Regarding my experiences as a personal protection instructor, I can't stress enough that practicing
personal protection far surpasses merely owning a firearm and taking it to a range. Although I do believe
that a firearm can be a valuable resource, it is just one of many tools that has the potential to save one’s
life. In my experiences, when asking people about their home defense strategy, many say that they have
a gun, but this is not a sufficient answer. Often, their firearm may not be easily accessible even if the
need for one surfaces. This is a concept that will be addressed in future posts.
Citizens that have a concealed weapons permit (CCW) know that there are certain places where even
they are prohibited from carrying a firearm. When I conduct a personal protection class, I teach much
more than just firearms. I introduce a strategy that will keep you and your family safe in various,
potentially harmful environments. As mentioned previously, a firearm may not always be a viable
option. Let’s say that you and your family were cooking dinner. While one of your family members was
chopping up vegetables, they accidentally lacerated their finger. Let’s also say that in this situation, you
are the type of person that cares very much about your family, but you have only considered
neutralizing an external threat as a form of personal protection. It is in this scenario that protection
encompasses much more than a good guy with a gun. It is at this time when medical training and
equipment is the crucial element to personal safety.
Another commonly overlooked aspect of personal protection is navigating communication channels with
calm, collected, clear and concise interactions. In the book Verbal Judo by George J. Thompson and Jerry
B. Jenkins, we can learn how to adapt skills that prevent potential conflicts from escalating out of
control. Since this training utilizes our voice and body language, it is a valuable asset that we can take
with us everywhere we go. Speaking is something we do our entire lives, but we hardly work to improve
the skill. The text was designed as a resource for law enforcement and security officers to begin to
defuse potentially dangerous situations utilizing their words. Most of us are already familiar with the last
resort; using a firearm to neutralize a threat, yet we know very little of what is arguably the most
important method of personal protection.
There are a few ways to begin training your communication skills.
1. Start by reading this informational text. I've provided the link below.
2. Take the online course for $60 offered by Levitt-Safety https://www.levitt-safety.com/tc/whats-
3. Visit www.verbaljudo.com to have a course hosted, or attempt to sign up for one of the limited
classes scheduled around the country.