We’ve been swamped with a variety of projects this week so we’re a little late getting this week’s shoot-the-shit topic done. For those just joining us, each Friday we come up with a topic that may or may not be consistent with the Blog’s central theme. We encourage readers to participate and feel free to make unsupported comments, use uncensored profanity, insult anyone you wish or change the subject altogether.

A large number of folks have expressed an interest in pursuing martial arts training as a vehicle for self-defense. We encourage those falling into that group to reconsider your decision. A successful defense strategy has but one objective and that is maintaining physical separation between you and the assailant and nothing surpasses the effectiveness of a firearm in achieving that goal. All of the martial arts require physical contact so they fail to maintain separation. Even pepper sprays fail to meet our separation objective unless you’re using police grade dispensers. Any assailant armed with a gun, knife, bat, etc., presents a lethal threat and it is highly unlikely that you would prevail; statistically the deck is stacked against you, regardless of how many You Tube videos you’ve watched.

Your key to surviving a self-defense scenario has always been, and will continue to be, situational awareness. Avoid putting yourself into a situation that you have to fight your way out of. However, life being what it is, if you find your-self  in an unavoidable confrontation, your defensive posture should consist of two concentric circles with you at the center. The outer circle has a 20 foot radius and the inner circle a 10 foot radius. A threat entering the 20 foot space is prioritized and anything entering the 10 foot space gets immediate attention.

Martial arts are great and there are tons of styles, schools and just plain garbage. Study the martial arts to develop discipline, agility and physical wellness. Study traditional arts like judo, aikido, kung fu and karate from professionally accredited schools. Aikido and Kung Fu are disciplines that you can practice until you’re 90. Approach the martial arts with an interest in their history, philosophy  and as interesting and effective wellness tools, but let your firearm handle the defensive work.

Have a great weekend. Have some fun, but be safe. Spend some quality time with your buds and family.

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  1. Bud says:

    Bad advice. Most self defence situations don’t require lethal force. Pulling a gun because some jerk shoved you will get you a felony record rather quickly. Doing a wrist lock and restraining him might be all that’s required.


    • Your point is well taken. I don’t consider someone shoving you to be a lethal threat but creating space is my preference. You’re not in a dojo and you never know what’s going to come out of a pocket, so I avoid physical contact, create space and asses.


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