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Cognitive Preparation vs. Physical Preparation

As we so often do, let’s start with a quote:

“Chance favors the trained mind.” – Louis Pasteur

Oh, that’s a good one, one so worthy of repeating that we all have heard/encountered some version or variation of it in this or that business office or sundry Facebook status update. The truth of it is so obvious that it needs no explaining, but… I’m going to all the same; let’s make sure we make a distinction here, one that adheres to what Dr. Pasteur intended.

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When learning self-defense, you learn a lot of techniques, weapons, and skills that make up the system you are studying. Of the many techniques you learn, which ones are really the most important for close quarter combat? If you’re serious about learning how to protect yourself using the techniques you learn, then you need to Read More