Friday, April 28, 2017

Violence Dynamics Washington D.C.

I was jotting down blog notes on "The wrong side of 40 - Goal Setting".  I was going over my schedule and available time and decided I wanted to accomplish certain things before I left for Ashburn, VA in June.  Then I thought to myself, hey why don't I  use the next blog post to talk about...

Washington D.C.

I define Operational Disciplines as skills people need to make their previous training and attributes viable for personal protection and professional use of force.


Nearly a decade ago now I hosted the first Violence Dynamics seminar with Marc MacYoung and Rory Miller.  Ever since then we have been  refining the Violence Dynamics Seminar Series to provide the best possible training in those necessary operational disciplines.

It has been an extremely challenging and rewarding process.  Through that process I have had the good fortune of meeting and training with extraordinary people. 

I have also come to the realization that for this to be the best personal protection instruction available we need to provide input and instruction from varying perspectives and life experiences.

So we started developing a network of Instructors

So now... in June 2017 if you are in D.C. area,  if you have a problem, if no one else can help, and if you can find them (which isn't hard the link is right HERE)

....maybe you can hire

Dr. Tammy Yard-McCracken (Code Name: Mind Bender) 

Tammy is our gracious host. Lead instructor at Kore Krav Maga, head of Krav Maga Global's women's division and experienced trauma counselor.

Tammy also holds the world record for striking me in the face with  boxing equipment

Rory Miller (Code Name: Old Skool) (Code Name: Whispers)

Former jail guard, wrote a book or two, and apparently a cowboy.

Rory has earned college varsities in judo and fencing and received a mokuroku in jujutsu. He has drunk chichu with reformed cannibals and 18-year-old scotch with generals...and loves long sword fights on the beach.

Terry Trahan (Code Name: Red Hood)
Terry personifies combat as weasel-craft. The thinking man's bad ass.

Having spent many years dealing with violence, various subcultures, and street life gives Terry Trahan a unique view on life and the dynamics of violence.

Having a strong interest in efficient answers to violence, de-escalation, urban survival, and escape, Terry’s focus is more on the civilian end of dealing with violence, covering armed, unarmed, improvised weapons, threat assessment, awareness, and unconventional strategies.

Terry has years of training in SouthEast Asian Martial Arts, heads the Kapatiran Suntukan Martial Arts organization, and is the lead instructor for WeaselCraft, his non-traditional approach to personal security, and specializes in all aspects of knives, from use, to design and function.

International man of mystery Unnamed Schmoe (Code Name: Secret Squirrel)
If you were supposed to know who this guy is, you already would.

Having said that, Some Unnamed Schome is in a unique position to give a short but very current brief on terrorist threats.

Kasey Keckeisen (Code Name: Shogun)

You guys know me, this is my blog.  

Traditionally, VioDy includes a special day for special students. People who have attended before, in other words. The OGs. {Original Gangstas}You know who you are. In Minnesota, we have access to a SWAT unit, and playing with SWAT is the bonus day.

For this Viody, we're in Virginia. And we have access to a range. So Wednesday, 07June2017 will be a handgun day. Beginners welcome, but not idiots. If you sign up for this, please give us your experience level. Depending on numbers and range of skills we may break this up into sessions. Some weapons will be available for rent at the venue.

* I will not conduct live fire exercises with people I do not know or that have not been vetted by people I trust.  If you are eligible to participate in Day 0 you will be contacted

DAY1. Thursday 08June2017
Session                        Title                       Time       Instructor
1.1            Introduction/ Safety Briefing   1 hr         KECKEISEN
1.2           Context of Violence Talk          1.5 hrs    MILLER
1.3           Introduction to the drills           1hr          YARD-McCRACKEN
1.4           Violence Dynamics                   1.5 hrs    KECKEISEN
1.5           Basic Power Generation            1 hr        TRAHAN
1.6           Leverage and Leverage Points  1 hr        KECKEISEN

DAY 2. FRIDAY 09June2017
Session                           Title                    Time       Instructor
2.1                            Daily Brief                .5hr         KECKEISEN
2.2      Conflict Communication              3.5hr         YARD McCRACKEN
2.3                          Targeting                    1 hr         TRAHAN
2.4                          Cool Stuff                   1 hr         UNNAMED SCHMOE
2.5      Close Quarters Edged Weapons  1.5 hrs       TRAHAN

DAY 3. SATURDAY 10June2017
Session                           Title                   Time       Instructor
3.1                            Daily Brief               .5hr        KECKEISEN
3.2                 Logic Of Violence                1hr       YARD McCRACKEN
3.3                 Counter-Assault                   1hr        KECKEISEN
3.4                 Force Law                          1.5 hrs    MILLER
3.5          Last Ditch Unarmed Defense   1.5 hrs    TRAHAN
3.6          Ground Movement                      1 hr      MILLER
3.7          Environmental Fighting               1 hr     ALL

DAY 4 SUNDAY 11June2017
Session                           Title                   Time       Instructor
4.1                            Daily Brief                 .5hr       KECKEISEN
4.2          High Speed Decision Making      1 hr       KECKEISEN
4.3                      Plastic Mind                     1 hr       MILLER
4.5-4.8    Advanced People Watching        5 hr       ALL

OG Break-Out Sessions

The other perk of being an OG: If the main session is something you've done many times before, feel free to grab one of the sidelined instructors for a chat or a little one-on-one training time.

As of the posting of this blog we were at 70% capacity.  So if you are thinking about going sign up today classes are filling quickly.

Train hard, Train Smart, Be safe

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