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Category: Derek Smith

How to Choose the Right Survival Knife for YOU!

How to Choose the Right Survival Knife for YOU!

I carry a knife with me almost everywhere I go, and I have a variety of knives that I like. In the military and as an agent I always had a knife with me, sometimes more than one. The Air Force actually issued me the knife shown below.

Developing a Fight Winning Attitude

Developing a Fight Winning Attitude

In my years of training and fighting, I have discovered that most fights are lost for one very simple reason: hesitation. The person being attacked either does not react fast enough or is less willing to use violent force than the attacker. A bad guy who attacks you has no problem hurting you… but are Read More

Strike Like You Mean It: The Fluid Shock-Wave Principle

Strike Like You Mean It: The Fluid Shock-Wave Principle

I would like to introduce you to a fighting principle called the Fluid Shock Wave Principle. I was taught this principle when I became an instructor in a police defensive tactics system called PPCT which stood for Pressure Point Control Tactics. Even though this was the primary focus of the system, I won’t be talking Read More

Get Out Alive: A Guide for Urban Survival by Derek Smith

Get Out Alive: A Guide for Urban Survival by Derek Smith

When it comes to urban survival, there is no one size fits all solution. You must prepare in various ways when it comes to surviving an emergency or crisis situation. Each situation may require a different and possibly unique set of skills to deal with the crisis. Because of this, it’s important for you to Read More

Impact Weapons: Escrima Stick or Expandable Baton

Impact Weapons: Escrima Stick or Expandable Baton

Martial Arts & Weapons When it comes to self-defense, I like to train in systems that are practical, especially when it comes to martial arts that train in weapons use. You probably don’t carry around samurai swords, spears, or nunchucks with you, but you might carry a pocket knife or stick. For years I have Read More

Dealing With Combat Stress

Dealing With Combat Stress

It Can Happen To Anyone As a veteran of the Navy, Air Force,Army, and a former federal and military special agent, I have seen my share of action that most never have, or never will experience. Due to these experiences, I have been diagnosed by the veteran’s administration as having Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, better Read More