We spend a lot of time discussing how we can prepare to survive some type of a Without Rule of Law or SHTF situation. We watch livestreams, read blogs, and buy all kinds of products.
If we face the cold, hard truth, we have to realize that at the time we need it the most, when the power goes out and the world starts falling apart, the resources we currently use will be UNAVAILABLE. You won’t be able to Google a video, or jump on this blog to refresh your memory or look up a particular point.
The obvious solution, then, is physical books. I do retain a hardened flash drive with an unbelievable amount of training material and maps on it, but if I can’t charge a device, it does me no good.
I looked around my office and noticed that I have a good number of printed books. I have probably the largest Tang Soo Do library outside of Korea, I have an extensive Krav Maga and Hapkido section, and I have things like the Ranger Handbook, and few other books.
The Ranger Handbook and the Naval Special Warfare SEAL Tactics handbook are ring-bound for easy reference. I also have Max Velocity Tactical’s (www.maxvelocitytactical.com) Small Unit Tactics and Contact Manuals, both of which are in a small, packable/pocket format. My SAS Survival Manual and SAS Tracking Manual are both pocket-sized and waterproof.
That’s where the idea was borne: A series of small, pocket-sized, topic-specific handbooks for people to have physically and be able to carry with them.
Take my yoke upon you & learn from me,
For I am gentle & humble at heart, & you will find rest for your souls.
Enter the Tactical Wisdom Field Manual Series. I will develop a series of field-manual sized books, designed to be taken into the field with you. They can be used to learn, and then be at hand for you permanently as a reference that will fit in a bag or pocket.
The series will all be broken down into a few mini-series, or groups of books on related topics.
Below are the currently planned topics and manuals, this may change or expand as we move forward.
Basic Skills Group:
- Base Line Training Manual
Personal Defense Group:
- Unarmed Self Defense
- Edged Weapons
- Combative Stick
- Ground Defense
- Cold Firearm Combatives
Field Skills Group:
- Field Craft
- Scouting & Patrolling
- Advanced Scouting & Patrolling
Urban Skills Group:
- Basic Urban Skills
- Civil Disturbance Survival
- Urban Defense & Survival Skills
- Route Planning & Movement Security Operations
- Site Security Operations
- Long Term Sustainment & Stability
- Intelligence Gathering for Survival
- Counter-Intelligence for Survival
In addition to these planned modules, there will also be a few “Warrior Studies”. The USMC Martial Arts program contains warrior studies for Marines, and a similar thing will happen here. We’ll conduct Warrior Studies on a few of the most famous and skilled Warriors found in the Ultimate Tactical Handbook (the Bible) and discuss how their tactics are equally viable today. As an example:
Neither I nor my brothers nor my men nor the guards with me
Took off our clothes; each had his weapon, even when he went for water.
As you can see, in a tactical situation, that’s just as solid advice as it was 2,400 years ago when Nehemiah wrote it (roughly 400 BC).
Having modules mimics the success of the Max Velocity and Clay Martin books. Max began with Contact – Which was tactical and security skills for an individual or small family. His second book was Small Unit Tactics – skills for a preparedness group banding together to conduct patrolling and security operations. The first was individual skills, the second collective skills.
Clay wrote Concrete Jungle, skills for urban preparedness and tactics, followed by Prairie Fire, which was skills to organize a group for survival in a rural setting. The one-two punch of this series would allow you to survive long enough to escape the urban environment to get rural and then organize for defense.
Find Clay’s books here:
Let’s remember – our ultimate goal isn’t combat. It’s survival. These skills will enable you to conduct defensive operations to allow your group or family to survive without outside interference in a WROL situation, where you can’t just call on the police or sheriff to come to rescue.
No matter how much you want to just stay on your homestead and grow your own food, eventually in a WROL situation, someone will come along and try to take it from you. Our goal is for you to have the skills to prevent that, and hopefully avoid fighting altogether by presenting such a strong security posture that bad actors choose elsewhere.
This project is going to take a significant amount of time and an investment to make happen. If you’d like to support this, click the donate button. A basic donation is $5, and you can adjust the quantity, if you’d like to support this project a bit further.
I also envision some in-person training courses and get-togethers to support this training for all of us.
Stay safe and keep learning.
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