Too Many Training Junkies?

This week Michael talks about John Hearne’s important class, WHO WINS, WHO LOSES AND WHY, then goes into some controversy currently churning the training community… are we “overshooting” most potential customers?

MichaelBane.TV – On the Radio episode #103.
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Host: Michael Bane
Producer: Flying Dragon Ltd.

More information and reference links:

The Training Junkie Fallacy/Kjell Rosenberg MD

John Hearne

John Hearne Bio

Tom Givens Rangemaster

Straight Talk on Armed Defense: What the Experts Want You to Know/Massad Ayoob

Deep Survival: Who Lives, Who Dies and Why/Laurence Gonzales

The Music of Dave Stryker/Stryker Big Band

The Music of Checkie Brown


  1. I am a 75 year old disabled Vietnam vet. My disability is missing part of my right hand. Thanks for finally touching on the issue of age. I have had to change me ideas and tools to fit me at this age. I can’t do BJJ or that kind of thing. I do carry a ka-bar fixed blade knife. I need it as a tool to do simple things like open packages and such. It can also be used for self-defense. Alton Brown the cook has the concept of multi-taskers. I think it is applicable.
    For home defense, I have chosen the AR pistol in 9mm. It is hearing safe and I can accurately shoot it. I have to use both hands. It can also be used as a striking weapon. For carry, I have moved to the Smith & Wesson 380 EZ as a pistol. It is much easier on my hands to practice with. I know my age is a factor. Hearing, eye sight and physical strength are diminished. According to Dirty Harry “a man has to know his limitations”. I hope you are successful in your message. We older people need you to do that.

  2. Spot on on the training trends observations Michael. I have seen much of the same, while at the same time being a “training junkie” myself. Even knowing the high skill level techniques, my old and decrepit body won’t let me do some of them anymore. Much like you I am paying now for past sins against my body.

    There is a growing need for more firearm courses for aging folk, unathletic folk, and just plain folk that are never going to be able to (or want to) learn the high speed, high skill level techniques. Hell, I think the over 50 crowd is the fastest growing segment of the population now.

    At the same time, a lot of these high skill techniques aren’t necessarily required to save your life. People have been shooting bad guys for at least a couple of hundred years, some with no formal training at all. You can read about them in the American Rifleman defensive shooting column every month.

    More courses geared in this direction can only serve to boost our numbers and make training even more popular. I train with Karl Rehn as well, and one of the things great about his courses is he offers a lot of shorter, cheaper courses (some even half day) that can start at your level and build you up from there, as well as offering the higher level multi-day courses. You are onto something here.


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