Defend Yourself by Documenting Your Training

Title: Document Your Self-Defense Training

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By: Marty Hayes | Published August 25, 2015

Synopsis: Following a defensive gun use, your ability to prove what training you’ve had could make the difference should you find yourself in the crosshairs of the law.

1. What do you need to prove if you are on trial for a legitimate act of self defense?

2. To explain your mindset during that critical incident, your ________ knowledge must be established. What are some ways you can prove that knowledge?

3. The phrase “knowing what you knew at the time” is often used in discussing the legal battle over an act of self defense. What do you think that phrase means?

4. Marty Hayes says, “Your ability to introduce properly documented training will greatly aid the court in understanding that your actions were indeed reasonable—and hence justifiable.” How does he suggest you document the information you learn by reading books, watching instructional DVDs or attending professionally taught classes?

5. How can you preserve the integrity of the documentation so that it can be introduced as evidence if you are put on trial?

6. Summary question: Why is it a good idea to document the things you learn about self defense?

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