It is not about speed, it is about timing. This is something the speed focused gun sports maniacs will never understand as their only adversaries are the timer and the cardboard. My adversaries...the ones I am training to face are flesh and blood and they hate me and want to kill me. So I am not driven by speed, but rather by timing. What helped me defeat the active shooter, the robbers, the armed home invaders, the gang members, and all the bad guys I faced? I wasn't faster than they were...but my timing in the continuum of the fight was impeccable due to my training and application of concept. Yet another facet of the fight that is impossible to even see in the clinical and isolated world of gun sport. I learned timing from Karate, not from Gunsite. Here is what Karate Timing is like - Go no sen: Go no sen means to "receive" the attack, block it physically and then attack the opponent after their attack has finished. For example, an enemy throws a punch at my... Read more →

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 sport its adherents focus on winning the contest within the context of the rules, and that is far different than combat application. Usually right about now someone will point out how this UFC fighter won a fight against someone on the street, etc. But there have been just as many that have been shot or stabbed because their frame of reference did not include stabbing or shooting. Sport focused systems, whether hand to hand focused or gun related, are not good choices for combat focused goals. The next point is that a system will tend to stay to its roots and its culture. Until Karate and Jujitsu began its transformation to sport and made it to the west, they were combat focused systems and its leaders were extremely hard men who had done their share of beating and killing other men. You did not... Read more →

So reality discussion then - The role of the rifle It is a given that a fight is either reactive or proactive. In reactive, you find yourself there and must fight to win...and live. You have no time to evade, escape, or anything else, move. draw, shoot, etc. It is happening right now! I doubt that you will have anything to fight with other than your pistols...hopefully you have one. In proactive, you aren't in the fight but you choose to go and get into that fight for tactical, moral, or familial reasons. We discuss this in the Interview classes extensively. (Incidentally - Any man that allows a thug to go into a school or public place and kill children when he has the present ability to stop him is repugnant to me). In a proactive event there is a time factor. The bad guy is killing now. While running in with a hearty "Banzai" is not the answer, you really do not have time to "go get" something bigger to fight with. Again, time is of the essence. Moreover,... Read more →

Firearms training seems to have become the “Nail Salon Business” for men. Everyday there are more new schools and classes. Much like the “Karate Kid” craze in the 1980s when you saw everybody that could afford a set of black pajamas and a set of stripes on their belt suddenly opening a school to cash in. I plan to get into some detail on what to look for in a fighting instructor. Notice I said “fighting” instructor and not “shooting” instructor? The reason I made the distinction is that shooting and fighting are not quite the same. Shooting is a part of fighting, but rarely is fighting a part of the shooting instruction you see today. My focus and that of my readers is gun-fighting and self-defense, not competitive shooting – and the two are quite different. Different enough in my opinion that they can be considered separate disciplines. The discussion of attributes is for fight teachers. What makes a great instructor – and subsequently what you should look for when searching for one. 1). Personal fight knowledge and life... Read more →

We tend to face the same things year after year. We do videos, we teach classes, and write articles like this. If just one mind is opened up and one more bad guy is unsuccessful in his depredations, we consider it worthwhile. 1). Over Reliance On The Shooting Range - That combat preparation centers on running drills on the shooting range, or shooting matches, or high round counts. It doesn't. Winning a gunfight requires shooting skills, but far more important are tactics, proper movement either proactive positioning or reactive evasion in relation to the enemy. Little of this can be trained on a shooting range with its artificial safety rules. The safety requirements of an artificial training environment do not apply to a gunfight. When a "range shooter" tries to use range methods that have been modified and made safe to fit the limits of a range he risks himself unnecessarily in a fight. Whether he wins or dies then is a matter of luck not of design. Fortuitous outcomes reinforce bad tactics. 2). Focus On Fun Over Function -... Read more →


NEVER AGAIN What a great phrase. The Jews use it and rightly so, but I think it applies to these two as well. Nobody would ever say a thing about a Jewish man taking a defiant position and saying, "Never Again". I think we all need to take a page from their book and stop being pussies. I wonder how many deaths communism is responsible for. I can personally think of several. Never Again was coined by the Jews in response to the Nazi atrocities. Never Again is a great phrase in light of the attitudes toward socialism and communism we see today. I don't see too many Nazis around today...but communists? And on this Veteran's Day specially - remembering all the brave, American and otherwise, that have given their lives to stop communism's cancerous crawl. Never Again is a promise. Those who embrace communism today should take heed. Read more →

This time it was a crazy guy not a jihadist. In California where even the thought of a firearm gets you placed on a list. Where CCWs are as rare as white buffalo. And where all anti-gun laws tend to be born. One of the three most gun restrictive places in the country. California, not Texas, not Arizona and not Florida. The crazy guy didn't use an evil black rifle with a stack of magazines for the CA legislators to march around with in their latest rantings. He used a Glock 21 with California-legal 10 round magazines. And the most astounding thing is that At least six unarmed off-duty police officers, moonlighting as security guards Wednesday night, were at the bar. Reports are that one of them stood in front of the gunman to protect a victim. Lessons learned - 1). California gun laws didn't do a thing. Nor will more laws do a thing. As predicted we have the usual suspects calling for the usual things. No matter how hard they stomp their feet they can't make firearms disappear... Read more →

Katsujin-ken / Satsujin-ken In the last few years I have been revisiting my origins, but from a perspective of experience. So much of what I do...and did, is based on those early brutal lessons a lifetime ago, I remember the heady days of my first black belt. Not the strip mall after school stuff most people think of today. Shodan, or level one test took two days and even at 16 years old my legs were bruised so bad I couldn't walk without a limp for a week, and the following day my arms were so beaten I could not hold a cup of coffee. But when my name was called followed by Shodan - black belt - the blood on my uniform and knuckles bore testament that this was earned, not bestowed. The tradition was that afterwards, the Sensei and Sempai (Instructor and seniors in the dojo) would take the new black belts to Little Tokyo in LA and we would watch a Toshiro Mifune film, or two, then retire to a fine meal in typical Samurai style to... Read more →

Western students are often impatient and excessively skeptical. It is as if everyone since birth has been trying to fool them about something and if they do not get some sort of instant gratification, they dismiss anything that was said. The attitude seems to be a constant search for short cuts and anyone not validating that point of perspective is seem as a liar or charlatan. But few things in life can be attained via shortcuts and few things offer long term gratification without any effort. At the training social during the recent force on force class I was approached by several students commenting on how smoothly Brent and I moved through the drills. I humbly thanked them on both our behalf for the compliment, and pointed out that both of us have been training martial disciplines since childhood. None of this happened overnight by sheer will and hope. It is that "time spent" - the "work done" where the magic begins. There are all manner of new coined words and ideas that are merely the restating of age old... Read more →

1). Defense does not exist – there is attack and there is 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 was 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 →