Tuesday, December 07, 2010

A new project, come to fruition

Every year, I attend the Gathering of the Tribes over Memorial Day weekend.
This is an event of the KSMA, hosted by Chuck Pippin. Chuck also happens to be a gifted knife maker. Well, martial arts and knives are two things that I obviously
have a strong interest in, and how I make my living.
Chuck and I got together and worked on a design I had bouncing around in my head for awhile. A fixed blade designed for every day carry and use in an urban environment.
A fighter that doesn't look like a fighter, so to speak. Chuck really hit it out of the park when he made it for me. I was impressed enough that I showed it to my bosses at Boker. Lo and behold, they liked it as well. Liked it enough to put it into production, as a matter of fact. So, after much time and anticipation, I would like to present the TUF, originally meaning Tactical Utility Fighter, but through marketing it is now Terry's Urban Fixed Blade:TUF
Thanks for looking, and please, buy alot of them!!!

Tossing an idea back and forth, mentally...

Lately, I have been doing a lot of writing, long hand on paper.
I have two separate tracks going. One is class materials, handbook, level material outlines to keep track of progress, the usual.
The other is more "esoteric" for lack of a better way of putting it. Through some discussion with Rory Miller and Marc MacYoung, I have started to write about reading people, places and situations in a way to keep yourself safe, and still enjoying the world. It has turned into a bigger thing than I expected. This has led to a question I would like to throw out to see what people think.
One of the precepts I am bringing out in this subject is awareness of self.
If you are not aware of yourself and your internal state, you cannot reliably read the real signals occurring around you. If you are angry, you can read frantic or scared as threatening, as an example.
So the question, in an adrenal state, how do you teach someone to access a"higher" state of internal awareness?
Any ideas? Am I trying to untangle a hairball that doesn't need it?