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WHEN IS YOUR “GO MOMENT”

WHEN IS YOUR “GO MOMENT?” We spend a bunch of time in class training the “WHAT TO DO” in the moment of chaos. But we need to emphasis also the “WHEN.” When is violence the answer? When is it morally/legally APPROPRIATE to use the tool of violence? Part of the answer is an intellectual exercise….


Your Killometer

                Here’s one pathway to intellectualize about violence, meaning to run some concepts around our brain.  The goal is clarity. This frightening image, received visually, might be overwhelming for the first moments of intake.  It is so foreign to most of us, we are in momentary disbelief.  But…


Shank of the day with TFT instructor, Sachin Makani

I just finished another info-packed, mat-loaded, lip-busting, draining 4 hours with TFT Master Instructor, Sachin Makani.  There were 7 of us today in Wyckoff, NJ.   They gave me all I could handle.  Ok. Maybe a little more.  Sachin is focused, knowledgeable, and appropriately uncompromising.  Do some training with him. Today’s Gold: — Quality free…


THE SMELL OF A VICTIM

THE BLOG ENTRY BELOW IS FROM CHRIS RANCK-BURH, A FAVORITE, INSIGHTFUL INSTRUCTOR FROM TARGET FOCUS TRAINING. It addresses the top end of our training cascade: Better to avoid than to escape…. etc. Here he is…..    AVOIDING THE VICTIM SMELL One of our Master Instructors, Dave S., just got back from a vacation in San Francisco….


Too Young for Self Defense Training?

It is not my intent, in this entry, to discuss the reasons, but I am receiving an increase in self defense inquiries from young teenagers (meaning under age 18) and their parents. Here’s my quandary. Clearly, today’s kids need exposure to SD, but the principles and content can vary greatly. For example, my program is…


A PHILOSOPHY FOR COUNTER-VIOLENCE INSTRUCTION

IMAGINE. PREPARE. PRACTICE.. There is only so much time, as self defense students, that we can or will commit to training. We have job deadlines, families, and other goals. We have funky knees or lumbar vertebrae that complain, especially the next morning after class. That reality demands, in class, a focus on essentials with an…


Guns in America

Hi gang. Rory Miller is one of my favorite authors/thinkers in the SD area. I occasionally bump him with Q’s. Here’s is a recent “sharing” we had about guns and ammo. Give this dialogue some attention. Add some of your own…. Me: THE GUN LOBBY. The gun lobby is articulate, focused, passionate, and “loaded”. We…


THROW vs FALL

GRAVITY: THE SURPRISE PACKAGE This poor gentleman is an instant away from impact with the planet. Most likely he slipped on the ice. The spill path, trailing from the cup, suggests his orbital path is quite vertical, the shortest distance to a crash landing. Possible injury list: coccyx, a rotator cuff or two, wrist, elbow,…


Deterioration Cascade

Self defense …. is actually SELF OFFENSE When we are cornered and our life is on the line, our panic screams in our brain to comply with the predator’s commands, to fear the weapon, to trust the next moment will deliver our safety. But with each added second of hesitation, our chance for survival plummets…


POWER TO THE PULL UP

THERE ARE ONLY SO MANY WAYS (AND GAGETS) TO EXERCISE THE HUMAN BODY. UNTIL RECENTLY, I HAVE AVOIDED THE “UP” EXERCISES…. AVIDLY….. WHETHER THE GRIP WAS PALMS IN, PALMS OUT, PARALLEL, WHATEVER. JUST NEVER LIKED THEM, PROBABLY BECAUSE THERE’S NOWHERE TO CHEAT ON THE DEAL: YOU’RE EITHER POWERING UP AND DOWN AGAINST GRAVITY OR YOU’RE…