Category Archives: Safety

Topics relating to personal safety in different environments.


Starting in May 2016 the NRA had changed the format for the Basic Pistol Shooting/Permit course. The protocol consisted of a 5-6 hour Phase 1  Powerpoint presentation online, followed by an objective question test. The NRA charges $60 for the Phase 1 instruction.  After the student passed the test with at least a “90 percent”mark (5 attempts are allowed if necessary), a certificate is printed, retrieved by the student and brought to the local NRA certified pistol instructor for Phase 2. This phase consists of the “hands-on” training, including “dry fire”practice in my studio, and live fire instruction at Wolf’s Indoor Range on Middle St. in Bristol. Phase 2 takes 5-7 hours depending on class size and student performance. Tuition cost for Phase 2 is $100.

This format is still available. However in May 2017 the NRA has resurrected the “traditional” 8 hour, local Instructor only format that had existed before the 2-Phase program. Instruction includes everything listed above and the tuition cost is $125 total.

I try to keep  my schedule flexible to best accommodate my students’ schedules. With either format the price ($100 or $125) includes the Refuse To Be A Victim seminar at no additional charge! This personal safety, crime-prevention seminar helps the new firearm owner “keep their firearm in their holster!” Call 860.582.4388 to book an appointment or with any questions.

Better yet, register at for one of the listed seminars and I will contact you. I look forward to training with you!!!



Anatomy of Violent Crime

Recently in my research I became familiar with the crime -prevention system of Marc MacYoung and his 5-Stages-of-Violent-Crime. This system checklists what criminals go through before performing a violent attack. What caught my eye are the labels for the five stages. I like labels; labels help objectify  what we should be looking for . Having an awareness of how criminals think and try to set up a potential victim usually by some type of distraction is crucial in avoiding  a confrontation and becoming a victim of violence.

This is on what the Refuse To Be A Victim seminar program is based. Early recognition of an evolving crime within the first 2 to 3 stages usually allows the target to divorce themself from the situation relatively easily and safely. In the later stages when the criminal has gotten “close” either physically and/or emotionally, or has initiated the actual crime it is more difficult to escape from the scene safely.

The book Gift of Fear by Gaven DeBecker was recommended by one of my teachers. In addition to discussing the gift of intuition and how we should “listen” to it, the author discusses 8 Pre-Incident Indicators. These are actually distractions which, if used on you by a stranger, should raise the red-flag that you’re possibly being set-up for a crime. And it would be during the first 2 to 3 Stages of a Violent Crime that the predator would use these strategies. Prudence would dictate that you leave the scene while there are still other people around and you can do this safely and expeditiously.

I invite you to learn more about Marc MacYoung’s 5 Stages of Violent Crime and the 8 common distraction strategies used by criminals in the commission of a crime at my next Refuse To Be A Victim seminar at the B H Wellness Center, 842 Clark Ave., Bristol, CT, on Saturday, May 16, 2015 from 9 AM to 1 PM. Tuition is $30 per student .  Please call  860.582.4388 to register or for more details.

Criminals Are Always Looking…

“That there are no crimes occurring, is the biggest misconception,” I answered the reporter from the Observer (see 1/8/2015 copy).  Just because people do not read in the newspaper (or on the computer)about crime taking place, or do not hear about it on the radio, or do not see it reported on the TV news, they conclude that it’s just not happening!  They forget that news stories are publicized based on their news-worthiness (read: “ability to generate interest and sell ‘product'”). As a result they get a false sense of safety for themselves, their family, and their community. And this leads to complacency, “the mother of error” as described by  Lt. Col. David Grossman. Learn about the anatomy of a crime and the steps to avoid it at the next Refuse To Be A Victim seminar on Saturday, January 10, 2015, at Wolf’s Indoor Range. Call 860.582.4388 to register or for more details. Value $90.  Price $30. Discounts available; I hope to see you there!


Criminals are always looking for opportunities to commit crime. After all, this is what they are good at!
Successful crime boosts a criminal’s self-esteem! But it is bad for the victim who may be hurt, robbed, or
As alert citizens we can prevent crime by not providing the criminal with the opportunity.
Recognize the warning signs of a crime-in-evolution and you can leave the scene. What, when, how…?
Find out at Refuse To Be A Victim
Call 860.582.4388 to register and visit for more safety information!

Niceness Is a Weakness??!!

One characteristic of criminals is that they see niceness as a weakness which they should exploit to commit their crime successfully.  When you are “nice to a stranger,” and if they are a criminal, they may take that opportunity to commit their crime. As you become aware of this, you may realize that  assertiveness is appropriate. Like  a tool for self-defense, you should practice when to use assertiveness, how to use it, and be committed to use it when needed!

I’ll “rise to the occasion” if something happens.

Many people, when talking about safety and crime-prevention, say that they will “rise to the occasion” if confronted by a criminal. So they don’t plan their response in advance for various scenarios.

Defense experts report that when confronted by a criminal, the average citizen will not “rise to the occasion” but rather “default to their previous level of training,” and their response accuracy under the adrenaline surge will only be half-as-good as at their last practice.

Learn how you may minimize your “default response” and optimize your effective response by attending the Refuse To Be A Victim seminar. See blog site or call 860.582.4388 to register or for more information.

When to Answer the Door

You’re at home and really tied up in a chore, middle of the day, on a week day, when your doorbell rings.  Should you answer it, or just hope they walk away?

Safety statistics now recommend that all rings of the doorbell should be acknowledged.  True burglars, who don’t want to encounter people with their burglary, will ring the bell of a house they have “cased,” to be sure it’s empty before breaking in.

You don’t have to open the door; call through the door. And you’re never home “alone;” answer “We can’t come to the door right now!” The burglar will be only too happy to give you some lame excuse and leave the scene for another victim’s  unoccupied home.

Robbers, however, are different. To learn more on preventing crime from robbers and burglars, and on personal safety, attend the Refuse To Be A Victim seminar at Bristol Eastern H S on Mon. & Tues., April 7 & 8, 2014 from 6 to 8 PM. Call 860.584.7865 to register thru Bristol Adult Education.


Personal Safety on Nutmeg TV

Nutmeg TV invited me to film a “condensed” Refuse To Be A Victim version in six – 30 minute videos November 2012.  Although they are no longer being televised, they are available in the Nutmeg TV Archives. Here’s how to access:

1.  Type in on the top browser line.  Then click Enter.
2. Bring the cursor over PEG PROGRAM and click “Public.”
3. Type “personal safety” in the Show Search box. Click GO.
4. Check “Only Video-On-Demand.” Click Submit.
5. Highlight Safety Show choice with cursor and Click it.
6. Click “Watch Now.”
7. You may have to choose a software choice from your computer (such as Real
Player) to view the show.

These programs incorporate about  25-30 % of all the information provided to the student through my Refuse To Be a Victim presentation,  the provided booklet and resource materials.  Hopefully these videos will provide an incentive to learn more about your main weapon, your mind, through one of the scheduled programs! For your safety. . .  Dr Mike Taz

Presentations: Refuse To Be A Victim

These are the Refuse To Be A Victim presentations (“classic” 4 hr.)  that have so far been scheduled for this coming year.  I hope you can join me at one of them to help promote personal safety and  prevent crime for yourself, your family and your community.              Don’t let your brain be embarrassed by your ego; preparation beats panic!!!


Presentation: Refuse To Be A Victim

Date: Tuesdays March 13, 20, 27(snowdate), 2018

Time: 6:00 – 8:00 PM both days (4 hr total)

Place: Dr Mike Taz, 28 Norwood Rd., Bristol, CT 06010

Cost: $ 30 per student; senior and other discounts available;class is “co-ed;” no firearms or “hands-on” training in this seminar; complements all other self-defense strategies; pre-registration is required; 30 student limit; Instruction book provided; call 860.582.4388 with questions or to register.


Presentation: Refuse To Be A Victim

Date: Tuesday and Wednesday, April 24 & 25, 2018

Time: 6:00 – 8:00 PM both days (4 hr. seminar)

Place: B H Wellness Center, 842, Clark Ave., Bristol CT 06010

Cost: $ 30 per student; senior and other discounts available;class is “co-ed;” No firearm or “hands-on” training in this seminar. Complements all other self-defense strategies!  Pre-registration required; 30 student limit; Instruction booklet provided; call 860.582.4388 to register or for more information.


Presentation: Refuse To Be A Victim 

Date: Saturday, May 19, 2018

Time: 9:oo AM – 1:00 PM

Place: B H Wellness Center, 842, Clark Ave., Bristol, CT 06010

Cost: $30 per student; senior and other discounts available. Class is “co-ed.” No firearms or “hands-on” training in this seminar; Complements all other self-defense strategies! Pre-registration is required; 30 student limit; instructions booklet provided; call860.582.4388 to register or for more information.


Presentation: Refuse To Be A Victim – Instructor’s Development Workshop 

Date: Sunday, May 20, 2018

Time: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Place: B H Wellness Center, 842 Clark Ave., Bristol, CT 06010 Cost:$200 per student; above RTBAV course is included; all facilitation materials provided as well as required instructional and practical marketing information. Pre-registration required; call 860.582.4388 for details.










Discounting the Word “No”

A stranger doesn’t seem to understand you when you say “no!”
This is a warning….what it means…..where to see it…..what to do!