Home Defense – What you can do

home defense, Steve Tarani, Aegis Academy, firearms training, pistol shooting, self defenseBasic guide to home defense

At the end of a long day at school or work, or after a lengthy trip away, which one of us doesn’t look forward to coming home? It’s the one place where your surroundings are the most familiar. It’s the place where you spend the majority of your hours off, wake up in the morning after a restful sleep and immerse yourself in the things that mean the most to you. Home is where you spend quality time with your family and ultimately it’s where you kick your feet up at the end of a long day.

Home is your castle, your sanctuary, your favorite place to be; it’s where you and your family are the safest and feel the most secure. It’s also a primary target of the predator.

Looking at it from the viewpoint of a predator, your home is a one-stop-shop of … Read more »

Sources of Information and Personal Security

The Impact of Accurate Information on Personal Security

Sources of Information - Aegis Acadmey - Travel Risk ManagementSince most of us choose not to live like a paranoid fanatic with cleared fields of fire from our front door to the keep-out signs surrounding our houses – life is about managing the risks we choose to accept. Everything we do from the moment we are born until the day we pass involves making risk assessments and developing various means of avoiding or mitigating the risk we choose to accept. We all do it every day and in many aspects of our lives we are experts. Unfortunately, it’s in the big-ticket items where people tend to make mistakes in this arena – and that unfortunately results in a lot of unnecessary pain and suffering.

For starters – stop worrying about things that don’t happen and spend a few of those minutes preparing for the inevitable. If you simply plan for the … Read more »

Personal Safety Step One – Threat Avoidance

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In the world of threat management and protection there are three ways to handle a threat as it develops form a potential threat to an actual physical attack: threat avoidance, threat mitigation and threat defense.

For example if you can’t avoid a verbal argument with someone and they start to raise their voice, you could mitigate the threat by not shouting back at them. Shouting back only adds fuel to the fire. Your personal safety is better served trying to do everything you can to defuse the situation and lower the probability of the threat progressing to a physical attack. Failure to avoid or mitigate the threat and its progression would result in only one option – to defend against the physical threat.

Threat Avoidance results in the easiest and least amount of threat impact and is the most effective means of increasing your personal safety. Mitigation takes more time … Read more »

Knockout Game Defensive Measures

You don’t have to be a victim…

Knockout game, Defensive Measures, Aegis Academy, Steve TaraniWikipedia defines Knockout Game as one of many names given to physical assaults in which one or more assailants attempt to knock out an unsuspecting victim, often with a single sucker punch, all for the amusement of the attackers and their accomplices. [1]

Jim Slater of Associated press writes that reports of Knockout Game have come from around the country including Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Chicago, St. Louis, Washington DC, etc., and that “the game” has become almost contagious, with tragic consequences.[2]

The rules of the game are as simple as they are brutal. A group — usually young men or even boys as young as 12, chooses a lead attacker then seeks out a victim.  The attacker charges at the victim and begins punching. If the victim goes down, the group usually scatters. If not, others join in, punching and … Read more »


Toy Guns – Technology, Laws and Common Sense

Toy Guns - Andy Lopez - Aegis AcademyThe death of Andy Lopez, a 13-year-old Santa Rosa kid with a toy gun in hand was tragic. He failed to follow police commands and was shot for possessing what the officer believed was an AK – 47. Andy Lopez went to the park to play with his friends from the neighborhood. He is now dead – because he was carrying a toy gun.

The reality of this problem is far too many kids get their education on guns from Hollywood. They depict massively irresponsible and unrealistic uses of firearms. In the absence of real education, these kids know nothing else. The reality is toy guns provide a great way to educate even very young kids on safety, but toy guns should not be treated like other toys. You can read more on teaching kids to shoot here.

The Officer involved … Read more »