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Category: Mark Hatmaker

Hacking Fluid Natural Movement

Hacking Fluid Natural Movement

Let’s attempt to walk smoothly the seemingly unlikely path: Dog-Interactions, Successful Camel-Herding, Stalk-Hunting, 19th-Century French Literature, and finally end with an exercise called The Movement Soundtrack. Some people inspire more negative reactions in dogs than others. Some dogs need a warming-up period so that the dog can learn the newcomer’s place in the hierarchy. Dogs Read More

The Striker’s Shoulder: Slams, Butts, & Grinds

The Striker’s Shoulder: Slams, Butts, & Grinds

Rough ‘n’ Tumble, scufflin’, illegal boxing, boombattle, and all the various and sundry names that go to describe the all-in melee that is truly no-holds-barred, no-strikes-off-the-table uses the entire body as a weapon. Let’s take a brief sojourn with just one of those weapons — The Shoulder. Due to obvious range restrictions, the shoulder is Read More

Training for Courage by Mark Hatmaker

Training for Courage by Mark Hatmaker

The body is a time-machine. That is, the mind (the currently intangible part of the body) anticipates a future event and the tangible portion of our body (the physiological structure and internal biochemical processes and all their attendant prowess) begins behaving in a direction towards that future state. To make that clearer, the body while Read More

A Master Trainer on Training for Toughness by Mark Hatmaker

A Master Trainer on Training for Toughness by Mark Hatmaker

You’ll have to tolerate a paragraph or two from me before we get to the meat of today’s lesson, some wise words from a Master Trainer on training for robustness. Who is the Master Trainer I speak of? Jimmy DeForest.

Dogs & Humans: The Art of Submissive Signaling

Dogs & Humans: The Art of Submissive Signaling

Dog Submissive Signals: To keep peace or to be clear about not issuing challenges to hierarchical authority dogs use a variety of behaviors to “keep safe.” It is wise to pay close attention to this species with which we share a symbiotic relationship as there may be something telling in these universal strategies, one we Read More

Warrior Awareness: The Killing Hand

Warrior Awareness: The Killing Hand

There is a 90% chance that you, Dear Reader, are right-handed. Left-handedness has an approximate 10% distribution in human populations. Some research shows there is an approximate 30% of us who delegate tasks between hands, so called ambidexterity. But if we dig deeper on this mixed-handedness, it is not true even-handedness. This 30% still shows Read More