Podcast Episode 61: Interview with Maija Soderholm

I had a great time doing an interview with Maija Soderholm for the podcast. We got to talk about Arnis and Filipino martial arts, knives, knife design, her books, her views on martial arts and self-defense, and of course, what it was like to train with her teacher, Maestro Sonny Umpad.

In the bonus episode on Patreon, she answers questions from my Patrons and she also shows us her new knife design.

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Podcast Episode 011: Interview with Clint Overland

Here’s another interview, this time with Clint Overland. He’s led the life of a violence professional for several decades and has survived it. Clint gives some hard-earned wisdom on violence, working as a bouncer, rape, self-defense and much more. He doesn’t hold anything back, so be warned that this episode will shatter some bubbles…

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Show Notes:

1. Rape prevention:

2. Bouncer work:

3. Violence:

4. Seminar:

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Podcast Episode 010: Interview with Terry Trahan

In today’s episode, I interview Terry Trahan, a good friend and an amazing instructor. Terry has “led an interesting life”, to put it midly and he speaks from not only in-depth training when it comes to violence, but also from hard-earned and dearly paid for experience.  He’s one of those people I have a blanket endorsement for: if you have the chance to train with him, do so.

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1. Self-defense and legal consequences:

2. First Aid training:

3. Society:

4. Knives:

5. Seminars:

6. Terry Trahan online:

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Teenager shot by police at Reno high school: Lessons to learn

I just got sent this link to a video of a teenager shot by the police at a Reno high school:

You can view another angle here.
What seems to be known so far.
The predictable response here.

What is likely to happen now:

  • There will be the usual outcry along the lines of “Why did he shoot him, the kid only had a knife?” from those with no understanding of the dynamics involved in such an encounter.
  • Then there will be some more outrage as the journalists, pundits and professional rabble-rousers do their thing.
  • In the end, nothing will change and it’ll be waiting for the next incident.

In the mean time, I suggest focusing on the lessons we can learn from this. There are several things to take away form this video:

  • Disarming somebody with a knife without hurting him is not easy, nor is there a guaranteed technique you can use to pull it off. What’s more, a knife represents lethal force. Such a threat is typically responded to with lethal force, such as a firearm. Why? Because when you don’t and things go wrong, they can go wrong in catastrophic fashion (fast forward to 7min15 for the attack):

  • If the officer didn’t stop the kid and went down himself like the officers in the previous video did, the kid could have slaughtered several of students who were standing there. It’s the officer’s duty to avoid that, along with not dying himself. So if you brandish a knife and threaten others with it, act erratic and refuse to drop it when ordered, you should expect a definite response from law enforcement.
  • For those who don’t understand this, here are some realities about violence, about knife vs. gun and also this article. As an overall strategy, when faced with a knife and you have the option: run. Run for your life. Which brings us to the next point.
  • Look at the other students. They refuse to leave and even come closer as soon as the kid is no longer looking right at them or moving in their direction. There is no way to emphasize enough how monumentally stupid this is… If you have kids, teach them to flee when an event like this happens. I teach this to my children and repeat the lesson regularly: being an innocent bystander doesn’t make you safe. On the contrary, you can become a victim in an instant or become collateral damage when law enforcement takes action. Here’s an article with many examples. Here’s a video that shows exactly how fast bystanders can become victims, even when they think the fight is over…
Teenager shot by police at Reno high school - Lessons to learn

Teenager threatening with a knife in Reno high school

Early reports claim the kid was bullied and lashed out like this to protect himself. I have no idea if this is true, the investigation is ongoing and should reveal more. If true, is this enough to give him a pass on pulling a knife like that? That discussion is beyond the point of this article. The point is to learn from this incident and avoid becoming a victim.

Good luck and stay safe.