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Category: Mark Hatmaker

Cognitive Preparation vs. Physical Preparation

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 Read More

Martial Energy Drills: Mumbo Jumbo or Fire Behind the Smoke

Martial Energy Drills: Mumbo Jumbo or Fire Behind the Smoke

Cards on the table, I am a card-carrying skeptic, well, former card-carrier. I allowed my actual membership in “The Skeptic’s Society” to lapse as, true to form, I am skeptical of organized groups, even those who hold many tenets that strike me true or true-ish. In my old age I’m more of a “love ya Read More

Heroes (Wisely) Choose Flight Over Fight

Heroes (Wisely) Choose Flight Over Fight

You wanna be a hero and help others facing a violent predator? Then run away. You and a friend are walking down a street and are suddenly confronted by a gun-wielding assailant, what do you do to help them? Wrestle the weapon from the attacker? Leap in front of your friend shielding them with your Read More

Surviving Floods, Rivers & Safe Fording by Mark Hatmaker

Surviving Floods, Rivers & Safe Fording by Mark Hatmaker

I compose these brief notes while the unfortunateness of Florence takes aim at the East Coast. I offer it in the hopes that we may have it at the fingertips of our minds for as Seneca reminds us “What has befallen one man may happen to all” or as the Boy Scouts would say “Be Read More

Profile in Situational Awareness: Jim Bridger

Profile in Situational Awareness: Jim Bridger

The following is an account regarding the observational prowess and situational awareness of the legendary frontiersman, Jim Bridger. Keep in mind, this is not legend, this account comes to us from a military man, Captain H. E. Palmer, of the Eleventh Kansas Calvary. This account is found in another work by a military man, Biographical Read More

Aquatic Tactics: Safe Ascents & Dry-Land Drills

Aquatic Tactics: Safe Ascents & Dry-Land Drills

In prior articles in this series we have dealt exclusively with descending, preparing to descend, and how to manage comfortably while at depth. Now, let’s talk ascents as there are some dangers here as well, but, again, a marriage of science and indigenous diving wisdom renders these dangers negligible. As we have discussed, when the Read More