Insights and Training Tips from Tactical Arts


Insights from the Tactical Arts Academy

Integrity in Training - Even the Small Things Make or Break your Success

Everything you do is important. The quality of execution in small details can lead to big successes or huge failures. Imagine a busy contractor building a house.  In a rush to finish the job, he takes small shortcuts. He follows the building plans, but sometimes he doesn’t add as many nails as he should. Tired, he sometimes does not quite measure and cut everything true. He makes it "good enough” so that he can get the job done.     Some of the shortcuts may not really matter, but many together add up to create significant weaknesses in the structure and potential dangers to those who will live there. In the end, the house looks ok, but really all the small shortcuts, overlooked details, and imperfections could make the whole house crumble. The house appears normal, but...
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How to be Relentless when Fighting for your Goals

In a recent article , I discussed the Resistance, an unseen, insidious guerrilla force determined to stop you from reaching your goals. In this article, I will give you some tips on how to fight it. The Resistance is a tough opponent. The Resistance fights dirty. It will use anything to undermine you. Because of this, you must cultivate powerful weapons to defeat it. When fighting the resistance, you must be persistent. You must fight every attack no matter how big or small. Even if you take a hit, you have to continue. You have to keep bearing down. You have to put everything into it whether you think you will win or lose. You cannot let the Resistance get away with anything. You must be relentless. You must be relentless when fighting for your goals. This means you must be unyielding and...
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Life is War. How to Fight Back and Reach your Goals.

If training were simply a matter of doing the right drills and exercises, everyone would be a badass. But it’s not just physical, it’s mental. If your mind is not already strong, then consistantly following the steps it takes to reach your goals is hard. You find seemingly legitimate reasons to postpone, skip, or even give up on the actions you must take.  Most of us end up fighting our thoughts, and in doing so, sabotage our dreams. A closer look at what’s going on inside your mind will help you take action and learn to fight for your goals. The Resistance The world is out to kill you. No, you’re not paranoid. It’s true. You reach for high goals, but life fights unfairly. You were supposed to workout, but something came up at work. You want to train, but your shoulder is hurting agai...
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The Role of Fitness in Self Defense and Martial Arts

The Role of Fitness in Self Defense and Martial Arts
The Role of Fitness in Self Defense and Martial Arts If you do not have a physical foundation, you’re dead.   Imagine a military comprised of only extremely unfit men: Men who could not do a pushup or climb a flight of stairs without running out of breath.  What if not one of them could run 50 yards or lift anything heavy?  What if they only ate food from McDonald’s.  It would be absurd.    These are men who need to be strong both physically and mentally.  They need to be able to endure hardship and overcome an enemy that is trained, deadly and determined.  A military force like that would not survive it's first encounter.  The same is true for us.   If we are studying self defense for anything other than a fun pastime, then we need to be p...
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Get stronger, faster? Getting stronger is simple.

Get stronger, faster?  Getting stronger is simple.
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There is a simple way to get stronger, but that doesn't mean it's easy.  Here's how... Most of us want to get stronger; even if we are not really concerned about gaining lots of muscle mass or a huge deadlift. Regardless, we all can use a little more strength. If you are willing to put in the work and maintain the focus, getting strong can be done with relatively few mental somersaults: just lift heavy weight, supplement the weight lifting with basic body-weight exercises, and eat the right food for muscle growth.   Step 1 - Lift Heavy          Weight lifting. Big, basic lifts. One to three times a week do each one of the big lifts like deadlift, back squat, bench press, and shoulder press.Once your form is good do these lifts with heavy weight. Lifting w...
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