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Using an Inner Tube as a Knife Mount: Conclusions

Using an Inner Tube as a Knife Mount: Conclusions

| March 6, 2017 | 0 Comments

This post serves as the end of my experimentation of using a bicycle inner tube to mount a knife to my belt. You can read the original post here, as well as my follow up once I started force on force training with it. Final Evaluations I continued to use the bike tube + retention line […]

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All Roads Lead to Shivworks

All Roads Lead to Shivworks

| January 18, 2017 | 0 Comments

My wife and I put our deposits in for the Shivworks ECQC class being held in Minnesota in June of 2017. That means we’re less than five months away from grunting, sweating, bleeding, stabbing, and shooting alongside 14 other people. And the FiST helmets. Ah, the FiST helmets. I’m also coming off a particularly “carefree” […]

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2016 Year in Review: Training

2016 Year in Review: Training

| December 30, 2016 | 2 Comments

Due to some financial concerns, I did less training this year compared to the last few years. In 2016, I attended 196.5 hours of professional training. This does not include practice time at home, or live fire “practice” at a shooting range. It does not include the jiu-jitsu training I’m getting three times a week. Here’s […]

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Unthinkable with William Aprill December 17, Minneapolis MN

Unthinkable with William Aprill December 17, Minneapolis MN

| November 23, 2016 | 0 Comments

We are extremely honored to host William Aprill of Aprill Risk Consulting this December 17th in Minneapolis. — Shepherd Unthinkable with William Aprill How do violent criminals think of us, and how do they target us? How are human monsters made, and born? What do we do when faced with a drawn gun? Learn about the background, […]

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Should We Train How to Fight After Being Startled?

Should We Train How to Fight After Being Startled?

| November 4, 2016 | 2 Comments

Earlier this week I wrote about the startle reflex and the startle response. Rob Pincus of ICE Training discusses these topics at length in his book and his course work. Please go back and read my post before continuing, as this article won’t make as much sense otherwise. Summary After reading Rob’s book and doing more research, […]

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3×3 Review: Immediate Action Pugilism with Cecil Burch September 2016

3×3 Review: Immediate Action Pugilism with Cecil Burch September 2016

| September 28, 2016 | 3 Comments

  Day 2 of the Immediate Actions Combatives course was Immediate Action Pugilism, a combination class of striking and standup grappling. I’ve been spending more time lately with grappling / Jiu-jitsu, and I definitely felt less comfortable with striking at this point. I’m grateful that we had some private instruction from one of our instructors earlier […]

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3×3 Review: Immediate Action Jiu-jitsu with Cecil Burch September 2016

3×3 Review: Immediate Action Jiu-jitsu with Cecil Burch September 2016

| September 26, 2016 | 1 Comments

Many of us came from a “tool-first” background. Maybe you carried a handgun. Maybe you carried a knife. Or a baton. Or a squirrel. On roids. The reality is that we may focus so hard on these tools — or a combination of tools — that we ignore the most important self-defense tool of them all: […]

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That’s What She Said: Shivworks ECQC course with Craig Douglas

That’s What She Said: Shivworks ECQC course with Craig Douglas

| July 6, 2016 | 6 Comments

I had some trouble starting this post. The ECQC course by Craig Douglas of Shivworks has generated a ton of technical content, both here and elsewhere. I decided to write  from my personal point of view: a female defensive firearms student with no martial arts training and a deep seated fear of close quarter combat. […]

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KABAR TDI Knife Deployment From MDTS Moduloader Pocket Shield

KABAR TDI Knife Deployment From MDTS Moduloader Pocket Shield

| June 22, 2016 | 0 Comments

When I reviewed the ModuLoader Pocket Shield by Chris Fry from MDTS, I said that I was looking forward to use it during the Shivworks ECQC class. There were a lot of evolutions / drills where it wasn’t feasible (e.g., when I was mounted and getting the crap punched out of me), but I did get one […]

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ECQC Shivworks Ground Evolutions June 2016

ECQC Shivworks Ground Evolutions June 2016

| June 17, 2016 | 0 Comments

Day 1 of the Shivworks ECQC class is about managing unknown contacts and working on posture and position. Day 2 has a shooting component, then various standing grappling drills and techniques, followed up by ground work. The final drill of Day 2 is the Ground Evolution. Format Student 1 starts on their back. This is […]

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