Top three self-defense tips while traveling abroad

Top three self-defense tips while traveling abroad

As a business owner, I don’t have much free time. When I do, I tend to fly abroad. Although I carry my firearm almost everywhere with me when I am stateside, I am unarmed when I travel (if you didn’t know, your gun license is invalid outside of the United States). When it comes to my own safety, I plan ahead and find ways to keep myself from being a victim. This involves studying the culture, learning about local self-defense laws, and always knowing my route in and out of locations during my stay.

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The Importance of One Handed Training

The Importance of One Handed Training

Our everyday life is vastly different from when we spend time at the Krav Maga academy. The Krav Maga school is an environment designed to be ideal for learning, training, and safety. Due to the sterile conditions, many aspects of realism are missed. The main missing aspects can be the application of self-defense and fighting techniques using only one hand due to an injury, the situation you are in, or while holding on to something you cannot let go of.

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Fighting in Confined Spaces

Fighting in Confined Spaces

As Murphy's law implies, you will never be in an ideal environment when in a physical altercation on the street. There will not be gloves, wraps, a gi, a cushioned mat, and a referee. More than likely that environment will be confined, like a pub, nightclub, or in or around a vehicle. Hence, you will need to adapt your hand-to-hand techniques to those confined spaces. A person needs to know which hand strikes, leg strikes, and how to use the environment to your advantage, in these situations.

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The combat mindset known as the “switch"

The combat mindset known as the “switch"

As a former IDF commando and later a Krav Maga instructor, I found that many soldiers and Krav students lacked what is known as the switch. The Switch is a type of conditioning where a person is both mentally and physically ready to completely take out an opponent.  Lacking this conditioning I’ve seen soldiers hide or hesitate in combat situations and students hampered in the more advanced training exercises.

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Life in an Insecure​ World - Situational Awareness and Training

Life in an Insecure​ World - Situational Awareness and Training

We have all been there before; eyes glued to the T.V. screen as we watch, yet another, active shooter or lone wolf incident unfold. As the frequency of these incidents around the globe continue to increase at an alarming pace, it is with each new incident that we are reminded that nowhere is off-limits. Yet, for many in our society, the topic of personal security and the practice of situational awareness remain utterly foreign concepts. 

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What to expect at your first Tactical Fitness firearms and Krav Maga course

What to expect at your first Tactical Fitness firearms and Krav Maga course

This short article will better help you prepare and understand what to expect when attending your first course with me. Trying something new is never easy, let alone a half or full day intensive firearms and Krav Maga course. Though apprehension is normal, you should expect to receive real life practical skills, be pushed to the edge of your physical and mental limit, and receive professionally organized instruction.

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The Shift to Concept Based Training

The Shift to Concept Based Training

When first starting to train, the student focuses on basic technical skills; how to hold the pistol, how to throw a proper punch. Once the student reaches a competent technical level, he or she can start focusing on tactics. Essentially, putting together various techniques and learning to apply them properly to different situations. However, once the student reaches a high technical AND tactical level, they can shift their training and mindset to take a more broad-based conceptual approach.

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Know Your Weapons

Know Your Weapons

Often during my Krav Maga classes I not only teach my students different self-defense techniques, but I also stress the different ranges at which certain techniques should be taken advantage of. What are the situations when you are better off engaging in hand-to-hand or knife combat? When should you use a gun or a stick to defend yourself? In order to truly be able to protect yourself, you must understand the advantages and dangers of each weapon and how the distance from your opponent affects each weapons efficacy.

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Let Your Children Grow and Explore by Teaching them Self-Defense

I am often approached by parents that are very concerned about their child's safety and want them to learn self-defense. What they don't realize is that they will receive so much more from their training: self-confidence, independence, social skills, and the ability to function under stressful conditions. 

One of the first adaptations children have from their Krav Maga training is self-confidence. As they are constantly challenged in their training both physically and mentally, being able to do things they could have never imagined. That self-confidence is sometimes more important then the individual techniques they may learn. It creates a victor mentality (instead of victim). This mentality will follow them through everything they do in life, whether it is presenting in front of their class, defending against a bully or applying for a job when they before adults.

The independence that the child builds as a result of their training lets you as a parent have that peace of mind because you know that your child has the tools to deal with various situations they may confront.  This skill will give the child the ability to navigate the world around them, giving you the peace of mind to let them be free and make their own choices. 

Life can be a very stressful thing, especially during the adolescent years. Krav Maga helps the child put things into prospective as they are constantly put into very stressful conditions in their training (both physically and mentally). In fact, the majority of the training is to teach the child to persevere under stress through different drills and games. That ability was instilled in me during my service in the IDF, it helped get through situations that most people will not face in a lifetime. 

As classes are typically taught in a group format the child must learn to get along with others. Of course this transfers to other aspects in life; school, other sports, and general social abilities. In-fact, as an instructors I have seen children go from being very introverted to being very extraverted and participating easily in any activity I may put them through.

Lastly, the above skills and abilities allows for conversation. The child knows that their opinion is respected and valued and in return they will feel empowered. For the parent, it will prevent the child from hiding anything they feel they should not speak up about in order to maintain that mutual respect. 

For more reading on the subject, refer to this great NPR article on how more schools are utilizing self-defense training. 

Thank you for reading, 

Ron Grobman

Founder

Tactical Fitness Austin

Want to Own A Gun? Make Sure You are Tactically Trained

Spider-Man was once told, “With great power comes great responsibility.” Ok, maybe Spider-Man didn’t shoot a gun, but he certainly knew the power of having a firing weapon, and so should you.  

Owning a gun is a serious responsibility. Gun ownership is a Constitutional right protected by the Second Amendment. No one can argue that. Of course “you have the right to bear arms,” but do you know when, where, and how that right can be exercised? Each state has a different set of laws when it comes to owning and using firearms. However, since Tactical Fitness Austin operated in the state of Texas, this post will focus on the laws and regulations associated with the Lone Star State.

Purchasing a Gun

Although Texas has a reputation of being a rough-and-tumble state where people can wield guns in the street, it’s not. In fact, Texas is governed by sensible gun laws where felons and the mentally unstable are banned from purchasing firearms, and anyone who is allowed to purchase one is required to undergo a federal background check.

Obtaining a License to Carry

Before you can keep your gun on your person in public, you must complete and pass a License to Carry (LTC) course that will be taken through a DPS certified instructor. Before you can receive your LTC though, you must submit your course documentation through the Texas Department of Public Safety. Submitting an application requires, fingerprinting,  a one time $140.00 processing fee, and can take up to 60 days to be approved.

Using a Gun

If you are ever put in an extreme self-defense situation for yourself or another, you may be required to use your firearm in a public place, most of the time you will be using it at a range. Practicing at a gun range is great to keep you in practice, but it is also good way to learn new techniques and skills should you even need to fire your weapon in a real life situation.


What is the best way to become proficient and confident with using your firearm? Tactical firearms training.


Tactical training is training that is designed for people who need to coherently and effectively react to real life situations involving serious risk.  When you focus on training yourself tactically, you will be able to better deal with dangerous situations that involve an overwhelming amount of stimuli or severe emotional response.

Learning how to appropriately react in a situation involving your gun could literally save your life. Here at Tactical Fitness Austin, we are dedicated to continually helping you hone and improve your firearm skills so that you are prepared in the event of an attack. We teach defensive tactics and maneuvers aimed at helping you resolve a self-defense situation. It is critical that, if you own a firearm, you continue your training. Nothing can prevent an encounter with someone who wants to do you harm, but you can ensure that you are trained and prepared to react with a set of skills that could mean the difference between life and death.


For complete info on firearms and licensing visit the DPS website: https://www.txdps.state.tx.us/rsd/chl/index.htm

 

Jessi Devenyns

Tactical Fitness Austin Marketing