Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Warning of a Coming Punch

The stranger approaches and engages his mark in conversation. Then, almost without warning he coldcocks his victim and begins to rifle his pockets. The key to avoiding this scenario lies in that little word almost.

Most people cannot change from conversation to attack mode without an accompanying change in tone of voice. Vladimir Vasiliev (Systema) has constructed a drill base on this.

Saturday, August 17, 2019

"Follow the Gleam" -- A Song of Christendom

"Follow the Gleam" is essentially a song of Christendom. It acknowledges the King and challenges the listener to extend His rule over all the world.

My mother used to sing "Follow the Gleam", and I found great appeal in the combination of knightly ideals with a lilting melody. Although it originated in a song writing contest of the Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA), I think it reflects the character and mission of Christian manhood.

According to Kihm Winship, the inspiration for the song came from Arthurian legend. Specifically, it originated from . . .

Tennyson’s 1889 poem, “Merlin and the Gleam,” about the quest for the Holy Grail, which ends:

“O young Mariner,
Down to the haven,
Call your companions,
Launch your vessel,
And crowd your canvas,
And, ere it vanishes
Over the margin,
After it, follow it,
Follow The Gleam.”
(Read, Seen Heard)

In later life, the lyricist Helen Hill Miller wanted to cut all ties with the song, presumably because she had abandoned the faith of her youth. By way of contrast, composer Sallie Douglas Hume regarded her contribution of the melody as a high point in her life. (To hear the melody, CLICK HERE)

Here are the lyrics:

To knights in the days of old,
Keeping watch on the mountain height,
Came a vision of Holy Grail
And a voice through the waiting night.

“Follow, follow, follow the Gleam,
Banners unfurled o’er all the world;
Follow, follow, follow the Gleam
Of the chalice that is the Grail.

“And we who would serve the King,
And loyally Him obey,
In the consecrate silence know,
That the challenge still holds today:

“Follow, follow, follow the Gleam,
Standards of worth o’er all the earth,
Follow, follow, follow the Gleam,
Of the Light that shall bring the dawn

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Armed Volunteers Provide Church Security

"There's no scripture that shows me that we need to keep weapons out of the church. There is scripture that says we are supposed to protect the flock.” (Pastor Frank Pomeroy, quoted in article linked below)

Bless those who shoulder the responsibility.

Guns and God: Growing number of churches want armed security

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Bertucci Field Watch

I can confidently say it's the best watch I've ever owned. The price has gone up $10 since I bought mine seven years ago, but I remain convinced it's a great deal.

 Bertucci Men's 12122 A-2T Original Classics Durable Titanium Field Watch

I've changed the battery three times since I've owned it, and it keeps incredibly accurate time. I now need a new strap, and it looks as though they have one to fit my my oversized wrists.

Here's my original post from another blog in December 2011:

A couple of years ago, I bought a Marathon watch, because that company makes the watches for the U.S. military. Their watches overall may be as great as their hype, but mine quit, and that sent me on a search for an affordable replacement.

I looked at several possibilities, and I compared customer reviews. Finally, I settled on the Bertucci Field Watch, and ordered one last March.

I have not been disappointed.

Okay, maybe its solid titanium case means that it's overbuilt. But I wanted a rugged watch, and solid titanium is a good start.

Also, the virtually unbreakable bars that retain the strap are molded right into the case. Ergo, no more lost watches due to failure of the retaining bars. As a bonus, the one-piece strap is much easier to install and remove than the standard watch strap.

One feature I really like is that the crystal is inset, which protects it from impact. I like that because I've damaged many a watch crystal in my usual ramming around -- and that includes the high impact plastic crystal on my Marathon (which put it outside the warranty).

Also, this watch is big -- bigger than the pictures seem to indicate. That's because of the really wide wrist band. Bottom line is that it "looks right" on my big, beefy wrist.

And speaking of my beefy wrist, most wrist watches give me a sore spot where the stem abrades my skin. The Bertucci has the stem offset at 4 o'clock (instead of the more common 3o'clock), and it's slightly inset as well. Result? I can wear it, and it doesn't wear on me.

As to the watch's primary purpose, I can say that mine keeps fairly accurate time. I just reset mine to nist.gov time, and found that it had lost 3 seconds over about 2 weeks.

How about minuses?

Well, the extra-length nylon strap is thick, wide and rugged, but still a little too short for my wrist. I fixed it by punching another hole and installing a grommet which almost matches the grommets around the other holes.

Another problem with the strap is that it absorbs perspiration and does require occasional washing. This may be true of all nylon straps, but this is my first, so I can't say.

The black finish on the buckle wears, which you may consider a minus, although I think it adds to the rugged appearance of the watch.

At $99 (and free shipping), the watch is not cheap, but I think the Bertucci offers the benefits you'd find in watches that cost several times more. For me, it has been a good choice.

If you'd like to know more about the Bertucci Field Watch, I suggest you click on the link above and check out the customer reviews.

Friday, November 30, 2018

Can You Really Gouge Out an Eye?


I have never shown the actual technique for gouging an eye in the WARSKYL blog. This article by Tim Larkin of Target Focus Training does not give the actual technique, either, but discusses something that is actually more important: "What is at stake?"

“You can't gouge my eye out. Go ahead, try”
He loudly proclaimed this to the assembled gaggle of men as he squeezed the lids of one eye as the other guy tried to “gouge it” …and he was right the other guy couldn’t do it.
The guy tried to get in there and gouge his eye out. I wouldn't say he was completely committed, but he was giving it a good effort but to no avail. They stopped after a couple of seconds and then the guy just pushed him away and arrogantly dismissed him.
Now people paid attention to this guy with the “inpeneratable eye” because he is a Tier One combat decorated operator. He’s from the US Army’s Delta Force and well known in the tactical training world.
Not a bad guy, but again, misinformed.
I've heard variations of this “you can’t gouge my eye in a real fight” for years. And this is not just limited to eye gouges.
The statements usually are crafted like this; combat sport practitioners say “You can't do x”, and the Reality Self Defense gurus will say, “Oh yes, you can!”
So who's right?
Well, my impulsive answer is they're both wrong, but to be fair, here's the answer.
It depends..
Because both sides rarely ask the correct foundational question:
“What are the stakes?”
When that Delta Force operator squeezed down on his eye, shutting his eye closed, and the other guy tried to get his thumb in there to no avail … everyone watching nodded their heads and agreed eye gouging doesn’t work. But noone asked….What were the stakes?
Was anybody's life on the line?
Was anybody devoid of choice?
The answer is to all of the above is…. NO!
In a training demo of course it won’t “work”, that is unless you're a functioning sociopath who would just take out another person's eye just to prove a point. But the dangerous problem is uniformed people look at a canned scenario like that and think, “See, eye gouges don’t work”.
Then you've got the guys that I'll kindly call “Reality Self Defense Experts” who sit there and say that combat sport practitioners are all vulnerable to their “deadly techniques”, but that they can't show their “deadly techniques” in the ring...which of course is a bunch of crap.
The reason you won't ever take anybody's eye in a “fight” is because a “fight” does not have high enough threat level. Whereas in a life or death, violent struggle, numerous examples exist where eyes came out, throats were crushed, joints were ripped apart, and all sorts of horrific acts of violence occurred.
So you constantly have to ask yourself, what are you training for?

Friday, November 16, 2018

Slow Motion Training

I have previously written about the value of training in ultra slow motion. (See here) Today, I want to share some material that corroborates this. It comes from an email I got from Tim Larkin's Target Focus Training.

Speed, it's the one training method in my business that is constantly misused by combat sport/self defense trainers.
They introduce speed way too early in the process.
What's interesting is to look at the best of the best performers/athletes across the board in many different sports/performance arts, the one constant training methodology that produces the top performers in all these disciplines use speed in a very different way.
Last night I was hanging out having dinner with my good friend, Steve Sims, concierge to the world’s ultra wealthy, author of “Bluefishing” an amazing guide to connect and have amazing people/experiences in your life.
Steve told me about a recent motorcycle racing course he did with some super bike and motocross experts.
What was interesting was the instructor took them to his training center in the middle of nowhere and ran their own course on motorbikes that wouldn't go any faster than 60 miles an hour.
Now Steve likes to go at 150 mph plus at the track on his super bikes. It fascinated me why he went to these experts who put him on a motor bike that only goes 60 miles an hour.
The answer he got from this world class motocross instructor was, “If I can teach you to ride fast on a slow bike, it's going to be so much easier when you get back on your super bike.”
The wisdom in that is amazing.
Steve told me that he can't wait to get back out on the track at full speed after spending the last couple of days doing slow work on the other bike.
He said his control and his ability to see the lines and hit apexes perfectly is so much better than before the course.
He can't believe by going slow how much he learned.
Steve paid a hefty fee to attend this motocross course to learn this info but you get the same critical principles….free!
Module three of my masterclass deals specifically with this phenomenon.
Not only will you hear from motocross and superbike champs, but also other top performers in the music industry, baseball, soccer, tennis, all of them use a variation of this crucial methodology.
And yet very few people in the world outside the elite performers know of it. So take advantage of my masterclass as this is just one of the modules and I unlocked so much more.
This information is critical to your self protection and it's absolutely free.
BTW, I have taken the free course, and I think it's worthwhile. I have no financial connection to TFT, and this is not a blanket endorsement of every aspect of TFT training.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Principles of Personal Defense: Review of Ch 7


 “The unexpected is disconcerting. A disconcerted felon is momentarily less in charge of his own thoughts than the moment just before or just after.” (p. 41) In a speech, Cooper once related that just saying, “No,” to a felon’s orders induces a moment of confusion.

Sometimes, you can create surprise by cognitive dissonance. “Did they tell you your mother called?” Any such question that creates a mental disconnect with the current situation can provide the split-second distraction you need to act.

 A predator expects a victim he grabs will try to get away. It will surprise him when you step in and let him have it.

On this subject, the Colonel says, “. . . I can point out that in every single successful defense against violent attack that I know of -- and I have studied the matter for nearly three decades -- the was totally surprised when his victim did not wilt.” (p. 42)

I would add that if you display the traits of Alertness, Decisiveness and Aggressiveness, your defensive actions will necessarily embrace the element of surprise.