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Self-Care Equals Self-Defense

One of the things that I overlooked or ignored during my recent call as a minister to a congregation is the role self-care should have played in my personal and professional life.  This isn't an uncommon occurrence with men in the ministry. Often we prioritize our ministry calling to be servants over and above our personal health. Sadly, many men prioritize their ministry over their wife and children, with incredibly heartbreaking consequences in their lives, in the short and long term. For me, the slide to ignoring self-care was a slow, gradual one, and was limited to my personal health and, to a lesser degree, my mental health. My wife and I have discussed how our situation impacted our family,...

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Pride as a Hindrance to Education

We've talked a great deal about the role our thought process plays in the self-defense world. I mentioned often the importance that right thinking plays in developing right action.  Today I want to shift my focus a bit, if you'll honor me with your patience. While I still believe that Logic is an essential course of study prior to the physical self-defense education process there is a element of our lives that doesn't necessarily fit within studying Logic. Over the past few months I've come to the realization, although I was certainly aware of this fact prior to a few months ago, that our limiting beliefs are governed by one chief flaw in our thought process. The problem is that,...

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Logically Flawed Thinking and Self-Protection

I've been banging the drum of right thinking leading to right acting for probably far too long, for many of you. Today I'm going to try to make my point by way of pointing out what I believe are the problems with flawed thinking. Last night was the American President's State of the Union address. It's an annual event where the President updates Congress as to the current state of our nation and also sets a bit of a tone and agenda for the coming year. It's become a bit of a dog and pony show, over the years, but that's the gist of what's supposed to happen. I'm not here to discuss the speech itself, the reactions of members...

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Is it Acceptable to Disagree with Bruce Lee?

One of the things that caused me to leave the "martial arts subculture" a couple of decades ago (I've briefly discussed that HERE.) was the dysfunctional nature of the circles in which I found myself. A lot of people I trained with seemed to relish the fighting lifestyle to unhealthy degrees. Or, and this is often the case, they became so sycophantically obsessed with a particular style or teacher, and lost the ability to function in groups not as dedicated to that style or teacher. What also happened was that teachers would develop little cults of personality in their schools. You may have been exposed to this if you've been in the subculture for any amount of time. Here's what...

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Applied Logic in Self-Defense Training

Alright, if you've read my previous discussions about the role studying Logic plays in self-defense and self-protection, it's possible that you've begun to wonder, "So what? OK, I get it, Lacy, you think I need to think correctly. I agree. So where do I begin, genius?" Information and facts are useless unless there is a practical application element involved. No teacher would be worth anything if all they did was spit facts at someone and expect them to either merely passively agree or just regurgitate the facts and claim that they're smart because they can memorize a list of details. And yet, many of us who've studied the history and current educational models have found that much of the focus...

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