Training & Techniques

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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Self Reliance Training: What Should New Students Take First?

Self Reliance Training: What Should New Students Take First?

| September 4, 2017 | 0 Comments

This is Part Two 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. Brief People new to self reliance training, especially those who are unsure if they want […]

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Reprioritizing Essential Self Defense Training Based on John Correia’s Active Self Protection Violent Encounter Data

Reprioritizing Essential Self Defense Training Based on John Correia’s Active Self Protection Violent Encounter Data

| August 28, 2017 | 2 Comments

Our good friend John Correia from Active Self Protection gave several lectures at last weekend’s NRA Carry Guard conference. The premise: John’s observations after watching over 10,000 videos of violent encounters. John had published some preliminary findings in 2016, but he’s watched over twice as many videos as he did back then. I did not […]

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