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What I learned from a spy….

I’ve never endorsed any specific type of tool or “gadget.” It’s not that I don’t like them. In fact, just the opposite. Yet too often while protecting yourself or your family in a bad situation something happens, and the tool ends up distracting you from your primary focus... causing an injury. But my thinking changed […] Read More


Remember the movie Rain Man? It won the Academy Award for best picture back in 1988. And an Oscar for Dustin Hoffman who played Raymond – an autistic, mega-savant. Raymond had amazing mental skills. From glancing at a pile of toothpicks scattered on the floor and instantly saying the total... to memorizing every address in […] Read More

“Well, okay, so just give me 3 things I can do that get results, like, immediately?” It’s probably the most asked question I get. It happened again on Monday and since Tuesday we were shooting some random short video clips I decided to give you my choice of 3 things anyone could do and get […] Read More


For Thursday's email, "Cheating at the duel..." As mentioned in today's email, the video immediately below takes you further into the idea of "cheating." It’s taken from our Justified Lethal Force video series. Feel free to add your comments about this video to those below. Thanks. -Tim Larkin If you missed Tuesday's video (and to […] Read More

10-2-2015 10-55-51 AM

Following last year's Roseburg, Oregon shootings we at TFT shared with everyone a video compilation, Dealing with an Active Shooter. Following Sunday's shooting rampage in Orlando we'd like to again share that video. You’ll find a copy below. As a short introduction here's how we put this together… Using inside connections, I invited Paul Calle […] Read More


(My thanks to colleague David Morris for allowing us use this drawstroke training drill)... If you’re ever in a position where you’re forced to take action on a threat, your drawstroke could be the difference between success and failure. Get it wrong… and the bad guy gets the upper hand. That’s why you need to […] Read More

Woman and Mother Beaten

Yesterday, I shared a video of a brutal attack on a mother while her daughter watched. I asked everyone watching what they thought about the video and what they thought went wrong for this mother during the attack. Watch my video response to all the comments and leave your own. Get Our Special Mother's Day Offer […] Read More

Don't get jacked in your car

We’re shooting new video training series in a couple weeks. Around these longer filming sessions I’d like to include several shorter videos that demonstrate the “application” of TFT principles & methodologies versus teaching new strikes or coordination sets. Some of these could be very short – 5 to 10 minutes. Others will be more comprehensive […] Read More

Mother brutally beaten

Some time ago, I wrote a blog post that briefly talked about a disturbing home invasion where a male intruder mercilessly assaulted a mother in front of her young 3 year old daughter. It was caught on video, but I never gave it the review it deserved. With Mother's Day coming this Sunday and many […] Read More

Get $100 Off Justified Lethal Force Now! Enter your questions and comments below. DISCLAIMER: I am not an attorney and neither is anyone commenting below. Do not take anything I or any commenter says as legal advice. We've addressed the issue of liability many times in emails and on the blog. Here are just a […] Read More