Principles of Personal Defense and how we train

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    Principles of Personal Defense and how we train

    I just re-read Jeff Cooper's book "Principles of Personal Defense" (my 3rd or 4th time). This is a book that I'd recommend to anyone who wants to carry a weapon for self-defense and for anyone who wants to be prepared when the shtf.

    For those who don't know the Principles, they are:

    Alertness
    Decisiveness
    Aggressiveness
    Speed
    Coolness
    Ruthlessness
    Surprise

    While I was reading the book, I kept thinking about the Pink Panther! Yes, the Pink Panther and how Inspector Closeau has instructed his trusted servant Kato to always try and surprise attack him. While the movie turned this idea into a farce, I'm not so sure it's a bad idea. How often do we train how to react when totally surprised? Obviously, training like this has to be done very carefully so no one gets hurt, but maybe we can set up scenarios where even though we know we're in training, we can still be surprised.

    Shooting at paper targets at a range is just not going to train us for the real world and prepare us for what life brings our way.
    Ben

    Cogito, ergo armatum sum. I think, therefore I am armed. (Don Mann, The Modern Day Gunslinger; the ultimate handgun training manual)


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    Agree!

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