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.”
Training Opportunities

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 
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The 8 S's of Martial Success

1. Strength
2. Speed
3. Stamina
4. Skill
5. Strategy
6. Suppleness
7. Sensitivity
8. Spirit
No one ever climbed a mountain by looking at it.
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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Suarez Pistol Gunfighting School - June 23-25, 2017 - Columbus, OH1
Class Code: 062317-suarez
Primary Instructor: Gabe Suarez
City: Columbus
State: Ohio 
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Some of the fine champagne over at the Barbarian Lounge, a podcast with MAA James Keating
Forget motivation, let's focus on discipline
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
How do lobsters grow? A great way to look at things!
Settling is another word for surrender - DON'T SETTLE FOR MEDIOCRITY .
Burton - need I say more?
Mr. Farnam's 2017 schedule is up, take a look, get trained
Something many need to learn nowadays, get comfortable with being uncomfortable
“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.
Bad habits you must eliminate
Combat accurate doesn't equal You Suck!
With attention and focus scattered in a million directions, many are rendered too distracted and impotent to self direct their life course. As a result, the majority of men and women end up taking the path of least resistance – being a product and propagator of whatever direction the culture leads them; a worker and a consumer.

Another word to use is drone. 

Comtech's 2017 schedule is here
There is no excuse for being a p***y
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Alertness is everything! Stay alert, stay alive
Speed is not strategy

Robert Langford's Dynamic Tactical Systems schedule for 2017 is up 
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
Learn to act with honor
Something Uncle Jim has taught on a lot, the difference between martial art and martial science
If you teach, here is some truth, quit lying to people about self defense training
Here is an op-ed by Charlie Daniels and explains perfectly why we need to train. Folks, I don't care which side of the political aisle you are on. What I do care about is that there are a growing number who just want to burn the place to the ground and everyone with it, except themselves of course. I've heard all kind of nonsense that they are a bunch of liberal snowflakes who will run as soon as some Bubba with a  CCW pulls his custom 1911 out from behind his belly and squares up with them. Look at the facts, they are already students of violence, and they're pretty good at it. Their technique may seem crude to the polished ones in their pressed gis and 5.11's, but they make up for it in enthusiasm. They are burning cities, assaulting cops and generally acting like the Celts, Huns and Goths did towards the Romans. I do believe, unless there is a serious course correction where we decide, as a society, to return to the values that made us a great nation and culture we are done. Part of that is returning to our roots, training to be able to take care of ourselves and our families and tribe. Recognizing that we are on our own. Not because we've been abandoned by our government, but because that is the way it has always been! So I'm going to paraphrase General Mattis, I am pleading with you, with tears in my eyes, get out there, learn to take care of yourself and your loved ones. So that, when the bad day comes you won't be the one to be killed and left in a ditch.  Train, grow stronger and prevail. 
Do your pushups right
It's an early morning, still dark  outside. Last night there was a small gathering, not for St. Patrick's Day, but to remember a friend we lost one year ago. He was the best of us, a skilled healer, a dangerous fighter, a man of generous spirit and a sly sense of humor. He will not be forgotten.

Enough of that, there is a lot to surf through, enough for the coming week. I need to finish my coffee and get to work, there's training ahead and chores that need done. Have a great weekend, but remember:

Advice to a young tactical athlete, what I wish I'd known then
Definitely on the pricey side, but if you want to get out of town in style EOEVANS are the way to go!
Mental fitness VS Mental toughness
Change your learning curve! 
Timely, considering my recent travels, dealing with dysentery in austere environments.  .
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Keep it brief, talk like a Spartan, or an Indian (American Indian that is)
Mountain Tactical has some of the best physical training programs around. One of their core concepts is chassis integrity
Ever notice how some guys talk about training, but never do?
Good download here on how to look for trouble, seriously
Adventure is where you find it.
Pete Kautz of Alliance Martial Arts did a nice bit of work here on training to transition for empty hand to weapons, check it out 
The Benefits of Cold Showers
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