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CAT Theory
Edged Weapons
Preparatory Movement
The Pistol Against the Spontaneous Attack
Spyderco Rescue Knife for Personal Protection
The Ground
The Stick
CQB Pistol Panic Push
Carry VS Deployment
Folder into the Fight
Are You Training for Personal Protection or to be a Bodyguard?
Keep the Light Moving
Knives I See on the Street - LEO and Security Personnel Awareness
Deadly Force is Deadly Force
Police Defensive Tactics
Combative Anatomy
Offensive Defense for the Wounded Combatant
Accessing / Deployed / Attacking
Individual Protection Program
Bag of Evil Contents Revealed
Office Space Survival Volume #1
Root of Excessive Force
CAR/IPD Course Review
Five to Survive the First Five
Which Knives Work Best with the Mercharness
MCS Doctrine as it Relates to Appendix Carry
Musings About the Defensive Use of the Pistol
Edged Weapons - Good Guys vs Bad Guys
Evolution of Combative Anatomy
   
CAT Theory
Considering the big picture, man has not been around very long. Therefore we may not be the best subject to study in reference to fighting. I believe a better example can be found in the domestic cat. Yes, that's right, the fur ball lying at your feet.
Edged Weapons
Edged weapons have been used by people for thousands of years to increase their survival chances. These days it is no different. Whether you were attacked by a caveman with a crude knife back in those days or a crack head with a screwdriver today, the angles of attack and the mechanisms would be the same.
Preparatory Movement
Probably many folks reading this are current or former military, for those that are not I will attempt explain Preparatory Command/ and Command of Execution. When you are marching and the person calling cadence says something like "Right" that is to alert you that prepare you that a command is coming. When they say "Face" that is the Command of Execution and when you hear "Face" you turn "Right".
The Pistol Against the Spontaneous Attack
If you are browsing my site I can assume that you are different then most people these days. You take your personal security and that of you friends and family very seriously. You know that the mind, body and spirit must work together effectively to fight off a human predator. You are trying to gather information to enable you to blend your system.
Spyderco Rescue Knife for Personal Protection
Recently I had the pleasure of attending a one-day Tactical Knife & Stick Seminar put on by Nick Hughes. During the knife part Nick touched on something that I had been thinking about a lot lately. That was the fact that if you are forced to defend yourself with a knife it would be much easier to defend your actions in court if you were not wielding the Ninja Death Dealer 2000 Tactical Folder buy Killco.
The Ground
As far as I know the only and most popular school sponsored sport that pits man against man is a quasi-combat arena is wrestling. Today while training at the dojo I was working with one of my favorite training partners Louis. Louis is former active duty MP, now reservist and full time Corrections Officer.
The Stick
Another interest we have is personal protection. Now don't get me wrong I love guns and knives, but it is pretty hard to explain why you have knife or gun in your hand while walking the dog. The hardest part about personal protection is the need to draw they gun or knife under combat stress. With a stick you can have it in your hand.
CQB Pistol Panic Push
Whether we are talking about so called “hip shooting” or “Speed Rock” the situation being encountered is supposed to be the same. That is you have your pistol holstered and are face to face with a bad guy. When he attempts to draw something you are supposed to push off/strike the BG with your weak-hand, draw with your strong hand and begin to shoot. This is laughable at best.
Carry VS Deployment
Seems that a lot of time is spent discussing carry options for knives. Little time is spent discussing deployment options. All deployment options are carry options but not all carry options are deployment options.
Folder into the Fight
I am in the process of getting my lesson plan together for my Introduction to the Tactical Folder seminar at the Chesapeake Show in DEC. I had considered doing something about fixed blades but decided against it due to fixed blades being generally illegal for CCW here in the Peoples Republic of Maryland.
Are You Training for Personal Protection or to be a Bodyguard?
Most martial arts and combatives training is for defending yourself. How often are you by yourself? Most of this stuff is geared toward the warrior on the battlefield or the cop on the street. When we go to planned battle wives, children, the weak and the infirm are left at home on purpose.
Keep the Light Moving
The majority of the time the tactical use of the handheld light is discussed the emphasis is on the ability of the light to blind the opponent. The ability of a light to blind someone really counts on three things, the power of the light, and the preexisting ambient light of the environment and most importantly the probability of the threat focusing on the light.
Knives I See on the Street - LEO and Security Personnel Awareness
Most of us know that edged weapons are common enough with the criminal element of society. Edged weapons are much more likely to be encountered because of their availability and low or no cost. Some of the edged weapons I see are the low end commonly available street types with screwdrivers and box cutters.
Deadly Force is Deadly Force
Police officers today have more tools at their disposal than ever before. Tazers, OC Spray, ASP Batons, and firearms are a few examples of these. What do all of these weapons have in common? The human hand deploys every one of them.
Police Defensive Tactics
Whether you work for a small municipality or a large state agency somewhere along the way you received some defensive tactics training. Make no mistake that the #1 reason for that training like all other things related to use of force was to limit the liability of the agency. Not to protect the line officer.
Combative Anatomy
Much study and argument revolves around which Martial Arts or techniques are best for self- defense. To know which are best we have to look at it like we would to select a tool for a specific job. What are we trying to accomplish? In combatives that job is stopping a human being from harming us as fast as possible. The first area of study then needs to be anatomy or even more specialized for our purposes, Combative Anatomy.
Offensive Defense for the Wounded Combatant
Kind of a wordy title for an article I know, but I could not figure another way to put it. I am not sure of the age demographics of the folks that come to this website but if any information can be obtained by e-mails, phone calls and the folks who attend courses it would be safe to say that there are few youngsters in the crowd.
Accessing / Deployed / Attacking
For the sake of this article it should be understood that the best defense against an edged weapon attack is distance. Unfortunately this is a luxury not afforded by many environments and situations.
Individual Protection Program
Many people, especially those here in the gun loving United States take for granted that everyone can be armed with a firearm. They forget about people in anti-gun states, countries and not to mention non-permissive environments like government buildings and transportation hubs like airports.
Bag of Evil Contents Revealed
There are many forums, threads and websites dedicated to building and using BOBs AKA Bug out Bags. When BOBs come to mind I always picture a huge expensive backpack loaded with lot of expensive gear sealed in plastic with label attached. The label reads, “Use only in case of severe emergency”
Office Space Survival Volume #1
Most of the time our environments can be narrowed down to four basic types, where we live, in our vehicle, other transit and the workplace. The concentration of this article is on workplace survival. Primarily for those that work in an office that like many are non permissive when it comes to weapons and self defense.
Root of Excessive Force
When the majority of people think about the role of police it conjures up thoughts of peace keeping and protection, or at least it should. And whom do they protect us from, who is the traditional opponent of the police? The criminal right? We are familiar with the phrases “fighting crime” and “keeping the peace”. The words fighting and keeping imply that some force or effort is going to be needed to fight crime and keep the peace.
CAR/IPD Course Review
My relationship with Paul Castle and the Center Axis Relock System started 2002 when David Williams a Robbery Homicide Detective from Alabama was activated as part of the Tennessee Army Reserves and sent to Aberdeen Proving Ground to augment their security. Dave and I became fast friends and he told me about this British policeman who had come up with a new firearms system that I had to see.
Five to Survive the First Five
In the the world of self defense and preparedness I feel that too many people concentrate on things that might come in handy instead of gear that over time has proved its general effectiveness. Several months ago on several forums I possessed the question “what five items would you choose to survive the first five minutes of a general emergency”.
Which Knives Work Best with the Mercharness
This is probably one of the most common questions I get, so here it goes. The idea of the mercharness is to be able to carry a proper knife even when you do not have a belt on to support a sheath. What does a proper knife mean for personal protection?
MCS Doctrine as it Relates to Appendix Carry
MCS is concerned with continuity of training from open hand-impact-edged weapons-firearms. What I mean but that is we know that you will always have your open hands and usually at least in improvised impact weapon, then depending on your situation an edged weapon or pistol.
Musings About the Defensive Use of the Pistol
The first thing you need to be able to articulate for your defense is an immanent physical threat. There are many ways to simulate this on indoor and outdoor ranges. If the targets are not mechanical then attach a line to them and have a buddy yank on it moving the target. Teach yourself to respond to the preparatory and execution movements of someone drawing a weapon on you.
Edged Weapons - Good Guys vs Bad Guys
What separates the average offender from the average good guy? Their willingness to do violence. Criminals understand the value of intimidation and overwhelming violence. They also realize that if you have something in your hand that is only good for stabbing or cutting you better be fast and violent about doing either one before you are pulled off or attacked yourself.
Evolution of Combative Anatomy
It has been just over a year since I coined the term Combative Anatomy, the study of incapacitating your attacker during a violent attack. Since that time I have done more research on the subject and have some new thoughts.
 
 
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