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.”
There's a new article of the month up on my garage gym Bowie Seminar in September - See my buddy Scott, good stuff to be had Uncle Jim has reposted an old, but timely, article. Check it out, get some truth
I have an announcement
First, after a hiatus due to issues on the homefront and some arm twisting by students, I will begin teaching public classes again. If you are near Cleveland, Ohio's east side contact me at the site email for details. The class will be non-traditional and geared for self defense with a healthy dose of conceptual thinking.
Second, in keeping with the idea of crossing at the ford, the format here will change a bit. I will still link articles and announcements on training opportunities. However, it will take more of a blog format where I will pen some short articles.
As always, thanks for reading, hope to see some of you on the training floor!
Training Articles and Opportunities
Recommended Reading and Viewing text.
Here's a good primer on how to ram a vehicle and break a road block
23 August 2014
Morning all! Lot's going on as you can tell. It's going to be a busy weekend, between taking care of the business side of teaching and some family commitments, all things in balance though. Started the day off with black coffee, a max set of chin ups and a kettlebell shuttle run. I don't do much distance running anymore, the days of 2-8 miles a day 5-7 days a week are behind me. Mainly because I found it to be counterproductive for my needs. What's that, yes, you in the back, what is a KB shuttle run? Glad you asked. Mark off 50 yards in 10 yard increments start at one end, clean a 26 kg bell and walk it to the 10, sprint back to the start and then back to the bell, clean it on the opposite side and walk it to the 20, sprint to the start and back, keep going until you've hit the 50 yard mark, including the final sprint. Repeat as many times as you can or until you throw up. Fun, huh? Now I gotta git. My son called me out on this ice bucket challenge, so I have to douse this morning. Have a good one. Scroll down, more below!
ISA will be returning to Ohio November 10 thru 21 in cooperation with Lakeland Community College for an EP training and Instructor's course. Each are one week long and the participants get a bonus two day active shooter class held on the weekend in between
25 August 2014
Damn that ice was cold after the sprints! Weights and bag work today. Take a look below, new announcement on EP training from a group I know. Also take a look at the front page for courses I offer.
27 August 2014
The Training Opportunities have been moved down lower on the page. Great day! One of my best students was finally able to train with me. She was laid up due to a reaction to a tattoo for over 2 years. Some good training and good sweat.
Found this article on things to have in your home emergency kit. I don't know what to say, a TV, are you freaking kidding me? Whether it's a gun, a knife or a man, reliability is the most important thing I haven't met Mr. West, yet, but he has been doing this longer than many of you have been alive. This is old school, meaning, he's alive because he's good. Heed his words
28 August 2014
Got a reminder from Scott H. One week until the Bowie seminar
Cass Magda JKD seminar
Oct 11-12, 2014 Cleveland, Ohio Hoy’s Martial Arts (216) 965-5425
31 August 2014
Hey all, just got back in town, the missus and I took off for some much needed R&R. The area we headed to has gotten a lot more touristy in the past 10 years, which is a shame. We were still able to get out, get a way and get some time for us. Two things I wanted to shout is Pay attention and for the love of God, do some PT. With that in mind, this months article is a reprint of one I did on awareness
1 September 2014
Hope you all got some rest today. Mine started with some time in the garage gym.
An SF veteran skewers the pols, I particularly like the reference to rifle training foreign troops and attention spans, well said sir!