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Just a quick blog post with random stuff.
First, I talked to the people at Paladin Press yesterday and there’s a good chance the two videos I shot with them last Summer will be released this year. It’s too soon to tell but things are looking good so far. The one video is a follow up on my Combat Sanshou series and the second covers the conditioning drills I do for improved performance in the martial arts. I’m pretty excited about those two as I had not only a lot of fun making them, they’re also projects I wanted to do for a long time. Fingers crossed they come out soon.
By the way, Paladin Press just updated their website and they’re offering a cool new feature called Deal of the Week. You can find discounted books and videos there, with the offer lasting a week or two at most. There is both older and brand new work in there so you might want to check back regularly.
Another thing they did is integrate their blog in the side bar of the site. A bunch of Paladin Press authors have been writing posts there for a while now so take a look in the archives for some cool articles. And if you wait a few more weeks, you’ll be able to read the one I wrote with the tentative title of “How to Increase Your Punching Power in Five Minutes ” along with a seven-minute instructional video.
Next up, the paper version of Martial Arts, Self-Defense and a Whole Lot More, Volume 1 is almost ready. I received the proof copy a few days ago and am going over everything a bunch of time to get it ready. This should take another couple days to finalize and with some luck,it’ll be for sale soon enough. Stay tuned.
Finally, I’ll be in the UK for a seminar in 2013. If you live in the UK, drop on by then and we’ll have some fun training. Garry contacted me a little while ago, we talked about it and that was it. Check out this page for more details and a solid seminar date in a little while.
That’s it for this update. Regular posting resumes on Monday. :-)
A quick head’s up:
I just put a new page on-line here: the Resources Page.
The idea is very simple, but I think it might be useful to all of you. In short, it’s a page that lists all the products, services and tools I use both to run this blog but also for my own training and when I teach students or clients. I’ve mentioned those over the years here on my blog but that information is scattered all over the place. So to make it more practical for you, I bundled it all on one page.
I’ll keep on adding to this list as time goes by, so you might want to check it out every now and then. And if you have suggestions, let me know and I’ll see if I can add them.
If you like the page, feel free to share it with others who also might find a use for it. Thanks!
I’m working on a new book tentatively called “Surviving a Knife Attack” and I am smack in the middle of the research phase. Right now, I don’t want to give away too many details but you can guess from the title what it’s about… :-) Here’s the thing:
One of the things I’m doing with this book is using stories of actual events. I have a lot of stories already, some from well known authors and experts, but I’d like to get some more to have a bigger sample to draw information from. For that purpose, I’d like to ask your help:
- If you’ve been attacked by somebody wielding a knife or other edged weapon and successfully defended yourself.
- If you were in a situation where the knife was out but you got away, managed to de-escalate or anything else that meant no violence was used.
- If you are willing to write about this event (anonymously if you prefer).
- If you know of somebody who went through such an event and would be willing to write it up.
Please get in touch with me via my contact page. I’ll give you some more details then and we’ll see if we can work something out.
If you can’t help out in that department, no worries, there’s still something you can do: please share this post with your friends who also practice martial arts or train in self-defense. They might know somebody, even if you don’t.
In the same vein, I’m looking for two more contacts for the book:
- An FBI agent who is willing (and allowed) to do an interview about the Uniform Crime Report, in particular the data on knife attacks.
- A trauma surgeon with experience caring for victims of knife attacks (stabbings, cuts, etc.)
I would like to interview them via email or over the phone to get information about the realities of knife attacks from their perspectives and professional experience. If they prefer, they can use an alias or stay anonymous.
With all the information I have right now, the book looks very promising. But I’d like to make it as good as I possibly can so if you could direct some people who can help out towards me, that would be great. Thanks!
Just a quick update:
I’m going to run a special, 24-hour promotion this Sunday. I think it’s pretty cool and I hope you’ll do so too.
I’ll announce it tomorrow night so you might want to check this space right here or my Facebook page around that time.
A while ago I asked for some feedback on my upcoming newsletter. I most certainly got it so thank you all for taking the time to vote in the poll.
The results clearly indicate you have a preference for three specific topics:
- Training tips: ideas to help you improve your training. (86%)
- Training course: An online, multi-part course on a given technique or concept. (55%)
- Web picks: Internet articles and websites you’ll find interesting. (54%)
As you asked, so you shall receive. :-) But I’m not done asking what cha what cha want just yet…
First we have to decide what kind of newsletter you are most interested in. Because there are many different ways I can write them. I could make each newsletter a collection of 1-2 paragraph training tips and so on. Or I could go more in depth on a particular topic and write a full article about it and then add some web picks at the end. Of course, there’s overlap and I can mix and match things a bit too. But I’d like to have some idea of which way to go with this. Read More→
Just a quick update to announce the winner of the “O Momento Ideal Das Artes Marciais” book contest I ran on my Facebook page:
Stay tuned for more contests…
First of all, happy New Year to everybody! I’ll post my resolutions later this week but wanted to start of 2012 by giving something back. So here goes the first contest of the year:
Here’s how you can enter:
- Go to my Facebook Page.
- Find the link towards this post.
- Comment on that post by writing “Dar-me!”
- That’s it.
On Friday, I’ll select a winner at random from those comments and contact you via your Facebook account for an address to ship you your prize.