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The Combative Mindset

I live a defensive lifestyle. My primary lines of defense are software or mental skills such as awareness, avoidance and escape, plus physical boundary setting and verbal diffusion. This defensive mindset is the foundation of my training and preparation. Sadly, I often find myself not utilizing these soft skills due to the minutiae of daily…

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Don’t Go to the Ground!

It’s difficult to spend any time researching self-preservation topics, especially on the internet, without stumbling over someone warning, “Don’t go to the ground in a street fight.” The implication seems to be that even touching the ground with anything other than the soles of your feet will result in instant death. But as with many…

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SHOT Show 2011 Recap

SHOT Show 2011 was my 15th attendance at this amazing industry event, and things have certainly changed over that time! In 1997, the Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Tradeshow (SHOT) didn’t look so much like a candy store for the right to keep and bear arms and to use those arms to defend ourselves. Back then, the…

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Top 5 Bad Habits

I painfully watched my student get shot. The rounds impacted his upper chest area in perfect placement, even though the bad guy was shooting from a grounded position with only one hand. The bad guys have all the luck. Fortunately, this was not a real fight, only a simulated one during a class I was…

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What Makes a Teacher?

Is it the certificate on the wall, the training to get the certificate, the mindset, or our actual knowledge of tactics that work for self-defense? Knowing tactics doesn’t make an instructor, of course, and it’s a shame that most of the training organizations that provide credentials for instructors don’t stress actual teaching of the material.…

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