Friday, May 25, 2018
Tuesday, May 15, 2018
Saturday, March 31, 2018
Thursday, March 15, 2018
Tuesday, February 27, 2018
Tuesday, February 20, 2018
I was coming back from BJJ the other day and started day dreaming on the drive. I started thinking about martial arts in general and what it meant to be a martial artist. I have never considered myself a martial artist and frankly it has some negative connotations for me ie.. Master Ken and the McDojo scene.
If we look at the definition of martial artist as some one who practices martial arts and if we further define martial arts as various sports or skills that are forms of defense or attack then I have been a martial artist my entire life.
My first venture into martial arts was folkstyle wrestling starting in junior high. Wrestling or grappling type sports are some of the oldest martial arts. To this day wrestling is one of my favorite sports and the techniques I learned in practice, the hardships endured and mental toughness built have been a positive force on my life well after I finished my high school wrestling career.
Moving on to a 22 year military career it goes without saying I practiced many forms of martial techniques. Firearms,hand to hand combat training,parachuting,winter operations,patrolling survival. All these things contributed to my offensive or defensive skill set.
It has been after the military where I have ventured into traditional martial arts. Since leaving the military I have striven to be a better individual defender of myself and my family. I aspire to be as good an individual defender as I was a team defender during my military service. I have trained firearms and knife defense, grappling, Krav Maga and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. I have trained on entangled fighting with weapons and spree killer defense. I will continue to improve my skill set in the hopes that I never have to use it. If that makes me a martial artist I suppose I am.
Train hard. 1 percent better
Thursday, February 15, 2018
Wednesday, January 31, 2018
Tuesday, January 30, 2018
I originally was going to ignore this as just another example of internet idiocy. But then I thought it would be a good opportunity to highlight the continued cultural divide between the current military and the general public.
I believe this gentleman may have a different opinion if he actual interacted with and knew more military members. I am just guessing he has no contact with any current or former members on a personal level. His comments are an example of what we get when .045% of our population decides to serve.
I am against a draft. However the widening divide between civilians in military are a result of lack of common ground. Lack of common experience. Organizations like Team RWB and Team Rubicon are making great strides in connecting the community with veterans through physical and social activity.
I am a free speech advocate however it doesn't mean I don't think he shouldn't be fired for misusing his position. Teachers should be politically neutral. Free speech allows you to say what you want but you should be ready to deal with the consequences.
Finally my 4 college degrees including a Masters disagree with your comments sir.
Sunday, January 28, 2018
As a lot of you know I have been studying Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for the last 20 months or so. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a martial art and combat sport system that focuses on grappling and ground fighting. I try to attend practice at least 2 times a week, sometimes I get more sometimes less. Yesterday I was fortunate to attend a 3 hour seminar taught by one of the founders of our school. Xande Ribiero is a multi time World Champion in both the Gi and No Gi disciplines. I learned a lot and had a great workout.
Friday, January 12, 2018
Sunday, December 31, 2017
The annual by the numbers post. Been a good year if somewhat transitional. A lot less running, more rucking. Lots of EMS and grappling.
Running,Hiking, Biking, Martial Arts
241 total miles mostly rucking
I stopped Krav Maga as I didn't have the time and I felt it wasn't what I needed to concentrate on. I have consistent attendance at BJJ however and am currently riding a 21 week attendance streak where I have attended at least one session during the week. I was awarded my Green Belt in December.
I also finished a Charity 10,000 flutter kick challenge and a 10,000 push up challenge for the Green Beret Foundation
Still not back to speed on the race front
Indoor Triathlon x 1
Go Ruck Light x 2
Trail Races x 2
Yup that's it but better than zero
I have always been a reader but I noticed I had fallen off a bit because..life. I made an effort to read at least a chapter a day this year. To keep my mind active.
Audible books finished-10
Mostly non fiction with an emphasis on biography,shooting and philosophy. There was a sprinkling of science fiction in there though. Always going back to the roots.
I managed to write and podcast during the year as well
Posts on Professional Blog -51
Posts on Personal Blog- 39
Published articles on independent sites - 2
Podcast Episodes broadcasted-11
Teaching and Learning
I taught multiple Emergency Medical Responder, Emergency Medical Technician, and Paramedic class sessions during the year. I also taught Pistol,Carbine,Lay person Medical,Active Shooter Response Courses.
I attended training as well, to include Critical Care Paramedic,shooting,knife and grappling classes.
Number of adjunct EMS instructor positions-2
Number of classes I took -14
Number of classes I taught-28
Agencies worked for -3
Calls participated in -304
Had a few significant calls last year. I keep on honing my craft.
Years since Army Enlistment-35
Years since Army Retirement-13
Years Since Ranger School Graduation- 29 (Holy Hell has it been that long?)
Years since SF Q Course Graduation - 27 ( Ditto above)
Years married - 30 ( yes to the same person :) )
2017 was good. I have some goals for 2018 that I will outline in another post.