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Dare To Know!

You may be familiar with an essay that I wrote in 2008 on the topic of Respectful Irreverence as an approach to tactical training topics. I want to explore an underlying theme in more detail, the theme of Sapere Aude, “Dare to Know.” Originally, this Latin phrase was used to advise people to “trust their…

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Don’t Bring a Gun to a Knife Fight

The Other Side of the Close-Quarter Dilemma Since Sean Connery’s unforgettable scene in the movie The Untouchables, the concept of “Don’t bring a knife to a gunfight” has become almost a cliché in the firearms training world. Indeed, most firearms training programs that include close-quarter shooting techniques advocate dealing with a knife-armed attacker by immediately…

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The Importance of Efficiency in Personal Defense Training

I make a big deal about efficiency. I use the word a lot. I sometimes correct people awkwardly when they say “effective” but mean (or should mean) “efficient.” The ease with which people interchange the two words without actually thinking about their different meanings is indicative of why the difference needs to be stressed. Merely…

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Introduction to Functional Fitness

Functional fitness is a term that has been bandied about quite a bit lately.In many circles, it incites images of inflatable balls, balance boards and cable-type machines. However, I will paint a slightly different picture for you. Fitness itself means many things to many people but,for the purpose of this article, we will say that…

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Martial Blade Concepts: A Logical Approach to Protecting Your Life with a Knife

The Filipino martial arts have a long tradition of edged-weapon training. In fact, when it comes to skill with small knives, the fighting arts of the Philippines are widely regarded as some of the deadliest and most effective systems ever devised. Despite their effectiveness, these arts do not necessarily reflect the culture and legal systems…

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