Decent primer on a subject I hope you are devoting some live fire/force-on-force training to every month since besides your home and workplace, your vehicle is where you spend a large majority of your time.
Stay Alert, Armed and Dangerous!
“A good self-defense course should begin with not letting it get shitty.”
Gun Guys need to learn 3 Words in order to have a more stress free life: Avoidance, Deterrence, De-Escalation.
One of the most annoying and offensive criticisms I hear of Gun Culture 2.0 is that defensive gun owners are itchin’ for a fight and prefer to shoot first and ask questions later. Of course, there are irresponsible individuals in any group, like the “good guy with a gun” near me who recently shot at an Edible Arrangements driver who was making a gift delivery at his home.
But this is not the core of individuals I have met in my journey through gun culture, and certainly doesn’t represent anything I have seen in the mainstream gun training community. (Full disclosure: I do not hang out with internet commandos, so I cannot speak to that cadre.)
To borrow from Michael Bane, from whom I also took the concept of Gun Culture 2.0, many times (most often?) awareness and avoidance are your best defense. This reality is an important…
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I have always liked Craig Douglas and Shivworks…some of the first training DVD’s I got were from him. I still regard his Fighting Handgun DVD right up there with Kelly McCann’s Combative Pistol DVD. The guy is solid, has BTDT and knows his stuff.
What I liked about this short lesson is it clarifies the “Reactionary Gap” ideal. How many times have we heard people say “Never let anybody get within 21 feet of you at ANY time!” Well, for all of us that live in the real world, we know that to be some unrealistic armchair ninja BS; mainly because it is terribly unrealistic to think we can go about our daily lives and never let anybody get within 7 yards (21 feet) of our position! What IS realistic is training how to manage people that get close enough to harm us; What Craig calls “Direct Encroachment.” For those of you that have not seen it, I highly recommend his PUC DVD and Class. It is one of the most street practical classes around.
Stay Alert, Stay Armed and Stay Dangerous!
More proof you don’t need a gun to do a lot of damage. Knives can be just as deadly.
All you need is a dose of crazy and some willpower.
I highly recommend watching some of Kelly McCann’s or Shivworks Knife Defense Training DVD’s to understand the KEY in defending against a knife attack is understanding DISTANCE; they have to get close to you to hurt you. So you either A. shoot them to the ground or you B. run for your friggin’ life.
Stay Alert, Armed and Stay Dangerous!