No styles, no systems, no rituals, no lineages, no masters, no labels, no belts, no katas, no uniforms, no dogmas;

Only the process of self actualization & personal expression of truth through functional combative movement and fitness.

On a purely physical level, we share how to individually and collectively use all of our natural tools as well as extended ones, offensively and defensively in a strategic and tactical manner and in all ranges of combat.

We're put through functional physical fitness training where we learn to push ourselves through our own perceived limitations. We also have much to offer on nutrition, health and optimum performance.

On a more cerebral level we learn about the psychology of violence, fear, stress & confrontation management skills, deescalation strategies and holistic survival tactics.

As the mind navigates the body; by challenging personal self defense dogmas and individual & core belief systems, personal growth and evolution occurs.

On a human level, we learn about the ripple effect and the moral, legal, and ethical consequences of our chosen actions while self examining our darkest emotions. We are encouraged to question everything, to learn to think for ourselves, to be more accountable and research everything we learn and to be open and responsive to life without judgment.

On a personal level, the training can make you face and slay your own demons.

Everything shared here is highly encouraged to be individually researched, to “absorb what is useful, add what is specifically of your own and disregard the rest.”

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Laughter and Evolution

We all know the studies that suggest/prove laughter is healthy for the soul and the body (such as the University of Maryland Medical Center, for example), that it is better than any fucking pill the pharmaceutical companies’ pimp out to doctors who strive to pass it on to us, etc. However, I have noticed that every single "funny" thing is in some way, shape or form designed to belittle, make fun of, and emotionally hurt another person/animal. The “medicine of the soul” is the result of the misfortune and emotional/physical pain of someone else. We can’t deny the studies, but I can’t wrap my brain around how the pain of another individual emotionally, psychologically and physically aids another human.  

Seriously think about it...can you think of something "funny" that does not involve the belittling of someone/thing else in some way, shape or form (yourself included)? Perhaps I am very ignorant or biased...but I'd like to hear your thoughts. We know that laughter releases stress, etc. and is very good for us...but what elicits the laughter is often the expense of someone else? Is this the way it is supposed to be? Or have we devolved so much as a species that this is the only way we can stimulate laughter?

Look at infant and toddlers for example. Their laughter is genuine, sincere, heart-felt – and not at the expense of others misfortune. Is it a mind fuck to say/think that an infant is more evolved than an adult? In this regard, I’d have to say “yes”. When we grow into adulthood, we may find ourselves offering very small laughs when we’re excited, extremely happy, etc. but when you truly take account for all the times you’ve laughed this past week, I bet you’re like me and laughed at the misfortune of others – even if it was staged, etc.

You may be of the frame of mind that laughing and/or making fun of the misfortune/pain of someone else is acceptable, expected and “human” and you’re more than welcome to. For those who strive for the unification and betterment of all of humanity, I offer a challenge: Take account for the next week of everything you think/thought is funny…from the little snicker to the “laughing my ass off” and everything in-between. See if I’m right, see if the majority of the time you laughed or thought something was funny was at the expense of another living creature. Once you got your stats, Part B begins: Be like the infant. Reacquire and rediscover true, honest, sincere, and innocent laughter and embrace the hell out of it. Love it, feel it, live it and put to rest the laughter at the expense of someone else.

It’s your life…become an active participant!

Malachi Bond
Senshido Alaska

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