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
More and more of this is seen these days, and it needs to stop if we are going to survive. The culture of learned helplessness
Forget motivation, let's focus on discipline
Some commentary from Walter Williams
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!
Hello! 2017 is on! Some updates for your reading pleasure including the 2017 Comtech seminar schedule. Get out, find good training and get ready, it's likely to be a bumpy ride. At the same time, remember that skill banishes fear. Train, prepare and be ready but don't forget to LIVE! Adventures are on tap for me this year, what about you?
A clip from one of my favorite John Wayne movies. Congress and a lot of others should listen to and heed what he says. We'd be better off.
Essential oils are handy things to have around, if you know how to use them. Start here
If you don't have a winter kit in your car you need to get one, now. Here's a good place to start.
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