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(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

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


Reality does not usually coincide with our anticipation of it. — Jorge Luis Borges Let's say I truly believe I can fly; I know it in my bones—it's part of who I am.  I believe it so fiercely and completely that I wind up atop a 50-story building (having taken the stairs for some reason), […] Read More


Most of us own a gun. And if a bad situation warrants its use, it’s almost everyone’s primary choice of response. Mine, too. There’s too much uncertainty in today’s random street violence to bet your life on anything less. Yet it was when we first brought a pair of Australian Special Forces officers to Las […] Read More

The Target Focus Training Experience


He came to abduct her; he got a broken leg instead.  But I'm getting ahead of myself... The successful use of violence could not be simpler:  In every instance there is, amid the chaos, a sudden moment where everything changes, where one person recoils, or begins to grow visibly weaker, or drops to the ground.  […] Read More


This story is all over the news.  It has changed several times this past week since Tammy Myers, the 44 year old mother, was shot and killed. At this point we don't know all the details, all we do know is this was a tragic death of a young mother who had a whole life […] Read More

The Terror of the Last Resort

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"What should I do?" This is far and away the most frequent question I get when people find out what I do for a living, and what they really mean is, "What technique should I use?"  My answer is always disappointing, because techniques are as useless as buying a gun and not training with it, […] Read More

After sending my note on the 25-year survival food product, I almost immediately received this email from Aaron Frazier in Utah, who wrote: Tim, I applaud you in making your audience aware of the prudent need to be personally prepared to support yourself and your family by having a modest supply of food and water. […] Read More


“During the critical 5 seconds… when attacked… you will sink to the level of your training." – Tim Larkin This statement from Tim hit me between the eyes the first time I heard it. He has written more extensively about ‘the why’ in his book, How to Survive the Most Critical 5 Seconds of Your […] Read More

What Would Stop You?

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We'd all like to believe the answer is "nothing", but we know that's a lie.  I have an inkling of the limit of physical punishment I can take, and perhaps you do, too.  But I also know the things that no one can absorb and still function normally—the destruction of core systems for thought and […] Read More