Saturday, December 2, 2017

Martial Artist Uses Mind to Control Blood Pressure

Keith Pascal is a martial artist who lives in the Pacific Northwest and puts out an e-letter called Martial Arts Mastery. Although we've never met, we've corresponded a little, and he's not one given to exaggerating his abilities . . .  he's good enough that he doesn't have to. That's why his article about using his mind to control his blood pressure interested me.

He introduced the concept this way:

I wanted to see if I could control my blood pressure with my mind. Could I lower the reading with some simple thoughts?

I have always known that the mind is a powerful instrument. In the 1980s, I had perfected the ability to think my hands warm….

So, in the same vein as my mental hand warmer, I created some visual images to facilitate the lowering of the blood pressure.

You can read his whole article HERE.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

King Alfred's War Song

Alfred, King of Wessex, A.D. 871-899, used the Bible as a basis for some of his codification of English law. Tradition ascribes the war song below to him.

When the enemy comes in a’roarin’ like a flood,
Coveting the kingdom and hungering for blood,
The Lord will raise a standard up and lead His people on, 
The Lord of Hosts will go before defeating every foe;
Defeating every foe.

For the Lord is our defense, Jesus defend us,
For the Lord is our defense, Jesu defend.

Some men trust in chariots, some trust in the horse,
But we will depend upon the Name of Christ our Lord,
The Lord has made my hands to war and my fingers to fight.
The Lord lays low our enemies, but He raises us upright;
He raises us upright.

For the Lord is our defense, Jesus defend us,
For the Lord is our defense, Jesu defend.

A thousand fall on my left hand, ten thousand to the right,
But He will defend us from the arrow in the night.
Protect us from the terrors of the teeth of the devourer,
Embue us with Your Spirit, Lord, emcompass us with power;
Encompass us with power.

For the Lord is our defense, Jesus defend us,
For the Lord is our defense, Jesu defend

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Improvised Weapons Demo by Vladimir Vasiliev

In the video below, you will see Vladimir Vasiliev at a Sistema  seminar. He demonstrates various improvised weapons against a knife wielding attacker.

At the burning bush, the Lord asked Moses, "What is that in your hand?" (Exodus 4:2) You do not wield the rod of Moses, but you can and should fight with whatever you find at hand, if your cause falls within the parameters of God's Law-Word.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Free Burma Rangers in the Middle East

Two years ago today, I published a post about the Free Burma Rangers, a group dedicated to the security and safety of the persecuted ethnic minority groups in Miyanmar (Burma). David Eubank, their leader has expanded their work beyond the borders of Burma into Africa and the Middle East.

The video below details their activity in Mosul, earlier this year. An incredible sheepdog ministry.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

A Suggestion to Improve LEO Performance

I have previously dealt with the topic of "Sheepdogs and Wolves in Uniform," but today, I want to make a couple of suggestions that will help to improve law enforcement officer (LEO) self-control. 

Police in wrong house. Happens too often. Police overly aggressive. Happens too often.
Some people on FB are crying to abolish the police. Probably not happening any time soon. May I suggest a couple of measures that might go a long way toward avoiding incidents like this?

1) Start testing police routinely for steroid use, randomly as well as on an incident basis. A lot of LEOs want to pump themselves up to deal with potential physical confrontations, but steroids can alter mood and personality resulting in 'roid rage. A drugged police force is not the answer to drug use on the streets.

2) I'm seeing way too many videos where the LEO skips from verbal command to lethal force. This has to come from either clouded judgment due to steroid use (see #1, above) or lack of training in the spectrum of force. Officers should receive extensive training in Verbal Judo or something like it to deescalate confrontations. They need frequent scenario-based training to refresh those skills and the physical skills needed when a situation does unavoidably escalate.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Gravelbelly Meets South African Sheepdog/Missionary

In South Africa, Charl Van Wyk preaches the Gospel of Christ, wages warfare against the spiritual forces of wickedness in high places, and stands ready to use lethal force to protect those under his care. Oh, and after nine years of knowing about him, last Saturday I met this missionary sheepdog brother face to face in Wyomissing, PA.

In 2008, I blogged about a Reformed Christian Martialist who had stopped a terrorist attack on his church in 1993 (see here). I followed up with another blog several months later (see here), and then just two years ago, I referenced him in a post about the inadvisability of turning churches into gun-free zones (see here).

Last week, God granted me the privilege of chatting with him before and after his lecture "Fighting Demons in Africa, Body and Soul." You can hear his lecture below. It runs over an hour, but it includes teaching 99% of American evangelicals have not and will not hear in their churches

Friday, May 12, 2017

Gators, Orcs and Presence of Mind



An alligator grabbed Juliana Ossa by the leg, and she forced it to open its jaws to release her. A life-threatening attack is a life-threatening attack, whether by 'gators or orcs. Would you have as much presence of mind to respond as the ten-year-old girl in this news story?

She explains how she did it:

‘I put my two fingers up its nostrils and it couldn’t breathe and had to breathe from its mouth and then let my leg out.’
‘The gator didn’t do anything because he was too busy biting my leg and too busy with his claws in the sand. He didn’t have any attack moves to take out my fingers.’  (edited for spelling) 
She demonstrated control under stress which allowed her to use a simple technique to secure her escape. The mindset should remain the same whether in Moss Park, Florida, an alley in New York, the Metro in D.C. or a deserted parking garage in Chicago.

Juliana had received enough training to know what to do in the event of an alligator attack, and her training gave her enough confidence to act decisively when the attack occurred. Do you have the mental and physical skills to carry you through a life-threatening attack?

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