The Guardian Broadcast
"Providing Concealed Carry & Armed Self-Defense Wisdom."
A podcast by Patrick Kilchermann, founder of the Concealed Carry University.
"The Top-Down View of Self-Defense as a Guide to Excellence"
At its core, self-defense is a relatively simple concept: you put in force and pressure, and your odds of surviving an attack go up. Learning and Teaching where and how (and when and when NOT) to apply those things is the goal of CCU.
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In my opinion, one of the most important take-aways from the Concealed Carry University approach to Effective Self-Defense is one of simplicity. It is our big-picture view. In other words, Keep it Simple.
You see, unless we keep it simple with a strategic, top-down approach, the world of concealed carry becomes a gigantic, subjective, bottom-up, anecdotal “he saw/she saw” flash-card memory game. What are the best guns? What ammo brand is the best? What are the various stages of the draw stroke? What is a manual of arms and where do I get one? And you end up with all sorts of sensational bits of “wisdom.” Articles that get tossed around and then forgotten, such as:
> The top 5 Self-Defense Handguns.
> The 3 Most Powerful Backup Guns.
> One Weird Trick to Making your Concealed Handgun Disappear Beneath Your Clothing.
> Shocking New Ammunition Breakthrough Puts Them Down And Keeps Them There.
> New Game-Changing Self-Defense Handgun That Fits In Your Pocket.
Or, articles about tactics or training that fail to set the proper context, which leave the reader in a state of panic: “Oh man, I haven’t even thought about point shooting yet!” Or “Oh no, I forgot all about training to shoot with my offhand! I’m nowhere near as prepared as I thought I was…” Or “Crap, I haven’t done the tueller drill yet… or the el presidente… or the Mosambique whatever. I must not be very good – the guys in this circle all seem to know what these things are.” “Revolver or Semi, .380 or 9mm or .40, double or single stack, compact or subcompact, I have no idea!”
Some of these things are worthwhile. But none are singularly important, and absolutely none of them should be considered before the user gets a firm grasp on the big picture view of what effective armed self-defense is or looks like. And that is because: once a big-picture view of self-defense is obtained, virtually all these questions answer themselves. There are no more question marks. And when you see these sensational articles, you won’t click on them or open the magazines – you’ll just chuckle and pat your concealed handgun, 100% confident in every decision you’ve made – to the point where no 100 of these articles combined could shake your confidence or change your mind on anything.
The truth is that ANY time you see an article written as a stand-alone piece on the internet or in a magazine – ANY magazine – the reason that article is there is because that publication needed what they heartlessly refer to as “content.” They need “content” either to:
1: deliver what they refer to as “perceived value” to you, the reader, so that you will either keep subscribing to their website or magazine,
2: so that they can charge more for advertising spaces on that website or in that magazine.
Trust me: I have seen the inside of that world to its core. And so, while these sensational articles often have at least some underlying good intentions, mostly they are simply trying to grab eyeballs. Because eyeballs equal dollars. Simple as that. And again: it doesn’t mean these articles won’t sometimes make for interesting reading, or that they sometimes won’t contain an important bit of educational value.
They certainly might, especially because some of them are written by real professionals who are participating in this business model because it gives them a chance to plug their good books or good training schools or useful specialized handgun models or accessories. There’s nothing inherently wrong with it, aside from the fact that it tends to create a lot of noise and contradictory or confusing advice, and that’s why I always recommend that the wise Guardian fights to keep that healthy, big-picture, top-down perspective. That’s why I created CCU, and that’s why I do not get in on this publication circuit, and that’s why I chose to put out a single, all-encompassing education and training “Complete” guide rather than doing the “business savvy” thing, of putting out 20 individual DVDs that each cover some highly sensational aspect of Concealed Carry. The curriculum I continue to develop will always be this way: packaged in full, all-encompassing, strategically healthy, top-down instruction.
So, what is that healthy, top-down perspective for Concealed Carry in general?
It’s as simple as this: when we’re attacked, we really have one of three options: to fight, to take flight, or to freeze. These tend to be involuntary actions, or at least they begin that way. But after a few tenths of a second, conscious effort must be called up and put to action, or else our brains seem to get the better of us, and our initial reaction doesn’t help us much.
Now, when we’re attacked, we all want to have as many options available to us as possible. That’s why we choose to go armed. And so the Concealed Carry University stands for one thing: helping the future or present Guardian to KNOW all their options, to program their REACTIONS to jump to the BEST option as quickly as possible in one of these situations, and finally to teach you how to continue executing that best option as effectively as possible.
So: Within the realm of avoiding and defeating violence, I seek to teach wisdom, prudence, decisiveness, action, efficiency, and effectiveness.
The wisdom to know which reaction is the best for any given situation, whether that’s to follow up the FIGHT response with RESISTENCE. Or to follow up the FLIGHT response with successful fleeing and evasion tactics. Or to follow up the FREEZE response with some kind of submission tactic, even though, as many of us have learned, freezing and submission is usually the exact wrong reaction to most human threats.
And so: Resistance, Fleeing and Evasion, or in some unique situations: Tactical Submission – giving a little pride in order to save yourself from having to use lethal force. These three things are what big picture self-defense is grounded upon, and it grows atop these things in form of deciding:
If fighting makes the most sense, what is the most effective way to fight? Well, we know that. There’s a specific formula that we can employ which maximizes the physical and psychologic effectiveness of violence for stopping at attack. That’s what we teach, and it’s what I’m always seeking to simplify and package into a more easily understood formula, so that it’s accessible to as many Guardians as possible.
Everything to do with carrying concealed falls under this category of Resistance. That’s all our guns and holsters and carry positions and draw strokes and ammo and drills and sighting techniques and shooting positions all boil down to: the very simple concept of resistance. Applying resistance, in both speed and magnitude – and applying resistance both physically and psychologically.
Every single little item involved with concealed carry merely fits into the resistance formula in some way shape or form, and we can never forget that. That’s the benefit of the Big Picture View on Effective Self-Defense: recognizing that no part of the formula is greater than the sum of the formula itself. In other words, forcing discipline and keeping a big picture view of Self-Defense liberates us from thinking too much about the gun… or the holster… or the ammo… or the fancy dance choreography that deploying and using a gun can sometimes turn into.
For example, if you trust me at all, then rather than thinking I’m crazy, you’ll see that my perspective is healthy when I say: give me an old, worn-out police surplus GLOCK 17 or 19, a trigger guard protector, a belt that I can tuck it into, a shirt that I can pull over it, some cheap FMJ ball ammo and a spare magazine, and I’m probably only a few percent less effective than I would be with the new, pristine equipment that I do carry.
That’s because the Big Picture view recognizes the reality that “there is nothing new under the sun” is never truer than when talking about close quarters combat – all supposedly new tactics and technology are really just evolutions of concepts that are thousands of years old.
But more importantly, it recognizes that beyond a certain point, we’re just chasing small percentages. And that within the formula of resistance… spending time chasing a percentage with the latest and greatest “weird trick” or fancy drill is probably not necessary, and is usually a failure of priorities.
Rather than perfecting our strengths, we should develop foundational abilities in our weak areas. But unless we can keep a big-picture view on Self-Defense, we’ll always lack the awareness to even see those important areas where weaknesses remain…
Join me next week as we go deeper into the Resistance formula. It will be an interesting topic!
IF YOU WANT TO SHORE UP YOUR BIG PICTURE VIEW ON SELF-DEFENSE: look no further than our 7-DVD course, The Armed American’s Complete Concealed Carry Guide to Effective Self-Defense. In its 20 hours, I educate and instruct and coach you through what you want and need to know about being a Guardian, and leading a safe, secure, and blisteringly effective lifestyle. As one of the highest and most numerously rated self-defense educational courses in history, I can confidently promise that you won’t be disappointed. Give it a shot, and if you don’t think it was worth the investment, simply send it back for a complete refund. This is a gentleman’s honorary agreement, and it’s one that I’m proud to offer to the group of individuals who I respect more than any other.