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Unarmed Self Defense Techniques

Well, who would have known? Who would have ever thought, that I, Papa Dave, would be discussing a topic unrelated to holsters, guns, ammo, firearms training, etc. Miracles never cease! …and that really is the truth!

But here I am responding to a need I didn’t expect I’d ever be addressing…unarmed self defense techniques, can you imagine? I must be truthful, I do not intend to discuss various techniques, I have been exposed to one and I am confident I am doing you a service if I tell you about it.

Responding to New Need                                                                                                                                                I have had responses from readers who live in places in the world where the possession, no less the carrying of a firearm, is absolutely forbidden by anyone not military or police; hence, it seems unreasonable to leave our international friends without any means of self defense. Let’s be truthful, there are bad guys everywhere and while the police try, it is just not possible for them to be everywhere every time they are needed. Fact of the matter is, while at times the police are able to scare off the perpetrators with lights, sirens and even physical presence, the vast majority of the time they normally show up to clean up the mess and to write the reports.

How to Respond to Societal Restrictions
So, what can you do if you live under such societal restrictions? First answer is, “I don’t know.” (Which triggered my memory, you see as a healthcare provider I’ve tried over my thirty year career to be as honest as possible; hence, I realized early on that no doctor has all the answers, therefore I frequently found myself beginning to answer a patient question with the phrase “Well, I don’t know, but based on my knowledge and experience I would suggest…blah, blah, blah”). Well here I am again starting with the same premise. Never having lived under such conditions I am only theorizing…assuming I speak with some type of knowledge…but you know what that means, don’t you?

First Always, Avoid Trouble
Part of being a responsible good citizen, I believe, is preparing yourself to take care of yourself and your family.  So to me that means making decisions as to where to go and where not to go…said another way, stay away from trouble. If I know a certain area of town, a specific restaurant or bar or even a sporting event is likely to have a higher percentage of bad guys there, I’m not going there. The best defense is a audience-547372__180good offense…avoid trouble if you possibly can. Now some people just aren’t able to fore go the crowds and excitement, but that is not me. While I’m sure there is a lot of fun to be had, I just won’t take the chance of being in a potentially unmanageable crowd…perhaps my exposure to psychology says avoid…who knows? If you are one of those who can’t fore go such events, then you have to learn to be hyper vigilant about your surroundings…what others are doing, is the “mood” of the crowd changing significantly? You have to keep your finger on the “pulse” of your environment and just because I carry a weapon does not give me the right to go where I believe the potential is greater that I’ll have to deploy it. My opinion is to stay away from problem places, people and events; I’ve even avoided certain family members because of their volatility.

What Really Is Your Goal
Next, consider that even under the of best circumstances, one can not always “get to your weapon before trouble gets to you”; hence, I have studied unarmed self defense techniques…not with years of judo or the like, but I review training videos and practice a very limited set of skills in the event I am unwilling or unable to deploy my weapon and my life is seemingly in danger. wolf-383928__180Therefore, understand, the few techniques I have learned and practiced are only those which would have the exact same effect as using a weapon…these techniques would only be used IF I BELIEVED MY LIFE OR THE LIFE OF A LOVED ONE/INNOCENT PERSON WAS IN JEOPARDY…what do I mean? The effect of their use would be to totally stop the threat even resulting in the demise of the aggressor if they would not cease…I believe we always fight back, never lay down to aggression (except in one very specific religious circumstance but that is not the topic here). When the goal at hand is to meet lethal force with lethal force one only needs two or three very precise moves at very specific targeted area of the body (no I am not speaking of a groin kick) to totally incapacitate/disable. Remember, I have no desire to injure another person; therefore, I will avoid concerts, sporting events, restaurants, areas of town and other fun things so as not to put myself and family in harms way.

Target Focus Training

Target Focus Training (TFT) by Tim Larkin

The best program I have come across (actually the only one I’ve reviewed because it was referred to me by a firearms training facility of which I am a life member), is the TARGET FOCUS TRAINING. The information provided with the packaged says this,

“It’s the stuff NOBODY else in the self-defense world will even talk about. How to cause as much damage as a bullet using your bare hands.”

I grew up in a big city, I believe it was 4 to 6 million when I was young. There were times on the walk to school I’d have to pretend to be physically handicapped (limping) as I turned a corner unsuspectingly walking straight into a gang of hoodlums…eight or nine guys, two or three years older then me…I learned quick. At our religious school we were taught gentlemen didn’t fight…but I also learned sometimes the fight comes to you…so therefore don’t fight like a gentleman…fight to end the fight. That was my goal then and that’s my goal now.


Have To Deal With the Hand You’ve Drawn
I’m not young anymore and while I was never the athletic type, I always felt I had the strength and dexterity to handle most of what would come my way. As I aged I realized my physical strength and power was not going to cut it anymore…fact is, either one of the young men above could probably do me some serious damage without a great deal of effort…that is, unless and until I felt my life was in danger, grandfather-153659__180then with my exposure to the above training system, I would seriously feel sorry that the poor kid had the misfortune to choose to pick on this “fat old man”.  I have a confidence that I could deliver a very few hits that would turn the tide (sort of a miserable topic, isn’t it) but that is what we are talking about…lethal force for lethal force or surviving in a very hostile, mean-spirited world.

It’s Not All Bad News
Don’t get me wrong, the topic isn’t necessarily fun but it is part of reality…it is not ALL of reality…I love life, I live in a relatively safe wonderful small city, people are by and large pretty good and while I do not like the way our culture, or lack thereof, has gone in the past fifty years, I do not live under the oppression and fear so many encounter daily.

IF YOU DO and YOU OFTEN FEAR FOR YOUR LIFE  or SAFETY, then turn up the volume for here are some serious self-defense training using 15 of the most dangerous moves known…this is not for the squeamish, CLICK HERE.

I am forced to remember so many others who have it far worse then I do. If my topics and/or rantings bring you down…that is not my intention.

What’s your take on this topic?


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The Armed American Complete Concealed Carry Guide to Effective Self-Defense – Review

ArmedAmericanProduct: The Armed American’s Complete Concealed Carry Guide for Effective Self-Defense – Review
Publisher: Concealed Carry University
Best Warranty/Return Policy/Source @ $199.00: Amazon
My Rating: 9.5 on a scale of 0-10 scale

This is a review of the training program known as The Armed American’s Complete Concealed Carry Guide for Effective Self-Defense.


Uniqueness of this Training Program

Expertise in the area of weapons is most commonly found among former or current military and police, and it should encourage us to know that our forces are well schooled in this area. Regrettably though, when it comes time for the average Joe or Jane to be exposed to training in the use of weapons, it is often found that the instructors only know how to deal with training from the military/police perspective and perceive, and sometimes even treat, the average citizen as if they were a “grunt in the final weeks of military boot camp”. This is not the sense you will get from the training offered in The Armed American’s Complete Concealed Carry Guide for Effective Self-Defense. This ‘Complete’ Guide is perfect for Beginner, Moderate, and Advanced skill levels. Whether you enter the program never having fired a handgun before or if you have carried as a private citizen or police officer for years, I can assure you, you will learn something valuable.

The Instructor

Patrick Kilchermann boasts no military, police or any other kind of systematized training background, he is not some “over-the-hill” pumped up commando…nor is he cocky or aggressive. He merely reports that at one point in his life, as he says “I found myself kneeling on the floor with a gun at my head and vowed never to go down in such a wimpy way again”…that day he was lucky. As a result, he decided he would become the best at self-defense and he would teach others similarly…some have lamented his lack of “professional” training…well, “professionals” usually do that, they “put down” those they consider less professional then themselves (normally to enhance their own image). I seriously noted their criticisms and found they never challenged Patrick on any fundamentally important issue but only on minor, insignificant things dealing with stuff they had “dogmatized” as being significant. You will not be humiliated, diminished or insulted in any way, Patrick is kind and respectful. In his teaching, he presents facts not opinions and he clearly has no loyalties to any specific handgun manufacturers, calibers, or methods of instruction, etc. As one report states: This program submits itself to the reality of a violent attack, and expects only that the viewer will as well”.

Pat is a relatively young man, highly passionate and obviously skilled in the art he has decided to master. His sincerity, integrity and character are clearly in evidence. Some criticize Pat’s background and involvement in other areas prior to taking up this challenge, as if in so doing it somehow diminishes the value and effectiveness of his presentation. If that is the case, then FrontSight, Inc. one of the nations premiere firearms training facilities with locations in Alaska and Nevada should be shut down because its founder and director, Dr. Ignatius Piazza, is a former practicing chiropractor…actually one article I researched for this review also claimed Patrick is a chiropractor…which ended up being wrong, so how much more of his review was accurate(?), nevertheless, maybe their prejudices have gotten away from them and they’re getting their highly-skilled, gun-totting educators confused. Nevertheless, hog wash, be cautious of those who declare themselves “professionals”.

The Training Program

The training is highly organized, deals first with fundamental issues, debunking up to 20 commonly held myths of the gun community…a few I myself held to be true until I considered his logic and proof. This program is comprehensive; some might say full-spectrum, dealing with mindset and myth debunking all the way through range training and gear selection. Understand, no two people will usually agree completely on anything, especially in the highly opinionated gun community, so be sure there will be nay-Sayers challenging his take on things but what I can say in all sincerity is that Pat’s teaching, in my opinion, is honest, sincere, accurate and thorough.

Does it teach you everything you need to know? Heck no! It is a topic just too full of particulars for any one program to do it all. Are there better programs? Probably! Can you get the better programs for the same cost or less. If you can, I haven’t found them!

For what Pat offers, you will not touch the thoroughness, comprehensiveness, or attention to detail for anything less than several hundreds of dollars more. Will you still need comprehensive range time? I hope you will! …it is the nature of the beast. Do I think you will be able to do less range time as a result of this training? I do.

In addition to the program, The Armed American’s Complete Concealed Carry Guide for Effective Self-Defense, Pat also offers another program called Master Handgun Mastery; however, I haven’t been exposed to it at this time. You can be sure I will review it in the future.

Negatives: This is a long program. It is 7 DVDs, each one being at least two hours. Pat might have been trained in the art of preaching because he utilizes a common preaching technique, which is: Tell them what you are going to tell them, then tell them, then tell them what you told them. While it does make the training long and repetitive, it is done so people remember the training more easily and I believe it is effective.

Summary: One of the greatest dangers in the concealed carry community is the presence of a false sense of confidence. The thinking that “since I have a gun, I am safer, competent and able to handle all circumstances that will come my way”. If a program does nothing but change this deadly mindset, it is well worth the price of the program…after all, one hour with a good attorney will cost you more than the cost of this program. Some have said this program should be mandatory for all concealed carry permit holders. Perhaps, but certainly it should be the standard against which all other programs are judged.

Permit me to say one more thing. The criticism has been made that Patrick has gleaned materials from many sources which are commonly available (yes and therefore you and I don’t have to do that work), packaged them in a slick DVD format (it is slick and well done and I’m sure cost a fortune to produce) and offered them to the unsuspecting public (let the buyer beware, they say). What offends those who criticize Patrick, I believe is that he hasn’t paid their little gun instructors clique any money for his expertise…how dare he? He didn’t pay homage to the “self appointed powers that be”…I say, “Good for him!”…true American entrepreneur-ism.

While this training program can be found at various sources, some perhaps even cheaper, I prefer Amazon because if you are dissatisfied (maybe you decide Patrick didn’t deliver) with a purchase for whatever reason, Amazon make returns, refunds or exchanges relatively painless.

Let me know what you think. Do you agree with my review? If you have gone through the program and disagree, please offer your insights.