This video was not created for the “Joe or Jane Civilian” audience, but the “Excalibur Syndrome” mentality is not exclusive to Law Enforcement Officers (LEO), Military, and/or other ‘Operator’ types. Do a quick google search on ‘swords for home defense’ or ‘best self defense weapon’ or ‘gun verses knife’ and a whole world of ‘experts’ will open up.
Unlike the LEO, Military/Operators out there, civilians don’t carry a ‘standard load’ or have a ‘standard carry’ so it’s even more important NOT to be focused on a weapon or tool as the center of self defense training (“Excalibur Syndrome“). The focus should be to hone your ability OODA Loop or other awareness/tactical problem solving processes as the ‘center of self defense training.’
A pretty standard conversation with someone who is ‘weaponcentric’ about training usually goes something like:
“You know that ‘Kay Rah Tee’ but I know Ka-GUN”
“Do you have a gun on you now?”
“No, but that’s not the point. All that training won’t beat a gun.”
“Right…. but you don’t have a gun on you now, so what would you do, right now?”
You can plug in any weapon/tool/system or technique (pepper spray, keys, whistle, knife, bat, sword …) that someone has developed a love affair with and the conversation is the same. The conversation just illustrates a ‘what I train/know/carry is the answer to all situations’ mentality. In the ‘vacuum lab’ of the training floor, away from the contexts and situations that these tools/techniques/systems would be plugged into (a busy shopping mall, parking garage, dance floor, narrow hallway, sitting in a car) it may be ‘true’ that what is happening ‘works’ in some way, but those are only lab conditions with narrow parameters. Just because we ‘like’ a weapon or technique we train with DOES NOT mean it is automatically the best or universal answer to every problem that might come along.
The “Best Weapon” you can train is your BRAIN and your WILL. Here’s a video of an officer who did ‘everything right’ by procedure and still could have suffered the epic fail if it had not been for his ability to keep his BRAIN working under stress, and maintain his WILL to survive. Again, for “Joe or Jane Civilian” this is not an example of ‘what to do’ for techniques and tactics – he’s a Cop, we’re not. It is a good example of how fur ball a confrontation can be and how important “appropriate for you” training and tactics are to survival.