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Dealing With An Active Shooter by Derek Smith

In Perspective

Well, we have yet another school shooting to deal with in America. The massacre on Valentine’s Day, where a 19-year-old expelled student killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida is yet another true American tragedy of epic proportions. And as you know, events such as these seem to be happening more and more often.

Let me begin by giving my condolences to the many families that had to go through this terrible tragedy. It seems that there is no clear way to stop this type of threat as we have no idea where the next one will occur.In this day and age, how can you not fear the unthinkable? What would you do if you were ever at a shopping mall, concert, sporting event, school, etc. and some moron started shooting with a gun. It is sad to say, but you need to be prepared. Read More

Introduction Now, there’s a title that needs some explaining. Sounds like I’m way off track for Western combat study and, perhaps, being a bit pretentious but, due to a bit of creative bankruptcy I can think of no better way to label what it is we do as Western combat enthusiasts. Eastern arts, for the Read More

There are so many examples of blind training, or blindfold training that the paltry examples below don’t even scratch the surface. Blindfolded Chi Sao [“Sticky Hands”] training among Wing Chun practitioners. Blindfolded disassembly and re-assembly of the M-16 by armed forces cadre. Blindfolded judoka and jiu-jitsu practice. Emperor Joseph I, challenging the young Mozart to Read More

So, my wife enters some paintings in the Country Fair and I’m flipping through the brochure and see among the Fair’s offerings a Demolition Derby, and right there in the small print is “Wanna drive?” The idea had never crossed my mind, but when the curiosity-devil beckoned my answer to “Wanna drive?” was a hale Read More

“The only fights you truly win are the ones you don’t have.“-Lee Child Keeping the above quote in mind, along with the fact that crime is a product of opportunity, we go a long way towards being “masters of self-defense” if we simply remove as many opportunities as possible from our behavior.

Today let’s have a look at a partially-discredited theory of crime-prevention that was proposed to work on the large-scale (cities, etc.) We’ll discuss the aspects that did and do, indeed, work. We’ll briefly ponder the unintended consequences of following “broken windows” to the extreme. Then we’ll wind this whole thing down discussing how the “broken Read More