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For the past few years we have mentioned the importance of mindlessness, or the ability to react skillfully, perfectly and spontaneously to a threat. We have also discussed the way to attain those skills, to develop the pattern-less/system-less ability to improvise to an unexpected event. Those attributes, by the way, are the keys to winning the reactive fight. I don't care how well or accurately you shoot. If you do not have the ability to move on demand, quickly and dynamically as you draw the weapon and counter attack, you will lose and you will die. We show that time and time again in our force on force sessions. In the reactive realm it is all about timing and about not getting shot. As we focused harder and deeper on the development of the gunfighter it became clearer that the method to get our gunfighters to the level we wanted them to be was not via more range training, nor more force on force. The methodology had been laid out a long time ago and it was something that some... Read more →


In years past we submitted the idea of The Gentleman Killer. As anticipated the fearful ones in the training industry all grabbed their chests in angst. But in a world of scruffy, saggy-panted, man cubs the real world image of the Gentleman Killer is exactly what is necessary as an example of the way things ought to be. Jonathan Nobody posted a list of attributes on warrior talk. Here is a link to that discussion - warriortalk His list is a very good one. What is conspicuously missing from the attributes of the Gentleman Killer? Uncontrolled emotion. In truth, emotion is a tool and the show of it is a weapon. You control it, not the reverse. Political motivations. Marx was wrong...it is politics and not religion that is the "opiate of the masses". Defensive exculpatory positions when challenged. Learned men will recall their Macbeth and not "protest too much". What should be there? Mission focused and goal oriented with a firm held belief that nothing is impossible. Well spoken and sharply articulate to get the point across and have... Read more →


SUAREZ INTERNATIONAL WILL NOT HAVE A MEMORIAL DAY SALE We make plenty of money during the year. Memorial Day is not a day for us to focus on selling things at attractive prices...not for us. That day is for celebrating and remembering fallen brothers and sisters. For raising a glass to them, perhaps wiping away an errant tear, and for vowing to remember what they stood and died for. Until Valhalla. Read more →


Real fights are not mutually agreed upon combat, like some Karate Kid match with rules. There isn’t a start signal. You are either focused on the event or you are not. If you are not focused and ready, then the start signal will be you getting shot…or hopefully shot at and missed. We are here to discuss the other side of that, the proactive side. You are not only on scene at ground Zero, but are ahead of the wave so to speak. Not reacting to something completely unexpected, but rather acting deliberately. This is no small matter as we are talking about drawing your pistol and shooting another man, or men. So how do we cross that gap? Before continuing, I suggest you review the flowchart we published some time ago. Linked here for your perusal. There are points that help you get closer, arrive at the decision to shoot...bridge the gap. These involve value judgements on the focus of your attention and the perceived danger they present. For example, in the recent Texas school shooting, a trench coat... Read more →


THE 12 PRECEPTS OF THE SUAREZ SYSTEM 1). There is no Defense – there is only attack or counter attack 2). Everything begins and ends with marksmanship 3). Justify Shooting first 4). You must understand the role of initiative in the fight 5). Remember that it is not about the score, it is about killing 6). Your body must be capable of doing whatever you need it to do 7). Tactics exist to get you an angle for your shot 8). It is not about speed, it is about timing 9). Gunfighting is simply hand-to-hand combat at 1500 feet per second 10). Live as if there is an enemy around every corner and behind every door 11). The pen is not mightier than the sword, it must be its equal 12). The tiger is good at killing, but the antelope tells the tale Read more →


We Live In A Time Of War! I first used those words almost three years ago. Today we had the twenty-second mass shooting of 2018. And as I listened to the various commentators and political pundits on the various news stations on the drive to work, it occurred to me that not only are all of these pundits total fools, but the majority of the population have so declawed themselves as to be of no use whatsoever in an event like this. Truly they have self-selected as weaklings. Here is a reiteration of the original - updated for 2018. I want to talk about how you live in a time of war versus a time of peace. And you can protest all you wish that you don't want to live like that and that if you change your habits the terrorists win. Sure, but if they crush you and your family with a truck during a parade, or capture you and cut your balls off in front of your family like they did at the Bataclan Theater, they also win... Read more →


All weapons are special niche weapons. Some of those niches are larger than others, but in its own world, each weapon rules the day. At ten feet, with a skilled and athletic gunfighter, the knife will not prevail. Make that gunfighter slow and overweight and the scale tips to the knife. Make the distance 21 feet (yes, I have seen the videos), and the fit, athletic skilled gunfighter wins every time – provided he has been properly trained. Change the battlefield and make it in an elevator, a bathroom stall, a confessional, or similar confined space and the knife has the advantage over the most powerful holstered, or drawn pistol. We live in a time of war, and last week we heard of more jihadist attacks in France. So lets wake up on the matter of blades. You often hear about “surviving the knife attack”. First, that is the wrong attitude. One survives terminal disease, an unprepared night in subzero blizzard conditions, or a plane crash. A fight is something one enters into, willingly or not, with the idea of... Read more →