Modern Survival Tips

Modern Survival is a publication that encourages its readers to be prepared citizens who can self-sustain, particularly in the aftermath of a large-scale or grid-down disaster. Their philosophy is to help individuals learn how to be ruggedly self-reliant, rather than reliant on the government, emergency services, or their extended families, neighbors, and friends in the wake of an emergency situation. 

After a major disaster, emergency services and police protection are typically stretched extremely thin. Being prepared to survive after a disaster allows first responders to respond to those who need their help most. Survivalists seek to free up emergency services, resources, and assistance, effectively moving themselves to the back of the priority line because they have the skills to survive, and sometimes thrive, while others may not. 

Life is full of unknowns, and it doesn’t take events like a major natural disaster or man-made terror attack for survival skills to be useful. In addition to the worst-case scenarios most people imagine, there are many everyday survival situations that individuals and families run into, as well. From ice storms to getting lost in the woods, Modern Survival shares tips to help readers brush up on their survival skills. 

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Heroic Man Ends Shooting Before It Begins


( – Often, the difference between life and death in a survival situation depends on split-second decisions. Taking too long to decide on a course of action leads to people getting hurt. Thankfully, a church congregation in Tennessee is blessed with a quick-thinking pastor.

During worship services on Sunday, 26-year-old Dezire Baganda pulled out a gun and started threatening the congregation at the Nashville Light Mission Pentecostal Church. Not one to allow his flock to be bullied, the church’s pastor, Ezekiel Ndikumana, sprang into action, tackling Baganda.

Members of the congregation came to their pastor’s aid and disarmed Baganda, then held him until law enforcement arrived to arrest him. The suspect faces 15 felony counts of aggravated assault.

This story goes to show that one never knows when or where they may need to save a life — or fight to defend their own. This is why it’s important to know how to defend oneself. Just as the pastor above tackled the gunman, anyone can learn how to take an aggressor to the ground and control them.

Take Downs Anyone Can Use

While it is always good to avoid a fight if possible, sometimes an aggressor just refuses to be talked down. They could be drunk, under the influence of mind-altering narcotics or simply having a bad day and looking to take it out on someone. Regardless of why the person is attacking, knowing some basic self-defense moves will go a long way toward staying safe in this situation.

Ground and Pound

While many people think that a fistfight is two people pounding away at each other like professional boxers until one is unconscious, that is rarely the case. Anyone who has been in a real fight, or even watched one, knows that they rarely end with the opponents standing.

More often than not, fights end with both combatants on the ground in a wrestling match of sorts. Since most fights end up on the ground eventually, it’s a good idea to be the one in control of the fight’s progression.

In the following video, Green Beret Zee provides a couple of examples showing how anyone can grapple, take down and control an opponent:

As Zee explains in the video, the key to controlling an average opponent is to get hold of their hips. Once control has been established over the hips, the rest of the body follows.

Take Them Down

The first takedown Zee demonstrates is how to take an opponent down from the side. To do this, one must first grapple face-to-face with their opponent, then wrap their arms around the torso. From this point, one swivels around to the side of the adversary, under their arm, so their hip is pressing against the abdomen. Next, lean all of your body weight on the foe’s hips to drive them to the ground.

Control The Opponent

Once on the ground, it’s important to keep them there. The first takedown will have them on their hands and knees — or the “table” position, as Zee calls it — which is an easy position to rise from. Again, this is where using bodyweight is key. Lay across the opponent’s back to make it harder for them to get up.

Since the goal is to keep them on the ground, it’s vital to break the legs of the table, so to speak. This can be accomplished by pulling on the ankle, should they attempt to plant a foot, or reaching underneath their body to tug an arm out from under them. Without both arms or legs stable beneath them, the opponent will be in a weak position and prone to strikes (if necessary).

It’s always best to avoid a conflict if possible, but it’s equally important to know how to defend oneself should the need arise. Of course, there is also the possibility of having a fight break out nearby, which comes with a whole different set of problems. For information on what to do when a fight starts near you, check out our article here.

~Here’s to Your Survival!

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