You can say what you want to about your favorite defensive school or those advanced-fighting techniques you learned, but the greatest defensive skill that a person can develop is simply awareness. I will freely admit that developing effective awareness is anything but simple, but being able to spot trouble before it is close enough to get in your face will certainly save you from a lot of trouble and possibly even some pain and grief.
Realistically, all you need in a micro-IFAK is a tourniquet, properly staged on a carrier, an absorbent bandage such as an Israeli battle bandage or Cederroth Bloodstopper, a pack of QuikClot Combat Gauze, a pair of gloves and a Hyfin Chest Seal.
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Instructors who insist on one way of doing things or students who refuse to learn do nobody any favors, says Sheriff Jim. Here's how to approach training.