The Guardian Broadcast

"Providing Concealed Carry & Armed Self-Defense Wisdom."

A podcast by Patrick Kilchermann, founder of the Concealed Carry University.


"Where are the 'Real' Ninjas?"


There is a lingering, prolific, and totally unrealistic impression that prevails in the higher levels of gun training - it borders on Hollywood-level deception, even if sometimes well intended. This broadcast is Patrick's way of providing some necessary reasoning and realism with regard to "Ninjas."

The Guardian BroadcastPatrick Kilchermann
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Do you believe in Ninjas? I hope not. But many people who carry concealed do believe in them. This is not good. I’m going to try to speak some reason now and burst this bubble if I can.

Okay. Ninjas don’t exist. Within the context of concealed carry… what is a ninja? A ninja is a person who is so trained… so focused… so completely aware… and so lethal, that they are untouchable. Without even breaking a sweat, this person can put down any number of adversaries. Fist, knife, pistol, or rifle – whatever they wield becomes laser-effective; whatever they point them at becomes destroyed. This Ninja is who many people who carry concealed strive to be. After all, you’re a regular Joe. You’re a mere mortal. You’re not fit to carry the spare magazine of the Ninja, right? But maybe… just maybe… if you stand close enough to this Ninja, you will learn a couple tricks that will offer you a little bit of the power, right?

Wrong. Because the truth is, Ninjas don’t exist. Now, I’m not just bursting bubbles here today. I am preaching this sad but good news because this is the only true path toward liberation. Let the tribal chiefs gather their followings – but I want you to be independent. I want you to have something that these leaders try to hide and something that their followers feel great inadequacy over: confidence.

Trust in yourself and your abilities – not just your gunfighting or threat awareness abilities, because those are real skills that do need to be developed; but I want you to have confidence in your ability to actually achieve those skills. And I don’t want you to think you need to journey to the top of Kilimanjaro and live with the native gunfighters for 3 years in order to get those skills. And I certainly don’t want you to think you can’t be razor-sharp if you’re down to one good knee, no good hips, and if your eyes took a dive on you fifteen years ago.

Alright, so let me, first, be very clear:

Like many young men, I used to believe Ninjas existed. I watched the action sequences in movies, I saw the videos from experts in this field, and I idolized these guys. I wanted to be them. And I didn’t feel I’d ever be satisfied unless I was them.

And now I know, this was all bunk. I searched and searched, but I came up dry. The experts from the videos were consistently disappointing in person. The action sequences were paper thin bits of choreography that wouldn’t last in reality. They’re actors. Most fighters? They’re actors. Their styles and schools of thought don’t hold up in an environment where there are no rules – where the only goal is efficient and effective destruction. I’ve seen who I consider to be the best of the best, and they’re no different than me. They can’t bend time or physics. They’re human, they’re vulnerable, and most are pretty unpolished. Some are certainly polished, but not to the point of magic or mystery – they’ve simply worked hard to develop real and good abilities.

And yet, I get emails all the time with underlying assumptions that I’m one of these Ninjas. Comments like “I’m sure nobody would be stupid enough to mess with you.”

Well, I am not a Ninja, and I’ve never seen a Ninja. It would be very easy to kill me. Wait outside my house in the woods with a rifle. When I come out with my coffee cup – pop. In traffic at a red light: pop. Or even on the street – even announce your presence but come with two friends. One or two of you might die, but I’m going to die as well. Or don’t announce your presence, and just wait until I walk past you. Or, gain a 1-second advantage on me in an otherwise fair fight. It’s not rocket science, and I am not a ninja. I have to sleep every night. Again: killing me would be easy. And this is true for every expert in the field.

I say again: I am not a Ninja. Last night, I spent 3 minutes scrubbing dried sweet potato from the floor beneath the table where my kids eat. I spent 5 minutes applying some felt-sided adhesive to my car’s sun-visor to stop it from rattling. I found out that because one of my bank cards expired, my life-insurance autopay stopped being withdrawn every month and that I was no longer covered, so I spent a bunch of time on the phone dealing with that. I changed the tube in a flat stroller tire. I rolled in the garbage can and I took out the recycling. I had a long talk with my wife about how to deal with one of my daughter’s tendencies to lash out when you try to give her a hug after she falls or hurts herself. In short: I am a normal guy, and I do normal guy things. Why am I saying this? Because not too many other people are.

People in this space who call themselves “trainers” can be ridiculous. They profit from and feed the belief in Ninjas. They put on the costumes, the sunglasses, the ‘sandbox beards’ right now because they’re in style but won’t be in a couple years, the 5.11 clothing, they turn on the cameras, and they shoot fifty takes and show you the most impressive ones. They play with zooms to make targets look more distant than they really are. They put on these tough-guy mantras to make you think they have the special power, with the implication being that standing in their light – paying money to stand in their light - can give you some of it, too.

Now, a tiny bit of this might be necessary. There are certain students who can’t learn unless it’s from someone who’s more Alpha than they are. Their brains literally won’t let them, so in order to reach them, some trainers push the limits. That’s probably a service to our community of warriors, because I can understand that. But it can and does get out of hand, and the line is when the legend outpaces the man so much that their students no longer believe they can ever have what the Ninja has.

This is a problem – because – it can not only send you on a wild-goose chase where you are trying to make the full-time expert’s 50th YouTube take the rule and expectation for what should be possible in your mind, but it can put you in a state of discouragement: I’ll never be that good. Why even try?

I’m here to say: You CAN be that good. You are probably already better than you think; and if you don’t believe me, film yourself some time. Because of the disparity between time perceived by the actors and time perceived by the spectators, you probably FEEL a lot less competent than you look from the outside. But even if you do stink right now; you only stink because you’re undeveloped.

If you really aren’t good – if you have no form, no control over your weapon, no good motion in your feet, or if you are constantly slipping into Condition White when out and about – it’s only because you haven’t yet put your time in yet.

If you devote yourself to these skills, even for a very short time, ability will follow. It’s a mathematical certainty. Resistance over time equals growth. It’s just what happens.

I have watched people who couldn’t do a single pull-up grow to doing twelve sets of twelve pull-ups within six months, simply by working their way up slowly. I’ve watched people lose a hundred pounds of body fat simply by eating less garbage and going for long walks every evening instead of watching TV. I’ve watched new-comers who looked at me with awe and reverence over my gun-handling abilities outpace me in half a year, simply because they put more time into it than I have.

This stuff is not hard. Violence is not hard. Gunfighting is not hard. Situational Awareness is not hard. 8/10th’s-second draws and 1.2-second kill shots through the head out of the holster are not hard. It only takes two things:

First, you have to BELIEVE you can do it, which requires rejecting people or cultures that suggest you can’t ---- and then you have to get busy and put your time in, preferably within the constraints of a tested system.

Remember: TRAINING is the mold. TRAINING merely builds the mold. TRAINING is useful to get the mold built, but then it’s useless, senseless, and ineffective. Once you get TRAINING and learn HOW things should be done, then you need to get to PRACTICE – and bring your body-knowledge up to match your education through mental and physical repetition spread over many months of TIME.

Providing this honest, reality-based education is and has always been my goal through Concealed Carry University. I hope you remain on board, because we’re going places, my friend.

That is all. Have a fantastic week.