Insights and Training Tips from Tactical Arts


Insights from the Tactical Arts Academy

How to be Mentally Ready for a Violent Attack

How to be Mentally Ready for a Violent Attack
How to be Mentally Ready for a Violent Attack You can’t just hope you will be ready, you have to train your mind to be ready. One of the keys to successful performance of a self defense technique is repetition, but you can practice a technique a million times, and it will never work if you do not recognize when to apply it.  Your 10,000 hours hitting a target, sparring with a training partner, or pulling a trigger will fail to be enough.  You can have all the physical skills you need, but if you are not aware of your surroundings and mentally ready to act or react, they will not be accessible in time. If you hope to successfully respond to a threat, you must be aware of your surroundings. You need to know what is around you, who is around you and what they are doing.  This i...
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The Essentials of Handgun Retention for Open Carry

The Essentials of Handgun Retention for Open Carry
  With the open carry of handguns becoming a reality in Texas soon, it’s time we all start thinking of what that means.  Yes, we will no longer have to worry about accidentally “printing" our concealed firearms when reaching up to a high shelf in the store, leaning over to pick something up off the ground or just getting out of the truck.  We may not see as many untucked shirts or, so many Hawaiian prints.  5.11 and Thunderwear may lose some business.  We can just go out in a t-shirt and shorts, practically a uniform for Austinites, when it is hot outside.  No need for layering to hide any unsightly bulges.        Open carry being legal will have several benefits.  Open carry will make it easier to carry a larger frame gun.  It wi...
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Get stronger, faster? Getting stronger is simple.

Get stronger, faster?  Getting stronger is simple.
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There is a simple way to get stronger, but that doesn't mean it's easy.  Here's how... Most of us want to get stronger; even if we are not really concerned about gaining lots of muscle mass or a huge deadlift. Regardless, we all can use a little more strength. If you are willing to put in the work and maintain the focus, getting strong can be done with relatively few mental somersaults: just lift heavy weight, supplement the weight lifting with basic body-weight exercises, and eat the right food for muscle growth.   Step 1 - Lift Heavy          Weight lifting. Big, basic lifts. One to three times a week do each one of the big lifts like deadlift, back squat, bench press, and shoulder press.Once your form is good do these lifts with heavy weight. Lifting w...
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The Art of Double Unders

The Art of Double Unders
  How to Do Double Unders for your CrossFit WOD A challenging CrossFit skill that probably takes more patience than any other is the double under.  The double under is a jumperope technique wherein the rope passes twice under the feet during one jump.  This is one of the few skills that you practice wherein you get whipped when you do it wrong.  It’s great negative reinforcement, but it can make the most soft-spoken, gentle person curse like street thug.   It can be frustrating.  I hope this guide below will minimize your frustration when learning to do double unders.   Sizing the Rope for You You need to have your own rope measured to fit you.  To measure your rope, stand in the middle of the cable with both feet together.  The tip of the ...
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How to get your First Pullup

How to get your First Pullup
So you want to be able to do a pull-up. Great! We have a plan for you. The goal is to get 1 full range of motion pull-up with good form. Once you can do that we can set a new goal to do more.     Getting Started  Getting started, one of the best things you can do is make sure you are eating quality foods and, if appropriate, lose some body fat.  The lighter you are, the easier it will be to do a pull-up.  If you are currently too heavy to even attempt hanging from the pull-up bar, you can focus on strengthening your back.   Strengthen Your Back To strengthen your back, do 3 sets of 8 repetitions of bent over rows with a barbell or dumbbells.  Use a weight that is challenging but does not cause you to lose form.  Work your way up to usi...
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