Hello from the Texas Panhandle
This is a discussion on Hello from the Texas Panhandle within the New Members Introduce Yourself forums, part of the DefensiveCarry.com Forum Office category; I was a bookish and nerdy kid (still am bookish and nerdy really). I also moved around a lot. When I was 13, I moved ...
December 24th, 2004 05:13 AM
Hello from the Texas Panhandle
I was a bookish and nerdy kid (still am bookish and nerdy really). I also moved around a lot. When I was 13, I moved to a larger city and big school. I got picked on a lot so I took up Martial Arts. They really changed my life. Iíve switched styles and schools a LOT. Iíve spent 20+ years as a martial arts vagrant, spending a year or two in one system and then moving on to learn something different. Now, I donít claim any title or rank in any system and donít think of myself as an expert but Iíve learned a lot and the comparison and contrasts between instructors, schools and systems has been part of the reason for what Iíve learned.
After college, I worked in New Mexico where I taught hazardous material emergency response. I moved from New Mexico to Iowa where I worked for a municipal fire department in the fire marshalís office. That was pretty fun. It gave the nerdy bookish side of me a chance to do some technical work while I worked in a law enforcement role too.
I left the fire service and moved to Amarillo, Texas where I work as an emergency manager and incident commander for a federally owned site just outside of Amarillo. Itís also fun and interesting work. I spend my time as a go-between for the worlds of engineers and safety analysts and the emergency responders. Itís cool work for someone whoís got a desire for action and emergencies but is also a bookish nerd like I am.
I shoot for a hobby as well as for self-defense. I really enjoy taking shooting classes. Lately Iíve enjoyed and benefited a lot from Gabriel Suarezís training. Itís good stuff and I highly recommend it. For non-gun stuff, Iíve really liked Michael Janichís Martial Blade Concepts training. The information and techniques that these two trainers put out blend well together. Iím a club officer for one of the local gun clubs. I run IDPA matches for fun (not for training).
If youíre in Amarillo or the Texas Panhandle, shoot me an e-mail.
December 24th, 2004 09:33 AM
Nice introduction, it\'s good to have you onboard.
December 24th, 2004 12:58 PM
Welcome to the forum. That was an interesting introduction, thanks for taking the time to post it.
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