The drive.

Recently I’ve been involved in several discussions on the topic of motivation and longevity. I’ve been talking about this with friends that have been at this multi-disciplinary lifestyle for quite some time. When I say quite some time I mean several decades. We are all still as motivated as the first day we began this journey. I think the reason it’s easy to sustain the effort it takes to keep doing all the things we do is because we do this to protect the people, and things we love. I love the life I live and the people that are in my life, there is no way anyone or anything is taking that from me without a life altering fight. That’s the drive. That’s what gets me out of bed or off the sofa, and keeps me moving even when everything hurts or I’m struggling to learn something new. This drive take me out of my comfort zone on a regular basis and we all know that can be a painful experience mentally and physically. We also know the reward makes the effort worthwhile.

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It’s always interesting to talk to guys that weren’t even born when I started this endeavor!

I started working on multi-disciplinary skills in 1992, whether I wanted to or not, with a group of mad men lead by a PFS instructor named Carlos Hernandez in Miami. It was a blast! I originally wanted to expand my understanding of Jeet Kune Do Concepts, and maybe learn some practical applications for the the American Kenpo I had spent quite a bit of time studying. It started as two training sessions a week but quickly escalated to five to six and usually seven training sessions a week. We fought full contact with sticks, lightly padded gloves, training blades and Daisy BB pistols. Every evolution started at social distance, and we tested ourselves in every situation we could think of; cars, hallways, parking lots, open areas or caught in a corner, it didn’t matter and nothing was off-limits. We would ‘what-if’ and then glove up and test it against resistance. We made a lot of progress learning quickly what worked and what did not. The did not work part usually came with a hefty pain penalty.

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From the Fist Fire book published in 2002. Demoing the integration of empty hands, pistol and knife work. Using the pistol as an impact weapon. 

As we move into 2017 I’m still looking forward to evolving my personal game as well doing my best to contribute to the continued evolution of the multi-disciplinary art. Look for more posts here as well as videos posted on my youtube channel soon. My objective is to share my current journey as well as help others avoid some of the pitfalls and mistakes I made in the past. Until next time; train hard, train smart, and stay dangerous.