Ernest Emerson is an American custom knife-maker, noted combat fighting instructor and edged-weapons expert. (
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  • Legal Advice on Deadly Force From The Witness Stand

    I’m not a lawyer so take it for what it’s worth. So what do you do if you are caught up in a deadly force scenario?  Let me state again.  I am not a lawyer.  But, I have been on | Read More »

  • Weapons Dependency: All Fighting is Fighting

    “Anyone pulls a knife on me I’ll just shoot him!” -Dead Man Stabbed 17 times….Gun still in Holster You have no idea how many times I’ve heard that statement. I’ve seen, handled, or shot just about every weapon known to | Read More »

  • Ferocious Resolve and the Loss of Self: Winning the Battle of the Minds

    Have you ever seen two boxers staring each other down in the center of the ring before the fight?  Why do you think they do this?  Simply, they are trying to psychologically intimidate each other.  Two simple psychological statements are | Read More »

  • The Realities of Edged Weapons Combat: Separating Myth from Reality

    Edged weapons, be it spears, knives or swords have always been the primary weapon used in close quarters combat between individuals. Of course this is a given, in the times before the invention of explosive discharge weapons (firearms). This was | Read More »

  • The Coach

    There are few people who get a chance to be a positive influence on a young person’s life.  There are few people who get a chance to shape a young person’s character and make them a better individual.  There are | Read More »

  • 10 Things That Make a Tactical Knife

    What is a Tactical Knife?  Every Company seems to make them.  Everyone seems to carry them.  Or do they? Well, first let me say this:  I’ve heard some people (Knifemakers/Knife Companies) say the following, that there’s no difference between a | Read More »

  • Attacking The Attacker: The Immutable Laws and Strategies of Hand-to-Hand Combat

    As human beings we are governed by certain sets of rules and principles that are the same for all other human beings.  By becoming aware of and knowing these principles we can predict them, learn to manipulate them and then | Read More »

  • Hardening The Target Part II: Becoming The Force To Be Reckoned With

    I was working at one time with the Federal Air Marshals and was asked to give a training evaluation and proposal to them.  The cadre that I was working with had recently completed a training evolution with a well known | Read More »

  • Preparing For the Attack Part 1: Hardening the Target, You

    In one of the previous articles I talked about the OODA loop and also the Fight or Flight survival trigger and its various components.  I also talked about how it is necessary to go through those mechanisms as quickly as | Read More »

  • Pre-Emptive Self Defense Part 2: Going to Condition Orange, While Becoming Grey

    Deny Have you ever heard of the Grey Man?  It is one of the cornerstones of spook tradecraft and is a vital, invaluable tool, to anyone wanting to stay under the radar.  It is easy to understand yet difficult to | Read More »

  • Preemptive Self Defense Part 1

    “He who strikes first usually wins” – Ernest Emerson There are several components or evolutions of pre-emptive self-defense.  Some of which are so obvious they could be called just plain common sense.  Some others are much more subtle and require | Read More »

  • Extreme Violence Part II: Fight or Flight, It’s Not Your Only Choice

    I am sure that all of us have heard of and aware of the “fight or flight” reaction.  Did you know that there was more, much more, to it than just those two words? When the brain is triggered by | Read More »

  • Extreme Violence Part I

    What Will Happen To You And What To Expect A pretty young flight attendant starts up the aisle to respond to a call light above a seat in row 23.  As she passes the fourth row a man stands up | Read More »

  • Know Your Attacker; The Attributes of the Sociopathic Predator

    “Wherever you are, death will find you, even if you are in towers strong and high!  So what is wrong with these people, that they fail to understand these simple words?” – Mohammed (Qur’an: 4:78) How do you prepare yourself | Read More »

  • The Warrior Mentality

    Developing the Warriors Spirit “Once you learn to quit, it becomes a habit.” – Vince Lombardi Since time immemorial warriors have always held a revered honored and respected place in society.  In spite of all political meanderings and the ebb | Read More »

  • Surviving the Deadly Attack

    “One who stands with his convictions never stands alone” The Twelve Principles and Strategies That Will Save Your Life Over the next 12 weeks I will be discussing 12 basic principles applied to the most intimate and deadly of all | Read More »