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DEVELOPING A FUTURE FAMILY FIRST RESPONDER

Seconds after he was born, I held my son Augie, who was still covered in slime and goo. I looked into his eyes … and this was my prayer. I knew he was the best of his Mother and me, and I had and still have a responsibility to prepare him to be a strong, kind, patient, and loving American man, and someday his own family first responder. Read More

Bone Support, Bio Locks, and a Heavy Backbeat

What does drumming have to do with defensive use of a pistol? That is a good question, and on its surface, the answer is perhaps nothing. However, I made a connection one day while playing drums in the studio. I acknowledged the muscle power in my drumstick grip, and why. This realization in turn helped me to recognize the biomechanical lock and bone support in my shooting grip and what it does for my ability to apply skill in context. Read More

Testing ESS Eye Pro

I was introduced to ESS products in 2015 at the NYTOA (New York Tactical Officers Association) show held at the Turning Stone in Oneida, New York. I was shown a pair of their eye-pro glasses that had been tested with a direct shotgun blast of #4 shot at 10 meters. I was amazed that the glasses did their job and convinced me they were worth every cent to anyone who donned them. Read More

Defending Yourself From Criminals and Elected Officials

In defensive training, we talk about concepts and principles of personal or family defense against a violent criminal. These may include awareness, avoidance, and collection and processing of information so that we properly identify an attacker and have an appropriate response. The “verbiage” may change from one instructor to the next or one curriculum to the next, but the core concepts and principles remain constant. Read More

2018’s 3 Best PDN Articles for the Novice, Intermediate and Advanced Student

In several past Decembers, I’ve listed the articles and videos that I’ve thought were the best of the preceding year. This year, I’ve singled out 3 articles that I are important for any student of personal defense. As the Executive Director of Personal Defense Network, I have already approved any… Read More

Developing an Emergency Response Plan for the Training Environment

Frequent and realistic training is necessary for all things: recognition of one’s competency, skill development, learning intuitive responses to learned stimuli, building neural pathways, maximizing our limited cognitive process in a potential ambush context…although there are many ways we can supplement live fire, range activities are essential for realistic training. Read More

Be a Good Student

Photo: Erick BrennemanWhen members of the public choose to invest their time, effort, and energy to attend training, they usually research the instructor and/or the class. They give due diligence, prepare, and possibly have some expectations of the results the training will produce. Eventually they… Read More