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Unentangled Bladework pt 2
By Ian Strimbeck | 6.13.2018
#Personal Defense #Combatives
The blade is one of the oldest tools man has created. Ranging from the ancient Samurai, medieval knights, to indigenous Amazonian tribes the blade has always been there in some form or fashion. In modern times where the idea of self-preservation is taboo and viewed highly uncivilized, how does one integrate the blade into an invaluable tool? The concept is fairly simple, utilize it with a point driven strategy. This will therefore allow you to look at anything in your environment with a point as a legitimate and lethal option. In the previous article I talked about stance and where/how to index the blade if at distance from your adversary. In this final piece, I will talk about effective targeting, movement and how/when to utilize an the actual edge of the blade to your advantage.
Unentangled Bladework PT. 1
By Ian Strimbeck | 5.19.2018
#Personal Defense #Combatives
This article is going to focus specifically on the tactics, techniques and procedures surrounding the use of a defensive blade while unentangled. This is a rabbit hole that can go extremely deep, but the goal of this piece is to understand robust and simple movements that will allow the practitioner to survive. In 2017, knife dueling is few and far between in developed first world countries. The majority of knife assaults occur within two arms reach and the victim initially not even knowing they’ve been stabbed. This is where the “fight” usually starts, from some type of entanglement. The goal for any type of knife problem is to hopefully work the opponent off of you and then at distance keep him off of you. The last thing you want to do is go through all the work of getting unentangled and have them crash back into you to get re-entangled all over again.
If You Can't See, You Can't Shoot
By Katie Thompson | 5.14.2018
#Strength and Conditioning #Mindset #Shooting
Target acquisition and identification is a huge part of high-performance shooting. Obviously.  If you can’t see, you can’t shoot.  There’s more to it than simply “seeing” your target though.  The eyes are just the first link in a complex chain of information processing that occurs in the brain which allows you to quickly and accurately assess, decide, and act upon targets.  More on the complex information processing stuff in a later write-up; for now, let’s just focus on the eyes (no pun intended).
Standards
By Ryan Johnson | 5.8.2018
#Shooting #Law Enforcement
Standards: 1. a level of quality or attainment. synonyms: quality, level, grade, caliber, merit, excellence.What standards do we place upon ourselves when working in an environment with others who do similar tasks (e.g. shooting)? What level of accountability should we have for our lack of proficiency when it comes to training?