Monthly Archives: February 2013

If It Ain’t Rainin’ It Ain’t Trainin’!

“If it Ain’t Rainin’ It Ain’t Trainin'” is a popular saying amongst gun training enthusiasts.  Rain or Shine you do not cancel a class.  Why because training in less than ideal weather all helps your conditioning.

If you wait for the perfect weather to go out to the shooting range for some training you will never find the right moment.  You need to be prepared to fight for your life in less than ideal circumstances. 

Bad guys are not going to wait until it is convenient for you to be attacked.  Criminals do not make appointments with their victims. 

So take a lesson from me and add some interesting wrenches like bad weather to your training. 

I mean take a look at me and my man.  After this particular day on the range we were drenched, but OH SO HAPPY!

To Your Surviving and Thriving,

MaryAnne Morcos, The Urban Survival Chick

Urban Survival Chick Valentine’s Day Wishlist!

Does your lady ask for flowers and chocolates on Valentine’s Day?  Do you try to impress your girlfriend with a fancy dinner and some overpriced jewelry?  Have you ever asked yourself what a real woman wants for Valentine’s Day?

My man knows the straightest way to my heart.  This image shows how well he knows me.  Check it out.

MaryAnne Ferfrans Happy Valentine's Day

Flowers and Chocolate are for amateurs and little girls.  I am not like most women and that’s fine by me.  I’ll take a gun and a case of ammo over a necklace any day.  Consider thinking outside the box and getting you man or woman a tactical gift on your next special occasion.

To Your Surviving and Thriving,

MaryAnne Morcos, The Urban Survival Chick

Urban Survival Chick at The Grammy Awards with NO Ghillie Suit!

Every Year I am blessed with the opportunity to attend the annual Grammy Awards show in Los Angeles, CA.  This is one of the few days per year I will put away my camouflage clothes and face paint, and put on a pair of high heels.

USC at Grammy's 2013

I don’t normally wear high heels but I do make an exception to attend Grammy Events!  As members of the recording academy my man Jorge Bueno and I love to support music of all genres.  In fact, the students that attend our live workshops and seminars tell us one of the best things at our events is the break music.

The whole Grammy Team does an amazing job of putting the show together.  I will do my best to set a new fashion trend by going to the Grammy Awards in a furry flowing Chewbacca looking”Ghillie Suit” next year.  Wish me LUCK getting through security wearing that thing!

I will bring you more as the Urban Survival Chick hits the Red Carpet at the Grammy’s next year!

To Your Surviving and Thriving,

MaryAnne Morcos, The Urban Survival Chick




Fight Back like Chuck Norris!

I love to channel the spirit of Chuck Norris.  You might remember the famous scene of Chick Norris’ long running show Walker Texas Ranger where he fought a bear with his bear hands.  In the United States an actual polar bear attack is not likely, but a physical attack or assault may feel like a ferocious beast is about to eat you for dinner.

USC Fights Polar Bear

As you can see the polar bear is not alive.  Maybe I am stating the obvious but I was having fun at my favorite shooting range and I thought this would be a good metaphor to talk to you about the fighting mindset.

In this instance I have a threat in front of me in the form of a polar bear.  The fight is on but do I back down? NO!  When you are confronted with a threat your instinct might be to run.  If you can safely get out of harm’s way do it.  Don’t let your ego tell you you have to puff up your chest and show off for your buddies. 

However, if a criminal is charging at you full steam ahead the best thing you can do in my mind is fight back and let them know you won’t be easy prey.  You might get hurt but your chances of living to tell your story are far greater if you fight back.

I would rather end up with a black eye or a broken rib and have the criminal laying on the ground wondering what the hell happened than the other way around.  Give the criminal the beating of their life or if you are trained to carry a firearm and you feel using it is justified, you are within your rights to use it appropriately.  It is your right and your responsibility to protect yourself. 

Too often people tell me, “MaryAnne, I don’t want to hurt anyone!” I say that is too bad for the criminal.  They are the one who made the dumb decision to come after you.  They don’t deserve your kindness or mercy. 

Fight back as if a Polar Bear were attacking you.  You owe it your family to do whatever it takes to get home safe.

To Your Surviving and Thriving,

MaryAnne Morcos, The Urban Survival Chick