What Now?

The reality is, ignorance is bliss…. until it’s not. If you’re worried about being murdered in public by mass violence, ignoring the topic only creates and fuels fear. Exposing yourself to the topic, learning how guns work and what they sound like, learning how to fight, learning how to give medical care, etc… These things are what will help suppress that fear and set you up a higher likelihood of survival.

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Completely Safe in 60 Minutes or Less

I have had numerous conversations in the last two weeks with parents interested in signing their children up for self defense classes over the summer before they head off to college. I think this is phenomenal. I personally feel it should be something A LOT more people should be considering not just before heading to…

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Riley Howell and lessons from the UNCC shooting

This is Riley Howell. Remember the name. Riley Howell Don’t forget it. Riley Howell Remember the face. 21 years old and he rushed the gunman during the UNCC shooting a few days ago. Two people were killed. Riley was one of them. Four more injured. Shortly after he knocked down the shooter, an officer entered…

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The Five “Most Important” Concepts for Self Defense

A few weeks back I wrote a little post asking people to weigh-in on the five most important concepts to learn in self defense. We got quite a few responses, and as expected a vast majority of them were very similar in thought. For the most part it boiled down to these five concepts: Accountability…

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ASR/RAK Defense: Striking from Standing

One area often overlooked in programs is the practical use of striking from a standing position when getting hands on with an armed attacker. This potentially takes place in three ways: from Distance/Ambush, from Clinch, or pinned against a third leverage point. The elements for dealing with the third leverage point are very similar to…

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ASR/RAK Defense Part 9: Break Things

We’ve covered a lot of ground to this point and yet, in the realities of the fight, we are only talking mere seconds. From impact, to control, to most likely hitting the floor or a wall, the longer the fight goes on, the more opportunities for the bad guy to harm us. With that in…

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ASR/RAK Defense Part 8: Low Tackle

We’ve covered the high tackle, which again, in most cases we believe will be the most likely approach. However, we have to understand that hitting above the waist can make it a bit harder to get someone to the ground without the size, strength, or training. Doesn’t mean it isn’t very possible, just being realistic…

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ASR/RAK Defense Part 7: High Tackle

Now we’re starting to get into the idea of intentionally putting the attacker on the ground. Again, let’s remember a few things: 1) The defender is under a HIGH level of stress 2) They are making very quick decision 3) There are a lot of variables they have to process and adapt to 4) They…

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ASR/RAK Defense Part 6: Transitioning to the Ground

To this point, all of the drills have started standing. That process allows the students to learn the concepts and apply them under resistance and not overloading them with too much. Now that said, the longer a struggle for a weapon goes on and the more aggressive (and sloppy) the fight, the more likely it…

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ASR/RAK Defense Part 5: Attacking the Back-Controlling the Body

As we progress through this series, we begin to introduce more and more layers of what might happen and how the concepts help us to adapt. In this video we discuss the realities of addressing the attacker when you’re presented with an angle that is behind their shoulders. Remember, we don’t get to pick the…

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