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E205: Real World Self-Defense and Gun Fighting for Preppers

In this episode, we sit down with Jeanna Cournoyer to discuss self-defense and firearms training. Jeanna is a bit like a female John Wick with a long resume of training in Krav Maga, firearms, and stress training. She also happens to be pretty damn cool.

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We dive into reality-based training. This is scenario based and “real-world” techniques for hand-to-hand combat situations. And we dive into the murky waters where one must transition from a fist fit to a gun fight. But

Self-defense Topics Discussed:

  • What is Fear and Adrenal Stress Training?
  • What’s the difference between self-defense and martial arts?
  • How did Jeanna get into Krav Maga?
  • What advantages does Krav Maga have over other martial arts for Jeanna?
  • Is there a difference between Krav Maga taught to civilians and what’s taught in the Israeli military?
  • IS that because it focuses more on arresting techniques?
  • What limitations are there when it comes to unarmed self-defense techniques?
  • What are people’s biggest aversions to taking a self-defense class?
  • Are there things women, in particular, should consider when looking at self-defense training?
  • Why have firearms played such a big role in Jeanna’s personal defense training?
  • Why there is so much interest in women-only classes for women?
  • Why do women gravitate towards women-only self-defense and firearms classes?
  • What changes for Jeanna as an instructor, when she’s teaching women-only classes?
  • What parts of firearms’ training do women wrestle with versus men?
  • What aspects of firearms’ training do women tend to excel at over men?
  • Are there calibers that just don’t work well for most women and calibers that do work well for most women?
  • How has having a kid changed the way Jeanna keep firearms in the house?
  • How does Jeanna deal with a situation where one-half of a couple is hesitant or strongly opposed to the idea of firearms in the home while the other is interested in it?

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By |2018-08-23T11:12:18+00:00February 6th, 2017|Featured Episodes, Urban Survival Podcast Episodes|2 Comments

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  1. Doc Nicholas July 13, 2017 at 9:53 am - Reply


    Good morning.

    In episode 205 Real World Self Defense, Jeanna Cournoye mentions a Krav-Maga class.

    I am looking for an authentic Krav-Maga class instructor in Central Florida.

    Do you have any suggestions?

    Doc Nicholas

    • Aaron Frankel July 19, 2017 at 3:53 pm - Reply

      Authentic is a bit of a tricky qualifier. If you mean straight from the tap Israeli military, that’s going to be tough. And it’s often difficult to prove or disprove military service and occupation.

      But Jeanna is part of Krav-Maga Alliance. Their website would be a great place to start:


      That should take you straight to the Florida section.

      Hope that helps.

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