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    Wednesday, February 4, 2015 The Nugget Newspaper, Sisters, Oregon
Sisters man offers defense training
By Jim Cornelius
News Editor
Folks in Sisters Country
will “never be a victim” —
not if Hunter Allen can help
Recently moved to Sisters
Country, Allen is the propri-
etor of T.I.G. Tactical, where
he offers private or group
instruction in the Israeli self-
defense method Krav Maga.
Krav Maga translates from
Hebrew as “contact combat”;
it is a highly efficient, direct
and realistic form of self-
defense designed to be taught
and absorbed quickly.
“Even basic practitioners
can win a confrontation,”
Allen explains.
Allen says he spent three-
and-a-half years developing
his training syllabus, which
is focused around defending
against armed attackers. Most
deadly encounters involve
multiple and/or armed attack-
ers, so “I teach people to
defend against those specific
threats,” Allen says.
“You can definitely do it,”
is his message to prospective
practitioners. “Anybody can.
It’s based on body science.
You don’t have to be big or
strong or tough. You just
have to react. And you have
to know how to react. A little
person can put a whole lot of
hurt on a big guy.”
Allen has been practic-
ing martial arts since he was
11 years old. Adopted into a
family situation he describes
as abusive, martial arts and
music were his saviors. A
self-described “band geek,”
Allen was subject to bullying
both at home and at school.
Martial arts training helped
him overcome that situa-
tion — and instilled in him a
desire to help others protect
themselves from bullies.
Through T.I.G. Tactical,
Allen has taught in Florida,
South Carolina, and Rhode
“I offer private or group
instruction, and I also offer
instruction for companies,”
he said.
He is particularly inter-
ested in training school
personnel and offers his ser-
vices “free to any high school
principal and vice principal;
church minister; and any
recent victim of crime.”
Allen acknowledges that
Central Oregon in general,
and Sisters Country in par-
ticular, are perceived as safe
environments — but he notes
that bad things can happen
anywhere, catching victims
unawares and unprepared.
He’s seen it happen.
“They never thought it
would happen to them; they
damn sure didn’t go look-
ing for the trouble,” he says.
“And every one of them I’ve
talked to wished they knew
what to do to get out of it and
they didn’t.”
In addition to his Krav
Maga instruction practice,
Allen is a contractor special-
izing in painting and decora-
tive concrete among other
skills, and he’s currently
getting his Oregon license.
He’s also a dedicated musi-
cian, a singer-songwriter in a
genre he loosely refers to as
Music is as important
to him as his self-defense
“I was allowed very few
pleasures (growing up),” he
recalls. “I was allowed to do
martial arts and I was allowed
to play music … so the many,
many hours I spent alone in
my room, I played. Music
kept me alive.”
Allen is a man of strong
faith, though he says he is not
religious in a conventional
photo by Jim Cornelius
Hunter allen of t.I.g. tactical.
sense. T.I.G. stands for “trust
in God.”
“I have a great faith,” he
Part of that faith is that
anyone can learn to protect
themselves from potentially
deadly threats — and that he
can help ensure that folks in
Sisters Country will “never
be a victim.”
For more information
on T.I.G. Tactical, visit, email or
contact Allen by phone at
Parks Advisory Board
Wednesday, February 4, 4
City Hall, 520 E. Cascade
Ave. , 4 p.m.
• Restroom facility at Cliff
Clemens Park.
Sisters School Board
Wednesday February 4, 6
Sisters School District
Administration Building
• Appointment of interim
board member.
• Swearing-in of board
• Deschutes County
• HDESD – Local Service
Option/Facilities John
Rexford presentation.
• Revenue/expenditure.
• School safety update.
• Transportation supple-
ment plan.
• Superintendent report.
• Enrollment report.
• Adopt NIMS (National
Incident Management
System) program.
• Resignation of Craig
R a y, 1 . 0 F T E S i s t e r s
Middle School math
• Set date for volunteer
Sisters City Council
City Hall, Thursday
February 5, 8 a.m.
• Insurance update.
• Updated employee hand-
book review.
• Review of Creekside
Park plan.
• Preview February 12
Community Assets
Thursday, February 5, 5
p.m., City Hall
• Review of previously
assigned tasks.
• Review of comparative
analyses of projects.
• Consideration of combi-
nation projects.
• Review of work to be
accomplished prior to next
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