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Don't make these 5 mistakes during a crisis

Wednesday, Nov 4th, we're hosting another live online training broadcast. My special guest is a 10-year combat veteran and an actual urban survival expert. Jeff Anderson has been there and done that... to say the least. He's been in the thick of looting, rioting, economic collapse, and most recently... natural disasters. It was near his […] Read More

After sending my latest emails on the 25-year survival food product, I received this email from Susan, who wrote: "Hello Tim, It has always been stuck in the back of my mind that I need to be more prepared for any situation. This is the main reason I joined TFT. I live out here in Las […] Read More

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"In most disaster scenarios... you don’t need special skills to survive. You just need to know what you should do." This was a quote by survival psychologist, John Leach. It goes hand in hand with what I teach in TFT. You don't need years of martial arts training. You don't need to be young, strong […] Read More

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

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

In the past couple days we've had 2 people call asking if they’d really be able to benefit from our DVD programs. It’s not an unusual question. But these two gentlemen had a slightly different concern than most... ...They were 72- and 76-years-old, respectfully. And each was worried they simply didn’t have the physical skills […] Read More


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

"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