Master Forrest G. Blair

Guest Post: The Top 10 Martial Arts Films of All Time

Guest Post: The Top 10 Martial Arts Films of All Time

This is a guest post by Justin Wheeler. Make sure you chime in by leaving a comment to tell us about the martial arts movies you think are best! Martial arts films are now a well established genre. The earliest martial arts films were mostly based on Chinese folklore but today Hollywood routinely uses martial arts as an important feature of a film.... 

June 27, 2011 | Continue reading »

Hard Views for Tough Times

Hard Views for Tough Times

My birthday is the 31st of March. As I approach the  wonderful age of 61, I want to share some observations – no judgments – from my lifetime! I hope future generations  can receive some  benefit from my insight. Life as you want  to believe is upside down. No means yes and yes means no in government at any level. If... 

March 6, 2011 | Continue reading »

New Year’s Wishes

New Year’s Wishes

Most of you know how much time I spend reading and researching. I have come across a lot of garbage in that time and I occasionally come across a few gems. The other day I got an email from the folks at Simpleology with a copy of a PDF eBook called As A Man Thinketh. It talks about the power of thought and reiterates one very important fact we tend... 

December 31, 2010 | Continue reading »

The Neocortex

The Neocortex

The neocortex, or neomammalian brain, is the highest functioning level of the triune brain. Physically, it is made up of the entirety of the hemispheres and a few smaller neurological groups. The most notable section is the cortex, which is split into the left and right hemispheres. The cognitive abilities that separate human beings from animals are... 

October 14, 2009 | Continue reading »

The Limbic System

The Limbic System

The limbic system, or the middle part of the brain, is also referred to as the paleomammalian brain. The limbic system is responsible for emotions and instinctual behaviors such as sexual interaction, feeding, fighting, and even fleeing a bad situation. This highly emotional system is responsible for whether or not you agree or disagree with an action... 

October 7, 2009 | Continue reading »

The Reptilian Brain

The Reptilian Brain

The lowest of the three sections of the triune brain is the reptilian brain, also referred to as the basal or primitive brain. Dubbed the “R-complex” by MacLean, this section of the brain includes the cerebellum, brain stem, and all of their associated structures and is the oldest part of the brain itself. This section of the brain is called the... 

September 13, 2009 | Continue reading »

An Overview of the Triune Brain

An Overview of the Triune Brain

The triune brain is something I speak of frequently in both our self defense and martial arts classes. The concept of the triune brain was developed by Paul MacLean. MacLean at one point worked at the United States National Institute of Mental Health as the director of the Laboratory of the Brain and Behavior. According to Paul MacLean’s theory, the... 

September 7, 2009 | Continue reading »

What “is”?

What “is”?

Busting the myths. I often instruct my students in this simple way to observe their world and environment; I ask them to spend time in developing the following perceptual filters. “See what it is. See what it is not.” We live in a world of perceptions, prejudices, rumors, and impressions. Our views of life are constantly attacked by manipulations... 

February 15, 2008 | Continue reading »

Yesterday’s Champions vs. Today’s

Yesterday’s Champions vs. Today’s

I am always interested as I watch the strikers in the various and sundry full contact martial arts, with their alleged “all-out” approach to fighting methods. They appear to be lacking in the most basic understanding of the sweet science of leverage when using their fist in punching. One cannot fault the conditioning of these men. The heart... 

February 11, 2008 | Continue reading »