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.”
Uncle Jim has reposted an old, but timely, article. Check it out, get some truth
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!
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.
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
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!
4 September 2014
First class! a small but enthusiastic group worked with me tonight. Good sweat, good times a few bruises
6 September 2014
Scroll down for a new seminar announcement, The Circle of Masters. It is going to be a more traditional event. One of my teachers has asked me to present a one hour block on Saturday for him on rope fighting. No gentle reader, I do not count myself a master, just a serious student, but it is gratifying to be asked to do this. Hope you can make it
9 September 2014
Lot's to tell you friends. If you're looking for the Recommended Reading/Viewing section I've moved it down the page, just keep scrolling. Second, I just learned today that Prepper and Shooters magazine will be publishing one of my articles. It will be out in October and can be purchased at their website or at booksellers everywhere!
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
13 September 2014
Busy day to day friends, teaching this morning and then a qual this afternoon. Some of you asked why I didn't put anything up on 9/11, between stupid people asking why the flag was at half staff and then one self important little priss who saw that the flagpole line had broken in the wind and could take the time to send multiple emails but couldn't trouble himself to bend over and pick up the flag I needed to go get some hate out rather than peck on a keyboard. I did take time to remember, hope you did as well.
16 September 2014
Today rest IS a weapon
23 September 2014
Been a strange week, friends. Got called on the carpet for using my outside voice inside. Had to use some verbal jiujitsu/dumog and to quote an old soldier, managed to tell the guy to go to hell and made him look forward to the trip! That and some odd meetings with some odder people. That's a tale for another time. Sprints and a MARSOC short card today. Good things are happening, stay tuned!
27 September 2014
A woman was beheaded in Oklahoma, you've likely heard about it already. Traveling around the 'news' sites has been interesting. While none can condone this atrocity, they still try to deflect what happened and work their own political agenda into it. Here is the bottom line, jihadists are here, they have been here for some time. Most of the time their plots have been foiled. Either by the good guys on our side, or because they found they liked life in the U. S. of A. and didn't go through with their plans. In other instances (Ft. Hood to name one) they slaughtered unarmed or disarmed people without mercy. You need to realize this right now, today. Commit to hard, realistic training, toughen your body and mind with real PT sessions and get the skills you need, if the time comes, to deal with this type of threat. Train these obsessively until they are second nature. Above all, train your mind and spirit to be able to deal out the kind of counter-violence necessary to stop the threat without becoming a mirror image of our enemies. "Nuff said, now get to work.
It has been busy at the casa, winter is coming and we've been preparing for it. Garden turned over, storing, cleaning the usual chores and parts of life that need to be done before the snow falls. Classes are going well. We now have a facebook page. Stop and see it if you are so inclined. A reminder Prepper and Shooters magazine is now out on the stands and the executive protection course from ISA and Lakeland college still has room, links are below in the training opportunities section.
I continue to be amazed with the paleo diet, I shouldn't, I've done this before, but nevertheless I've been lifting heavy, running sprints and eating paleo, dropped 17 pounds so far and added 30 pounds to my 1RM squat. Just a reminder we're on facebook now to market the classes, please stop by and like us. Halloween tomorrow!