Home Invasion

In the United States, there is about one home invasion every two minutes. The fact that we have about 320,000,000 people in this country allows us the freedom to entertain the thought that this sort of thing only happens to other people. But what if it wasn’t happening to another person? What if it is…

Playing with Fire

It is impossible to take a look at the news without seeing people throwing tantrums, or threatening violence. I understand being frustrated with politicians. I get that some people do not like the people in charge. But I think that, regardless of political belief doctrine, things can and should be handled better than this. Throwing…

This Just in: MMA is Old School

Debates in the martial arts can range from really important ideas to silly minutia. One argument tends to be that old school was the BEST school. I admit, I am old school, and believe that old school training is far superior in many ways to anything offered in new school martial arts. Having said that, I…

Review: Survive a Shooting by Alain Burrese

Before I begin today, I want to first be up-front with everyone. I have known Alain for quite some time via electronic correspondence. Have not yet met face-to-face, but I know from his video instruction, as well as our in-depth conversations, that he really knows his stuff. He is just about as honest and as…

Cobra Kai!

This is the first of my reviews section. I will be reviewing books, martial arts related shows (when they turn up), and various self-defense weapons and products. I have taken a break from some of the heavier topics I have covered lately and even taken a break from the news. Those projects are ongoing but…

Gratitude for Personal Safety

Have you ever hurt yourself and immediately said a swear word? *raises hand, looks around and sees everyone else looking at their feet* Oh. Well, some people respond to self-injury with loud profanity. I learned it at an early age. It was quite common on the construction sites that I grew up working on. So…

Politically Based Violence

It was noted by a longtime reader and email acquaintance that there has been a political undercurrent in my recent posts. I teach and write primarily to help people learn how to stay safe in a crazy age. There is a lot of political anger in our time, and I am not of the mind…

Time for a Talk

Time for a chat. Pour a cup o’ coffee and get comfortable. I am sure that underdeveloped critical thinking skills come into play as far as a root cause for today’s topic, at least to some degree for some people. To tell the truth, I am absolutely certain that the culture of instant gratification comes…

Concealed Carry Thoughts

While I was going through my emails, I saw a number of questions about concealed carry and my thoughts on different aspects of the subject. I would like to address some of that here. What follows is merely opinion and observation.  Anti-gun people like to paint with a pretty broad brush when they characterize pro-gun…

Giving Yourself an Edge

There are a lot of questions that come in regarding knives for self-defense. Obviously, a gun is a better tool for self-defense overall, but different circumstances, perhaps restrictive laws, may make this more difficult, or impossible for some people. The next step down is a blade. Thank God I live in Texas where, if I…