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Category: Combat Mindset

Situational Awareness Drills – Mark Hatmaker

Situational Awareness Drills – Mark Hatmaker

THE Primary Factor in self-protection/self-defense is situational awareness. Keeping in mind that crime is, more often than not, a product of opportunity, if we take steps to reduce opportunity to as close to nil as we can manage we have gone a long way to rendering our physical tactical training needless (that’s a good thing.)

Realistic Training Equates to Realistic Fighting

Realistic Training Equates to Realistic Fighting

One of the things I was taught as a special agent in the military and as a civilian agent was to “Train Like You Fight, Fight Like You Train”. I incorporated this mentality into all my martial art classes and courses I have ever taught. You see, if you train like most martial art classes Read More

Derek Smith: Multiple Opponents

Derek Smith: Multiple Opponents

I’m not going to lie and say I’ve fought multiple attackers many times, but there have been a few. In this article, I’m going to share how I dealt with a couple of those attacks and how you can save your life should you run up against multiple attackers.

Territory-Aggression And The Noyau?

Territory-Aggression And The Noyau?

If you’re like me, that word “noyau” may be as unfamiliar to you as it was to me a mere six months ago, but once we understand the word and its wider meaning we begin to recognize it’s explanatory importance in global and everyday matters, not to mention conflict resolution.

Nunes vs. Rousey Fight Analysis: What Nunes Got Right By Mark Hatmaker

Nunes vs. Rousey Fight Analysis: What Nunes Got Right By Mark Hatmaker

This nit-picky pulling apart of the fight is coin of the realm this week as such post hoc ergo propter hocarmchair quarterbacking is easy pickings—we’re all experts once the deed is done. Or as a Viking might say: “Many are wise after the event.” From Fljotsdale Saga With that said, I throw my rear-view mirror Read More

Derek Smith’s 10 Life Saving Lessons

Derek Smith’s 10 Life Saving Lessons

My time as a Federal Agent in the government and military as well as serving in the Navy, Air Force and the Army taught me many things about the correct way to deal with an attacker. Every lesson I have learned, and subsequently taught to other agents as an instructor, has been extremely valuable. Some Read More