The Handgun Martial Arts Center or HMAC is unique concept created in 2009 in Tucson Arizona by Warriorschool Jeffrey Prather. HMAC blends Japanese ancient martial art training philosophies with American cutting edge firearms training. At first this pairing may seem unlikely. But recall that Imperial Japan was the ultimate warrior society, undefeated until America and World War II. As Americans we adopt the best the world offers, especially from former foes. The pre-eminent martial skill and art of Japan was the deadly katana. The samurai were renowned for their skill, courage and lethality with their two swords.
Today American police, military, and citizen warriors carry equally lethal firearms, normally a primary and a backup. This is the modern equivalent of the samurai’s daisho, or two sword carry set. So serendipitous are these traditions that the founder’s resheathing technique mirrors his handgun reload. Note too that on 9-11 it was American citizens Todd Beamer and Jeremy Glick that were ready, willing and worthy to protect the good and oppose evil when Divine Providence called.
Time after time it is the American Citizen whether military, police or civilian that stands up, steps into the breach, moves to the sound of the guns, and saves the sheep from the wolf. We are the sheepdogs. And because we are reacting and responding to danger, we will not have time to respond with anything other than the weapons we have on our person at the time.
That means a handgun. Therefore we must be ready and worthy to perform the impossible when called. We must be able to shoot to stop the next threat, slay the next dragon, but never, ever hit the innocent. In the midst of the carnage and chaos, we must intercede between the good and evil, and use our handgun and skills to protect life and freedom. We must be Handgun Martial Artists.
HMAC is the American martial art.
HMAC instills patriotism and responsibility via dojo like classes training off range, on photo realistic, wall mounted targets utilizing plastic, rubber or unloaded and brightly flagged, cleared handguns to practice advanced techniques that pertain not to the square range and flat target , but the ever changing, 360 degree grim reality of the gunfight.