Recently at my forum, we had a discussion regarding an interview that had been done with none other than Wyatt Earp, back in the 1930s in the Saturday Evening Post. Earp said to his biographer - "The most important lesson I learned from those proficient gunfighters was the winner of a gunplay usually was the man who took his time." Apparently realizing that a statement like that would be taken out of context, he continued - "Perhaps I can best describe such time taking as going into action with the greatest speed of which a man’s muscles are capable, but mentally unflustered by an urge to hurry or the need for complicated nervous and muscular actions which trick-shooting involves. Mentally deliberate, but muscularly faster than thought, is what I mean." That last explanation is it right there...and still misunderstood to this day. The dichotomy of speed - or taking one's time quickly - is simply boiled down to "Being Deliberate". I recall my early days learning from some of the best police shooters of the day (in the sense of... Read more →

Last year I wrote about The Value of Kata, and cultivating Mindlessness. And implied in the articles were how repeating patterns of combat related movements lead to the ability to execute movements without the need for any analytical thought, or as I said, mindlessly. Rather than the so-called "dead patterns", this type of training teaches the body how to move reflexively, and in doing so, allow a creativity of application that would not have been possible otherwise. In the firearms world we drill all the weapon presentation and manipulations in "dry fire" which is in itself, a form of kata training. This is done again, for the purpose of repeating the prefect movement pattern so many times that it can be executed without the need for analytical thought. The mind, having been freed for the "how" of executing the move or technique, is free to apply actions or reactions to the situation at hand. Recently I was host to our group from Italy and Switzerland here in Arizona. One of the visitors, Andrea Micheli, wanted to use the visit to... Read more →

What does this have to do with anything today? Because what you are seeing in St. Louis is not really about race regardless of what the media are saying. Kareem Abdul Jabbar got a couple of things right. It is about “class warfare”, and its being created and fed by the Communist Movement in America. Read more →

I have been doing this for a long time now. My teaching career began in 1977, teaching Karate at the Burbank YMCA. It was great gig for a 17 year old and it paid for gas and for the cost of dating the girl that would become my wife. I know how to teach people to do violence. I doubt there are many men on earth that have done so as long or as diversely, or as widely as I have. In fact, I am sitting at the hotel bar right how pondering the lessons from my last class here in Texas. My job as a teacher is not to stroke the student's so many do today. My job is to show them truth. If they is my job to patiently show them...but also to show them how to overcome that. Many of my students have killed bad guys. Some as private citizens...others on the payroll of city or nation. I have done this on five continents. One might say I know a few things. So this can... Read more →

So as we always do, we will discuss the lessons learned from the recent event. I will as always be brutal about it. My background and experience gives me license to do that. If that offends anyone, well...nobody is forcing you to read my words. Here is the timing of these events. It was thus as early as Columbine and we see the same nearly two decades later. If it is handled successfully...meaning either the police or an intended victim, kill the bad guy, you hear about it for a few days and then every American mind forgets and moves on to the newest Youtube clip of the kittens and the birds. If on the other hand, the bad guy succeeds, you get these, and in relative order. First you get "Prayers and Facebook posts and politicians screaming, and the rantings of news hosts". And of course, the failed LE response assigning the blame for their failure on someone other than the chief, and on something other than their hiring practices and policies. "I gave him a gun. I gave... Read more →

YOU ARE ON YOUR OWN - ACCEPT IT! What a God-given gift...that at the end of your be given the opportunity to kill an active shooter during his act. The mere thought makes the blood race and the heart sing. And to be such a craven coward as to turn your back not only on children being killed, but on your sacred duty, and on a gift from God, an opportunity such as this...why it is unthinkable for any man. Words do not come close to describe it. Beyond disgusting. The samurai had a way of making up for such a self-dishonor. As Gunman Rampaged Through Florida School, Armed Deputy ‘Never Went In’ You are on your own. Nobody is coming to help you. Behave accordingly. Read more →

"After the battle - tighten the helmet straps" Old Samurai Maxim It is strange to me, how modern people think. They seem to have the attention span of chickens going from one seed to another. Last October, not five months ago, the Las Vegas shooting broke all the records. I will bet that not five out of ten people you stop on the street even remember it. And yesterday, seventeen killed at a high school. This morning everyone is running around like those chickens I discussed earlier...looking for their seed or their kernel of corn. But with the passage of time, all tensions are relaxed...and the blood lessons...and the focus...goes away and are replaced with the search for comfort. And soon...we will see another one. 1). Prevention. Sorry kids, you can't and you won't. No matter how many fences and guards you place temporarily. I suspect it was already illegal for Cruz to walk into the school with a rifle intent on murder. So much for the rules. In a free society you cannot detain people for what they may... Read more →