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The Best Self-Defense Tools to Carry

The Best Self-Defense Tools to Carry

October 1, 2019

The Self-Initiative Project, Podcast 18, The Best Self-Defense Tools to Carry

Guns, knives, OC (pepper) spray, personal alarms, finger grips for house keys, hard plastic shaped like cat heads with pointy ears, rape whistles, kubatons, brass 'paper weights,' and others...

Whatever it is, we have likely heard of or seen many of these self-defense tools. It seems they will try to sell anything as a viable self-defense option to be your go-to choice for protecting yourself. They may even try, directly or indirectly, to convince you their product is the best to have for self-defense purposes.

Maybe you will not get to that firearm in time. Maybe that sharp-eared cat object will get you in more legal trouble than you realized if you use it. Maybe that alarm noise is just going to agitate an attacker while everyone else ignores it. Maybe that pepper spray does not work so well because you spray yourself by mistake or miss your target entirely.

I am going to suggest and try to convince you of something different. Awareness (situational) and avoidance...  We have all heard about them before, so this will not be the first time these topics have been discussed. However, I am here to tell you there are a lot of things that have gone wrong before having to use any one of the tools listed above becomes an option.

Knowing where the exits are, noticing persons out of place, not walking down that dark alleyway even though it is a short-cut, listening to your intuition, or not vacationing in questionable areas are all examples of things that can keep or get you out of trouble before trouble even gets started.

Situational awareness and avoidance are probably 2 of if not the best 2 'tools' you have or should put into your self-defense arsenal. With a little practice and effort, you can easily incorporate them into your plan.

The best things about practicing situational awareness and avoidance is that while they both take some effort, they cost nothing; and both can save you a lot of hassle by keeping you out of situations where the other tools may need to come into play.

While they cannot solve or prevent every issue, situational awareness and avoidance should always be your primary, carry 'tools.'

Stay frosty.

Thanks for listening.

Meditations on Learning to Fight and Self-Defense

Meditations on Learning to Fight and Self-Defense

August 31, 2019

The Self-Initiative Project, Podcast 17, Meditations on Learning to Fight and Self-Defense

Jesse Walker of Rough Hands, in Louisville, KY and I talk about approaches to learning to fight and self-defense both in terms of finding a school that works for you and trying to be a better coach. We talk about fighting in the context of self-defense and fighting for your life in this episode.

We discuss the very things you think that may keep you from starting to take classes are the exact reasons why you should start; and we talk about honesty in training as well as teaching, and the importance of a school's culture.

Lots of points are made during this podcast including the fact that in order to be really be good at self-defense you have to be a student of violence; and hopefully, through your training, you are better prepared to deal with any violence that may happen out on the streets. Jesse stresses the importance of principles over techniques; and he talks about how learning to fight can be actually be just like swimming...

Get used to being uncomfortable and go train!

Sit back. Relax. And listen.

Rob Pincus: I.C.E. Training and Mental Health

Rob Pincus: I.C.E. Training and Mental Health

July 30, 2019

The Self-Initiative Project, Podcast 16, Rob Pincus: I.C.E. Training and Mental Health

Rob Pincus joins us to discuss his I.C.E. Training; and we also talk about mental health and its impact in the firearms community.

See how the principles of efficiency, consistency, and integrity fit in to Rob's I.C.E. Training and the application of each.

Listen to see why Rob says, "... maybe you needed to have your guns taken away..." It makes total sense if you understand the context in which he said it.

Understand how slowing down the impulse to use a firearm could save a lot of bad things from happening and how that might could be done, as we talk about the importance of having conversations around dealing with mental health issues in the gun community.

Hear what Rob says when asked if there are other arguments for gun right advocates to be using besides always falling back to the 2nd Amendment (2A).

A lot of good discussion here...

Thanks for listening.

Knife Use in Self-Defense

Knife Use in Self-Defense

June 30, 2019

The Self-Initiative Project, Podcast 15, Knife Use in Self-Defense

Nathan TwoEagles-Downing, from Silverline Knife Designs, talks about the use of knives in self-defense and some points to consider before you opt to incorporate a knife into your self-defense toolset.

We talk about Nathan's journey into knife making, his training preferences, the times he has been on the receiving end of a blade, the mindset of someone intent on using a knife, and some commonalities between carrying knives and carrying firearms for self-defense.

You should listen whether you are already carrying knives or are considering carrying a knife for self-defense purposes.

Sit back. Relax. And listen.

Gun Training, Things to Expect and What to Look For

Gun Training, Things to Expect and What to Look For

June 1, 2019

The Self-Initiative Project, Podcast 14, Gun Training, Things to Expect and What to Look For

Van Seeley, former Marine and firearms instructor, joins us once again to discuss gun training. We talk about his background and the things he has seen and experienced as an instructor.

Whether you are seeking to improve your overall shooting game or you plan to carry for defensive purposes, you need to seek out solid training. You should plan to go to class with an open mind, with your ego checked at the door, and be prepared to learn. Most importantly be realistic about where you are with gun handling and what you are expecting to get out of class. Safety in training is as, if not more, important than any other time given the circumstances and the fact that others will be in class with you.

Hopefully, this episode inspires you to seek out that training.

Thanks for listening.

The Importance of Mindset

The Importance of Mindset

April 30, 2019

The Self-Initiative Project, Podcast 13, The Importance of Mindset

Likely the shortest podcast we will ever do, it is still an important concept to talk about and for you to think about.

Grit. Wherewithal. Perseverance. Indomitable spirit. Never give up.

Your attitude and mindset can make the difference between success and failure. Get it in your head that you will not give up and that you will succeed and you will. Picture success and you'll succeed. Picture failure and you will fail.

In self-defense, mindset can mean the difference between going home safe or getting hurt or even worse.

This episode we discuss the importance of having a no quit, never give up mindset and how that will impact the outcome of anything you take on. Your success and even your life will depend on it.

Short and sweet.

Sit back. Relax. Listen.

Krav Maga and What to Expect

Krav Maga and What to Expect

March 31, 2019

The Self-Initiative Project, Podcast 12, Krav Maga and What to Expect

This episode has been a long time coming. We talk about the self-defense system of Krav Maga ("contact combat").

I give you a little of my history with Krav; and then we talk about the things you need to know and take into consideration. Meant to be more of a primer, we give a basic overview of what Krav Maga is, the things you can expect as you move through the system, what classes can be like, gear you are going to need along your journey, and more.

I also make mention of and thank those individuals and some of the instructors that have made a difference to me in my journey in self-defense.

Thanks for listening.

Safety In and Around Your Vehicle

Safety In and Around Your Vehicle

February 26, 2019

The Self-Initiative Project, Podcast 11, Safety In and Around Your Vehicle

We talk about safety in and around the vehicle.

We start by talking about things to check on the outside of the vehicle, moving to under the hood, and then we talk about what gear and the items you should look to keep in your vehicles whether in the cabin or in the trunk. We wrap up with some general safety tactics to follow for yourself in order to make you and those in your vehicle safer along with the others on the road with you.

By the time you get through this podcast you'll be better prepared for any trip, errand, vacation, or commute you make.

Sit back. Relax. Listen.

Gun Safety, Part 2

Gun Safety, Part 2

January 26, 2019

The Self-Initiative Project, Podcast 10, Gun Safety, Part 2

My long-time buddy, Denis Haynes, former Marine, joins me once again to continue our discussion on gun safety.

This time we cover the 12 Golden Rules for Safe Gun Handling as well as the NRA Gun Safety Rules and the inherent redundancy in safe handling guns. We talk about firearm safety on the gun range, in the gun shop, while out hunting, and even some basics for young children. We also discuss how keeping a clean weapon makes for a safer weapon and how to be safe while cleaning your firearms.

Gun advocate or not, you need to know about gun safety and how to go about handling a firearm should the need arise.

Keep your guns locked up and following the 4 top rules of gun safety.

Be sure to tell your friends and family about us.

Thanks for listening.

The Power of Meditation

The Power of Meditation

December 28, 2018

The Self-Initiative Project, Podcast 9, The Power of Meditation

Join us as we talk with Neale Lundgren, PhD., mentor and life coach, about the subject of meditation.

Listen to how Dr. Lundgren has benefited from meditation, where and when it can fit into your life, its place in martial arts, and some techniques you can take away to practice for yourself.

Learn about the importance of breathing, becoming and being centered, and aspiring to living in a state of relaxation and self-awareness. Hear more about how to start your day, the importance of breathing techniques, montra meditation, and even HeartMath.

Sit back. Relax. Listen. ... And just be.