Our first mission is training female instructors in essential self-defense. We'll support these women as they reach out to their communities and networks making a difference in the stubborn statistics of violence against women.


Lady Death: Lyudmila Pavlichenko, the Greatest Female Sniper of All Time

Suspend your politics & your biases about governments. This woman represents what we mean at 500Rising when we say we stand on strong shoulders of women who have gone before us...in creating change:

getpocket.com With 309 confirmed kills, she became a heroic figure to the Soviets—but the American media didn't know what to make of her.


I Illustrated These 24 Women Of Different Body Types As Powerful Warriors

We need more of this -

boredpanda.com I wanted to depict strong women warriors who do not necessarily look like the typical warrior. With different sizes, ages, and body types, each one feels like she has a rich backstory and history.

Nicely done, Tia Keck-

“Is it safe to run with headphones?”

First, you can’t completely eliminate risk. Running headphones-free won’t guarantee your safety.

We want you to identify and understand potential risks so you can make informed decisions based on your goals.

So, let’s reframe that question:

“Weighing the benefit of running with music against the potential harms, should I wear headphones?”

You’ll want to consider personal and environmental factors:

⭐️ How much does music enhance your workout?

⭐️ Is it too crowded to notice someone getting too close?

⭐️ Would the intensity of this workout make it difficult to fight back?

⭐️ Do you know anyone who might act violently towards you?

What other questions would YOU add?


Shifting a Paradigm

Thank you Lisa Abbott with #subtlewarriorselfdefense for standing with us!

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thank-you Lisa Abbott!

Headed home from Instructional Foundations for #500Rising. Amazing group, amazing goals. So honored to be a part of this epic shift. ❤

Three long days & a day’s worth of homework required in advance. Deep dive conversation, physical principle based skill assessment, teaching practicals in front of your peers (maybe the most uncomfortable part of all)...what does that equate to? Four Level 1 500Rising Law Enforcement Certified Instructors changing the face of law enforcement through education, training and service committed to changing the statistics of violence against women.

[06/21/20]   To all the men who have stood for the daughters who grow into powerful women - Happy Father's Day. And for the men who stand with their sons teaching them to stand shoulder to shoulder with the women who will be their allies - Happy Father's Day.

for all our kids - and for our girls - research shows boys are encouraged to take risks and girls are cautioned to be careful. Let's do this instead. Let's take risks. And for all the girls who are now women - instead of feeling fear -ask YOURSELF these questions. Have a plan & live boldly.

Every time you want to say “Be Careful!” see it as an opportunity to help your child foster greater awareness of their environment and their bodies.

in 3 Days I'm on a plane - which may sound like a risk with all the virus issues. Life occasionally calls for us to take a stand in the face of risk to be part of an unprecedented reality. Unprecedented change in unprecedented times. I'm in.

Instructional Foundations Course - is next week! #500Rising



[06/04/20]   To all Instructional Foundations participants! 🥊A prep email went out today. It comes from a Google Suite account so be sure to check your social/promotions folders if you don't have it in your standard inbox!💙 It has the link to your online course material as well as other info.


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Use the force, girlfriend!

This is not a “down with patriarchy” conversation. Important to say that because it might be easy to drift into the polarizing feminist narratives in the words that follow. Easy to fall that way to disagree and easy to fall that way in support. There is a gender bent to the words and I am clear this is not unilaterally a gender based dynamic.

Here we go.

There is an abiding social script, an unspoken expectation in martial and combat arts reflecting the rules around achievement. When a practitioner reaches a milestone, we take a picture with our certificate, our talisman (belt, patch etc.), and our instructor. The pictured instructor may be a high ranking Sensei, a Master, someone representing an international team and/or the local instructor. It may be all of these if they are the same person or the roles may be represented by multiple people.

This is a benchmark moment. Hard training, hours-days-months-years on the mat create this moment. Failures, falls, bruises, struggles, frustrations, dusting it all off to try again. And again. Then it clicks. We fight for this milestone and we earn it. We take this picture and we share it in whatever media format we choose.

In the sharing we give thanks where thanks is due. We write a comment or a hashtag and we express gratitude to our instructors who fought for and with us as we drove our minds and bodies toward this achievement. Thank you to the Master, the Sensei, the instructor for believing in us, for providing the experience and wisdom offered during our journey. Gratitude for guiding us, for not giving up on us … all the things.

When we see a picture of the guy with his new belt, stripe, or rank he is smiling, sweaty, and weary standing next to the strong confident presence of his instructor/master/sensei. We appreciate the gratitude and the humility. If he posted the picture and said “f**k yeah! I KILLED that test. I rock. My hard work got me here…and oh yeah, thanks Sense…” we might twitch a little.

Martial arts and arrogance have a love-hate relationship. We love to hate arrogant students and grind our teeth at Masters who express arrogance and love them anyway. The humility is the script. Give credit to all those instructors, be thankful for the awarded v. earned rank and avoid hubris.

This is not a bad thing. In Alpha-Land humility helps hold the tribe together. In this script, the instructor will often reply with an ‘atta boy. A hearty congrats mentioning the hard work etc. of the student. But we don’t need the instructor to do this. We look at this man who has earned this accomplishment and we know he put in the work. We can see his strength, his power and his drive.

When she makes this post nothing changes. This is the script – thanks and gratitude. This is the way (sorry, couldn’t resist). Below the public script there is also something sneaky and risky and contrary to the point. ... interested in the rest of this post and other writings with #500Rising? join our patreon at Tier 1... https://www.patreon.com/500Rising

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[05/25/20]   may we always remember the women and men who's memory recite:

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

thank you!

Lisa Abbott of Subtle Warrior Self-Defense!!!



The Instructional Foundations in WSD course is officially rescheduled. Due to 2 of our participants being outside the U.S. and concerns on border control they have offered their seats in the course up. This means we can take 2 More Registrations and still be in appropriately safe numbers. If you don't make the cut-off and would want to attend - PM us and ask to go on the wait list. If the numbers change and it becomes safe to add a few more bodies to the program, we will pull from the waiting list! 🎯. With the increase in domestic violence in shut-down quarantines, this course is more important than ever. For those enrolled - BOLO an email on safety/health mitigation strategies. Use the link below for all the details if you are considering the course now set for June 22nd.



are you a target?

we got into a great conversation during this seminar - so much good dialogue 💙

Excerpts from a long conversation with a group of women from a live event in 2019. The information on how you may (or may not) be targeted for violent action...

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thank you Cynthia from Born To Be A Badass for joining our Patreon community!!!!


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Hey all - got a phone call today from someone who was looking for the new patreon site and had trouble locating it. Attaching the link here (just in case that's you ☺️ too). Here's the thing. Patreon in their effort to protect kids from getting access to unpleasant stuff we had to designate the site as 18 and older due to some of the content re: violence. If you are in Patreon at a general level, this makes OUR site unsearchable. It won't show up in a general key word exploration. Here's the link -

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“Matter” – matters.

For your consideration 😊

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Part of self-defense, personal agency, and living an action-adventure life is knowing how to take care of the potential side-effects of the action adventure life. If you aren't first-aid certified - as soon as you can - take a course.

“Tourniquet the Limbs, Pack the Junctions, Seal the Box”
So, let’s talk a little bit about tourniquets, hemostatic agents and chest seals.
So much has changed in the last few years concerning tourniquet use, thankfully. Tourniquets were the
"last resort" for many years and still are in many civilian settings. However, thankfully times have
changed and as we learn more about the human body, our skills and tools have improved. Tourniquets,
once maligned, are now credited for saving many, many lives after being the first item placed in the
event of a life-threatening hemorrhage. To that end, we need to know the “how?”, the “when?” and the
“why?” when it comes to our first piece of info; “Tourniquet the Limbs”.
An old myth is, "Once you place the tourniquet, everything else below it is dead." False. Tourniquet
placement times up to 2 hours are common not only on the battlefield, but in the operating room. This
prevents blood loss. Blood needs to be in the body and a well-placed tourniquet helps it stay there. It
doesn’t matter whether it’s arterial or venous in nature, bleeding is still bleeding and needs to be
controlled. All bleeding is bad. Full stop. End of story.
There are many instances where the TQ has been in place longer than 2 hours and the victim has still
retained their limb. A nine-month study in Iraq described how there wasn’t a single loss of a limb was
attributed to TQ placement. The limb may have been lost as a result of the injury which necessitated the
application of the TQ, but the loss wasn't a direct result of the TQ placement. Also, the quicker the
bleeding is controlled, the greater the chances of survivability for the victim. Blood belongs in the body.
Period. If hemostasis can be achieved before the victim falls into Stage II Shock (750-1500ml of blood
loss), then the chances of survival are over 90%. If the victim falls into Stage II or greater shock, the
survival rate drops down to less than 20%. Blood carries oxygen, removes waste and has vital clotting
factors. All of those need to be in the body when it is wounded, not leaking out onto the ground. So, get
the bleeding stopped as quickly as possible, however possible. The better our tissues are perfused with
oxygen, the less downstream issues we have to deal with. A victim may survive the initial injury and
blood loss only to die of other related complications later. If they do survive, their organ function may
take a very long time to return to a baseline “normal”, if at all. So, stopping the bleeding and getting the
victim to a definitive care facility to get blood back onboard is going to increase survivability
Tourniquet use is now a widely accepted method of controlling hemorrhage and the majority of the up-
to-date bleeding control curriculum reflects that. They agree with the general consensus that pretty
much all bleeding is bad and that if hemostasis can't be achieved with direct pressure, then move onto a
For TQ placement, we teach “deliberate” and “hasty” placement. Basically, a “Deliberate” placement is
if you can see where the blood is coming from, you’ll want to place the TQ 2-3” above that wound,
unless there’s a joint involved, in which case, you’ll want to place it a couple of inches above that joint.
Now, let’s say the scene is chaotic, multiple victims, blood-soaked clothing, poor lighting, etc….and you
just can’t tell where the bleeding is coming from, that’s where you can apply a “Hasty” TQ. You’re going
to place the TQ as high up on the limb as you can and then secure it. This is also called the “High and
Tight” placement method used in CUF (Care Under Fire) scenarios. This type of TQ placement may stay as it is until the victim is at a higher level of care or it could be “converted” to a “Deliberate” TQ
placement by the First Responders if the wound is easily identified. What they would do then is place a
second TQ 2-3” above the wound, secure it and then release the first “High and Tight” TQ to prevent
more tissue from being affected by no blood flow. This has to be done within the two-hour window we
talk about in class and why it is absolutely vital that we mark any TQ with the time of application. This
two-hour window is very important in that it lets First Responders know how long the TQ has been in
Securing the TQ is another big thing. If you secure it, stop ALL of the bleeding. Veins are lower pressure
and it’s typically easier to stop venous flow, so if you still have an ooze, you may have arteries (higher
pressure and harder to occlude) feeding the extremity and you won't have any return through the veins
as they are occluded. This can cause a dangerous amount of pressure to build up in the extremity and
lead to a life/limb-threatening situation called "Compartment Syndrome". A wound which may have
needed a TQ but wouldn't have resulted in an amputation now does due to a poorly secured TQ. So,
constantly reassess for any bleeding and ensure you can’t feel a pulse below the tourniquet on a pulse
point (ie. Radial artery in the wrist or dorsalis pedis/posterior tibial in lower leg). Once the TQ is secured
and all the bleeding is stopped, you’ll want to note the time and write that on the place provided on the
TQ. If all the bleeding isn’t stopped with one TQ, you can add a second one directly adjacent to the first
one, whether above or below (wherever you have the most room) and then secure and mark the time of
application. Individuals with larger limbs may need more than one TQ to successfully stop the bleeding
because not only does a TQ work on circumferential compressive force, it also acts on the surface area
which is being compressed. Therefore, if one TQ doesn’t work, you are doubling the surface area being
compressed by adding a second TQ and increasing your chances of successful hemostasis.
When do I not use a TQ?? Simple…. if it's not life-threatening. What’s life-threatening? Any of the
following could be viewed as life-threatening:
-Blood pouring out of a pitcher
-Blood-soaked clothing
-Bright red arterial spray
-The victim is lying in a large pool of blood
-The bleeding won’t stop with direct pressure
If the bleeding doesn’t look like the aforementioned, then, more than likely, good old fashioned direct
pressure is going to do the trick. Don’t go “full guns” if your kid gets a minor laceration and you try to
put a tourniquet on their limb. Even small arterial punctures and lacerations can be controlled with
direct manual pressure.
If you have to utilize a hemostatic or pressure dressing to ensure the wound stops bleeding, then go for
it. It matters not whether it’s arterial or venous in nature, it’s still bleeding and blood belongs in the
body. It’s science. Do all you can to keep it there.
Some wounds may need the TQ initially due to an unsafe scene and then can be dressed with a
hemostatic gauze and pressure bandage or may just need the pressure bandage; this is called a
“tourniquet conversion”. Also, some wounds may not be amenable to tourniquet placement and the
only way to control the bleed is through the placement of a roll of hemostatic gauze. Those areas of the body we can’t apply a tourniquet to are where we are looking at; the “junctions” like where the neck
meets the shoulders, the arms meet the armpits and the legs meet the groin. So, we “Pack the
Junctions”. The key to success when using a hemostatic agent is to get the agent down to the source of
the bleed through constant, consistent pressure and keep applying it until no more can be placed and
then holding pressure for the prescribed amount of time, observing for any re-bleed and then
reinforcing it with a pressure bandage. You’re trying to put as much of the agent in the wound as
possible while the gauze is conforming to the wound and applying compression. If it begins to re-bleed
you’ll have to pull that gauze and place a fresh one in. If you have only one, just pack more standard
gauze (or whatever type of packing material you have on hand) in behind that and continue to hold
pressure and then wrap it and secure it with a pressure bandage.
The hemostatic gauze we utilize in our kits have two different compounds; Chitosan (ChitoGauze) and
Kaolin (QuikClot Combat Gauze and Bleeding Control Dressing). The Combat Gauze helps with the body's
own clotting capability to assist in forming a clot while the ChitoGauze acts completely independent of
the body’s “clotting cascade”. The QuikClot Combat Gauze has absolutely no heat at all associated with
it and won’t burn, while the ChitoGauze breaks down into glucosamine and causes no issues with folks
who are allergic to shellfish, iodine or CT dye as the proteins (what we’re allergic to) are absent. They
are both solid, proven hemostatics. They are impregnated into the gauze to get to the source of the
bleed for better delivery and to start building the clot. The gauze is there as a framework for the clot and
to add compression into the wound.
"But it has to be washed out"....every wound, whether it has the old granules or the newer gauze or
nothing, will be irrigated copiously and debrided in the OR.
“What about sterility?....Sterility is also another big question and that completely goes out the window
when someone is injured. Plus, you'll be getting an equine-sized dose of broad spectrum antibiotics in
the ER anyway. The packaging has to be sterile per FDA requirements but unless the outer wrapper is
sterilized and you open it utilizing sterile technique with sterile gloves in a sterile environment, the
moment you break the seal on the package in the outside environment, while using non-sterile gloves,
sterility is now gone. The least of your concerns at the time someone is bleeding to death is whether or
not something is sterile. It’s a good idea to keep it as clean as possible but we have to know that it’ll
never be sterile after it’s opened. All of the hemostatics we utilize in our kits are solid performers and
have been proven to work in austere environments time and again.
What about packing a penetrating wound to the chest? Nope. We call anything from the collarbone to
the pelvis and allll the way around the trunk, “The Box”. One, we don’t pack anything into a penetrating
injury to the chest, two, we can’t tourniquet it off, three, there’s a lot of ways there that air can get into
the pleural spaces and collapse a lung. So, if we can’t tourniquet it off or pack it, what do we do? We
“Seal the Box” with a non-porous occlusive dressing. The first choice is one which is “vented”. This
means it allows any pressure building up inside the chest to be released passively so that it doesn’t
continue to build and cause an excess of pressure. That said, we must know the signs and symptoms of
a tension pneumothorax because just because you have a vented seal in place over a penetrating chest
injury does not mean that it will be working. There are many things which can occur with this type of
injury which can cause the wound to occlude and not “vent”. So, know your signs and symptoms and constantly reassess the victim for any increased difficulty breathing and other indicators of this
dangerous build up of pressure. There are many types of chest seals out there and we utilize the HALO
or Hyfin as they are excellent performers and pack easily into our kits and other stand-alone kits.
The key with any of the aforementioned items is learning how and when to use them. Get the training
and be prepared. We offer these products in our kits and the training on how to use them and other
items in the event that you don’t have them with you. The time chooses you. Will you be ready?
For more information on our products and training go to:


Failing Up-

500Rising is a beautiful accident. After listening to Oprah Winfrey’s acceptance speech for the Cecil B Demille Lifetime Achievement award I wrote her a letter. Well, not really. I wrote a blog post. I was on a rant. She mentioned that the #MeToo movement was a game changer. As a Krav Maga and a Self-Defense instructor, I disagreed.

And I was wrong. Sort of. The me-too business has definitely elevated awareness and an increase in dialogue. I’ve been around a few decades (as in 50) and I have seen movements come and go. Mostly go. I was wrong on the social impact side of #MeToo. I’m still pretty sure I’m not wrong about the movement’s capacity to fundamentally change the statistics of violence against women.

I told Oprah (as if - ) that if she wanted tangible change I needed 500 women. 500 women training and teaching foundational, effective self-defense. Self-Defense focusing on threat assessment, tangible situational awareness, and easy to learn/retain basic physical skills. Once these 500 women were out in their communities teaching, another 500 women would get bitten by the project and also become instructors ... and so on.

Eventually we reach a statistical tipping point. A statistical average by which predators become wary because as they look out across their potential victim pool, aka women, they can assume the majority of woman are hard targets: women who are emotionally, cognitively and physically capable of effectively defending themselves.

We can’t really reduce the Reward in the Risk/Reward ratio for a predator, low level creeper, etc. to give up the hunt. We CAN increase their risk so substantially it just isn’t worth the effort.

Anyway - so that was my rant. A friend at Wolfdog Marketing called me on it. Show up sister. Put your words into action. And so now here we are. Thank you for being part of this community. Rock on with your bad self!

Tammy McCracken,

Founder, #500Rising

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