Al Peasland Video

Check out Al Peasland’s cool promotional video for his Multiple Assailants DVD:

The Rotater

I recently had an opportunity to try out a cool product called The Rotater, by Joint Mechanix.  When I first pulled this orange contraption out of the box, I wondered if I needed a degree in engineering, kinesiology, physics, or all of the above to figure it out.  Though normally stubborn about reading instructions, I popped in the video and it soon became very clear how to get use out it.  It is really quite an ingenious invention for self-stretching of the shoulder musculature through both external and internal rotation (my favorite part).  You can adjust it any way you need to stretch along any plane to increase range of motion.  I’ve known so many people, guys especially, who have developed tight shoulders through years of continuous lifting, and folks with bothersome rotator cuff issues.  Certainly they would enjoy having this piece of gear in their little bag of tricks, which also might save some trips to the physical therapist!  It is light as a feather and highly portable, so no excuses (but laziness) for getting those shoulder joints moving much better than they do now.  There is even a nifty little tubing/handle attachment you can use for shoulder strengthening.  We do a lot of shoulder mobility exercises, in general, and the Rotater adds something to the mix we cannot get otherwise.  I personally used it for some dynamic stretching of the shoulder and it felt great.

You can read more about it on their website, and there are also demonstration videos to check out so you can get a better idea of how it works—it helps to see it in action to understand its function.

Article on Controlling Fear

Here is an excellent article on controlling your fear and preparing the proper mindset that is needed to function under the stress of a lethal encounter.  He is specifically talking about carrying a firearm, but the same principles apply even if you are not allowed to carry a gun where you live.  Mindset, mindset, mindset–it cannot be stressed enough.  And, mind you, there is nothing wrong with fear.  Fear can be a very useful thing, but we cannot allow it to paralyze us.  Courage is only the decision that something is more important that fear, and getting the job done.  After mindset, comes training.  He says it should follow the three R‘s: Relevant, Realistic and Recent.  Is the training relevant to self-protection?  Is it realistic with those same parameters?  How recent is it?  Think of your skills as perishable and stay sharp.  Anyway–enough of my yammering:

Shoulder Mobility

Here is another great video from Steve Cotter on mobility.  So many guys who work a lot to develop upper body strength also tend to have terribly tight shoulders.  This tutorial is specifically in prep for overhead squats, but shows great movements, in general, for working towards better mobility in the ball-and-socket joint of the shoulder.  As Cotter points out, being this kind of joint means that you should have 360 degrees of mobility (unfortunately, the more mobility, the more risk for instability).  You can see how well developed his physique is, so there is truly no room for excuses about big muscles and reduced range of motion being mutually exclusive–they do not have to be!

Choke from Behind: Krav Defense

I sure hope I never ever get in a situation where I have allowed someone to get close enough to get his hands around my neck. That is certainly a bad day. Nevertheless, here is a nice explanation of the Krav Maga defense against choke from behind, presented by John Whitman of Krav Maga Alliance.

Gathering Intelligence on the Threat

Wow, what a great resources this site is.  We have talked before about the three C’s regarding human threats: Criminals, Crazies and Crusaders.  This article provides some really helpful insight about Criminals and Crazies.  In addition, he talks about Drug Users and Gang Members.  The more we know about the habits of potential human adversaries, the more readily we can protect ourselves against them out in the environment, no?  He also goes into detail about victim selection, positioning and attack, as well as pre-incident indicators to aggression/violence so you can learn how to better prepare yourself for on-the-spot threat assessment.  Sometimes I feel a bit like a broken record, but I’ll have to risk it in saying that awareness and avoidance is your best course of action in protecting your most precious asset: YOU.  Familiarizing yourself with the predators in your midst informs your awareness and makes your intuition sharper.  Becoming sensitized to the breaks in the patterns of life–the anomalies–is how intuition serves you.  It can only serve you if you are paying attention, of course.  The better you get at it, the more it becomes a subconscious process that you do without thinking.  When something doesn’t “feel” right, and naggingly so, oftentimes your subconscious mind has picked up on some anomaly that your conscious mind has yet to process, so the warning signal may present itself as a gut feeling, a persistent thought or idea that something is wrong  (or many other messenger forms) to alert you it is time to move and to change course for the purpose of self-preservation.  No need to wait for confirmation, and don’t dismiss such a strong feeling of imminent danger.  When the indicators are there, as this author points out, it’s time to immediately shift into mental readiness of Condition Orange (non-specific threat) OR Condition Red (the threat is upon you).  Either way, you must do something.

Check out this excellent article:

Ferocious Resolve

Check out our latest article submitted on eZine, entitled Ferocious Resolve and the Physical Confrontation: