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The Brain Matters: The Joy of Practice

In each cubic centimeter of our 3 lbs of brain, there are more cellular connections than stars in the Milky Way. (Not well documented, who did the counting!) One third of brain activity is delegated just to vision. Most of our brain function is evolutionarily hard wired–about two thirds of it. These processes represent our…


NOW THAT’S FOCUS!!

FOCUS!!! GET TIRED OF HEARING THAT ONE? I TRY NOT TO NAG IN CLASS. HERE’S A GREAT STORY, JUST FOR GRINS. ED Macauley, a renowned college and NBA basketball star, just died at age 83. His nickname was — EASY ED. But don’t be fooled. During one game, while a star player at St. Louis…


SLOW IS SMOOTH. SMOOTH IS FAST

HERE’S A GREAT SUMMARY FROM CHRIS AT TARGET FOCUS TRAINING “We do have you go very slow. In fact, the 2 MOST COMMON words heard in any of our live classes are… “Go Slow!” If you didn’t you’d totally destroy your partner. But in the process of going slow there are some huge things happening….


DO MOTION — NOT COMMOTION!

In the midst of chaos, ACTION BEATS REACTION says author, Rory Miller (DRILLS: TRAINING FOR SUDDEN VIOLENCE) That deserves repeating.  Action beats reaction. I LIKE IT. Most folks agree with the logic. But look at the application reality in that most devastating moment of violence: when we get caught off guard. The predator’s gotchya. The violence…


FACING VIOLENCE

FACING VIOLENCE, a new book by by Rory Miller, is another fascinating, must-read for instructors and students alike. THIS PAGE TURNER is a follow-on volume to his popular MEDITATIONS ON VIOLENCE. There’s only a handful of writers out there with his obvious skill sets: prison guard, martial artist, philosopher, world-wide tactical instructor, and an uncanny…


FOCUS ON INJURING THE THREAT — IMMEDIATELY

I just returned from 2 intense days of training at a TARGET FOCUS TRAINING advanced class in Boston. The content was heavy on breaking and dumbing body parts. There was a bunch of matt time. Plenty for even the hardiest. Too much for a few. I appreciated the variety of ages, body types, and weight…


“HOW TO BUST FREE OF ALL WEAKNESS”

Who doesn’t want a piece of that answer? Starting this September, DOUBLE EDGE SELF DEFENSE will be launching a new fitness program. Well, new to us…… We’re excited to commit to this change and get results. We are going to get some answers. THE FOCUS SYSTEM: Functional body weight training THE BIBLE: Convict Conditioning, a…


SELF DEFENSE AGAINST ANIMALS — NOT THE HUMAN KIND

This subject popped up during a recent class discussion. Do our DOUBLE EDGE SELF DEFENSE principles hold up against, well, for ease of discussion, a big ol’ angry attacking canine? Good question. My gut said, yes, but with the caveat that the dog’s speed could be a nasty variable. Nevertheless, just go with the basics:…


Capturing bin Laden?

Bin Laden: world-class psychopath Our worst nightmare We’ll probably never know, and I’d love to know, if the SEAL shooter had the order/option to capture or kill. Given the outcome, we can surmise he had the okay to kill. But the “option order” – that’s the dicey one that can get you killed on target….


Give Yourself Permission To Cause Injury

What is arguably the most difficult, elusive concept to teach in martial arts or self defense? I would offer the the difficulty is not teaching how to injure. No. The challenge is teaching the doing, “pulling the trigger” in the midst of chaos. To act. Consider the many obstacles. The adrenalin dump, the body’s time…