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How to Spot an Attack Before it Comes

How to Spot an Attack Before it Comes
How to Spot an Attack Before it Comes With a little informed awareness, you can see the future   We need physical techniques to prevail over our attackers, but it may even be more important to have informed awareness skills to perceive a threat before an assault even begins. You need to understand how the offense works. You need to know the typical methods a violent criminal uses in preparing for an assault. You also need to be able to read the behavioral and physiological cues that manifest in any individual who is planning to attack you. Knowing these things will improve your situational awareness and allow you to make a plan of action before the attack comes.   The Criminal Approach   There is a process most criminals go through prior to assaulting their victims. If you r...
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How to be Mentally Ready for a Violent Attack

How to be Mentally Ready for a Violent Attack
How to be Mentally Ready for a Violent Attack You can’t just hope you will be ready, you have to train your mind to be ready. One of the keys to successful performance of a self defense technique is repetition, but you can practice a technique a million times, and it will never work if you do not recognize when to apply it.  Your 10,000 hours hitting a target, sparring with a training partner, or pulling a trigger will fail to be enough.  You can have all the physical skills you need, but if you are not aware of your surroundings and mentally ready to act or react, they will not be accessible in time. If you hope to successfully respond to a threat, you must be aware of your surroundings. You need to know what is around you, who is around you and what they are doing.  This i...
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The Essentials of Handgun Retention for Open Carry

The Essentials of Handgun Retention for Open Carry
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  With the open carry of handguns becoming a reality in Texas soon, it’s time we all start thinking of what that means.  Yes, we will no longer have to worry about accidentally “printing" our concealed firearms when reaching up to a high shelf in the store, leaning over to pick something up off the ground or just getting out of the truck.  We may not see as many untucked shirts or, so many Hawaiian prints.  5.11 and Thunderwear may lose some business.  We can just go out in a t-shirt and shorts, practically a uniform for Austinites, when it is hot outside.  No need for layering to hide any unsightly bulges.        Open carry being legal will have several benefits.  Open carry will make it easier to carry a larger frame gun.  It wi...
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Why not just punch him in the face?

Why not just punch him in the face?
You may feel like punching him will solve the problem, but it could end up killing you.   In our self defense systems, we avoid punching for two reasons. One reason is that it is really easy to break your hand by punching someone.   It is pretty common for boxers to break their hands, even when they are wearing gloves and have been trained to punch properly.  You are likely to hurt your hand or wrist if you punch someone without any hand protection.   Most people focus on training to punch the head, especially the face.  The problem is the human skull is really hard.  While punching a softer part of the body may be ok, the head is problematic.  If you break your hand, you may not be able to strike again, control your attacker, hold a weapon or pull a trig...
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