Let’s start off by defining what a Savage Gentleman is. My interpretation is that you are a Gentleman first, but have the ability and willingness to ‘flip the switch’ to Savage to defend yourself, your family and those around you. Want a good example of a Savage Gentleman, although it’s fictional? Read the book The Terminal List.
Do you have the ability? In order to be ‘combat effective’ as they say in the military you need to meet a few criteria. First off you need to be physically fit. I’m not talking about bodybuilding and hitting the gym 6 days a week, but you do need to be above average in order to give yourself an advantage. Being physically fit also gives you self-confidence which is needed by the Savage Gentleman.
So if you’re not as in shape as you’d like to be, get going on it; being able to protect your family is some of the best motivation for getting and staying strong.
Besides being fit, just carry yourself in a confident manner. This doesn’t require that you look like a scowling Secret Service agent or stick out your chest like an Affiliction-tee-wearing dude-bro. Stand up straight, look people in the eyes, and speak low, slow, and with confidence. The goal is to project to others that if there’s a problem, you’re going to do something about it and not be a passive victim.” – The Art of Manliness
I tend to mix up my workouts from time to time so that I do not get bored. I also do not belong to a gym or own a bunch of gym equipment. My workouts consist of body weight exercises and running, both of which can be done almost anywhere. Currently, I am doing the ‘deck of cards’ workout that you can find out more about HERE. In addition to that, I try to get out at least twice a week for a 2 to 3 mile run. You could also check out the Run Fight Run workout highlighted in the book 100 Deadly Skills (highly recommended).
Next up is some type of firearms training (if you carry concealed) along with edged weapons and hand-to-hand combatives. You can kill all three of these birds with a single stone by attending one of Kyle Defoor’s pistol courses. In his course, you will gain valuable knowledge with your pistol shooting skills, edged weapons and basic combatives. I’ve personally taken his 2-day pistol course and recommend it to anyone and everyone. In that course, he also covers EDC items that he carries and makes recommendations based on his knowledge and experience. Always have some basic tools on hand; knife, flashlight and medical.
Having some basic fighting skills is a must as well. Ask 10 guys what fighting style you should know, and you’ll get 10 different answers. I look to the professionals when questions like this come up. When it comes to fighting, I agree with what Pat McNamara has to say. In his Sentinel program, he encourages learning the basics of Amercian Boxing and being able to deliver an effective combination. He also talks about his ‘zone’ and ‘flipping the switch’. He has a predetermined line set in his mind and when that line gets crossed, the switch gets flipped. You need to determine what that line is for you and be committed to acting on it.
The third skill is medical. Again this is also covered in Kyle Defoor’s classes. He is TCCC certified and draws on his combat experience as a former Navy SEAL to teach civilians the basics of dealing with trauma. To take it a step further I would recommend you check out Dark Angel Medical for more in-depth civilian trauma courses. At the very minimum know basic first aid, CPR and carry a damn tourniquet.
Once you have had the proper training and feel your fitness level is good to go, then comes your willingness to act. What are you actually willing to do? If your personal safety is threatened or that of your family are you ready to step up and become a savage for your family? Once you have made that decision, have the proper mindset and are confident in your abilities, you have put together a pretty powerful package.
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