These are the words Tom Givens uttered repeatedly in his March 13-14 Practical Tactical class we hosted here at Boondocks. This two-day course included classroom work on personal tactics, home invasions, active shooters as well as an analysis of Tom’s former students who have been involved in self-defense incidents. To date, he has had 68…

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Warning: This Training Tip will require a multi-step process to properly “Retrain Your Brain!” In order to get the full effect of this entry, you will need to follow the hyperlinks in the proper order as indicated below. First – Watch “Backwards Brain Bicycle Video“Several months ago I came across this video called “The Backwards…

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self-de·fense – the defense of one’s person or interests, especially through the use of physical force, which is permitted in certain cases as an answer to a charge of violent crime. One of the main tenets of self-defense is avoidance. You will often hear instructors and trainers say, “the best way to win a gun…

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USCCA’s New Protector Academy On October 15th the USCCA Launched their new Protector Academy. This online training academy is available to all USCCA Members and includes over 200 different training videos and some excellent online classes. These classes include the Handgun Safety & Marksmanship, Children’s Firearm & Safety, Concealed Carry & Home Defense, Emergency First Aid, Emergency Preparedness, Countering the Mass…

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In May of 2020 I was fortunate to slide into an open spot for Tom Givens’ Rangemaster Master Firearms Development Course. If you’re not familiar with Tom, he spent 25 years with the Memphis PD before opening Rangemaster range where he has taught tens of thousands of students. He is authored many self-defense books and…

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The pandemic and protests have caused citizens to rethink their safety and training classes around the country are filling up fast.  While some of these students are purchasing a firearm for the very first-time, others who already have some experience with firearms are finally making the decision to go ahead and get their carry permit. …

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MASSad Ayoob Group (MAG40)- On March 5th – 8th the Massad Ayoob Group was Center Stage here at Boondocks FTA™. The MAG40 Class includes the MAG20 / Classroom (Armed Citizen’s Rules of Engagement) and MAG 20 / Live Fire and the class is a “must take” for all Permit Holders. The MAG20 classroom portion is…

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Get off the X

Recently we wrapped up a Defensive Shooting Fundamentals class here Boondocks FTA™. The day was spent teaching students to use lateral movement when presenting the pistol from the holster, while reloading or while clearing malfunctions. Moving offline from the attack (especially when accompanied by the use of cover or concealment) can provide you with a…

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If you have spent any time in a defensive firearms class, you have probably heard of Lt. Col. Jeff Cooper and his Mental Condition / Color Codes of Awareness system. The four-color codes include White, Yellow, Orange and Red. Each of which is a level of situational awareness or readiness. White is unaware and unprepared…

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That’s me, (under that little red arrow) at 16 years old in the 1988 ABA BMX Grand Nationals Cruiser Expert Main Event. The yellow arrow indicates my good friend and nationally ranked Factory Sponsored Free Agent rider “Power House”, Parnell Haley. Parnell and I met in first grade and we became instant friends. A few…

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