Self Defense 101: When to Access Your Weapon

I am a big proponent of carrying a firearm for personal protection, and it would be a very strange occasion for me not to have a knife or two somewhere on my person. But relying on those solely as your plan for personal protection can lead to tragic results. The Tueller Drill developed by Sergeant Dennis Tueller, of the Salt Lake City, Utah Police Department has shown that an assailant with a knife drawn within 21 feet, can close the distance within 1.5 seconds. How fast can you get to your weapon? Obviously, you will do things like sidestep. But practice getting your weapon out, and see how fast you can make that happen. Then add to that the different things you will be experiencing while under duress. Things will change.

Remember, while you’re fumbling around trying to get to your weapon, the attacker is having his way with you. You need to deal with the threat and get to your weapon when you have an opening. I have witnessed many real time drills where the person being aggressed tried getting to his weapon first, and nine times out of ten he would have been killed. If you’re focusing on trying to get past the lack of fine motor skills, get past your shirt, and get a grip on whatever weapon you are trying to get at, then you will not be focusing on the attacker and his weapon. It is not going to end well. Obviously, as with anything else there are exceptions and if he is just standing there holding a weapon and I have time, then I am going to use that time to get to mine. However, if he is already charging, then you need to deal with that situation first and then get to your weapon when an opening presents itself.

Keep it real and stay safe.

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Self Defense 101 : Fight or Flight?

Here are my thoughts today. Self Defense and Escaping, whenever possible you should always pick Flight in a Fight or Flight situation. Defend yourself and family just long enough to get the hell out of the situation. Always choose life over property, don’t be a tough guy or super hero the best gift you can give is being there tomorrow for your family and friends. You can make more money, you can cancel credit cards these things may be a pain in the butt, but it’s better than the alternative. Beat, Raped, Shot or Stabbed, I think you get the point.
run…run…RUN..RUN…and then if you don’t have any options choose Fight as a last resort.

These are some of my thoughts and Excerpts from the book ” No Second Chance ” by Mark Hatmaker

Keep it real and stay safe.

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Combative ATAX: ATAX vs. Knife Slash

Urban Defense Conditioning : Cinder Block Up Downs / Burpee

Predator Profile : Westley Allen Dodd

In 1989, Westley Allen Dodd sexually assaulted and killed three boys ages 11, 10 and four. His methods were so heinous, forensic psychologists dubbed him one of the most evil killers in history. At age 13, Dodd began exposing himself to children passing by his house. Realizing the dangers of getting caught, he began bicycling around the streets looking for opportunities to expose himself. His desires expanded from exhibitionism to physical contact. He first molested those closest to him. His younger cousins, ages six and eight and the child of a woman his father was dating, became regular victims of his growing perversions. Dodd would babysit for neighbors and molest the children he would care for. He also was a camp counselor for 10 yrs. which also gave him adequate access to children to molest. Dodd”s desire grew darker and more sinister as grew older. Dodd was arrested many time, but most of the time they were just a slap on the wrist. Dodd also kept a diary of all of his sick and twisted fantasies and actions. Dodd had molested about 30 children before he began to tie up his victims. He became consumed with thoughts of torture, mutilation and cannibalism. Dodd started his desire for killing with an attempt that did not work, determined he returned to the park he was prowling and found two brothers, it took Dodd 20 min. to molest the boys, stab them and clean up the evidence. Confident now with his success he moved on to 4 yr. old Lee playing at a playground. Inside Dodd’s apartment, Lee was subjected to unimaginable acts of abuse and torture, all carefully documented by Dodd with pictures and entries in his diary. The morning after his capture Lee was found, Dodd hung Lee Iseli to death in his closet before heading off to work. He took photographs of the little boy dying and hanging dead, hid the body behind some blankets and left.
Dodd received the death sentence on July 15, 1990.

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Meanest Dog in the Fight, Wins the Fight

We’ve all heard the saying “It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog.” Sure, it sounds a little cliché, but cliché’s started out for a good reason; the message is sound. Watch any fight and you can see at the beginning of the fight who will most likely be the victor. If you watch the body language of the two fighters, often times you will see one who is there and ready to fight, and then you see the other who is like an animal staring down his prey. Violence and aggression drip from his eyes like toxic waste. This guy doesn’t just want to win; he wants to dominate his opponent. He might not even have any training, but that’s ok because the mental fortitude and a killer attitude will fill in where training lacks.

You can’t go into an aggressive conflict with self-defeating thoughts like “I may go down but…” But nothing, you’ve already lost. Time to move on. You have to find that place inside yourself that says, “I’m going to rain down aggression on him like hail fire. I will not go down.” And you have to be ready to make that happen. You may have trained in martial arts your entire life, and you may have even dented a few punching bags. But you need to find the place within yourself where you can look another human being in the eyes and know that you can and will do anything it takes to protect yourself and/or your family up to and including ending this person. You have to become the meanest dog in the fight.

Keep it real and stay safe.

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Urban Defense Conditioning: Cinder Block Deadlift

Combative ATAX: Flow Drill

Here is another short clip of an ATAX flow drill. I know it seems like there is a lot going on, but in real time this would take approximately 3-4 seconds. Also, it is a flow drill which means you might not end up doing all of these things. If he goes down from the first cut, then good. However, if he doesn’t then you keep going and flow to the next cut. If he goes down then, fantastic. If he doesn’t, then you flow to the next cut. And so forth. By the end he will be down.

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Urban Defense Conditioning: Cinder Block Upright Row

Combative ATAX: Introduction to the Combative ATAX

In cooperation with Karen Hood of (Hoods Woods Video Productions), we are working on putting together a combative program for the ATAX. The ATAX is a wilderness survival tool unlike any other designed by Ron Hood and produced by TOPS Knives. We are thrilled to be working with Karen to put this program together and providing it to you on DVD. We will announce the DVD when it is available. But until then, watch for more YouTube videos with short clips of techniques and discussions you can expect to see on the DVD (of course the DVD will be full of so much more).

Note: These are our personal videos and are not representative of the quality you can expect on the DVD.

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Mythbusting: The Magical, Mystical Nose into the Brain Trick

I think we’ve all heard the theory that you can use the palm of your hand and shove a guy’s nose up into his brain. Well, I’m sorry to say, but that is physiologically impossible. So then, the next argument is that you strike down first to break it free, and then shove it up into the brain. Still no. Behind the nose is a lot of protective bone to keep the brain safe; the brain being our most vital organ. And if that weren’t enough, take a look at the nose. It is made up almost completely of cartilage and flesh. If you take a look at a human skull, note how much bone there actually is where the nose used to be, not much. No amount of technique or power is going to shove cartilage out of its flesh encasing and through bone where it will rest, lodged into brain matter.

Boxing has been around for centuries, and at no point in the history of boxing has anybody ever had their nose shoved up into their brain. And a heavy weight boxer will strike the face repeatedly during a standard fight with a force of up to 900 pounds. Now, I realize that they are not ninjas and therefore are probably not applying the correct technique to make it work. But then again, few are.

Keep it real and stay safe.

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Health Defense: Staying healthy while working a desk job

Staying in shape and maintaining a healthy stamina can be essential parts of your personal self-defense plan. For the most part, the guy who can move the fastest for the longest, while still punching the hardest will probably win. Some people have the benefit of working a job that gives them plenty of exercise, but what about people that work a desk job and sit for most of the day.

In this video I give some tips on little things you can do to maintain a healthy life and get in little bits of exercise throughout the day.

Keep it real and stay safe.

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All Things In Moderation

We talk a lot about the aggression it takes to survive an attack, so I think it is important to also give you the other side of the coin. Remember, there is a very fine line between aggressed and aggressor. The hardest part isn’t turning on the juice and engaging the threat with aggressive fortitude, the hardest part is turning it off once the threat has been neutralized. For many people the fear or rage that is triggered during an assault is enough to take them to a place where, even if the aggressor is down, they continue to batter their assailant. And in extreme cases have even killed the aggressor while he was down. You have a right to defend yourself, but in the eyes of the law, you do not have a right to take it farther than that.

Be mindful of the condition of your attacker. If you have him down and he is no longer a threat, anything you do to him after that fact can be used in your prosecution. It is hard, but you have to be able to de-escalate yourself the same way you escalate yourself.

Keep it real and stay safe.

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Urban Defense Conditioning: Cinder Block Military Press

A Warriors Humility vs. a Beggar’s Humility:

Quoted from Matt Thornton @ the Straight Blast Gym

” A beggar will bow down and scrape the floor before anyone whom he sees as superior than him. But anyone he sees as being inferior to him, he expects them to bow and scrape the floor before him. A warrior will bow before no man but will expect no man to bow before him.”

You see this way of thinking in many traditional styles of Martial Arts, unfortunately.

I don’t disregard training Martial Arts, but I do like the quote.

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