On Saturday, March 5th I participated in a
military training exercise based on a fictional destructive earthquake. An Army
Emergency Military Operations Center was set up, a tent city of sorts, and my
unit provided security for this exercise.
Just six days later a massive 8.9-magnitude quake hit northeast Japan
on Friday, March 11th, causing thousands of deaths, more than 80
fires, and a 10-meter (33-ft) tsunami along parts of the country's coastline.
At the time of this writing a Japanese nuclear power pant is close to a
Regardless if you are a first responder or a Reality-Based Personal
Protection practitioner you must always be ready for a natural or man-made
disaster with plenty of food, water, and medical supplies on hand. For the
Wagner home we have all we need to survive several weeks if all services were
cut off and all grocery stores gutted.
Arresting The Bad Guys
On Saturday, March 12th, I trained for a few
hours at the Orange County Sheriff’s Regional Academy in an Arrest Control
Techniques courses. My instructors were Deputy Dietrich, Deputy Ackerman, and
I attended the course to maintain my skills and to see if
there had been any changes in tactics since I graduated from the same police
academy (Orange County Sheriff’s Department Class 104 on June 21, 1991). Very
little has changed with ACT since I was a recruit, and of course since then I
have made hundreds of arrests over the years as a police officer with the Costa
Mesa Police Department (a city in Orange County, California).
I was very impressed with the teaching style of Deputy
Dietrich and learned a few new ways of explaining some old concepts.
Preparing For The Next School Shooting
On March 15th I was the Range Safety Officer for
a live-fire Active Shooter Course. Dennis Barberic of Delta Bravo Group, Inc.
was the primary instructor for this one-day course and requested me to be the
As an RSO my job was to make sure that the range ran safely,
which it did. Anthony Nanakornpanom was our dedicated medic on hand and Butch
Pierson was the Range Assistant.
Towards the end of the day I taught the soldier/officer down
rescue drills. First I ran the students through the procedures going dry
(training with airsoft guns) and then going live (with real guns firing at
targets). The students had to “rescue” a 170-pound dummy and get it out of the
kill zone while shielding it and providing cover fire.
World Wide Dojo Continues To Grow
As the Director for the Reality-Based section and the
Director of the International section of the website I am happy to announce
that we now have an iTunes Application called The Martial Directory. Self-defense
schools from any country in the world can list their school on this directory,
and hundreds are joining every month. It is the biggest of its type in the
world, and of course these same people are reading the World Wide Dojo pages
and learning about reality-based self-defense.
We are also getting quite a pool of well-known authors such
as Lieutenant Colonel David Grossman who wrote the famous book On Killing that
is mandatory reading for the FBI Academy and the U.S. Military War College, Avi
Nardia of the Israeli KAPAP system, Mike Lee Kanarek of the Israeli F.I.G.H.T.
system, Hank Hayes who invented the No Lie Blade, Vladimir Vasiliev of Russian
Systema, and many others.
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