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The Tactical Life


What’s the difference? (genuinely asking)

I will keep this in mind

This is good

Yeah this is more what I meant about aggression

Slightly unrelated note
Wrestled my first 3 live matches today. Went 1-2. It sucks, but whatever
Didn’t sprawl fast enough on the first guy, drove too much on the 3rd
Also attempted zero leg takedowns (not sure if this is a problem)


Well I reckon that the way I use the term, aggression is someones drive to violence, their willingness to be proactive in engaging the opponent. Fear doesn’t take away someone’s drive to engage violently, but rather take’s away someone’s confidence that their action will have the desired outcome. Fear places doubt on your aggression, if that makes any sense.


Motivational Monday: One of the things I have noticed during my TDY to the states, the vast majority can sure talk a bad ass game, deliver monstrous advice on what is the “best” in anything tactical. Words are like the wind, just blowing through. So, remain quiet until you need to speak, train hard and rely on yourself and the few like you.


I have written many times if you are a first responder, you give up the right to be fit. Monday is a good day to reset your goals.

If you are in the military or a first responder you forfeited your right to be unfit and poorly trained. No one has time for your excuses. You are now responsible for more than yourself. You owe it to yourself, your community and your country to train like your life depends on it, because it does. Train like someone else’s life depends on your ability to save them, because it does. Shame on you if you are ok with being average and slipping through the cracks


Here is a blog post from my instructor’s instructor explaining how changing rules and overall fighter development in MMA competition have given many people the idea that jiu jitsu isn’t as effective for self-defense as it really is. It isn’t a super-power, no martial art is, but the likelihood of encountering a guy with taped hands, padded gloves and an extensive grappling skill-set in a self-defense encounter remains quite low.

This man and his students have shown me how important it is to train on your feet, train on the ground, train with strikes and train to stuff weapons draws. Make jiu jitsu violent again!


My $0.02 on difference between fear and lack of aggression in sport/competitive settings.

Fear is good. If you didn’t fear the double-leg takedown, you wouldn’t bother to sprawl. Knowing where a credible threat exists is important if you’re going to mount an organized response and present a credible threat of your own.

Freezing up due to fear is bad. This is why getting smashed is an important part of the process. You’re in a controlled setting, so your chance of bad outcomes is really quite limited. Once you get used to the discomfort of training, you will gain a better awareness of how others can threaten you and mount a more organized response. Your brain will start to work better under stress.

I don’t freeze up because I’m scared of getting hurt or made to be uncomfortable anymore. I freeze up if I’m caught in a position and don’t have an organized response. This happens less and less as I train more, but it is still an important part of the process for me because it shines a light on deficiencies in my skill set. I’ve had three recent reminders that I don’t have a good escape from Kesa Gatame (a side-control headlock). Last Saturday I just laid there like an idiot trying to remember what to do, then got beat a moment later when I failed to mount an organized response.

In that moment I displayed a lack of aggression as well. I probably could have powered out of the position somehow, but that’s one of the differences between jiu jitsu and wrestling. Powering out aggressively is not my goal, refining my technical response is. Of course, when I have a technical response putting lots of power behind it can make it a lot more effective, but that’s different than aggressively moving about without knowing exactly what you’re trying to do.

You should talk to your coach about this as well. After all, he’s in the business of turning kids like you into monsters.


@twojarslave gave a better answer than I did. Scrap what I said and listen to him.


Thought for the day: Opinions from around the tactical world. Lets start with some Gracie JJ for LEO’s and move on to Kyle DeFoor offering his view on carrying a fixed blade along with your primary weapon. Whether you agree or not, always try to learn.


Not every encounter or engagement is going to be a static target 25 yards away. Most attacks happen within what’s called the combative bubble. If you were to draw a circle around yourself that was 7 yards from your centerline, that is your combative bubble. Anything that happens within this 7 yards will more likely than not happen too quickly for you to present your primary weapon (your pistol). In this case, you need to have a backup plan and that plan typically is a blade.


Thanks for sharing that. Do you have any recommended videos for basic instruction in how to carry and draw the fixed blade?


For blade work, I tend to look to Steve Tarani, Janich (Martial Blade Craft) and Southern Narc (Shivworks). There are others to be sure but all of these have been well vetted over multiple years in the LE world.


I agree with mixicus, I am familiar with all three.


Thought for the day: I think everyone here knows this, but: Always train to fight an opponent of equal or greater skill.

Also, something different that I only think about when traveling, since, it is basically out of my realm. However, I was in Dubai for a few days last month and got stuck on the top floor of a national chain hotel. I checked out my escape routes, but, the internal stairwells where the only choice, not good. I was trying to find a way onto the roof, but, security did not like that and escorted me off the floor. lol.

Worth reading if you work in a high rise, if you don’t have time: Basically have some type of plan, but, that is true of all situations.


Thought for the day: Why not just use throwing stars? or as the article said: soup cans? How about everyone having a baseball bat? I know, weighted footballs. Wait, how about condoms filled with lead?


Thought for the day (2): Wise words from the master.



I just wanted to point out that Canada is not to blame for this particular stupidity.


I was looking for the water bucket over the door trick, but this looks more lethal.


ha, I know you have a couple of hockey pucks on your duty rig. The sad truth? You unleash the puck with a good throw, knock out the perp, and the department will probably suspend you for carrying an unauthorized weapon and excessive force.


That is just too good, needed that this morning. Thanks.


Thought for the day:

As the old saying goes; The lion may be king of the jungle. “…But you throw him into the Shark Tank and he’s just another meal.” – Renzo Gracie

Another view on fighting:

as a student of violence I couldn’t be any less concerned about what martial art to practice. I’m very much interested in winning fights along with teaching others how to win fights. I respect people and desire results; ideas and theory do nothing to make sure people are going to come home alive.

Using the past to guide our future we must also be aware that the enemy is constantly adapting. As we continue to produce solutions to problems presented by our adversary, our adversaries will present new problems until one of us finds an opening to finish the other. In the age of information what happens in real fight and what works in real fights is no longer a subject that is up for any type of academic debate.

Let me take a moment to speak plainly; if MMA fighters aren’t doing it(insert X martial art here), it’s not worth doing. If your instructor has avoided competition or learning the elements of MMA (BJJ, Judo, Wrestling, Sambo, Muay Thai, Boxing, Kickboxing) you should avoid them. There is no proving ground that is as close to real fighting as MMA. Believe it, accept it, it’s true. Now that is not to say that there aren’t trace elements in TMA’s that we can learn from as modern martial artist.

To this day there are many people/charlatans are continuing to furnish to students “counter to X” plans. There is no such move or technique set to counter another skill set. The only way to defend against any fight plan is to be good at executing that fight plan. If what you’re doing can be stopped with the simple plan of CLOSE-DOMINATE-FINISH it’s time for you to realize the ice age has come and you are not one of the pioneers of the new world.


Busted. Pucks are part of my load out. I keep my stick in my locker until needed though. Quick story; a bunch of us were doing a line search for evidence in tall grass/underbrush. We all brought hockey sticks to pick through the vegetation as we went. I remember thinking, ‘20 Mounties walking through the woods with hockey sticks. This might be the most Canadian thing that ever happened’.

Not sure where pucks fall on our use of force continuum. You’re right, I’d need to do some pretty creative typing if I took a guy out with a puck, or any of the sharp things I carry for, ummm… cutting seatbelts.


Truth. That said, thinking about checking these guys out.


Their all about adapting FMA concepts to modern tactical applications. Interesting idea. TriCom is their Mil/LE program. Apparently it’s been offered to a few agencies and is court defensible. Any experience with their material?