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Martial Arts for Boaters

Posted by Don Weiss on February 18, 2017 at 3:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Not all martial arts are created equally :D

Many of today's martial arts/self defense teachings have a sporting base, or a health/hobby aspect to them. It does not make them 'wrong' or less useful, but it is important to understand the reasons for many of the movement patterns and training methodologies.

Karate, Judo. MMA are basically sporting endeavors. They build great attributes (fitness, competitiveness, etc) but are not meant for close combat (as in a confined space aboard a small vessel or on a deck littered with obstacles).

My own opinion, based on 20+ yrs of NSW experience and 40 yrs of training, is that the martial arts of the Hakka people of China (Bak Mei. Yau Kung Mun, Lung Ying) and some of the Wing Chun styles are suitable. Also, the arts of Silat (noticeably American Kun Tao Silat, although many others qualify) and Kali/Escrima (and Libre Fighting) can work well, provided the instruction is adapted to the close confines commonly found. The reason I like these arts (and practice them) is that they are still combatively used in many parts of the world, and have not been 'modified' for a kinder, gentler society.

Another recent method is Target Focus Training, taught by Tim Larkin and Chris Ranck-Buhr, with some very good principles and training methodologies, that help increase your effectiveness in using 'traditional' martial arts.

There are other methods (including WWII Combatives) that I consider good, too, but not enough time to list and explain them all here 8)

Any questions, comments - drop me a line at [email protected] com and I'll be glad to discuss them - or use the forum here.


Honduras News

Posted by Don Weiss on January 24, 2017 at 10:40 AM Comments comments (0)

From https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/Cruisers_Network_Online" target="_blank">Cruisers Network Online - news of three pirate attacks/boardings of vessels in the past week. Also reported on https://www.safetyandsecuritynet.com/" target="_blank">Caribbean Safety and Security Net, and this article - Real Life Pirates Terrorize New Mexico Man.

The comments section contain links to a youtube channel that captured an encounter at sea with pirates - that ended well (no one harmed).

And the usual controversy of sailing armed or unarmed - all the Captain's choice, wighing the pros and cons.

Stay safe. Any comments - email me at [email protected]

Boat Theft (by swimmer) and Cuba

Posted by Don Weiss on December 24, 2016 at 9:45 AM Comments comments (0)

From Caribbean Safety and Security (https://www.safetyandsecuritynet.com/date-2016-12-21-country-name-panama-location-detail-bocas-del-toro-event-theft/) - a video of a swimmer stealing a small boat. Video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yrm1aZrWgwo) of the theft (from youtube).

Comment - from the looks of it, the thief knew the camera was there, kept low and in the shadows to avoid identification/detection.

From Cruisers Network Online (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Cruisers_Network_Online/) - For Cuba bound travelers - mention of a Facebook Group - Cuba Land and Sea - for up-to-date information and interaction with other members I haven't been to the page (or Cuba) - although I would like to go someday before it opens up wide for tourists (at least from the US). It has an aura of mystery, and is only 90 miles S of Key West :-)

Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year to all.

Note: Sorry for not linking the pages - seems my linker and my photo import is limited today.

Digital Nomad Survival Tips

Posted by Don Weiss on December 19, 2016 at 10:10 AM Comments comments (0)

From Computerworld.com - Digital Nomad Survival Tips - Part One and Part Two.

Part One deals with selection of a backpack (and tips), protecting your laptop, Wi-Fi and mobile carriers, and power management.

Part Two, written three years later, overs ride sharing, mapping, AirBnB, and other tips.

I find that many of the areas covered in the article can be easily (and cheaply) adapted to the cruising/boating life.

Now, all I need is to get a boat..... :D

Stay safe during the Christmas and New Years holidays.

Boat crime is not limited to specific areas of the world

Posted by Don Weiss on October 25, 2016 at 7:55 PM Comments comments (0)

From Yachting & Boating World - http://www.ybw.com/news-from-yachting-boating-world/26-boats-targeted-at-grimsby-and-cleethorpes-yacht-club-43603

According to the article, two crminals were responsible for the thefts, from 26 vessels at the marina/club.

I am posting this as a reminder that theft and other crimes involving the vessel or crew do not happen just  'over there'.  It is a world wide phenomena - much like the weather.

Stay vigilant, aware. Seek out training to make yourself more aware/better prepared. The world continues to be a more 'interesting' place.

Situational Awareness - Video: WTF Is Situational Awareness?

Posted by Don Weiss on October 13, 2016 at 12:15 AM Comments comments (0)

From The CP-Journal - http://www.cp-journal.com/video-wtf-is-situational-awareness/

A video, and the transcript is below it - one quote I like that stood out - "In his system, the colors don’t represent the amount of danger that’s around you, they represent the amount of attention you’re paying to what’s around you."

Also in the video is mention that Sa is a skill, and that we need to practice it, incorporate it into our daily lives.

In our Western (and Eastern, for that matter) society - too many people walk around with their heads down, looking at their smart phone. For the sailors out there - stop dwelling on the instruments.  Pay attention to your surroundings!! Look around you at all the wonderful things in life.

The Connected Boat

Posted by Don Weiss on October 12, 2016 at 4:50 AM Comments comments (0)

With all the talk these days of the Internet of Things (IOT) - here's an article by https://sirenmarine.com/the-connected-boat-what-it-is-and-why-its-changing-the-game/" target="_blank">Siren Marine  -

The Connected Boat: What It Is and Why It’s Changing the Game

I have no interest (affiliate marketing or other) with Siren Marine.  They and a competitor, GOST Marine, seem to have excellent products that I would recommend.

Of course, IF I were to hear from them about affiliate programs.... I would still encourage the three readers out there (you know who you are) to do your own research and pick the products that fit your unique needs. Comments? Feel free to email/twitter/send me smoke signals and start up a dialogue.

Two Life Skills posts

Posted by Don Weiss on October 11, 2016 at 4:10 AM Comments comments (0)

For the betterment of your overall life - here are two links to articles I found interesting.

1. From 'The Art Of Manliness' - 12 easy things to do to set yourself apart from the rest.


2. From 'Fight Fast' - Do you have bad intentions?


Driving in Crowds Tip and Hotel Room Security

Posted by Don Weiss on October 4, 2016 at 7:00 AM Comments comments (0)

For the traveler -

Tips on how not to get stuck in a riot in your vehicle - and what to do if it happens. http://www.themodernsurvivalist.com/archives/4855

Not just a 'pedal to the metal - mow 'em down' article.

Thank you to the Internet for the above graphic :-)

And for the next tip -

From Imminent Threat Solutions - an article, timely because of the media interest in Kim Kardashian - http://www.itstactical.com/intellicom/physical-security/checking-securing-hotel-room-attacks-intrusion/

Enjoy. Comments, ideas, discussion? email me, hit me up at Twitter, start a discussion in the forum section....

Grenada Udpates

Posted by Don Weiss on September 30, 2016 at 1:05 AM Comments comments (0)

From https://www.safetyandsecuritynet.com/2016/09/ - three burglaries (or at a minimum attempted burglaries) reported in Chermin Bay, Grenada.

Some good resources here - check out the Boatwatch page -

and the Precautions page - tips for at anchor/moored and for underway.