Archive for the ‘Personal Safety’ Category
I don’t know about you, but I’ve been elbowed by my wife many a time with the expectant, “Honey, I heard a noise! Go check it out while I wait safely snuggled in the comfy coziness of our quilted down comforter!”.
If you’re like most people, you creep out of the bedroom quietly — tip-toeing through your floorplan like a secret agent, ready to get the drop on the scum-sucker stupid enough to pick your home as his next victim. But is this the best way to respond to a potential attack?
I’m a strong advocate that you should own a firearm to protect yourself, your family, and your home from a home invasion.
If you’re new to guns, however, you’ll quickly discover that there’s a dizzying array of choices available in firearms.
This is true even if you live in one of the states that has recently cracked down on gun ownership.
There are a lot of handguns and even shotguns and rifles (what we would call “long guns”) on the market.
When you’re choosing a firearm, one of the factors you’ll likely consider will be the power of that weapon to stop someone who is attacking you.
But what is power, exactly… and is there a difference between stopping power and killing power when choosing the best weapon for home defense?
Many people have tuned into the news of the recent tornado tragedy in Moore, OK.
Of course, it’s always easier to learn from other people’s mistakes… but few often look at these disasters through the eyes of “what if it were me?”
Even then, there are often “hidden stories” that few people (or even news agencies) pick up on that could be good lessons for us.
In fact, I wonder if any of you picked up on this…
The Protector: Citizen Support Initiative
The perfect self-contained self-defense and readiness program for anyone who wishes to be prepared to take care of themselves and others when threatened with physical violence!
Damian Ross has done it again! For those of you who are familiar with Mr. Ross’ Self Defense Training System Combatives program you know how efficient and effective that program is. Now, there is a new system based on the Police Combatives program from the Self Defense Company, but this program is for civilians who want to help their community and themselves!
Let’s face it…we aren’t nearly as trusting in society as we once were, are we?
Behaviors that were once commonplace, indicating a much greater level of comfort with what we thought was a safe and civilized society, have changed to reflect more fear, more prudent caution, and even more paranoia.
We keep a much closer eye on our kids, for fear that some pervert will snatch them.
We’re nervous in parking garages.
We lock our doors at night.
We’re suspicious of the knock at the door.
And with good reason…
The average citizen is easy pickings for the predatory class of criminals categorized as “home invaders”.
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.
Of course you’re smart enough to avoid dangerous areas prone to a riot, right?
But the very nature of social chaos reveals that riots can occur at a moment’s notice and have been known to occur in such common scenarios as:
- Sports team championship loss
- Bad court decision like LA “Rodney King” riots
- Flash mobs like 2011’s Milwaukee State Fair attack
These very events have led to severe injury and even death where there was once a peaceful environment.
If you find yourself caught in a riot, one of the things you want to make sure of is that you don’t draw attention to yourself.
While you may be a crack shot down at the range with the bright lights and nice stationary paper target, you must understand this…
… most shootings will occur in low-light settings and while you (and/or your attacker) are moving.
This is important to know because I’ve been noticing more and more stories in the news of late night home invasions.
In low-light, you have the added challenge of identifying your target and then making a shoot — don’t shoot decision.
(You wouldn’t want to find out that bump in the night was just your teenager sneaking in through the window after losing the house key, right?)
This is where a good quality tactical flashlight comes in handy.
So what type of light do you need?
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!
You may remember this heartbreaking news story…
In 2000, 42 y.o. Thomas Junta took his 11 y.o. son to hockey practice.
The coach wasn’t controlling the rough play on the ice and when Junta saw his young son get elbowed in the face, he yelled at the coach to calm the kids down.
The coach didn’t like that.
“That’s hockey!” was his reply.
The fuming Junta left the rink to regain composure but came back in to round up his son and his friends to take them home.
When he did, the coach reportedly physically attacked him, even though Junta far outweighed him.
Junta defended himself and punched the coach 3 times in “self-defense”.