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Category: Combat Mindset

The Use of Force Continuum for Civilians By Derek Smith

The Use of Force Continuum for Civilians By Derek Smith

As an agent or law enforcement officer, and even as a military combatant, it is not always feasible to just pull a weapon and shoot someone, nor is it morally correct. To ensure some lone ranger does not just go around using their gun for any reason they deem fit, most law enforcement agencies have Read More

Special Agent Technique: How To Tell If Someone Is Lying

Special Agent Technique: How To Tell If Someone Is Lying

As an agent you are lied to on a daily basis. Additionally, as an undercover agent I often had to lie. Because of this I had to learn how to determine if someone was lying to me and also how to mask my lie while undercover. I remember once I had this military member who Read More

Personal Security Theater – Mark Hatmaker

Personal Security Theater – Mark Hatmaker

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA), designated cops in schools (aka School Resource Officers or SROs), gun-free zones, random bag checks on subways, and other like-minded safety initiatives have been called security theater by more than a few wise minds.

How To Tell If You Have A Tail: The Art Of Counter Surveillance By Derek Smith

How To Tell If You Have A Tail: The Art Of Counter Surveillance By Derek Smith

When I attended the Air Force Office of Special Investigations Academy, one important technique we learned was how to conduct foot surveillance and how to tell if we were being surveilled. For those of you who may not know what I mean, it is basically how to follow someone and tell when you are being Read More

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