Our self protection skill set should prepare us to handle everything from a harsh look to a hand grenade and everything in between. At the Straight Blast Gym Spring Training Camp in Niagara Falls, Canada I was given the opportunity to present our approach to developing well rounded Jiujitsu. Here are a couple clips from my block on wrist locks.
Hope you enjoy these clips, and find something of value. Remember the most important point is Aliveness. Everything else is just the tool or technique we plug in as an appropriate response.
Most folks involved in self protection happen to be avid readers. This is a constantly evolving field and there is plenty of material to read or watch to stay abreast of current trends. However, one of the things we have to guard against is only reading, watching, or studying material that directly relates to self protection. There is a world of information out there that seemingly has nothing to do with self protection yet can contribute to our self protection skills in an indirect way. Anything that can help us become better adaptive thinkers contributes to our ability to protect ourselves. We are thinkers first, fighters second.
Here are a few books I enjoy;
- The Dip by Seth Godin
- Do The Work by Steven Pressfield
- Tripping Over The Truth by Travis Christofferson
- Talk Like TED by Carmine Gallo
- Radical Optimism by Beatrice Bruteau
- Everything I Need To Know I Learned From A Little Golden Book by Diane Muldrow
- Mastering the Core Teachings of the Buddha by Daniel Ingram
- I Have Life, Alison’s Journey as told to Marianne Thamm
- Ego Is The Enemy by Ryan Holiday
This is just a short list of books that have influenced me in various ways making me a better person, and ultimately helping me on my journey to become as well prepared as possible. These books also happen to have absolutely nothing to do with self protection. In an article recently published in the New York Times, Dr John Goodenough says, “This crawl through life can be advantageous, he pointed out, particularly if you meander around through different fields, picking up clues as you go along. Dr. Goodenough started in physics and hopped sideways into chemistry and materials science, while also keeping his eye on the social and political trends that could drive a green economy. “You have to draw on a fair amount of experience in order to be able to put ideas together,”.
It would seem that drawing inspiration. information, and motivation from a wide variety of sources is a solid strategy if the objective is to prepare ourselves to be thinkers first, fighters second.