The Self-Initiative Project
On Being a Range Safety Officer (RSO)

On Being a Range Safety Officer (RSO)

October 29, 2019

The Self-Initiative Project, Podcast 19, On Being a Range Safety Officer

I welcome back my brother-from-another-mother, Denis Haynes, to the podcast to talk about what it is like to be a Range Safety Officer. We covered gun safety in our very first podcast and again when we did Part 2. Now, Denis and I are back together again to discuss what an RSO is, their responsibilities, how gun safety fits in, a couple of stories from the trenches, and several of our take-aways after having worked as volunteer RSOs.

When we are at the range shooting, we can all be an RSO with an eye towards keeping ourselves and others around us as safe as possible.

Be sure to tell your friends and family about us!

Sit back. Relax. And listen.

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.

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.

How to Make Your Trauma Kit(s)

How to Make Your Trauma Kit(s)

October 29, 2018

The Self-Initiative Project, Podcast 7, How to Make Your Trauma Kit(s)

This episode we talk about the differences between blowout and boo-boo bags and what you should have in your trauma kit.

You do not have to be a doctor or nurse to provide basic help should the need arise; but you do need to have some basic gear and knowledge to render that aide. You never know when you could be first on the scene or when you or a loved one need help and fast...  the moment when you need to become your own first-responder. We talk about how to make your own basic trauma kit(s) with a focus on severe bleeding.

You should have both first-aid as well as trauma kits on hand, and know the differences as well as how AND when to use what is inside of each.

We will hopefully get you pointed in the right direction.

Sit back. Relax. Listen.

How to Make Your Home More Secure

How to Make Your Home More Secure

September 27, 2018

The Self-Initiative Project, Podcast 6, How to Make Your Home More Secure

This episode I talk about ways you can make your home more secure. You will learn things you may or may not already be doing that can go towards improving the overall security of your home, as we start with the exterior and work our way to the interior.

I cover the things we all have likely heard about; and I also talk about some things that you may not know or may not have considered yet.

Thanks for listening.

Ladies, are you READY?

Ladies, are you READY?

August 26, 2018

The Self-Initiative Project, Podcast 5, Ladies, are you READY?

Join us as we talk with Sgt. Debra Kalish, Community Relations Manager with Johns Creek (GA) Police Department about her company New U Defense (newudefense.com) and her self-defense program for women and young ladies called READY.

Learn about situational awareness, listening to your intuition, carrying yourself the right way, and other tools you can use to defend yourself.

Ladies... This is one for you!

And let's to be sure to thank our law enforcement officers for all they do for us everyday.

Sit back. Relax. Listen.

Stop the Bleed

Stop the Bleed

July 21, 2018

The Self-Initiative Project, Podcast 3, Stop the Bleed

Gina Solomon, BSN, RN, CCRN TCRN, Trauma Program Manager, Trauma Services of Gwinnett Medical Center in Lawrenceville, GA joins us to talk about Stop the Bleed (bleedingcontrol.org), a program designed to train civilians on the basics of how to stop severe bleeding.

Gina and I talk about the ABC's of Bleeding, including the use of tourniquets, and the effort to get more people trained in what to do in case of severe bleeding and hemorrhaging. Severe bleeding is the #1 cause of preventable deaths.

Active shooter scenarios and combat are not the only situations where severe bleeding could be an issue. Car wrecks, sport accidents, backpacking, the gun range, and even incidents that might occur in your backyard (think chainsaw) could create incidents where one might have to deal with severe bleeding. Reality causes us to be our own first-responders in a number of situations. Listen and learn what you need to know to be your own.

Thanks for listening.

 

Cyber Savvy, Part 2

Cyber Savvy, Part 2

July 21, 2018

The Self-Initiative Project, Podcast 2, Cyber Savvy, Part 2

We continue our chat with Kathy Loomis of Cyber Savvy (www.cybersavvy.com).

Thanks for listening.