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Womens Saftey VS Fashion

This weekend I was speaking with a mental health clinician.  She was young (mid 20’s), and petite.  Her job is home visits and other transport and meetings with clients.  She was telling me about two of her new clients that were assigned her.  She told of how one of them touched her, and told her they should “hook up”.  The other client calls and texts her and stalks her, on Facebook and other social media.

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In the daily task of her job she must meet alone with clients, most of which are males, and all of which have a mental illness.  She expressed concern over the physical threat that she faces every day. I suggested several options, and this is where it became interesting to me.  All of her objections were based on her clothing.  How she looked.

As with most women now a days, they were tight fitting clothes.  Yes ladies you look good, and men like to see it.  Men like yoga pants and tight shirts, low cut blouses etc.  So this much you have accomplished.  You want to look good, be seen and admired.  But at what cost?  At what point do you evaluate your whole lifestyle and come up with some sort of compromise.  One of my suggestions was OC spray.  She explained to me that with her tight fitting shirt and pants, that it would “bulge out and look like a tumor”.  The same responce when asked about a gun, stun gun, and knife.  For the purpose of this discussion we are going to completely ignor the topic of training.  What we are looking at here is a womans decision that fashion over safety is acceptable.

My suggestion was very simple, adapt your clothing to accomodate some form of protection.  This young lady is at high risk of physical assault every day, and yet she would rather have “that look” than compromise even a little to provide any form of protection for herself.  This was very interesting to me psychologically.  She completely understands the risk, and is not willing to adapt to overcome it.

Now we look at other women.  The “average woman”.  Lets define her as someone who’s daily job does not directly involve a high risk of physical assault.  The statistics show that a woman is raped every 65 seconds in the United States.  That does Not include physical assaults (battery, robbery, abuse, etc).  The risk of physical assault on women is quite high.  This is 2016 and violence against women is not getting any better.  When you look around the streets, mall, shopping centers, sidewalks, etc, what you see is women with no protection.  Most have placed fashion over personal safety.

It is not the womans fault for being assaulted.  Lets make that clear.  But lets also make clear the threat that women face every day, no matter what there job or where they live.  I often here comments from women that “I’m always aware of my surroundings”  “I never do this or that”.  But the facts and statistics show that women are being victimized every day at an extremely high rate.

I deal with victims literally every day.  I would guess 98% of them all said the same thing.  That they “never imagined it would happen to them, and they never thought that person would do that”.  The other 2% are the ones that stay in a physically abusive relationship and completly expect it over and over.  But most women do not expect to be hurt today.

Women need to have a form of protection on them at all times and in all places.  (the obvious excluded; court houses, etc.)  The issue is, that women want to be admired, looked at and wanted.  Women like personal notice and attention.  However the savages in our society notice these women first, and target them for those same reasons.  Again, I will reiterate that it is not the womans fault for looking attractive and being attacked.  I’m simply stating that this is the paradigm.

In todays society, women need more than “street smarts”, friends, and awareness to be safe on our streets.  Although these and many other things can contribute to lower your chances of assault, it does not eliminate it.  Can women find a solution that fits their desires and lifestyle and have protection too?  I believe they can.  It is just a matter of making a personal decision to do so.

Men also have a simular issue.  Men will do things and intentionally put themselves into dangerous situations.  Men like the “rush”.  Whether it be fighting at the bar, skydiving, or driving crazy, men also willingly compromise their saftey at will.

There is a part in each of our brains that will at times take over logic and deminish out decision making abilities.  We should all be aware of this, and do a manual override on it when we notice it.  When that little voice in your head says “dont do it”, its most likely the logical part of your brain warning you.

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Human Behavior and Mental Illness; Violence study

Dan Severen Kelly Alwood

 

I have had the opportunity to work with people with Mental Illness in mental health institutions, and on the streets professionally. From the sidewalks, to homes, to In-Patient care facilities I have encountered and dealt with hundreds of people with mental illnesses and many of them in crisis.
What I have discovered is that human behavior, physical body language appears to run standard across the board. Whether it be a “normal” individual, a diagnosed person, or someone in crisis they all seem to demonstrate the same physical behavior traits, or body language consistant with what we know about reading/interpreting body language.
This I have found especially true with aggressive/violent behavior. Agitation, pre-assault indicators, anger, apear to remain the same no matter the persons mental state at that time.

Confusion, alertness, and other body language may not always be consistent with what we know to be standard. However, I am continuing my study on all of this as well.
What this means is that no matter who the individual is, their behavior will telegraph their intention to lash out physically. This is something that I have not seen a lot of research on, therefore I started my own. What my research shows thus far is that we can consistently recognize, address and prepare for a physical encounter/assault without having to “diagnose” a person in the moment to interpret their intentions. They all portray the same physical traits, and therefore you can recognise and protect yourself from a physical assault.
A few years ago the Lead Instructor at Fort Campbell Army Combatives program (MACP) called me and asked me to prepare a short training video to teach how to recognize the physical behavior of a person intending to physically attack another. This video is below.

I found one good article from Police One describing physical assault indicators as well.  It is at this link HERE.  It is a good read, and will also help you “read” people prior to an attack.

I have included in my study undiagnosed “normal” people, schizophrenia, Bi-Polar, Intoxicated, Narcotic influenced “high/stoned”, Psychopathy, PTSD, Dementia, and other clinically diagnosed persons.  I will continue my face to face, hands on research, however at this point these are my findings.

No matter what mental state the individual is in, they will foretell their intentions of a physical assault.

My research has found no deviation due to race or ethnic/cultural background either.

Verbal Blunders of Political Candidates

As we watch the rating go up and down, spike and plummet, we can see why.  When we analyize this objectively (as I am taking NO political stance here on either side), we are looking at the blunders that should have and could have been avoided with Behavioral Programming methodology.

First up, the Trump repeat.

Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump gives a pair of thumbs up gestures as he enters the Verizon Wireless Arena for a campaign event in Manchester, New Hampshire, February 8, 2016. REUTERS/Rick Wilking - RTX262P3
Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump gives a pair of thumbs up gestures as he enters the Verizon Wireless Arena for a campaign event in Manchester, New Hampshire, February 8, 2016. REUTERS/Rick Wilking – RTX262P3

The candidate: Donald J. Trump, the classiest candidate

The gaffe: Discussing Ted Cruz’s opposition to waterboarding, Trump heard a shout in the audience. “She just said a terrible thing,” Trump said. You know what she said? Shout it out because I don’t want to say.” She did it, but he decided to repeat it anyway. “OK. You’re not allowed to say—and I never expect to hear that from you again,” he impishly scolded. “She said he’s a pussy. That’s terrible. Terrible!” 

We discuss this in depth in the book Behavioral Programming.  It is a social and interpersonal rule breaker to repeat, and raise/give attention and acknowledge an intentional personal attack.  This is discussed in Chapter 21 in the book, the effects of doing this and what the appropriate alternatives are.

This “cackling” from the crowd seems to be somewhat common place during speaches.  In chapter 30 of the book we discuss this and how to stop it.  If you address behavior correctly, others will respond the programming and prevent future instances, even from completely different people.

Chapter 34 of the book also addresses these types of issues.  How to turn a negative comment or situation around to be positive and make you look good and the other person satisfied as well.

Chapter 38 lays out the rules for keeping these types of incidents from happening again.  Deal with an issue once, make it a positive experience, and keep it from happening again.

A huge part of these candidates loosing supporters and poll numbers dropping is due to comments or actions “going viral”.  The word gets around very quickly these days with social media and the news.  Chapter 44 in the book teaches you all about how this social dynamic works, and how to make it work in your favor, or start a revolution against you.

 

Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton jokes with patients while visiting the Crossroads rehabilitation facility in Reno, Nevada November 23, 2015. REUTERS/James Glover II - RTX1VIV1
Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton jokes with patients while visiting the Crossroads rehabilitation facility in Reno, Nevada November 23, 2015. REUTERS/James Glover II – RTX1VIV1

The candidate: Hillary Clinton

The gaffe: Perhaps it’s more the denouement of a gaffe. During a Facebook chat Tuesday, journalist-activist Jose Antonio Vargas criticized Clinton for referring to people who are in the country without official status as “illegal immigrants.” In response, she pledged to quit using the term.

The defense: The debate over how to refer to this group of people is heated and hardly resolved. The Associated Press, for example, in 2013 dropped “illegal immigrant” but also banned “undocumented immigrant” as imprecise and often untrue.

Why it matters (or doesn’t): In some ways, this is a microcosm of Clinton’s struggles: She comes from the ’60s, a long time ago, and she never seems so out of touch as when she deploys terminology that used to be acceptable but isn’t anymore. She also seems to periodically misstep, annoying progressives who don’t entirely trust her.

 

Here was have what is a problem for everyone.  Word choice.  What words and terms should we be using.  Throughout the entire book we discuss words and verbiage that are appropriate for all audience and occasions.

In Chapter 18 of the book we discuss in detail word and phrase choices that should be used, and also ones that should never be used. We discuss why, and the effects of using these specific words and phrases.

This whole thing, and many others could have easily been avoided, and issues and bad press avoided, by all candidates.  Chapter 19 would stop most of the bad press each time they open their mouths and talk.  You should learn from them and not make the same mistakes. They could cost you friendships, jobs, opportunities, etc.

Not only the words we choose to use, but the order in which we put them, and the exact way they are phrased, even with the smallest details to you, are interpreted completely different than what you actually meant.  In chapter 36 we discuss this in detail, and make sure you know how to properly phrase what you are trying to convey to the other person. Do not leave room for error or misinterpretation! Make yourself clear by the exact way you phrase your sentences.

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ASP Handcuffs

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I stopped by the ASP handcuff booth at Shot Show.  I wanted to check out their new line of cuffs, and look at other models I may not have had a chance to play with before.

 

I did have the opportunity to speak with and spend some time with the head of their training division and also and executive.  We had a good discussion on the cuffs, new and older models, and the pro’s and con’s (vulnerabilities) of the models.

They were polite and professional, and decided they wanted to work together to do some testing or R&D.

 

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I did discover that the paws can be changed out in some of their models.  From single to double or triple, and they can even have a “training” paw put in.  I will have some of these shortly and will post more on these and make a video as well.

 

Anti-kidnapping skills; Escaping restraints Tactics and Preparedness Magazine article

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2 Week Urban Escape and Evasion class in Los Angeles!

IMG_5436IMG_5443IMG_5444IMG_5548IMG_5519IMG_5518vehicle theftIMG_5495IMG_5499IMG_5500IMG_5489IMG_5490IMG_5491padlock shims canIMG_5479IMG_5480IMG_5481IMG_5482padlock shim IMG_5484Security at the hotel thought someone in our group may have attempted to open the conference room door without a key.  IMG_5469

 

Tons of kidnap escape training, with lots of inprovised and and SEREPICK tools.IMG_5470IMG_5471IMG_5472IMG_5473

Behavioral Programming taught to the students.  Whole day seminar.LogoKelly-Alwood-LOGO14

Hundreds of locks and cuffs.  IMG_5464

Lots of foreign locks and cuffs opened here!  IMG_5465IMG_5466IMG_5454

An intro to safe cracking taught here.  IMG_5437

Handcuff shimming.  IMG_5438IMG_5439IMG_5405IMG_5406IMG_5407IMG_5408IMG_5409IMG_5398 IMG_5399 IMG_5400 IMG_5401 IMG_5402 IMG_5403This is a closed course, going on now in LA.

Two full weeks of Covert Entry, Vehicle acquisition, improvised weapons, Escape from restraints, Behavioral Programming, IMG_5421 IMG_5422 IMG_5423 IMG_5424 IMG_5425 IMG_5426 IMG_5427and much more!

 

All new courses coming out this year!

This year, Kelly will launch several new courses, some will involve teaming up with big tactical names (to be announced very soon).   New classes on personal saftey and security, small unit tactics, and others designed for Patriots of this country.

Kelly’s originals, and also guest instructor classes will be on the calendar soon.  A full description of these new courses are coming here soon.

As always, evolving and meeting the current demands and needs of the times.

 

 

 

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Art of Escape class

Kellys class anti kidnappingThis class was the invention of Kelly Alwood.  A fresh new course designed specifically for disaster survival in the USA.

Kelly flew out to San Francisco in Dec 2013 and met with TAD gear (Tripple Aught Design apparel) and Rift Recon.  TAD was launching there new CORE training program at their new SF location.  Kelly spoke with Brett (TAD owner) and Eric of Rift Recon about designing a new fresh class for the first class at launch.  Kelly designed a new course.  An urban bug/ survival course.  Kelly provided the IP (class content, PPT’s etc) and agreed to teach the first 2 classes himself.  Kelly did travel to SF and personally teach both classes.  One in January and one in February.  Kelly trained the Rift Recon crew how to set up the class and run it.

After returning home Kelly was informed by formal letter that Rift Recon would be teaching the class without Kelly’s consent or involvement or compensation.  Rift Recon also stated that they would continue to use the Art of Escape name as well.  Rift Recon did acknowledge that the IP (actual class content) did belong to Kelly.  The letter from Rift Recon stated that Rift Recon would not use any of the original content that Kelly provided.  However, Rift Recon is using the same course description as before.  Rift Recon is also not telling students that Kelly is no longer teaching the class and that the class in completely different than what was advertised and what they signed up for.

This is a public notice.  Kelly Alwood is NOT teaching the Art of Escape class.  The content of the class is stolen IP, or the course description is completely false.  Rift Recon did NOT pay for the IP content of this course.  Rift Recon recorded with audio and video my entire course.  They had the audio transcribed.  Rift Recon is still advertising this course as it was when Kelly taught the class.  Rift Recon is using audio and video from the classes Kelly taught for advertising the class.

Neither Kelly Alwood or TAD has any affiliation with Rift Recon at this point.  Both Kelly and TAD had made Rift Recon aware that the quality of service Rift Recon provided students was sub standard.  Set up and execution on the part of Rift Recon was not up to Kelly Alwood or TAD Gear standards.  Rift Recon was given specific details of preparations and arrangements to be made for Kelly to teach the class.  Most of which were not even attempted to be made.  Kelly and TAD informed Rift Recon that we could not attach our names to the classes if they did not fulfill their obligations to the students.

Rift Recons responce was to claim the class as their own, and to contact friends and instructors of Kelly Alwood to go out and teach Kelly’s class in SF without Kelly’s permission.  They were refused.  No indication is given as to who is actually teaching this class now.  Students signing up dont know who the instructor is, or what is actually in the class.  Rift Recon has left everything the same on their website to fool students into thinking Kelly was still teaching his class.  Kelly Alwood is not teaching the class, and the class is NOT what is in the description, as Rift Recon has stated that the class is mine and they wont teach the same thing.

Kelly Alwood and Kevin Reeve still teach the Urban Escape and Evasion class all over the country.  Sign up for one of those and get the real deal.

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Personel Security; How your hotel room gets broken into

How many times have you walked into your hotel room or office and said “something isnt right”?  You dont know what, but something is not like it was.  Well, your probably not crazy or imagining things.

A great blog post with pictures, video, and a complete description of how its done is found here:

http://alwoodlocksport.com/2014/03/how-criminals-break-into-your-hotel-and-office-in-seconds/

It also explains a couple very quick ways to stop this attack.

Dont use Masterlock padlocks for security

This is a quick video of an 11 YO boy with no practice picking open a Masterlock padlock.

http://alwoodlocksport.com/2014/03/young-boy-picks-open-a-masterlock-padlock-in-seconds/

 

Dont trust your security to a Masterlock product.  Use a high quality, military grade + Commando padlock found here:

http://www.survivalcorner.com/commando-ichange-padlock/