Jason Hanson creator of the Ultimate Concealed Carry Experience, years ago spent time with well-known firearms instructor Massad Ayoob. Since he’s been in the shooting business more than 40 years, he asked him, “What’s one thing you wish you’d known or done when you first started out?”

To Hanson’s surprise, he said he wished he’d started studying the martial arts and hand-to-hand self-defense a lot sooner than he did. And, actually, Hanson agreed. “When I was with the Agency we spent a heck of a lot more time doing firearms training than training with a knife or empty hand defense. And when I left the Agency I continued the firearms training but didn’t spend the amount of time I should of studying the martial arts.” per Hanson.

“After all, I try and carry my gun with me every time I leave my house, but there are places I go that I can’t bring it, such as the post office. And, in two weeks I’ll be teaching a course in Los Angeles where I won’t be able to carry my gun at all.”

“The fact is, as much as I love guns, when it comes to personal protection I believe in being as well-rounded as possible in case I find myself in a life or death situation and I don’t have my gun.”

“Plus, even if I do have my gun with me, martial arts training teaches you how to move properly (to help you get off the X quicker) and it also teaches you how to fight in close quarters situations so you can properly defend yourself against an attacker while you draw your gun.”

Hanson currently studies the Filipino martial arts, but there are plenty of other choices to study also, including Krav Maga. If you do a simple Internet search you will find lots of locations in your area where you can receive training
“You’ll be amazed what you’ll be able to do with an edged weapon or even empty handed after having some of this training.”

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