Self-defense handgun training

The 4 Pillars of Defensive Combat Handgun Training

by Jeffrey M. Miller SPS, DTI

handgun defense training in sunbury selinsgrove paOne of the most frequently asked questions in the realm of self-defense training involves the use of weapons, like guns and knives, for protection. This article outlines the four areas that make up a complete defensive handgun training program.

While most people, and subsequently most programs, focus on the shooting facet of gun training, there is actually much more to the subject. Just as any solid, well-structured, and complete self-defense program should include lessons on the care, selection, and safe-use of firearms if it is really to be of service to students in today's often violent world.

As I said, unfortunately, most so-called defensive handgun training courses only focus on shooting skills. I say "unfortunately," because shooting skills make up only one-quarter of the overall training that you should be learning if you're really going to be able to defend yourself in a dangerous self-defense situation involving firearms.

Before we look at what I call, the 4 Pillars of Defensive Handgun Mastery, you need to understand that, to truly be prepared - to truly be effective - when it comes to self-defense situations involving guns, there are three possible scenarios.

You could find yourself in a situation where:

  • You are armed but your assailant is not
  • Your assailant is armed and you are not, and...
  • Both you and your assailant are armed

And, of course, each of these situations includes variables such as when the weapon comes into play, distance between attacker and defender, and many more. All of these elements should be included in your training if you're serious about self-protection.

Keeping these three scenario-types in-mind, we can see that shooting skills, while vitally important, are not the only skills we will need if we want to survive a hostile attack. In fact, in 2-out-of-3 of the scenarios, shooting is either not an option or may not be a legally viable option.

So, what are the 4 pillars of defensive handgun training mastery that you should be focused on?

Here they are:

1. Basic skills - Weapon Familiarization

This includes skills like proper grip, sighting, loading and reloading, stances, selecting a weapon, and more. It also includes overlooked skills like drawing the weapon, dropping the safety, moving (walking, rolling, etc.) while drawing, aiming, and avoiding incoming fire.

2. Target-Hitting Skills - Shooting

This should seem fairly self-explanatory but, to be sure that I've covered my bases, this area also includes not only target shooting, but also skills like:

  • Shooting under pressure
  • Drawing and shooting
  • Off-hand shooting, and...
  • Firing from positions other than standard standing stances.

3. Disarming Skills - Taking the Attacker's WeaponOne of my teachers once told me that, you don't truly understand how to use a weapon until you know how to defend against it. This is true whether we're talking about a knife, martial arts long staff, club, or as in this case...a handgun.

Regardless of whether you're carrying a weapon of your own or not, it's quite possible that you could find yourself looking down the open-end of a barrel. Knowing how to avoid being shot while negotiating with your assailant or effectively taking his weapon away from him, is a critical skill to know.

And, contrary to popular belief, disarming an attacker is 95% psychology and only about 5% physical technique. Know "when" to make your move is often more important than "how" you do it.

And finally, the last pillar of mastery is...

4. Retention Skills - Holding On To Your Own Weapon

Most people, many experts included, are under the impression that, once you pull your weapon, the attacker is going to do whatever you say. And, while this seems logical, whoever said that people under pressure acted logically?

The truth of the matter is, you have no idea what he's thinking or what he might do when faced with the prospect of:

  • Being shot
  • Going (or going "back") to jail, or...
  • Loosing

So, having the ability to hold onto your weapon should he (or anyone else who might try to help him) try to take your weapon from you is very important.

As you can see, when we're talking about weapons training for self-defense, we really have our work cut our for us. So, you have the choice of resting on theory and so-called "common-sense" or you can see that there is more to defending yourself with a firearm than simply being able to make a loud noise and have a hole appear in something.

To truly be able to handle a dangerous, life-threatening situation where a handgun is involved, you need to understand and develop the skills from the 4 pillars of mastery. That way, you wont have placed all your eggs in one basket. You will have insured that you can handle any type of situation that might arise.

Are you a private individual, law enforcement, security or military professional, martial artist, or corporate manager interested in learning what you must to not die at the hands of a dangerous attacker? What if you or your group could learn the critical lessons for surviving a deadly encounter and know that those lessons would increase your abilities and effectiveness by two, three, or more times your current level?

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One of the biggest mistakes that you can make in your training is what I call, "compartmentalization."

Not only does correct training expose and force you out of this habit, but it also shows you "why" the techniques are the "way" they are - that they're not merely "our styles' moves" compared to any other style of martial arts.

I promise to make all this more clear as we move along through today's lesson, so please make sure you read all the way to the end.

So, what do I mean by compartmentalization?

It's simple really.

It's seeing any skill or technique as "that" thing, alone and isolated from any other skill or technique.

Rolling is rolling.

A series of "moves" with a foreign (Japanese) name from such-and-such a scroll is "that" thing - that kata - and only that.

Sword work, shuriken throwing and use, etc., are what they are.

There is no cross-over, unless of course Soke or a Shihan demonstrate it and/or it's a part of an official kata.

This problem actually came up with some training that we were doing at the dojo this week. Actually, it comes up more often than I care to discuss at the moment, but what happened this week both illustrates the lesson perfectly, and it served as the basis of last nights training.


Here's what was happening.

Students were going through a sword cut evasion drill where they had to avoid several predetermined cuts and then end by rolling away.

At about the midway point in the drill (after they had gone through the preset actions several times to get the idea, and as they entered the roll, I followed them quickly, forcing them to continue rolling to avoid.

Result: Their rolling was good to excellent.

But: They all died in the end!

What happened?

Well, here's where the problem and the compartmentalization came in.

They forgot the concept of naname (angling). You know... getting and staying OFF of the attacking line!

What that means is that they continued to roll directly away from me... on the SAME line, with no angle change or Naname.

But that's not it, they also forgot about the nature of a sword, which is to cut.

This is one of several critical principles that we will focus on during this year's New Year's Daikomyo-sai seminar where the theme is: Edged Weapons.

You can download the seminar flyer here: Daikomyo-sai 2016 Ninjutsu Training

And, if you already know you're attending but haven't registered yet (better hurry; the early registration discount deadline is almost here), you can do that here: Register Now for Daikomyo-sai 2016


Either way...

They forgot that it doesn't matter if I'm trying to cut them, or if they pass a part (or three) of their body across the edge. Either way, a cut takes place.

And that's where they "died," or would have if they weren't in a training drill in the dojo and this were the real thing!

How so?

Because they continued rolling on the same line, I was able to simply reach out and lower the blade so that their own rolling action caused their body parts to touch and move along the edge, causing them to in effect... cut themselves.

So, last night, they practiced doing the same thing with their rolling that they've been doing all along with their punch and kick evasion... naname! Breaking from the line of the attack so the attacker has to constantly change and over extend to get at you...

... to not be where the danger is!

But, this isn't just about breaking angle either, as my dojo students learned. Because, just randomly changing direction can cause you to pass by the sword when you already cleared it.

The idea or concept isn't random. It's in the kata. In this form, using rolling to evade, it's a part of the Ichimonji waza within the Muto-Dori Taihen Waza ("no-blade catching, body movement actions"), which uses your rolling skills to "catch" or "take" the armed attacker when you don't have one yourself.

It's knowing not only how to roll, but also the nature of the blade. It's not only about not getting cut or winning, but where the openings are and will be for your sword-wielding attacker, and at what points in time.

Because, only with these principles and concepts can we turn the tables on someone who the Universe has given the greatest advantage... and (hopefully), survive!

And make no mistake; this would be the same if we were talking about avoiding a thrown rock or running away from an active shooter!

But, our training must include these things, if you're going to be more than just another martial artist showing off in your cool 'pajamas'!

It's why you not only MUST get your naname right, but also understand and be able to blend you skills in a fluid, effective, and scientific way.

If you're new to this concept, or want to explore it more deeply, and you need to get a better understanding about both defending against and using edged weapons, then you might want to be here for our New Year's Daikomyo-sai seminar, January 8th - 10th, 2016.

Because that's the theme: Edged Weapons.

Here's the link to download the seminar information flyer. (You'll notice that the deadline for the early registration discount is fast approaching also!): Download the Flyer

If you already know you're attending but haven't actually registered yet, here's the link to do that: Register Now and Save $75!

I want you to really consider what we've discussed in this lesson.

Because, as I've said again and again: "Any monkey can do the moves!" The question is: can you do the moves... CORRECTLY... under pressure... against someone who's trying to beat, break or kill you?!

After all... if we get ego-driven desires for greatness, validation, etc., out of the way... isn't that what the training is all about... SURVIVAL?!

Do me a favor and comment or leave any questions you might have about this topic below. I'd love to hear from you, and whether or not this training was helpful.

In Mastery!

Shidoshi Miller



A former federal police office, undercover drug suppression and black market investigator, private detective and bodyguard, Shidoshi Miller has used these skills against re-world xriminal attackers where it counts... on the STREET.

Not a big fan of theory and untested methods, he has taught thousands of students from the U.S., Canada, Australia, Germany and elsewhere around the world, how to translate the historical lessons passed down by our Ninja and Samurai spiritual ancestors, into a supreme set of skills that will work for you against 21st century assailants.


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Online Ninjutsu Training with Shidoshi Jeffrey M. MillerHere's something I want you to really think about, okay. And that's the fact that the martial arts and self-defense training programs that most students are going through are based more on a "wing-and-a-prayer," than on any kind of scientific process designed to get you to your goals as quickly as possible. This is especially true if you came to the training with little to no actual fight or combat experience to begin with!

And there-in lies the problem. And that is the fact that, if you're trying to follow the scrolls of our lineages, the techniques, tactics, and strategies that were passed down from past masters, EXACTLY as written...

...then you're barking up the wrong proverbial tree.

And the reason this is true is because the scrolls - and the training in the old days - was designed to train warriors who already had "heads in their closets." Do you know what that means in the historical sense?

It means that the scrolls are designed to teach already trained and experienced fighters how to fight "better" using the principles, concepts, and techniques of a specific school. Get it?

They're not designed or laid out for the student who has nothing to go on - someone who is starting from scratch. So... base a beginner or even intermediate student's training - especially someone with no actual fight or self-defense experience - on exactly what's written down in the scrolls,without understanding what should come BEFORE even the first level techniques, is not going to help 97% of students who come to this training.

You might be wondering, what happened in the "old days" if such a student came to the training without this experience? And that would be a good question.

One of two things would happen. Either:

1) The student would get frustrated and leave the school (sound familiar), and maybe return later after they gained the necessary knowledge and experience to understand the lessons. Or...

2) Stick it out until they did figure it out - no matter how long that might take.

Of course, there were probably another 7 - 10% of students who would take the "sticking it out" option - and probably figure things out. long would that take?

The truth is that, it probably didn't take as long in those days as it will today, because back then the dojo was filled with...

...combat veterans!

Unlike the schools and training groups of today who might be lucky to have ONE teacher or senior student around with actual fight experience to draw from!

What about the rest?

Honestly, most teachers and students in most martial arts and self-defense programs simply write these folks off as not being committed, not having what it takes, being lazy... you name it.

When the problem at the core of it all is that the curriculum and lesson plans that the teacher is working from (if one actually exists to begin with), is ad-hoc, confusing, or just not laid out in a way that makes the training and resulting student-progress as quick as possible.

I mean, can you imagine what would have happened during the Warring States Period in Feudal Japan, or anywhere else for that matter, if it took as long to train students for actual it's taking in most dojo and training groups today?!

Please note that I didn't say, "How long would it take to reach Black Belt," or "How long to receive a certificate of completion." But, how long it would take to make someone combat-ready!

This end-result requires thinking that understands what should be taught (and Mastered) first, second, and so-on, to make sure that your training is not only teaching you something (anything can teach you "some-thing"), but doing so in a progressive way to build "skill proficiency," and doing so as quickly as possible.

It's not rocket science, but there is a logical, step-by-step, science to it. And, just like with any science or process -- if you get one or more of the steps out of order, or if the person you're learning from doesn't get this methodology and doesn't give you what you need or point you in the right direction, then you could completely throw off your "game," and at the very least could double or even triple the length of time it will take for you to develop the abilities you came to the training to get.

And that's where the upcoming "Science of Skill Progression" program comes in that I'll be teaching at this year's Daikomyosai New Years Weekend Intensive. It's designed to help you lay out the "pieces" of your training in order so that you know what should be done first, second, third, etc. And, it will allow you to learn more than just stances, strikes, etc., but help you to be able to use those skills in a logical flow against a real-world street attacker, throwing whatever he wants...very quickly. And then to build on that ability further.

Here's the link to the information page with the details about this year's training, as well as what we'll be focusing on:

If you're interested, stay tuned for the other lessons that I'll be posting over the next several days where I will share some of the things you'll be learning in the "Science of Skill Progression" program. Of course, if you're already signed up for this year's Daikomyo-sai event, you could just wait until then to get the information and training. But then, why not get in on this free training and get a head start on the actual, hands-on training we'll be doing in January?

Even if you don't plan on attending Daikomyosai for whatever reason, I know that what I'll be sharing in this free training will change, not only the way you view your training but also, many of the things you do IN your training! This will be real training content - not a thinly disguised sales pitch. Will I be talking about Daikomyosai and the Science of Skill progression Program? Sure... a little bit. But well over 90% of the upcoming lessons will be just that -- lessons to help you speed up your training progress and get to where you want to be, faster, more effectively, and with a lot less wasted time, effort, and frustration.

If you found this post helpful, please share it with others who would benefit. And, by all means, leave a comment or question below and I'll answer as many as I can as we move through the week.

In Mastery!

Shidoshi Miller

PS - Even though half the spots have been taken for this years Daikomyosai weekend, January 11th & 12th, there are still 10 more remaining. But you must hurry if you're planning on attending the training! Get all the details and register here:


I recently received an email from someone asking, not about self-defense, martial arts, or even ninjutsu training, but rather about the concept of "martial science."  I love questions like these because it tells me that the person asking the question is not merely reading the words, or watching the demonstration in the video, but really soaking in the lesson.

I also know that for every one student with a question like this, that there are ten, or fifty, or hundreds with that same question who are either afraid to ask, or who are sitting back waiting for me to get around to answering it.

So... I thought I'd take this opportunity to share my answer with you:

To answer the question... "What is Martial Science?"

We need to begin with what I believe is a misunderstanding that most people have with regard to the martial "arts."  And, for you to understand my thinking, we need to start there.

But, to do that, let's look at what I consider to be the VERY overused term "martial artist," and think about what it means to be an "artist," regardless of whether a person is a painter, sculpture, or any other artisan.  What do you think of when you think of an "artist"?

When I think of an artist, I think of someone who appears to work magic with their chosen medium.  What that means is that the painter appears to almost have trees, people, and other objects just flow from the end of their paintbrush.  The sculpture seems to always know exactly where to strike the stone so as to uncover the statue within - never taking more than needed, nor causing the stone to crack or break - the sketch artist seems to scribble on a piece of paper and have those seeming random lines turn into something not random at all.

Does this make sense?

What we see though, as artistry, is really the end of a long road of progress, the end of the process of learning and mastering a craft - this person's, the artist's study with this particular medium.

The painter masters applying paint with different types of brushes on to different surfaces - the sculpture with certain tools against stone, wood, or whatever they know best, etc.

They have spent time learning the "science" of how each tool works, and how to best use it with the material that they are working with.  They have experimented with applying too much, and too little pressure or force to the tool to learn what it means to be "just right."

They have experienced the frustration of making mistakes, and the long, tiring hours redoing the same piece, or drilling the same skill until they get a particular technique down pat.

That's what makes them "appear" to be as good as they are.  That's what "earns" them the right to be called an "artist."

I believe the same is true in the martial "arts."  But, instead, as soon as someone steps out onto the floor in their new uniform - even before they receive their first lesson, it has become normally acceptable to call this person - for this student to identify themselves as - a martial "artist".

But, they're not an "artist," are they?  I mean, they haven't learned anything yet.  If they could be called an "artist," it would be with the same understanding behind calling a three year old an "artist" when they hand their mother a scrawled drawing.

And, even if they have learned more than a few things, if they're still copying someone else's style or technique - if they are incapable of looking like they are creating technique from whatever the opponent gives them, without effort, - if they look like they're "fighting," then they are not an artist - they are still a student.

In my opinion, they - any student - should consider themselves, and should be regarded as a martial "scientist" - someone learning the "science" of what makes the techniques, etc., work.

And, "martial science" by definition, is the science (the study) of warfare.

Martial = "warfare" by definition.

So, martial science is the study and perfection of not only the "moves" of any particular art, but also the "invisible" skills - the principles and concepts of warfare - that are universal, regardless of the art or style being studied.

Martial science is the study of:

Strength and Weakness
Controlling your opponent's perceptions
Deception and manipulation

...and many more areas of study than merely memorizing a string of moves or a set of skills set down on a list for belt rank or to be deemed "official."

It is the exploration of the different types of attacker mindsets, understanding what causes conflict and why a particular personality would choose to resort to physical, mental, or emotional attack - and the means that each personality type naturally gravitates toward.

This is what I teach, because it is the heart of the real lessons that have been passed down, not just by the current generation grandmaster, but every master before him who understood true survival and the meaning of the words "martial," and "warrior."

To be called a martial "artist" means that you can appear to "break the rules" that govern how things are "supposed to be done", and create something unique.  It's knowing "when" to follow the rules and structure, and when to break those rules.

Most students of the "martial arts" should be seen, not as martial "artists" but rather "martial scientists," until they reach that point where they know the principles and concepts so well that they not only understand exactly why the techniques and technology of their art were created, but when they can apply those same principles and concepts against any opponent, in any situation, and against any attack -- in the most effective and energy efficient way.

They can do this because they understand the "science" of why things work, and have not merely memorized a way of moving or a list of pre-established strings (kata).

Does this make sense to you?

If not, please feel free to tell me where you need more clarification and I will do my best to help.  Again, I think that this is an excellent question.

I really believe that others have this same question and have just not brought themselves to ask it.  I thank the student who sent in this great question for doing so, and hope that my answer has helped you to understand the concept much more clearly.

In Mastery!

Shidoshi Miller

Over the years, and in certain circles, I've become known by many names, including the "teacher of hard-reality" when it comes to real-world self-defense. Of course I've been known by many others as-well, depending on whether or not you were on the 'love-me' or 'hate-me' side of the the proverbial fence!

Part of the reason that I've earned this name is because I'm only one of a handful of martial arts and self-defense instructors among an army of so-called "teachers" who would ever point out the flaws in the way people train for self-protection. Please note that I didn't say... "Point out the flaws in styles or systems not my own," as is the norm within the world of martial arts and self-defense training. There's a huge difference...especially if you haven't seriously looked into any styles other than your own!

Regardless... the point is that not everyone always likes to hear about flaws - especially when they might be their own. In fact, I learned very early in my life that most people definitely prefer delusion over reality. It's more comfortable to "think" or "believe" that something is true, rathan than investigation, exploring, and validating that a thing really is true. And often, waking people up from their delusions, ends up making you the target of their anger. You know... the "kill the messenger" syndrome.

However, if you and I are truly focused on real-world self-protection, and not the extremes that seem to exist (you know, the under-educated martial arts teacher with no real-world experience, or the tough-guy street thug with no concern for liability or ending up in jail as a result of your actions); then we need to relentlessly seek the truth in our own training, and in our own lives, even when that reality is unpleasant or uncomfortable.

And the primary reason for that is because... real success is based on truth.

I suppose that sounds kind of basic, but in my experience, people often avoid hearing unpleasant truths -- even logical, serious, and dedicated students and practioners.

So... What does any of this have to do with women's self-defense, or the title of this article?

Well... next month I'll be teaching at WCI's Women's Self-Defense Intensive where I'll be driving home some straight facts. And, where other instructors tend to take the tactful approach, I've decided to toss caution and tact aside and deliver a very un-gentle collection of reality, techniques, and training advice that comes from my experience and dealings with some the most successful women martial arts practitioners, teachers and partners in law enforcement that I've worked with over the last 30 plus years. And, rest assured... there have been many.

I began this event years ago, which is exclusively for women who are teaching, are engaged as law enforcement and/or security professionals, or simply as student practitioners. This was never intended to be an exercise in segregation, but as what the famous Walt Disney called... a "plus-ing."

What's a "plus-ing", and what does anything the "Mickey Mouse-guy" said have to do with martial arts or self-defense training?

Good question. And the answer is simple.

A "plus-ing", according to Disney, is an additional opportunity for exploration of shared interests, an exchange of knowledge, networking and inspiration. Or more simply, it means... more specific knowledge is better than less or just general knowledge in a given area!

I've heard from some men and women over time - including some of the women whom I respectfully call the, "women with balls," both within the Bujinkan and within my own WCI organization, that they were not happy about this kind of training event. They wanted to know why they were being singled out - many even feeling like they were being directed towards some kind of inferior training - rather than the "specialized" training that it's meant to be.

I have to admit that I can see their point. Because, a lot of what I see being offered to female martial artists by women's self-defense teachers and so-called martial arts masters, especially when it comes to brutal attacks from bigger, stronger male attackers, doesn't have much substance or reality.

But I don't see this event that way.

To me, this is another way for me to expand and provide an additional training opportunity to a group of serious and dedicated students with special interests — similar to what we've done with The "Inner Circle" Platinum Ninjutsu Coaching and Musha Shugyo programs just for students who want to move through my curriculum for ranking in Ninjutsu. Or what we've done within our 10-week Online coaching programs like Introduction to the Samurai Sword Course, or our Ninja Mind and Ninja no Hachimon '8 Gates of Historical Ninja Training' programs.

Students helping students, encouraging, networking, forming training partnerships and creating another productive community within WCI and the greater Bujinkan family.

That being said, and contrary to the belief of has definitely been my experience over 30 years of study, research, training, and street experience... that women do have a different mindset about self-defense than men.

After working with both men and women, both in law enforcement and in the context of martial arts and both men's and women's self-defense training, I've been able to observe some very specific differences between the two. I'll let you in on some of the broader observations that I've made between men and women's self-defense in just a minute. But first, I have to say that...

1) you will find some of these observations to be more true for you than others because everyone is unique and comes from his or her own unique background and circumstances, and...

2) you may find that you don't want to hear some of the things I'm going to say because they strike a nerve about a belief that you hold, or a lesson you were taught by another teacher you trusted - who said it was true but, in actuality it's not true at all.

The following are just a few of the things that I've observed about men and women, especially when it comes to self-protection and safety. Remember, I've warned you that you may not like what I say. But, your anger or denial doesn't make them any less true "in the real world."

I've noticed that men tend to be more short-term, immediate outcome, and cut-to-the-quick thinkers who "want to teach the other guy a lesson," while women are interested in more complex issues like size differences, the fact that the attacker may be someone they know and care about, or they fear that, no matter how much training they have, they may end up forgetting everything they learned when they really need it due to fear, indecision, etc.

Both are double-sided coins. For instance, men tend to be less concerned than they should be with how they might be feeling about the attacker, size and strength differences, or with legal liability issues. The predominate male answer to self-defense is, "I'll just shoot him," even when in most cases...he may not be caring (or even own) a firearm! On the other hand, women tend to be overly concerned with how they look, not knowing the lessons, and feelings of guilt, shame and embarrassment with regards to hurting their training partners or even an attacker, which can foster timidity, inhibition and second-guessing themselves during the moment of truth.

Overall, I think men are less combat-inhibited and more ready to fight, but women are smarter about relationships and using their intuition and feelings, or at least more openly aware of the ability to rely on these things – in reality, both have the inherent ability to find all of these traits within themselves... Regardless of gender.

Women, statistically, are given more leway in training, avoided as training partners by most men, and treated more gently by those who do train with them, but also tend to avoid training with men. Most women, when asked about self-defense, give answers which point to their preference to rely on the men in their lives as their means of protection, even when they doubt that he could even protect himself! Women in general also tend to avoid negotiation and confrontation more than men – although that has not always been my experience — a few female partners from my law enforcement days come to mind!

I don't see anything wrong with airing these matters, facts from research about them, opinions that may or may not be accurate, considering and discussing the differences. In fact, I do this in practically every program I have ever taught, and I'm not likely to change that any time soon.

Ultimately, there isn't anything that I would advise or teach a man to do in a self-defense situation that I wouldn't tell a woman to do in that same or similar situation. But, there IS advice I would give the woman that I wouldn't give the man -- simply because their are things, due to social beliefs and training that boys and girls go through during childhood, that would work better for a woman than for a man - or that are definitely needed by women and not by men.

There is different conditioning, and there is bias. To deny either is, I think, delusional. To deny it in the interest of political-correctness, or to avoid risking offending women is, I think, counter-productive - not only for me as the teacher, but for them as someone who's supposed to be learning how to survive in a real-world encounter with someone who isn't going to be nice, politically-correct, or considerate.

As my students know, exploring reality like this isn't for everyone. But it can be useful to students who are ready, able, and willing to open up to find out, first-hand, what may be holding YOU back...

What is getting in YOUR way?

What conditioning or belief is getting in YOUR way?

What conditioning or belief systems or barriers do YOU have, that are getting in the way of YOUR learning, YOUR progress, or YOUR ability to perform correctly under-pressure, during a real attack?


What techniques, tactics or strategies might best fit YOU, because of your job, your lifestyle, or the environments you frequent most often?

And, as always, I challenge you to be relentless in your pursuit of seeking out reality in your own training and life…and be willing to develop the habits of being brutally honest with yourself. I find it ironic that most people feel more at-ease and comfortable being brutally honest, or at least about voicing his or her opinion about and to others... but hide from the same raw honesty when it's directed at themselves!

I would also suggest that you make it your mission of insisting that others whom you rely on give it to you straight, and don't hold back in an effort to soften the impact of the lessons you need to make sure that you're getting what I and a few others are offering. And that is simply this:

"Real Training for Real People in a Real World!"

Because, in this world of ours, nothing short of that will do! When it comes to your life - to surviving a brutal attack that, even if it doesn't kill you... WILL change you for the rest of your life! So... there is no room for illusion, delusion, or being politically-correct because you don't like the words, the topic, or the format of the training.

If you have a really good chance of having to deal with something on the street, in your home, or whereever the attack occurs...then you, and your teacher, have a moral and ethical OBLIGATION to make sure that it's a part of your training!

NOTE: I'll be presenting at the WCI Women's Self-Defense Intensive on February 16th, to be held at the Warrior Concepts Blck Belt Mastery Academy in Sunbury, Pennsylvania. During this very focused training opportunity, and along with some very powerful techniques, strategies and tactics designed for women's self-defense, I'll also talk about some of the ways that women get in their own way when it comes to getting the kind of real-world self-protection training they need. Some of these are universal, and also shared by men.

And just as men have certain self-sabotage attitudes and behaviors that are uniquely their own, women have more than a few that are uniquely theirs too. There are some strategies and tactics worth borrowing from men. But there are also some very specific tactics and techniques that can be used by a woman that can literally make her self-defense techniques in many ways more brutally effective.

I think you'll find that what I teach you about this will be very eye-opening, and may just liberate you from a lot of limiting B.S. Either way, I know that it will empower you to achieve better results with your training, and allow you to defend yourself against bigger, stronger, more committed assailants with less struggle than you ever imagined. I hope I'll see you there.

Jeffrey M. Miller SPS, DTI


Jeffrey M. Miller SPS, DTI, is an internationally-recognized and highly sought-after expert in the realms of self-protection, safety and security, and suriving acts of catastrophic workplace violence. He is a former federal police officer, undercover drug and black market suppression agent, private investigator and bodyguard - all professions which demnanded that what he knew worked - every time!

Jeff is the author of several books, including The Karate-Myth, which explains why most martial art and self-defense programs are wrong and how to truly be safe in today'soften unsafe world. He is also the author of the Amazon best-seller, "Advanced Self-Defense Combat Tactics," the safety video titled, "Danger Prevention Tactics," and is a contribiting author to several peer-reviewed and edited works, including: "Workplace Violence in Mental and General Healthcare Settings," and "GIS in Hospital and Healthcare Emergency Management", both published for the general healthcare and psychiatric professions in 2010.

Jeff has spoken at conferences and universties, hosted and taught at seminars and workshops - including a presentation given to over 10,000 Girls Scouts and Leaders at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania. And, he has created company-centered training programs that are both life-saving and liability-conscious. Mr. Miller even serves as a legal expert witness in cases involving assault and self-defense issues.

Every month, he teaches thousands of students from both the US and around the world, how to be more safe, secure, and able to survive should the unthinkable occur. You can reach Mr. Miller for more information or to book him for an event, either by email at, or by calling his office at (570) 988-2228.
His professional CV is available upon request.



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