Lessons Learned: Sometimes it’s the Gun

Longtime readers will recall a few years ago, when I first purchased a gun and began my journey on learning about and becoming proficient in firearms that I really struggled with it. I documented here, and here, and here that I was having a ton of trouble gaining any kind of accuracy. As this was…

Welcome to 2020, Happy New Year

Happy New Year! Last year was filled with many events, challenges, triumphs, and pain. I crossed over into the 50 and up age group and realized that I had become one of the martial artists who seem to be the ones that, the older I get, the better I used to be. I released a…

A Church Shooting

There was a Church shooting in White Settlement, Texas, today. The currently unidentified gunman killed two and injured two before being killed by two members of security. I was asked about this, and my answer is this, in our day and age, if you are licensed to carry, and you opt to not carry in Church, you…

Social Media Pitfalls

As of this writing, it was about a week ago that I deleted all social media from my phone. I almost never use social media from any other device, so this was a pretty big step. The reasons I decided to do this were twofold. One, I was spending entirely too much time and energy…

5 Things Men Should Know by Age 50

I turned Fifty years old this week. Holy crap, if I had been given any clue that I would live this long, I would have taken better care of myself. I have lived a pretty exciting life, from my perspective. I am going to present here my list of ten things every man should know…

Stand and Fight

I don’t recommend that anyone study what I study. The people who study what I study don’t sleep. The people who study what I study stay angry. The people who study what I study know what people are willing to do to each other. We stumble across trends in violence. We see different groups of…

Who is Responsible for Your Safety?

In our time we have a lot of luxuries, things our forebears never even dreamed of having. World travel is quick, the temperature is easily controlled, and all of the information from the entire history of mankind is accessible from a phone. Our society is, relatively speaking, peaceful and safe. There are bad people, but…

Mass Shootings: Do You Really Care?

At this writing, there was a mass shooting at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas yesterday, and another in Dayton, Ohio overnight. I am saddened by the shootings and disgusted by the public response. In this post, I am going to point out where so many people who think that they care are really showing…

RIPBianca: A Case Study in Safe Habits Online

I wanted to stay a little more lighthearted for a while after some of the more serious issues that we have discussed here, but fate’s big ol’ ugly face jumped in and changed those plans. I present this with a heavy heart as it is a terribly disturbing story, and it highlights some of the…

How Far Are You Willing to Go?

When it comes to personal safety, one of the things that I really try to bring home to my students is a simple concept. How far are you willing to go to ensure that you get out of the situation in one piece? This simple question will give you a pretty clear idea on whether…