I’m always amazed at the beauty of mother nature.
Being outdoors in all types of weather.
Seeing her gentleness.
Witnessing her power.
I enjoy going out on the water and watching the wildlife.
The majesty of the mountains and the forests.
The vastness of the oceans.
The gentle meanderings of spring-fed streams to raging rivers.
One of the things that I have been blessed with is the opportunity to work with a sword maker. I have been making handles. They are made of wood. While these woods have been dyed and stabilized they were originally created and designed by mother…
In the self-defense mindset, the second thing that must happen is to put it into the body.
Then in the body,
Here is where it continues
Learn the KISS method
Keep It Simple Skills
Learn how it works.
Learn the weapons you have.
Learn how to use these weapons.
Learn how to generate power and apply it to these weapons.
Learn what targets to focus on and which to defend.
Keep it simple so you can remember.
The adrenaline dump when you are attacked will reduce your ability to think straight. Your body will react as it is trained. …
An unseen advantage
In Tai Chi, we have a saying.
Most self-defense/martial art schools use this philosophy but don’t emphasize the first enough.
While in the body and in the world are important, so is, in the mind.
When we practice moves in the mind we visualize what we are doing. Fortunately, I was taught some of these techniques early in my training. One of the first was to stare at…
A walking stick with attitude. If you’re looking for or need a cane or walking stick that you can rely on, this is the one. It’s made of hardwood with a weighted end and sturdy tip. The tips can be interchangeable and some come with a rubber guard.
You can use them as a cane but also they can give stability with an ice spike on the bottom when walking in winter weather or slippery surfaces.
They can also be used to defend yourself. If someone attacks you, you can keep them at a distance and use the stick in…
There are joint locks used in most martial arts systems. There may be different ways to get there, but the locks are similar. They work with body mechanics.
A lot of students have trouble with them, but only because they tried to rush or use muscle and speed to make them work.
That’s not necessarily the problem if it’s not working for you. The biggest thing that anyone can do to make their joint locks work better is to get the lock first. Once you have the lock applying pressure will work every time. Don’t get me wrong, speed and…
Planning on selling your goods and wear at a festival or show?
You know everything there is to know about it, right.
Can you do it better?
Do you know of ways that you can sell more?
We have a blacksmith gathering coming up soon. https://www.facebook.com/groups/327758755187201
One of the things we offer to our vendors is free training on marketing and improving your sales.
Even though we’d love to have you attend our gathering, there are things that you can get even if you don’t. https://www.facebook.com/photo?fbid=4514905141871268&set=gm.458293882133687
You can join our virtual gathering, but more importantly, one of the things you…
If a fight is happening
Who is the winner
If you are going to be in a fight you might as well be the winner.
The one who throws the first punch is usually the winner.
You might be the most mild-mannered person anyone would ever meet but if someone is going to attack you you must become someone you are not. Be the meanest, nastiest, dirty fighter anyone can imagine. Then when you are done come back to who you are.
Awareness will show you when you must change.
I've had a Quora account for a while but only read the answers. Didn't realise we could post our medium stuff there. I will be doing it soon. Great information.