Stop Fooling Yourself – Monderno on Physical Fitness and Conditioning

“Fitness is a monumentally important aspect of firearms and self-defense…”

-Aaron Cowan via Stop Fooling Yourself – Monderno.


This article by Aaron Cowan is spot on. Some of you know that a couple years ago, I started training in Krav Maga. While the hand-on skills set is a huge benefit, the real reason I started working out with Jeanna Cournoyer and Mike Williams at Fight Back Fit started with the great GOTR helicopter hog hunt that just happened to land on my 36th birthday.

I flew that day weighing some 340lbs. WAY over the seat limit for the aircraft and though it was a great day, when I saw the photos, I realized I had a problem. I was that guy I knew wasn’t going to last ten seconds in a real fight. Sure, I was fast on the gun. Really fast. But, between knee and back injuries over the years and a career that had me riding a desk for 12-14 hours a day, I simply wasn’t 21 any more. I know some of the older guys, including Jason, are saying, just wait kid…Keep getting older and we’ll talk.

Fact is, that first 30 second stress drill we ran in my first Krav class showed me how long 30 seconds really can be when you’re tasked with maximum exertion for the duration of the fight. Not only was I gassed at the end, I was largely incapacitated. I couldn’t stand up. I was on all fours, gasping for air. There was no way I could reasonably expect to defend my gun if I had to keep someone from taking it, let alone access and use that gun with the accuracy and speed standards stressed in shooting classes I’ve taken over the years.  That drill caused me to flash back to something you don’t hear in every class but, I did hear from Paul Howe, Sonny Puzikas, and a few others who’d been kind enough to take me under their wing over the years…While mindset is critical, the importance of physical conditioning, overall fitness, and endurance are hugely underestimated and neglected by many shooters.

Many will scoff and I get it. Life gets in the way. I’m not going to be jumping out of a burning helicopter any time soon and I am not Jason Bourne. None of that matters, folks. When you’re elected, the fight is on. Just as you have to “run what you brung” in the gun/knife department, the body you’ve got is the one that will either win or lose this fight. The gun or knife might not be available or you’ll have to fight to deploy them. The better shape you’re in, the more effective you’ll be at deploying that gun or knife. And let’s not ignore the fact there is a very strong possibility that you will suffer an injury during your fight. Again, the better shape you’re in before the fight, the better shape you’re likely to be in after the fight.

So where am I after two years? Well, I’m down 65lbs and still falling with plateaus that come here and there. While weight was a big concern, the important part for me is those 30 second stress drills are now occasionally two or three minute drills. While I still find myself feeling momentary exhaustion as anyone would, the recovery doesn’t require 50 minutes of me gasping for air like it did that first day. I can take a 30 second break and get back into the fight in addition to be generally stronger and faster. I’ll never be a kid again but, I am not fooling myself anymore either.


Autopsy Shows Michael Brown Was Struck at Least 6 Times –


“This one here looks like his head was bent downward,” he said, indicating the wound at the very top of Mr. Brown’s head. “It can be because he’s giving up, or because he’s charging forward at the officer.”

-Dr. Michael Baden via Autopsy Shows Michael Brown Was Struck at Least 6 Times –

So the first autopsy results are in. Hard to imagine two more will yield significantly different results but, in a world where folks have shot themselves in the back of the head twice, anything is possible. All that said, I suspect these results will stand. So what does it mean? Well, it is in line with an interview by Dana Loesch.

“He pulled up ahead of them. And then he got a call-in that there was a strong-arm robbery. And, they gave a description. And, he’s looking at them and they got something in their hands and it looks like it could be what, you know those cigars or whatever. So he goes in reverse back to them. Tries to get out of his car. They slam his door shut violently. I think he said Michael did. And, then he opened the car again. He tried to get out. He stands up.


And then Michael just bum-rushes him and shoves him back into his car. Punches him in the face and them Darren grabs for his gun. Michael grabbed for the gun. At one point he got the gun entirely turned against his hip. And he shoves it away. And the gun goes off.

Well, then Michael takes off and gets to be about 35 feet away. And, Darren’s first protocol is to pursue. So, he stands up and yells, “Freeze!” Michael and his friend turn around. And Michael taunts him… And then all the sudden he just started bumrushing him. He just started coming at him full speed. And, so he just started shooting. And, he just kept coming. And, so he really thinks he was on something.”

-”Josie,”  Alleged friend of Office Darren Wilson via Dana Loesch, the Dana Show

This is also in line with a conversation between two witnesses at the scene who didn’t realize they were being recorded. That video was recorded by someone sympathetic to Michael Brown, believing it to be a criminal act rather than legitimate use of force.

Without getting into any of the hype and emotion, the facts are increasingly pointing to a justified shooting. As we mentioned on the podcast, we’ve largely avoided commenting because so much of what was reported early on had to be retracted. The shame of it is the willingness of the media and alleged “community leaders” to fan the flames of racism rather than simply asking a legitimate question of what happened. People recklessly released the personal information of the officer involved and before that, others misidentified an innocent officer in the same style as Spike Lee during the Zimmerman case. The sad reality is, even if the next two autopsies confirm the results of the first, there are those who will continue to use this case and the events surrounding it to promote their own personal agenda.


Ryan J. Reilly had a long night…So long his ignorance was showing

Can’t make this stuff up. Ryan J. Reilly, your ignorance is showing. On the subject at hand, you may have noticed we’ve been holding our tongues on this incident. We’ve done that mainly because we’re trying hard not to be like everyone else, offering opinion when the facts still aren’t in or fully known. What we can say definitively is that contrary to some news reports, not every black person in Ferguson is rioting or looting. Not every cop is out to oppress minorities. Not every shooting is another case of “the man keeping a brother down.” Sometimes shootings, whether white on black or black on white are in fact, justified. Get over it.


Michael Bloomberg’s anti-gun money up in smoke as pro-gun sheriff wins in Wisconsin – Washington Times

The race took on national tones just last week when Mr. Bloomberg — who helps head the Mayors Against Illegal Guns group and who has taken up a personal crusade to scale back Second Amendment rights — threw in $150,000 to defeat Sheriff Clarke. That amount was more than what Sheriff Clarke and his opponent, Chris Moews, spent on their entire campaigns, The Post reported.

via Michael Bloomberg’s anti-gun money up in smoke as pro-gun sheriff wins in Wisconsin – Washington Times.

I just love a little bit of good news on “Hump Day.” Don’t you? It’s inspiring to see the voice of the people resonate in spite of meddling from the likes of Michael Bloomberg. In his crusade to buy his way into Heaven by sending gun rights to Hell, Bloomberg was handed a full on defeat by the people of Milwaukee County, Wisconsin.

Chris W. Cox, Executive Director of the NRA Institute for Legislative Action issued this statement: “On behalf of the NRA’s five million members, we would like to congratulate Sheriff David A. Clarke on his hard fought victory in yesterday’s Primary election for Milwaukee County Sheriff. Sheriff Clarke’s outspoken commitment to the Second Amendment earned him the admiration of NRA members and gun owners nationwide. His dedication to freedom and the Constitution also earned him the wrath of gun control elitist Michael Bloomberg and his allies, who spent over half a million dollars (more money than both candidates in this race combined) trying to defeat Sheriff Clarke. But in the end, Bloomberg’s money could not buy the hearts and minds of the voters.”


Graphic machete attack painfully illustrates the speed and nature of true violence and why we carry guns

My immediate thought is THIS IS WHY I CARRY A GUN! Cliché, yes? Doesn’t mean it’s an invalid observation or opinion. Take note that this machete attack begins and ends in less than 60 seconds. Where this happened is largely unimportant. You name the major city, this could just as easily be anywhere USA and the results would be similar.

When faced with violence, you can get “lucky” and survive on the mercy/ineptitude of the aggressor. We are seeing just that in this video as the manager of a cybercafe tries to stop a robbery with what looks like a broomstick. He falls to the ground because he loses his balance and his stick after taking a half-hearted swing at the first attacker. Still, the hits/cuts, don’t seem to be incapacitating for the defender in the moment of the attack. That’s something to note in terms of mindset. We tell people all the time, just because your cut, hit, or shot, doesn’t mean you’re done. This man very nearly was done because he stopped fighting almost as soon as he hit the first attacker. People often lose fights and die simply because they give up the moment pain is inflicted upon them. Of course, it might have been better to bring something more than a broomstick to that fight too…See thought number one on this subject.

Also note the complete lack of interest/aid from bystanders. Only one or two people react to what’s going on and they quickly return to minding their own business…Putting their faces back in their screens as if nothing happened while a man lay bleeding on the floor. Though we often hear of bystanders stepping in, in the grand scheme of things, it’s a rare event. How many IHOP robberies have we heard of here in Houston where most patrons simply watched the robbery happen? Don’t take that as necessarily faulting those people. The fact is, it is often better to simply be a good witness. If you want to go home at night, that is the often the preferred policy.

Last but not least, we NEVER see the police. When is there even time to make THAT call? The harsh reality is you are on your own. You cannot count on the kindness of strangers…The person who feels compelled to intercede on behalf of a stranger is a rare duck. And once again, when seconds count, the police are minutes away. Deal with it. Plan accordingly.


German gun designer’s quest for a smarter weapon infuriates U.S. gun rights advocates – The Washington Post

Second Amendment advocates, fearing the technology will be mandated, launched angry protests this year against stores in Maryland and California that tried to sell it.

via German gun designer’s quest for a smarter weapon infuriates U.S. gun rights advocates – The Washington Post.

Leave it to the mainstream media to make this a touchy feely issue. No one cares how this man feels. His feelings and “guilt” are irrelevant. And it wasn’t “fear” that drove the protests. It is in fact the law that fueled the protests.

At issue is pre-existing knee jerk legislation passed in response to previous tragedies, mandates that once such a gun hits the market, that the ONLY guns allowed to be sold in certain states going foward would be so called “smart guns” So in bringing the gun to market, it potentially enacted bans on all conventionally firearms in place like California, Maryland, and New Jersey. And the only “fear” is that the technology remains immature, untested. and impractical for any serious purpose. If it were a fully vetted technology, we’d see law enforcement and military begging for it.


Rep. Mike Honda Introduces Bill Banning Civilians from Buying Body Armor | NBC Bay Area

Based on one of the latest Democrat proposals for “safety,” it is obvious that at least some of these people not only want to get rid of the Second Amendment, they want to eliminate any and all forms of self-defense, including body armor. By itself, body armor serves a purely defensive purpose. It does not launch bullets. It cannot be used directly to harm anyone except perhaps as a blunt object with which to beat someone. It’s only real purpose is to protect the life of the person wearing it. None of those facts stopped Rep. Mike Honda of San Jose, California (Yes, the land of fruits and nuts) from proposing a ban on the purchase of body armor by civilians.

Honda claims that shootings by armored criminals is a new trend. He further claims that experts say, “access to military-grade body armor emboldens criminals and mass shooters to act.”  He is quoted by the local NBC affiliate saying:

“This bill will keep military body armor out of the wrong hands,” Honda said. “It would ensure that only law enforcement, firefighters and other first responders would be able to access enhanced body armor.”

“We’re not talking about just a standard bullet-proof vest,” he said. “We’re talking about body armor that is designed for warfare, designed to protect against law enforcement ammunitions.”

Never mind that the act only bans the sale to otherwise law abiding people. As is always the case, those with the intent of doing harm or otherwise committing a crime, can and will continue doing what they do, regardless of the law.



Why the “New NRA” Terrifies the Political Left – Bearing Arms

“The younger, more hip, and more diverse stable of commentators that is the public face of the National Rifle Association in their new media properties seems to terrify the anti-gun left, and they’ve gone after them with a vengeance that they typically reserve for minorities that dare leave the liberal plantation.”

via Why the “New NRA” Terrifies the Political Left – Bearing Arms.


NRA-ILA | The Sheriff Who Dared to Ask For Help

“With officers laid off and furloughed, simply calling 9-1-1 and waiting is no longer your best option. You could beg for mercy from a violent criminal, hide under the bed or you could fight back. But are you prepared? Consider taking a certified safety course on handling a firearm so you can defend yourself until we get there. You have a duty to protect yourself and your family. We’re partners now. Can I count on you?”  Sheriff David Clarke via NRA-ILA | The Sheriff Who Dared to Ask For Help.

If you’ve never heard of Sheriff David Clarke, you need to read this article over at the NRA’s ILA website. This man is the kind of sheriff we need in every county of every state. As sheriff, he has displayed far more intellectual honesty that just about any other elected official in the country.