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Skillful Practice

A skill is something that requires training and experience to do well. Training is the acquisition of knowledge and skills. Practice is the repetition of a skill in an effort to get better and integrate the specific skill so it can be called upon when needed. Reading an article or viewing an informational DVD provides…

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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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Safe At Home

When most people think about personal protection, they mainly think about how to stay safe outside their homes. While the vast majority of crime against citizens occurs outside the home, home invasion robberies and worse DO occur. Crime statistics are difficult to track down specific to “home invasion,” but “property-related crimes” (robbery or burglary) have…

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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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