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Duggers host inaugural School of Survival, Escape and Evasion

By: Lacy Hilliard
Tomahawk Writer/Photographer

Dr. Kermit Dugger and his wife, educator Taffy Dugger, recently opened up their farm in Johnson County to take part in an exciting opportunity. The pair were chosen by Randall’s Adventure and Training forum to host the inaugural “Escuela de Supervivencia, Escape and Evasion” or the School of Survival, Escape and Evasion. Randall’s Adventure and Training has gained a reputation of being a leader in Latin American jungle survival and domestic training.
The purpose of the training is for “individuals with unique backgrounds who all share a passion for the outdoors and self-reliance” to take part in several exercises including shelter building, wound management/tourniquet use, snake identification, shuriken/knife/tomahawk throwing, self defensive/offensive tactics, firearms, primitive cooking, generalized bushcraft, vehicle recovery, and knife making to name a few. In addition, competitions were help with prizes from $1,000 to $2,000. Dr. Dugger stated that initially he and his wife avoided including children in the event with the exception of their son, Gaston. However, Dr. Dugger said that “soon changed when parents began contacting us about expanding on some prior training we had done in the past with children.” Dr. Dugger went on to say, “Taffy and I were very pleased with the result.  The children did remarkably well and policed each other for safety violations.”
Approximately 40 people were in attendance and Dr. Dugger stated that the attendees had “eclectic backgrounds” and that the event caters to people from all walks of life including Federal Law Enforcement officials, healthcare practitioners, a high profile attorney from Miami, Facebook representatives, a knife designer from the television show “Naked and Afraid,” several writers from well-known magazines, a missionary who gave up a career in law to travel to austere environments, military, college professors, and school teachers. Dr. Dugger added, “One gentleman traveled from southern AL to demonstrate primitive fire building and to cook a pig for the participants.” The cost to attend a Randall’s Adventure Training event ranges from $300 to $1,400 each.

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