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Elevating the conversation about all things tactical.

Cecil Burch on BJJ and Street Fighting, when there are guns and knives and ninjas and sh*t

Cecil Burch on BJJ and Street Fighting, when there are guns and knives and ninjas and sh*t

How do the rules change when you go from sports to the street? What changes on the ground vs. standing up? How should you apply your nunchuck skills in the context of self-defense? Mike and Cecil talk about all things martial arts and how they fit in to street fighting in real life. He specializes in an interdisciplinary approach to entanglement and close-range fights where weapons – including your own – are in play.

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COLD WEATHER SURVIVAL WITH POLAR EXPLORER JOHN HUSTON

COLD WEATHER SURVIVAL WITH POLAR EXPLORER JOHN HUSTON

John Huston was one of the first Americans to successfully complete an unsupported expedition to the North Pole. His expertise in cold weather survival and expedition planning has led him to opportunities training Special Operations Forces and he uses his experience as public speaking and training curriculum related to high-performing teams, operational planning and risk management, leadership, teamwork, and more. As a bonus, John also works with Sled Dogs, which is just cool.

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THE NEWHALL MASSACRE: THE DAY 4 CHP OFFICERS WERE KILLED OVER 50 YEARS AGO

THE NEWHALL MASSACRE: THE DAY 4 CHP OFFICERS WERE KILLED OVER 50 YEARS AGO

In April 1970,  4 California Highway Patrolmen were killed by two men after an armed road rage incident. Those men were career criminals in the planning stages of a robbery attempt who were heavily armed. This incident had a ripple effect for police agencies across the country that led to significant progress in the realm of firearms proficiency and officer safety.

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FIGHT OR FLIGHT, FEAR, AND MUSCLE MEMORY WITH NEURO SCIENTIST DR. VIVIAN

FIGHT OR FLIGHT, FEAR, AND MUSCLE MEMORY WITH NEURO SCIENTIST DR. VIVIAN

While you don’t need to deep dive all of the science here, you do need to understand the tactical implications of a fight or flight response as it relates to training, perception, memory, and attention. Mike and Vivian discuss muscle memory, building good habits, perceptual distortions, and ways to enhance our performance under stress. 

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PRINCIPLES OF WARFARE

PRINCIPLES OF WARFARE

Jim breaks down some fundamentals for how to turn Sun Tzu into operational reality with the handy acronym MOSSMOUSE. This is useful in any sort of fight or conflict in which you want to use tactics and strategy instead of just brute force or power to fight your way through it. How can you apply it to your situation? 

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BIG NEWS FROM OFFICER ISAAC

BIG NEWS FROM OFFICER ISAAC

We have been following our buddy Isaac’s career into law enforcement and it turns out, he’s got big news about where his career is headed. Hear what his plans are, what his favorite stories as a cop has been, and what advice he would give to someone new to the profession. 

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It’s Your Platoon – US Army Lt. Dave

It’s Your Platoon – US Army Lt. Dave

Jim interviews Lt Dave from the US Army about his experiences as a young officer and what it means to lead troops and face off the Russians in Eastern Europe. He talks about his relationship with senior NCOs, the differences between different commissioning sources, and how his job as a Combat Engineering Officer fits into the big picture for large scale combat operations.  

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How to think like a Tactician

How to think like a Tactician

episode 67 HOW TO THINK LIKE A TACTICIANWe've been building up to this concept to help raise the lowest common denominator in tactics, survival, and self-defense. At Tactical Tangents, we talk a lot about "People Ideas Hardware" and how to apply that formula to making...

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Fitness For Folks Who Don’t Fitness Good

This episode isn’t for hardcore fitness gurus, it’s for the people who realize they need to get up off the couch, watch what they eat, and take those first steps toward getting in shape. We wanted to address fitness from the beginning for those folks who don’t fitness good. These are the basic things you need to understand about losing weight and getting in shape. It starts with getting over the mental hurdles you put in your own way, and then setting manageable goals and expectations. Down the road, we’ll follow this up with more serious fitness talks but if you need a place to get started, start here.

“9-1-1, What’s your emergency?” Calling for Help: Dos and Don’ts

Mike explains how the 911 systems work in a way that is helpful to both first responders and those who need help. There are a lot of ways we lose information in the call taking process so make sure your emergency call renders the response you need. We also talk about when to call and ways to communicate covertly with a dispatcher.

The Honorable Judge Edward Lee

Enjoy our interview with Veteran, Infantry Commander, Police Officer, former District Attorney, and leadership guru Judge Edward “Ned” Lee. Judge Lee recently retired after 28 years on the bench in California’s Superior Court. Hear his stories and lessons from a distinct and varied background in the criminal justice system. 

Fights from Law Enforcement

Jim asks Mike about a handful of fights that he’s been in as a police officer. Mike talks about his experiences early in life and how they led to him becoming a cop. This is not a complete police use of force episode but we scratch the surface and cover the basics. We also help apply those principles to self-defense. We touch briefly on de-escalation training and case law.

LA Riots and Civil Unrest

Mike and Jim give a rundown of the Los Angeles Riots and discuss the warning signs and implications of mass civil unrest. We also look into the term ‘Boogaloo’ making the rounds on the internet.

San Bernardino Active Shooter

In December 2015, a husband and wife who pledged allegiance to ISIS carried out an attack that killed 14 people and wounded 22 others in San Bernardino, California. The shooters fled the scene and engaged in a lengthy gunfight with police when they were located some time later. Lt. Gary Schulke of the SB Police Department was involved in that fight and shares the story of the event from start to finish, including accounts of the survivors and audio from the incident. The incident was the deadliest terrorist attack in the United States at the time post-9/11.

Resilience and Mental Toughness

Our feelings on what resilience means in a tactical setting and how to make sure you are not an easy victim. Includes some thoughts on “resilience training” and where mental toughness comes from. 

Sexual Assault

Jim walks us through a series of rape scandals at the Air Force Academy, and discusses practical ways to prevent and respond to assaults.

Preventing Heat Related Injuries – In Memory of Ken “K3” Sturgill

First, a toast: This episode is dedicated to Airman First Class Kenneth “K3” Sturgill, an Air Force SERE (Survival, Evasion, Resistance, Escape) Specialist Trainee who perished in training as a result of heat stroke. K3’s father, K2, shares some stories about his childhood and the man he was. We learn about the mishap and what steps the Air Force is taking to prevent this sort of thing in the future. To wrap up, Mike and Jim talk a little about heat stress and how to mitigate heat related injuries.