April 23, 2014 at 8:13 am #10354
I was born a Yankee and as soon as I could fly I moved to Texas. I’ve traveled around a lot mostly for work purposes and ended up in East Tennessee for the last 10 years or so. I’m a software developer.
I’m on the glide slope of life and looking for a soft landing, hopefully not too soon tho.
My interests are primarily my dogs, martial arts, outdoor activities and survival. I used to fight in MMA 30 – 40 yrs ago before it was called MMA. I’m also into tech.
I really can’t say how I ‘got into’ survival. I think I have always been in. My earliest memories are studying indians and indian lore, hunting, fishing, trapping and raising animals as a youngster. I was left to my own devices as a kid and naturally drifted in this direction with the help of a neighbor and good friend that was a bow hunter. My first paying job was breaking and training horses as a young teenager.
My survival philosophy would match my entire philosophy and would be:
“Have Fun, Don’t Quit and Win in the End”
If I was dying and had 30 seconds to live and could only say one thing it would HAVE to be a joke:
“That’s All Folks”
Big Bears Don't TreeApril 23, 2014 at 9:25 am #10366
Haha, welcome SharpDog!
Do you like [mlink keywords=”Tom Brown” front=”” back=”” real=”” amzn=”1″ wiki=”Tom_Brown,_Jr.” main=”a” direct=””]? It is probably something right up your alley.
Can you talk a bit more about MMA back then? I occasionally watch MMA and some of the a little bit older footage of Bas Rutten but I’m pretty sure you guys went at it in a quite different environment.
Alea iacta est ("The die has been cast")April 23, 2014 at 9:36 am #10370
Welcome Sharp DogApril 23, 2014 at 9:45 am #10376
Welcome SharpDog. It is good survival philosophy.April 23, 2014 at 1:11 pm #10417
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 23, 2014 at 2:37 pm #10442
welcomeApril 23, 2014 at 7:53 pm #10496
welcomeApril 24, 2014 at 4:20 pm #10620
Welcome, pull up a seat and stay a while.April 24, 2014 at 4:32 pm #10626
Absolutely I like Tom Brown, he was awesome.
Well, I started martial arts around 5 yrs old at the YMCA’s mainly as a cheap alternative to daycare for my parents. Initially it was Judo and I progressed over the years to competing in international (ie. American-Canadian) tournaments. By that time I was going to one YMCA for Judo and then taking the bus to another for Karate. This was in the days before all that much child-napping and such. By the time I got to college I was pretty good.
Turns out my college had a ‘Varsity’ full-contact Karate program where we would go to Philly every week or two and compete against other colleges. In those days full-contact meant you wore a cup and a mouth guard. No head gear or pads. Head shots were severely regulated however in that you needed to demonstrate you could clearly see your target – no blind shots. I think the two instructors were getting degrees or college credit or something, me, I was in in for the fighting. I trained 7 days a week, 4 hrs a day boot-camp style … do 1000 of this kind of kick, these punches, rolls, take-downs, arm-bars, etc. The best 3 would fight, the next 6 or so would compete in forms. All of the contestants were black belts. Me and another guy alternated in the 3-4 positions right behind the two instructors.
I remember my first tournament. I went in against a guy named Kwame (who later became my good friend). I looked straight ahead … right into his belly button it seemed. I’m a shade under 6′ but he was well over 7′. I felt like those 3 stooges shows where your feet are backpeddaling like mad but someone is keeping you in the ring against your will
I did that for like 4 years before I graduated and had to get a real job.
I kept in it at a much lower level for about 8-10 more years when I just plain got too old to compete at that level.
Big Bears Don't Tree
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