Tag: training

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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Old Workhorse: SBR Mini Draco AK47 Fall 2017 Update

Old Workhorse: SBR Mini Draco AK47 Fall 2017 Update

| October 11, 2017 | 6 Comments

We carry pistols because they are convenient, not because they are effective. – John Farnam In November of 2011 I purchased a Mini Draco AK47 pistol, with the intent of converting it to a short barreled rifle (SBR) and carrying it daily. I carried it for about two years before experimenting with my .300 Blackout AR15 […]

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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: 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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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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That’s What She Said: The Freshette Saves the Day

That’s What She Said: The Freshette Saves the Day

| August 10, 2017 | 0 Comments

I saw a video of a competition shooter using the Freshette in early April of this year. She liked it because it was an easy way to keep her gear stable while using the porta-potty at events. I was curious enough to check it out. The Freshette website says: The world-renowned Freshette, the original urinary […]

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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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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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Honeywell UVEX S8500 Bionic Face Shield Airsoft Test

Honeywell UVEX S8500 Bionic Face Shield Airsoft Test

I’ve been doing force on force training since 2010. I’ve always used to forms of head protection: either a paintball mask for Airsoft-based training, or a FIST helmet for combatives + Simunitions work. Both have protected my noggin well over the years, but they share two common problems. The first problem is that they greatly obscure […]

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