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  • A Discussion of Fighting Systems - header image

    A Discussion of Fighting Systems

    01/09/2019
    Every single fighting system (as you know, I despise the term martial art so I use fighting system instead) loses a great deal of its combat value when it becomes a sport. When something becomes a spo…
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    A WINK, AND A...

    06/27/2019
    The city looked like it was on fire. My partner and I had rolled in from the Valley. We had not been called in, but we saw it on the television. No justice - no peace...as it were. We had arrived afte…
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    America Loves the Outlaw

    07/07/2014
    I was asked recently about my “notoriousness” when someone (anonymously of course) tried to make it an issue. I laughed, waved my hand around our surroundings and asked the speaker, “Does it look like…
  • ARE YOU PREDISPOSED TO ACT OR TO NEGOTIATE? - header image

    ARE YOU PREDISPOSED TO ACT OR TO NEGOTIATE?

    05/08/2019
    I believe it is important to hold fire when you are not certain of what you have, or if the bad guy is clearly and obviously surrendering. But with a reasonable certainty of identification and lacking a clear submission on their part, the hesitation created by the predisposition to challenge, negotiate, and capture places everyone in danger and in places the life of the bad guys ahead of the life of the good guys. The hierarchy of value of life should be the innocents first, responders a very close second, and the active shooter suspects a very low “last on list”.
  • Attack the Active Shooter - But Smartly! - header image

    Attack the Active Shooter - But Smartly!

    03/07/2018
    The call came in over the radio. It was the sort of call that terrifies some officers, and the sort of call that others rush to headlong. The young officer was one of the latter. He was what some woul…
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    Columbus Day

    10/15/2014
    In my daily news feeds I get all manner of information and articles. One that came to my attention Monday was of a guy maligning Columbus and taking the position that there should not be a holiday to …
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    Eloquence: The Weapons of Language

    08/16/2014
    Fitness, in OUR context is not just about lifting big heavy weights and having women send you "friend requests". It is a complete level of existence where the fit man or woman can not only execute dar…
  • Essential Aspects Of The Modern Gunfighter - header image

    Essential Aspects Of The Modern Gunfighter

    05/09/2019
    1. High level of marksmanship ability via Skill and Equipment 2. High level of applied tactics and concepts via proper and complete force on force indoctrination and associated disciplines 3. Com…
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    Heavy and Light: A Discussion of Balance, Movement, and Weight Shifting

    05/04/2019
    Fighting is fighting and it has so very little to do with stances and range work that I am astounded that these are still a focus for so many. Enhance your ability to shift weight smoothly and suddenly like this and watch how your ability to move improves dramatically.
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    How Not to Get Shot by Police

    12/20/2017
    It was July, 1992, right after the Rodney King Race Riots in Los Angeles. My partner Al Acosta and I were assigned to a perimeter surveillance point in Los Angeles on what I recall was a bank robbery …