Environment:

Is a tricky thing.  It can stay stagnant for a long time or change rapidly.  It can slowly change or it can change so fast you didn’t even have time to adapt to one situation before another one presents itself.  It’s beautiful and ugly.  A beautiful coastal ride south of the border can lead to an urban sprawl in mere moments.  Both uniquely beautiful. Both uniquely deadly.  The keys to dealing with environments is also uniquely tricky.  A few things don’t change however.  Stay adaptive.  Keep the situational awareness up.  Train for the worse case scenario. Environment:

Is a tricky thing.  It can stay stagnant for a long time or change rapidly.  It can slowly change or it can change so fast you didn’t even have time to adapt to one situation before another one presents itself.  It’s beautiful and ugly.  A beautiful coastal ride south of the border can lead to an urban sprawl in mere moments.  Both uniquely beautiful. Both uniquely deadly.  The keys to dealing with environments is also uniquely tricky.  A few things don’t change however.  Stay adaptive.  Keep the situational awareness up.  Train for the worse case scenario. Environment:

Is a tricky thing.  It can stay stagnant for a long time or change rapidly.  It can slowly change or it can change so fast you didn’t even have time to adapt to one situation before another one presents itself.  It’s beautiful and ugly.  A beautiful coastal ride south of the border can lead to an urban sprawl in mere moments.  Both uniquely beautiful. Both uniquely deadly.  The keys to dealing with environments is also uniquely tricky.  A few things don’t change however.  Stay adaptive.  Keep the situational awareness up.  Train for the worse case scenario. Environment:

Is a tricky thing.  It can stay stagnant for a long time or change rapidly.  It can slowly change or it can change so fast you didn’t even have time to adapt to one situation before another one presents itself.  It’s beautiful and ugly.  A beautiful coastal ride south of the border can lead to an urban sprawl in mere moments.  Both uniquely beautiful. Both uniquely deadly.  The keys to dealing with environments is also uniquely tricky.  A few things don’t change however.  Stay adaptive.  Keep the situational awareness up.  Train for the worse case scenario.

Environment:

Is a tricky thing. It can stay stagnant for a long time or change rapidly. It can slowly change or it can change so fast you didn’t even have time to adapt to one situation before another one presents itself. It’s beautiful and ugly. A beautiful coastal ride south of the border can lead to an urban sprawl in mere moments. Both uniquely beautiful. Both uniquely deadly. The keys to dealing with environments is also uniquely tricky. A few things don’t change however. Stay adaptive. Keep the situational awareness up. Train for the worse case scenario.

August winners announcement and September Challenge will be posted this weekend. www.themoatgroupcriterion.us

The Moat Group - Transition Announcement

Effective Sept 15th, 2014

The Moat Group will begin transitioning to our new home……Triple Aught Design.

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The Moat Group Blog will remain and continue to periodically post pictures, Guidelines, stories, and quotes as well as remain online for reference material through The Archives.  Our programs, videos, and other projects will cease to continue.  We will finish out The Criterion Challenge to the end of the year (2014).

What does this mean?  Well….lets just say keep your eye on Triple Aught Design for new and exciting things to come in the future.  This is a very exciting transition and brings a means to expand ideas beyond the drawing board and into realization.  We hope you guys and gals are just as excited as I am for this move.

Thanks to everyone for all the support through the growth of The Moat Group to this point.  It means the world to us and we want to continue to help others and share knowledge.  This move allows us to do this on an even larger scale.  This is not the end.  Do not worry.  This is simply the next phase of accomplishing our goals collectively.  The work and contribution we will be conducting with Triple Aught Design will be very noticeable and will hold to the same values we have here at The Moat Group.  Keep your heads on a swivel.  Great things are on the horizon.

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-The Moat Group 

“The trick is to be the guy they never expected.”
— While everyone is pointing attention to the burly dude with tats, beard, ball cap, and sunglasses….the small, unsuspecting, friendly, teammate you didn’t expect….has just killed you.

The Moat Office (Work Space Theory Applied)

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I was having a conversation over dinner and whiskey with good friends about the physical ‘work space’.  Much like the theory of keeping your weapon in your ‘work space’ so you can 1) keep situation awareness down range 2) conduct a task on the weapon.  This is how we approach the physical ‘work space’…a place in which business is conducted.

It’s a place to go and conduct a task.  It’s also a place to go that helps keep things in perspective (keep situational awareness down range).  It should be a place that promotes these actions.  A place that touches you on a different level intellectually, perhaps in the decor (having past achievements on display, favorite brands on display, touching moments, etc), perhaps in the trainings space (open room to spread out and get off the chair).  Sometimes these are referred too as ‘Man Caves’.  I don’t buy into that because a man cave (in my mind) is where I go to veg out, relax, unwind.  My work space/office is a place I go to get work done.  To prep.  To reflect.  To be top of mind.  To be productive.

If you find yourself struggling to conduct business, reflect, get ideas, and get actual work conducted, consider changing up your work space.  Just like when operating a weapon, taking your eyes off target to reload…you could quite possibly just lose the target in the process….

Letters From Readers

We get a ton of emails on a daily basis.  Some are simple gear questions, some are situational questions, and some are stories on how Moat has had an impact on their lives.

Although we do not/cannot respond to all emails, we do our best to read them overtime and apply them to how we continue to conduct ourselves.

We are not perfect.  We makes a ton of mistakes.  But we try to learn from them.  Nor are we special.  Just ordinary dudes trying to do extraordinary things.  To help others.  99% of the time it is a quest that provides little to no TRUE feedback.  The other 1% we get these letters.  Letters from readers national and international.  Telling us how we’ve impacted their lives. 

There is no greater reward.  Thank you to all of you readers out there.  And a special Thank You to those that share your stories with us.  You all have a frame hanging in The Moat Offices with your story in it…a daily reminder as to the importance of continuing to grow, share, and learn…together.

Vehicle Works - Parking Garages

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I hate parking garages.  One, as a large truck owner they are tricky to maneuver in and out of quickly (that goes for most vehicles, but larger ones especially).  Two, they provide an unbelievable false sense of security.

I try to avoid them as much as possible and I have instructed others to do the same with the following 3 main examples/reasons:

Limited Entrance and Exit.  Most garages have a gate or arm that must rise in order to enter or exit.  This really does nothing to stop someone from walking into the garage that has no business being there.  It is more for controlling traffic and/or payment.  If you are in a hurry to escape a threat, you have basically boxed yourself in, short of exiting your vehicle and jumping from the garage (most likely your best option).

The bottom levels tend to have high fences or gating to stop people from walking through the garage’s open areas.  Again, traffic control.  If you are on the bottom floor trying to escape, your best options are to head for the 1 or 2 vehicle exits, or work your way up to another level without covers on the openings.

Most doors leading to and from the garage are one way doors.  Like maintenance doors or employee only doors.  They are great for getting from a building into the garage, but not from the garage into an attached building.image

-  Limited movement.  As mentioned before, movement in and out of a vehicle can be tricky.  Tight angles, heavy concrete barriers, traffic, and even vehicle ability all come in to play when trying to quickly evade in a parking garage.  It’s not like the movies where wide rows and large ceilings allow for vehicle aerobatics at fast speeds.  In a parking garage, speed and aerobatics will just get you stuck even quicker.

Even on foot, movement is limited.  As mentioned above, viable exits are limited but so is space to evade.  Simply running around a pillar or vehicle does you little to no good when being chased.  You are still CONTAINED within the garage.  Even if you find a stairwell, again, you are contained and limited.

Precautions countermeasures also present equal gaps in security.  Let’s say you park near an exit.  You are still blocked to the front or rear, maybe even the sides.  There is rarely a case in a parking garage you aren’t blocked on 3 sides.  All it takes is for an aggressor or attacker is to block your single open side…now what?image

(look at this above pic.  Door is a one way out into the garage.  The fence barrier on the second floor slows movement.  This small nook is open but goes nowhere.  You are ultimately trapped.)

-Visibility.  Visibility from the mirrors of your car but also when walking.  We can all agree mirrors on a vehicle don’t give you perfect 360 degree awareness outside…well now you’re in a large concrete maze.  Mirrors really don’t do much anymore.  Still helpful and can allow you to see a threat coming, but that still means you are in your vehicle.  Depending on how fast the threat is moving to you, there isn’t much time or space to move or react.

Most garages do have lighting, but again, it’s designed around moving traffic and assisting vehicle movement.  Not security.  Next time you are in or near a parking garage notice how many dark corners there are.  That’s because the garages are designed to help assist drivers…not walkers.  Vehicles can’t get into those dark tight corners.  So they aren’t lit.  Garages are also limited in space to place optimal lighting.  The other part of lighting is in the day time.  Some garages will allow the open spaces to let the natural sunlight bleed in.  This does light the overall area up, however it is still quite dark.  Do you have to take your sunglasses off when you enter a garage?  Because you can’t see well.  Even mid day. 

I am sure there are exceptions out there with very well lit garages.  Good.  That’s one of many things you won’t have to worry as much about.image

(look at the above pic.  Taken in broad daylight.  Notice how dark the environment still is.)

There is a bunch more that we can discuss on Parking Garages.  In fact, we are working on a defensive mindset seminar with a women’s group specifically on Parking Garages later in the year.  Actually working in and around garages to show how challenging of an environment it can be defensively.

I hope these 3 topics are enough to get you thinking about your plan should you encounter a parking garage. 

“Experience talks. And we all want extensive experience. But you have to start somewhere. Be yourself. Whether you are who you want to be or whether you are striving to do better. Accept you have to start at the bottom. Build. Fight. Ignore the stone throwers. Don’t give them ammo. Just keep growing until your shadow over them blocks their aim.”
— The Moat Group