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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

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First, the context—watch this video of real violence so we're all on the same page: When the uninitiated look at this video they see a shocking crime:  a man punching a pregnant woman in the face, a victimizer and his victim, a criminal abusing an innocent; and then the inevitable racial overtones, socio-economic issues, all […] Read More

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Media coverage surrounding dramatic high-profile violence has people sometimes asking if it’s even worth preparing. . . . . .Or maybe injuries or other restrictions that limit their ability to respond effectively leave them hoping they “just get lucky. . .” . . .Or perhaps you’ve prepared but wonder, “Will it really be there when […] Read More

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Over the last five years I’ve appeared in various media and had many articles published worldwide. The upside to this is the chance to bring topics in self-protection and criminal violence to a much broader section of the population. Most likely you saw me in a media source you follow because you enjoy the host […] Read More

The Story Is a Lie

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When confronted with images of real, asocial violence, we reflexively go looking for narrative details:  Who are they?  Why are they doing that?  The assumption is that there must be a rational reason why people would engage in such things—a great wrong being avenged, the "last straw" leading to a deluge of heightened emotion, or […] Read More

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The tragic and senseless shooting of two Las Vegas Metro police officers on Sunday while they were eating lunch is all over the news… another random act of violence that we have no control over. In a lot of news stories like this one, while we recoil in horror and sympathize with the families, even […] Read More

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There are few things more frustrating for me as an instructor than to see clients doing things that will only work in movies, the imagination, or maybe a compliant training environment.  And then when corrected, they nod as if the lightbulb went off and go right back to whatever imaginary thing they were doing before […] Read More

The handgun is one of the most powerful personal tools for the taking of human life; even so, it's not foolproof.  As an external device it has several inherent disadvantages which are magnified in close combat.  In order to be effective a handgun must be: 1.  Deployable If you can't get to it, it's obviously […] Read More

Prior to last year’s launch of what was to become my New York Times Best Selling women’s book, Survive The Unthinkable, we asked each of you to answer one question: “What’s your single biggest question or concern about protecting yourself (or the women in your life) from violent attack?” And we were overwhelmed as more […] Read More

The Elevator Pitch

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(No, it's not a new throw, sorry.) I'm always interested in finding better ways to describe what it is we do, to circumvent the obstacle of communication that lies between action and the replication of that action:  I know what you need to do, but I need you to know what you need to do […] Read More