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Winston Churchill, Fight Fan by Mark Hatmaker

This cartoon by the future Prime Minister was drawn when he was 17-years-old. It depicts Peter Jackson’s defeat of Frank Slavin at the National Sporting Club in London on May 30th, 1892.
Churchill had offered the drawing “in lieu of debts incurred” to the Harrow School tuckshop [candy shop.]

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Cognitive Load, The Peak-End Effect, & Eating Eels for Happiness by Mark Hatmaker

·The human animal stores/retains uncompleted tasks. If we are performing the task we begin processing it via executive-function, that is primary attention to the how’s & why’s of task completion.
·When tasks are completed or comfortably in progress we lessen cognitive load by dint of action.
·When we are not task-focused, the task does not disappear from memory, it moves to a background-function where it flashes in and out of consciousness, creating literal cognitive load.
·An impending vacation or other looked forward to event is a positive cognitive load that also blurs in and out of focus adding to the quality of our days.
·Unpleasant/difficult tasks that radiate in and out of focus are negative cognitive load in that they detract from the overall quality of life.
·Examples of Negative Cognitive Load: The work task that you will not stop thinking about over the weekend despite not being able to do anything about it while not at work, the unresolved argument, the unmown yard you tol…

The CIA, The Professor, & Observational Prowess by Mark Hatmaker

Situational awareness is a much-touted attribute of the truly ready and the ready wannabes of the world. Observational prowess is a much coveted and complex skillset possessed by the best indigenous trackers, seaman, scouts, and explorers. But, if we are honest with ourselves, often what we term “awareness” in the self-protection realm is merely superficial surface skimming of the world around us.
Time spent with indigenous trackers and scouts reveals a depth of perception that goes beyond our mere “I know where all the exits are in my local Home Depot, now let me take look number 1,032 at my phone.”
True awareness, observational prowess is not a faucet-attribute, that is something to be turned on and turned off. The top of the heap observers are always observing, always aware.
When we hear of this state of ever-ready awareness we often consider it either an impossibility or at the very least an exhausting endeavor. But perhaps not.
When thinking of ready-awareness we are often thinking…

Hacking Balanced Speed, Joe Louis Style by Mark Hatmaker

[The following is a preview from our upcoming book Boxing Like the Champs, Round Two. I have removed the second and third drill sets at the request of my publisher. For that information, see the book when it comes out or join the RAWSubscription Service for more historical tips and drills.]
Joe “The Brown Bomber” Louis is often rated as one of the heaviest punchers in boxing history
We know that he augmented his natural power, thanks to Jack Blackburn’s schooling on his step-and-punch method.
Louis also had speed. For a big man he put some quick movement together.
Speed is often an inborn attribute. It can be helped along by smooth efficient drilling but, for the most part, speed is a God-given gift.
But…there is an attribute of speed that can be hacked and developed, that speedy-attribute is balance.
Let’s have a listen to trainer Walter Smith and what he saw as Jack Blackburn’s biggest assist to Joe Louis.
He taught him balance…As long as a man keeps himself on balance when throwing punc…