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    I came to this question with my own opinion based...

    I came to this question with my own opinion based on my training and experience. I posted the question to see what I can learn from others here. In some cases my view was validated and in other ways...
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    Not at all. As I said, I thought Paul Sharpe's...

    Not at all. As I said, I thought Paul Sharpe's comment was very valuable in the sense that he identified a level of skill required for the average citizen to defend himself/herself. But, as we have...
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    So here is where I am at this time: "What level...

    So here is where I am at this time: "What level of training does an average person need to provide BASIC self-defense? "
    Paul Sharpe made a great comment: "Solid bluebelt in jits. B class in USPSA....
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    Well, that is an interesting perspective. I do...

    Well, that is an interesting perspective. I do think most of us have the survival instinct, and that will kick-in most of the time. But I didn't do much until I started shooting. Then I realized...
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    I am not asking for myself, I thought that was...

    I am not asking for myself, I thought that was obvious. I have my own opinion on what constitutes BASIC, but I am interested in hearing what others think on this. I am confused by your post. What are...
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    Agreed. but to think that winning is being a...

    Agreed. but to think that winning is being a willing victim when your life or the life of a loved one is in jeopardy is suicide.

    Here is a family that decided to be willing victims...this is what...
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    Agreed what I do is way above average. But I...

    Agreed what I do is way above average.
    But I would like to repeat my question: "What level of training does an average person need to provide BASIC self-defense?"
    I didn't ask what they can afford...
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    Completely agree. But I do think many people are...

    Completely agree. But I do think many people are growing more and more concerned about their personal safety. Krav/BJJ/Boxing/MMA/etc. are huge confidence-builders. But in the end we live in a...
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    The perception by the average person is that it...

    The perception by the average person is that it DOES take too much of a long term commitment. Perhaps that is the perception that needs to change?
    Cody
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    I am not sure if you are joking or not. ...

    I am not sure if you are joking or not.
    Assuming you are not: For Krav/BJJ, learning to shoot and carry defensively very well...those all take many days... I was going to Krav 3-4 days a week...
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    The average person is not going to see this as a...

    The average person is not going to see this as a life study.
    But the average person is willing to do a series of Saturdays (I think between 4-10) over a year) and then a yearly reminder.
    Maybe...
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    Did I? No offense, and I do appreciate your...

    Did I? No offense, and I do appreciate your opinion on this. When I read your posting, it seemed like a lot more. But I will re-read. Maybe we are saying the same thing, just differently.
    Sometimes...
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    Agreed. But the difference is in the population....

    Agreed. But the difference is in the population. The likelihood of running into one is much lower in Wyoming.
    But I am still confused about the point you are trying to make.
    Are you saying that...
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    This does help. But I think it exhibits the...

    This does help. But I think it exhibits the problem we have as a self-defense community of asking too much of the average person. We want the best for our family members and our friends, and even our...
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    THANKS! And, thanks for answering the question. ...

    THANKS!
    And, thanks for answering the question.
    Cody
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    Absolutely. Seems like role-playing trainings...

    Absolutely. Seems like role-playing trainings would be a good way to help teach that. Ideas?
    Cody
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    I think there are other variables too: There is...

    I think there are other variables too:
    There is another distance: In the middle (4-7 yards) where critical decision-making has to take place based on the totality of the circumstances.
    - Does the...
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    1) There are so many more things to consider when...

    1) There are so many more things to consider when carrying in public, especially for women who aren't wearing jeans and a holster. She has to figure out how to carry in her purse or leg holster, or...
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    So if you are saying mindset and mental toughness...

    So if you are saying mindset and mental toughness can't be taught, we will have to disagree. That is what the Marines are famous for. The Army has been doing this for over 100 years. I do agree there...
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    I have found Krav Maga did more for mindset,...

    I have found Krav Maga did more for mindset, managing distance, knowing when a gun is not the best tactic, etc. But the top of that list is the mindset of being willing to inflict serious if not...
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    \ As I said in my original post, what is needed...

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    As I said in my original post, what is needed will vary by location, by age. I think the opponent will come with location.
    The question I am asking is what do experts here think is the minimum...
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    I like the addition of medical and defensive...

    I like the addition of medical and defensive driving training.
    Cody
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    Oh, I agree. But, there are plenty others on this...

    Oh, I agree. But, there are plenty others on this forum that have experience I would like to hear from.
    Cody
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    Self-Defense for average people

    Now, I know I am posting this on a pistol forum.
    But, as I have been now almost 2 years in Krav Maga, and continue to run twice monthly IDPA Matches, attended two Rangemaster conferences, and...
  25. Are there any peer-reviewed studies about using...

    Are there any peer-reviewed studies about using the red dot compared to iron/fiber sights across a cross-section of shooters? For instance, I would like to see: Under 30yo, 30-55yo, 55-80yo, male and...
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