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Purposeful Compliance

This is another term coined by Richard Hubbard (host) in his Prevail Podcast #4. If you haven’t noticed I tend to like terms and phrases that can and do lead to greater lessons. Sometimes I come up with my own terms or phrases but more often I find them by listening to others such as Rory Miller, Marc MacYoung or Michael Clarke and many others. Show More Summary


It suddenly occurred to me, “Why do I have this fascination with MA, SD and Conflict/Violence?” Yes, you would have thunk that maybe I would have addressed this question at one time or another but those questions were more in line with,...Show More Summary

Luck [?]

In recent postings it has become known that in relation to the experience threshold, i.e. “According to Ken Murray in 'Training at the Speed of Life', the Air Force set ‘ace’ at five dogfights because there best research showed that no one—no one—remembered their training for their first three to five dogfights. Show More Summary


In a recent roundtable podcast one of the participants said something like, “Techniques learned by ROTE wire the wrong part of the brain.” It was also stated that the focus on making sure a technique “looks right” is not correct. The techniques must be about working right along with a knowledge of its depth and breadth along with its shortcoming. Show More Summary

It’s Critical

This is the start of what I am going to call, “It’s Critical,” and the goal is to provide some tidbits of information that I personally feel critical to anyone teaching, training or applying self-defense. I will begin by saying, “It’s...Show More Summary

Don’t Lose the War

Ever hear the quote, “They won the battle but lost the war.” This kind of reminds me of self-defense. I came up with the thought or you could say it kind of jumped out at me after reading the book, “In the Name of Self-Defense by Marc MacYoung.” It kind of reminded me of the mind-set or mind-state of those who teach and take self-defense training. Show More Summary

In the Name of Self-Defense

Review: Wow! Let me say that one more time, “Wow!” Guess what, I say “WoW” because all I have read to this point is the “introduction.” Wow, I can hardly wait to dive into the real meat of this book. I am a martial artist of thirty-seven plus years. Show More Summary

Getting Hit

In SD it never occurred to me that getting hit would carry importance and when I first started teaching SD in MA I always preached that one had to “hit something” a third of the overall time spent in training and practice. In other words, about twenty minuted to each hour of training - if you are serious. Show More Summary

Three levels: Escape, Control, Survival ~ Rory Miller Chiron Blog

Escape: Literally means, “Break free from confinement or control. an act of breaking free from confinement or control. getaway, breakout, jailbreak, bolt, flight, disappearance, vanishing act.” Control: Literally means, “The power to influence or direct people's behavior or the course of events. Show More Summary

Asian Sources

In martial arts the Western mind gives a good deal of credence toward sources that come from Asian sources. Because martial arts come from and have in-depth historical history the westerner has come to rely on the “Asian experts.” In...Show More Summary

The Lesson

I learned a lesson the other night. I first learned of this lesson reading the book by Marc MacYoung, In the Name of Self-defense. It comes with the understanding you get from his stuff. You learn about violence and self-defense andShow More Summary

Flow: The Zone

Nagare [ ?? ] The characters/ideograms mean, “Flow; current; stream.” The firs character means, “Flow; forfeit; current; a sink.” Flow, what is it and how does it help us achieve mastery in our discipline(s)? Flow, as some call, “The...Show More Summary

Jeremiah Johnson (1972)

What does this have to do with anything other than entertainment? Well, it has to do with awareness. It has to do with self-awareness and environmental awareness. Oh, do tell me how? Well, first, as our protagonist he ventured into territory...Show More Summary


This is not the timing used on competitions, etc. but the time as it applies toward the time of the day, the day of the week, the week of the year and the month as well then add in the timing of the seasons, etc. So you might ask, “What...Show More Summary

Hard-to-Soft/Soft-to-Hard Maxim - Amended

In my postings I have made reference to the “soft-to-hard:hard-to-soft” maxim. Simply quoted, “Lastly, I also feel it signifies the maxim of soft-to-hard:hard-to-soft applications. I believe this is symbolized because it provides a maxim that applies to all technique applications depending on the targeting. Show More Summary

Fostering Mood in Training and Practice

You know, once a person stated that to learn you really had to have “fun.” When I questioned that lack of seriousness toward training and practice as it applied to a very serious subject, self-defense, I still thought that having fun would cause that person to lose or freeze when serious violence was encountered. Show More Summary

SD and Impulse Control

Now, granted not many will actually connect impulse control with SD but just think about it a moment. I quote, “There is perhaps no psychological skill more fundamental than resisting impulse.” - Emotional Intelligence, “The Master Aptitude”...Show More Summary

Be Polite

Well, once again the obvious is slapped up side my head and I gotta say, being polite is not what I would expect to be a tool in self-defense and yet thinking about it at this moment it does make perfect sense. I believe it is difficult, in most circumstances, to engage in a conflict and/or violence it you are “being a polite” person. Show More Summary

The Police, You and Self-Defense

This is going to be very short, it is a feeling I got reading a very big book on Self-defense. In one very small paragraph the author describes the obstacles, hurdles and restrictions the police have to deal with while keeping the public safe. Show More Summary

All the Missing Girls

When news first broke of the missing UVA student, Hannah Graham, I felt physically ill. There are entirely too  many children and young women who go missing in this country and beyond. It brought back Natalie Holloway memories from years ago, another missing girl, never found.  When you have your own children, it hits so […]

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