Tonight, a client training to be a USAF Special Tactics operator asked me a great question.
“We haven’t done much calisthenics work. I’d like to add them in somewhere, so how would I do that?”
It’s a great question but the answer isn’t as straightforward as some might like. The thing is, we’ve been looking at calisthenics all wrong for a very long time. Calisthenics are a form of body control, light gymnastics, sometimes called floor gymnastics or floor exercises. As such, they have a specific place in the training lexicon. The thing is, it isn’t in cranking out a bunch of sets of push-ups and sit-ups.
We can all see it. Most of us have done it. You come up with a calisthenics program to help you pass a PT test and then you go back to lifting. The test calls for numbers, frankly they call for idiotic numbers. But we put it together. Push-ups, sit-ups, pull-ups and a few other little military favorites. We crank out five...
The American Defence System of Combat & Survival utilizes the proprietary Military Physical Training System to develop the neuromuscular domain of combat performance and bridge the neuropsychological domain.
All human movement is an isolated or integrated combination of locomotion, body control and object manipulation. For example, ruck marching is locomotion. Obstacle negotiation in combat is the combination of locomotion and body control. Shooting and moving is a combination of locomotion and object manipulation. Combat is the combination of all three.
The ability to move the human body with a high degree of skill, complexity, range of motion and automaticity while simultaneously performing locomotion and object manipulation is critical for success in sport, combat, and life’s unfortunate emergencies. The amount of power generated during all forms of movement is critical, as is the ability to maintain power output and recover from exertion quickly.
American Defence is a US Special Operations Veteran Owned Business dedicated to redefining military training from the ground up. We are literally rewriting the manual and while we're at it, we're returning to the original American Way of War the way it was intended via the citizen-soldier. The American System of Combat & Survival (American Systema) is a return to the original "American System of Education" pioneered by Captain Alden Partridge. It stresses physical fitness, the liberal arts (trivium & quadrivium), engineering, and military science. Like Captain Partridge, I believe that a well-trained militia is an urgent necessity today more than ever, and American Systema is developed around that constitutional mandate to deliver the highest quality training to the citizen-soldier.
American Systema is also based on the Russian System of Combat & Survival, usually referred to today as "Systema." Accordingly, American Systema is also a modern system of martial...
In part one of this article series I addressed what I would consider to be the dark, cold, hard truth about bout motivation. The fact that you just have to pick you damn self up and move the fuck out to the sound of gunfire because life is suffering and the only way to make it better is to take action. That’s all true. But there is another side to this issue of motivation and it’s well worth knowing. In fact, your life may just depend on it.
It’s important to understand that the survival side of motivation is pretty dull. It’s not really moving toward something, it’s just not dying. But not dying isn’t exactly living or even worth living for. In this regard humans have a unique psychological character that does make life worth living and great deeds worth doing. Humans have creative imaginations and a penchant for what we call art or aesthetics.
Aesthetics philosophically tell us how the world can be or it helps us to remember what it was,...
American Defence is proud to finally announce that we will be formalizing our Remote Coaching program on 01 November 2017.
The Remote Coaching platform has limited seats and acceptance is dependent on an application process. To ensure proper student-to-instructor ration, we will open the program with only ten (10) seats available. Depending on the instructor availability, there is the potential that we may increase the seats to 15-20 clients.
American Defence is proud to announce that Coach Nate Morrison is partnering with the LaClair Academy (website coming soon) of Lyndonville and Newport, VT to provide weekly Functional Fitness and MMA Conditioning classes. Additionally, Coach Morrison will also be providing military fitness training to local military recruits and Special Operations candidates. Personal coaching will be available to select clients in Northern Vermont and New Hampshire. We will be providing a link to Morrison Athletic and LaClair Academy as soon as the new websites are up.
If you are in Northern Vermont, come check us out and see what we can do for you!
American Defence and the Superhuman Radio Network are proud to announce a new joint venture: Military Fitness Radio.
Hosted on the Superhuman Radio Network every Thursday at noon, Nate Morrison and Carl Lanore will explore the issues surrounding true military fitness and answer listener questions. No subject is off-limits!
The first show will be at noon on Thursday, 2 November, 2017. Listeners can submit questions for Nate and Carl to answer to [email protected]. Each show will be available on the Superhuman Radio RSS feed and iTunes. Additionally, we will post links or the show itself here on our blog!
See you there!
Dr. Edwin Vieira is interviewed by Aaron Bolinger on the NVCCA/RTR weekly conference call on 10-7-2008.
Dr. Vieira's new book on this subject is now available in PDF/CD format. "The Sword and Sovereignty: The Constitutional Principles of "the Militia of the Several States" (Constitutional Homeland Security)"
An archive of his articles can be found at:
Edwin Vieira, Jr., holds four degrees from Harvard: A.B. (Harvard College), A.M. and Ph.D. (Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences), and J.D. (Harvard Law School).
For more than thirty years he has practiced law, with emphasis on constitutional issues. In the Supreme Court of the United States he successfully argued or briefed the cases leading to the landmark decisions Abood v. Detroit Board of Education, Chicago Teachers Union v. Hudson, and Communications Workers of America v. Beck, which established constitutional and statutory limitations on the uses to which labor unions, in both the...
An outstanding explanation of the 2nd Amendment by Dr. Edwin Vieira.
An outstanding presentation by Mark Passio at the monthly Philadelphia Liberty On The Rocks meetup on February 10, 2015.