The term “warrior” has been as abused as the word “hero.” It has been applied to everything and everyone for the most pedestrian of accomplishments and actions. That’s deeply unfortunate because when we misuse words, especially powerful and important words, we reduce their value. No one can be a hero if everyone is a hero. So too with warriors. MMA fighters are not warriors, and neither are any members of the armed forces. Yeah, that one’s going to hurt some feelings, but the truth doesn’t care, and the truth is what we’re most concerned with. After all, truth is the most important element of our existence and it’s the center of the true warrior’s central operating system.
Warriors of old performed three primary functions. First, they protected the tribe from all external threats. Second, they were the arbiters of moral conduct within tribal society. This required that warriors be brutally ruthless when facing outward, and...
The primary mission of American Defence is the development of the new American warrior. That means a hell of a lot more than something as simple as teaching a man to shoot and dressing him up in a uniform.
Over the past 20 years I have been picking apart the ancient warrior traditions to figure out what it was that these men and cultures were doing, what they were teaching, and what they were talking about. What guided them? What were the secrets to their legendary performance? Could that be translated to the modern world.
For a long time it seemed somewhat hopeless until I ran across a trove of critical core information. I put that information into The Way of the American Warrior. But there were still a few pieces missing from the larger picture, the 80,000 foot view of the warrior. Recently I once again teamed up with my good friend and co-conspirator, Coach Nathan Cragg and we hashed out the final bits to build a model of warrior development that includes every aspect...
While I am not an expert on secure communications, American Defence does have plank owners who are. These people have been very helpful in guiding me to secure communications systems. Today I want to spotlight one of those systems.
As you may or may not know, I have been in love with the Swiss secure communications app called Threema for at least a year. I have used it extensively and I love it. As far as I can tell, it really is the most secure messaging and calling app available. However, it has two downsides. First, the call quality is poor. To be fair, I suspect the reason (most of the time) is the internet connectivity and cell reception quality. I tend to use it to talk to folks in war torn areas of the world. However, I have noticed significant lags in the connection when I know both parties are in excellent reception areas. Second is the lack of a web app for Apple. I try to do as much as I can on my laptop and it's very nice to be able to use the laptop instead of...
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...
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,...
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)"
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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.