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Category: Mark Hatmaker

What Do You Know? – Mark Hatmaker

What Do You Know? – Mark Hatmaker

Let’s use a conversation with General George Patton and a joke about a nun and a priest to teach us a lesson about martial arts and self-protection in general. F. van Wyck Mason was a historian, a novelist, and a veteran of World Wars I and II. In the Second World War, he was appointed Read More

Flood Survival 101 By Mark Hatmaker

Flood Survival 101 By Mark Hatmaker

I compose these brief notes while the unfortunateness with Harvey continues to plague Texas and moves its way to Louisiana. I fear it is far too late to aid and assist folks in those stricken areas, so I offer this information in the hopes that we may have it at the fingertips of our minds Read More

Balance & Power Training Throughout History by Mark Hatmaker

Balance & Power Training Throughout History by Mark Hatmaker

Footwork is a mainstay of combat sports and martial reality. The feet are the deuce-and-a-halfs that get your munitions to the field of battle. The feet are your mode of retreat to get out of harm’s way. Your feet are the two pegs you use to cut angles to better deflect, diminish, evade an attacker’s Read More

The Art & Craft of Intention-Signalling by Mark Hatmaker

The Art & Craft of Intention-Signalling by Mark Hatmaker

We’re going to take a walk from bird-watching, through to animal ethology, to suppressed “escape” behavior in humans in the face of boring conversations or bad dates, and wind up with spotting suspicious behavior in potential human predators. We’ll also discuss how paying closer attention to bad conversations might one day save your life. First, Read More

Great Is Drill by Mark Hatmaker

Great Is Drill by Mark Hatmaker

“Great is drill.” – Henry VIII A common request among combat rookies and even intermediate players (and if we are honest some long-timers still think this way, too) is “What’s next?” or “What’s the next super-secret neato technique to master?” And I get this attitude, I mean who doesn’t want some new bit of information Read More

How To Be A Good Kidnap Victim By Mark Hatmaker

How To Be A Good Kidnap Victim By Mark Hatmaker

George “Machine Gun” Kelly, was a Depression-era gangster with one of the most colorful names going. Let’s face it, it beats the hell out of Baby Face or Pretty Boy, or Creepy. Despite the formidable name Kelly was a little less deadly than the moniker belies, associates in Alcatraz where he spent 21-years of his Read More