Thursday, April 22, 2010

Another work night

I work again on Friday this week and I must admit I kinda hope that I will get to do something interesting at the club.  I would like to work more nights of the week but just can't reasonably do that while I am taking care of my kids.  Someday perhaps.  All in all the time is good.  I don't work till 10pm and most reasonable people are sleeping by then....

I will be sure to post if anything fun happens.  

Friday, April 16, 2010

First Night

I know, I am probably crazy.  I start work as a bouncer tonight.  I know people who know people and was able to get on with a club not too far from my work.  The club is also pretty close to a hospital.  Lucky Me!  Im not really nervous per se, but I do want to do my job well.  It should be interesting.  The bar is not a particularly rough place but they do have fights.  I will be sure to mention some of my experiences here.

Who knows, perhaps my experiences will become a book of my very own.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

The break is over, now back to work.

I have had some real hard times since Thanksgiving 2009.  We have decided to get a divorce and I have not managed my life effectively since.  That being the case I have also allowed my martial arts studies to take a back seat for a little while.  I suppose I needed a period of re-evaluation.  What do I want now, where do I go from here, etc...

As for the divorce, there are no hard feelings on my part.  I want both of us to be happy and the only way I know to do that is to try and act with honor.  It is truly a lost concept, honor.  This I think is a post for a different day.  For now my focus is back on my relationship with God, kids, martial arts, and my friends.  I would like to say I am also working on my career but the fact of the matter is that it has been brought to my attention that my job is poison so I am going to be spending every waking moment to get away from it.

One such step toward the martial arts as a career is a job I just took up.  Yes, I now have three jobs.  Computers, Martial Arts, and now bouncing for a bar in Tulsa.  I start this Friday and am actually looking forward to getting started.  I have been reviewing a book by Marc "Animal" MacYoung called, "A Professional's Guide to Ending Violence Quickly."  It was a great read the first time but now I am reading it again with a new perspective on the material.

I will be journaling my experiences as I go with the ultimate goal of getting enough material for a book.  I have met Mr. Kris Wilder and Mr. Rory Miller.  Those have been great experiences and in August I will go to another really big seminar.  This time I will meet, Iain Abernethy, Nicholas Yang, Al Peasland, Marc MacYoung, and again Kris Wilder.  A seminar from my wildest dreams.  I am as excited as a child about to be let loose in a giant candy store.  The cost of the trip will likely be a little high but it should be lots of fun.  In addition to that I am also going to bring my son.  It will be father son time like nothing we have ever done before.  I am really looking forward to it.  One of those once in a lifetime experiences.

If you are interested in attending this seminar take a look at this site:  Crossing the Pond 

After returning from my weekend working with Mr Miller I am pumped about the martial arts again.  Several key things we discussed in the seminar reinforced my thoughts and feelings on real world violence.  Also, I got a big boost in my self confidence that I needed at that time. 

My plans now are to start working as mentioned before...  To prepare for this trip to Seattle.  And to get back to work on my study of the martial arts.  That includes writing the reviews I owe YMAA.  Sorry Barbara.  It has taken a bit longer to get my brain straight than I thought it would. 

That also means I will be posting a bit more often.  So, stay tuned...

Ambushes and Thugs, a seminar by Rory Miller

I recently attended a seminar hosted by Eric Parsons in Independence, Missouri.  The seminar was led by Mr. Rory Miller and was a great day of training.  One of my students Jeremy Hill wrote a really good review on the seminar and is linked here.

Shocking the Senses review of Ambushes and Thugs.

I plan on writing up a review of the seminar soon and will post it here and on the GMA website. 

If you get a chance to train with Mr. Miller I would recommend you jump on it.