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What is the Greatest Defensive Skill?

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.

Why Staying Alert is Key for Personal Defense

While marksmanship is a lofty goal, it is only one part of the personal defense objective.

Aiming for 'Condition Yellow:' A Lesson in Awareness

Every defense-minded citizen always ought to be in Condition Yellow, but that's not always possible, as Sheriff Jim explains.

Looking & Assessing: An Essential Element of Defensive Training

During training, many shooters feign that look-and-assess movement at the end of a shooting string...but do they really mean it? Here's why it's important to check your surroundings, even when practicing.

Alternate Defense Plans

Too often we fail to look at the big picture regarding personal defense.

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