“When I first learned about Tim Larkin and that he would be coming to New York to do a training session, I was very intrigued. While I did think that his hand to hand combat training might be useful to me, I was probably more fascinated with the prospect of seeing what this “trained killer” guy was all about. I am a physician and have worked in a major Metropolitan trauma center where I had the unfortunate opportunity to see a lot of “bad stuff” done by “bad guys. our ER received a steady flow of mugging victims who were often beaten by one or two thugs. Despite my exposure to this violence I always felt comfortable that I lived in a safe community and the possibility that I could be the victim of violent crime was remote.
“It wasn’t until after the course that I was reminded by my wife of an event in which I could easily have become a victim… The event left me thinking “what would I do if I could not run away?” Frankly, I could not answer that question until after my session with Tim. I can honestly say that I now know what I would do.
“I can say without hesitation that after two days with Tim I know that if I were placed in a situation where I would have to protect myself, my friends or my family that I would be prepared. The few black and blue marks, the “lost” gorgeous weekend, and the lost time with my wife and children were small prices to pay for gaining the skills which I feel I possess now. Hopefully my wife and children will never have to appreciate the training I received but there is great comfort in knowing that I am far more prepared now for some of the dangers of this crazy world than I was before I met Tim… as Tim notes, the approach and philosophy of his training will be with me forever. By the way, I can’t have a conversation with my friend whom I convinced to come to the course without discussing our weekend with Tim. He too feels that what we learned was invaluable.
“The recent horrendous event in New York City has underscored the fact that we unfortunately live in a crazy and often violent world and the Boy Scout motto of “be prepared” seems less like a silly cliché and more like how we as ordinary citizens have to start living our lives.”
Philip Lakritz, MD