Training & Techniques

Ways to Make Training More Affordable

Ways to Make Training More Affordable

Budgeting for training over tools, prioritizing your next training milestone, splitting fixed costs with others, hosting an instructor, understanding when you need a guru and when you can “shop local”, and starting or joining a practice group are all ways to stretch your dollar to get in as many classes as possible. “I don’t have […]

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It’s Not Too Late

It’s Not Too Late

| April 26, 2018 | 1 Comments

Comparing what you did with your life to someone else doesn’t help you advance. We can’t change what we did (or didn’t do), but we can change what we do today and tomorrow. Keep going. It was the night before Dominating the Entangled Fight. We hosted the instructors: Cecil Burch, Larry Lindenman, and Paul Sharp. […]

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That’s What She Said: 2017 A Year in Review

That’s What She Said: 2017 A Year in Review

| December 31, 2017 | 0 Comments

If I had to choose one word to describe 2017 it would be this: Transitional While the world at large roiled with transition, my training life did too. I cautiously began exploring the steps to becoming an instructor, something I take very seriously. I made close-quarters a priority, and I shifted my focus away from […]

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Use a Vacuum Sealer to Save Space and Increase Durability to Your Trauma Gear

Use a Vacuum Sealer to Save Space and Increase Durability to Your Trauma Gear

| December 19, 2017 | 4 Comments

For about $50 you can get a new vacuum sealer and pre-scored bags that will add durability to your pocket / ankle carried trauma gear, and save you a little bit of space. The Problem Medical gear has been part of my everyday carry (EDC) for the last three years. One thing I’ve noticed is […]

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EDC Update: MDTS Pocket Shield and The Clemons

EDC Update: MDTS Pocket Shield and The Clemons

| November 17, 2017 | 2 Comments

Mount a folded bill in your MDTS PocketShield in case you need to defuse a situation with hard cash instead of a hard right cross. I’ve used Chris Fry’s MDTS PocketShield since March of 2016. I’ve gone through a few iterations since I started carrying it, and I wanted to give an update on what’s […]

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Any Topic: Except Two

Any Topic: Except Two

| October 31, 2017 | 0 Comments

If we consider self reliance training to be a product, the cost and difficulty of acquiring and keeping “customers” is very high. In order to retain people in our community, we should be as welcoming as possible. I encourage you to be friendly and outgoing to everyone — but avoid discussing two topics at class: religion […]

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Keep Your Eyes On the Prize

Keep Your Eyes On the Prize

| October 25, 2017 | 5 Comments

Keeping your eyes aligned with your sights (or optics) has a huge performance advantage when working inside of structures. Students learned this lesson the hard way at  Craig Douglas’s Armed Movement In Structures class. Sights. Tilt torso. Move feet. Sights. Tilt torso. Move feet. Such was my inner monologue as I sliced angles off of […]

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The Monster Under the Stairs

The Monster Under the Stairs

| October 17, 2017 | 4 Comments

I lived in a two story house when I was about four years old. The staircase was exposed, or “open.” I imagined that a monster was going to grab my ankle as I went up. Until I was about 10 or 11 this fear manifested while going up or down any “open” stairwell. There was […]

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The Satisfaction of Selling Out

The Satisfaction of Selling Out

| September 25, 2017 | 6 Comments

As time has gone on, the focus of this blog has been less about bag carrying an SBR or PDW (which I still do, every work day), and more about training and being a good advocate for self reliance. Part of this shift was financial. It costs a lot of money for us to buy […]

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Self Reliance Training: Novice Students

Self Reliance Training: Novice Students

| September 15, 2017 | 4 Comments

This is Part Three of a four part series on what I think students should take (and in rough priority) based on how long they have been living a self reliant lifestyle. If you haven’t already, please read Part One (overview) and Part Two (what should new students take first). Brief Students who have acquired a broad […]

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