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Stick Your Toe In, or Take the Plunge?!

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Well, here we are... Only a few weeks into 2022! How are you fairing so far? So far so good here... Although admittedly, I'm coming out the gate a little slow. Toe In or the Big Plunge?! So, are you the kind of person who eases into things, or one who just jumps all in? In truth, it doesn't really matter which you are. What matters most is that you take action toward your goals and you find a way to sustain it to get the results you are looking for.  Sometimes when easing in to things, people lose the momentum necessary to keep going. The gravity of their current habits isn't offset enough by the thrust of their new direction to take root to usher in any real change. Others find that once they begin the slow burn, steady pace suits them well to achieve their goals. Contrary to this, some folks who jump right in, find the enthusiasm of the moment lacks the endurance and staying power necessary to carry them through to the positive results they sought.   However, some who res

Why New Years Resolutions Suck

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I took a moment to look back at my old journal from back in 2012. 2012?! Really!? Was that really 10 years ago!? A decade?! . I was wondering... what the heck was I thinking 10 years ago? Where was my head at? What did I start doing differently to make this past year and decade (after a lifetime on this Protector Path) my biggest and best ever? When I blew the dust off that journal and cracked it open, I found a bit of buried treasure there. If you haven't, look back on the last decade of your life, I'd highly recommend it. What happened? The Good & the Bad... The Happy, The Sad... Are you where you want to be? Are you WHO you want to be? Do you surrounded yourself with the people you want to be with? Are you doing the things you want to do with your life? Are you making the impact that you are capable of? What do you want more of in your Life? What do you want less of? New Year's Resolution!?! I’m not a big fan 'em! Way too often people set them, don’t stick with t

I Shouldn't Have to Ask!

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  Ah, Monday...  It's such a beautiful day here!  Great weekend of training. Saturday I ran all three Krav classes then taught a seminar yesterday as well. Tonight we  have regular Krav class, then the last testing class of this rotation, before Saturday's test!  Soooo... Needless to say I'm a little busy tying up loose ends for the test and up coming Intro Session. Should I Have to Ask?! It should amaze me the lack of basic communications and customer service with so many companies out there.  Just like anything, mastery lays in the basics. People who are exceptional at anything, no matter what it is, are masters of the basics of their craft.  If you are talking about defending yourself than one of the basics is communication skills. Just like in business, learning effective communication is essential. Sometimes you can cause as much conflict by NOT saying anything as you can by saying the wrong thing! It just happened to me Friday... A couple weeks ago, I ordered some shi

Just Like Before!?

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                 Jenn f. (L) and Tim W. (far R) - A couple of newly minted black belts in October 2021!                                                            I am sitting at one of my favorite coffee houses doing some work on my computer & this feeling came over me... I haven't done this in a while... A long while! Like over a year and a half. You know, before the pandemic started March of 2020. I used to do a lot of work remotely, at local coffee houses. I had a few that I'd rotate, but I would spend more time there than at home to do my work (aside from teaching).  When the pandemic struck, like everyone else, I stopped going out.  It's a funny feeling going from spending so much time gone to all of my time in my living room (aka home office) to do all of my countless hours on the computer, writing these emails, curriculums, proposals, power point presentations, newsletters, editing videos (countless hours of vids!) and websites,.. And don't even get me going

You've Been Trolled!

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  Visit From the Internet Troll!! Oh, yes! It's been a while! Yep, you got it, a Youtube Video Troller! I have to admit, I do love these guys! I only wish they'd be in one of my classes or seminars... But, that would mean they'd have to actually get out of their mom's basement and train!  =D =D =D Here's what this one had to say about my 1 minute and 47 second video demoing a simple version of a foot sweep.=)        ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I don't normally like to be so negative, but you can't seriously think this would work? You block your attacker's punch, then he just stands there while you 1/ step in 2/ having pushed him back, grab him and pull him in 3/ sweep his leg? You would never have the time to do all that against a real attack. I know you have to break things down and go with the flow to demonstrate, but this is a big no-o. I bet you have something more practical you can show us. ~Fred B.             ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

The Grinch Who Schooled Whoville!

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  We're in the middle of the holi-daze! That's the two-ish weeks surrounding Christmas and New Year where work schedules, social events, family stuff and other holiday type festivities intersect with our regular schedules, resulting in a strange 'twilight zone' type feeling, where we aren't quite sure where or when we are in the time/space continuum. Past, present & future meld together with work, family and friends. How the Grinch  'Schooled'  Whoville   Yes, the Grinch can be a crotchety, termite-infested soul with a heart two sizes too small... However, there are a lot of beneficial things we can learn from him as well... Especially as it comes to defensive tactics! Check out what we can learn from how he totally "SCHOOLED"  Whoville : 1. Tactical Thinking Coming up with all those successfully elaborate plans on the spot -- especially when under that kind of pressure -- is a pretty handy skill to have in ye olde self defense "tool box.&

The Calvary Isn't Coming!

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  Beautiful (yet frosty) morning... Last night it looked like a snow globe w/huge white flakes blowing around highlighted by the street lights! I'll be honest with you... I'm not ready for winter! =( A Word From Our Community... In response to yesterdays [Almost] Daily email, a few of our community members took the time to write to me.  Some were just concerned citizens, others were from our law enforcement community.  Here's what PT a recently retired police officer had to say... Where's the Cavalry?! "Just read your latest email.  First, hope all is well. I haven't seen you in awhile and I hope things are all good in your world.  In reading your email I thought of sharing some material that you may want to share with your students. If not aware of this(any many are not) April 1st of this year Michigan passed Jail reform and bond reform. This is causing officers throughout the state to "not arrest" due to stipulations in the new reform. Do not read t