Reviews of Target Focus Training


Matt Furey’s newspaper review of TFT

Background on the whole deal with SCARS vs TFT.

There are comments I can make on this score, but most of them are not relevant, heh.

[Edit: I will say one thing however. KFSS, or Kung Fools SS, is a knight of SCARS. But if you google “Target Focus Training Scam”, you will see a bullshido link pop up dated 2006, whereas the link I provided is to a Bullshido thread dated 2003. In the 2006 thread, a person asked about TFT’s program and got many varied responses, but KF dominated the 14 page thread. KF launched many personal attacks and accusations that TFT was a ‘cult’ that would ‘brainwash’ their clients. If you have read the links, you already know the connections between SCARS and TFT in terms of personnel. So when I say that KF is a Knight of SCARS, you can see some obvious conclusions.

KF’s anatomical knowledge and fighting compendium is taken either from SCARS or TFT. If from TFT, he’s just a parasite and a hypocrite living in Democrat dominated Hawaii. If from SCARS, then much of the material, again, was influenced by Tim Larkin back when he taught SCARS. It puts his attack on TFT in a different light, but most people lack the knowledge to make informed decisions so they are fooled by KF’s apparent competence. This guy isn’t humble enough to develop anything on his own. Like the Soviets and the Islamic jihad, he has to steal material from others, and then put them down to make his egotistical and narcissistic self feel better.

Why is this relevant to the topic is injury one may ask? A personal eye witness to the practices of SCARS seminars reported one notable aspect: injury. Not the ability to inflict injury on a criminal or attacker, but injuries inflicted during training. There is no comparable injury list for TFT’s seminars. Why is that, if the material taught is mostly comparable? Because Tim Larkin, once given creative control, started creating his own training methodology.

You see, people like KFSS may or may not know how to fight, if you take the word of the 2003 forum moderates he does know and I can’t say that much of the anatomical details he has given were erroneous, but what they don’t know how to do is to instruct others on how to fight. If they try, there’ll be injuries, avoidable ones, because they either don’t care or they just lack the competency to instruct without taking students out of the curriculum with medical emergencies. So they are aristocrats. They sit high on the hog speaking down to the peasants. THey are armed with knowledge and power, but either can’t or won’t give it to the have nots. As a classical liberal, I hate aristocrats and social wreckers/horders. In case people hadn’t noticed, there’s a lot of that going on in Europe and America right now.

What’s the point of teaching if the students are rendered non-functional by the training? That’s what the training is supposed to avoid, to instruct how to inflict on attackers an injury. Why do those accidents happen? Because they’re going too fast. They’re using stupid things like punching bags for resistance, perhaps. They’re not looking at the target, but just in a general direction [as is true when hitting a bag]. So mistakes happen because they’re not competent yet to know what not to do or what to do. As the bullshido reviewer said, one teaches based upon a technical form that you can get right but still don’t know why it is right, and the other teaches you why things work and then lets you figure out how to create the forms necessary to get the result. Which is better, self-sufficiency or being given a fish per week?

This is a rather good life lesson. Given two people with the ‘right knowledge’, I always prefer the better man cause he always takes care to be more virtuous and more efficient. The weak man may have the same advantages or knowledge, he may be just as smart, but it’s like a Democrat vs a Republican. Generally, if their ideologies are the same and their socio-economic situation also is comparable, the character of the latter trumps the character of the former. This isn’t limited to politics, ideology, or schools of style. It applies even to within groups. Even in the military you’ll have your Blue Falcons like Kerry and Murtha, then the best of the best. None it is restricted to a certain ideology, either. Separating the wheat from the chaff requires pressure, challenges, and character.

Okay, it was more than one thing.]


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11 Comments on “Reviews of Target Focus Training”

  1. Bob Luhrs Says:

    I took the 3 day TFT seminar and am very glad to have this training, though I hope I never need to use it. There is a lot of systems and principles involved, which are not easy to sum up without losing meaning. So, in a way the days of training were needed in order to become familiar with and try out the principles to a point where you have it. With any principles-based training you come out with less specific patterns and more ability to adopt and create your tactic from the principles applied to the situation. In techniques-based, you look for certain patterns and situations to choose a learned technique. TFT gives you a lot of options in a given situation. Humbly, I cannot say what will actually happen if/when I apply TFT, but I have a justifiable belief that it will work.

  2. ymarsakar Says:

    Hello Bob,

    I’m glad you were able to attend a live seminar.

    I was informed of a website on self-defense on the web amongst trusted company, and I think you will find this website very useful as an accessory reference resource to go along with TFT.

    One thing TFT provides you that I have not found else where, is just the bare bones reality of the most extreme and the most negative situation you can ever find yourself in, up to and including mass murder/casualty sprees. But, of course, most people never encounter such. And that website provides information and methodologies for most of the social conditions of life. Very useful once you are confident in the asocial situation.

    The website is huge and has many areas, but in summary, it is about how to de-escalate and avoid conflicts. Chris R talks about monkey politics, and this is the same deal but much more complex in detail. It works for the author because he’s already seen the worst of humanity and survived. And it’ll work for you, because you have the training. You don’t need to pretend confidence. So you can remain calm and control a confrontation because the fear of the unknown is not there. That along with the knowledge in the website gives a person amazing control over both humans and the lead up confrontation.

    TFT doesn’t teach this, since it’s a good idea not to mix social and asocial responses in the same training. People might get confused.

  3. Bob Luhrs Says:

    Thanks, the site is very good reading!


  4. Bob Luhrs Says:

    Learned a lot from this site, still reading…..

    btw, is the Chris R you refer to, Chris Ranke-Buhr of TFT? I did not find anything when searching the site for ‘Chris R’

    This is solid info which could be as useful as TFT. In TFT the time is short despite the whole weekend you spend in the training. So there is a lot to cover and the vital stuff, the “how-to” when it is the only answer has to come ahead of the wide field of human encounters and the ways to navigate them for safest outcomes. They did touch on the obvious avoidance of locations and situations where violence is most likely to occur, and stressed that if you can avoid it, by all means do so…if not you use your TFT, or you don’t go home.
    Thanks again for this website, had no idea it was out there.


  5. ymarsakar Says:

    btw, is the Chris R you refer to, Chris Ranke-Buhr of TFT?

    Yes, that is an affirmative.

    To me, TFT training is TFT training. Meaning, it is everything that has to do with the specific training methodology they use combining slow speed, accurate targeting, and muscle memory. Lectures I don’t see as training because you can get the lecture information from anyone.

    The TFT principles take the social considerations into account, but focus primarily on what to do for asocial encounters, I would say.

    In relation to the topic at hand, you can quite obviously see where the bias in the author’s perspective comes from, if you read his “Who is He” bio. He also writes some more in the Alpha/Beta section.

    The site is rather large and robust, so it took me awhile to read it as well. But it was also very fascinating, since you don’t get this info from mainstream educational cultures, and for a very good (political) reason.

    What I like about TFT is that it is based upon freedom. Unlike the British television and bureaucratic culture, who see TFT as being a path to murder and only murder, the students understand the point of free will and what that entails. Thus the information in the website can be seen the same way. It is up to the reader to decide how to use it, but because of the additional pool of experience we have access to, we can make a more wise and informed choice than most.

    There were some funny lines in the website that corresponded almost directly to what the TFT instructors have said on DVD or video. It makes me think that they have cross paths or something.

  6. ymarsakar Says:

    In the end, Chris’ words were true. They aren’t teaching you ‘self-defense’, except if the word is an euphemism for killing people.

  7. Bob Luhrs Says:

    I think we agree. TFT assumes situations where our freedom (of choice) is highly or get creamed and is only applied post-choice. Perception of when these situations are brewing or in fact already exist, along with actions to take to avoid the narrowing of choices (and the violent outcome) is more along the lines of the NO nonsense site. If you goof that, or are just unlucky, then TFT is going to be indispensable. Originally I was into carrying a revolver (63 yrs old, there’s been some bad attacks lately) but weighing this against TFT, I still think TFT has more to offer with less drawbacks. There may come a time when BOTH would be wise (sure hope not).

    Can you point me to the Chris R area of the site? I have not been able to search-find his writings there yet.


  8. ymarsakar Says:

    Chris R-B, the TFT instructor, doesn’t post anything on that website. I was referring to what the TFT blog posts were about.

    A firearm has the advantage of range, ability to multiply damage against multiple targets without decreasing the energy capacity of the body, but the drawbacks is when the range drops too low, security confiscates it, and bulkiness.

  9. Bill Wilson Says:

    Consider TFT your primary concealed weapon in close quarters survival. There are times when a gun is not suitable, and can be detrimental to your survival, and ability to “walk away”.

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  11. Torin Hill Says:

    Its nice to see a good understanding of those ol’ fundamentals.

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