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Category: Mark Hatmaker

How To Bet On A Cat Fight by Mark Hatmaker

How To Bet On A Cat Fight by Mark Hatmaker

If one is serious about conflict and combat studies, it is instructive to open the examination to other species. Such studies allow us to see the myriad similarities in aggression, stand-down tactics, flight behavior, et cetera and allow them to inform our own game. We humans often get a bit “theory-blind” and fail to see Read More

Training Anticipatory Stress: Part 1 by Mark Hatmaker

Training Anticipatory Stress: Part 1 by Mark Hatmaker

Today’s offering will start with a quote from American literature and a word or two as to what that might have to do with our own combat training, then proceed into the physiology of how your body reacts with ZERO training in the shadow of physical confrontation; we will ponder how those evolved reactions are Read More

Rough & Tumble Spotlight: Fire-“Fighters” by Mark Hatmaker

Rough & Tumble Spotlight: Fire-“Fighters” by Mark Hatmaker

Firefighting is a dangerous job — no doubt about it. Luckily, with the advent of better safety equipment and better and safer structure design, thankfully, the dangers of the job become less with each decade. The undoubtedly dangerous job has benefited so much from such safety measures that it has not appeared on The Top Read More

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