Nehemiah is one of my favorite characters and one of the first people to live a tactical/preparedness lifestyle. He was appointed as the governor of Jerusalem and was sent to rebuild it by the King. There was just one problem though….Jerusalem was surrounded by people who didn’t want to see it rebuilt. Does that soundContinue reading “On Being Ready – Nehemiah”
Monthly Archives: March 2020
Having a Team
“Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves, a cord of three strands is not easily broken” – Ecclesiates 4:12 Many people in the preparedness and tactical training community train to defend themselves as a single entity in a Without Rule of Law (WROL) situation, such as a disaster, rioting, or emergency. While thatContinue reading “Having a Team”
Adapting Forms Training to Self Defense
Many proponents of so-called “real-world self-defense” downplay the value of traditional forms training, saying that it’s outdated or “too rigid” to be used for self defense. I say that depends on how you train. Now, if you go to a McDojo and everyone learns forms just because it’s needed to advance to the next level,Continue reading “Adapting Forms Training to Self Defense”
Preparation Wisdom from Proverbs
In the current environment of social distancing, closed restaurants, and quarantines, we are facing shortages everywhere and unprepared people are panicking. If they had followed simple wisdom that has been around for thousands of years, they would be calm. The wise store up food & olive oil, but the fool gulps theirs down. -Proverbs 21:20Continue reading “Preparation Wisdom from Proverbs”
Martial Arts Weapons & Self Defense
I frequently get asked, “Can martial arts weapons be used for self defense?” The answer is both yes and no, and there are some caveats to consider before launching into a program. First, understand that most schools that teach weapons are teaching things that look great in TOURNAMENTS to WIN MEDALS, not self defense. EvenContinue reading “Martial Arts Weapons & Self Defense”
Awareness Vs. Panic
In our current environment regarding the CoronaVirus, people are generally at one of two extremes. First, there are people buying into the media’s abject panic. On the other hand, there are people at the extreme other end, saying this is nothing to worry about and that to say otherwise is “fear-mongering”. What should we do?Continue reading “Awareness Vs. Panic”
Adapting One Step Sparring for Realistic Self-Defense
One-Step Sparring, or Il Soo Sik in Korean martial arts, is a common training segment for all martial arts. It incorporates a pre-planned defense against a punch, usually from a formal ready stance. Many people say it’s outdated and no longer relevant to real-world self defense. If you only train it from a straight punchContinue reading “Adapting One Step Sparring for Realistic Self-Defense”
Being Ready – Nehemiah
When the Jews returned to Jerusalem with Nehemiah, they were returning to a destroyed city, completely surrounded by enemies. The lessons taught in the Book of Nehemiah are just as valid today in either a Without Rule of Law (WROL) situation, or even in everyday life. Nehemiah 4:23 says “Neither I, nor my brothers, norContinue reading “Being Ready – Nehemiah”
The Battle of the Valley of Berakah
In 2 Chronicles 20, we are told the tale of the Battle of the Berakah Valley. King Jehoshaphat was warned by his spies that a vast army from three different nations was advancing. The King immediately sent out recon teams to keep watch and determine the enemy’s avenue of approach. The King sought guidance fromContinue reading “The Battle of the Valley of Berakah”
Why Do They Still Teach Wrist Grab Defense?
A common question I hear is why do traditional martial arts schools teach wrist grab defenses? Is there some epidemic of bad guys running up and grabbing people by the wrist? Is there any value at all in modern self defense to learning wrist grabs? The answer is a resounding YES. Here’s why: if I’mContinue reading “Why Do They Still Teach Wrist Grab Defense?”
Can Traditional Martial Arts Help?
There are a lot of people who say that Traditional Martial Arts are too outdated to be useful for self defense. That’s both true and untrue… It’s all in how you train and what you do AFTER CLASS. For example, if you always practice self defense techniques from some formal stance and with pre-determined steps,Continue reading “Can Traditional Martial Arts Help?”
What is Tactical Wisdom?
This is a site where we discuss preparedness, self-defense, tactical ideas & training, and gear. It’s NOT a cool-guy, shoot-em-up, unrealistic site. Here, we will discuss real world applications and what true preparation means…. Skills, not just the coolest guns and gadgets. All the coolest gear in the world won’t help you if you getContinue reading “What is Tactical Wisdom?”