Self Defense

Some Self Defense Food for Thought

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In 2016 this website will continue to evolve so as to deliver to you the most valuable content possible to assist you in becoming the most physically and mentally fit, free-thinking, free-living, ready for anything, high performance mofo that you can be.

The content will continue to cover a variety of topics germane to this pursuit, ranging from personal development, physical fitness, financial self reliance, and effective communication, as well as crisis management and preparedness, situational awareness, and personal and home defense. (more…)

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G/ACS July Seminar Review/Interview

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This past weekend I had the distinct privilege of hosting a solid group of individuals for the Greyskull Academy of Combat Sciences: Principles of Personal Defense Live Event here at Greyskull HQ.

The weekend went extremely well, and the participants’ progress over the course of the weekend was nothing short of impressive. (more…)

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G/ACS July Seminar Overview

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By now, if you’ve been following the site, you’re no doubt aware that I’ll be opening the doors here this July, and conducting the first Greyskull Academy of Combat Sciences event open to the public in quite a while.

This post will provide a course overview, so that you can learn exactly what will be covered, and what you will take away from this event as a registered participant. (more…)

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Greyskull Academy Seminar Experience (Podcast Included)

by Jason Kapnick

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This past weekend I had the privilege of attending Johnny Pain’s “Greyskull Academy of Combat Sciences” seminar. In just two days of “Full Immersion Learning,” I felt my level of preparedness rose exponentially for the unfortunate possibility of finding myself in an asocially violent situation. (more…)

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Mental Preparedness for Self Defense- Podcast Episode 5 Included

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A common question that I receive from clients, and one that I’ve recently received in the VillainSix Podcast Questions thread on the forum from a UK reader, pertains to how one can and should prepare themselves mentally for the unthinkable situation in which they are forced to use violence in defense of their life or the lives of those whom they care about. (more…)

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My Greyskull ACS Principles of Violence Course Experience

by Butch White

The following is a written review of the Greyskull Academy of Combat Sciences Principles of Violence/Basic Combat Course, from the perspective of Graduate, Butch White. At 51 years of age, Butch was the oldest graduate from the 01-13 class. His performance in the course was exemplary, and it was a pleasure to train him. I greatly look forward to working with Butch in the future. -JP (more…)

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A Day of Remembrance

Today marks twenty years since the “first battle” of Mogadishu began in Somalia in 1993. This historic event is most recognizably commemorated by the book and film, “Black Hawk Down”, one of the most moving military films ever made in my opinion. (more…)

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An Expert is a Master of the Basics

Shown above is an Expert Infantryman’s Badge pinned on the uniform of a soldier. The badge is earned after successful completion of over 30 “basic” requirements of an infantry soldier including day and night land navigation, first aid, ruck marching, communications equipment, explosives deployment, etc. I earned mine “true blue” meaning without a single mistake, back in 2001.  

“An expert is a master of the basics”. This mantra is one that I have heard and spoken literally thousands of times in my lifetime. Anyone who has trained with me in any arena, be it strength training, hand to hand combat, or combat shooting will certainly be able to recite these words on command. This article is intended to introduce a series outlining what constitute the “basics” for any area of study in which I am useful as an instructor. (more…)

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Everyday Carry Items: Selecting an Edged Weapon for Everyday Carry Part One

The following is an excerpt from my book “Principles of Violence”. My upcoming title on the subject of edged weapons use will cover this topic in much greater detail. This excerpt is intended to be the first in a series of posts on the topic of choosing the right equipment for everyday carry.  (more…)

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01-13 Class Seminar Weekend Recap

The 01-13 Class Graduates (excuse the poor resolution, I’ll be replacing this image with a higher quality one soon)

This past weekend I had the pleasure of instructing the first class of trainees to go through the Greyskull Academy of Combat Sciences Basic Hand to Hand Combat Course (formal name still in development). This was the “01-13” class, meaning that it was the first class of 2013. Overall I could not have been happier with the progress made by everyone in attendance, and the remarkable level of proficiency that each student was able to achieve during the two and a half day event. (more…)

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Selecting Firearms for Concealed Carry

The following is an excerpt from the firearms section of my book “Principles of Violence”. If you have yet to read it, I highly encourage you to do so. While this book primarily deals with facing firearms as an unarmed person, I added a brief bonus section on selecting firearms for concealed carry. Stay tuned for many more posts and book/video products from the Greyskull Academy of Combat Sciences on the subject of modern gunfighting.  (more…)

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Principles of Violence has Arrived

My book “Principles of Violence” is now available in the store. This is hands down the most complete book on the subject of real world “self defense” ever written. The information in this book is the result of sixteen years of experience, research, and development. (more…)

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Principles of Violence: Targeting

by Johnny Pain

The following article runs parallel to the “Targeting” chapter in my soon-to-be released book “Principles of Violence”. The book will cover the subject in much greater detail and will shed additional light on this invaluable component of your education in the application of the principles of violence to save your life or that of a loved one.

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Twitter Q & A Volume 1: Self Defense and Children

by Johnny Pain

This post is written to provide answers to some questions I recently received on Twitter regarding the subject of self defense. I will be writing these Q and A posts in an ongoing manner, so if you have questions you would like to see answered in depth, send them to me on twitter (@thejohnnypain). (more…)

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Facing an Armed Attacker

by Johnny Pain

In my article entitled “Self Defense and the Pooper Scooper”, I discussed the danger in placing your personal safety and that of those who you care about in the hands of a simple tool such as a firearm or a knife. I talked about how these tools are not for “self defense” purposes really at all, but rather serve as more efficient means of accomplishing the objective of causing injuries in another human being and thereby neutralizing their ability to injure you. In this post I will be looking at the topic of weapons from the perspective of facing an armed attacker while you are unarmed. (more…)

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Self Defense and the Law

by Johnny Pain

This article is in response to a comment I received on my last post, Newton’s Laws of Violence: Part One, regarding my methods, and the legal concept of excessive force.  (more…)

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Newton’s Laws of Violence Part One

by Johnny Pain

“For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction”. -Sir Isaac Newton

Sir Isaac Newton’s contributions to the world of physics are legendary. His “three laws of motion” formed the basis for much of what is known about the subject today. In my teaching at the Greyskull Academy of Combat Sciences, I frequently cite Newton as his three laws of motion apply both directly, and in parallel to, the subject of human violence. This is the first in a three part series examining how Newton’s laws are relevant to our pursuits. (more…)

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Greyskull Academy of Combat Sciences Three-Day Seminar Overview

by Johnny Pain

On September 13, 14, and 15, 2013, I will be opening the doors to the public for the first time at the new Greyskull Academy of Combat Sciences.

This article is designed to provide an overview of the weekend’s events for those interested in attending.  (more…)

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Aggression

by Johnny Pain

I recently received an email from a coaching client regarding my last two posts “The Fallacy of Self Defense”, and “Self Defense and the Pooper Scooper”. He thoroughly enjoyed both bits of writing, but it sparked a concern that he had with regards to the information presented. Below is a paraphrased version of his concern. I’ve chosen to respond in article form since the concern is one that is shared by many. (more…)

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Self Defense and the Pooper Scooper

by Johnny Pain

Throughout history, man has invented and used tools to accomplish a variety of actions. A tool is simply anything that provides a more efficient means of completing a task. Modern weapons such as firearms, knives, and clubs, are nothing more than tools that allow violence to be performed on another human being in a more efficient manner than the average person is capable of doing with their empty hands. (more…)

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The Fallacy of “Self Defense”

by Johnny Pain

The term “Self Defense” is something that has bothered me for a long time. In a literal sense, the term is fundamentally flawed. You see when people discuss “self defense” scenarios, they are not talking about sporting events like mixed martial arts or boxing, nor are they referring to a shoving match at the local pub. When people think “self defense” they think of dealing with situations where their life, or the lives of others, are in danger, in the face of an asocial criminal. (more…)

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