Archive for December, 2011
The Ninja families of feudal Japan developed what is perhaps the ultimate survival strategy, INVISIBILITY. Invisibility is the most proactive of all the survival strategies available to us. If your enemy does not perceive you as being either a threat or a target, he will never attack you. What more effective way to protect yourself than to simply be invisible to those that would harm you. Yes, it’s important to have viable personal protection skills and to have pre-emptive strike ability, but truly the most skillful way to protect ourselves is simple not being where the danger is or not appearing to be a threat or target to our enemies.
Knowing how to win a real street fight is sometimes a matter of overcoming the most common mistakes people make when defending themselves.
Let’s begin by looking at one of the mistakes.
A True American Police Hero: Lieutenant John C. Enger: Police Commander (Retired)
John Enger is a warrior. He is a mentor. He is a police officer. He is a martial arts instructor. He is worthy of recognition. When discussing the warrior and survival mindset, it helps to discuss examples of warriors and law enforcement officers who should be emulated. Lieutenant John Enger is one of those people.
John Enger had a long and successful career in law enforcement in the Great State of Minnesota. He served as a police officer for the University of Minnesota Police Department for a period of 22 years, retiring in 1997 with the rank of Lieutenant Commander. He was assigned to patrol, training, and ultimately a command staff position.
To have peace, prepare for war…
In Valor there is hope…
No person should seek violence, but as a police officer you must prepare for it. As a police officer on America’s streets there are many risks that you face. Not only shootings, stabbings, and physical attacks, but car crashes and other accidents that might occur during any tour of duty.
Research into law enforcement specific medicine is still limited but one organization that is making headway into this unique area of trauma care is The VALOR (Violence Against Law Officer Research) Project headed by Dr. Matt Sztajnkrycer, M.D., Ph.D., who serves as the Medical Director of the Rochester, Minnesota Police Department, and the Medical Director of the Rochester/Olmstead County Emergency Response Unit. “Dr. Matt” is not only an experienced trauma physician doctor but also an experienced researcher. That combination, as well as his knowledge of law enforcement related injuries, provides the perfect combination for him to oversee his organization, The VALOR Project.
FORWARD OPERATING BASE DELHI, Helmand province, Afghanistan — Peering eerily through the scratched lenses of a menacing black and red mask, U.S. Navy Seaman Chris Mesnard’s wild eyes rake his corner of the makeshift combat-zone gym here.
The corpsman toils through a twisted concoction of conditioning exercises, forcing sweat to seep through his olive drab United States Marine Corps hoodie. With each set, his friendly disposition dissipates into an uncomfortable cycle of labored breathing, courtesy of the oxygen-restricting training mask enveloping his face.