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Don't make these 5 mistakes during a crisis

Wednesday, Nov 4th, we're hosting another live online training broadcast. My special guest is a 10-year combat veteran and an actual urban survival expert. Jeff Anderson has been there and done that... to say the least. He's been in the thick of looting, rioting, economic collapse, and most recently... natural disasters. It was near his […] Read More

After sending my latest emails on the 25-year survival food product, I received this email from Susan, who wrote: "Hello Tim, It has always been stuck in the back of my mind that I need to be more prepared for any situation. This is the main reason I joined TFT. I live out here in Las […] Read More


A number of people have asked how we discovered Food4Patriots 25-year survival food. It was a bit unusual, to say the least... --------- "She is better prepared than me!” That was Ralph’s reaction (he’s my business partner here at TFT) as we stared into this huge drawer packed with freeze-dried dog food. But I’m getting […] Read More

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"In most disaster scenarios... you don’t need special skills to survive. You just need to know what you should do." This was a quote by survival psychologist, John Leach. It goes hand in hand with what I teach in TFT. You don't need years of martial arts training. You don't need to be young, strong […] Read More

Thanks for joining me during the recent online "hangout" training. I never imagined we'd have 18,431 people watch this first live event or the replay. There were a few snags, but I think it went pretty well overall. I'd really appreciate your feedback on what you thought. What did you get out of it? What […] Read More

Dealing With An Active Shooter

10-2-2015 10-55-51 AM

Following the recent tragic shootings in Oregon, Glenn Beck asked Tim Larkin, Creator of Target Focus Training, if he would share his remarkable “Active Shooter” video with Glenn’s Blaze followers. Below you’ll find a copy of that video. As a short introduction… Using inside connections, Tim invited Paul Calle and Taff Davies, members of 2 […] Read More

Through the Looking Glass

Last night, someone tried to come through my front door. Now, I usually don't like to write about personal experiences—as experts who train weekly you would expect us to do well and have positive outcomes (though we are just as vulnerable as everyone else when it comes to violence) and what we've done isn't nearly […] Read More

A Cup Of Intent


Chris Ranck-Buhr, TFT's Master Instructor, has repeatedly said in class, "If I had a bucket and could give you each a cup of intent, that would be 90% of the battle." Bottom line what Chris is saying is that if you have years of ‘training’ and no intent, you lose every time. Criminals don’t waste […] Read More

9-15-2015 3-03-50 PM

(Reposted with permission from Jeff Anderson at Modern Combat & Survival Magazine) Ok, I know I’m going to get a lot of flack for this. (And my apologies to my neighbor if you actually see this video – I would have knocked on your door to tell you, but you’re not the most welcoming citizen […] Read More

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Date: February 19, 2015 Place: Grand Forks, ND Temperature: 28 below zero I’ve a confession to make. While I shared bits of this story on Facebook back in February, turns out not a lot of folks saw it. And me, well, I hadn’t been overly excited to “relive” the drama again. But it’s now 6 […] Read More