About Sammy Franco

sammy franco pictureSammy Franco is the founder and creator of Contemporary Fighting Arts (CFA), one of the first original reality based self-defense systems specifically designed for real world self defense. Contemporary Fighting Arts is a sophisticated and practical system of self-defense, designed specifically to provide efficient and effective methods to avoid, defuse, confront, and neutralize both armed and unarmed attackers.

Sammy Franco is one of the original pioneers of reality based self-defense and  also one of most recognized authorities on both armed and unarmed combat. Highly regarded as a leading innovator in self defense, Sammy Franco was one of the premier pioneers in the field of hand to hand combat. Convinced of the limited usefulness of most martial arts in real street combat, Mr. Franco believes in the theory that the best way to change traditional thinking is to make antiquated ideas obsolete through superior methodology. Sammy Franco has instructed thousands of students in his career. His innovative ideas have made a significant contribution to changing the thinking of many in the field about how people can best defend themselves against vicious and formidable street criminals.

The Early Years
After studying various martial arts and related disciplines and acquiring extensive firsthand experience from real street fighting, Mr. Franco developed his first system, known as "Analytical Street Fighting". This unique self defense system, which was one of the first practical “street fighting” martial arts, employed an unrestrained reality based self defense training methodology known as simulated street fighting. Analytical Street Fighting served as the foundation for the fundamental principles of Contemporary Fighting Arts and Mr. Franco’s unique teaching methodology.

Early Video Production
In the early 1990s, Sammy Franco was invited by Panther Productions to star in a series of instructional self defense videos. Mr. Franco appeared in a four tapes series that was produced and distributed exclusively by Panther Productions. These four videos included:

  • Contemporary Fighting Arts: Fundamental Techniques
  • Contemporary Fighting Arts: Kicks, Punches And Conditioning
  • Contemporary Fighting Arts: Grappling And Defensive Street Fighting
  • Contemporary Fighting Arts: Street Self Defense Techniques

Sammy Franco Working Out Media & National TV Appearances
Sammy Franco has frequently been featured in the Washington Post and the Washington Times newspapers and appeared on radio and television programs, including the CBS television news magazine 48 HOURS (TV series) with Dan Rather as well as the Montel Williams Show. Mr. Franco is also frequently featured on Washington DC's top news stations including: News Channel 8, NBC 4 News, Channel 9 News, and Fox 5 Morning News.

Magazine Publications
Mr. Franco has also authored numerous self defense articles for Black Belt magazine, Inside Karate, Inside Kung-Fu and several other national magazine publications.

Self-Defense Book Publications
Mr. Franco has also written numerous books on subjects relating to street fighting, combat conditioning, and reality based self defense training. His first book, Street Lethal: Unarmed Urban Combat, released in 1989 by Paladin Press, was one of the first books ever written on the uncharted genre of reality based self defense (RBSD). Mr. Franco's published books include:

  • The Widow Maker Program
  • Maximum Damage
  • Kubotan Power
  • Self-Defense Tips & Tricks
  • Heavy Bag Training: Boxing, Mixed Martial Arts & Self-Defense
  • Out of the Cage: A Complete Guide to Beating a Mixed Martial Artist on the Street 
  • Gun Safety: For Home Defense and Concealed Carry
  • Warrior Wisdom: Inspiring Ideas from the World's Greatest Warriors
  • Ground War: How to Destroy a Grappler in a Street Fight 
  • War Craft: Street Fighting Tactics of the War Machine
  • War Machine: How to Transform Yourself into a Vicious and Deadly Street Fighter
  • The Bigger They Are, The Harder They Fall: How to Defeat a Larger & Stronger Adversary in a Street Fight
  • First Strike Book: Mastering the Preemptive Strike for Street Combat
  • 1001 Street Fighting Secrets: The Principles of Contemporary Fighting Arts
  • When Seconds Count: Everyone Guide to Self Defense 
  • Killer Instinct: Unarmed Combat for Street Survival
  • Street Lethal: Unarmed Urban Combat 

Self-Defense DVD Production
Mr. Franco writes, produces his own library of instructional self defense dvds. Some of his current self defense DVD titles include:

  • Combat Energy Drills
  • Punching Mitts: Drills & Workout Routines
  • Judge, Jury & Executioner
  • Pepper Spray: A Video Guide to Using Pepper Spray for Self Defense
  • Pressure Points: The Science of Striking Vital Targets
  • Sparring: Tips: Tips, Tactics & Techniques to Dominate Your Opponent
  • Kubotans & Yawaras: A Quick & Dirty Guide
  • Submission Fighting for the Street (Volume 1)
  • Submission Fighting for the Street (Volume 2)
  • Submission Fighting for the Street (Volume 3)
  • Medicine Ball Workout (Volume 1)
  • Sammy Franco Firearms InstructorMedicine Ball Workout (Volume 2)
  • Double End Bag Training
  • Heavy Bag Training
  • Power Punching
  • Speed Training for Street Fighting (Volume 1): Visual Reflexes
  • Speed Training for Street Fighting (Volume 2): Tactile Reflexes
  • Speed Training for Street Fighting (Volume 3): Recognition & Auditory Reflexes
  • Speed Training for Street Fighting (Volume 4): Movement Speed
  • Wrist Locks For The Street (Volume 1)
  • Wrist Locks For The Street (Volume 2)
  • Choke Out
  • Body Opponent Bag Training
  • War Machine II
  • Sneak Peek
  • Armed to the Teeth (Volume 1)
  • Armed to the Teeth (Volume 2)
  • Defend or Die
  • Escape Master
  • In Your Face
  • Engage With Rage
  • First Strike
  • Ground Fighting in The Streets
  • Batter Up
  • Under The Gun
  • Street Stick Fighting
  • Use It or Lose It
  • Rat Packed
  • Ground Pounders
  • Control & Conquer (Volume 1)
  • Control & Conquer (Volume 2)
  • Savage Street Fighting: Tactical Savagery As A Last Resort
  • The WidowMaker Program: Maximum Punishment for Extreme Situations
  • Feral Fighting Program: Level 2 WidowMaker
  • War Blade Program: A Complete Guide to Tactical Knife Fighting

Self-Defense Audio Book Production
Mr. Franco also produces his own self defense audio book library. Titles include:

  • The Street Fighting Minute
  • War Machine CD Box Set (Audio Book) 
  • Punching: Tips, Skills and Techniques
  • Footwork: Drills and Exercises

Workout Music Production

Recognizing the significance and power of music. Franco writes and produces his own unique brand of workout music. Mr. Franco's music releases include:

  • Carnage
  • Time To Kill
  • Warrior's Crucible
  • Symphony of Vengeance
  • Eve of Destruction
  • Unmasker

Law Enforcement Certifications

Sammy Franco’s experience and credibility in the field of reality based self defense is impressive. One of his many accomplishments in the field includes the fact that he has earned the ranking of a Law Enforcement Master Instructor, and has designed, implemented, and taught officer survival training to the United States Border Patrol (USBP). Mr. Franco has instructed members of the US Secret Service, Military Special Forces, Washington DC Police Department, Montgomery County, Maryland Deputy Sheriffs, and the US Library of Congress Police. 

Mr. Franco is a member of the prestigious International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA), American Society of Law Enforcement Trainers (ASLET) and he is listed in the “Who’s Who Director of Law Enforcement Instructors.”  He is also a certified law enforcement instructor from a variety of agencies including the National Law Enforcement Training Center. Mr. Franco offers certified training in the following courses: 

  • Defensive Tactics Training
  • Lateral Vascular Neck Restraint
  • Knife Defense & Disarming
  • Arrest and Control Procedures
  • Wrist/Arm Control Escort System
  • Ground Defense and Control
  • PR-24 Side-Handle Baton Training
  • Power Handcuffing 
  • Oleoresin Capsicum Aerosol Subject Control (OCAT)
  • Handgun & Long Gun Retention/Disarming
  • Use of Force Assessment and Response Methods
  • Multiple Attacker Survival Training
  • Officer Fitness and Develeopment 

Mr. Franco is also a National Rifle Association (NRA) instructor (both police and civilian) who specializes in firearm safety, personal protection, and combat pistol shooting.

Sammy Franco holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminology from the University of Maryland, College Park. He is a regularly featured speaker at a number of professional conferences, and conducts dynamic and enlightening seminars on numerous aspects of reality based self defense. Mr. Franco has instructed thousands of students in his career, including instruction on street fighting, grappling and ground fighting, close quarters combat, knife defense and knife fighting skills, multiple opponent survival skills, stick fighting skills and firearms training.

Mr. Franco currently resides in Gaithersburg, Maryland where he offers self-defense instruction in his Contemporary Fighting Arts system as well as online self-defense training to his many students around the world.