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Survival Tools : The ATAX ( All Terrain AX )

The  ATAX “the All Terrain Ax”  is an outstanding Wilderness survival, Urban survival and combatives tool. What is the ATAX? Well it’s a Knife, a skinner, a wire cutter, a range finder, a compass, an inclinometer,  a clock, a wrench, a hammer, a rescue tool, a survival kit holder, a fire bow bearing, an arrow launcher and a field level and of course by binding a split stick to it well, you’ve created an AX hence the AX in ATAX. Shew! that’s  a lot of stuff. You can visit Survival.com  to  see images showing in detail all of the ATAX’s uses.  

There is a video available when you purchase  the ATAX showing how to use it. The ATAX carries  very easily and doesn’t get in the way like a large knife might. The specs are  LOA : 5.5 inches, width 4.5 inches it is 1/4 inches thick and is made of 1095 steel ( total steel ) and weighs 16 oz. The handle is Linen Micarta  and it comes with a reversible Kydex sheath for left or right use.

The ATAX created by Ron Hood is a great Wilderness and Urban survival tool, but can also be used for combatives. This is  a great tool for Military, Firefighting and other hardcore professionals, or the survival enthusiast. The Urban Defense Institute in cooperation with Karen Hood and Survival.com  is currently working on a combat curriculum for the ATAX.

The ATAX is available through Tops Knives.com

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Martial Art Profiles : Karate

The martial arts movies of the 1960s and 1970s served to greatly increase the popularity of martial arts around the world, and in English the word karate began to be used in a GENERIC way to refer to all striking-based Oriental  martial arts. Karate schools began appearing across the world, catering to those with casual interest as well as those seeking a deeper study of the art.

Karate being a generic term used for all striking arts I wanted to give you the low down, it is actually a Japanese term meaning ” Empty Hand ” , which could describe most striking arts, but originating in Japan with Chinese influence.

Karate is a martial art developed in the Ryukyu Islands in what is now Okinawa , Japan .Karate is a striking art using punching, kicking,knee strikes, elbow strikes and open hand techniques such as knife hand, spear-hands, and palm-heel strikes. In some styles, grappling, throws, joint locks, restraints, and vital point strikes are also taught. Karate also incorporates some weapons as well even though the term means “empty hand” some of the weapons used would be Tonfa, Sai, Koma and the most well know the Nunchaku. 


The arts taught in the Ryukyu kingdom were brought to the Japanese mainland in the early 20th century and systematically taught. During this time the spelling of Karate and a lot of it’s terminology was changed to Japanese spelling and terms, leaving behind the Chinese influence.

The World Karate Federation recognizes these styles of karate in its kata list


Many additional styles are descended from, or heavily influenced by, one or more of these styles.

You can find more details @ Wikipedia

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Preppers : Are they Crazy?

Prepping has become quite popular these days with a lot of people. T.V. shows, radio, Podcasts and of course the sales of these items. I have recently began my quest on prepping, still pretty new to the game. Everyone “preps” for different reasons, Economic collapse, Government take over and of course Zombies just to name a few. Are these people crazy? Well lets tone it down a notch. Maybe your not the End of the World prepper, but lets take a look at some good reasons to prep ( I’m not saying these fore mentioned reasons aren’t good reasons ). I’m also using the mindset that everyone preps in some way shape or form. Example: Using your seat belt, you don’t get in an accident every time you’re in the car,but yet we still prep for it, Fire drills at school, same thing and so on. Okay with that said, how about a Fire drill at home. Do you do it? You should “Prep”. Does everyone in the house know what to do? Do you have a safe spot to go to outside of the home? You should “Prep”. Having a “Bug out Bag” prepped doesn’t have to be for the End of the World, if there is a Fire in the home, how about some extra shoe’s, change of clothes, warm clothes if you live in cold climate, extra set of keys for the vehicles for shelter if you need it? Have you stored your B.O.B. outside of the home? It doesn’t do much good if you can’t grab it. This is just one scenario to prep. How about,
Home invasion,
Car stranded in the middle of no where,
Are you prepped at work for different scenarios?
Nothing wrong with prepping Financials.
So one doesn’t have to be the extreme “Prepper” for the End, there are many reasons to Prep. Pick your reason and be prepared.

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Spotting A Phone Con

Hello all, this is Coach Joshua. This just happened to me today and I just wanted to send out a quick warning. I just got an automated call from “Card Services” telling me that they were going to lower my interest rates. One of my cards does use “Card Services” when they contact me so I thought it was legit and pressed 1 to be connected to a human being. So I get a lady who proceeds to tell me that they are going to lower my interest rates on all of my cards, Visa, MasterCard, etc. So I start to wonder, how are you going to lower interest rates for cards with two different banks? “Who is this?” I asked. “Card Services, we’re going to lower your interest rates.” she replied.

So then she says “I need to know that you still have the card and didn’t cut it up or anything, so I just need you to verify the expiration date.” So I said “For which card? I’ll tell you what, you tell me the expiration date and I’ll tell you if that’s it.” So she asked “for which card?” And I replied “Exactly. You never told me which card either. So why don’t you tell me which card you wanted the expiration date for and what it is and I’ll tell you if it’s correct.” So she said “The Visa card, it expires in 2014. We just need to verify that you still have the card. So please verify the expiration date” So I told her, “yes it expires in 2014 and I still have the card, I’m looking at it right now.” So she tells me the first four digits of my card and asks me to verify and I told her that they were correct. So then she says she needs me to read off the whole card number to verify it. I told her “Not gonna happen.” So then she asks “If you’re not interested then why did you stay on the phone? Just to waste my time?” So I replied, “Thank you, good bye.” And that was the end of that.

There was a little more back and forth during the conversation but it was just more of the “Who is this? And why do you need me to give you my information?” type back and forth, so I condensed a longer conversation for quicker and easier reading. But you get the idea.

If somebody calls you wanting you to give them your credit card number, or any information from your credit card, bank account, social security number, etc. don’t give it to them. If they want you to repeat it to verify it, let them know that they called you not the other way around. If any verifying is going to be taking place, they can tell YOU what it is and YOU can verify it. If they start to try and bully you into giving them your info, hang up.

Con men (or “Confidence Men”) have been around for a long time and are very good at gaining the confidence of honest, trusting people and then separating them from their hard earned cash or belongings. Always be wary when people ask you for any kind of personal or account information, just because they sound official doesn’t mean they are. And remember this, if they are calling from your Credit Card Company or bank, they shouldn’t need you to tell them any pertinent account information, they should already have that. If they insist that they are your creditor or bank, then let them know you will call them back and give them the information and call them back using the number on the back of your card, or the number on your banks business card or letterhead. If they really are who they say they are, they won’t have a problem with you being secure with your information, it’s important to them too.

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For belt or knowledge?

While I understand the need for a ranking system in the traditional martial arts, allowing an instructor to know where each student is in their training, I think sometimes it might be a little misunderstood. As a society we are all about instant gratification; we want our meal now, if we buy something online we want it here tomorrow and when we train we want accolades now. The problem we can run into with this, is that we lose focus on the why and put all of our focus in the when. If your intent is only to get to the next belt or grade, then you will only focus on the belt and any of the knowledge you could be learning will mean nothing to you. It’s like the age old joke “I have a black belt!” If your entire defensive plan is predicated on your belt level then your focus is in the wrong place. Any time you decide to train in any discipline it is important that you focus more on the training itself and don’t worry so much about the belt achievements. If you focus on the training, the level promotions will happen by themselves, but if your focus is on the promotions you will be sadly disappointed when you really need the skills only to find out that the belt isn’t going to defend you from anything.

Angles of Attack: Two Handed Cane Defense

In this video, Coach Kenny continues on “Angles of Attack: Training for Zone Defense” and uses a cane to demonstrate a two handed defense utilizing the angles of attack. Remember, this will work with just about any long object like a pool cue, etc that you can improvise into a weapon. Once you are done and have opened an avenue of escape, take off. No reason to stick around and see what other options your attacker has brought with him.

No Holiday Excuses: Keep Training

Hey crew as the holiday season grows near there are many excuses to not train right? Too busy, too much food and drink etc. You should ask your self do the bad guys take the holiday off? I expect not in fact, shopping and eating out go along with the holidays, which could make your situation more vulnerable. There are so many reasons to keep your guard up this time of year, way more than the excuses no too. Enjoy your family time and eat great food, but keep on training. The bad guys still do muggings, car jack, and invade homes. Besides do want to give up all the gains you’ve made and get rusty, because you’ve decided your feeling too lazy.TRAIN, TRAIN, TRAIN.

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Knob Creek Machine Gun Shoot 2012

Training to be Compliant.

I have said many times”it’s not what you train it’s how you train it”. We all know if you want to improve a technique that repetition is the key. We know that to enforce into muscle memory that repetition is the key. This same concept can also be bad for you depending on how your training. I have noticed even in myself many many times that I’m being a bad ‘BAD GUY”. What I’m saying is if you train in a system that teaches a specific Reaction for a Specific action not using resistance or aliveness then you could be training yourself to be compliant. Yes I know there could be a pain factor or injury factor because your system is “Too Deadly” to train like that, but please keep an open mind. Example: Bad Guy grabs Good Guy’s wrist, Good Guy then puts an awesome lock on the Bad Guy, down goes Bad Guy screaming like a girl. Whoo Hoo! Good Guy way to go. Lets break this down a bit, for as many times as I’ve trained to be the Good Guy I have also trained to be the Compliant Bad Guy, which is bad for our training. We need to keep in mind that the “Real Bad Guy” isn’t going to be compliant and therefore don’t train yourself to be compliant.

I have noticed myself doing these things in my own training and even in some of my vids. We are all in a constant evolution of training and sometimes we need to go back and remind and refresh what we are doing.

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Combative ATAX: ATAX vs. Close Quarters Rifle

A.R.S. Knives Review: Dog Tag Knife

This is our latest video review, reviewing the Dog Tag Knife by A.R.S. Knives (http://www.lastditchblade.com). In this video, Coach Joshua demonstrates building an expedient urban survival shelter using the Dog Tag Knife. As you watch the video please note that in a real situation you should build the shelter next to the wall. In this video I built it out away from the wall for better viewing.

A.R.S. Knives Review: Shanghai Shank

Self Defense 101: Everything is a Target.

We all know the vital targets to attack right? The Groin, shins, eyes and throat etc. What if these targets don’t present themselves easily? What if in your training you do a specific reaction for a specific action and OH CRAP! it didn’t happen like that? What then? A large portion of training should be spontaneous and not preset, which is why I always say “EVERYTHING IS A TARGET” you will never know what will present itself along with this thinking “EVERYTHING IS A WEAPON”. You should give this some thought and play around with it. Things like, if your in a clinch situation drive your shoulder into a nose or cheek. Kick the shins, but also think of other targets like the inside or outside of the ankle right on the bone if you can hit it. Man that hurts! Use your knuckles on the back of someones hand or fist, elbow to the biceps and triceps and so on. A lot of these will not end the attack or fight, but it may help lead to that vital target that will.

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Self Defense 101: Kicking, Shoes or no Shoes?

Well here’s the deal, it’s no secret that I believe in training athletically and by athletically I usually mean Combat Sports again that’s going to be Boxing-Pugilism, Judo, All-In-Wrestling, BJJ, and Muay Thai. Essentially Mixed Martial Arts. Yes there is much more to self defense than this kind of training, but it’s still important and still useful.
Now to today’s questions. Why would I train for self defense not wearing any shoes? Should I practice kicking with or without shoes? Won’t I be wearing shoes in the street? The answer is yes you most likely will be wearing shoes in a street, Law Enforcement and Military self defense situation, but you should train both.
There are many situations you may find yourself in that you would not be wearing shoes. One situation would be if you were at home at night in bed and needed to protect yourself or your family. You may not have the time to put shoes on. I never thought of no shoes training as realistic, then my change of thought occurred. I was visiting some family at their lake house and we all went up to the local Tiki Bar to have a Burger and some cocktails. I was wearing Flip Flops, which many people do nowadays, there was a couple of guys being stupid and confrontational. Things didn’t get to out of hand, but it made me think what if I would’ve had to protect myself or family what kind of movement and footwork would I be able to do with Flip Flops on? I would’ve had to take them off. Hmmmmm! light bulb!

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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

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