Monthly Archives: November 2011


‎”I’ve got to stop going to the hairdresser before coming to karate class. It’s just a waste of money.” — Things you overhear while teaching the adults at Pride Mixed Martial Arts.


99% of what?

The funniest thing about these rubes is there wasn’t enough of them there to fill a single check out line. Some 99%.

Accuracy is Relative

A van belonging to the rapper was riddled with gunshots, and at least 50 shell casings littered the parking lot. Watson said there was more than one shooter.

“We have eight people who are victims of gunshot wounds and we are asking the community to get involved and report anything they might know,” Watson said. “There were a lot of eyes and ears out here tonight.”

via Oakland Tribune.

People look at me funny when I tell them that if they can shoot accurately out to the length of a super-cab pickup truck, then they can already out shoot almost the entire population. 6.25 bullets were fired for each person struck in this incident. Bad guys for the most part don’t train and can’t hit squat. You be a good guy, train even a little bit, hit all the squat you want.



The hard stuff, even the very hard stuff, is never as hard as I thought it would be. The easy stuff, even the very easy stuff, is always close to impossible. I think this is why God invented alcohol.

Touched for the Very First Time

As of this weekend, I am no longer a virgin. This will come as a surprise to those of you who know me and my wife whom I’ve been married to for 20 years and my 3 kids ages 11, 9, and 8. But Saturday I finished up a two-day martial arts seminar and this time I wasn’t the student! I designed the course, pitched it to the owner of Pride Mixed Martial Arts and then taught the thing by myself. For the most part I felt like a kid who was trying on his dads’ shoes to see if they fit, but I tried not to let on to the students.

Dealing with Line of Fire

The course covered dealing with firearms in the 5″ range.

First we gave the bad guy the gun and practiced moving the gun and our bodies to take the important bits out of the line of fire. Then securing the gun while beating the snot out of the attacker. We did this from a few different attack points, mostly direct confrontation and an attacker jabbing the gun in your ribs from the side. But heck, you can do that in just about any decent martial arts school. So then I took the rubber guns away and instead gave the bad guys green gas KWA AirSoft guns! Nothing like actually testing your theories. And nothing like the negative reinforcement of a welt caused by a point-blank range shot from an AirSoft gun.

Several people asked about taking the gun away from the attacker. My preference though is to concentrate on keeping the gun’s line of fire away from my bits while beating the guy senseless. You’re not going to get the gun out of the iron grip of his hand anyway until after a significant beating, and after the beating you’ll probably have a lot less trouble getting control of the gun.

The point of aim is now in the bad guy's stomach.


So if you’ve just learned how to control the bad guy’s firearm and beat the tar out of them, how wise do you think it is to try to draw your gun while you are physically tied up with someone? Your plan may be to carry a gun and shoot the bad guys, but if you introduce a weapon during a fight within grappling range the fight may quickly become about the weapon. The weapon may not be the equalizer you expected.

So instead you have to work your way out of the grappling range and be able to draw and fire your weapon without interference by the attacker. During the first part of the class my students had to deal with one attacker striking and wrapping them up to get to a safe position and then draw and fire. Everyone was doing OK with this, but enthusiasm was lacking. Enthusiasm gets a significant boost when instead of fists, the bad guy has a knife! So I gave all the bad guys training blades. Now when you get away it had better be far enough away that you can draw and fire before the bad guy can re-close with the knife. Even if you fatally shoot him, momentum or the last ebbs of life may carry him forward to you with that knife leading the way.

The second part of this segment involved two attackers. The goal here is to not take damage while controlling the first attacker and using him as a shield against the second. You do this until you can get to a place to draw and shoot both attackers. As far as that goes, this woman in the class was the star pupil:

Great control of me (in the black hoodie). She used me as a shield and broke free. She couldn’t get to her gun before the second attacker got to her, so she dealt with him and broke free again. She drew her gun and shot us both. It probably makes it twice as sweet that the guy in white hoodie is her husband. In martial arts we call that marriage counseling.

Going Forward

This class was done with students from our school who were already familiar with hand-to-hand fighting and most had some firearms experience. None had ever trained on how to integrate the two. We are looking at  putting together a public seminar, probably a two-day thing, that will teach the fundamentals of hand-to-hand fighting and integrate the firearms work. If that works, maybe I can take it on the road. Traveling around, staying in crummy hotels, eating greasy diner food, and teaching people to protect themselves sounds like a pretty awesome way to spend a weekend.

Pants Wetting plus Bonus Nannyism!

The sight of a toy M16 rifle being played with in a family’s minivan on the freeway was enough to send seven police and sheriff’s units in pursuit of the vehicle.

The false alarm began when a motorist reported seeing a person brandish a rifle out of the green minivan in Walnut on Friday afternoon. When authorities caught up to the vehicle in a park-and-ride in Chino Hills, they saw two boys in child safety seats. On the lap of one of the boys was the plastic green-camouflage rifle, its orange tip flagging it as a replica.

With no real weapon to worry about, the responding officers gave the parents a lecture about how their children need to be careful when playing with a pretend firearm.

“We take that pretty serious,” said Deputy Warren Toy, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. “We definitely educated [the parents] not to point even a toy gun at somebody because you never know if the other person had a real gun and would seek to engage.”


One of my kids favorite past times is to break out the AirSoft and have running gun battles with me all over the house. I guess we should get some educating from Deputy Toy (IRONY ALERT!) on how to play.

I think Deputy Toy may want to put on his Depends before looking at this picture:

Coolwhip 9yr Old Fires .22lr pistol for first time.

Coolwhip 9yr Old Fires .22lr pistol for first time.

h/t Truth About Guns

UPDATE: Hmmm.. after re-reading.. maybe I’m too hasty in my critisism. The cops had to respond to the call. Bringing your cop friends to a man with a gun call is certainly justified. And depending on what the cops said, like maybe, “Hey, its not a particularly good idea to let your kid point an even  toy gun out the window at folks who might get the wrong impression.” That would be OK too.

But you have to admit. My boy’s smile was worth the post.

Seems about right

Occupy Portland domestic terrorists arrested with hand grenades

The deputy also found two gas masks, protective eye goggles and a safety helmet. All three men told the deputy that they had spent the night at the Occupy Portland demonstration, and they brought the mortars and safety equipment to the demonstration in preparation of the expected confrontation between police and protesters Sunday morning.

via Bob Owens.

Remember all those times Tea Party members were arrested with explosives and admitted to targeting police? Yeah, me either.

US Secret Service Officer Accidentally Fires Gun – Fox News

WASHINGTON — An early morning gunshot that closed off Northwest D.C. streets for several hours ended up not being quite the scare neighbors expected.

It turns out a U.S. Secret Service officer accidentally fired off his gun near the Russian Embassy. Secret Service spokesman Jim Mackin told Fox News there were no known injuries.

The inadvertent discharge occurred just before 4 a.m. ET. Officers were on the scene all morning as the investigation took place.

The officer who is with the Foreign Missions branch of the Secret Service was in a marked vehicle at the time of the shooting.

As part of standard protocol, the case has been turned over to the Secret Service’s Office of Professional Responsibility to determine if there was any wrongdoing.

via FoxNews

There was wrongdoing. You were fiddling with your gun while in the car. It goes in the holster when your pants go on, and it comes out of the holster when your pants come off… oh wait….


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