Peter Spennato on Basic Firearm Safety

Peter Spennato DDS received his firearms training in CQB at Front Site, West Coast Tactics, Navy Seal Jeff Gonzales, and former SWAT Commander Rick Brown. Needless to say, he’s pretty much a pro when it comes to gun safety. Lt. Col. Jeff Cooper, the founder of Gunsite, deserves a great deal of credit for being the first to popularize the need for truly universal safety rules that would apply to all firearms at all times:

  • All guns are always loaded.
  • Never point the gun at anything you are not willing to destroy.
  • Keep your finger off the trigger until your sights are on target.
  • Be sure of your target and what is beyond it.
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The primary rule of gun safety is to always point the gun in a safe direction. A safe direction means that the gun is pointed so that even if it were to go off it would not cause injury or damage. The key to this rule is to control where the muzzle or front end of the barrel is pointed at all times. Common sense dictates the safest direction, depending on different circumstances. When holding a gun, rest your finger on the trigger guard or along the side of the gun. Until you are actually ready to fire, do not touch the trigger. Whenever you pick up a gun, immediately engage the safety device if possible, and, if the gun has a magazine, remove it before opening the action and looking into the chamber(s) which should be clear of ammunition. If you do not know how to open the action or inspect the chamber(s), leave the gun alone and get help from someone who does.

Gun safety and firearm control are controversial topics of discussion, but something that we can no longer look away from. The American culture of gun violence has spawned several incidents of shootings where one or several innocent victims have lost their lives. Irresponsible use of guns has led to a large number of deaths. In 2015, on an average rate, 37 Americans were killed by guns every day. On an average, a toddler shot someone about once a week and 19 toddlers have shot and killed themselves in 2015.

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You must constantly stress safety when handling firearms, especially to children and non-shooters. Beginners, in particular, must be closely supervised when handling firearms with which they may not be acquainted. We must all strive to be responsible gun owners.


Peter Spennato Talks About Self Protection

Peter Spennato has trained extensively in martial arts and self-defense. He also taught rape prevention at Weber State College for a year. Nothing feels better than knowing you can take care of yourself mentally, financially, and physically. However, for a lot of people, the physical part is just exercise. Being able to protect yourself in all situations is a confidence booster as much as it is a reassurance. A reassurance that can only be gained through any form of self-defense classes.

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When people think about self-defense classes, they tend to think about women and children. However, self-defense classes are for everyone. Self-defense classes will build your self-confidence. If you are getting bullied, it is also a great way to protect yourself and grow confidence in yourself, ultimately molding you into a better person. If you are prepared, you will be more successful in a dangerous situation. There are a large number of people out there who can cause you harm and hurt you, but if you know some self-defense techniques like punching, blocking a punch and kicking, then you have better chances of keeping yourself safe all the time.

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Self-defense classes will give you the ability to protect yourself and overcome an attacker. Knowing how to defend yourself can help you feel less anxious in public, or fearful when walking alone in the night. You never know when it might happen; you never plan to be attacked, so you must always be on the lookout of your surroundings. Self-defense classes will help you gain this awareness if this type of situation should arise. The whole point of self-defense classes is to prepare you for any situation that may bring harm to you.

Unlike a lot of things in life, taking self-defense classes will always have a positive impact on your life. Taking self-defense classes can boost your spirits and make you a more confident and better version of yourself. These classes can also help you to set goals. Whether you want to nail a specific move, or work hard to feel like you can protect yourself, you are setting a goal. It gets you back in class each week, and will help you in your everyday life. It helps you develop a drive that you may not have had before. If you take your goal setting seriously, it can roll over into your everyday life, helping you get through any tough situation that comes your way.


Peter Spennato on Why Martial Arts Is Good for You

Peter Spennato DDS spent most of his childhood and adult life learning about martial arts. Many young Americans grow up with martial arts as one of their first competitive sports/activities. Not only is it a great activity that keeps participants physically active, but it instills a sense of achievement and ethics. However, the benefits of martial arts for adults are much more extensive than fitness-oriented benefits. Martial arts for adults can also improve your mental strength, change your outlook on life, allow you to adapt to different situations, and improve your social life.

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Gives a total body workout.Martial arts are a high-aerobic workout that uses every muscle group in the body. Your stamina, muscle tone, flexibility, balance and strength will all improve through martial arts. Due to the total-body nature of a martial arts workout, a lot of calories are burned during every class. Research has found that by participating in martial arts, you not only improve your reflexes while performing the activity, but actually experience faster reaction times during all activities of your life. Although different martial arts vary in the levels of rigorous physical activity, nearly all of them will improve conditioning and fitness.

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Improves mental strength and health.A successful practice of martial arts requires a large amount of mental fortitude. Some of martial arts’ most traditional tenets stress the importance of fighting through preconceived limits. Discipline might be the biggest trait that leads to success in martial arts. Knowing you have a challenge up ahead and developing the discipline needed to achieve that is an important life skill that will translate to many other areas of your life. Another important aspect of martial arts is feeling, accepting and controlling your emotions. By practicing martial arts, you will feel anger, fear, frustration and anxiety, at some point. The way you deal with these emotions will help you grow mentally. This will also help in everyday life with how you deal with others.

Increased confidence and social tendencies.In adulthood, it can be very tough for some to find peers with mutual interests and outlooks. Martial arts can be a great place to meet new people, from all walks of life, and the shared dedication to their art can help bond people. Lifelong friends are made all the time at martial arts gyms; going through difficult trials can really help create social bonds between friends.

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So what are you waiting for? Enroll in a martial arts class today!


Peter Spennato on Martial Arts Disciplines

Peter Spennato’s fascination with martial arts eventually led him to earning a brown belt in Judo. Martial arts are practiced for a variety of different reasons including self-defense, physical fitness, entertainment and competition. Some even consider martial arts as a way of achieving spiritual growth. Peter briefly explains the differences in the various martial art forms:

Aikido.This is a Japanese martial art performed by flowing with the motion of the attacker rather than opposing it straight-on. This requires much less physical strength, as the practitioner directs the attacker’s momentum with entering and turning motions, followed by various throws or joint locks. Aikido loosely translates to “the way of harmonious spirit.”

Judo.The goal is to either throw or take down one’s opponent to the ground and immobilize or subdue them with a grappling maneuver, joint lock, strangle hold, or choke. Strikes and thrusts by hands and feet or weapons are only allowed in pre-arranged forms (kata), and are not allowed in competition or free practice. With proper technique and balance, a person can beat a much larger opponent. The major weakness in the art of judo is the lack of any striking techniques in competition or practice.

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Jiujitsu.This is a Japanese martial art for defeating an armed and armored opponent in which one uses no weapon, or only a short weapon. Practitioners neutralize an enemy with pins, joint locks, and throws by using an attacker’s energy against him, rather than directly opposing it.

Karate.This is a martial art developed in Okinawa, Japan that stresses striking techniques, such as punching, kicking, knee and elbow strikes, and open-handed techniques such as knife-hands (karate chop). Karate tends to focus more on hand strikes, whereas tae kwon do emphasizes kicking techniques. The major traditional styles of karate are Shotokan, Shito Ryu, Goju Ryu, and Wado Ryu.

Kung Fu.This martial art represents a number of fighting styles that have developed over the centuries in China. Some styles include physical exercises that mimic animal movements, while others are inspired by Chinese philosophies, religions, and legends. Internal styles focus mainly on harnessing of qi, while external styles concentrate on improving muscle and cardiovascular fitness. Some of the more common styles include Eagle Claw, Hung Gar, Five Animals (Shaolin Kung Fu), Monkey, Praying Mantis, and Wing Chun. The term kung fu is often used in the west to refer to Chinese martial arts, however its original meaning refers to one’s expertise in any skill.

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Peter Spennato on Firearms Licensing Course

Dr. Peter Spennato, DDS trained in firearms CQB at Front Site, West Coast Tactics under former SWAT Commander Rick Brown. He likewise trained in CQB handguns under Navy Seal Jeff Gonzales, and edge weapons under Steve Tarani. What a lot of people may not know about Peter is that aside from his dental practice and work at Painless Properties, firearms and martial arts training are what keep him occupied. When you see Peter’s humble and gentle demeanor, you wouldn’t even think that he is a DOJ and NRA certified firearms instructor—but that’s exactly what he is.

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Responsible gun ownership

Being a responsible gun owner entails more than simply leaving it out of reach of children or ensuring that the safety lock on the gun has been secured. The most important factors about responsible gun ownership involve knowing when to use it and how to use it safely, which basically means you’re not going to hit yourself or anyone else with it except the target. This is where a firearms licensing and safety training course will come into play.

Firearms Licensing and Safety Training Courses

States usually have different requirements for wearing and carrying a firearm so it’s best to check with your state’s local agency about permits and licenses, as well as firearms safety training courses. Some states also require a Handgun Qualification License (HQL) training before they can legally buy, rent or receive a handgun.

You may, however, be exempted from the HQL training course if you are a handgun instructor, you work for a company specializing in armored cars and the company has a valid and current Wear and Carry Permit, or you legally own a regulated firearm issued to you before October 1, 2013.

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As for the firearms safety training course, you may be required to undergo training if you are a Handgun Qualification License applicant or applying for a permit to wear and carry a firearm or handgun.

For new applicants of a permit to wear and carry, the minimum training requirement is 16 hours and 8 hours for renewal applicants.

As mentioned, training requirements may vary from state to state. The above is just an overview of what you may be required to complete before you can purchase, rent or carry a handgun or firearm.

Visit this blog page regularly for more posts on firearm training courses as well as martial arts training and dental and oral care from Peter Spennato.


Peter Spennato on the Code of Honor in Martial Arts

For dentist Dr. Peter Spennato, DDS, one of the things that he appreciates the most about his martial arts training is the Code of Honor it instilled in him. He lives by this code every day of his life and shares what he has learned from it to his friends and family to encourage them to also integrate principles of the code into their lives regardless of whether or not they were formally trained in martial arts. For him, this code greatly helps him in all his relationships, inside and outside of work.

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Code of Honor

The Code of Honor may vary slightly from one martial art to the next but the most basic of this is respect for oneself and others. The principles of the Code center around the following:

  • Respect
  • Honor
  • Humility
  • Duty
  • Courage
  • Benevolence
  • Honesty
  • Loyalty
  • Wisdom, and
  • Rectitude

Martial arts teaches you about right and wrong, where you consider whether an action that responds to either right or wrong is honorable or dishonorable. For martial arts practitioners, the Code of Honor is non-negotiable. All of its principles must be upheld at all times.

Arrogance has no room in martial arts. This is actually one of the very first things taught to students. Instead of engaging in a fight, even when you are provoked, you walk away from it with humility to prevent a physical encounter. And even when you are left with no other choice but to defend yourself, you do so without the intention of harming or causing injury to others. A true master of martial arts knows how to control his or her emotions.

Applying the Code of Honor in Day-to-Day Life

For Peter Spennato, the Code helps him better serve his patients at the clinic as well as clients at Painless Properties, another type of business that he’s involved with. It has helped him become more compassionate and understanding of others’ needs, whether patient or client, family or friend.

Peter was further inspired to live by the Code by his martial arts teachers through the way that they live their own lives, with their humble and warm demeanor despite their status of Grand Master.

Peter Spennato recommends that parents enroll their children in martial arts to instill in them these same values early on in life; values that will guide them from childhood to adulthood.

This page will be regularly updated; readers are encouraged to visit again soon for the latest posts.


Peter Spennato Talks About Tang Soo Do

Dr. Peter Spennato, DDS dedicates his time to all the things that he’s passionate about: his dental practice, property management company Painless Properties, firearms training, and martial arts training. He now also has hands full managing this website. Peter trained first with Chuck Norris in Korean Tang Soo Do way back in 1969. Today, he’s still training under Master Fred Messersmith. Here he shares a little bit about one form of martial arts that he’s been training for, the Korean Tang Soo Do.

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The Elements of Tang Soo Do

The history of Tang Soo Do can be traced back to Hwang Kee, founder of Moo Duk Kwan, which is one of the five original kwans (martial arts schools) in Korea in 1945. It was in the late 1930s when Hwang Kee mastered two traditional forms of Korean martial arts, the Subak and Taekkyon.

During the Japanese occupation, Hwang Kee went to China where he learned the Yang kung-fu style from Master Yang. When he founded the Moo Duk Kwan, he had already mastered three forms of martial arts; Subak, Taekkyon, and Yang kung-fu. These three elements plus the Shotokan Karate style are what would later be known as the elements of Tang Soo Do.

Incidentally, Peter Spennato tested for his 1st degree black belt under Grand Master Hwang Kee way back in 1937.

Color Ranking System

Tang Soo Do, like other forms of martial arts, also uses colored belts to distinguish the ranks of its students. One particular difference between the color ranking system of Tang Soo Do and other martial arts is that instead of using the black belt for its dan (rank), it uses the shade of midnight blue. In Koran culture, black is a color that represents perfection. Believing that no one is perfect, the black belt was replaced by the midnight blue belt.

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Tang Soo Do Sparring

Although Tang Soo Do is a contact martial art, the level of contact is considered light or moderate. Harming the opponent during practice sparring or competitions unnecessarily is considered as disrespectful and is in no way tolerated.

The goal of practicing Tang Soo Do is to promote good health and longevity which is why intense contact during competitions, which could result to injuries particularly to the head, is not something that you would see.

Peter Spennato will share more of his thoughts and experiences in martial arts in future posts so make sure to come back again soon.


Peter Spennato Shares Tips for Your Child’s First Dental Appointment

Dr. Peter Spennato, DDS, has been providing dental services in California for over two decades. He’s also into property management through Painless Properties. He often gets asked about the age at which parents should take their child for their first dental visit. Here he shares the recommended age as well as tips to make your child’s first visit to the dentist as easy for your child as possible.

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What age should you take your child to his or her first dental appointment?

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that parents take their child to their first dental visit at age 1 to prevent early childhood cavities. Studies show that children of preschool age who have never visited a dentist are at a higher risk of developing early childhood cavities. The same studies revealed that 1 out of every 4 preschool age children has at least one tooth with cavity by the time they are four years old. This could be prevented with proper oral care which includes a trip to the dentist.

Dr. Peter Spennato stresses that taking your child to the dentist by age 1 also allows parents to learn more about proper oral care for toddlers as these are discussed with them by the dentist. To prepare for your child’s first dental appointment, here are 2 things to consider:

1. Call the clinic first to inquire about the age of their youngest patient. One way to find out if the dentist you’re considering for your child’s first dental visit is experienced in dental care for toddlers is to find out the age of their youngest patient. You may also ask what age they would recommend for a child’s first visit. If the answer isn’t in sync with what the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends, you may want to look for another dentist.

Additionally, finding out about the clinic’s youngest patients could clue you in on the dentist’s effectiveness in making children feel safe and comfortable at the dentist’s clinic. Making your child feel safe and comfortable during their first dental visit could prevent them from developing a fear of dentists.

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2. Visit the clinic before your child’s appointment. If possible, drop by the dentist’s clinic to check the environment and atmosphere. Is it a child-friendly clinic? What “fun” things can your child look forward to during his or her first visit? By fun we mean, are there toys or activities that the child can do while waiting for his or her turn? Are the dentist and staff warm and friendly as well?

These may seem like trivial matters but to a child, these could make a world of difference.

Dr. Peter Spennato, DDS will be more than happy to answer all your questions to put you at ease regarding your child’s first dental appointment.