A Catch 22: Flaws in LE Department Training for Civilians

*This is an excerpt from the book How to Survive an Active Killer A lot of Active Shooter programs nationwide are hosted or taught by Law Enforcement Departments. This is fantastic because these departments generally earn the respect of a majority of their citizens, so when they show up, they are attentive. Their programs generally…

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Physical Ability

*this is an excerpt from the book How to Survive an Active Killer This seems like the most appropriate place to start, and yet as much as this should be common sense, it’s not widely respected. If you’re voluntarily out of shape and overweight, you are limiting your chances of survival. I’m not talking about…

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The Individual Mindset

*this is an excerpt from the book How to Survive an Active Killer A friend and fellow instructor at our gym in Columbus, Ohio put on the first mass violence seminar I ever attended. The program was roughly three hours long and involved not only a slew of amazing information on past workplace and school…

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It’s a Tool, Not a Plan

*this an an excerpt from the book How to Survive an Active Killer Implementing a planned defensive tool depends heavily on whether you have the money to buy it, time to train with it, willingness to use it, can physically access it, and are legally allowed to carry it. These are many variables added on…

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Just Run?

*this is an excerpt from the book How to Survive an Active Killer Running in and of itself involves fitness. Again, seems like common sense, but we don’t think about it. We assume we can run, we’ve done it before. Maybe it was yesterday, maybe last month, maybe 10 years ago. If I ever needed to,…

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Training Matters

“In June of 2016, Pulse Nightclub in Orlando was the site of the biggest mass shooting in the US (modern times.) What happened that night is a great example of training/conditioning, physical, mental, and emotional, “work- ing.” Most of the patrons were late teens to mid-twenties in age. Most were educated in a post-Columbine world,…

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Three Cheers For Growth!

It’s a truly amazing feeling to see posts from people all over the US excited to dive into the book. I am so excited for the material to get out and get tested. I cannot wait to hear feedback. I don’t just want that feedback to be praise, though I certainly hope it is. I…

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“Shit… I Failed.”

originally written august 2016 What you do next is insanely important. Do you let it put you down? Does it motivate you to do better? Do you start analyzing what you could change? Do you make excuses for why you failed? Do you blame someone else? Do you move on to something else? Do you…

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Thankful

photo: me standing up giving a speech at my wedding… most likely embarrassing my wife haha. love her so much! There’s so much in life for me to be thankful for. I have an amazing, beautiful, and supportive wife. I have beautiful and healthy children. I have an amazing family. I have a successful gym…

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Oh, The Places You’ll Go!

I read to my kids. A lot. Especially my son who is currently obsessed with books… which is awesome. I find it pretty awesome how some of the older books are just riddled with amazing truths and great concepts. Oh, The Places You’ll Go by Dr. Seuss is an all time favorite here in my…

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