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Category: Mark Hatmaker

Aquatic Tactics: Equalizing Pressure with the “Pinch” Series

Aquatic Tactics: Equalizing Pressure with the “Pinch” Series

(This article is best consumed in series with the prior offerings regarding Aquatic Tactics found here and here.) If we have developed the skill to swim, possess a reasonable breath-holding capacity (a comfortable one-minute is sufficient across many cultures), and have a willingness to work our aquatic tactics fully, the limiter at this point is Read More

Attacking The “Buckler” From Heenan To Louis

Attacking The “Buckler” From Heenan To Louis

First, what’s a buckler? A buckler is a small round-shield wielded by swordsmen or spearmen, it is worn on the defensive forearm or held in the defensive hand. While the weapon-hand went to work the buckler was used to deflect blows and at times used as a weapon itself. OK, so what does a buckler Read More

Aquatic Tactics: Myth-Busting Edition

Aquatic Tactics: Myth-Busting Edition

Action films and cartoons share a common idea, well, many ideas, but I will call your attention to this familiar situation. Our hero, be he Bugs Bunny evading Elmer Fudd or a warrior on the run, encounters a river. To thwart pursuers, he plucks a reed from the surrounding vegetation and submerges himself with only Read More

Hellenic Navy SEALs & Combat Breath-Holding Tactics by Mark Hatmaker

Hellenic Navy SEALs & Combat Breath-Holding Tactics by Mark Hatmaker

The Importance of Knowing How To Swim A recent series of water-related tragedies reminds us of, at the very least, the vital importance of the ability to swim, and for the ready-warriors of the world an ability that goes a bit beyond that.

Wear Them Down: Corbett’s Jab

Wear Them Down: Corbett’s Jab

A New Era James “Gentleman Jim” Corbett is regularly acknowledged as the dividing line separating the brawler/slugger era of boxing to the gloved “scientific” era. Corbett himself would tout the “scientific” method of fighting, which meant more fluidity and the addition of finesse punches to the usual power arsenal. Hear Corbett himself on the differences: Read More

Total Observational Prowess

Total Observational Prowess

More Than Meets The Eye Situational awareness is a much-touted attribute of the truly ready and the ready wannabes of the world. Observational prowess is a much coveted and complex skill set possessed by the best indigenous trackers, seaman, scouts, and explorers. But if we are honest with ourselves, what we often call “awareness” in Read More