Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Jeff Cooper's Birthday: Seven Principles Series, Intro

In honor of Jeff Coopers birthday (would have been 97) I present the seven principles that were originally formulated by the legendary Lt. Col. John “Jeff” Cooper, USMC (1920-2006) in his book: “The Seven Principles of Self-Defense”

#1 ALERTNESS
Always know the answers to these two questions: (1) Who’s around me? (2) What are they doing? Situational awareness.
#2 DECISIVENESS
Select a course of action and get on with it. Don’t second guess. Good training will help in this.
#3 AGGRESSIVENESS
Fighting is by definition an aggressive activity! The best defense is an explosive counter-attack.
#4 SPEED
You must move quickly. Speed comes from practice and economy of motion (not desperate hustle).
#5 COOLNESS
You must keep your head! You cannot miss fast enough to win. Front sight, press.
#6 RUTHLESSNESS
In our context, this means absolute single-mindedness of purpose. Once the fight starts, the only thing that matters is winning.
#7 SURPRISE
Turn the tables. Do what your aggressor least expects you to do. Be bold.

This is the introduction to the seven principles series.

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