The Mental Fire Drill

I’m fortunate that I get to teach self-defense in a lot of different settings around the country, and I teach on a variety of topics. But I realized that regardless of whether I’m teaching about active shooter events, personal safety, or actual fight tactics, there is a an exercise that I advocate in almost all

Family Safety

Family Safety Sometimes it’s the simple things that can be the most important in an emergency, but at the same time they can easily get overlooked.  I feel confident that I can say, on behalf of police officers, paramedics, and even firemen: Put address numbers on your house! As a police officer I know this

Free Self-Defense Seminar!

On Saturday, January 25th we will be having a free self-defense seminar open to the public from 1:00 to 4:00. The first hour of this seminar will cover lecture/education (and a little Q&A) on avoidance and crime prevention. The remaining time will cover basic self-defense skills. We will also spend some time focusing on using

The Most Under-Rated Self-Defense Tool

Whenever I teach self-defense, I’m often asked about self-defense tools. Pepper spray, Tazer, batons/sticks, knives, guns and more. And although all of those afore-mentioned tools can have their place, there is one excellent tool that many people overlook: The Flashlight. About now you’re probably having the same reaction as many others when I mention this

Gracie Survival Tactics

Last week two of our instructors, Mr. Penny and Mr. Grames were both certified in the Gracie Survival Tactics system (GST). GST is the Gracie family Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu program for law enforcement. The course was run by Evandro Nunes and Tom Chukerel, two great guys and outstanding instructors. This makes these two instructors part of

The Worst Self-Defense Advice Ever

As I get to teach self-defense seminars and run courses around the country, I often spend time talking to students about self-defense advice and/or tips. I get a lot of “I was told to do X, what do you think about that?” Sometimes people are given good advice, and sometimes people are given poor advice.

Lock Your Doors!

Ok, I know. This is basic stuff right?  Well, you’d be surprised how often I need to say it. So I’ll say it now:  Lock Your Doors!! In Your Home: In recent months I’ve talked about the importance of having a strong door to your home, and the tactics of criminals to distract a homeowner

Criminal Tactics in a Home Invasion.

Last month I described how to make your front door significantly stronger. This month I wanted to describe two common criminal tactics as they relate to your home and its doors. A proper front door can be a very strong point of defense for you and your family.  And many criminals know this.  But it

The Achilles heel of your door.

When it comes to home security. Your front door is an obvious point of importance that needs some attention. A weak door may be too easily kicked in, allowing someone entry into your home quickly. Most families reading this probably have a relatively strong door, but it may not be a secure door. The reason

Going Out of Town? Call the Cops!

Did you know most of the small police departments in our area will check on your house while you are out of town?  Many of the smaller departments like Perrysburg City, Perrysburg Township, Lake Township, Maumee, and Rossford all offer “House Checks” for their residents. Simply call the non-emergency number for your police department (easily