Aikido: The co-ordination of mind and body for self-defence by Koichi Tohei

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This gun does not have a cartridge in the chamber. Release the slide to close shut under its own spring tension. Chamber Checking the Semi-Automatic: “Claw” Method Another method, “The Claw,” is is sometimes used on semiautos that do not have exposed hammers but do have slide-mounted decocking levers and no exposed hammer. To chamber check using the Claw Method: Hold the weapon in your support-side hand. Place your firing-side thumb on the tang of the weapon while engaging both ears of the decocking lever on the slide with your index and middle finger of the firing-side hand.

Those who did not grow up reading Cooper’s words in Guns & Ammo and those who have not been to Gunsite to learn and understand his legacy might not grasp the importance of his work or understand just who in the hell this Jeff Cooper guy was. John Dean Cooper was born on May 10, 1920. ” Cooper was, in fact, a colonel in the Marine Corps, serving in WWII, Korea, and Southeast Asia. In the ’50s, Cooper was heavily involved in practical shooting competitions. What Cooper learned there, combined with his personal experiences, helped him recognize and codify useful ideas and techniques.

This is a very real benefit of training. In the chapters that follow, I’ll be referencing these natural reactions to explain why I make certain recommendations. Working with the body’s natural reactions Why the focus on these reactions? As I said earlier, these reactions affect how and what you train. We go back to our task of efficiency, making the best use of our resources to achieve a specific goal. If the techniques you’ve trained run counter to what your body actually does when threatened, your response is likely to be delayed (or even circumvented).

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