Sensei Problems
Uncategorized / April 23, 2018

Sitting next to you is a distinguished gentleman or gentlewoman older than you. Although their outward appearance is rather regal, they carry the burden of their days of teaching. Their gi (e.g., uniform) looks like a rat eaten corn sack, and the mangled ribbon around their waist was a black belt at one time. When they walk the left knee goes pop! boing! snap! And they will give a grin with a tooth missing. Their feet resemble two rawhide chew toys, and their hands…well, their violin playing days are over. Welcome to the Black Belt Club! If you go to your distinguished sensei’s house, you are likely to find; a hole in the garage wall, a tree stump, a bent steel post that sensei at one time tied the dog to, and a barbecue pit with a wall missing. Oh yeah! A missing dog! You too will go through the time honored routine of trying to find a place to put your makiwara, ignoring what your sensei said to you about installation. So, Where do I put my makiwara? Okay, for those readers not familiar with a makiwara…it’s a board firmly padded (as in hard) covered with canvas that has…

How Do I Reach My Car Safely-After Dark?
Uncategorized / April 1, 2018

By Master Peter Deeley Having performed much security work during the late night and early morning hours, I am driven now by experience and and instinct to determine whether an environment is safe or unsafe.  Much your safety depends on good habits modified with unpredictability.  A few good rules go a long way to keeping you alert and out of harms way, and an unpredictable schedule and venue heightens safety.  And yet! I see experienced security officers have forgotten basic safety, or have become indolent in their duties.  Not only should you follow a few imparted techniques but be prepared to invent and develop some of your own. Before Leaving Your Building At an earlier time, while it is still light, move your vehicle closer to the exit from your the building. Before leaving your office or place of business in the dark go to the video camera screens and wind them back fifteen to thirty minutes.  Review the tapes looking for suspicious activity or suspicious people.  Call the police if you spot suspicious activity. Call a friend or relative before you leave and give them an estimated time of arrival. Leave a voice mail message if you did not…