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National Safety Month Gun Safety Campaign

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Safety Solutions Academy is the name of my company and it shouldn't…
SSA Podcast 425

425 - Stepping Outside Your Personal Protection Comfort Zone

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Stepping outside of your comfort zone is the ticket to growth…
Maximize Your Defensive handgun Class

410 - Easy Steps to Maximize Your Defenisve Training

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410 - Make Sure You Are Prepared for Your Defensive Training…
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0346 - Modifying training to ensure safety with Daniel Shaw

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If you spend any reasonable amount of time training with firearms,…
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SSA talks about training scars, competition and defensive shooting with WTBGU! Podcast

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Ron Larimer over at When the Balloon Goes Up! took some time…
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Why Carry Concealed?

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[svp]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KGEVFMGN15w[/svp] http://www.SafetySolutionsAcademy.com Do…
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0302 - Training and Practice Dangers We Ignore

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In my opinion in the self-defense training industry we focus on the "glamorous" dangers to the exclusion of many of the more likely risks we face in our environment. Don't get me wrong, we need to talk about the reality that things can go wrong in self-defense training. Let's face it, any time we train with guns, the risk is there that someone could get shot. There is no way to bring the risk to 0. When we train with unarmed skills it is completely possible that some one could get their bell rung. Yes we should take precautions to try and prevent these situations, but in my opinion the trainers and trainees can't stop there.
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0301 - Having the Guts to Cut the Cord

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Life is full of struggles! Some are physical, some are intellectual, some are financial, some are emotional. The list of challenges we face goes on and on and what amazes me is how often we get in the way of solving our own problems. Right now I am realizing that I am in the midst of making some ridiculously painful decisions regarding my pickup truck. The process that I am going through reminds me of something that I often see my students struggle with in class. So, today we are going to talk about my 1995 Dodge and training.
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0300 - Safety as a Concept In Training and in Life

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Recently I stopped to look at the rules that were posted in our local YMCA swimming pool. There were a total of 14 rules listed one of which was, "No breath holding contests." It was really frustrating to read the rules that were trying to address very specific situations that were considered a danger and missing the big picture. There was no mention of "Swim within your ability," or any other rule that addressed safety as a concept. When we have rules like, "No breath holding contests," I always look for the rules that say, "Do not park your vehicles in the swimming pool," and "No chainsaws allowed in the hot tub." We can never address EVERY safety concern with a rule and we need to stop trying. When we attempt to cover it all specifically we will miss something, we will smother those we are trying to protect with minutia and we short circuit out goal of creating a safer environment.
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0288 - Four Factors that Can Restrict Your Self-Defense Training

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I know that based on the demographics of the folks that listen to this podcast that our community is filled with folks that train more than the general population when it comes to dealing with violence. I also know from personal experience that I don't train as much as I want to. I dare to say it, but I don't train as much as I should. Yes, I train a lot. Yes, I train more than most people. My training and competency level have nothing to do with anyone else. It isn't about comparisons, it is about continual improvement. I am seeking to improve continually and so, I need to step back every once in a while and analyze what it is that is holding me back from doing what I should do and more importantly what I NEED to do.
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0280 - I.C.E. Training Defensive Firearms Coach Instructor Development Course

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I have worked hard to extend my professionalism in the area of continuing education as a defensive firearms instructor, but for the most part I have been relegated to nugget hunting. Spending hours and hours in courses to find that one piece of information that made it "worth my while." As time has progressed, I have found fewer and fewer nuggets and I have a harder time spending energy away from my family and my business squandering resources for little benefit. the I.C.E. Defensive Firearms Coach IDC wasn't that way.