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Katie Couric, self-defense, Tim Larkin

Below is Katie Couric's 2-part interview with Tim Larkin on her nationally syndicated TV show broadcast Monday, March 10, 2014. Even though nearly 2 million women are physically assaulted in the US every year many of Katie's viewers felt it would never happen to them. Katie's goal was to show it can... and does... happen […] Read More


Have you ever wondered what you would do, how you’d react, if you were suddenly face-to-face with a potentially violent predator? Would your training instantaneously be there for you during those “critical 5 Seconds” you’ve got when violence goes down and the hot flash of fear fills your mind and body? Recently one of our […] Read More

After sending my note Tuesday 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 […] Read More

broken nose

Consider for a moment the man with a freshly broken nose:  his head explodes with blinding light; vision, breathing, movement, thought all suddenly interrupted.  The physics of the collision move him in unintended ways, the body reflexively yanks the head away from the offending thing.  Intent is shattered, if only for a moment, and chaos […] Read More


(Apologies to Ian Maclaren for the clumsy paraphrasing.) As an instructor I see myself purely as a technician in possession of certain technical information that may or may not be useful—that's for the client to decide.  I prefer this perspective as it's simple and straightforward—I just want you to step in and do what you're […] Read More


Bunnies are cute because they lack the physiology of terror—they are not big and powerful, they do not have jaws for the breaking of bones and the rending of flesh, they do not stare intently with parallel eyes aligned to gauge attack distance.  They pose no physical threat.  Predators, on the other hand, are nasty […] Read More


Playing the knockout game is easy—blindside someone in a social setting, crack them in the head and lay them out. As popularized by combat sports, knocking someone out is a harmless way to assert dominance through ass-kicking. Except for all those inconvenient bits about how traumatic brain injury is kind of bad for you. And […] Read More

gimmick image

How do you stand out in a world where punching someone in the throat is really about as complicated as it gets?  With a gimmick, of course.  You need an aggressive-sounding name, a particular technique, or, better yet, a physical widget you can sell.  If you put them all together you end up with Dr […] Read More


What defines a violent criminal? Is it physicality, a hulking form that hints at caveman antics, eyes clenched like fists?  Or is it tattoos and clothing that broadcast antisocial leanings and a desperate lack of socioeconomic status?  Perhaps it's the intangible "creep factor" that chills your blood and makes the hair on the back of […] Read More

Music to Noise

I don't know about you, but I take my own sweet time when I'm chopping vegetables. My wife prefers sharp knives, like professionally crazy-sharp, and the price of failure is pretty severe. One moment you're cutting onions and the next you get that sensationless vibe that the knife just went through something it considered almost […] Read More