I recently traveled with my team to Des Moines, Iowa in what has become an annual tradition competing in the Muay Thai World Expo or as we call it “Nationals.” Over the years what started as a single day tournament of less than 100 competitors has grown into a 4-day event that hit 1000 registrants this edition. Particularly impressive… Read more
“I want to learn self-defense.” A statement I regularly hear from prospective students. It’s also a request I often receive from various organizations and companies looking for a group activity. The one problem, the concept of self-defense is sorely misunderstood and not something I feel can be taught…but let me explain. I’ve conducted many self-defense… Read more
I recently did a podcast with Ellerbrock Norris’ Encore Safety Network for whom I am a regular contributor. This episode the topic of discussion was blocking and tackling. The idea being until the basics are mastered no amount of advanced programing or processes will be successful. In the reality of the safety world this can be a matter of life or… Read more
We’ve all heard the mantra “Practice Makes Perfect.” It’s said with good intention but unfortunately it’s also incredibly flawed. The reality is Practice Makes Permanent and only Perfect Practice Makes Perfect. A subtle distinction but critical for long term development. Sloppy, inconsistent practice produces sloppy, inconsistent habits. Garbage In = Garbage Out.
In his book RANGE, David Epstein points out that data is beginning to prove that generalists, people who prefer to dabble in multiple areas of interest, are more successful in later stages than those who stay within a single silo.
Perseverance might not be the sexiest trait; certainly not one we want to be our calling card. It’s like being that fighter who everyone says is a really tough; not all that good but can take a beating and keep coming.