Sunday, February 23, 2014

How Would You Attack With A Knife?

Hi everyone,

Here is a question for you. When it comes to using a knife how would you use it in a life and death altercation?

A) Use it as a threatening tool to keep your enemy at bay?
B) Pull it out and go on the offensive?
C) Use it in a stealth manner?

Let’s look at the different options and see what we come up with.

A) If you use ANY weapon as a threatening tool pretty much considered that weapon used against you. Your enemy knows if you intended to use that weapon that you are holding in your hand you would let the weapon do the talking and not your loud mouth. Consider yourself getting disarmed and having your own weapon used against you.

B) This is a better option but your enemy now knows your intent and what you have to use against him. Your enemy now has a better opportunity to disarm you because he can see what is coming at him. This is especially true if he has a baton or pipe because he can see the location of your weapon, stay away from the kill zone while he disarms you.

C) This in my humble opinion this is your best option, what your enemy doesn’t see will hurt or kill him. As you get into close quarters combat pull it out and shank him

Bottom line it is better to be silent and violent (pardon the expression.) Your odds of getting disarmed are much less for your enemy will not know what’s coming until it’s too late and you have ambushed him countless times with your blade.

There no such thing as a dirty fighter only an educated one.

Norm Bettencourt

Sunday, February 16, 2014

The Brits Knew How To Drop Someone

In today’s post I would like to discuss a super simple tactic that can drop anyone to the ground brutally quick. The tactic is the shin kick it is effective for several reasons.

1. It takes the brain a second to register an attack coming at the height of the waist and up. It takes double that time for the brain to respond to an attack that is coming at the level of the waist down. People have a hard time seeing a shin kick coming and when they do it’s too late.

2. Ever hit your shin on a coffee table leg? Then you know how painful a strike to the shin can be and that strike is not even hard. Imagine now the force five times that power kicking your shin in a violent encounter and what it can do. I have personally dropped guys twice my size with one or two shin kicks.

3. The Brits knew the power of shin kicks and have World Shin Kicking Games since the 1600’s. In the old days participants were allowed to have steel caps on their boots and the first person the break there leg lost. Today the sport is much more civilized. You can check out the World Shin Kicking Games on YouTube.

Regardless if you’re fighting in an elevator, phone booth or tight crowded area shin kicks can be executed in any environment with full effectiveness.

There’s no such thing as a dirty fighter only an educated one.

Norm Bettencourt

Saturday, February 15, 2014

The Military's "Iron Man" Suit

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Sunday, February 09, 2014

This Rocket Stove ROCKS!!!

This rocket stove ROCKS!!! It's great for urban survival situations and is super simple to make.

Norm Bettencourt


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Norm Bettencourt is the Creator/President of Tactical Self Defense which specializes in personal protection tactics against modern day threats of violence. For more information visit