02 September 2015

Inverted Edge Tactics WED 23SEP15 6-9 PM Brogue PA

Inverted Edge Tactics

If you want to spend your time with academic chin rubbing and knife dancing this course is not for you.  IET is Point Shooing with a knife...any knife and works standing up and on the ground.  It is intuitive and brutal.  You must be 18 years of age to attend.

WED 23SEP15 6-9 PM
MCS Academy of Violence Brouge PA
$50 (Reg $75)
Preregistration by 16SEP15 required

Training knives wil be provided

Women's Self Defense (Personal Protection) SUN 20SEP15 Stewartstown PA

Women’s Self Defense Course
SUN 20SEP15 2-5 PM
Stewartstown PA
(30 min from Baltimore & Harrisburg)
$30 (Regularly $75)
Holy Trinity CEC located at 2285 Plank Rd Stewartstown PA 17363

Must be 16 years old to attend

31 August 2015

Safety strategies for college aged girls

While bouncing at a Pub the other night, I was in close proximity to the hostess stand and heard one of the hostesses who was in her early 20’s talking to two younger hostesses who were both 18.  They had been invited to a frat party at a local college where my oldest daughter happens to be a sophomore.  The older girl was trying to talk them out of attending, but they were not hearing it.   She then asked my opinion.

The first thing I asked was if they were planning on telling their parents where they were going and they both said no.  My response was that should be an indication that maybe they were not making the best decision.  Realizing they were going to go anyway, here is the advice I gave them and I thought it was worth repeating here.

The first thing I told them was that as a retired cop I could not count the number of times I stumbled upon a young lady in a compromising situation with a young man in a vehicle or hotel room.   If the girl was underage, I would always call the parents and ask them if they knew where their daughter was.  Seldom was it where they actually were.  The closest you would get was that they might be with the girlfriend that they were supposed to be with.  Another troubling issue was that many times they were under 18 and not carrying any identification.  So, not only were they not where they were supposed to be, if something happened and they were found alone, there would be no way to identify them.

Since there was no time for training, I instead opted to give them information.   What is not covered here is my advice about alcohol and drugs, which was that if someone has to tell you not to get drunk and stoned around a group of people that you don't know, there is probably no advice that can save you from yourself.

1)     If you are not going to tell your parents where you are going, make sure that at least one person who is not with you knows where you are and what time you should be back.  Make a habit of at least texting that person when you are secure (home) for the night.
2)    NEVER go out alone.
3)     NEVER accept a drink from anyone unless it is sealed, meaning you break the seal when you open it.  NEVER leave a drink unattended.
4)    Try to at least know the street you are on at all times.  Knowing a landmark that is close will always help in expediting an emergency response.
5)    Realize that many attacks will begin with someone trying to control your movement or confine you to an area such as a vehicle or a room.  This will also include cutting you off from other people.  Recognize this for what it is and do anything you need to in order to get back to other people.
6)    If under any circumstance you feel yourself losing consciousness, call 911 and try to tell them where you are (see #4).
7)    Faking being sick is an excellent way of leaving an unsafe situation while at the same time saving face.
8)    If you are under physical attack, your best bet as a female against a male is scratching and biting, especially the face and hands.  Thumbs in the eye sockets are effective but many will be unable to commit to such an act.
9)    If the point comes when the attacker has his pants down, grab, twist and rip the testicles sinking your nails in as far as possible.  This will cause excruciating pain and blood loss, as well as slowing them down from chasing you.
10)  Things you should always have with you include your ID, phone, pen, whistle, and flashlight.  Both the pen and flashlight can be used as improvised weapons.

The next day I had a conversation about this with my daughter and here is what she had to say on the subject:  “When I go out, my phone is in my back pocket, my ID in my other back pocket, my folding knife is in my front pocket and my money and my keys are in my boot under my jeans”.  She said she does not carry a purse because it can be a target for theft and that by separating her things she makes it harder for someone to get all her stuff.  She has redundancy on her key chain with an Alpha Industries Kubaton, whistle, and a Gerber Artifact.

Once your daughter ends up on the news, it is too late.  Talk to them now and seek effective education and training that will allow them to survive.   This type of training is far and few between, so be critical before spending your money.

24 August 2015

Everyday PERSEC-watch what you say and who you say it to

Last week I had a doctor appointment with a docter I have been seeing for a while.  We get along well and she is knows what I do and is always asking me questions.  The first time we met she shared with me that she had moved from PA to MD.

The other day before our appointment on a whim I drove through the parking lot looking to identify her vehicle by the MD tags in a lot full of PA tags.  Took me about two minutes.  What was worse was where she had chosen to park.  As you can see she pulled into a parking lot in front of a tree.  Right now it is to keep her vehicle cool on hot summer days.  Sometimes she does not leave the office until after 8 PM.  So in a few weeks it will be dark when she leaves.

When she called me to her office I let her know that I found her vehicle with the information she had offered to me in conversation.  Then I told her that she had picked the worst parking spot on the lot.  During the day, and especially in low light conditions she could be attacked and forced into her car or taken back behind the tree by someone using the tree for concealment.  My advice was to park in the a middle row were it would be easy to pull or back out and allow to see 360 degrees around the car upon approaching it.

This is my typical parking lot advice, when you do park up a against a curb or a wall you should always back in, this is often referred to as "combat parking".  Not only does it allow for a rapid egress but it also forces you to turn back towards the front of the vehicle before pulling out.  This habit makes it much harder for someone to sneak up on you.  Another plus is that it makes it easier to jump start you car if needed.

So watch what you say and who you say it to.  Also decide where you are going to park in different circumstances based on the ability to leave rapidly, lighting, and over all visibility.

12 August 2015

Martial Fraud

I am going to coin a new term "Martial Fraud" this is when a person, group, or company expouses a tool, tactic, or technique that is bullshit. This can because they have no real world experience or simply because they have little or no evidence of it working when used in the application is it is being marketed for.

11 August 2015

Modern policing- the two biggest issues

Today I had a conversation with someone and they asked me what I thought has caused the division between the police and public.  I told her the following.

Over the years the #1 thing that has changed in American law enforcement is the striking differences between the officers and the people living in the communities they police.  Starting in the 70’s agencies, like the military, began to be much more selective with who they accepted into their ranks.  Primarily that meant lower and lower tolerances for drug use and criminal conduct.  The more stringent this has become the more excessive force issues we have had.

At one time in this country there was very little cultural difference between the officer and the community he policed other than his uniform.  Old police movies are full of plots where two kids grow up in the same neighborhood.  One becomes a cop and one becomes a criminal.  While growing up, they participated in many of the same coming of age and delinquent activities.  They shared common cultural experiences.
Now, the vast majority of agencies will not accept you if you had a misdemeanor conviction or admit to smoking weed.  For the most part, you need to be squeaky clean.  You grow up knowing nothing about the criminal element or drug culture.
You spend a few months in the academy learning everything your agency wants you to know, especially the things you are not supposed to do, and then you are on to field training.  Even in the most Mayberry like places, you will answer calls and deal with people you have nothing in common with and know nothing about.

This divide is even worse in cities where black communities are policed predominantly by white officers.  Now not only do they have a lack of shared behavioral culture, but also no shared ethnic or racial culture.  All the training in the world will not change this.  The bottom line for these communities is that they can either encourage young people in their own communities to be police or continue to be policed by whoever the agency can hire. 

The second reason, but well related to the first is that kids can no longer get in fist fights in school without being locked up.  Rough housing is frowned upon in every environment.  Kids today may make it all the way through high school and often college without being punched in the face. 

By the time that agencies begin defensive tactics, they often have a small fortune invested in the recruit.  They are not very happy with instructors who break a student during training.  So in the academy they don’t get punched in the face.
You get officers that come out of the academy that are not used to being cursed at much less being in a fight.  You put them in scary and sometimes deadly scenarios and they end up dead or using excessive force because they are scared.

In service training is no better, every police instructor knows the two most important questions that will be asked; “when is lunch” and “what time are we getting out”.  That is for any training.  For defensive tactics training it is even worse.

Much of the time firearms and defensive tactics instructors are pariahs, they care, think, and talk about things that make fellow officers and bosses uncomfortable.  Things like actually putting your hands on someone or having to shoot them.

So, my conclusion is that the basic problem in law enforcement is that officers are now inoculated to the realities and stress of the street and spend too little time on open hand combative skills that if used properly and at the right time, could prevent the majority of excessive force issues and shootings.

Since we have covered the problems with police, now let’s cover the biggest problem with how this country views police.  They seem to forget that anyone stopped by the police has the opportunity not to break the law and to do as they are told by the police.  They also don’t seem to understand that if you use violence against the police they will and are justified to use violence against you.  In my personal opinion, if a cop can punch someone in the face, or break their arm instead of shooting them that is a win win.  You cannot make an omelet without breaking some eggs.