A Hidden Danger In Only Having A Gun For Self Defense

Every time I start to talk about hand to hand self defense, there’s always someone that blows it off with some variation of the following mentality: “I’ll just shoot’em.” But there is a hidden danger in only having a gun for self defense.

The danger is that when all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail. When all you have is a gun, everything looks like a shooting problem.

Here’s an example of how this way of thinking can go wrong.

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The Myth of Martial Art Instructor Credentials
A black belt and a cool patch won't stop a punch to the face.

The Myth of Martial Art Instructor Credentials

I think a lot of students and teachers place too much blind faith in martial art instructor credentials.

John is a cop, therefore he is a qualified shooting instructor. Jake was in the military so he knows everything about combat. Jack lives in Japan and is a Shihan with 25 years of training so he knows the true secrets of taijutsu.

To me, credentials are simply a starting point to take a moment to listen. It’s just a little bit of credibility. It doesn’t necessarily mean what that person says is the best. As students, we have to keep our critical thinking cap on. It’s okay to be skeptical.

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