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November 13, 2019

The Rime of the Ancient Mariner is an old parable poem. The kind that weaves a lesson into the lines. Then it sits back too see if you understand. You can look up the story yourself. I will give you the Lizapedia version in case 1800's poems aren't your thing. A ship i...

May 8, 2017

Chaos affords us some great opportunities. Crazy opportunities. Things we could never imagine.

Things that sometimes, we say "Yes, of course." Then we brain storm how to figure it out later. But when Strange Music asks us for, "Someone who can parkour around some alleys...

February 29, 2016

Alex Carson is one of those people you can’t help but like. You want to be his friend and you feel smart knowing him. He has an intelligence that follows him without ego. He is diligent and works hard. A person parents love to brag about, but you can’t be mad at them,...

November 8, 2015

I have problems with most self defense training. And its not because what I teach is better. It isn’t. What I refuse to “teach” does, in fact, matter though.


Humans are animals. We, as a species, aren’t as different from others as we egocentrically would like to belie...

October 12, 2015

I own a gym.  Lots of people do that.  I’m not special.  But I work my damndest to create an Ortgeist  at Chaos that is a lot more than lifting stuff and losing pounds.  Chaos, because of its members, is a culture and a second home.

I teach...

October 8, 2015

For weeks they thought I was just sick.  Some stomach bug preschoolers get because they share boogers like teenage secrets.  I just complained my stomach hurt and I didn’t want go anywhere.  My mom finally brought me to the doctor.  It was there I confided a boy was ch...

September 21, 2015

Caitlin Shukwit stole all our hearts. She makes it really easy. She comes across as a wonderfully nice person. And she really is. She is also much deeper than just nice. She is driven, passionate, and a hell of an athlete.

Chaos had the opportunity to see Cait...

September 7, 2015

Your fear mongering does not scare me, but your lack of understanding statistics (and your amygdala) does.

 (This represents the Monty Hall Problem, if you are curious about how confusing Statistics are, watch this video )

Let me start by stating I’ve been in martia...

August 26, 2015

Russ and I created Chaos (pun intended). We have been blessed to be teachers for an incredible martial art community. We wanted to add more for them. What we found was more for us. The American Ninja Warrior (ANW) community has been such a warm, gracious, REAL group of...

August 17, 2015

How getting stuck in your thinking sucks

To paraphrase Darwin, “those among us that will survive are not the biggest or the strongest, but the most adaptable to change.” What does that mean for self defense?  Well, you don’t have to bench 315 pounds to avoid being raped...

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