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It's All In Transition

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  Sunday we had a great seminar at the local Krav Academy. We worked on firearm and knife defenses.  To be honest, we didn't work a ton of techniques... As a matter of fact we worked on one pistol disarm for two solid hours?! I Know What You're Thinking... How in Sam Hill do you work on one simple technique for two solid hours?! We broke down and drilled all the different transitions that made up the technique and drilled each piece of the full move.  We "thin sliced" every aspect of the entire maneuver to dial in the transitions (of course we recorded it. It'll be available to  Premium PeaceWalker Members . After you get a command of the basic technique, the magic is really in the transitions... How you 'frame' the situation.  Where you stand. How you place your body. Where and when you move. How you blend in with your adversary and the tactical space.  How smooth and fluid you are. Much of your success (or failure) is in your ability to manage those blim

Multitasking to a Fall-T

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  I've been going to physical therapy for my back for several months now. It really has helped me better navigate old injuries, new conditions and a lot of hard years on my body.  If you are active (and you should be!) it's not a matter of if you are going to have some injuries and conditions arise, it's when, how many and how bad! I'm sure you can relate!? That said, make sure you take care of yourself and have a team of medical professionals who can help you when you need them (before even!), to keep your motor running so to speak.  Well, here's a rather embarrassing story about the downfall of multitasking and an almost near 'situation' during my last PT training session.   To warm up for our session, Wendy, my PT typically has me walk on the treadmill for 5 or 6 minutes. Nothing crazy. No big incline or anything like that,  I even get to pick my own pace. She usually stands by me and we chat as I'm hoofing it.  Yesterday was no different.  I'm ne

Are You Ready for the Storm!?

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  What If?! What if you know you going to have to fight or survive some storm? What if you knew that there was an inescapable chance that you and your loved ones will face a big storm?! Would you prepare? ...Or would you just ignore all of the warning signs and hope for the best? Are you the kind of person who digs their well before they are thirsty? ...Or do you wait until dehydration sets in and hope that someone takes pity on you and gives (or sells) you some water? Tin Foil Hat or Ostridge?!  It's difficult finding balance between being overly paranoid  (just because you're paranoid doesn't mean that they're not out to get you... Hahaha =)  or someone who sticks their head in the sand. With our overwhelmed, just in time, reactionary society, this can be difficult. So, YOU have to be able to self regulate and find people who have a healthy perspective and level head.  Cultivate being calm in the face of a storm... AND develop the capacity to Live Joyfully! Yep, I sai

Here's What To Do When Thing Get Wonky

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  This past Friday, only a few days into the new year, I woke up and felt...  Wonky! No, no, I didn't pick up one of the several viruses going around... I just woke up in a dark, foreboding, negative mindframe. No silver lining to be seen by these blue eyes... My first thought was,  'This shouldn't be happening so soon! I should be full of rocket fuel, ready to blast off toward all of my goals for the new year!' But, this wasn't the case!  How could I be feeling so negative, just 5 days into the new year?! Unbelievable!  Son-of-a ....... Try as I might, I couldn't seem to pull myself up from the cynical, pessimistic gloom, that divided and conquered my productive thoughts like Roman Legionnaires did to the barbarian hordes of old. But just like those Germanic tribes finally over threw their Roman oppressors, so too shall I overcome this mental state that was threatening to wage war over my positive attitude.   From Wonky to Wonka I got up early to get a good sta

Transformation vs. Change

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  Transformation vs. Change It's often difficult to explain the extent of what this PeaceWalker Path can do to for your Life. Yes, it's a personal protection course.  Yes, you'll learn how to communicated during conflict more effectively and know what to do if things go South.  Of course, it's a leadership course too... One that greatly affects both your personal AND professional Life. You'll build clarity and confidence in yourself in ways some can't even imagine.  This path, when done correctly, elicits more than just change, it can Completely Transforms People.  I just got an exciting text from one of our of our Evolution graduates. She just got a job promotion!  She said that her PeaceWalker training paved the way for her to get the new position! She's in the school systems as a para-pro who woks with kids with behavioral challenges. And now with her promotion, she is going to be able to have a greater impact even more kids (and parents)!  Her words,  &q

Skin in the Game

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  A long time ago I used to own a small development company w/a good friend of mine. I know, business partnerships with friends rarely work, but Chad and I not only have been friends since middle school, we also have had several business ventures together.  Each had been a grand adventure. Although our business ventures are no longer, Chad and I still enjoy our friendship.  One of the projects Chad and I had was a big abandoned building on Division and Logan downtown Grand Rapids. In the process of purchasing the building back in the early 2000's I can remember negotiating with Ed Kalus an old school real-estate investor.  Ed was probably in his 80's then. He was a shrewd businessman even in later years. It would have been interesting running into him when he was younger.  We met several times to talk about the purchase of his building. It was a huge project for Chad and me. It was a three story 18,000 sq. foot building that we were planning on gutting and converting into comme

Forcing the Position

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  Square Peg Round Hole?! So, we're working on a grappling position in class called "knee on belly." It is what it sounds like. You're partner is on their back and you are on top w/your knee on their abdomen and your other leg either kneeling at their side or maybe your leg is out stretched w/your foot planted on the ground and your knee bent.  Tim and Kev were working on it and Tim was doing a good job at defending and denying the position. The question became, how do you get the (knee on belly) position when the person has a strong defense? My answer... Don't Force the Position!  (Unless you can of course... but you can't want it too badly!) If you want that technique to work too badly and attempt to force the position you begin to make yourself vulnerable to reversals, and other attacks.  So, what do you do? You either have to find a way to get around or through the persons defense. Maybe you may choose to do something else (another move or technique or com