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Category: INNER GAME

The Focal Point In The Fight: Why 'Attention' Matters

Over the last several months I have had the privilege of training a wide spectrum of people. From the every day guy and girl training their martial skills for personal self protection, to people who are competing in combat sports, to law enforcement officers who need to deploy functional defensive tactics in their professional roles. As is customary when coaching any audience, I highlighted the need for a broader understanding of what was being taught beyond the physical. As I have written elsewhere, there is a tendency for people......

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Below is the video I mention in the video above, along with the blurb that went with it. This was originally posted on my Facebook page. MEETING A REQUEST: As I have been putting out my ‘rant’ videos and writing on my blog, many people have asked me to put out some video of the different games in Crazy Monkey Defense. Here you go! This isn’t all out sparring, but rather what we refer to in CMD as Flow-Boxing. The goal is to work different parts of the sparring game,......

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What I Taught at Google

There were three lines in a book that changed my life, “Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of human freedoms — to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way.” As simple as this advice sounds from Victor Frankl author of Man’s Search for Meaning — it is arguably the most profound, life changing advice I ever read. Not only did I read it, I put it into action in my own life. I changed the trajectory of a......

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The Yoda of Sparring

Okay, I am a little bit of a geek (at times). I am a sucker for sci-fi movies like Star Wars. When you look deeper at some of the characters in the movie series, no one offers more ‘life’ lessons than Yoda, a wise old sage, part warrior, part scholar. I have used the ‘Sayings of Yoda’ to great success, especially explaining the ‘mental game’ to my kids, but I have equally used them to teach the ‘inner game’ of sparring to my students. As I often suggest to them,......

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