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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.”
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 


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
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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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
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!
Comtech's 2017 schedule is here
There is no excuse for being a p***y

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
Advice to a young tactical athlete, what I wish I'd known then
Change your learning curve! 
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Ever notice how some guys talk about training, but never do?
Adventure is where you find it.
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."
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Some of the good stuff here, Guro Dan on the Wing Chun/JKD connection
Sometimes you don’t get closure, you just move on.
Nine mental changes to go from boy to man
A little philosophy, from Gym Jones
Be courteous to all, but intimate with few; and let those few be well-tried before you give them your confidence. - George Washington

 
Aiming is useless! Some shooting advice from Rob Leatham
Deep concealment options, I used similar tactics in India
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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.”
We had a saying in the old shop, you gotta give up something to get something
The Goode Fyghte - from Mr. Whynacht

“Adversity introduces us to ourselves.”
Big boy rules don't always work 
Got Goretex? Some advice on caring from it from the horse's mouth
Some good advice for on line security 
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Five things that made Clausewitz a great strategist.
This is a necessary thing to do, let your family know things, write it down!
The importance of balance in your life........
“Ber er hver að baki nema sér bróður eigi.” 

— Bare is the back of a brotherless man. (Norse Proverb) 

Great podcast interview with Pat McNamara
Escaping the kill zone from ISDA
Five Common Archery Mistakes....and how to correct them
Shooting the bow
Field craft! camping and survival hacks for your next outdoors adventure
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”)