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How the Grinch 'Schooled' Whoville

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We're at the end 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."

2. …

The Strangest Holiday Advice (That's Good Year Round!)

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So, I was getting some last minute gift wrapping and merriment done when I heard a knock at my door...
Now...
I Know It's Christmas Eve...
... and you probably want to get the rest of your wrapping and stuff done so you can get to bed at a decent time, but I HAVE to tell you about this crazy little guy who showed up at my door.
He was short, about 4 feet tall.
He also had weird shoes that curled at the toe.
And even more weird, he had pointy ears.
I asked him who he was and he said he was a messenger from Santa!
Apparently, Santa is getting older and slower, and he's a bit concerned about his safety when he delivers those pieces of coal to those folks on the naughty list tonight!
He is worried about being able to handle himself if he is confronted by some of these folks who may be a bit worked up, emotional... even violent!
He wants to make sure he has the tools to deal with the type of conflicts that he's likely to run up against tonight!
He doesn't want to burn an…

Converting Anxiety to Action!

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As promised, the last part of the 'Lessons from a Frogman' is a good one!

Let's first quickly recap:
These tips came from a conversation during a recent Active Response Training Seminar that I was teaching. Joe, who was there, is a retired Nave SEAL. He contributed to class with a few really good conversations and tips.
Those tips have been the topic of our last several emails.
Mental Rehearsal and Mental Scripting were the last two subjects we talked about.
Now we're going to wrap it up with...

ANXIETY CONVERSION!

What is it and why is it so important?
Here's what Joe had to say about that:
Now there is one more thing that should be taught to our Warriors and that is Anxiety Conversion. This helps combat ESR (Extreme Stress Reaction).
When we are at a high level of anxiety that is negative, research shows that shifting from anxiety, a negative state of high arousal, to calm, a positive state of low arousal, is both extremely difficult and counterproductive.
I…

Mental Scripting, Survival & Peak Performance

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Continuing on from last weeks blog...
I was sharing some solid advice from Joe, a retired Navy SEAL regarding the Protector Mindset.
Our conversation was during the recent Active Response Training Seminar down at the Krav Academy this past month.
I broke our conversation down into three (3) posts.
The first dealt with Mental Rehearsal, which we discussed about three emails ago.
Well, the next concept, Mental Scripting is similar to that,but with a coupleIMPORTANT NUANCES.
Check it out...
Mental Scripting: Is when you mentally walk through a scenario in your head, reviewing what could possibly happen in a situation.
For instance, lets take an active shooter event.
You go to the movies, sit down and mental script out a scenario where you imagine someone coming in with a gun and starts shooting...
In your head, map out what you'll will do, where will you'll go, what happens...
~ Where is the cover? ~ What exit do you run to? ~ How do you shield & protect your wife? ~ Do y…