Forcing the Over and Under Hook

Understanding the basics of grappling is very important in a wholistic approach to self defense. All too often systems get caught up in one control position. This is a very simple simple drill you can add in to help students gain a sensitivity for controlling from an underhook or overhook position beginning in the basic…

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A (Respectful) Breakdown of the Gracie Breakdown: Active Shooter

Many know that we spend a lot of time researching and teaching on surviving active killer events. Recently, the group from Gracie Breakdown did a video on the recent Nashville shooting at the Waffle House. My initial reaction was scathing. The video angered me for several reasons. I immediately decided I was going to do…

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Evasion Drills – Responding to an Active Killer

The following video shows a very brief snap shot of a few drills we run in our Responding to an Active Killer courses. All too often people assume running to safety is simple. And sometimes it is. However, when to run, where to run, and the variables that come into play create a decision making…

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Shielding Your Children

I was reading an article today about addressing an active shooter. This is one of about 5,000 articles I have read on the subject, but I still read everyone that I can. It allows me to see what others are thinking, learn things I may have missed or how to say things in a manner…

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LEO Response: Fast and Slow Search

*the following is an excerpt from the book How to Survive an Active Killer Fast Search vs. Slow Search: There are essentially two phases of LEO response. The first task is to stop the killing. They do this with what is referred to as a fast search. All responding officers will be focused on one…

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Restrain Them?

*This is an excerpt from the book How to Survive an Active Killer Many popular programs that discuss fighting back consider the act of re- straining the attacker as the main objective. Is restraint an option? Sure. Can it be used successfully? Certainly. Should it be your primary goal? Absolutely not. Your primary goal is…

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There’s No Right Answer

*This is an excerpt from the book How to Survive an Active Killer In the age of instant gratification, all too often we find that everyone wants to know the “right answer” to any situation. More specifically the answer that will be the easiest and guarantee us success, or in this case safety. The inconvenient…

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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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