I'm not ashamed to say that
title is totally true. I've
got the full story on it below.
let me just say right up front,
if you're AT ALL interested in self-defence
(or if that title just grabbed your
attention) and keeping yourself
and your loved ones safe, this is
an article you definitely
need to read.
in April of 2009, I attended a live
Target Focus Training self-defence
seminar in Chicago, run by Tim Larkin
himself and I want to give you the
full rundown on my experiences with
the seminar and with the TFT system
(including getting my butt kicked
by a 68 year old woman, of course!)
I first signed up to attend the
Target Focus Training seminar, I
honestly didn't know what to expect.
I had watched the DVD's and read
through several of Tim's books previously
and really liked what I saw but
live training is really whole different
if you're not familiar with Target
Focus Training (and maybe if you're
wondering what this possibly has
to do with fitness or training!),
here's the scoop...
Focus Training (TFT for short) is
a self-defence system that does
NOT rely on a bunch of set moves
or strict techniques or complicated
maneuvers that take a lot of time
to master. The philosophy of TFT
lies in targeting vulnerable areas
of the human body when faced with
a violent attacker and causing injury
to those areas so your attacker
is a fancy way of saying in the
TFT system, you're going to learn
how to hurt people and hurt them
real bad FAST.
when it really hits the fan, YOU
want to be the one going home at
night. And severely injuring the
person(s) coming after is the surest
bet that it WILL be you walking
what does this have to do with fitness
question...and I'll tell you my
perspective on it.
big and strong can be great for
people...a lot of people are going
to think twice about taking a swing
at you when you're a big guy with
a lot of muscle.
are NOT the people who pose
a real threat to you.
the people who aren't intimidated
by strength or muscle mass in the
least because they know if they
crack you the head with a rock first
or stab you or shoot you, muscle
won't help you. They don't live
in the "action movie"
world where the muscular hero cleans
up a room full of bad guys who,
inexplicably, take turns coming
at him one at a time (just an observation
violence happens when you're not
ready for it. It happens when you're
putting your groceries in the car
and you're distracted. You don't
get time for the "staredown"
and there will be no opening handshake.
There will be the guy jumping you
when you're not looking, followed
by him and his friends kicking you
once you're on the ground.
get me wrong...training and being
strong is a GREAT thing...but it's
knowledge like the TFT stuff that
will really make the difference.
fact, if you DO want to see what
REAL violence looks like, click
here. It's the TFT program
page and there's a video about halfway
down the page that talks about exactly
what I just said.
to the seminar and how I got my
first thing I noticed when I walked
in the door was that everybody in
the room was just an "average"
person. This wasn't a room full
of bodybuilders, MMA fighters or
martial artists or anything like.
the mall and you'll see people just
like this...all ages from a 16 year
old kid there with his dad to a
300 lb former police officer all
the way to that 68 year old woman
I mentioned. There is no age limit...no
considerations for physical ability
or strength. It's all about attacking
introduction really gets your attention.
Graphic videos of real-life violence
happening set the stage for the
information he shares with you here.
It's not gratuitous...it's very
also makes it VERY clear, this stuff
isn't for anti-social situations
(like when somebody spills a drink
on you at the bar or cuts you off
on the road). Breaking an elbow
over a spilled drink will get YOU
is for "ASOCIAL" situations...like
when somebody walk up and puts a
gun to your head and demands your
wallet. For situations when talking
won't help and violence is the ONLY
be very clear...Tim is not trying
to turn you into a cold-blooded
killer. But this is stuff the
bad guys already instinctively know.
If they want something from you,
the easiest way to get it from you
is to injure you so you can't fight
this is what you need to do to THEM.
Because once you've dealt them an
injury, their brain is no longer
thinking about hurting you...it's
consumed with the pain of the injury
(if the person is still even conscious
at that point).
first target Tim talked about was
the eyes. He showed us several techniques
for gouging a person's eyes, which
would, of course, make for an extremely
effective injury. The next target
was the groin...obviously a commonly-known
all partnered up and took turns
practicing on each other.
and his instructors went through
several more targets and explained
exactly how to attack each one effectively
with just your "body weapons"
(as Tim calls them - i.e. your forearms,
knees, heels, and your bodyweight,
which is the BEST weapon of them
learned strikes on the liver, kidneys,
throat, back of the neck, side of
the neck, bridge of the nose, knees,
ankles, solar plexus and more. We
also learned (and this is big distinction
from a lot of other self-defence
systems) how the body REACTS to
being stuck in each area.
example, when hit in the groin,
you bend forward with an arched
back but your head stays looking
up with your chin sticking out.
But struck in the solar plexes and
you hunch forward and look down.
body reactions are critical because
you NEED to know how the person
will react when you strike them
in a certain place. Because it'll
lead you directly into the NEXT
injury you're going to cause them.
the emphasis is on creating an injury
- no wasted movements. Every time
you strike somebody, it's to cause
an injury to them.
the fun began...free fighting...
was a unique experience to me. There
were 36 people in the room, all
partnered up, all going through
slow-motion attack sequences on
each other. And all in complete
and the instructors make it a very
strict rule...in asocial situations,
there is no talking. There is no
bravado or banter. There's just
you and the guy who wants to you
put you down as quickly as possible
so you don't get a chance to do
anything to HIM.)
I mentioned above with learning
the reactions to strikes, the "victims"
in the free fighting session know
exactly how to react to each strike
that's being dealt to them so it's
POINT...You Are NEVER The
free fighting begins with your partner
moving aggressively towards you...either
taking a slow swing, putting a hand
on your shoulder, coming at you
with a rubber knife, etc.
then become the "attacker"
(and this is key...when somebody
comes after you, DO NOT think of
yourself as the victim...EVER) and
proceed to strike your partner,
chaining one target attack into
the next available target that presents
itself. After several strikes (when
you're sure your partner would not
be a threat to you in a "real"
situation"), you get up and
turn your back to them.
the signal for the next free-fight
sequence to begin.
this is where I got my butt kicked
by a 68 year old woman.
not literally :) ...she was my partner
in one of the free-fight practices
and had no trouble at all putting
me on the ground with multiple severe
deal for her 70 year old husband.
He kicked my butt, too.
I got my revenge on them, though...and
also on the 300 lb former police
officer! I got to shatter his collarbone
and rupture his spleen.
second day, we went through knives,
clubs, guns, and multiple attackers...all
in the same format. What I REALLY
liked about Tim's approach to weapons
training is that it's pretty much
EXACTLY the same as somebody without
a weapon (naturally, there are some
modifications you need to make to
account for the weapon).
bottom line...your goal is NOT to
attack the weapon but to still immediately
get your injury. Because a person
with a knife, when you take out
their eye and crack their knee,
will no longer be a person with
attackers...same deal. Tim's approach
to multiple is really elegant...put
an injury on one then get yourself
on the OTHER side of your "victim"
so THAT guy is between you and his
buddy. Then put an injury on the
OTHER guy coming at you.
simple...and once you have the targeting
techniques to back it up, your confidence
level will really go up.
don't read this then go out and
try and take on two thugs at once
without any specific knowledge or
THIS STUFF FIRST.
I Really Have To Say, You Would
Be CRAZY Not to Check This
TFT Stuff Out, Especially Since
I've Arranged for You To Get It
FREE right now...
kind of info I just talked about
that we learned in the seminar is
EXACTLY the kind of information
you're going to learn in the TFT
Monthly membership site, which is
why I really hope you'll take me
up on my offer of the free month.
been through the live training,
the value is just off-the-charts
and you would be INSANE not to take
it for a test drive.
like it?...no worries. Just cancel
your membership and you'll never
from my perspective, not having
a big background in martial arts,
I know I could take somebody out
pretty easily with the knowledge
I gained just from that 2 day seminar.
This monthly thing gives you all
of that and more because it's going
to continually update your knowledge
with detailed instructional video
(there's a sample of that on the
TFT Monthly page as well).
here to see the sample training
The only thing was when I left the
class, I felt like a Terminator,
walking around assessing the available
"targets" of every person
I passed... :)
I'll say one thing...this system
really teaches you valuable lessons
about why you really don't want
to get into a fight over something
trivial with anyone.
steals your parking spot? Let them
have it. It's not worth YOU going
to jail for "teaching them
a lesson" and severely injuring
and possibly killing them.
jumps in the cab you called? Let
them have it. What if you grab this
person and they have a gun? Don't
get shot over a cab.
information is really going to change
the way you look at violence AND
how you, personally, would react
to violence if it happened to you.
going to be a victim?
do you have the knowledge to immediately
become the attacker yourself?
finally...are you willing to
BET YOUR LIFE
on that knowledge?
you have ANY doubts
whatsoever about that, you need
to click here and get on this site.