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Tuhon Leslie Buck is the founder and CEO of the Tactical Arts Academy. Chief Instructor Leslie Buck has decades of experience in martial arts, self defense and fitness training. He holds the rank of Tuhon (grand master) in Filipino martial arts, and is a firearms instructor with many certifications. He has consulted as an instructor for the Philippine Armed Forces, the US Army and US Marines. Leslie also teaches law enforcement for many departments both large and small in Texas. He has spent the last 10 years operating Tactical Arts Academy so that he can help private citizens like you learn to protect themselves and get fit.

Understanding Situational Awareness

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Physical skills are only part of the skills that you need for self defense. You must have cognitive skills too.  One of the most important cognitive skills you can cultivate for self defense is situational awareness. What is Situational Awareness? Simply put, situational awareness is knowing what is happening around you.  It is knowing your environment and what events are occurring nearby.  In terms of self defense, situational awareness includes knowing what is happening, and knowing what, if anything, you should do about it. To do this, you must derive meaning from the circumstances in which you find yourself. Situational awareness is your perception of the environment and nearby events together with your assessment of how your actions will affect your immediate and near f...
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Indonesian Martial Arts Class Intro Video - Arm Breaks and Finishes


Check out this short video of training that we have been doing recently at the Tactical Arts Academy. In the video, you will see a few arm breaks and finishing techniques from our Indonesian martial arts class. The series is from Harimau found in Pencak Silat Mande Muda.  Included are a few basic tips for applying the techniques.   If you are interested in learning more about Indonesian Martial Arts, consider joining the Tactical Arts Academy Indonesian Martial Arts Program. Training includes learning a variety of take-downs, locks, controls, and breaks. Click the button below to learn more about the program and sign up for a free visit. You’ll learn more about Tactical Arts, you’ll have the opportunity to watch our classes in action, and you’ll discover if our training is right ...
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Self Defense Class Intro Video - Edged Weapon Survival


Check out this short video of training that we have been doing recently at the Tactical Arts Academy. In the video, you will see edged weapon survival techniques from our Self Defense class. The series is from the Edged Weapon Survival module. Included in the video are a few basic tips for applying the techniques.   If you are interested in learning more about Self Defense, consider joining the Tactical Arts Academy Self Defense Program. Training includes learning to survive a knife attack as well as weapon retention, weapon disarming, other weapon skills and empty hands. Click the button below to learn more about the program and sign up for a free visit. You’ll learn more about Tactical Arts, you’ll have the opportunity to watch our classes in action, and you’ll discover if our train...
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Indonesian Martial Arts Class Intro Video - Leg Breaks and Controls


Check out this short video of training that we have been doing recently at the Tactical Arts Academy. In the video, you will see a few leg breaks and control techniques from our Indonesian martial arts class. The series is from Harimau found in Pencak Silat Mande Muda.  Included are a few basic tips for applying the techniques.   If you are interested in learning more about Indonesian Martial Arts, consider joining the Tactical Arts Academy Indonesian Martial Arts Program. Training includes learning a variety of take-downs, locks, controls, and breaks. Click the button below to learn more about the program and sign up for a free visit. You’ll learn more about Tactical Arts, you’ll have the opportunity to watch our classes in action, and you’ll discover if our training is right fo...
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Ready for the Worst - Self Defense Designed for Realistic Threats

Ready for the Worst - Self Defense Designed for Realistic Threats
A good self defense program is based on an observation of reality.  It is based on a practical understanding of potential threats.  By understanding a threat, we can develop a relevant defense. In developing your approach to self defense, there are many things to consider.  These considerations should affect your decision of what to train, how to train, and how to prioritize what you spend the majority of your training resources (time, energy, money) doing. Initially, it helps to identify what or who you are fighting.  The following three assumptions about who that is will direct your other training choices.  They are significant because they will frame your entire outlook.  The assumptions are: The opponent is armed.  The opponent is trained.  There...
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