Tradition matters and the reason why I havent been posting tips on situational awareness and personal security.Every year I take a group of students from my Martial Arts club to Thailand to train. They are often surprised the training is exactly the same as they are used to. There is no magic technique or trick they hadnt been taught. That can often deflate people as they then realise its just hard training and doing the drills. Damn.Of course they improve they get the chance to train 2 hours twice a day. 4 hours every day is hard but that amount of effort ensures they all improve. Thai boxing involves a number of traditions which in this country can often be watered down. However in Thailand they still hold true. Some of these include stepping into the ring over the top rope instead of going through the ropes. The routine called the Wai Kru which many westerners call a dance and the use of items such as the Mongkhron or headband which has its link to Buddhism . I always say to my students that to compete in Thailand as the only Farang or foreigner on a show is an honour. It is an experience they will remember for ever. My time away studying something Ive been involved in since a young teen is an honour and privilege. It does however mean I spend all my time on that business and not on my situational awareness training. However staying fit and mentally healthy is vital for all of us and all my years in martial arts have sustained me through a challenging corporate career and in 16 years of running my own businesses.#training#situationalawareness#mentalhealth#security... See MoreSee Less
On top of the world. Well not quite - its no Everest but it felt good and what a view across the English countryside.I spend most of my time either in front of a pc screen, running situational awareness workshops, coaching self defence or martial arts. Getting away for our wedding anniversary and enjoying some down time has been amazing. Batteries are now recharged. #situationalawareness#workshops#coaching#recharge... See MoreSee Less
Tip of the week - How you get in and out of your car can leave you vulnerable to assault or robbery.In my 3 step system transitions are always considered but they are what most people forget or brush over.That change between two known states is a time of significant risk. With one leg inside and one outside of the car and the persons thoughts already moving onto the next part of their day they are more vulnerable than they need be.Instead of this which is the normal method most adopt try sitting 1st with both legs facing out and then swinging both into the vehicle together.It allows your alertness and situational awareness to remain active and enables you to employ both legs to kick off any assailant with you getting trapped half in the vehicle.#situationalawareness#people#assault#safety... See MoreSee Less
Tip of the day - Lock your car door.When you stop at the lights or in traffic if your central locking is off then anyone can gain access to you or anyone else in your car.Imagine being stuck in traffic with a young child in the back when someone suddenly opens the rear door and takes them.Imagine pulling up at the lights and someone opening the door and getting in the passenger seat holding a knife pointing at you.Imagine when you cut someone up while driving and in their rage they get out with a hammer.Forget the old stories of requiring the doors to be open following an accident. Modern locks, central locing and crumple zones all helped make that no where near as important as your security.This is all part of situational awareness and keeping you, colleagues and family safe.#security#training#situationalawareness... See MoreSee Less
In Brazil you don't have to stop at a red light at night if the road is clear. I was in a taxi once and the driver would always approach red lights slowly so no need to stop. Maybe same in some other countries?
Attending a training course today but its scheduled for friends over the water, EST not BST (time) so took the opportunity to boost the brain and body beforehand.Walking is for me a great way of escaping life giving me time to regenerate. Even with the tide out I find nature a great healer of mind and body. #training#learning#wellbeing... See MoreSee Less