GOING GRAY: Ten ways to apply the Gray Man philosophy in your everyday life.

The concept of the Gray Man is one that has been popularized in recent years within and outside of the military and tactical shooting communities. Some in the reality-based martial arts and survivalist communities also adopted it heavily, often to comical results.The notion of becoming a Gray Man is based

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TRUTH IN TRAINING, TRUTH IN PRACTICE.

In the famous portrait of Socrates, we are presented with the image of what a true philosopher looks like. Here the old man stands defiantly about to drink a cup of hemlock thereby fulfilling the death sentence imparted upon him by the state of Athens. His crime? Refusing to stop

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FLOW STATE: In the Zone of Peak Performance

“Flow” is something that we talk about a lot in the martial arts. It is known by many names. In my Japanese martial arts training, we called it Nagare and Mu-Shin while the Chinese call it Wu Wei. In western terms we often refer to it as “The Zone.” All

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What is CBT?

Counter Blade Tactics (CBT) is Guro Jerome’s personal blade and combatives curriculum. The program is designed to take students from zero to proficient in a short period of time. The program has three areas with multiple levels of emphasis in each. The structure of the program is based on the

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SURVIVAL SKILLS PART 3: Psychology and the priorities of work

“I never saw a wild thing sorry for itself. A small bird will drop frozen dead from a bough without ever having felt sorry for itself.” –Self Pitty by D.H. Lawrence One of the most discussed aspects of survival is psychology. When you find yourself self stuck in a less

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SURVIVAL SKILLS PART 2: The Value of Case Studies

Utilizing case studies as a method of education is used in a variety of fields. From medicine to engineering, the conveying of information in the form of narrative makes the material accessible and easy to remember. Most people, including me, are visual and auditory learners. If you tell me a story

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PACKING LIST: FMA and Wilderness Skills Camp

Hello everyone. I have put up the packing list for the FMA Camp. It looks like a lot, but it is not really. You are welcome to source your own items at any location, just as long as you have them for camp. If you have a decent pack back

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SURVIVAL SKILLS PART 1: The Television Invasion:

What’s up guys? This may seem a little off topic for a martial arts blog, however this topic is one that I am very interested in and consider an extension of my training. From my military service and continuing love for camping and backpacking, I consider myself an avid outdoorsman.

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CUTTING CLASS: 10 Reasons why you should consider the blade as a self-defense tool.

Over the years of working in security and escorting female staff to their vehicles, we would often chat about various topics pertaining to self-defense. One of the most common things I would hear some of the ladies tell me is that their fathers or boyfriends bought them a gun for

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SO YOU WANT TO BE A MARTIAL ARTIST:

First of all, apologies for the brief hiatus from generating content for the blog. Teaching Eskrima five days a week while working full-time, going to school, and trying to meet the weekly deadlines for blog content is a pretty rough schedule. As such, I am starting back up with a

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