Colonel “Jeff” Cooper quotes an old Shoshone refrain that
"Over here, over there, everywhere,
Today, tomorrow, always:
Bad men there are.
Hate you they do.
Kill you they will.
Watch out you better!"
The only thing that stands between you and death is your ability
to resist. Order and justice can only be realized
through the hand of might. Fear is ignorance actualized.
Knowledge displaces fear.
Death is always one step from despair.
to nuclear war, this current explosion of interpersonal
violence is the single greatest threat to civilization.
the brilliant Roman general, accurately gave percentages long
ago: “Of every one hundred men, ten shouldn’t even be
there, eighty are nothing but targets, nine are real fighters…
We are lucky to have them… They make the battle. Ah, but the
one, one of them is a Warrior… and he will bring the others
history, the Warrior’s been celebrated and exalted due to
his essential place in society.
Bruce Lee’s conceptual framework for Jeet Kune Do parallels
Jiddux Krisnamurti’s writing on the nature of all things.
immediately recognized the significance of what Krisnamurti
was saying, applied it to fighting, and painstaking made the
critical connections from word to physical movement. In his
book "On Education" Krisnamurti wrote: “Freedom,
liberty, the independence to express what one thinks, to do
what one wants to do, is one of the most important things
in life. To be really free within oneself is one
of the most difficult and dangerous things.”
philosopher reasons, but the Warrior acts,
or as phrased by Phil Messina, President of the prestigious
Modern Warrior®“Martyrs alert the world to the presence of evil. Warriors
do something about it.”
he doesn’t appear to be, the sheepdog is a Warrior,
one who would never turn claws and teeth on the flock,
but nonetheless, who yearns for a righteous battle.
long for the inevitable battle against the forces
of social fascist enemies of liberty, whether they be in a
dark alley or the halls of Congress, to once and for all defeat
the terrible peril that has cost untold millions
of innocent unorganized Militia members their dignities, their
livelihoods, their cherished loved ones and their very lives.
difficult for rational Man to envision evil incarnate,
in the frightening form of a stranger ardently willing to
destroy him for what he can only perceive
as “no good reason.” This moral ambiguity is what the threat
counts on during the initial phase of his assault,
to delay your appropriate response just
long enough to kill you. The thing that distinguishes
a Warrior from all others is his propensity to not
only survive in the realm of interpersonal aggression,
but his capacity to thrive in it. While mere sheep
flee the clamor of conflict, the courageous Warrior
willingly advances towards it and returns fire.
legally defensively armed unorganized Militia member faces
analogous paradoxes. He must exert a high level of
self-control. Petty offenses and insults can’t be
allowed to goad one into an unwarranted armed confrontation.
An exceptional level of skill must be attained in the use
of the legal defensive firearm. If one must shoot,
the shots must be expertly placed. It would be better
to endure a mugging than to shoot three innocent
bystanders in the process of stopping an illegal
legally defensively armed unorganized Militia member must
imagine and rehearse endless possible scenarios in
order to be adequately prepared. What if I’m illegally
assaulted in a crowd? What if I’m seriously injured?
What if my legal defensive firearm malfunctions?
Part of this process is fantasy and imagination, and we must
do some serious soul-searching to make sure that
we aren’t seduced by such fantasies into desiring
or seeking an armed confrontation.
must be detached and yet devoted to the
craft. We must be free from degrading machismo and
blood lust, and yet ready to justly apply countervailing lethal
force without hesitation whenever necessary. The Warrior is
prepared for combat wherever he is.
said that one Samurai, who was so poor as to earn
his living by working in a small field, always carried
a sword and wore leggings even in the field. He therefore
didn’t need to go home first if he was called up.
A Samurai is a Warrior first, whenever and wherever
he is. He doesn’t sleep with his non-dominant arm
under his body. If he’s illegally assaulted when he’s in bed,
he can prevent the first blow with his non-dominant
arm, and can reach for his sword with his dominant
arm. He remembers to find an emergency exit before
he sleeps when he stays in an inn or hotel.
the Samurai in the story, the best practice for the
legally defensively armed unorganized Militia member is to
be armed at all times.
are several practical reasons for this. If your legal
defensive firearm is on you, it isn’t laying
around unsupervised somewhere and it’s immediately
available to you when you need it most. If you get
into the practice of wearing your legal defensive firearm
every day, you’ll wear it more naturally
and adjust your wardrobe for adequate concealment.
When you wear your legal defensive firearm at all
times, the muscles and subconscious learn where your legal
defensive firearm is, making for a faster and more
practice of wearing your legal defensive firearm at all
times reinforces the "Warrior spirit" and is the
safest mode of storage for a legal defensive firearm.
Jesus met Cornelius the centurion, a Warrior, He didn’t
say, “violence never solves anything”; instead, He
marveled, “No greater faith have I found, no not in all
of Judah,” making the first Gentile convert of him.
his book, “Sudden Violence,” Greg Jones asks, “To what
extremes are you willing to go to ensure your own safety?
Do you believe you have it within you to be able to take a
man’s life with… no hesitation if a situation warrants it?”
shares that there are too many people who are shot
with their own legal defensive firearm because they
waited too long to act for their own protection,
naïvely hoping the threat would simply go away.
This is a hard-wired psychological response to the
appearance of a threat. Our first instinct
is to run, and failing that, to cower and
capitulate, give him anything to save our miserable
people, when the time inexorably comes to act, instead simply
stare stupidly at their swiftly impending doom, thinking
something profound, along the lines of, “I can’t
believe it’s not butter.”
Colonel Dave Grossman explains in his book “On
Killing,” that most men, when the critical instant
comes to justly deliver death, hesitate. He gives
the example that during the Civil War, muskets were recovered
having over a dozen minié balls recklessly stuffed
down the barrel, or that men would purposely shoot
over the heads of the enemy.
kill or seriously injure another person is as foreign
to them as committing suicide. Every species has no compunction
over exterminating a different one, but all
hesitate to destroy their own.
a particular scenario reveals our makeup: picture two men
locked in mortal combat, one with his hands wrapped around
the other’s neck. What would you do? The “trick” in this question
is that you must first decide which of these two
men you are. Most passive sheep can’t easily
visualize themselves doing the choking; they
invariably select themselves as the victim.
Only those who’ve experienced it, or have trained
for such an encounter, identify themselves as the one doing
given percentage of people can’t be made to kill
-even to justifiably immediately protect their own lives.
Phil Messina, president of Modern
Warrior®, expresses it like this: “Being
a Warrior has little to do with war and much to do with causes.”
type of person is referred to as “cannon-fodder,” similar
to those individuals who repeatedly engage in life-threatening
skateboard techniques without benefit of
helmet or padding: in the distant past, those are the same
slow-witted individuals who would have been eaten
by dinosaurs or other carnivores; today, they’re artificially
kept alive using your extorted tax dollars, and at
increasingly-earlier ages continue to breed even
slower-witted tattooed and pierced welfare-dependant
Portland Oregon, a standard question on the mercenary proxy-guardian
“police” entrance exam states, “If you were called to
a disturbance and arrived to find another officer being repeatedly
kicked in the head while down on the opposite side of an impenetrable,
unscalable fence enclosing them, what would you do?”
A percentage always refuses to answer, “Shoot the
the principle of inoculation, or toxin/counter-toxin, by becoming
exposed to interpersonal aggression in small
doses, we can become somewhat immunized to it. Like
a magic trick, we’re awed the first time we’re exposed
to it, but if we subsequently learn how it’s done,
it no longer astounds.
the Warrior isn’t a hero, his exploits aren’t celebrated,
and in fact, the exact opposite is true: the disarmed
victim, who doesn’t fight and certainly never wins, has replaced,
and is wrongly called “hero.” No society can long
Greece and Rome all fell, Spain, France and Britain
are no longer great empires, but mere third-world
nations. The U. S. isn’t immune to history. Remember,
the Warrior is as much “sensei,” or teacher,
as artist and fighter.
freely passes on to as many as will listen,
his joys of liberty.
confidentiality standards are higher than those
of a physician or priest.
He never publicly criticizes any of his students,
but always publicly praises them.
He never hesitates to push his students to the point of
failure, but will always gently coach them to do
it again until it’s right, and the again, until
He never turns away an inquisitive mind, and is
always there for his students.
Warriors view themselves as protectors of those they serve
and society in general.
They have a powerful belief system and a willingness
to sacrifice for those weaker than themselves, even if that
sacrifice includes the death of themselves or another.
Each Warrior may have a slightly different view of
good and evil or legal and illegal, depending on
their environment, education or upbringing, but all
true Warriors believe in the basic concepts of right
and wrong, of fair and unfair, and in the concepts
of loyalty and honor. It’s these last two that often
create the true Warrior’s greatest turmoil.
true Warriors must have courage to perform their duties
as Warriors, many don’t fully understand the comprehensive
meaning of courage even if they, in fact, display
it every day. Courage is displayed in various ways,
although when all is said done, we basically can say that
there are three basic kinds of courage.
most commonly recognized form of courage is physical
courage, and that’s the kind of courage a Warrior
displays when he enters a physical battle with life and limb
on the line. We often honor those acts of physical
courage, especially when the Warrior knows
the odds are against him and enters the battle anyway.
true Warrior understands that physical courage
isn’t the absence of fear, but merely the belief that
many things are worth more than fear. This
kind of fear is often referred to as bravery and
when bravery’s noticed, it’s usually rewarded by some
type of public or private admiration.
although true Warriors don’t perform brave acts just
to receive this admiration, they do know that the reward is
often there, especially if their courageous
second kind of courage is emotional courage, and
this is often displayed when one is terminally ill,
or handicapped, or is close to someone who is. Recognition
for this type of courage isn’t so easily
obtained and sometimes never truly recognized. It
requires a kind of strength that goes far deeper
than the strength often required for physical courage, because
there’s almost always a feeling of hopelessness and
the enemy is one that can’t be harmed or even
seen sometimes. The true test of this courage is to fight
the fight you can’t win.
the reward is rarely public recognition, there’s
often a private recognition of those that display
this type of courage and sometimes even a kind of immortality
for those that face it or even those they face it for.
Those that display emotional courage tend to be those
that care more about the feelings of others
than they do about their own feelings. This kind
of courage is often referred to as dignity.
third kind of courage is moral courage,
and in many ways, this kind of courage is the truest
form of courage. Moral courage is almost always tested
during ethical battles, rather than physical or emotional
ones. Sometimes just the act of entering an ethical
battle takes a great deal of moral courage. Unlike
other battles, ethical battles are usually fought alone
by the time they’re completed and it’s the Warrior’s willingness
to fight such a battle alone that truly tests his
or her moral courage. Unfortunately, most ethical
battles are usually lost by those that initiate them.
This is usually due to the fact that unethical conduct often
has the loyal support of those who have gained from
it, while ethical conduct rarely has such
support, because there’s no tangible benefit for
those that would support it and most people
feel that without a promised reward, the inconvenience
and ridicule often heaped upon those who identify
unethical conduct just isn’t worth the effort.
are those, of course, who although ethical by nature,
still allow themselves to profit from the unethical
conduct of others. Some even initially put up token
resistance against such conduct, but in the end fall back
on the old "well I tried to change it"
excuse and continue to reap benefits from the very
acts they fought against.
there’s no rule as to how long one must
continue to fight unethical conduct while still
allowing oneself to benefit from it and each
person must eventually make that decision on their
Unfortunately, there are too many otherwise ethical
persons who’ll never make that decision and in failing
to so will, in fact, be endorsing the very conduct they’re
trying to condemn.
these conflicts, plus the fact that even in victory moral
courage is rarely recognized either publicly or privately
that makes it so difficult for even the most
heroic Warriors. Unfortunately, because legal defensive firearms
permit holders are held to such a high standard,
we’re evaluated by the public more by our standards
of moral courage than by our standards of physical or emotional
honest and decent unorganized Militia members feel that although
we’re willing to condemn the wrongdoing of others,
we’re very slow and even reluctant to even
identify the wrongdoing of our own. Unfortunately,
many of our legal defensive firearm leaders and representatives
seem to act in a manner that appears to verify this
way to address this issue is to simply argue that
those that criticize us also ignore, or simply give
lip service to, unethical conduct within their own
professions. The problem is, of course, that they
aren’t the ones that want to be thought of as "Warriors.”
other way we can address this issue is to simply not
tolerate unethical or immoral conduct by our leaders,
our representatives or our peers. We can acknowledge
that this lack of credibility by many honest
unorganized Militia members may be at least partially
justified, and that with a lack of credibility comes
a lack of support, and that with that lack of support,
more legal defensive firearms permit holders than necessary
may die in the long term.
may, in fact, have to concede that as true Warriors,
we’re bound by an obligation within ourselves to
display all three kinds of courage and that in doing
so, we’ll regain the respect and support of all those
honest and decent unorganized Militia members that may not
give us that support now. Legal defensive firearms permit
holders aren’t superior to those they protect, but
they are few, and so quite special.
The total population of my state is one million two hundred
thirty-five thousand seven hundred eighty-six. A rule of thumb
states that permit holders amount to only two percent of the
population, or twelve thousand three hundred fifty-eight unorganized
Militia members. However, of that number, merely two percent,
or one hundred twenty-four Warriors carry on a daily
basis! These aren’t the collectors, hunters, trap, skeet,
or “sport” shooters; they’re the defenders of society.
They’re special because they do things that others
are either unwilling or incapable of doing. They’re exceptional
because they’re among a few that are willing to risk
their lives for a total stranger. They’re extraordinary because
they see themselves as Warriors in a world where
Warriors are often resented and ridiculed
by those that need them.
being a Warrior means more than just saving lives.
It even means more than dying with honor. It means
living with honor as well