Why I dislike gimmick weapons

Here are some points to ponder. I’m fully on board with prioritizing physical fitness and combatives as part of an overall defensive plan. However, I am all for force multipliers. By most standards my unarmed fighting skills are advanced. While I’ll go for a challenge in sparring, in a street or military situation, I’ll do everything I can to tilt the odds unfairly in my favor. While gimmicky and effective is still something, I prefer common items that have defensive purposes. That way you aren’t freaking out the neighbors with your weird ninja thing. Flashlights are good. So are pens. They both have a practical function and can be used as weapons on demand. Skill and innovation can identify weapons where others do not see them. The author makes a good point about the danger of getting attached to your toys. Have options. Use them as appropriate. – Pahlawan

Combative Knife Simplicity: A 3 Year Review

The discussion on semantics resonates from an NLP perspective. And the fastest path from one point to another can be a straight line. But, if Plan A fails, or you survive the Plan A of your attacker, some of those techniques from “Eastern knife styles” could come in handy.

The Tactical Hermit

(Authors Note: I wrote this article 3 years ago, when I was in the middle of re-vamping and re-energizing my Combative training routine. I thought it would be beneficial to all my readers to review some of the principles contained and in the process take a hard look at the current state of your KNIFE training.)



The Tactical Hermit

In the quest for the CO to become a “Complete Warrior”where the skill sets they learn dovetail seamlessly into any weapon system they pick up, being comfortable killing with the knife has to be a priority. I want you to notice the wording I used there: “Killing with the Knife”, now for some of you “PC” (Politically Correct) disciples out there, this terminology may offend your delicate moral sensibilities and seem a bit extreme, so let me explain.

In a majority of fighting schools out there, regardless of the…

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A friend recently asked me to put together a self-defense program. It was mainly for a group of women consisting of moms and daughters. I like this challenge. Time is limited, the danger is real and we can assume a number of advantages on the side of the potential assailant. In this scenario, I refuse to teach defensive techniques without emphasizing risk avoidance strategy. All the fights you avoid are wins in my book.


For many years, I’ve been interested in self-defense, martial arts, survival, security and related topics. Unfortunately, many of my friends are normal, well-adjusted citizens. Some don’t even train martial arts or own a single firearm or bug out bag! So that means socializing often leads conversation to less exciting topics. It’s ok. Somehow I manage. But this place to ponder and discuss my niche interests and open to others with a similar inclination.