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ABC TV video about TFT gets it right

It was a long time coming.

In a blog post I wrote several months ago I noted how a number of major US television stations had aired 3-4 minute segments about our TFT approach to surviving violence.

Unfortunately each ended their stories focused on the comments of a university legal “expert” explaining (incorrectly) how taking the class somehow might leave you held to a “higher standard.”

Well, hats off to KABC television in Los Angeles and their experienced anchor/reporter, David Ono, for creating a video segment that gets it right.

Prior to creating this piece, David took time to attend an entire 2-day TFT seminar (as a participant not a reporter) to make sure he understood everything about the system he was reporting on.

Not unusual for David. He’s also trained with the FBI & the LA SWAT team’s Special Enforcement Bureau prior to other assignments. Add in the fact he’s gone into the jungles of Central America to report on drug runners and you realize… the guy understands the realities of violence. (and maybe why he’s won eight Emmy awards!)

Anyway, the resulting video is the first TV media piece that objectively shows the message TFT instructs to each of our new clients.

It’s a full 5 minutes long. Check it out below.

In the comment section below this video at KABC’s website, was this note from Black Belt magazine Executive Editor, Robert Young;

Again, our thanks to David and to Robert.

As always, feel free to leave your thoughts/comments below.

–Tim Larkin

25 comments… add one
  • Byron February 4, 2011, 6:28 pm

    I agree with your concept 100%. I’m not hearing anything about what to do after you destroy the dirtbag. I’m thinking walk away. Avoid police involvement if possible.That said, I would rather face twelve jurors than six pall bearers .

  • Rob February 4, 2011, 8:52 pm

    It nice to see some good press about TFT and not just reporters looking for some attention while misinform en people about what can save your life, keep up the good work to all the staff at TFT.

  • Chip February 5, 2011, 4:16 am


    And it shows what happens when a reporter actually and correctly does his or her job! Bravo!


  • Allen Burnsworth February 5, 2011, 6:40 am

    Finally! A balanced piece that sums up what TFT is all about. Well, hopefully this will influence some more folks to join in the experience and learn the right way to handle themselves.

    • Steve February 5, 2011, 9:36 am

      Good job, Mr. Ono! So nice to see a news report that actually gets it right!

  • Michael February 5, 2011, 10:37 am

    Where can we see the real fight videos you show at the beginning of the class? Could you post any of them on this site? Thanks.

    Excellent job Mr. Ono.

  • Ken Peck February 5, 2011, 12:52 pm

    Congrats Tim; and kudos to the newsman (especially being from L.A.) I’m an ex-Californian now living in Colorado (where I can finally get a license to carry, even though I was an ex California cop). I carry your training with me in my consciousness all the time and I’m grateful for what you do. Good news that you are getting the proper recognition.

  • Mike February 5, 2011, 1:54 pm

    Glad to hear a positive report from a “reporter” with the correct information and knowledge about what TFT’s basic concept is all about! You and your team certainly deserve it Tim. I have obtained all but one of your current available training DVD’s, that I have studied over the past two years, from which I have gained an enormous amount of insight and knowledge about self preservation from the criminal minded ones roaming the streets and invading our homes. Keep up the great work Tim! I hope to attend one of your live sessions some day and get an opportunity to meet you and Chris!

    Best wishes, Mike in Edmond, Oklahoma

  • Boavida February 6, 2011, 12:35 am

    Finally, some objectivity.
    Nice work!

  • David February 6, 2011, 4:37 pm

    I CANNOT get over the fact that it has to be explained to ANYONE that you must kill these individuals BEFORE they kill you. I will never get how people don’t understand that.
    It is a purely instinctual thing to know this. I mean what do people think they’re stuying this for? When you’re in the military you don’t say”hey do I have to kill the enemy before they kill me or my fellow soldiers?” It goes without saying you have to-there is no difference… violence is violence-necessary killing is just that- NECESSARY!If you want to have mercy on them ,go ahead and pay with your Life or a serious injury at best.Anyway, nice to see people are taking advantage of the classes and the news is getting the word out there, but you’d better get the above into your head if you want to be one of the one’s that Survive.Fear and mercy will not save your Life-injury and yes justified killing when necessary WILL!

  • Mark Richards February 7, 2011, 5:25 pm

    Great objective journalism by David Ono, even considering Mark Brown’s aside about the “legal ramifications”. It was enlightening to hear the young lady’s vision of what she is learning and why she is learning as well.

  • David February 7, 2011, 5:36 pm

    Finally…. positive and accurate portrayal of TFT.

    Glad to see it.

  • Les A. February 7, 2011, 5:36 pm

    I am excited to get back to Dallas with my wife in tow for the class. I wish I could send my whole family in for training. I feel safer knowing what you taught us Tim. Thanks again. Better to be judged by 12, than carried by 6.

  • Chris February 7, 2011, 5:47 pm

    As always, I love the TFT blog posts. This comment, however, is about the new website. For some reason, ever since TFT moved to the new server, the blog page shows up as a text only format.

    • Ralph Charlton February 7, 2011, 7:25 pm

      Hey Chris,
      You shouldn’t notice anything different. Email She’ll contact you about what browser, etc., you’re using to view the site, and help get to the bottom of things.

  • Chris Rogers February 7, 2011, 8:08 pm

    “stay the course Tim” ……. they’re finally coming around.



    See you in Boston.

  • Dave February 7, 2011, 10:06 pm

    After viewing the Lethal Leverage and Striking DVD sets, I attended the San Diego course in December, led by Chris and other TFT trainers. Very methodical training, no talking allowed, and every 20′, the trainers would tell everyone to “GO SLOW”! It was great to train in a professional environment! BTW, good to hear that some folks in the media still do their homework and research. ABC did very well…

  • Terry February 8, 2011, 6:12 am

    TFT should be a part of every citizen’s education.

  • Sam Hearth February 8, 2011, 8:19 am

    Just viewed your video clip. All tactics displayed are great survival methods. However, one item omitted, practice. As a LEDT instructor, I have found that unless one practices faithfully. The well meant training becomes dim in the memory. It has been my experience, any system must be a reflexive response. That requires some form of repetitive practice.
    Once again, a good video.
    Sam Hearth, Retired DOD Police, Retired 5342 1st Class Diver.

    • Tim Larkin February 8, 2011, 8:57 am

      Sam- The TFT COI addresses the realities of predators and violence. The stark fact that the best people in the world at doing violence to others have ZERO training in combat sports or martial arts. These individuals are the criminal predators. Objectively you may watch the vast amounts of video of CCTV showing all sorts of effective (not necessarily efficient) violence being done to other humans by these individuals. TFT points out that INTENT to do harm is the key ingredient in the successful use of the tool of violence. Also destruction of the human body is a very simple skill to learn whereas control tactics or combat sports/martial arts require a tremendous amount of practice because the goal of those skills is not to break things on the body so they no longer work. Operators in WW2 were sent over the lines with 14 hrs of training which focused on destruction of the human body and were very competent and successful without ongoing practice. So it depends on the goal of your training. I’m not saying that practice is bad. Practice will make you more efficient with the tool but we insure you are effective immediately. Thanks for taking the time to post. Best Regards, Tim

  • JOE February 8, 2011, 10:02 am


  • Dan Higgins February 8, 2011, 2:01 pm

    I have been a defensive tactics instructor for the Nebraska Department of Corrections since 1982 and a special operations operator and now instructor almost as long. I also teach a D.T. class as a physical activity course at a local college. Without a doubt the most difficult task for me over the decades has been getting people to hit people effectively. Not so much for my SORT people of course, but the bulk of the rookies and college students just can’t bring themselves to embrace the tool of violence when it is appropriate to do so. For the past year I have been showing a few of your “teaser” videos from the web site and have found since doing so that people seem to “get it” much sooner and embrace it much deeper. You are truly a blessing and I thank God for the work you do.

  • Jeff February 9, 2011, 6:35 am

    This news report is an excellent marketing tool for TFT. The reporter does an excellent job in his report. This just made me want to get to your class. Only issue is distance. Live in the midwest.

  • SIlas February 11, 2011, 6:30 pm

    Finally someone who is Fair and Objective in getting the word out on TFT
    They spoke the truth nothing more and nothing less.

  • James February 11, 2011, 11:50 pm

    Unable to get video to play. Solution? Appreciate you “telling it like it is”.


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