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Category: Mark Hatmaker

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

A Warrior Awareness Drill: The Top Down Inventory – By Mark Hatmaker

A Warrior Awareness Drill: The Top Down Inventory – By Mark Hatmaker

American Indians, scouts, and indigenous trackers the world over have been observed to survey terrain/territory in the following manner. A scan of the sky overhead, then towards the horizon, and then finally moving slowly towards the ground. The reason being that outdoors, what is overhead – the clouds, flying birds, monkeys in trees, the perched Read More

Personal Security Theater – Mark Hatmaker

Personal Security Theater – Mark Hatmaker

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA), designated cops in schools (aka School Resource Officers or SROs), gun-free zones, random bag checks on subways, and other like-minded safety initiatives have been called security theater by more than a few wise minds.

Peanuts, Hormesis & Training for Weakness – By Mark Hatmaker

Peanuts, Hormesis & Training for Weakness – By Mark Hatmaker

I’m old. I can prove it with the following sentence. When I was a kid, I cannot recall one child in my school ever having a peanut allergy and you could eat peanuts and peanut butter sandwiches willy-nilly. (Willy-nilly is a word that old men are legally obligated to use, I don’t make the rules.) Read More