Holiday Gift Guide for the Prepper in Your Life

After testing and reviewing some pretty sweet knives, it’s time for Part Two of our series on preparedness.  We got some great response on the first article, and we hope you enjoy this no-nonsense guide to buying holiday gifts for the prepper in your life (or yourself).  Really no one interested in preparedness or survivalism should be without these essential pieces of gear.  If you have a family you should definitely invest in at least some entry-level items.

You don’t need to go crazy, or do you?

Other than an excellent knife, you should start with some essentials for basic preparedness.  I have individually purchased and tested all of these items–though thankfully not in a dire situation.  I’d like to do some more testing through survival scenarios throughout the coming months.  With that said, if you have review information to share, please do so in the comments.

Just a heads up: buying from Amazon via these links helps support this site.  Just click the images for purchase information.  The prepper holiday gift guide starts after the jump.  Thanks!

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You probably don’t need to take it this far, but who knows?

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Weekend Fight Watch: Triple Threat!


How much spare time do the MMA decision makers think us fight fans have? This weekend alone there will be THREE reasonably populated MMA cards that could make for a long few days on the couch for the average fight fan. Friday night, the UFC Women’s Strawweight Champion will be crowned as Carla Esparza and Rose Namajunas clash at the culmination of TUF 20. Saturday evening, Jon Fitch and Rousimar Palhares will tangle in the WSOF cage, and I mean, that should be pretty gosh darn exciting. And lastly, the cherry on top of the weekend is the UFC on FOX 13 card featuring a mish mash of heavyweight tilts and the return of a Diaz brother. Can you ask for much more? Are you not entertained?!?! Warm up that couch and hit the jump for a breakdown!

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Forget Thanksgiving, the MMA Feast is Here! A UFC 181 Breakdown

Yes. In fact, this is the best poster the UFC has ever made.

Yes. In fact, this is the best poster the UFC has ever made.

For the last few months, I’ve struggled to summon the passion to write a blog about a UFC event. Outside of a certain Notorious Irishman, nothing has really moved the needle in my neck of the woods since I attended the UFC event at Foxwoods in early September. Sure, some fights were cool and had some legit implications, but NONE of those can hold a candle to the 181 card. For my money, this is the best card the promotion has put on all year.

After Anthony Pettis ended the snoozeworthy Benson Henderson title reign, I was amped up to see what kind of star Showtime could become. Unfortunately, his balky knee kept him out of action for over a year. Finally, one of the most spectacular strikers in the sport will be walking to the cage once more this Saturday evening. And against who? Oh, one of the combatants in my second favorite fight of all time: Gilbert Melendez? Word, sign me up!

If you have ever read my rambling thoughts before, you know I have been driving the Bigg Rigg bandwagon for some time now. I’m generally not a fan of title rematches, but after the phone-booth brawl that Hendricks and Lawler put on he first time they clashed, I’m counting the seconds until they touch gloves again.

Add in Urijah Faber, Travis Browne, Todd Duffee, and Sergio Pettis and UFC 181 is what we in the business call “must-see TV.” I’m going to throw an old school breakdown at you, every fight on the main card will be previewed!

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Action in Austin! UFC Fight Night 57 Preview

What’s at stake for Featherweight contenders Frankie Edgar and Cub Swanson on Saturday night?


THIS ONE is a treat. Two of the most talented fighters in one of the UFC’s most skilled divisions will go toe to toe this weekend with title implications on the line. As a fight fan, you can’t ask for much more. Each of these dudes come with a highlight filled history of bringing the ruckus whenever they enter the cage. For someone who has had a little TOO MUCH fun on the last few Saturday eve’s, I can’t wait to melt into the couch this weekend with an IPA that is entirely too hoppy and watch these two top level talents trade leather. I’ll break down who I think wins this important scrap after the jump!

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EDC Knife Roundup

Looks like I’m a little behind on my posting lately.  Time to take the reins back from ALar and to tell you a little about what I’ve been up to!

I hate to admit it, but one of my many projects has been to start prepping.  I can’t be blamed, though.  ALar lent me a copy of Sam Sheridan’s Disaster Diaries, and, well, events were put in motion that just couldn’t be stopped.  I spent all summer stockpiling canned goods, building a bug-out bag, and thinking of ways to get my family out of Dodge in my new FJ Cruiser.

Yeah, I may have went a little overboard . . . 

But with Ebola and ISIS and Obama threatening our way of life, who can blame me, right?

Anyhow, on with the show.  I plan to write about some practical prepping plans that are easy on your mind and budget.  Let’s start the series with one of the most practical and necessary items everyone should have.  A good pocket knife.

Preparedness starts with what you have on your person, ready to use should the need arise.  A knife is one of the most important multi-purpose tools to keep in your pocket.  Think of all the things you do with your teeth, a dull pair of scissors, or brute strength each day that could be simplified with a few quick cuts — opening packages, stripping wire, tasks in the yard, breaking down boxes.  Add emergency, first aid, and self-defense uses, and you can see why the knife is one of man’s oldest tools.

We've come a long way since these were dug up.  Read on to learn more!

We’ve come a long way since these were made. Read on to learn more!

I researched, tested, purchased, and worked with dozens of knives in my search for some of the best everyday carry (EDC) tools for the average martial artist.  As much as I’d like to walk around with a machete (or a katana) it’s just not a good idea.  Here are my recommendations for the best knives given different preferences and uses.

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Will the Curse of the Heavyweight Championship be Lifted at UFC 180?


When the news hit my Twitter feed that Cain Velasquez was forced out of his title defense against grappler extraordinaire Fabricio Verdum, I wasn’t pleased. Even in my sadness, I couldn’t imagine how ol’ Dana White felt when he heard the news. He had built up this launch event in Mexico around a star with ‘Brown Pride’ emblazoned across his chest, and now Mr. Pride was forced to the sidelines? I wonder who had to bear the brunt of that outburst…  Who do you replace your hulking Mexican Superstar with? A portly Samoan kickboxer, that’s who! The Heavyweight title picture hasn’t exactly been electric during Cain’s reign and that’s mostly due to his all-out dominance. Still, we haven’t been treated to a Heavyweight title tilt worth it’s weight in quite some time.

So with the injection of Mark Hunt’s iron fists and adamantium chin, can we expect another five round classic akin to his scrap with Bigfoot Silva? Maybe, but all I know is, the curse on the plodding Heavyweight title picture may finally be lifted Saturday night south of the border.

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We have two great fights this weekend… Will we get two great finishes?

Any excuse to post this picture...

Any excuse to post this picture…

It is really kind of the UFC to put on two great fights on anniversary of my glorious birth, ain’t it?  If you’re a fan of bad blood and foreigners, the Rockhold/Bisping tilt might be your cup of tea. If you are a PRIDE Never Die nostalgic like me, you are counting the seconds until the inimitable Shogun Rua takes the stage again. No matter which scrap you tune into, you will likely be entertained, and dare I say captivated? There are wayyy to many meaningful fights taking place in the UFC this weekend, Dana’s assistant must have flubbed up the scheduling. Hey! As fight fans, we’ll take it! I’ll break down the main events for you after the jump.

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A Rematch That Actually Matters! A Glance at UFC 179

There is no doubt the UFC is tossing some serious bank into graphic design. This logo is bad ass!

There is no doubt the UFC is tossing some serious bank into graphic design. This logo is bad ass!

It hasn’t been an easy week in the world of MMA. Fighters are dropping off the UFC’s first card in Mexico like flies thus leaving the most important belt in the promotion undefended for over a year. Part of this was the UFC’s own doing my tossing Cain and Verdum on some foreign iteration of TUF, yet I digress… If Saturday’s UFC 179 main event could captivate the collective MMA community, the UFC might be able to breath a sigh of relief. I’ll break down the Featherweight title scrap between Jose Aldo and Chad Mendes after the jump.

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Five Fights I Can’t Wait to Watch at UFC 178


In case you weren’t aware, there is quite the doozy of a UFC card going down this Saturday. Former champions and number one contenders returning from lengthy lay offs. One of the most heralded fighters that has ever existed outside of the Zuffa Universe has finally broken free of his Bellator chains and will be making his big show debut. Also, the most electrifying persona in the sport is facing his toughest test to date and I haven’t even mentioned the Main Event yet! Why, you ask? Because no one cares about it! Read why after the jump!

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MMA Club Training Videos 9.7.14

Here are some recent training videos from a workout at the the Meriden Martial Arts Club.  We’re just getting started, but we have five regular members who train in Shohei-Ryu karate and Gracie Jiu-Jitsu.  Take a look and let us know what you think.  If you’re ever in the Meriden, CT area, let us know!  All ages and skill levels are welcome!  Click here to visit out club site for more information.

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