Joshua Swanagon

  • One of the original founding members of Urban Defense Institute
  • Editor of Knives Illustrated Magazine
  • Associate Editor/Art Director of Survival Quarterly Magazine
  • Staff Editor for Survival Quarterly Magazine since the beginning, before becoming Associate Editor/Art Director
  • Published Author with Tactical Knives Magazine
  • Field Editor with World of Firepower Magazine
  • Field Editor with American Survival Guide Magazine
  • Regular contributor with S.W.A.T. Magazine
  • Host of the Podcast “Keeping It Real: Urban Survival for the Real World” on the Preparedness Radio Network
  • Co-Host of the upcoming Podcast “The Karen Hood Show” on the Preparedness Radio Network
  • Certified NRA Firearms Instructor
  • 5 years Law Enforcement experience, 2years as a Reserve Officer with the local Sheriff’s Department and 3 years with the most highly trained, highly respected, highly utilized and highly recognized Reserve Unit in Michigan
  • MCOLES Certified for three years in Patrol Pistol and Pressure Point Control Tactics (PPCT)
  • Born into the typical “fighting Irish” family, raised a street fighter
  • Spent most of younger years growing up in Colorado camping and studying wilderness survival in the Colorado Rockies
  • Having spent time homeless learned a great deal about urban survival
  • 15 years of focused martial arts instruction
    • 5 years Ving Tsun Kung Fu
    • 12 years Hakkoryu JuJutsu
    • 2 years Daitoryu AikiJuJutsu
    • Intermittent Escrima study (including seminars and small private classes with GrandMaster Renee Latosa)
    • Intermittent Mugai Ryu study
    • Advanced police control tactics
    • Hardcore Combatives for professional personnel
  • Knife designer with TOPS Knives