I’d like you to meet one of our SDTS Elite Members Kurt. Kurt’s a 63 yer old grandpa who’s not letting up any time soon. Every week I get messages from people telling me they’re too old, injured or otherwise
What does a heavily armed operator with a mission objective, equipped with intelligence, superior numbers and technology have to do with you being stalked when you’re alone, walking to your car in an empty parking
This article is so right on the mark. I spent 22 years in the Air Force and in two wars. Persian Gulf and Bosnia. My last two years before retirement I was a First Sgt in a Security Force Squadron which consisted of law enforcement/ security. They trained exactly like you said.
As always Mr Ross you hit the nail on the head. Or I should say the bad guy on the head.
Thanks Phil at this point Im just gauging interest as Im legally blind I dont drive so any training partner or group would have to be restricted to Kitsap county where the public transit would be feasable for me to use but thanks for the reply and interest
Redmond where I live is too far to train together but perhaps an occasional special session for something requiring partners. Could meet for coffee after the holidays near the ferry dock in Edmonds maybe. Phil Kouse
your approach makes a lot of sense and its very refreshing to see. I myself am almost 59 and an ex British veteran of 24 years service. As such, we often have a mentality that you have got to beast yourself continuously in order to be ready for combat etc and it takes a conscious effort to slow that down to reduce injuries. Your comments have helped to put it in to context, Many thanks
Does anyone no how to build a GOOD Makiwara? ive tried ones ive seen on youtube etc,,and there all junk,,i see a floor bracket on Ebay that seems to be a way to go but its like $1-200.00 any help would be Greatly Appreciated Brian
This is a good idea. However I would use a larger piece of plywood on the base with a heavy duty spring hinge on the striking post (which should be a 2X4) and set the post farther away from the dummy since you don’t want the post to hit the dummy – that may injure your wrist.
GREAT POST! I have doctoral and post-doctoral training on brain functioning. New learning and improved skills are developed by the process of brain “neuroplasticity”, i.e. brain neurons that fire together, wire together. This means repeated training, ongoing proper practice, as realistic as possible, will develop the necessary neuronal – body connections to best perform a given task, whether it be riding a bike, playing a musical instrument, giving a speech, or pounding some thug’s ass who is trying to impose his violent will upon you or loved ones! I say the SDTS is well supported by brain and neuroscience research even though I read many criticisms by “so-called” martial art experts. I stake my life on Damian’s great programs.
I have watched and did all the Makiwara drills and really see the benefits of training with a Makiwara, BUT i think its the Backfist Drill Damian hits it straight on then to the Head of the Makiwara, my Question is how to make the head on the Makiwara, i see how it leans out but how to attatch the head and what to use to make the head, ?
Where or ware can i get one of those Leather Pads you strike on your Makiwara? im using rope and i can live with it and i dont want a thai pad, I would like to buy a leather pad like on your Makiwara, looks like the best way to go, Thank You
SALT LAKE CITY — Couple’s multi-state murder and kidnapping spree comes to an end after the shooting and killing of a University of Utah student near Red Butte Garden. The killer couple had staked out the area a
If you posted a video anything, (especially in martial art and self defense) – without FAIL a self proclaimed “expert” will emerge and point out some useless detail that has no bearing of the effectiveness of
You know – I was away from coaching kids and high school sports for about 10 years, then after watching my own kids grow up and coaching on all levels (except college) seeing how much time and money parents throw at this stuff…it’s insane.
A n elite athlete either has it, or doesn’t and there’s no personal coach that’s going to make the difference. You need God given talent, opportunity and luck.
A billion dollar business has exploded – travel teams, personal trainers and coaches….all geared at parents hoping to cash in on a scholarship for their kids.
The result has been awful.
Kids get so over coached and burnt out by bad coaching and over bearing parents that by the time they kid to high school most of them are cynical and burnt out.
Every sport has literally adopted the “martial arts” model and has made kids believe they need to specialize in order to be great.
The reality is this couldn’t be further from the truth.
In fact there’s no study that supports specialization under the age of 18.
Now you have kids playing team sports, with no regard for the team. They move from one travel team to the next until they get a coach who tells them what they want to hear.
That kid misses the whole point of sports – team work, dedication, sacrifice for the greater good…BROTHERHOOD.
This get’s you ready for having a FAMILY. Because it’s not about you, it’s about us.
Every parent thinks that if they throw enough time and money at something they’re going to create a D1 athlete.
They move them from sport to sport and create this mercenary attitude of if I get a better offer for ME I’m going to leave.
No wonder you have higher divorce rates and broken homes. You need to know how to make it work – but no, they just know how to leave when things don’t go your way.
Sorry, for the rant – it’s something I feel strongly about.
Go to an abandoned building, and practice stomp kicking through the walls. Sheetrock and studs can be removed in this manner, and so you can make an exit in an emergency instead of having to stay where you are. By getting into the next room, or the next store, you can possibly save your’s and your family or friends, or others lives as they will certainly follow you when you make your new way out.
In this installment of Hate Mail we get a little more in depth with some of my haters who feel compelled to send video, threaten lawsuits and the feds or just threaten me. Either way, these three people are in a
Hello Damian and ‘all’. We concentrate on ‘that guy’, or ‘those guys’ as potentially hazardous to our health. Well, I went in to have my teeth routinely cleaned from a dentist whom I know well, and who has knocked himself out for me in the past. I was truly trusting as the ‘hygenist’ went about her business. BIG MISTAKE! Can you guess what happened next? She not only smacked my gums with her floss (Ow!), but tried to perform a LTTG (Lobotomy thru the gums), jamming something into my front teeth. Six weeks later, I’m still not right, and yes, I passed this on to said dentist. Point to be taken, PROTECT YOURSELF AT ALL TIMES. Just so you know. I enjoy your e-mails.
It doesn’t matter if your teaching a Self-Defense course or a course in Ballet… Your bound to get hate mail.. The key word is TEACHING, here. The haters are simply JEALOUS you are making an honest living and attempting to do some good in the world. and YOU TOOK the initiative to Teach it to others.
Keep up the good work Damian. (Your making a DIFFERENCE!!
Great material! If I don’t have my tactical nuke handy, I’ll be sure to improvise and adapt to the threat with what I do have, with intentions of eliminating the threat as quickly as possible. Thanks Damian
There’s a great photo essay on the World Adaptive Surfing Championships in the Player’s Tribune. Each year competitors from all over the world with disabilities from blindness to missing limbs compete in this