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Some recent things that caught my fancy, you might like
too.
 
24 Free Downloads from Gun Digest 
Ammo, ballistics, concealed carry – probably something here you can download and read during football games over the holidays.  Found HERE
 

 
 
A Roadmap for BJJ by Stephan Kesting
Being a non-grappler (at this time), I found the concept of “positional hierarchy” very interesting.  Can’t say that I’ve seen it laid out like that before, maybe I just
haven’t been actively studying it enough.  Found HERE 
 
 
Jason C. Brown, Top 5 KB for BJJ
Love Jason’s materials and approach to KBs, movement, and BJJ.   My favorite on this list is the “Gorilla Cleans” or alternating DB KB cleans.   These are a go-to exercise when you want to put the hurtin’ on.   YouTube video HERE

Infographic – Why grains are really the bane of a healthy existence 
With the increase in gluten-free interest in our household, and a general feeling that people have been brainwashed into a high carb diet for no good reason, I thought this infographic was cool.
 
8 Sprints 
Because it can never hurt to have another Sprint workout to try.  Found HERE


 
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Was cruising thru James Keating’s MAAJAK World
and happened to see this great video, a historical review of the training and use of the Fairbairn-Sykes Fighting knife.  

Some thoughts:

a) There are those that discount the merits of this style of knife due to the handle design. 
The handle is round which makes indexing of the blade difficult for edge awareness and orientation.  This is very true IF you feel the primary purpose of this blade is for
slashing/cutting purposes.  Then edge awareness is critical.  But as outlined in the video, one of the primary strategies for this blade design was the use of the point/tip.  It has a
needle tip which means it’s designed for piercing/stabbing. Therefore it’s perhaps less critical to quickly index the handle so that the edge is properly oriented.  The change to a
flatter, more elliptical handle was an important evolution into the Applegate-Fairbairn fighting knife.

b) Sheonage or “4-corners throw” – Trooper Scott describes a defensive training scenario which results in a broken arm for the “doubter”.  This sounds like a variation of the “Sheonage”or 4-corners throw.  No doubt effective (as described), but generally frowned upon as a standard knife defense vs. a downward stab/slash, since your average FMA player would retract and cut the blocking arm or redirect and attack another target.  
But in historical context, you have to realize that they weren’t training to defend against the average FMA player or really anyone with much knife savvy at all. They were training against the average draftee with little or no blade awareness that was relying on this
weapon as a backup or last resort.  And we have to remember that on the street (vs. competition or dojo) we’re not always facing a “trained” attacker.  But in many ways that’s even more dangerous.

c) Interesting description of the sentry removal technique as “a bit of a messy job”.  That may be a classic Brit understatement.


 
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Are you a resident of La-La Land?  As in living in some fantasy world where everything is good, nothing can go wrong, or "that can never happen to me"?

Unfortunately many people live in this world.  And therefore grossly unprepared to cope when things go horribly wrong.  Case in point - Acapulco.  Let's say you happen to decide on a well-deserved vacation to this tourist hot spot with your spouse, SO, and/or family.  Then this storm comes, the SHTF and things go from bad to worse.  Looking past the obvious needs for food, water and shelter, can you protect yourself and loved ones?  
 
Chances are you haven't been able to travel with a firearm.  Do you have basic empty hand skills?  How about if you need to kick it up a notch?  Can you
wield a stick?  What about a knife?  Or machete? There are some that question the need to spend time on these  "traditional" martial arts in the time of modern firearms.  But I'd sure like to have some basic understanding on how to keep a crowd at bay or protect my family with anything I could get my hands on.

But where would I even get those weapons?  Where's the housekeeping closet in your hotel?  Do they have brooms or mops?  Many have handles that are metal, but even wooden ones are better than nothing. Have you eaten in the resorts fancy restaurant?   I'll bet they have wooden handled steak knives.  Wouldn't be a bad idea to "acquire" one of those in advance, just in case.  If not, do you know how to get to the kitchen?  Chef knives, cleavers, carving knives - anything sharp and pointy.  Is there a local hardware or supply store?  Maybe not at a resort/tourist town, but if you're out in town, keep your eyes open.  In many other countries a machete or brush knife is a common household tool.  Also might be worth acquiring one in advance. Think that's unrealistic?  Think about Rwanda in 1994 (not that long ago).  500,000 - 1,000,000 killed, many with
machetes.
 
So, not to be paranoid, but use your head and be prepared.  As demonstrated in
Acapulco and elsewhere around the world, most places are only 72 hours from
chaos when the "normal" social systems break down from any reason. Get some training.  Firearms are good if you're so inclined and have legal access.  Stick skills like those offered by the Dog Brothers or machete/sword skills as proposed by James Keating.  Hopefully you'll never have to use the skills you develop, but it's better to be prepared.  Besides, it's fun and adds another dimension to your current skill set.
 
In closing, stay out of La-La Land, face some cold, hard facts and be prepared.  

Now get out there and train.


 
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Many recommendations out there from the experts
on keeping a low profile and not flaunting your level of readiness or preparation, for several reasons. First, so that you’re not so easy to pick out by the bad guys. Second, so that you’re not perceived to be a “bad guy” by one of the “do-gooders” who may not be comfortable with concealed carry, open carry, or any other means that you’ve taken to ensure your rights & responsibilities of self-protection.  
 
So I was pleasantly surprised during a recent Karate Club workout in the PSU squash courts to find that someone (ESACT course?  Squash team/club?) must have gotten a delivery of rackets/cases, only to throw away all of the cases.   So I decided to recycle and turn their trash into my treasure.  
 
These cases make perfect unobtrusive carry cases for my kind of toys - Tomahawks, Bowie knives, assorted training or live blades.   I can have these sitting on the back seat of my car.  I can have them on my credenza at the office. I could have it thrown over my shoulder while sashaying down the street.  And to the untrained observer and most of the sheeple on the streets, it’s just a squash racket.  
 
Something to think about, hidden in plain sight.  What do you have easy access to, that’s effective, without raising the eyebrows of your co-workers, curious cops during a traffic stop, or the neighborhood shrill?


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Trash - After
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Be Prepared - today's Boy Scout: SOG Fusion Tomahawk James Keating Crossada S&W Airweight .357Mag Springfield XD 9mm