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117 - The New Abnormal - Zoom Zombies and situational awareness!

Could those zoom family meetings with your Gran be hindering your ability to "Stay Frosty"? Potentially deadly ‘Zoom zombies’ are roaming the streets, a new report finds ! Fifty-four percent of motorists who’ve driven their vehicles soon after using a videoconferencing platform report having trouble concentrating on the road. Americans have a new pandemic-related problem to worry about: zombies. No, not the kind that kills to eat brains, but the type that kills because their own noggins aren’t operating at full capacity. So-called Zoom zombies are terrorizing U.S. drivers and pedestrians, according to the Root Insurance Distracted Driving Awareness Survey, released today. According to the survey, 54% of motorists who have driven their vehicles soon after using a videoconferencing platform report having trouble concentrating on the road. The age of the person behind the wheel impacts how well he or she can focus on driving. For Generation Xers, the attentiveness problem drops
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116 - Self defence and social media

  When it comes to self defence (and perhaps life in general) - social media is not your friend. Before posting any content that relates to self defence and/or martial arts training - whether you are an instructor or trainee, consider the possible use of that post against you in court. If you were ever forced to defend yourself and appear in court, you can guarantee that any posts about training that you have left on zuckerbook etc will be looked immediately at as a possible weapon against you. This is especially a problem in niche groups like self defence. For example, because of a general interest in your group about say weapons defence, pictures of weapons are posted and the whole group understands that you're all decent people concerned about learning tactics to COUNTER criminal weapon use - but what about outsiders? Could an impression be made to an average person on say a jury that you are a "martial arts maniac" with "an above average interest in violence"

115 - The Parley Real People | Real Talk With Hock Hochheim (Video)


114 - "Between beast and man" - Animalistic states of mind

How can a smaller person with minimal training be hell on wheels difficult for an elite level martial artist to deal with? What are the differences in mental state between extreme violence and combat sports? What happens when one person is trying to apply martial art techniques and the other is seeing these very same techniques as attempted murder? Will they respond the same way as someone in a dojo? Or will they fight with everything they have to escape what they perceive to be a mortal threat? Interesting video. The viewpoint will be unpopular bubble bursting for some but in a self defence context - that's always a good thing. Related posts: A longer interview with MMA fighter Anthony Smith

113 - TacMed Webinar - Emergency first aid - SMART Primary Assessment

Excellent free resource from TacMed Australia: One of the most important skills for a medic is the primary assessment. This video will teach you the key ideas - includes stabs/ gunshot wounding etc.  The primary assessment allows us to methodically find and treat life-threatening injuries in the order of severity. Whether you are a first aider or a critical care doctor, the primary assessment is vital in the timely treatment of casualties. To help with reference, I've attached screen shots of key points below the video.

112 - One Small Voice - The slow drip, How I became controlled

This is an excellent article from the One Small Voice blog about the systematic process of abuse that represents coercive control . The slow drip metaphor is very helpful in describing how anyone can be slowly brought to rock bottom by a methodical and calculated abuser. The lasting effects of this abuse having managed to escape are also detailed. .......................................................................................................... One Small Voice - The slow drip, How I became controlled It has been more than three years now since I found myself free and floundering. Those early days, weeks and even months were filled with fear, confusion and grief. My world had not only suddenly collapsed, but I was slowly becoming aware of the reality of my marriage.  There are still times where I find myself wondering how I didn’t know, whether I have exaggerated events or if I deserved it for being a bad person. But then the flashbacks come, and I know it wasn’t me. I guess ni

111 - Non typical use of impact weapon (Spear)

Jethro Randolph / 2021 Student awareness video. For information purposes only. They say that the eyes are the window to the soul - they are also the window to debilitating injury and even death. Many martial arts contain stick methods, most notably FMA - Arnis, Escrima etc. It's common in self defence to consider a stick like weapon (hammers, pieces of wood etc)to be used in a slashing/ beating way. They are swung, build momentum and force to injure. It's worth remembering then that the martial arts mentioned also contain stabbing movements with the stick which are rarely seen to be covered in self defence training. The presumption is that an untrained/ or trained opponent will beat you with the stick and that there will be an arc to try and utilise for defence. A thrusting and specifically targeted attack - here to the eye - is almost ALWAYS overlooked by many. It'll be covered in knife material where stabbing is of course common but the longer range of a stabbing stick is