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Kendo is a very popular martial art involving the practitioners using simulated swords which are called shinais, to battle each other in matches which are meant to replicate an actual sword fight between Samurai warriors.
However, there is much more going on during practice than meets the eye. Kendo teaches discipline, coordination, balance, focus, and self-enlightenment. These skills are useful in the modern day world we live in.
Tony Southard is a unique man. He has been a full contact professional fighter, a bodyguard for celebrities, a martial arts instructor, a police instructor, a military instructor, a Karate Grandmaster, and a chaplain! This North Carolina based martial arts expert and trainer is a man you should know. Many law enforcement officers, police recruits, and military operators already know Mr. Southard very well. He frequently teaches the local police and military personnel.
Don’t let the small size fool you; this little tool can help you out of a jam!
I recently had the opportunity to learn how to effectively use this device at a training conference I was teaching at and now I am in the process of becoming a certified instructor in the use of it. I plan on teaching my police officers and martial arts students how to use this strange looking object to defend themselves, and in the case of my fellow police officers, to control the bad guy so that he can go to jail!
SIRT Pistols: 21st Century Reality Based Firearms Training
Want to take your firearms training up a notch? What about your reality based self-defense training? Well, here is the way to do it. SIRT (Shot Indicating Resetting Trigger) pistols are the ONLY readily available and affordable training devices which allow for immediate visual feedback to the user allowing for immediate self-correction.
Remington Arms has a long history of manufacturing shotguns for law enforcement and military applications but until recently the most popular model, the Remington 870 12 gauge pump-action shotgun, was a converted hunting shotgun with a shorter barrel and a few tactical upgrades. Now, please do not misunderstand me, the 870 is a fine shotgun that is highly reliable and will last a lifetime, even in unforgiving environments. I have owned a Remington 870 shotgun, which I have used for police patrol and tactical duties, for over 25 years. I have also been a Remington armorer since 1995; therefore, I am very familiar with, and fond of, Remington shotguns, especially the 870.
I’m often asked “What protection tool should I arm myself with?” After a few qualifying questions I might answer: a Kubotan key chain, a Comtech Stinger II, a Tanto folding knife, OC Spray, a Glock 21, Saiga 12 or Ak-47. What I really want to say, even though many people are not open to it is; You should always arm yourself with the ultimate weapon: AWARENESS.
One of my readers recently told me about a case where a women fired a “warning shot” at a would be attacker who may have had a knife and is now being threatened with arrest by the police. Apparently, the would be attacker was scared away by the warning shot. Although the warning shot tactic seems to have worked in this instance, warning shots in general are a very bad idea. Let’s examine why.
The Cold Steel TI-LITE line of tactical folding knives evoke the sleek speed and rebellious lines of the classic 1950’s-styled switchblade, like the one used by Clint Eastwood in the original “Dirty Harry” film. Unlike most switchblades however, the 4″ versions are legal to carry nearly everywhere within the United States. They feature Japanese made AUS 8A stainless steel blades with a bead blast finish, razor sharp edges and sturdy, needle sharp points. The CNC milled handles are forged from super tough 7075 Aluminum billets and are given an attractive bead blast surface and finished with a protective EDP (Electric Discharge Plating) coating. There’s also two less expensive versions made with super tough Zytel handles. For maximum strength and safety, the Ti-Lites are equipped with a patent pending, stainless steel leaf spring lock, proven, in tests, to hold 130 lbs.
The COMTECH STINGER II is a personal protection keychain device developed by edged weapons expert James Keating. It’s an impact tool based on the design of the push dagger. It’s designed to act as a force multiplier, greatly enhancing the effectiveness of your punching ability. The stinger itself is made of a solid piece of high quality plastic that comes in several different colors. You hold it in between your forefinger and middle finger with the round “stinger” part protruding out like a single brass knuckle. It’s important to fully enclose it with your thumb, forming a solid fist. It looks like a little kid’s toy, so no one would ever think of using it as a weapon against you.
When I first began my Ninjutsu training twenty four years ago, there was a lot of emphasis on learning how to fight with old school Japanese weapons or protection tools. We trained with long staffs and swords as well as throwing stars and spikes.
It was fun pretending to be Ninja and Samurai warriors but what I really wanted was Reality Based Self Defense training. I discussed this with my teacher and he said that through training in historical based protection tools we were actually being trained in modern day reality based self defense. He went on to explain that there was FIVE PROTECTION TOOL CATEGORIES; impact, edged, flexible, projectile and combinations of the first four. He then said that any tool that we would deploy to defend ourselves has to fit into one of the five categories and that we will use the same body dynamics to use any of the protection tools. We wouldn’t have to learn different postures or striking/cutting methods for each different tool. I began to see the wisdom in this.What my teacher was doing was training us to USE ANYTHING AS A PROTECTION TOOL.