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R.A.T. Rapid Assault Tactics Seminar
Volume 1 Issue 20 12/03/09
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Your monthly E-Magazine guide to Combative Techniques, Tactical Airsoft, MilSim and Combative Fitness & Nutrition.
Rapid Assaults Tactics (R.A.T.) Seminar
Mr. & Mrs. Traylor Held a R.A.T. Seminar, The turn out was better than expected. A BLAST was had by all. The seminar was the first of its kind in Houston, Tx. For well over 8 years or so I think. We had folks coming from Spring, Galveston to this great event. The day started out with drills to Facilitate Destructions to the attackers. The event last 2 days with 4 hours of drills each day. On day 1 Mrs.Traylor along with Sami and Aaron Shbeeb & of course Mr.Traylor helped and Instructed seminar participants on E.P.T. ENTRY, PRESURE, TERMINATE. The R.A.T. Program was a huge success. Mr. & Mrs. Traylor will have one every year. This Year Mr. & Mrs. Traylor focused on Apprentice Instructors.
Mr.& Mrs. Traylor Owner & Founders of D.G.C.F. System.
Inside D.G.C.F.S. R.A.T. Seminar Ronald’s Fitness Corner Coming events Airsoft Products Cont. R.A.T. Seminar What were they thinking Documentary on D.G.C.F.S. Creation of P.F.S. Due bullets move people? Shots fired Jersey Village Welcom, Happy b-day Congrats Do you Study R.B.S.D? Links to GREAT Places 1 2 3 4 5 11 15 16 17 19 21 22 23
They are 3 Levels in D.G.C.F.S. R.A.T. Program, Apprentice Instructors, Phase 1 Instructor & Full Instructor.
Next Year Phase 1 Instructors, will be our focus, Apprentice levels are still welcomed but we will go in to Control technique which is part of Mr. & Mrs. Traylor D.D.R.A.T.S. Defend, Detain, Restrain, Arrest, Tactical Solutions.
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The Danger of Pesticides
Are they Finding their Way into Your Diet?
Organic! Organic! Organic! Does it seem like everywhere you look you see the word organic? Whether it’s in a health food store, a restaurant, or even your local grocery store organic foods are all the rage. They are being sold practically everywhere and you can find everything from organic fruits and vegetables to organic flour, and even organic meats! Many claim that eating organic products means avoiding overly processed foods, thereby cutting hydrogenated oils, trans-fats, preservatives and other negative ingredients out of your diet. But lately the debate over fruits and Mr. Honore is vegetables seems to be taking center stage. The pesticides used on foods are NASM –CPT, CES , PES, currently a big concern for the health community, due to their many acute and Certified Personal Trainer & chronic effects. The basis of this debate lies in the method by which foods are Apprentice Instructor in Hand to grown. To put it simply, organic foods are grown without the use of pesticides, and Hand Combat at D.G.C.F.S. only with naturally occurring organic fertilizers. There are many reasons that foods are grown in this method. Some feel organic farming encourages better soil for Inside D.G.C.F.S. future growing seasons, and other cite that pesticides can have a harmful effect on 1 R.A.T. Progra water supplies and farm animals. But from a health standpoint the debate takes a Ronald’s Fitness Corner 2 different turn. While many people are proud of buying organic food to support more Coming events 3 Airsoft Products 4 environmentally sustainable growing methods, other want to know: Does eating Cont. R.A.T. Program 5 organic fruits and vegetables mean you are making a better health decision for The Interview postion 6 yourself and your body? It seems that more and more evidence is being uncovered The Deep End 9 that suggests the answer to that question is a resounding ‘Yes’. The problem with JKD Emotional Dimension 11 many fruits and vegetables grown using synthetic pesticides these days is that very 12 Epiphany to Doctrine little is done to rid the foods of the chemicals in the pesticides. Washing fruit and Shoots fired Jersey Village 13 vegetables thoroughly before consuming them has always been advocated by Martial Arts & Gun 14 authorities on the subject, but the Environmental Working Group reminds Good places to go 15 consumers that even a thorough cleaning does not effectively remove all of the chemicals left behind. "While washing fresh produce may help reduce pesticide residues, it clearly does not eliminate them," says EVG. "Nonetheless, produce should be washed before it is eaten because washing does reduce levels of some pesticides. However, other pesticides are taken up internally in the plant, are in the fruit, and cannot be washed off…” Synthetic pesticides, in essence, are toxins and consuming foods that have been subject to pesticide spraying means that you’re consuming those toxins. Nowadays, pesticides are suspected to have negative effects on development and neurological systems. In fact, the EPA recently undertook to begin a study on the effects of 73 of the most common pesticides on the endocrine system, which includes the pancreas, adrenal gland and the pituitary gland. While eating one apple grown in pesticides may not cause your health to go suddenly downhill, the prolonged exposure and consumption over an extended period of time is of great concern to scientists. So, the potential positive impact on your endocrine system that eating organic foods can have on your health is quite significant. There are natural remedies that can also help improve the functioning of the endocrine system, which helps counteract the effects of pesticides.Insulate Plus - Helps maintain healthy circulation, blood sugar levels, insulin production and bio-availability. AdrenoBoost - Protects adrenal glands from the damaging effects of stress to maintain healthy functioning. Changing your consumption habits by switching to organic foods is definitely effective, but it is also important to help alleviate some of the stress that pesticides, synthetic fertilizers and other toxins put on our body’s own natural detoxification system. Often times, the liver and kidneys have to do a lot of work to help constantly cleanse our bodies of toxins, and often times they can become overworked. There are a variety of herbal and homeopathic remedies that can aid your body’s natural removal of the toxin build-up and help to keep your kidneys and liver functioning properly. Detox Drops - Promotes natural cleansing function and ability to eliminate toxins. Kidney Dr. - Promotes kidney and urinary system health and functioning. Liver Dr. - Promotes healthy liver functioning, resistance to toxin/disease damage and systemic health. Mr. Honore is NASM -CPT, CES , PES,Certified Personal Trainer Apprentice Instructor in Hand to Hand Combat at D.G.C.F.S. Page 2
February 27, 28 2010 - Houston, TX - Hock Hochheim- Location D.G.C. Main Event in Gun & Rifle Ranking March 28,30 - 2010 - Mr.Vargas Lone Star Conference- Location D.G.C. April 17 – 2010 - Defender and karambit Seminar – location D.G.C. Mr.Traylor Ranking May 15,16 – 2010 – Urban survival methods how to prepare bug out bag ect.. – Location D.G.C. Mr.Traylor July - 2010 - Paul Green - Stone wall Tactical - Location D.G.C. September 18, 19 – 2010 - Military Knife Fighting Seminar – Location D.G.C. Mr.Traylor November 14,15 – 2010 - R.A.T Seminar – Location D.G.C. Mr.Traylor Ranking
Mr. & Mrs. Traylor are gearing up for the 2010 seminar tour, IF you wish Mr. & Mrs.Traylor to come to your school for a seminar please contact them. The seminar can cover what ever you want Just pick the module, All modules have Instructor certification available.
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Here are some participants working on the BLAST. Cordova, Linda Nini. Looking for the blast was a BLAST!!! Everyone worked hard and was able to be effective on the force on force application. A lot drills where worked on so that they could apply their training.
Ronald working his blast
We worked on entries from kicks into the blast. Also kick checks and destructions R.A.T. Style
We Covered Ground combatives as well a fight can go any where we must be ready!!
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Mrs.Traylor and Linda
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Here is Ruben & Ronald working ground
below Wun doing an eye Jab.
Sami Shbeeb showing the RAT
DAY 2 OF THE RAT FORCE ON FORCE
On day 2 we worked force on force scenarios, 1 on 1 , 2 on 1 & 3 on 1. Talk about working it under duress!!
At This Seminar We DID NOT TALK ABOUT IT WORKING!! We WORKED IT!! GREAT group of participants & Students. How to apply so that it could save your life. Everyone walked away know that it would work.
Everyone That attended gave 100% Mrs. Traylor & I are honored to have trained these men and women. 3 on 1 is no joke and it was very difficult not to be over whelmed by number and size but they face it head on!!! below Linda Bolton one of the participants
Here is some of the action with 3 on 1 against chaskey he took a shot to the gut in this exchange but was an outstanding go getter. We had a LOT of HEART in this Seminar. These participants & Students showed us that they came to learn how to FIGHT and PROTECT their LOVED ones. THE R.A.T. & D.G.C.F.S. did that for them. What a GREAT GROUP of folks, we can not wait till next years R.A.T. Seminar. Mrs.Traylor and I want to Thank everyone that came.
Day 1 participants & Students
Day 2 Certifications
Mrs.Traylor Presenting Mr.Shbeeb Full Instructor in the R.A.T.
What Were They Thinking?
How many times have you gone to watch a self defense demonstration and seen a technique that was very inefficient or just flat out wouldn't work and though to yourself, "What were they thinking?" This month I have one such technique for your amusement. Now the fact is any of this stuff can work if given the right scenario. So in fact this technique can work. Here's the problem. There are just many techniques that will work much better for these situations. The biggest problem I see out there isn't that the techniques don't work for the attack shown. It's that the attack is unrealistic or at the very least will only happen an extremely low percentage of the time. I even see intructors unconciously taking some cool move they like and inventing an attack to make the move work which is pretty nuts. I'm sure many of you out there can think of alot of other techniques you can see problems with and offer solutions to them. I do want to mention for those easily offended that this article though it does offer valid solutions and makes some good points in the end the intent is for this article to be funny and make some people laugh while maybe educating them. So if anyone is offended please remember that I don't care screw anyone that can't take a joke.
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Tecnique 1 The Fantasy Frontal Choke
The attacker dives for your neck then just stands there holding it for no apparent reason. Notice how the attacker holds his arms straight with the elbows locked to insure the choke is less secure and that he lacks the strength to choke anyone out without a base.
To counter this totally awesome attack I reach and grab his thumbs and wrestle with his hands while he stands there and lets me do it.
I yank his hands from around my neck by his thumbs while he looks at me funny
Since he's not choking me anymore I win so I celebrate victoriously Now since I won and stuff pretty girls like me If this looks dumb to you it's because it is very dumb. I've worked hard my entire career to offer real help to people that need it. To offer something to someone that is going to make them feel better and make them safer. Yes I made fun of a technique and here is why. Whenever I work with someone on any project I make one thing clear right off the bat. I will not work with anyone on any project that is not willing to do the work to make the project the best it can be. Anyone with any common sense knows that attack is unrealistic yet it is taught in training halls all over the world as the latest and greatest thing. If you don't do the work to find out what the real problem is so you can find a real solution for it then you don't need to be training anyone because you either don't give a damn or your just too lazy. Now enough of my soapbox lets look at how it might really happen and have some fun with it.
Notice how the elbows are bent. Unless it's more of a strong-arm choke against the wall attackers are more likely to do it this way. A good percentage of the time they will be bent even more than in the photo. This is done because it is simply more ergonomic and the attacker has more strength this way. Most of the time with this the attacker will be trying to throw you to the ground immediately or push you back as you are being choked. The fact is your being slung around violently and your balance will probably be compromised. His hands may very well be the only thing holding you up depending on how your being moved. Also fine motor skills will be decreased more and more as you lose oxygen and your heart rate increases so the counter will have to be something quick and decisive you don't really have time to wrestle with anything. It's going to be pretty hard to find the thumbs and keep your balance while you may be getting slung around like a rag doll. Even if you can get his thumbs and yanks his hands from your neck ,which is definitely possible, all you've really done is struggle just to get to a neutral position he isn't going to stop attacking just because he lost a grip. Trust me he will be able to pull his hands back. Doing a joint lock on a single finger lacks control this is why in arts like small circle jujitsu they do the finger locks using two fingers instead of one. Why in the world would you want to do all that just to get to a neutral position and gain nothing when you could end it all possibly in one gross motor movement?
The fact is if your hands are down and his hands are down then it’s a matter of who can punch faster. The above picture could very well be you getting knocked the hell out. Why would you even put yourself in that situation with a lame technique when you don’t have to? It’s just a really inefficient bad technique
Solutions to the problem
When your being choked and pulled in tight a good old fashioned eye gouge is a good move. It backs them up and they usually let go and their hands go to their eyes leaving them wide open for your follow‐up or for you to run or whatever you need to do. It’s one quick gross motor movement not alot of thinking involved there.
Another option is the ear slap. It knocks them back and also brings their hands back this time to the ears and gives you a chance to follow‐up and end the conflict quickly. It’s also a fast gross motor movement.
A fist to the jaw is only one possible follow‐up that will be wide open once he's stunned with an ear slap or an eye attack. Be careful when going after the eyes make it more of a poke instead of a gouge. Depending on the situation you may not want to blind the person and end up getting sued. Though I'm told an eye gouge would be legal against a frontal choke as the one shown I will leave that decision up to you. As always thank you for taking the time to read this article. If your teaching a bad attack I hope this article has made you think about what your doing. If I'mk preaching to the choir then I hope everyone got a good laugh out of it. Paul Green Is a Professor of Combative Arts with the American Budo Society as well as the International Technical Director, Alabama State Heavyweight Champion in Sport Jiu-Jitsu in 1999 I hold a 5th dan in Jujutsu a 5th dan in Ninjutsu a 4th dan in Karate and a 3rd dan in Judo/Yudo respectively also a certified instructor in The Defender Personal Defense Weapon System A certified instructor in the SABER(Strategic Anit-Blade Engagement Response) Method An Advanced Instructor in Knife/Counter Knife Combatives under W Hock Hocheim
The Documentary Interview
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Mr.& Mrs. Traylor were interview by Kishnana of H.C.C. he was doing an Documentary on reality Based Combatives. 1Hr of film was shot for this Documentary. They hope to receive the trailer in a week or two. They plan to have it on their website and on their forum as well. Mr.& Mrs. Had a GREAT time in the filming and learned a lot about film making. The Digital Camera was not working correctly so pics are few but the Documentary should make up for it. Date of airing is not know at this time or IF it will air. Once we know we will let everyone know. We had a lot of Positive response from the film crew and the staff as well as the editor. Mrs.Traylor had the crew amazed at her ability and her knowledge of combatives. Mr. & Mrs. Traylor are always perfecting their abilities both as practitioners and Instructors. They want to give their clients and students the best possibly training in Self Defense, Combatives, H2H, CQC, Reality Based Martial Arts ect.. The filming last about 5 hrs or so afterwards Mr. & Mrs. Traylor Shot back to the school to teach class Talk about a FULL DAY with kids in tow.!!! Whew … ;)
The Creation of PFS...Part 1
Progressive Fighting Systems… “During the wee hours of the morning PFS was born” Back in the early eighties, Sifu Paul Vunak was teaching at the old Kali academy. There was a tremendous influx of students. I vividly remember a certain ‘group’ of individuals that sort of gravitated towards Paul. These were the people who were primarily interested in the street fighting side of the “curriculum”. Guru Dan taught in two basic ways, (in which later he blends). One we call selfpreservation. The other is called self-perfection. Self-preservation has more to do with taking an adversary out of commission, (in a very primitive and barbaric fashion). Self-perfection has more to do with the ‘art form’. Grace, beauty, body mechanics and the continued growth and refinement of one’s attributes. For now, let’s just say that Sifu had a proclivity for the self-preservation side of the arts back then. This formed the nucleus from which the embryonic stage of PFS began. I recall driving from Fresno to Long Beach on a weekly basis to watch and train with this cadre of about 20 of the Kali academy’s best fighters. I still and will always remember Sifu's stories relating to Guro Dan. I have never in my life seen such a love and loyalty listening to Sifu Paul speak about his Guru. This was the main reason, the best reason, and the most motivating reason for starting my training… As the years went by, the group grew larger and larger. We all kept getting better and better under our Sifu's vigilance. People came from all parts of the country to train in this group. Unfortunately, a sad event occurred. The Kali academy closed down. This, (sort of), created a split up. Guru Dan eventually opened a new school. Simultaneously, the IMB was created. Mean while the ongoing political ‘rhetoric’ was at the opposite end of the spectrum from where Sifu Paul’s interests seemed to be heading. He was not only disgusted but found it to be incredulous as to how certain of Guru Dan’s top people could be caught up in these petty politics. I had listened intently on many, many occasions during group classes, seminars, and private lessons while Sifu Paul promoted camaraderie and loyalty while teaching. These two things meant so very much to him in his striving to perpetuate the principles and concepts that had been so freely given to him by Guru Dan and so lightly taken by others. Sifu Paul and I had, at that time, become good friends in addition to his being my teacher. During the wee hours of one morning, he said to me, “Tom, we are going to form our own group, with our own name, and have a very simple agenda”. 1. Perpetuate Bruce Lee’s concepts of Jeet Kune Do.
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Have a team of people with undying loyalty to the man without whom none of this would be possible; Guru Dan Inosanto! Progressive Fighting Systems was now officially formed. For roughly the next ten years, Paul flew all over the world with this agenda. The first revelation was getting the martial artists/ people out of their stances. Secondly, getting their hands up and implementing footwork so that they were up on their toes and moving like a fighter. This was the first phase.This edification, over the years, continued. Teaching instructors how to box and kick the legs along with the training methods to teach their students. This may sound ridiculous, but back then these points were brand new. The next phase that Sifu Paul introduced was close quarter, trapping and how to deal with the clinch. This allowed for people to deal with opponents who also kick-boxed but were much larger and/ or were better at the kick-boxing game. In yet another phase destructions, disabling your opponents tools, were introduced along with the straight blast which gave our students the ability to enter with impunity…After many long hard years, people started to believe. During the course of this process of building complete fighters, I can still hear Sifu’s perpetual, famous words ringing in my ears… “This is not my stuff, this is Dan’s, and I am just the conduit!" Paul was following Dan’s directions. Educate, grow and always be a student. As Dan required of Paul, continuing to investigate new arts, researching and developing, Paul found Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. This was an element that was absolutely critical to complete our game. Starting in 1987, I witnessed Paul, for the next 6 years, introducing Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu to basically the whole Martial Art world. (Most of whom were not particularly enthused) Paul, in his tenacious way, got people to experience the ground game. 1993 UFC # 1……Denver Colorado…..Paul had been chosen to be Elio Gracie’s bodyguard, not that he needed one, for the entrance into the very first UFC. ..Paul’s prediction was “You watch Tom, this will change…everyone will learn the ground game and that will force everyone to learn the standup game and that will require everyone to learn the clinch and trapping game.” ….at that time, the UFC was predicated upon comparing arts and styles and pitting these arts against each other; Kickboxing vs. Karate, Ninjitsu vs ….sumo vs Savate. Gracie Ju-jitsu vs etc. And then lo and behold, the whole fighting world wanted to learn how to grapple. To be continued...
Newtons Law – Do Bullets Move People?
Gunfighter Gene Hackman is shot. Right in the head. The beautiful Sharon Stone beat him to the draw in the grand finale scene of the Quick and the Dead western. To accentuate the drama, Hackman flips completely over in the slow motion macabre of a spaghetti western. How many viewers thought that such a flip could actually happen? Or just think bullets can move people around? Do bullets move people? If so, how much? What do we tell our officers, our practitioners and students about this in training? In 2007, a police officer published a disgusted tirade in police journals trashing Hollywood By: Hock Hochheim and these acrobatic misrepresentations of gunfire. He stated that cinema action A pioneer in Reality Based combatives misrepresents the truth, confuses the public, the media, lawyers, juries and well…even field and Military and L.E.O. trainer also my Instructor. some police administrators about shootings and what does and doesn’t happen in a gunfight. But this irate officer is not alone in voicing his opinion on the subject. There is Inside D.G.C.F.S. always a healthy argument running somewhere about it. On one extreme, experts say that Inside D.G.C.F.S. bullets hit and move people. On the other end, some argue that bullets do not and cannot R.A.T. Progra 1 Ronald’s Fitness Corner 2 move people. Semantics and science are involved here, as well as – some people just like Coming events 3 to argue. So we have two groups, the Movers and Non-Movers. Many of my Airsoft Products 4 complainants and my friends who have been shot, and research I have looked up, have Cont. R.A.T. Program 5 The Interview postion 6 repeatedly used interesting phrases and symbols to describe their wounding. Baseball The Deep End 9 came up a lot. “It was like getting hit by a baseball.” Or your hear, “…like getting hit JKD Emotional Dimension 11 with a baseball bat.” Two SAS officers on a CNN special described being shot as Epiphany to Doctrine 12 “being hit with a sledge hammer.” And the responses do run the whole gamut from D.P.S. Ceremony Ms.Conn 13 being “knocked back,” or “knocked down” to “a slapping feeling.” Knocked back or Martial Arts & Gun 14 down? What say the Non-Movers about all this? The Non-Movers quote Newton’s Good places to go 15 Laws of Motions and what I nickname the Newton Impact, on this. Ol’ Sir Isaac Newton has some lasting impact on the world with his three laws. His second law states in summary, that for every action in nature there is an equal and opposite reaction. In other words, if object A exerts a force on object B, then object B also exerts an equal and opposite force on object A. When this comes to shooting people, many will tell you that the force – the recoil of a weapon in your hand, or on your shoulder is equal to the force striking your target. In short, if you don’t flip over when you shoot the bad guy? The bad guy will not flip over when he is hit. This would mean that if you fired a perfect kill shot, such as one by a successful sniper, 100 times, 100 bodies would drop straight down dead. They would not be the slightest tumble or turn to one side from the impact. President Kennedy’s head did not move when shot. Nothing. Cold. Ballistic block science. Algebra. The Newton Impact: Equal in the hand/equal on the body. The Movers: Conversely, the Movers cite other variables than cold science, like the situation, flesh, blood, and psychology – that cause people to move in the split seconds before, during and after actually being shot. Before: People may well be already moving in a gunfight. Also, people about to be shot at often see the gun up and aiming at them. They physically react to this presented gun by ducking, dodging, diving, spinning to run, etc. During: The human body contains bone mass, mobile joints and a central nervous system. We yank our hand back from the hot stove. We move our arm from a bee sting. We flinch from an insect on or near our eye. Our nervous system reacts from simple touches, to bug stings or higher levels of pain and impact. When bullets strike this anatomy, live body parts react differently than ballistic clay. Take for example a surprise touch on someone’s forearm. Just a light touch. The surprised person may well yank his arm back and spin around. The surprise may cause his whole body to jump an inch off the ground! Are these energized reactions the exact same the force as the light finger touch? Of course not. The human body is involved. Explosive sound alone may make the body move. Since the 1930s there are piles of research on the startle reflex and audible responses from shocking explosions. Dr. Robert Simmons has documented as many as 25 different body responses from audible shock in what he calls his Startle Museum (24 of them are not fighting stances by the way). In these cases the bullet’s sound at least, may cause movement. After: After being hit one or more times, shooting victims often do not die right away and therefore act like wounded humans, continuing to move. Once downed, there may be something like “after-death” throes. There is quite a bit of motion involved with the before, during and after of being shot. The threat of the bullet, the impact from the bullet, even the sound of the bullet causes it.
The Hackman Flip -But, since we started out with the Gene Hackman western movie sample, has anyone ever really done a “Hackman flip?” In the 1990s I discovered another Hackman-style Flip. I did a considerable amount of research for my book called, Military Knife Combatives and hunted through recent history and biography books for actual knife fights in this modern age of repeating firearms. While doing so, I incidentally came upon hundreds of personal recollections of people being shot. I was reading a Vietnam War memoir and a soldier talked about a fellow troop of his being shot in the helmet. The troop told him " it knocked the life out of me, " and that he "saw his toes flip up in front of his face" then he blacked out. The author saw his friend flip almost upside down and the helmet was destroyed, virtually split in half. The guy immediately recovered and appeared unhurt. (but, the writer mentions the man died back in the states years later from a brain aneurysm?) I Read this from the non-fiction book. Code Name: Copperhead. My True-Life Exploits As a Special Forces Soldier , by Sergeant Major Joe R. Garner, U.S. Army (RET.) "In Ban Me Thuot, a friend who had been wounded told me, 'Joe, you just cannot believe the impact that the AK-47 has. I got shot in the leg and it knocked me head over heels. My rifle went ten feet from me. The NVA came up, and if it hadn't been for one of the other men killing him, I was unarmed and the NVA would have killed me.'” Not a flip, but a pick-up? In the biography, Unrepentant Sinner by Colonel Charles Askins, he tells us of the adventures of lifetime. Once in the late 1950's in Vietnam, Askins wanted to try out the brand new Smith and wesson .44 Magnum revolver. On patrol, they observed some communist infiltrators and set up an ambush. In the ambush, Askins fired his new pistol first as the enemy passed them by. Askins shot the last man in the line (in the back?) Askins was "delighted by the huge revolver's performance, lifting the body off his feet." (In Newton equal/equal law, both Askins and the soldier would have to be knocked down?) These are just three Newtonian, equal-force, flipping and lifting, head-scratchers! Did both these shooters flip too when they shot these flippers? More interesting is that these three shots are complete surprise shots without warning and without other body responses involved - the bodies were not is an alerted dodge or dive mode. What say ye, Mr Newton? Mister Newton, aside from the dramatic and unusual Hackman flips, is there more science and math than this the simplistic equal-equal force, Newton Impact equation that explains these bodily reactions to bullets? Dr. Sean Ross of New Mexico is a government scientist who works on various weapons projects for the U.S. Military. He reports: “Newton's laws of motion do apply here, but Newton's 2nd law applies to forces - force isn't what knocks a person down unless the force is crushing. Momentum transfer is what knocks something down. The correct way to analyze this is using the time integral of Newton's 3rd law F=mA, namely I=delta P, the "impulse momentum" theorem. The Impulse is the integral of the force over time, F=-delta T. That impulse is equal to the change in momentum imparted to the body.” Okay! Got that? The 3rd law explains and allows more than the 2nd law. Even if you don't get this now, before you use “Newton Impact” line again to defend your non-moving, equal/equal argument, you should school yourself on the 3rd law, else the experts will cluck-cluck and chastise you as uneducated and ill-informed. Don't just regurgitate what some old gun magazine article or some range instructor...had regurgitated to him...and so on. There is no questions for me. As an investigator in the US Army and a detective and patrolman in Texas stomping through hundreds of shooting crime scenes and investigations for three decades, I have been in some and around a lot of shootings. I have seen a few people actually get shot. For me it is painfully simple, a no-brainer. Bullets can move people. Sometimes they don't. Sometimes they do. Which leads me to Sir Hochheim's Law of Violent Impact, the 7th Rule: “No one can guarantee what a punch, a kick, a stab or a gunshot will do to you.”
Shots Fired: Jersey Village, Texas 01-31-2006
Two men made a big mistake when they tried to carjack and kidnap Officer Holly Mong.
Distracted. That’s what Holly Mong felt at 6:30 on the morning of January 31, 2006. Distracted. And in a rush.Only one day after getting off probation, the Jersey Village, Texas, police officer was scheduled for in-service training for a new computer system and was already late getting out the door when she realized that she’d forgotten money for the toll road. Doubling back inside her residence, Mong grabbed some change from a jar she kept in her home office, then made a beeline for her Jeep Liberty parked a mere 20 yards from the door of her apartment. She’d just gotten into the vehicle and no sooner closed the driver’s side door than it flew back open. A large man wearing black gloves and a stocking cap mask stuck a gun in her face.”Move over.”In that split second, Mong was no longer distracted, Held at Gunpoint A second man, also decked out in all black, opened the back door of the Jeep and jumped into the right rear seat. The only words that Mong could muster were, “Oh, my God.” “Shut the f__k up!” the man in the driver’s seat barked. Mong’s mind raced. Where did these men come from? Surely, her state of distraction couldn’t have been so all consuming that she missed them. She suspected that the early morning darkness and the lack of lighting around the apartment complex—something that her fiancé had lobbied hard to have corrected—conspired to prevent her from seeing her attackers. She also figured they had hedged their bets further by lying in wait beyond a grass knoll, a drop-off that would have concealed anyone below her visual plane. For a second she considered the possibility that they might have targeted her because of her job, but quickly brushed the idea aside. She was thankful that her attire—navy blue zip-up sweatshirt with a hood, tank top, and jeans—didn’t scream “cop.” But Mong’s choice of garments was only a small comfort. In the overall scheme of things, she knew there were several things working decidedly against her. If the first man was armed, it was a safe bet the second was, as well. And the sight of duct tape in the first man’s non-gun hand only strengthened within her a growing certainty of their intentions. They were going to kill her. A Slim Hope The thought was horrifying. Even more so because Mong knew she might be murdered with her own sidearm, a 9mm Springfield XD that was in a leather purse beside her on the passenger seat. Also inside the purse was her police ID, a virtual death warrant. Mong knew that the gun in her purse was her only hope for salvation. She moved to the front passenger bucket seat, and slid her hand into her purse grabbing the pistol. With the gun in her hand and concealed from view, Mong figured that if fortune truly favored the prepared, she had a fighting chance, for she was conscientious about carrying her double-action sidearm with a full magazine and one in the chamber. All the same, she knew she couldn’t hesitate and fixated on a singular thought. I’m going to shoot fast or I’m going to be dead. Two Seconds of Hell She did just that, catching her kidnappers by surprise. With her first shot, a bubble descended over Mong, enveloping her, muting her hearing so that each subsequent round she squeezed off became a muffled report despite the closed confines of the Jeep. Her first Golden Saber round grazed the driver’s right arm and chest. A second entered his right arm near the shoulder as a third bore into the shoulder itself. A fourth tore into the man’s head just below his right ear. With her left hand on the seat for balance, Mong twisted her torso and rotated the muzzle from the driver to the rear seat passenger. She was firing fast. The next two rounds missed. She kept shooting. And her bullets began to find their mark. One grazed the back seat passenger in his left shoulder and neck. Another pulverized the left side of his nose. A final round took out his left eye socket. A stillness settled over the scene. The only thing that moved was Holly’s skin, shivering with the adrenaline that coursed through her. For a stunned moment she sat, evaluating whether or not she could get out of the vehicle without either of the men still being a threat. Once she made sure that the two were either unconscious or dead, Mong jerked the keys from the ignition then fled for her apartment. She met her fiancé, Shawn Horton, at the door. Shawn, also an officer with the Jersey Village Police Department, had his own sidearm in hand in response to what he thought was a home break-in. Mong quickly related what had happened and Horton ran outside to cover the suspects, pending the arrival of backup.Dead at the Scene As officers descended upon the scene, they found Mong unharmed. The same couldn’t be said of the men who attacked her. Already wanted in connection with a sexual assault at the time of the attempted carjacking, the suspect in the rear seat, Cordale Stubblefield, was pronounced dead at the scene. Stubblefield was also responsible for the gun wielded by the driver-side suspect; he’d stolen it from a customer’s car at the tire store where he worked. Formidably strong, Stubblefield had been conscientious about working out and taking creatine supplements. Unfortunately for him, no amount of body building could make him bullet proof. The driver, Christopher Wayne Yell, survived the shooting. But he was left with no bone on the lower left side of his head. If he were to be struck even by a fist in that area, he would mostly likely die. He lives with perennial nightmares and cannot stand for more than 15 minutes at a time.
Like Stubblefield, Yell was no stranger to criminal activity. At the time of the attack on Officer Mong, Yell was on probation for a home invasion robbery. He ultimately received an 18-year sentence for violating probation plus a consecutive 18year sentence for aggravated robbery against Mong. Some 45 minutes after the shooting, a sergeant on the scene took note of a car parked across the parking lot, approached on foot, and peered inside. There he found a 20-year-old man scrunched down in the back seat. The would-be drive-away man explained that he'd hunkered down and hidden to avoid getting shot. He was then taken into custody without incident. A New Mind-set Mong admits that she was not aware of a threat in the seconds preceding the incident because her mind was on other things. "I wasn't paying attention," she reflects. "I was worried about running late. When you're in your comfort zone at your house, you don't think anything like that is going to happen to you. I didn't even notice them coming up, even when they were coming up behind my vehicle because they walked across the parking lot and I was parked face in. They walked to either side of my car. I didn't even notice them until they were up to the driver's side of my door. I was completely not paying attention." When asked if she experienced any post-shooting anxieties, Mong says, "I never really had any concerns about if what I did was wrong because I knew they were going to kill me. I was in fear for my life, so I never had any fears about, 'What if I'm going to jail for this?' or anything like that. They came to me. They sought me out. So shame on them. They were the ones that did it." Mong doesn't necessarily believe in precognition, but she says a nightmare she experienced before the shooting could have been a warning that something bad was about to happen. "The night before this happened, I had a dream that I was on duty and went into a convenience store that was being robbed and I ended up shooting the robber," she explains. "I don't know if that's just coincidence or what that is. I've had dreams like that a couple of times before, but that one was the most vivid ones that I ever had. I didn't honestly think anything of it when I got up and started getting ready for work. I didn't think that anything like that would ever happen to me." That nightmare would not be the only cause for Mong losing sleep. A few weeks after the incident, she battled insomnia. She also became anxious whenever she had to leave the house at night. "It was hard for me to go anywhere by myself," she says. "My fiancé went with me everywhere I went. I did not want to go anywhere by myself. We ended up having to move into a different apartment inside the same complex, so I was never again at that apartment by myself." Since the shooting, Mong has become vigilant on multiple fronts, both in terms of mind-set and daily rituals. "I don't think that I would have done anything differently," she says. "I think that I had a pretty good outcome from all this. I was not hurt in any way. I'm 10 times more aware of my surroundings now, whether I'm getting into my car at my house or in a parking lot somewhere going grocery shopping or whatever. I'm always looking to see if there's anyone sitting in a car or what they're doing. Even when I'm driving down the road, I'm looking at people next to me because you hear about all the times that people are sitting at a red light and people coming up and pushing them out of their car and stealing their car. I'm just more aware of my surroundings now." Finally, Mong says that she is more diligent about carrying her sidearm off duty. "I carry a gun with me everywhere I go. I carried the gun a lot before. I think it was probably just because I was new and could carry it around," she reflects. "But now I don't leave my house without carrying one."
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