Memorial Day

Memorial day is America’s day to remember those who perished in the wars in which America has engaged. Three years after the civil war, a war in which 498,332 Americans died, General John A. Logan (Ret.), was serving as the 3rd Commander-in-Chief of the Grand Army of the Republic when he made the following proclamation:

John A Logan“The 30th day of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village, and hamlet churchyard in the land. In this observance no form or ceremony is prescribed, but posts and comrades will in their own way arrange such fitting services and testimonials of respect as circumstances may permit.”

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Understanding Islamic Terrorism

Quran - Understanding Islamic Extremism - Aegis AcademyFirst and foremost, Islam does not corner the market on the use of violence to obtain their political goals. In this day and age Islam is, however, affiliated with over 60% of the world wide terrorist attacks, according to the United States National Counter Terrorism Center. What I continually find astonishing is the number of public commentators who understand absolutely nothing about Islam, except that it tends to be associated with publicized acts of terror. The sheer volume of misinformation is staggering. More importantly, that same ignorance is ultimately dangerous to our ability to understand and appropriately respond to the very real threat posed by Islamic Extremism. In this series we’ll take a look at some key events that have lead Islam and the rest of the world to this point, starting in part one with a simple overview of the key differences between the various sect’s of Islam.

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Violence: Riots, Crime, and Police

Violence: Riots, Crime, and Police

Cases of potential use of force issues with police are being reported extensively at the moment. Most recently the riots in Baltimore have been the source of media focus. Blatimore riots - Aegis Academy - Racism

The six officers involved in arresting Freddie Gray have been arrested and charged with crimes ranging from misconduct to murder.

As we continue to manufacture a case of racism in the death of every black male to hit the news, we propagate the myth that black lives don’t matter to a younger generation, we provide them with excuses for failure, a scapegoat for their frustration, and perpetuate a cycle of long term dependence. Further, we reinforce a manufactured mistrust of the government. The incarceration rate of black men in America is astonishingly high, but blaming racism takes the personal accountability out of the equation.

A young black man has no ability to control whether or not … Read more »

The Development of Shooting Specific Physical Skills

Train Smarter, Not harder…

Stacie Tovar, North CentralWhile physical skill development is discussed at length in training manuals for sports such as martial arts, cycling, powerlifting, and running, very little is written on how to apply periodization techniques to shooting. The application of modern training techniques in developing physical skills has massively changed the way professional athletes train. Over the years performance has massivley increased across the board. Unfortunately, those concepts have in large part eluded the vast majority of shooting enthusiasts and professional instructors. Too often the development of shooting specific physical skills is accomplished by instructors doggedly adhering to the “What I learned first, must be the best” theory. Fortunately, there is a better (or more efficient) way of developing the shooting specific skills you are looking for. The most widely known example of the principles of periodization is the workout routine known as Crossfit.

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Personal Security – Prediction, Prevention, and Response

Aegis Academy - Personal Security - PredictionPrediction, prevention, and response are the general terms for the three options each of has when dealing with potential risks. We can predict that if we drive a vehicle at high speeds with a flat tire, we are more likely to be involved in a accident. That typically leads us to avoid the risk by taking some sort of action. We can prevent it from occurring by checking tire pressure periodically, or visually inspecting the vehicle prior to operation. We could respond by decreasing vehicle speeds when the car starts to become unstable. Clearly, response is the inferior option here. When it comes to safety these concepts are easy to grasp, but when it comes to personal security, they are largely ignored.
The term ‘personal security’ brings up a variety of thoughts, ideas, and definitions that vary widely from person to person. Some view it as a locked door, … Read more »