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The Seven Principles
The Seven Principles of Self-Defense were originally formulated by the legendary Lt. Col. John “Jeff” Cooper, USMC (1920-2006). Tom and Lynn Givens have adapted and modernized these same principles for Rangemaster Firearms Training Services, and they work hard to instill them in their students with every RFTS class.
Always know the answers to these two questions: (1) Who’s around me? (2) What are they doing?
Select a course of action and get on with it. Don’t second guess.
Fighting is by definition an aggressive activity! The best defense is an explosive counter-attack.
You must move quickly. Speed comes from practice and economy of motion (not desperate hustle).
You must keep your head! You cannot miss fast enough to win. Front sight, press.
In our context, this means absolute single-mindedness of purpose. Once the fight starts, the only thing that matters is winning.
Turn the tables. Do what your aggressor least expects you to do.