The MPTI Crest

Uncategorized Dec 09, 2018

The MPTI logo has evoked a number of questions and requests for an explanation. We are pleased to see these inquiries, which tell us the symbol is doing what it should in invoking contemplation. The full explanation follows:

The Wreath

The complete circled wreath symbolizes the balanced and holistic system employed by the MPTI. it is an admonishment to never omit any component. It also symbolizes the importance of balanced nutrition and lifestyle. 

The Tamoe

An ancient Japanese symbol used in many Samurai family crests (Kamon) whose origin is lost to time. Throughout history, it has had several connotations. By the time of Miyamoto Musashi, it had come to represent Hachiman, the god of war. We use this symbol to remind us of constant movement, flow, the true martial arts, and the realities of war. There is also a spiritual connotation associated with the Tamoe. We further use this symbol to remind us of Musashi's teachings. 

Crossed Trident & Ice Axe

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The New MPTI Program

Uncategorized Dec 09, 2018

After far too many years we are delighted to announce the return of the Military Physical Training Instructor MPTI) certification program. We have waited for the right time to re-release this program and that time was dictated by our own personal readiness as well as satisfaction with the updated material. Previously the material lacked the precision, flow and simplicity desired and the format was inadequate for proper knowledge transfer. The MPTI program has to be held to a higher standard and the industry standard of weekend certifications is unacceptable to us.

The MPTI program is a professional development program and does not follow the common practice of weekend certifications. Instead, we are committed to superior quality over quantity at all costs. There is simply too much essential knowledge that must be learned, and it cannot simply be crammed into a couple of days. If the instructor were to begin lecturing it would take weeks without pause to cover all of the information...

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Deconstructing Social Media Savagery

Uncategorized Dec 04, 2018

Let’s not mince words. Social media is a very bad thing. That’s unfortunate because it can also be a very good thing. But is that worth it? Should we adopt it because that’s what everyone else is doing? Is not being on social media suicide? I tend to look at it as a gross and net negative and I seriously question the idea of being on any social media at all.

We first saw the problems of social media with forums. Forums very quickly had to be moderated 24/7 because of the droves of idiots that showed up to simply say stupid, annoying and offensive things. But the benefit of forums is that they are actual conversations and that is very good if you can keep the idiots away. These days, forums are not in use as much as they once were and that seems like a significant loss to those seeking real information. But this was just the beginning of the social media savagery.

Enter Twitter and Facebook. Twitter and Facebook redefined social media making it all instant, mobile,...

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The Soldier’s Gym & PT Equipment

Uncategorized Dec 02, 2018

There is a lot of exercise equipment available on the market these days. Some of it is extremely high quality and quite expensive. Some of that is worth every penny. But what do you actually need? I have a dear friend who is infatuated with college and professional sports teams and their strength and conditioning facilities. To be sure, they are fantastic! He also makes a compelling point about the military adopting these shockingly expensive gyms. Essentially, by the time you add up all the garbage that base gyms get, you could build at least one, probably more world-class performance training centers. That is, if you were an immoral fool who reveled in wasting taxpayer money. I don’t mean that as a slight against my friend. He’s right, if narrowly focused. He wants it so he’s willing to justify it in his mind. I’m not; and so we agree to disagree and there’s nothing wrong with that.

But the meat of the issue is simply, “what is needed?”...

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The Nine Priorities of the American Warrior

Uncategorized Oct 28, 2018

These are the priorities of the American warrior under my system of training. While they are prioritized here, they are all nearly equally important. 

  1. The warrior’s first priority is ruck marching. The warrior must be so well conditioned and efficient that a march of several days in mountainous terrain does not cause him undue fatigue and does not hamper his ability to fight for several more days followed by a return march of several days. This capacity can only be developed over time with a gradual approach to allow the connective tissue, bones, and physiology to adapt. Once developed, it must be maintained for the soldier’s entire service career. There is no higher priority than this. Period.
  2. The warrior’s second priority is bushcraft, medicine, and communications. On the march he must be able to build shelter, procure water, hunt and gather food, and maintain his health or tend to his wounds. If he cannot do these things, he will arrive at the...
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Sleep Supplements That Work

Uncategorized Sep 09, 2018

Americans are not sleeping enough. Not by a long shot and it's killing us.

I've been having sleep issues for much of my adult life. Having done reams of research, there are not a lot of useful answers out there. Recently I have discovered that most sleep issues seem to be the result of a combination of issues. The first issue is hormones and the interaction between them and the nervous system. Basically, we are way over stimulated by bad lifestyles, bad nutrition, electric lights, and a myriad of screens we watch all the time. This really screws up the hormone cascade that triggers and regulates sleep. 

The second thing I have discovered is that minerals, especially combined with gelatin and amino acids, specifically the blend you find in bone broth, have a profound effect on sleep quality. Additionally, the use of fulvic and humic minerals has really been a game changer for me. I have to also remind my audience that Magnesium oil and zinc gluconate are as always amazing, but...

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Rifle Recommendations

kit rifle Sep 09, 2018

The most significant purchase a citizen-soldier makes is his rifle. The modern battle rifle is to the American citizen-soldier what the katana was to the Samurai. His life depends on it. And like swords, there are so many confusing factors to consider in the rifle market today. The average citizen-soldier is not a "gun nut" and has no real understanding of these many factors. This is unfortunate and I would hope that all citizen-soldiers will become gun nuts in the near future. Understanding your equipment is critical to success.

Like out kit list, this list is basic. However, I don't think there will be an "advanced list" because that's not really how it works. "Advanced" in the firearms world really refers to skill and accessories for specific mission sets. There isn't any sort of advanced or special rifle you might buy. 

The key to a good rifle is accuracy and reliability. Accuracy is an interesting issue. It depends on the quality of the rifle to include the mechanical...

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American Defence Basic Kit List

kit Sep 08, 2018

Every American citizen, especially the men, age 16 and above, should own, properly maintain, and be proficient in the use of the following military equipment. The reason is simple. All American citizens are by their very citizenship, considered to be members of the militia. The American militia system is one whereby the people own their own arms and equipment, assemble and train regularly, and stand ready to answer the call of their civic leaders or act unilaterally to local emergencies. 

This kit (a set of articles or equipment needed for a specific purpose) list is the bare bones basics for an infantry unit. It is exactly what I would want my militiamen, soldiers or Marines to have in the beginning if I were tasked to raise a unit. When we were masters of this equipment, we could explore other options. There are certainly other items to consider depending a great deal on circumstance and specialty.

It must be remembered that this kit list is a functional and rational one,...

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We're Leaving...

culture Aug 12, 2018

Dear friends,

The time has come for us to depart a place most foul and repulsive. I speak of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and the rest. It's strange how much those places feel like the insanity of colonial America under the British just prior to the Revolutionary War. The pressure placed on one to say and do what others demand. And all of it in violation of common sense, common decency, rationality, and antithetical to all that we hold dear. 

Social media is in general toxic and unnatural even before we consider the more recent transgressions of the large tech companies. We are continuing to live in a false virtual world that bears no resemblance to the real world. Relationships are being destroyed, communities are falling apart, and the civility that once defined our nation is gone. I sit in restaurants and watch couples never speak as they both stare at their smart phones, rarely exchanging a word. I have watched as civil discourse has disappeared. And I have...

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The New SOF PFT

sof pft Jul 02, 2018

This post is the first in a series of posts regarding the new American Defence Special Operations Forces Physical Fitness Test (SOF PFT). 

The details surrounding the SOF PFT will be flushed out in new posts each day this week. This will include detailed rationale and analysis, FAQs and more.

The least you need to know is this: The SOF PFT is the most comprehensive evaluation of combat fitness ever developed. It is 100% functional, combat arms specific, and multi-dimensional; addressing the psychological, technical, tactical, and physical development domains. It also addresses the three domains of human movement (locomotion, body control & object manipulation). It also addresses energy system development. Furthermore, it encourages competition and innovation. Lastly, the standards set are significant enough to require proper training programs to max the test and poor training programs will fail to pass the minimum standards. Finally, the test will evolve over time. This is...

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