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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


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