550 Cord, What it is & Why you need some!

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I love this stuff!

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I use 550 or “paracord” on everything I own, it’s just handy to have and for its size, VERY strong. The name “550″ refers to a specific class of parachute cord also known as type III cord and derives it’s name from being rated to have a minimum breaking strength of 550 lbs.  Typically 550 paracord has 200lb test outer shell and each of the inner strands is 50lb test.

Genuine MIL-SPEC MIL-C-5040 Type III Paracord has 7 inner yarns each made up of 3 strands.  Commercial 550 paracord imitations may vary though so know what your getting when your buying cord!

There really seems to be an infinite number of used for this stuff, but just to get your brain thinking, here are just a few:

  • Boot or shoe laces
  • Sewing
  • Friction saw (cuts though plastic like it was butter)
  • Lanyards to retain ANYTHING (I even use it on my USB sticks so they don’t get lost in transport)
  • Emergency para cord wrist band
  • Emergency snare (from one of the strands inside)
  • Fishing line (from inner strands)
  • Dog leash
  • Tie down anything
  • Wrap knife handle or any other item that needs a handle
  • Bow drill
  • Clothes line
  • A sling for your arm if injured
  • A Belt
  • Hang kettle/cooking pot over a fire
  • Make a fishing net from inner strands
  • Improvise a sling for your rifle
  • Perimeter trip wires (attach to tin cans or anything to make noise)
  • Emergency tow rope
  • Hanging your hammock
  • Neck Lanyard (doubles as improvised garrote, should you need one!)
  • Tent or tarp guy lines
  • To lash poles, sticks or anything stick like together
  • To lash a blade to a long pole in order to use as a spear (for emergency hunting)
  • For lowering equipment

So go out and get some cord, if you ever need it, it’s REALLY handy to have around.

Stay safe,
Justin J. Everman

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Founder, A.C.W.A.

 

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Free Home Security Tips from the A.C.W.A.

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Today we have table at one of the local Technology Firms where we are providing information on not only Personal Defense but also Home Safety as well.  Real security is about layers! Anyhow if you want a copy of the image below in .pdf format click this link: Home Safety Tips Pdf.

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’till next time, stay safe,

Justin J. Everman

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Why we train in Blue Jeans & a Paradigm shift

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ACWA_TrainingThe Oxford English Dictionary defines the basic meaning of the term paradigm as “a typical example or pattern of something” and wearing Blue Jeans for training is a Paradigm shift for many people.  It’s breaking from the norm to many, (just like us not using mats is, but that is for a later post) but it honestly shouldn’t be if your training to deal with the issues you face in the real world!

Let me start this off by saying that we are not one for tradition, our core care about is reality based self defense and that means we will do what it takes to get home safe, simple as that.  Because of this mindset, we strive to make all training reflect the reality of the world we live in, clothing and its use and limitations is no exception to that philosophy.

To clarify, there is nothing wrong with you wearing a Gi if your studying a traditional martial art, but if your going to study the street, then you need to train how you live and that’s not in a traditional uniform. You owe it to yourself to train in a t-shirt, blue jeans and shoes and see how that changes what your used to doing. It’s often a wake up call when movement is harder, legs cannot move or kick as easily and I’m not even going to get to how shoes affect people who are not used to training with them on!

So why Blue Jeans?

1) They will save your legs: We climb the body in training, pull tug and rake in our movements. Jeans prevent your legs or the hair on them, from getting pulled on. It’s a safety consideration for one.

2) They don’t rip easily: Denim is solid when grabbed and pulled on, it lasts much longer than other materials. You don’t want to go though an outfit each time you train!

3) No depanting: Having a sturdy pant helps you not loose them during training. Sweat pants, yoga pants, shorts, etc… can easily be pulled off you so we don’t allow those. On this point alone jeans are just a good idea.

4) They Fit: If you had to wear a traditional GI pant, you would have to get it tailored to fit right. You can simply just go buy jeans off the shelf for much cheaper and without the additional cost of fitting. This way instead of buying a formless one size fits most “martial arts pant,” you can get some jeans that fit you perfectly and you have 1000′s of choices, not just 1 or 2 to pick from.

5) You have them: I don’t believe I’ve ever met someone without at least 1 pair of jeans. That means it’s a low to no cost training outfit for you and you’re ready to go from the first day you call us to come check out a class!

6) They are normal: People wear jeans in the real world, that’s just normal.  We want to train how we live and live how we train! You want to cultivate the mindset that your always aware and ready as you go thought your normal life so train wearing normal things, simple as that.

7) Restriction: If you can train in jeans then you can move in anything else you wear! It’s key to understand how clothing may restrict our ability to move and operate in certain ways. This is one of the things we realize in wearing jeans, how they fit changes what options we can consider.

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Stay safe,
Justin J. Everman

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Founder, A.C.W.A.

I am giving away $500, here’s how you can win it:

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Time for another referral contest!

This is where we give back to the students for helping us grow the team.  We have many amazing people in the A.C.W.A. and we have found that amazing people know other amazing people….so why not help them be safer and be entered into a drawing for $500 cash. Interested? We thought so…..details in the image below.

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In the Lion’s eyes, what type of Gazelle are you?

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lion-the_chaseThe lion does not look for the most fit, fastest, most alert Gazelle to hunt and eat, that’s just to much work. The lion looks for the Gazelle who is slower, or  one that’s unaware of the lion’s presence and can easily be taken by surprise…..in other words, easy prey. So which are you, the former or the latter? What group would others put you in? Does the way you stand, walk, sit, dress, speak, move, etc…communicate confidence to others or are you outwardly showing that you lack a sense of self worth or your shy or your just completely unaware of the world around you (example: texting and walking around)?

I find that those who give off “prey” signals seldom realize they are doing it and that’s a bad thing. The first step in awareness is having the awareness of yourself, knowing what signals your giving off to the outside world.  A simple test is that if  your saying “why is it always me”  in any aspect of your life then you might be sending out some very wrong signals to others.  FIX THAT NOW as if your the wrong type of Gazelle, you might become lunch one day.

Learn the skills to be a hard target….not prey for a predator.

Stay safe,

Justin J. Everman

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A.C.W.A. Founder

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