Welcome to the first LTC DIGEST.
There is simply too much good stuff out there that other people are doing to not let you all know about it.
We are talking articles, posts, images, videos, news stories and more. We will try to keep it mixed up.
These LTC DIGESTs will come out irregularly. I will only publish them as enough good material comes to light. I will not be sticking to a strict timetable because that will eventually mean publishing stuff that isn't worthy.
So here is the first LTC DIGEST. I hope you like it. Let us know in the comments if you want more of these or think it is a complete waste of time.
FIGHT DUB BY ECLECTIC METHOD
First some entertainment. This one is well done.
"Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving."- Albert Einstein
HAND EYE CO-ORDINATION
Here is a cool DIY hand eye co-ordination tool. It involves attaching a tennis ball to a hat via a piece of elastic. Good stuff. Found it over at Rosstraining at the link below,
Further instructions are HERE.
This was an interesting one. This article found a correlation between high temperatures and high levels of violent crime incidents.
This high temperature seems to drive aggression and more Alpha Male type crimes such as assault than more Predatory type crimes.
Overall, an interesting article. Here it is,
I shared this image recently. I think it focuses on a very important message.
If you get involved in any violent encounter, no matter how brief, check yourself for stab wounds. Many people get stabbed and don't realise because it doesn't hurt. This Russian woman didn't know until she got home and someone else saw it sticking out of her...
I wrote a detailed article about that some time ago here,
Here's the image.
Man was stabbed multiple times in a car park following a road rage incident,
Man mugged with knife and pliers for iPhone (plus more stories),
This assault started VERY typically. Victim now fighting for life in hospital...
CURE FOR ARROGANCE
Wim Demeere wrote a great article about curing arrogance in the martial arts. Wim talks about his own younger days of being perhaps too arrogant (much like most young men) then goes on to talk about some disappointments and growth along with the abundance of arrogance in the martial arts today.
A good read.
"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit"- Aristotle
Here's an interesting short piece about the man who lead the last major Americal bayonet charge.
Check it out in this image below. This image was used in the Manifesto but is worth showing here. Look at the scene. Look at the aggression and high emotions. All it takes is to walk away. Harder to do at the time than when we are comfortable but very possible all the same.
Image via McBeth
OODA AND MARTIAL EFFECTIVENESS
This is one of the best articles to be written recently.
It's very well written and basically covers the importance of harnessing all aspects of the OODA loop in training. Most of the time, we train from a position of advantage. We know what is going to happen and we act with dirty knowledge. This is not preparing us for dealing with being surprised and forced into the OBSERVE or ORIENT phase of the OODA loop.
Training should include drills where the trainee is in a position of disadvantage. This forces the student to think under pressure. This is what happens when the attacker has the element of surprise and you get caught off guard. The author feels that training in the OBSERVE and ORIENT phases and generating our own ability to speed up the loop is highly beneficial and sorely lacking in many training systems.
10 CRIME MYTHS
This one is a well written researched article highlighting 10 popular crime myths. The author uses hard statistics (I love that, no rubbish!), to refute each of them.
A shortish but worthwhile piece.
LONELY PLANET SAFE TRAVEL TIPS
This is a great article showcasing some really good tips to follow when travelling overseas (abroad). Travelling can be much more risky for people especially when they go into a new culture and are unaware of some very different social "norms".
Good stuff from the Lonely Planet crew.
So that's our first LTC DIGEST. What do you think of it? What would you like to see more of?
Let us know in the comments below so we know whether to keep putting these together or cut it away completely.