April 22, 2014 at 8:50 am #10184
Welcome! Please introduce yourself? (Name, age, gender, location for example)
I am Rowan McDirk, 32 years old male andI live in Western Europe
Since when are you into survival and preparedness and what made you get into it?
I had an interest in woods and survival since I was a kid, my world changed when i got the SAS survival handbook for christmas. Later I got interested in self sufficinecy and ancient crafts. I had supplies for a month since I bought my house but really started prepping when I got my kid. A father must be able to take care of his wife and kid, part of being a man I guess.
Why is survival and preparedness important or interesting for you? What scenario are you preparing for?
Being able to take care of my wife and child if times get worse.
Mostly economic collapse.
How would you describe your prepping / survival philosophy? What matters for you?
Water, food, tools and knowledge.
I also keep my body in good shape and recently got my master in reality self defense.
Do you have some favorite quotes or words of wisdom you like?
Veritas et Aequitas, I try to live by truth and justice.
Fortuna Favet Menti Paratae, Chance favours the prepared. Being prepared reduces the chance of freezing when it matters.
You are dying and have 30 seconds left, what do you do or say?
Take care of my daughterApril 22, 2014 at 11:49 am #10212
Welcome Rowan!April 22, 2014 at 12:21 pm #10220
Welcome Rowan!April 22, 2014 at 12:41 pm #10221
Gypsy Wanderer HuskySurvivalist
Prepare for the unknown by studying how others in the past have coped with the unforeseeable and the unpredictable.
George S. PattonApril 22, 2014 at 3:41 pm #10240
welcomeApril 22, 2014 at 5:12 pm #10262
Rowan I hope you find the forum here useful – don’t be shy about chiming in! Welcome here.April 22, 2014 at 5:28 pm #10265
Glad to have you here.April 22, 2014 at 8:32 pm #10294
If at first you don't succeed, excessive force is usually the answer.April 23, 2014 at 6:38 am #10346
Thanks for the warm welcome.April 23, 2014 at 9:38 am #10371
Hi Rowan, glad to have you here!
…and recently got my master in reality self defense.
What is it? Can you share some details about it?
Alea iacta est ("The die has been cast")April 23, 2014 at 7:37 pm #10490
It is a small school, the instructor has been training martial arts since he was 6 (he’s now over 30), was fed up with all the wrong things martial art schools sold and started his own club. He stands on having a small group to teach so he has full view on how everyone advances and no one learns wrong things.
There are no grades or belts, it’s the old way, if the ‘master’ thinks you are worthy to teach you get your master’s degree/black belt. There is no strict program or moves, we see how each person reacts on attacks and improve the natural movements according to the body of the student. Everyone has a different way of countering attacks. Everyhing we know, learn on seminars, read or see on the net is stripped to the bare essentials and transformed in something that works without difficult and unnatural movements.
The trainer has his eastern MA background, his assistant Systema and I had a Western Martial arts (swordfighting, spear/pole arms, dagger, some wrestling) and kick boxing background. We learn a lot from each other.
The master 1 came as a surprise, I feel there is still so much to learn, but I’m very proud of it.
Black belt was no end point anyway, it’s a sign that you know the basics, must learn further and have the responsability to teach the other studerts.April 24, 2014 at 4:23 pm #10622
Welcome, pull up a seat and stay a while.
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