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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Using a MedBall For Striking Drills

We’re taking a quick look at using a large padded medball for some dynamic striking drills. Props to Tony Blauer, whom I stole this idea from.

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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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Learn to Swim

*the following is an excerpt from my book How to Survive an Active Killer The key to realizing our ability to fight, without conjuring up an unreasonable hero mentality, comes through education. Most rational people are afraid of being confronted by a weapon. Even highly trained individuals do not want to come face-to-face with the…

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Right Doesn’t Always Mean Easy

I was teaching one of our introductory classes tonight. It’s one of my favorite classes to teach because often time the participants are so new to what we do and they are an open book. It’s an opportunity to really help guide them the right direction. During the workout I make my way around the…

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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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