Friday, June 06, 2014

Organizing

Except for the upcoming seminar in Seattle, and maybe a little brawling with friends, I have the rest of the month free. Which is good, because the rest of the year is going to be almost continual motion.

It's a month, but that's not much time.  Things that need to happen:

  • Rehab the knee. Harder and better. And try not to injure it again.
  • Rethink, plan and execute working out. Three (or is it four?) years of continuous leg injuries. "Nurse Ratchett" used her mad tui-na skills to pop the bone in my ankle back into place. The metatarsal break will never completely heal and I'm used to that so it's just the knee-- so now it's time to find a way to get the wind and muscle tone back up. 
  • Tied into above-- need to make some specific incremental changes in living. Not enough to do new things, I need to modify some deep-seated habits.
  • Work on the property and the house. Over two months of neglect means about a year's worth of work. Make a daily dent.
  • Work stuff-- book writing has to go on hold for a bit. Need to script (wrong word, my usual script for a three-hour video is a single page, nothing we've filmed is staged. More bullet points) "InFighting" and a "Scaling Force" tie-in to shoot in July.*
  • Have to become a business man. Emotionally, this is the hard one. Lots of internal contradictions ( I like capitalism-- the free market concept has done more to make peace possible than anything else, at the same time like a lot of kids raised poor there is an instinct that money is dirty and only bad people make a lot.) Some contradictions with the world-- I really want to get to the point where I can teach for free, but it's been made abundantly clear this year that pricing too low (something I especially do when I believe in the mission) costs not only contracts but credibility.
  • Part of the business is breaking down exactly what I do, what can be delegated, anything I'm doing in person that can be done another way.
  • Work on getting the word out about the CRGI launch. Contact some potential guest contributors.
  • Trivia. I'm about ten days behind on e-mail. Have to send a blurb on the essence of infighting out. Did a podcast interview and need to send a bio.
  • Connect. Haven't had much time for friends and family. Want to make the time and at the same time, there is so much work to do. It's easy to let the soft obligations slide.

*Thoughts out loud about these. For infighting, I need to get together with my local crew and a few strangers to bang it out and decide what must be in it, what should be in it, and what can be left out. I'm leery of filming this. Pretty much by definition if you set up infighting so the camera can see it, you aren't doing it right. But David Silver's crew is pretty ingenious.
For "Scaling Force" Lawrence can't make the filming and I want to cancel, but both Lawrence and David are insisting. What I want to cover is threat assessment:
  1. Am I in Danger?
  2. How much danger? And what force does that require?
  3. Test questions
And, for want of a better word, context of application. If it is a serious self-defense situation, something where high-level force is the answer, it won't look anything like a square-off fight. So how to adapt your current skills to surprise, tight ranges and cluttered environments and some options for disparity of force: numbers, weapons and immense size and strength.
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Plus, I'm teaching an on-line class for writers starting in ten days.

6 comments:

TWW said...

"InFighting" and a "Scaling Force" tie-in to shoot in July

Looking forward to seeing these.

Anonymous said...

Concerning your desire for physical training, you may want to look into this.

http://baye.com/store/project-kratos/

I own most of his stuff, but this one is just great. Given your travel schedule it would seem that bodyweight might be ideal to ensure as much consistency as possible.

Just a thought of course.

Ymar Sakar said...

First person or shoulder cameras should be able to catch in fighting, as it presents the same blind spots as normal human vision.

Jake said...

Rory,

For the working out, check out some of Dan John's writings (www.danjohn.net). And maybe Pavel's "Simple and Sinister" book. Might fit the bill

Josh K. said...

Rory,

"• Have to become a business man. Emotionally, this is the hard one. Lots of internal contradictions ( I like capitalism-- the free market concept has done more to make peace possible than anything else, at the same time like a lot of kids raised poor there is an instinct that money is dirty and only bad people make a lot.) Some contradictions with the world-- I really want to get to the point where I can teach for free, but it's been made abundantly clear this year that pricing too low (something I especially do when I believe in the mission) costs not only contracts but credibility."

Organization and Time are interconnected.

Fighters and Emergency Personnel are not the only ones to think of Time as a resource and to hold it valuable.

Life = Time

When we are born we are 'given' a finite amount of time to be on this earth. 

How much of your life… How much time did you spend acquiring the knowkedge you want to give away for free? How much missed time with loved ones? How much time are you spending away from K. to teach this knowledge that will save/shave years off others' training time? This knowledge that in a bad situation might give someone more time than they would of had without it?

How valuable is this knowledge, Time…Your Life?

Free… eeww! Free is just another way of saying, I don't believe or respect you enough to think you can exchange something of equal value.

http://capitalismmagazine.com/2002/08/franciscos-money-speech/

(FYI: You give us your thoughts in these Blog Posts and I feel compelled to give my thoughts in exchange. To restore balance.) – Hey, that even sounds rational.
:-)

Josh K. said...

Addendum/Correction:

How valuable is this knowledge, time, your life or theirs?