Some Thoughts on Victim Blaming & Why Your Rights Don't Matter

I rarely share my political beliefs with anyone but my inner circle, and even then I don’t share much. I practically never get political on this blog. But there are multiple places where political beliefs and personal defense intersect. You must navigate these intersections for yourself. In a real situation you can’t afford to hesitate […]

Social vs. Asocial Violence: A Quick & Dirty Introduction

In response to my post on whether or not to follow the bad guy’s instructions in a potentially violent situation, one of my readers (who’s trained at Magic City Dojo many times) sent me the following message (personal correspondence omitted) : Hey Mike. Just read the new blog post. Great job! The topic, writing, and […]

Should You Follow the Bad Guy's Instructions?

Some of my earliest memories are from when my parents and I lived in a small duplex apartment in East Gadsden. Our neighbors in the adjoining apartment had a daughter the same age as me. So Jane (name changed to protect the innocent) and I had known each other since we were 3 or 4 […]

Automatic Holster…Automatic Facepalm

Recently I’ve seen a video posted a few times on Facebook demonstrating something called the “Automatic Holster.” I finally took a moment to watch the following video: Granted, I’m not the world’s top authority on firearms use, but I know the fundamentals. And I know poor training and skill when I see it. This “automatic […]

How the Flinch Response can Save Your Ass

“In battle, if you you make your opponent flinch, you have already won.” – Miyamoto Musashi Perhaps, but not necessarily. I posted the above quote by Musashi on our Facebook fan page and asked for people’s thoughts. It was kind of a trick question for those that had been through some of our Personal Protective […]