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PPM, or Personal Protective Measures is a simple, but powerful Self Defense Curriculum designed specifically for the individual who has not already had in depth training.  The concepts are presented in an easy to understand language and physical framework, and the practitioner will walk away with core abilities and understanding that they can apply immediately.

PPM is the end result of decades of training and practical application of self defense concepts in high threat theaters around the world.

The PPM System – Created by Founder Dai Shihan Phil Legare (Bio here):


Phillip Legare Shihan is the senior instructor and founder of the Bujinkan Taka Seigi Dojo (BTSD), formerly headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. He started training in Chinese martial arts in 1970. After joining the US Marine Corps in 1973, he had a number of military assignments in the Far East in the 70s and early 80s and trained in a number of schools local to wherever he was stationed at the time. In 1977, while stationed in Misawa, Japan, Phil was initiated into Budo Taijutsu under Sensei Shoen Fukuda, who was the Soke for Chugoku KuKenpodo, but was also a ranking instructor in the Bujinkan. Phil started training solely in the Bujinkan in 1982 under Larry Beaver. In 1986, Shihan Doron Navon became Phil’s teacher and mentor and a year later was recommended for Shidoshi-ho (instructor license prior to the rank of Godan). In 1989, Phil traveled to Japan for training at the Bujinkan Hombu Dojo where he passed the Godan test at the old Kashiwa Dojo. This started an annual pilgrimage to Japan for training until moving to Tokyo for work. In 2003, he was awarded the highest rank in the Bujinkan, Judan-Ku level, and is recognized as a master instructor of Budo Taijutsu under Soke Masaaki Hatsumi. Hatsumi Soke also awarded Mr. Legare a Menkyo Kaiden (master’s license) in Shinken Gata (modern warfare) in recognition for developing a modern combative system for law enforcement personnel to deal with counter-terrorism related situations and for military and civilian deployers to fight in the global war on terror. Since 1996, Mr. Legare has taught this protection training to more than 3000 students who have gone into harms way. This combative system is now called Shinken Taijutsu in honor of Soke Hatsumi and in recognition of the strong tie to the Bujinkan and Budo Taijutsu. Shihan Legare’s Budo warrior name is, “Taka-Seigi” meaning Hawk Justice.

Shihan Legare is the recipient of 4 Bujinkan Gold Dragon Awards presented by Hatsumi Soke for martial arts excellence. Joanne Legare, Phil’s wife and a Judan in the Bujinkan who often co-teaches at his seminars, is also the recipient of a Gold Dragon Award. Both Shihan(s) Phil and Joanne lived in Japan for 4 years, training at Hombu with Hatsumi Soke on a weekly basis.

Over the years, Phil hosted 3 highly successful TaiKai’s in the USA (93, 98 and 01) with the 2001 Washington TaiKai DVD winning the prestigious Japan Literary Guild award for Best Sports Film of the Year 2001.

Mr. Legare has a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from New York State University and a Masters degree in National Security Strategy from the National War College, National Defense University.  He has written numerous articles that have appeared in martial arts magazines over the years. He is a sought after speaker and lecturer on personal protection and Warrior Ethos. He has lectured at the US Naval Academy and in Japan at the American Club in Tokyo, Japan. Legare Shihan has authored several Budo Taijutsu Instructor Manuals, as well as produced numerous instructional videos in Budo Taijutsu and Shinken Taijutsu.

A combat veteran, Master Sergeant Legare retired from the United States Marine Corps in 1996, with more than 22 years of honorable service. He is an Elite Life Member of the Veteran’s of Foreign Wars and also the American Legion. Mr. Legare was a 1996 graduate of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Academy’s Criminal Investigator Training Program and a Department of Defense Special Agent for 4 years. Mr. Legare is currently an executive level manager in the Executive Branch of government.

Phil is married to the former Ms. Joanne Thacker and has twin boys, Matthew and Joshua



When the time comes – Are You Prepared?


Good list and great info. Learn it love it live it.•Finding a shooting instructor:
• Read their resume/CV, Are they taking other courses on their own? What is their recent experience? Read course AARs (after action reports)
• Look for instructors certified by www.rangemaster.com
• Fitness and Combatives:
◦ Heart attacks and ass cancer are the most likely things to kill us...
◦ Get into a wrestling, boxing, or Brazilian jiu-jitsu program that has sparring.
◦ Eat less. Calorie counts and intermittent fasting are things.

• Continued Learning Sources (in no particular order)
◦ Active Self Protection Channels
• Don’t get your gun(s) stolen!
◦ The whole point of locking down your guns is to not make it EASY for some asshole to steal them...
◦ Your car is not a holster!
• Your shooting skills:
◦ Build a practice regimen
▪ Masking tape, 3x5 cards and paper plates from Dollar Tree
▪https://www.facebook.com/ATLFirearms/ books are a good place to start
▪ Concealed Carry Skills and Drills www.payloadz.com/go/sip?id=3253233
▪ Indoor Range Practice Sessions www.payloadz.com/go/sip?id=3152223
◦ Basic
▪ Be able to extract, load, and fire your firearm efficiently from storage without time pressure
▪ Properly and consistently align your sights
▪ Get a consistent sight picture (Grip, Stance, Posture - which should be coached before awkward shooting positions like supine)
▪ Demonstrate consistent, controlled trigger manipulation
▪ Repeatable, consistent results slow firing at a static target
▪ Identifying shoot/no-shoot targets
▪ Understand post fight protocols and identify legal justification to engage in lethal force
◦ Intermediate
▪ Drawing and firing from a holster under time pressure
▪ Consistently hitting a target while firing strings of multiple rounds
▪ Reloading your pistol under pressure
▪ Transitioning between weapons or tasks (love the guy who drops his gun and pulls a second gun in the video. Practicing some "reality based" stuff, no doubt)
▪ Identify cover and concealment
▪ Utilize some basic movement while performing the above tasks (including choosing the right posture to move with the gun drawn)
▪ Perform these tasks while using your offhand to call for help, operate a light, or navigate interior spaces while under threat as applicable
◦ Advanced
▪ Navigate gun handling from conversational ranges, to include retention, timing, fending, and integration of empty hand and edged weapons
▪ Apply handgun fundamentals to complex tasks, such as vehicle bailouts, entangled gunfights, shoot/no-shoot drills during Force on Force
▪ Move around non-hostile people with a gun drawn without negligent discharges and while retaining your weapon
▪ Integrate these skills working in pairs or small teams while utilizing good coverage of potential threat areas
▪ Demonstrate an absolute mastery of the tasks above.

• Kydex holsters with soft pull the dot loop attachments to the belt are generally the best inside the waistband holster option
◦ Discreet Carry Concepts Clips are good as well.
◦ Be sure to use blue loctite to secure your holster’s attachment hardware.
◦ We’re cool with:
▪ PHLster, Dark Star Gear , JM Custom Kydex, Raven Concealment Systems, Henry Holsters, Zulu Bravo Kydex, Keepers Concealment, HolsterCo LLC.
• Dumb Holsters and Methods of Carry
◦ Alien Gear Holsters are poorly made and nowhere near worth what they cost.
◦ Fobus is trash
◦ Soft Nylon is trash
◦ Leather is for boomers and quality leather is expensive. Kydex does it better and cheaper.
◦ Hybrid holsters suck
◦ SERPAs are trash
◦ The T-Rex SideCar and other holsters with a mag pouch molded into the same hunk of kydex as the holster are sub-optimal kydex chastity belts for several reasons:
▪ The design creates additional points of stress on the kydex which increases the risk of the holster breaking.
▪ They are often sold with plastic clips that can break
▪ The PHLster Flex Users Group does everything a SideCar does, but does it better and with more modularity.
◦ Gun Car Magnet Mounts, Car-mounted holsters & Unnecessary Off Body Carry & Needless Gun Handling are dumb
▪ The gun can be drawn from your holster while seated...
▪ Constantly taking a loaded gun in and out of the holster during the day is dumb and raises your risk of having a negligent discharge
▪ Unnecessarily stowing the gun off-body in a glove box or under a car seat or elsewhere in the car invites trouble:
• Cases in point:
◦ Purse Carry thanks to Melody Lauer / Limatunes and Lucky Gunner Ammo
◦ Lethal Lace is garbage.
◦ Urban Carry Holster: A Wretched, Pulsating Ball of Suck and Fail
◦ Open Carry
◦ VersaCarry
▪ Clip is easily breakable, doesn’t secure to the belt and the trigger is not fully covered.
◦ Pepper gel sucks. It takes too long to take effect.
◦ POM Industries and Sabre Red are the strongest sprays on the market right now.
◦ Fox Labs and Defense Technologies come in 2nd and 3rd place.
◦ The Flip top model container is much better than the twist top safety model because it is less likely to discharge in your pants. At this this point, I'm recommending POM industries because they are not trying to make every civilian flip top model they sell a gel model.

• AR-15 selection
◦ When putting a 5.56 AR together, don’t get an upper with a barrel less than 10” as they tend to be unreliable
◦ Palmetto State Armory (PSA) and Anderson are cheap meme-tier trash with poor quality control
◦ Bravo Company USA, SIONICS Weapon Systems, Knight's Armament Company, or Sons Of Liberty GunWorks are generally good places to start.
◦ Before their owner had a cuck out on bump stocks, Daniel Defense was as well.
• AK-47 Selection
◦ IO Inc and Century RAS-47’s are meme-tier trash
◦ Historically Century Arms AK rifles have been 50/50 in terms of quality and you often end up having to dremel things (trigger
◦ Arsenal, Krebs Custom, and Rifle Dynamics are the only companies that make a decent AK nowadays
• Rifle Ammunition
◦ Start reading this www.ar15.com/ammo/project/Self_Defense_Ammo_FAQ
◦ 5.56
▪ A lot of this depends on what your AR-15’s barrel twist is.
▪ Federal Fusion MSR 64 grain plated soft points are good to go.
◦ 7.62x39
▪ 7.62x39 and 5.45x39 don’t have anywhere near as many options for good defensive ammo as 5.56 does
▪ Jacketed Soft Points
▪ Hornady V-MAX
• Red Dot Optics
◦ AimPoint PRO will give you the least amount of headaches for a reasonable price
◦ EOTechs are overpriced trash compared to AimPoint and Trijicon

• Flashlights
◦ For any guns intended for home defense, flashlights are an absolute necessity. Shooting your own kid because you blindly fired before identifying your target is dumb.
▪ SureFire mounted lights are great for extended use and flexing on poors.
▪For the sake of finding a good compatible holster, the only pistol WMLs I currently recommend are the SureFire X300U and the Streamlight TLR-1 HL
◦ EDC Flashlights
▪ I’m a bit more brand agnostic regarding handheld flashlights.
▪ SureFire, LLC EDCL2-T is currently one of the best options on the market right now
▪ Streamlight ProTac HL-X is fine as well amzn.to/2Qoulez
▪ Fenix PD35 is a less expensive but decent option for you poors.
▪ I'm also a fan of Nitecore Store's keychain lights.

• Pistol Ammunition
◦ Federal Premium HST, Speer Gold Dot, or Hornady Critical Duty for EDC
◦ G2 RIP is trash

• Shotgun Ammunition
◦ Just use Federal Flite Control 00 8 pellet Buckshot
▪ The reason 8 pellet is preferred is because that 9th pellet always wanders off from the rest of the pellets in a shot grouping.

• Shotgun Recommendations
◦ The Magpul SGA stock is awesome.
◦ Pistol grip stocks on shotguns are suboptimal compared to the SGA
◦ Pre-2008 Remington 870s are generally OK but keep a spare parts kit if you shoot it a lot.
◦ Mossberg 590A1 is OK but may have spotty quality control, so keep a spare parts kit if you shoot it a lot
◦ Beretta 1301 is awesome
• Pistol Recommendations
◦ Glock 17 or 19
▪ Most aftermarket support for holsters, cheap magazines, and parts availability
◦ Smith and Wesson M&P Series
▪ Aftermarket support for holsters, cheap magazines, and parts availability
◦ HK VP-9 or P30 series

• Guns/things we will probably make fun of you for unironically owning 🙂
◦ Mini-14
◦ Taurus judge
◦ .40 caliber pistols
◦ Springfield XDs
◦ Ruger pistols
◦ Taurus pistols
◦ Shockwave and TAC-14 “shotguns” in their stock configuration

• Sights and Gun Parts and Accessories
◦ Trijicon HD night sights are awesome
◦ Fiber optics are generally fine
◦ XS Big Dots Suck
▪ Identify any known competitive shooter or trainer (that's not Yeager or a surrogate of his) that uses them.
▪ Why does no one whose livelihood depends on speed and accuracy, often down to tiny fractions of seconds (aka pro shooters) use them?
▪ Sage Dynamics study where Big Dot users did not perform any better in FoF than traditional iron sight users did.
▪ Try to pass "The Test" or a Super Test with them
◦ Glock factory sights suck
◦ ZEV Products suck
◦ Punisher anything on a gun is lame

• Tactical Medicine
◦ Pressure Bandages and hemostatic agents
▪ The PHLster PEW makes carrying bandages and whatnot a lot easier.
◦ Tourniquets
▪ Just use the CAT or SOF-T Wide.
• Here is why:
◦ And yes those Tourniquets work on children
▪ RATS Tourniquet and elastic tourniquets are suboptimal trash
▪ non-TCCC approved tourniquets should not be trusted.
• Any non-CAT or SOFT-T-Wide tourniquet less than $30 shouldn’t be trusted
◦ Those are generally cheap knockoffs of the CAT

• “Big Boy Rules” and pointing live guns at students during training
◦ What actual value does a student get for such a serious risk?
◦ There's this one, again where a real gun was used when it shouldn't have been.
◦ And of course this one...

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