Training & Techniques

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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Self Reliance Training: What Should I Do?

Self Reliance Training: What Should I Do?

| August 24, 2017 | 0 Comments

A friend and fellow student asked me this recently: “If you were to put together your dream training calendar [for a year], what would it be?” It’s an interesting question, and one that is related to something I’ve been trying to write about for some time. What would I recommend for someone new to self […]

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Jiu-jitsu: Year One

Jiu-jitsu: Year One

| August 17, 2017 | 0 Comments

Today is my one year anniversary of taking Jiu-jitsu. I started BJJ because I knew I had some physical, technical, and psychological deficiencies to address after taking my first Shivworks ECQC in 2015. I knew I had too many things to tackle in a year, so I prioritized. In 2016 I improved my overall physical […]

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Timberwolf Aftermarket Glock 19 Frame After 2000 Rounds

Timberwolf Aftermarket Glock 19 Frame After 2000 Rounds

| July 19, 2017 | 2 Comments

In late April of this year, one of our Glock 19s was damaged during a training exercise. The pistol was set up for a failure to extract (sometimes called a “double feed”). Two live rounds were used for this drill. I have done this drill well over 200 times over the last six years, and […]

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Advanced class registration for the SBS community

Advanced class registration for the SBS community

| July 17, 2017 | 0 Comments

We are extremely pleased to bring three high quality personal safety instructors to the Minneapolis, Minnesota area this fall and winter. We are giving SBS readers an advanced, private registration opportunity for our 2017 visiting instructor program. Starting today, you will be able to register ahead of the general public for: September 09/10 – Cecil […]

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Giving Myself the Finger: Trapped Finger in a Full Speed Disarm

Giving Myself the Finger: Trapped Finger in a Full Speed Disarm

| July 12, 2017 | 1 Comments

I’ve attended over a dozen classes on weapon disarms and/or weapon retention. When the handgun trainers come out, we are always cautioned to not put our fingers on the slide, or in the trigger guards. The concern is that the handgun will rotate during the disarm so quickly and violently that it will cause damage […]

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First ECQC Panic Simulator: Airdyne Stationary Bike

First ECQC Panic Simulator: Airdyne Stationary Bike

In May this year, I tore down my video studio and put up a home gym: squat cage, bench, Olympic weights, kettlebells, dumbbells, etc. Last month I bought a used Airdyne stationary bike for $100 on Craigslist. The bike is at least 20 years old, and still works like a champ. The Airdyne has a […]

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Keep Moving, Whenever You Are

Keep Moving, Whenever You Are

| June 21, 2017 | 0 Comments

I’m not sure why this picture was taken. It may have been for my original blog project, maybe about appendix carrying a 1911. I do know it was taken in 2009. There’s a lot going on in this picture, a lot that I would consider “wrong” today and I am sure is going to generate […]

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Glad for My Toolbox: Car Evolution Minnesota ECQC 2017

Glad for My Toolbox: Car Evolution Minnesota ECQC 2017

| June 19, 2017 | 1 Comments

One of the things that polarize personal safety instructors is the phrase, “another tool for the toolbox.” Instructors that use this phrase believe that it’s important to have more than one way of doing something. They may believe this due to teaching several different types of people with different capabilities, needs, or circumstances. They may […]

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