Armstrong Versus Grossman: 2

What’s the difference between warming up for fitness and warming up for self-defence training?

One is psychological, the other is slightly physical. When I teach, I have three-tiered mindset: scared, angry and controlled mindset. Those are the three I play with. The warm up is about getting you into that frame of mind. Visualisation, self-talk. With fitness, there’s only a little bit of self-talk in that.

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Jim Armstrong Versus Dave Grossman: 1

Jim Armstrong, Dean of Raw Combatives, deals with the vagaries of combat described by Lieutenant Colonel Dave Grossman in his seminal books On Combat and On Killing.

Grossman devised a scale to chart the way in which an individual’s motor control deteriorates when the heart rate becomes accelerated by the stress of an impending human conflict. While all accelerated heart rates result in a deterioration in performance, psychological stress is a different stimulus that brings a unique set of problems.

Do you have to train for the same activity differently, depending on the stress, even if the skills you employ are the same? Grossman says you do, the US military believe him and this is what Jim Armstrong thinks about it.  

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Introducing Sharif Long

How did you end up a trainer?

I started going to the gym about fifteen, sixteen years of age. I was getting into bodybuilding stuff then. I was playing around; I had no idea what I was doing. I began with two other friends – they weren’t even my friends at the time – and started training with them.

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Ayahuasca: The Modern Philosopher’s Stone Part Two


Ayahuasca is a traditional medicine employed by indigenous tribes of the Amazon basin. Estacion Kapitari is run by the shaman Don Lucho, who brews and dispenses ayahuasca as a medicine that is taken within the context of sacred ritual. In other words, if you want to take it, you have to submit to the process and its broader schedule of preparation.

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