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The Shot Heard Around the World

Even though many could see where all of this division and hatred in our country was leading to, when we witness the actual violence, realty once again floods in and has a way of shattering the comfort of our complacency, if only until the next headline. Some may find all of this shocking, others may see it simply validating their own fears. Regardless, of your political views, we have to take into account what this level of violence can do not only to the former President and his family, but what does to the state of our entire Nation. Yesterday as news broke of former President Donald Trump being shot, I can’t say that I was entirely surprised. Saddened, but not surprised. Regardless of your political stance, this act of violence is a dark reminder of the dangerous consequences of a society steeped in hate and division. Our collective heartbreak should not be about politics, but about the division and hatred that fuels this erosion of our humanity. We live in a time where traditional

Learning to Cut to the Chase

  Learn to Cut to the Chase This is a lost art now-a-days. Yes, of course, sometimes you have to ‘play the game’ so to speak. You know, like a several course, fancy dinner, you have to know what utensil to use. The salad fork, the fork for the main meal, the big & little spoons, the tiny ones too! There’s a lot to it sometimes. Other times you’re going through the drive through window of a fast food restaurant using a spork or simply your fingers. Know what I’m talking about right?! There’s a time to go through all of the paces, jump through the hoops, and there’s a time to… Cut to the Chase! This is true with conflict and most any other interaction we have when working with people. Sometimes it’s best to skirt around things other times get right to the point. It can be difficult to cut to the chase in a productive way. This takes courage and a fair amount of tact to do it well. It also take practice. Lots and lots of practice! If you tend to be ‘gun shy’ this may be very difficult

Paul Revere's Ride

  I hope you have a great holiday weekend. Some good time spent with your family and friends undoubtedly! Take  a moment or two to remember and honor what this weekend is really all about.  In that spirit, I thought I'd share with you Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's famous poem... Paul Revere's Ride By Henry Wadsworth Longfellow - 1807-1882  Listen, my children, and you shall hear Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere, On the eighteenth of April, in Seventy-Five: Hardly a man is now alive Who remembers that famous day and year. He said to his friend, “If the British march By land or sea from the town to-night, Hang a lantern aloft in the belfry-arch Of the North-Church-tower, as a signal-light,— One if by land, and two if by sea; And I on the opposite shore will be, Ready to ride and spread the alarm Through every Middlesex village and farm, For the country-folk to be up and to arm.” Then he said “Good night!” and with muffled oar Silently rowed to the Charlestown shore, Just as

They Got More than They Bargained For!

  I’m sitting here in front of the fireplace listening to Thievery Corporation and thinking… What a great weekend of training it was! The usual Tom Foolery on Saturday. Yesterday we had a good turnout for our Back to Basics Seminar at the local academy. Lot’s of new folks there experiencing this PeaceWalker Perspective for the first time. I must say, I thought everyone did a great job! I love sharing this path with new folks… Their questions… Their ‘Aha’ moments… The way they move… What they focus in on… and what they don’t… Training Your Subconscious?! Many people may think… “What good is one seminar going to do for me? I can’t learn anything in one class can I?!” Remember that story I told you last week about one of our members sharing some of these techniques with young ladies from Africa, who ended up using what she learned to protect her child and herself from an attempted kidnapping and physical attack. So, the answer is YES, you CAN Learn some pretty powerful, Life changing, Lif

An Amazing Story!

  I love a good story and THIS one is a doozy! It is our tradition after Krav class, to have everyone sit in a circle (around the proverbial campfire) and tell protector tie-in stories. It’s important to connect the dots on how your training is used in real time. Pointing out the impact your training has on your own Life and the Lives of others is essential. You have to keep reminding yourself how/why this path is SO valuable in everything you do. It’s easy to forget the real value of training. Luckily for many people, outside of professional protectors (like law enforcement, security, etc.), most of the direct physical defense aspects of class are not utilized in their daily Life. However, sometimes it IS! An Amazing Story! One of our student community members has been going to Uganda on mission trips the past couple years. She got an opportunity to teach some of our PeaceWalker methods, including physical self defense, to a group of young ladies over there. This was a big deal for th

Hater Tots!

  I’m going to just get right to it… Not everyone is going to like you… Most probably will, but if you are living Life on your own terms, you’re going to pick up some haters out there. Aaaaaaand there’s nothing you can do about it. What’s the solution?! Beg, plead and kiss their proverbial a$$ to ‘like’ you?! Nope. That’s not going to help. They’ll just find something else to dislike you for. So, you might as well save your apologies for folks who deserve it. You know the saying,  “Hater’s gonna hate.” I know you know that this is especially true online. I just got some online hater tots the other day… Got some tots talking behind my back in real time as well. Don’t go out of your way to upset or make enemies, but know that you’re not going to make everyone happy. It’s NOT you job to! The higher profile you get the greater the chance that not everyone is going to be diggin’ on what you’re doing. Stay in your lane and allow them to do the same. A Fine Line?! I don’t know how fine of a l