Training Review: Counter Custody and Hostage Survival with 4TAC5 in Chicago, IL.

Training Review: IRETC with 4TAC5, Chicago, IL, May 2018 In May of this year (2018), I travelled to Chicago to expand my skills in the field of Counter-custody and counter-kidnapping but attending the IRETC Instructor […]

Travel Security – Personal Security On the Go

  This is Part 3 in a series on Personal Security during travel. As you’re packing for your trip, make sure you go through the pre-travel planning process to ensure that you’re dotting all your […]

Travel Security – Pre-Planning

***Note: this is the first in a series on personal travel security.*** Proper Previous Planning Prevents Piss-Poor Performance! If you plan well, you have better chances of travelling well. It’s that simple. Every time I […]

Why Physical Security?

I have often been asked why do I study physical security, locks, lock picking, etc?  It’s usually followed by accusations of either teaching others to be criminals or being a criminal myself.  The only thing […]

Training Opportunity in Toronto – Safe Dial Mechanics – 14 & 15 May, 2018

For the FIRST time in Canada…. Safe Dial Mechanics – 1st Canadian Offering! This course will teach Law Enforcement Personnel, Special Operations Forces, and Government employees and security professionals the principles of safe dial mechanics. This […]

Training Opportunity in Toronto – Covert Entry Concepts – May 12 &13, 2018

Back by popular demand and exclusive in Canada… Covert Entry Concepts – Only Canadian Offering! This course will teach Law Enforcement Personnel, Special Operations Forces, and Government employees and security professionals the principles of lock bypassing […]

Training Review – Ed’s Manifesto – Mixed Skills Module in Washington, DC

Over the weekend of 9-12 February, 2018, I travelled to Washington, DC & Alexandria, VA to train at District Combatives’ hosting of Ed Calderon (of Ed’s Manifesto), who was conducting a Mixed Skills module of […]

Staying Safe in Crowds

As the holiday season approaches, we will invariably be heading out more often to places rife with people.  Be it for shopping, get-togethers, enjoying a crisp winter walk or seeing a festive event, the holiday […]

After Action Report: Covert Entry Concepts – Toronto

On the weekend of 28-29-30 July, 2017, True North Tradecraft hosted the first-ever offering of The CORE Group’s Covert Entry Concepts course in Toronto.  We had 9 students, an excellent venue, great food and of […]

Every Day Carry – My Take

So, here we are.  A pretty vast topic with a bazillion opinions on what is right and what isn’t. For the uninitiated, Every Day Carry, or EDC for short, is a collection of items which […]