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To Be a warrior is to be self-possessed, centered, acutely aware, and empty. It is a very particular state of mind, one which focuses on the moment, free of doubts and idle speculations. "In a world where death is the hunter, my friend there is not time for regrets or doubts. There is only time for decisions".

                                                                                    - Via Uncle Jim

I Do Not Choose To Be A Common Man

By Dean Alfange
I do not choose to be a common man. It is my right to be uncommon— if I can. I seek opportunity not security. I do not wish to be a kept citizen, humbled and dulled by having the state look after me.
I want to take the calculated risk; to dream and to build, to fail and to succeed. I refuse to barter incentive for a dole. I prefer the challenges of life to the guaranteed existence; the thrill of fulfillment to the stale calm of utopia.
I will not trade freedom for beneficence nor my dignity for a handout. I will never cower before any master nor bend to any threat.
It is my heritage to stand erect, proud and unafraid; to think and act for myself, enjoy the benefit of my creations and to face the world boldly and say, "This I have done."

“Cogito, ergo armatum sum.”

Dogma be damned. The relentless will drop what's not working, while the weak-willed have to fit into cliques, label themselves, and adopt cult-like thinking

                                    Dani Shugart via T-Nation

I’ve said many times before that for creatures in Nature, getting through a day is very much an exercise in energy management. Investment measured against return. The Way of the Wild doesn’t hold it up as a good idea to expend valuable energy and expose the self to risk of injury or immediate death by attacking and killing out of such base sentiments as boredom or sheer malice, and defensive measures offered by the presumed “prey” are what hold potential attackers in check. Nothing in Nature meekly submits. It’s flight or fight, all the way! 
                                                                                            ~ In Ferro Vertas – Chapter the Third

“When a nation forgets her skill in war, when her religion becomes a mockery, when the whole nation becomes a nation of money-grabbers, then the wild tribes, the barbarians drive in... Who will our invaders be? From whence will they come?” 
                                                             Robert E. Howard 

Never stand begging for that which you have the power to earn....... 
                                                                           - Miguel de Cervantes
The 8 S's of Martial Success

1. Strength
2. Speed
3. Stamina
4. Skill
5. Strategy
6. Suppleness
7. Sensitivity
8. Spirit
Focus on your fight. A man’s life is incomplete without conflict; he becomes weak, soft and submissive once he’s been seduced by the allure of everlasting peace. Focus on what’s incredible in your life, on what excites you, makes your blood boil and heart race. Disregard your imperfections. We’re all scarred, scuffed and damaged in one way or another. And that’s okay. Waiting for perfection before taking action is murder.

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If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you’ll never get it done.

                                                                                        — Bruce Lee

Discipline is a skill, learn to be more disciplined
Settling is another word for surrender - DON'T SETTLE FOR MEDIOCRITY .
“When men evaluate each other as men, they still look for the same virtues that they’d need to keep the perimeter. Men respond to and admire the qualities that would make men useful and dependable in an emergency. Men have always had a role apart, and they still judge one another according to the demands of that role as a guardian in a gang struggling for survival against encroaching doom. Everything that is specifically about being a man—not merely a person—has to do with that role.”                                                                                           

                                                                                                          ~Jack Donovan

"Don't count on motivation; count on discipline." - Jocko Willink.
 "You need to get the fundamentals right. Fun wears off, cool wears off... useful never wears off." - Jason Fried

Every time you train, train with the motivation and purpose that you will be the hardest person someone ever tries to kill.

                          — Tim Kennedy. Get Fit or Die, my friends.
You’ll go back to your old habits once you meet a little resistance. You need the samurai’s desperateness and his insanity. Burn the bridge. Nuke the foundation. Back yourself up against a wall. Have an opinion one way or the other, get off the fence and rip it up. Cut yourself off so there is no going back. Once you’re committed the truth will come out. You ask about security? What you need is uncertainty. What you need is confusion; something that forces you to reinvent yourself, a whip to drive you harder.

— Marl Twight: Twitching with Twight
Something Uncle Jim has taught on a lot, the difference between martial art and martial science
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Commentaries on the Gallic Wars," Caesar writes: "The immortal gods are wont to allow those persons whom they wish to punish for their guilt sometimes a greater prosperity and longer impunity, in order that they may suffer the more severely from a reverse of circumstances."
Some of the good stuff here, Guro Dan on the Wing Chun/JKD connection
Sometimes you don’t get closure, you just move on.
Be courteous to all, but intimate with few; and let those few be well-tried before you give them your confidence. - George Washington

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“If you can’t do the little things right, you will never do the big things right.” 

                     - Adm. William H. McRaven 

“Violence, naked force, has settled more issues in history than has any other factor.”                        
                    ~Robert A. Heinlein

“I had to get personal with my demons before I could kill them.”

“Adversity introduces us to ourselves.”
"A nation that forgets its past has no future." 
                            - Winston Churchill 

​“Pain doesn’t matter, the mind does the work.”
Fear Aggression and the Fight
“All door-ways,
 before going forward,
 should be looked to;
 for difficult it is to know
 where foes may sit
 within a dwelling.” 

— Hávamál (“Sayings of the High One”) 
C.S. Lewis wrote the famous essay on Men Without Chests, it ain't about having a good bench press
Tiger, one day you will come to a fork in the road and you’re going to have to make a decision about which direction you want to go. If you go that way you can be somebody. You will have to make compromises and you will have to turn your back on your friends. But you will be a member of the club and you will get promoted and you will get good assignments. Or you can go that way and you can do something — something for your country and for your Air Force and for yourself. If you decide you want to do something, you may not get promoted and you may not get the good assignments and you certainly will not be a favorite of your superiors. But you won’t have to compromise yourself. You will be true to your friends and to yourself. And your work might make a difference. To be somebody or to do something. In life there is often a roll call. That’s when you will have to make a decision. To be or to do? Which way will you go?

— Colonel John Boyd

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July 17, 2019

Ran a little self test last weekend, the write up and pics are up on the article of the month page. It took a little longer than it used to. Writing is kind of like PT, if you don't do it regularly it's tough getting back into it.  Things are leveling out here. Still moving at a fast pace, but I think there's light at the end of the tunnel and it's not an inbound train.

July 6, 2019 

Good  morning, Some of you have been asking where I've been and what I've been doing. Things are changing on the home front. Good things all, but it's been a marathon run at a sprint pace for the past few months. There's been little time for the cyberworld other than answering some emails and checking the news. 

 It's the middle of the Independence Day weekend. Hope you've had some time to reflect on what it is and why we should celebrate it and the ideals of the United States.

I started hiking as part of my PT routine. I used to do a fair amount of hiking and backpacking. I don't run distance anymore, but for various reasons that I will share as time goes on, I started again. July 4th I had the day off, got up, had coffee with the missus and headed out. Note I don't use the word ruck or rucking. I know, it's popular these days. My opinion, is if you didn't serve in the military in a unit that required you to get from point A to point B with a heavy pack on your back and a rifle, you aren't rucking.  My loadout was about 20 pounds and I wasn't carrying a rifle. Part of my PT nowadays includes one day of a grind, which is where the hiking comes in. The grind days have a couple of purposes. One of which is to develop strength. I know, I know, hiking won't improve my deadlift, it will improve my mental strength and toughness though. Like speed, there is more than one kind of strength. 

My plan was to go as far as I could in three hours., I was shooting for 9 to 10 miles.  It was hot where we live, high 80's and humid. I was running on black coffee and water.  I don't take any entertainment with me. I want time to think and explore. The quote from Reagan that freedom is always one generation away from being lost came to mind.  We are allowing ignorant tools to rewrite our history. We are losing our ideals because we are buying into the idea that this country was never great. We forget, or never learned, of the things that we have done as a nation. We have stood up to tyranny and won multiple times. We defied the greatest national power in the world at the time of our revolution and won.  Now, we have let a spoiled child of an athlete and a company that seems hell bent on forgetting one of it's founder's sacrifices during World War II tell us that the original flag of this nation, that is still part of the current flag, is a racist symbol. That is complete and utter bullshit. 

Are we perfect, no, never have been. We have made mistakes, but we have also worked to correct them, most of the time at the cost of our own blood. We need to teach our children that. They aren't getting it in public school.  We should celebrate our history. 

I'm done ranting for now.

In case you're wondering, I covered 9 1/2 miles in under three hours.