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MOBILITY

Combat is a movement-based activity.  A true strength of the man-of-action is the emphasis – in preparation and in operations – on mobility.  Strength, speed, and endurance are only of […]

THE HALLIGAN

There are few – if any – professions that better emulate the EXEMPLAR ethic than the professional firefighter. In their myriad tasks and encounters, they have many tools, vehicles, protective […]

PREPARATION

Preparation is a reflexive habit of action. There is no training.  Training is a “go a couple of times a week and do it” event.  Professionals don’t train – they […]

TIME STARTS NOW

Pulling a trigger.  Drawing a bowstring with a nocked arrow.  Executing a cross-compartment movement in undulating terrain.  Mantracking.  Handling weapons.  Prepping gear – and then shouldering it and heading out. […]

HARD TO KILL

Apex Predator animals eat, rest, and move.  They grow to maturity, defend their turf, kill to survive.  They don’t train… they live.  They are – in every sense of the […]

BODY TRAINING

Physical training offers many goals:  Run a 10k race.  Increase the bench press.  Be the top performer in your Crossfit gym.  These are all worthy, all hard, all good. The […]

EXEMPLAR HABITS OF THOUGHT: THE AES TRIPLEX OF THE EXEMPLAR

  “Oak and triple bronze encompassed the breast of him whose frail craft he entrusted to the wild sea for the first time…” HORACE – the Third Ode Some years […]

THE BREED APART

I have come to believe that in every age there must be a kinesthetic gravitation toward the fad of the day; the mainstream “this is what everyone is doing,” and […]

Solo Training

Perhaps the most difficult part of solo training/practice is actually following through and doing it. Sometimes it’s so much easier to think of other things that I could be doing, […]

Perception – Waiting/Attacking

In a recent training our emphasis was on initiating from the mind and hips-and-legs. By the “mind,” in this case we’re referring to “perception.” What do we preceive when we’re […]

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