.
Stop looking at the world through a martial artist's colored glasses or gunfighter's colored glasses.
Mr. Mroz stresses on how we must train for situations
that may require unarmed AND armed solutions. As the saying goes, "If all you have is a hammer, every problem begins
to look like a nail". If you find yourself being assaulted at contact distance, and your gun is still holstered, you
are better off resorting to proper empty-hand techniques.
One must always strive to make their training as realistic
as possible, this means going beyond punching holes in paper targets. Mr. Mroz explains. The author covers close-range Point
Shooting, something some "modern" schools scoff at because it does not fit in to their doctrine (BUT IT WORKS!).
Another chapter to ruffle some feathers (and open some eyes) is the "Five Deadly Training Traps".
It is so refreshing to read someone who has broken
out of the mold. I hope Mr. Mroz continues his writing in the truth in combat training and publishes more books of this nature.”