Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Lesson in Road Rage



So, just now I was headed to one of my favorite coffee houses / office after yoga (thx Benjhe) and some gal in a Honda accord cuts me off than proceeds (while in the lane to the right of me), turns left in front of me...

She didn't cut me off, we were at a stop light and had her blinker on... I saw that her signal was on so I let her go in front of me...

Being that I was feeling pretty chill (because I was coming out of yoga?! IDK...), I didn't think that much about it.

(Please, no sainthood here... there are other days when I'd be more than a little annoyed...) 

Anyway, I go down a couple blocks and pull up into a parking space...

I look and see that same car just parked right across the street from me.

The gal approaches me...

I adjust my IDF baseball cap and  prepare for a conflict...

Relieved, I see she is all smiles and apologizes for her erratic driving. What a nice surprise! That really made my day.

We were headed into the same coffee house, so I bought her a coffee.

We shared a moment and then went our separate ways.


Many Lessons Here...


A lot could've gone sideways here.

I could've climbed on my high horse and lit into her about her driving. She could've started yelling... WE could've made this little thing a Big THING!

However, neither of us did...

Does it always go this way?!

Of course not...

But I'm ready for it because I have a Protector's Identity and I live a Protector's Lifestyle.

It doesn't mean that I'm perfect, or don't have bad days... It means that my training and life reflects that of being a protector of everyone around me to the best of my ability.

It's NOT a technique... It's a practice...

And your Krav training has to reflect that as well!

As Imi Lichtenfeld said,

"We train so that we can walk in peace..."

So the next time you put on your Krav gear and start training, remember that!

As your training helps you to be safer, more vigilant, stronger... It should also help you to be more peaceful, more open, nicer, more humble and grateful.


Keep Going,
~Craig


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Monday, February 18, 2019

Ideas, Mistakes & National Syndication




I had the chance to be on Nationally Syndicated Frontlines of Freedom Military Talk Radio Show w/Skip Coryell. We spoke on church security, Pre-Conflict Indicators and the Interviewing process.


If you didn't get the chance to catch me on the radio when it aired, you can listen to it here:


(My segment begins at the 11:15 min. mark.)


We talked about Being a PeaceWalker and Building a Protector Lifestyle. More specifically we discusses:

1) Mindset & Ethic
2) Church Security
3) Profiling Behavioral Red Flags
4) Interviewing procedures & tips


This morning I was clipping along getting things done, when the electricity shut off...

Our Snowmageddon turned into IceMageddon.  =(

Oh well... We'll survive...

It gave me an excuse to go to one of my favorite coffee houses (luckily their power's working!)

SO...

I was going over the email I sent to some of you PeaceWalkers...

It was alright, not crazy insightful... but decent.

However, it had a lot of TYPO's!!

That reminded me of a story that Lt. Col. Joe Shusko (Joe 'Marine') tells at our RGI Ethical Protector Course...


The PARABLE of the PENCIL

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The Pencil Maker took the pencil aside just before putting him into the box.
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“There are five things you need to know,” he told the pencil.
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“Before I send you out into the world. Always remember them and you will become the best pencil you can be.
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ONE: You will be able to do many great things, but only if you allow yourself to be held in Someone's hand.
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TWO: You will experience a painful sharpening from time to time, but you'll need it to become a better pencil.
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THREE: You will be able to correct most mistakes that you might make.
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FOUR: The most important part of you will always be what's inside.
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FIVE: On every surface you are used on, you will leave your mark. Try to make the best mark you can. (Most Good / Least Harm). AND No matter what the condition, you must continue to write.” (KEEP GOING!)
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The pencil understood and promised to remember, and went into the box with purpose in its heart.
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Now replacing the place of the pencil with you; always remember them and never forget, and you will become the best person you can be.

~Author Unknown


Keep going,
~Craig


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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

The Quick & the Dead




Some folks meander around w/o a care. Others are rushing around trying to get things done at a frantic pace.

Those folks who've been at it a while...

Those w/some experience know how to use things to their advantage. They are FAST w/o much effort. And when they do use effort, it's directed like a laser giving them the advantage w/minimal risk and maximum reward!

It reminds me of Krav and training how to be fast!

You don't just have to be a young hard charger to have fast techniques (but this formula will work for you too!).

Fast disarms. Fast strikes. Fast weapon draw. Be fast at dealing with a situation. Quick on your feet...

The problem is, most people don't really know HOW to train to be fast, I mean REALLY fast!

Often times people think they either are or aren't. Even the one's who consciously train to increase their speed typically only work on one... maybe two areas that actually make up speed.  Often missing some key elements that would accelerate their training ten fold!

I know the old saying,

"Slow is smooth & smooth is fast."

Great advice but WTF!?!

You can't just train slow any old way and expect for it to develop into fast...

You have to train in a certain way!

There are...


4 Components of Being 'Fast'


(1) FRAMING: Are you ready to roll? Framing is the 'set up'. Basically, how you are positioned tactically. Framing gives you the time needed to act or respond.

It doesn't matter if you are on the street or sparring, it's about having a good mindset, stance, distance and positioning. Is everything dialed in to roll if/when you have to GO?!

Don't neglect TRAINING this!! Don't overlook it, take it for granted or think that it just "happens." If you do you'll put yourself at a huge disadvantage and find yourself playing catch up or worse!

ALSO... Remember that this tactic is NOT just for the physical portions of defending yourself! If you "framed" mentally, emotionally, socially, financial etc." you will be better equipped to handle both the challenges and OPPORTUNITIES that life throws at you!

There have been many fortunes made by people who were "framed" correctly to take advantage of the right opportunity when it presented its self...

There also have been many lives destroyed by folks who weren't prepared!


(2) RECOGNITION: This step is two fold: Either knowing when to initiate, or when to respond. If you are making the 'first' action, you have to know when to GO! So, being able to recognize when the conditions are right to have the best chance of success.

If you are responding to something, like someone attacking you. You have to be able to recognize the red flags or PCI (Pre-Contact Indicators) of that attack or situation that is transpiring.

Stimulus / stimulus response.

HINT: If you don't see it coming and are caught by surprise... That's not good!

It's also called an ambush! =)

This is one reason FRAMING is also so important, because it gives you more time to recognize and respond!
 

(3) RESPONSE: Or action if you're initiating... This is doing whatever it is that you do. It could be a physical technique, a word, pulling the trigger, buying that property, firing that employee, taking that opportunity, accelerating off the line... whatever!

Whatever your action or response is, make sure you can do it as flawlessly as you can in training so, it's there for you when you need it.

If we're talking about Krav techniques, make sure you work out all of the hiccups. Keep training the physical action so that they become unconscious, smooth, efficient and effective.

How do you know when you need work on this? We ALWAYS need work on this! Basics, basics, basics! That's where all of the advanced stuff comes from!

If you're playing music it is notes, scales, cords, chord progressions, rhythm, etc.

If you're in Krav its your breathing, stances, movement, 360 defense, basic strikes, bridging, shrimping, breakfalls, etc.

Learn'em, perfect,em! Relaxed, fluid movement. Work out all of the kinks in all of your techniques and don't get rusty!

MORE?!  Break down each piece of your techniques to individual segments and work on only that movement. You can also do conditioning exercises that will support that segment.

EXAMPLE: If you are drawing your pistol, you might break it down to:

1) Getting your shirt/clothing out of the way so you can draw.
2) Indexing and getting the weapon in your hand in the proper position.
3) Taking your stance.
4) Breathing
5) Grip.
6) The draw its self.
7) From the draw to aiming (or point shooting).
8) Site picture
9) Trigger control. (How you squeeze the trigger)
10) Re-holstering your weapon.

I'm sure some of you shooters out there can add some more elements (feel free to list them on our facebook community!). This is just an example to give you the idea!

Now each of those elements can be isolated and practiced on their own to work out any deficiencies.

Constantly breaking things apart to work on the elements and then putting it back together to work on the entire sequence. Over and over and over.


(4) RECOVERY: After your action is complete, how do you set yourself up for the 'next shot' or back to the place of tactical advantage? 

One of the easiest examples of this is playing pool (which I suck at!). What is your 'leave?' Meaning; you use your cue ball to shoot your billiard ball in a pocket in such a way that, after that shot, the cue ball stops in a place that sets you up well for the NEXT SHOT!

If you are punching, are you doing it in such a way that you are covered when you are executing the strike, not exposing yourself when acting. And when your arm returns to your 'ready position' you are better equipped to defend or assert yourself again in some way.


The Next Time You Train...

Break down what you are working on into these 4 components (and then further yet!). Don't give up and working on it  and you'll see the results you are looking for.

And when you do...

Post your experiences on the PeaceWalker Facebook Page and let us know how you're doing!


Keep going,
~Craig



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Thursday, February 7, 2019

The Power of Knowing Your Why!





It's the Little Things...
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Everyone wants to pay attention and train the BIG Sexy things...
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The a$$ kicking stuff...
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The Hard Charger counter terrorism/active shooter stuff...
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The 'disarming the pistol' stuff...
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The Smash, Bang, Pow!! Stuff...
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Yes, to be prepared and well rounded, you should train that stuff too...
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But, that's not where the big gains are made (Sorry!)...
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The BIG Gains are made from the Little Things...
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A bunch of them...
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Attitude, Awareness, Influence, Planning, Prevention...
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One of the Biggest Small thing is...
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You gotta show up!
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Consistently!
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And with the right perspective!
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What's that perspective?
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Ironically, we talked about it in today's interview...
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The most powerful mindset is when you are seeing the bigger picture...
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When you know your "WHY."
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And it's a good Why...
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One that is not just about you!
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Something bigger than you!
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Doing things for your kids, your significant other, your family, your peeps, your students, your community, your country, your unit, your partner, your employees, your clients...

This idea of protecting the life of someone other than yourself can get you through way more things than you'd probably get through if you are thinking small.
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Thinking like a protector makes you tougher, more resourceful, more successful than only thinking about yourself.

Keep going,
~Craig



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