Tuesday, January 05, 2010

How far down the rabbit hole

When I started studying and training, it was for a very simple reason. I wanted to not get my ass kicked, and, honestly, to kick the ass of those who I felt needed it.
Due to experience, and some helpful influence, I realized there was alot more to this stuff. Fist fighting was helpful, but all of the sudden, I was around people who were using knives, and other weapons. Well, I knew I needed to figure that one out, and thus began a new part of the journey. Well, along with this, I have always been a history buff, and interested in the odder side of things. So it can't be too much of a stretch to imagine I started drawing parallels between my situation, and earlier events and people, and started adding new skill sets. Seeing as the closest correlation I can see for self defense is covert work, such as the OSS in WWII, or the Home Guard type units, I started looking into those areas. A whole new world opened for me... E&E, tactical medicine, survival, urban survival(not the same, at all), all types of strangeness. Some things just started as interesting hobbies, like knot work, but they come in handy in other areas, also. This growing interest led to better tools, like the infamous LaGriffe, and other "covert, hide-out" implements.
Along the way, I met some very awesome people, who instructed me in better ways of moving, and integrating all of the skills into an organic whole, which has become a lifestyle, as Den Martin says, it is the "Tactical Lifestyle"
As you delve into this, you begin to see that it is as much a mental game,if not more so than a purely physical one. So the trail leads you to mindset, states of conciousness, NLP, etc... Then, you hear about OODA loops, Hicks law, decision trees, optimal states, and the learning continues.
How far do you want this path to take you? It can last a lifetime, and lead to some very cool things.


Blogger Jay said...

hear hear!
Thanks for sharing the road a bit!

8:26 PM  
Blogger Priest said...

I think one of the most wonderful things about this Path is that there's always more questions, more skills to learn. Have you learned Tac Med? Can you do it in the woods? With a kit that's incomplete? There's always more skills to learn and some of the most fun I've had in my life (with my pants on that is) has been while taking the few steps I have. Thanks for sharing Terry.

2:20 PM  

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