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Monthly Archives: November 2012

  • Crime Camera's do work

    Here In New Orleans we have the reputation of being a city plagued with violent crime- in some of the nieghborhoods it is also well known that if you commit a crime you will do some time. Algiers Point is one of those areas. Since the attached news report was released the crime cameras have let two two arrests for simple burglary (one of a shed and home, and one of a lawnmower. In both cases the suspects where later apprehended and both face several years in prison (both have long records of burglary, theft, drug use etc).

  • Tulane, Last Class on November 28

    Of course the class starts over again on the 14th of January :)

    Since we will be doing a review, I want you to check out some of these video's on youtube:



    And the less educated and less fortunate version:


    Note how one sacrifices victory because of parasympathetic backlash (Im tired she says) in this one:


    Note how the old man "strikes with his body weight" using timing, target, distance and force"




  • A video on how to use car keys or the "Heart Attack"

    Keep in mind that when I made this video, that "fistfull of keys" method I started out with did work, but it hurt.  It hurt the pumpkin worse, but when the keys "offset" or splay out, they are splaying out into your hand and it hurts.  The "stabbing key method works great- but remember that you may need that key to drive to safetey, and you may have just bent it in somebodies eye socket (so use a "unused " key).  The heart attack force multiplier (as you can see) works very good, and they work for exactly the same reason that the "gimlet knife" was banned in the 1740-1880's- they are very easy for anyone to use VERY effectively.  Basically their design makes you use them right- "pointy end goes into the body, repeat."


  • Tulane Monday after turkey day

    Last Monday we did standing to ground- closing from the striking range to the clinch, turning throw, hip throw, single and double leg takedown, and big man take down.  We also reviewed escape from the mount, escape from the gaurd, maintaining control on the ground, and keeping the back.  Monday after Thanksgiving (have a happy one by the way) will be more reviews and opportunity for questions.

    And then- based on what you want may be the last day of class due to finals.

    Next semester will be January 14 start date, Monday and Wed, 7;30-8:30.  50.00 for Tulane Students, 100.00 for non-students and will cover 11 weeks of traing.  For those of you who have taken the class before or are in it now remember you are always welcome to come help teach and assist the new students as they learn to save their own lives.  And although I cant pay you, you are welcome to attend any and every class for free.

  • Tulane Thanksgiving week

    This week we addressed philosophy- basically how YOU determine your own approach to defending your self, your family, and your property.  Remember that the techniques we cover in class are for when your ability to Avoid, escape, evade, get help, or negotiate have failed or you can reasonably assume they will fail (for example you are in the ladies room, a man comes in, locks the door, immediately stabs a woman in front of you and then moves towards you).  Deception, bluffing, distraction may all still be viable, but in this case causing injury or death to the opponent should be an immediate consideration.  I can tell you that based upon Boyd's cycle (the OODA Loop) it is better in every case to take the offensive rather that try to keep up by being reactive to an attack- what I cannot decide for you is when it is appropriate to "make the decision" to do that.  I can not tell YOU when to use force that will injure or kill another person- rape is a good example.  For some people rape is worse than death psychologically (in some cultures this is "normal") in those cases deadly force may be appropriate in the case of attempted rape- when the person attempts to rape you you attempt to injure or kill them if no other options are rational or viable).  A prostitute on the other hand may think of sex as a financial transaction, and rape as the same as theft of 100-500 dollars- therefore not worth endangering your life or your attacker's over.  I can not and will not try to make that decision for you, you must make it for yourself, and you should think about it now and on a semi-regular basis as you grow and learn through the course of your life.  When a true predator attacks you they will not give you time to hum it over- you will need to act "right now".  I know in my case if someone pulls out a knife and asks for my wallet I will give it to them "right now"- it isn't worth 50$ and some canceled credit cards to get cut up and beat some stranger to death.  I know if my door gets kicked in in the middle of the night I will grab my pistol with the intent of defending my home and my family with several well aimed rounds to the home invaders body.  In other words, identifying the intruder, asking them to lay on the floor, all of those things will probably be done- but even with every advantage the best the intruder can hope for is that we will both die (possible outcomes in combat: you die, they die, you both die) because I have made the decision to use deadly force to defend my home and my family if needed.  To make it "less difficult" I use a 12 gauge and a 357 magnum so I can be reasonably assured of success.  Of course I also use all of those passive protections like advoidance (I dont hang out with idiots, nor do I welcome them in my home), Escape (safe room), Assistance (alarm system with auto response), Communicate/negotiate (better done with a 12 gauge and law enforcement on the way).  What I am getting at is decide "when you would" now, so if you "have to" you can get right to work.  If you decide now, when things start to get "sideways" you can focus on "how" you will injure them instead of "if" you should.


  • Mondays class is review- in that spirit

    Here are some video's with the Gracies :)



  • Here is a survfeillance video of a Pitbull attack fail


  • I was recently asked a question about the difference between Mace V.S. Pepper Spray

    Pepper spray is OC, a derivative of hot peppers, Mace is a brand name of a company that used to sell an irritant related to tear gas for personal defense (they now sell both).  Most mace products are actually OC or pepper spray produced by the Mace company( sometimes mixed with tear gas).  Pepper Spray is much more effective against attackers than the old mace irritants, and there is the added plus that OC works on animals while tear gas does not (technically tear gas is referred to as CN or CS smoke/compounds-  Pepper Spray is the organic Oleoresin Capsicum or OC compound).  When shopping check the ingredients, if it is legal in your state you want to get Pepper Spray (and mace is a company with a good reputation) that is over 5% OC and up to 18% OC (10% is used by military and law enforcement- 18% is used by wildlife control).  It can also be measured in scoville (heat) units- anythiing over 3-4 million feels the same (awful) but when you hit someone with it there is a big difference between 500k and 1 million (a BIG difference in pain and swelling).  When you are shopping for a spray just read the ingredients- in some states you must have a liscence to get pepper spray, so CN and CS mace is still made and sold- if you don’t have a choice (due to state laws) CN mace is way better than a can of hairspray, but if you have a choice a good 10-18% stream spray pepper spray with a UV dye in it is a great tool for self preservation!  Also, Mace (CN or CS ) does not work on dogs, wolves, bears, or other dangerous animals- pepper spray (OC) does!  Let me know if that helps.  (Personally I carry the 18% Wildfire on my car keys with a piece of scotch tape over the lock button)

  • example of 3rd cerical vertabrae



    Its hard to find video of a 3rd cervical strike, but here are some that give you an idea.  That particular part of your spine can easily be moved forward enough to sever your spinal cord.  The 1st,2nd, 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th all lock together and are harder to move- thats why Im pretty sure the hockey shot actually hit his 4-7 (otherwise I think he would have died or been permanently paralyzed immediately.  As it was, he did have damage to his spine that resulted in him missing 78 games.  He is still plaving proffessional hockey :)

  • another example of vagus/carotid sinus


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