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Self Defense in Today’s Society (Part 6)

Posted: March 10, 2016

Last week, we looked at the mental aspects of self defense and the combat mindset, particularly when you’re concealed carrying. But there is a whole other area to consider. To be fully prepared, you need to know how to survive unarmed combat. 

There are many different fighting arts and styles. Some are more sport oriented, while some are pointed more at the “street.” Many have both characteristics. All of them are useful, if you understand what their function is. 

None of them are really 100% street oriented, though, because no one would survive the training. Injuries would abound, and people would never come back. You have to keep safety and reasonable precautions in mind. 

Library Cards, Pep Band, and Captain America.

Posted: March 09, 2016

In the absence of a clear topic for this week’s article, I thought I’d cover a couple interesting things that have happened over the past few days. So in reverse order of occurrence, here goes:

After 3 years, I accomplished a huge goal today when my 5-year-old got his first library card. We’ve been going there since he was able to walk. At first, I took him there every week, so he could practice going up and down steps. Then we went so he could ride the elevator. Of course, I got books too, for him and myself. 

We’ve also enjoyed the pre-school summer series, and got to sing songs, see special guests, make box cars, and even pet a “slimy snake!” But now that he has his own library card, he told me, “Daddy, I don’t need you anymore. I have my own library card now.” 

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