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…

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…

Dangerous Times

I am not an alarmist and have been one of those calling out the self-defense instructors who try to gain students by exaggerating the threat we face in our day to day life. But, there are some things going on that need to be watched, and possibly toned down to avoid running off of a…

See the Good, Prepare for the Bad

I get emails from people who see the world in a way that is different from my own nearly every day. Most of the emails are kind and I love hearing positive feedback, even from people who disagree with me. It gives me hope that much of what we see from the media is the…

Three (not so) Little Monkeys

I read a lot. Sometimes my brain makes connections between what I am reading and what I teach. This is what I have for you today. It is not a theory of everything, it is not even a complete position. Think of it more as a point of departure. What follows is my brain droppings after…