Author Archives: Nathaniel Ryan

About Nathaniel Ryan

Nathaniel has been a martial artist since 1983. He has matched his training experience in real-world environments since 1997. Nathaniel is on the constant pursuit of refining technique and tactics for real world environments.

Kote-gaeshi with Chris Miller

Black belt testing at Sensei Seagal’s home, Brentwood, CA, April 2002

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Protocol in Training Venues

A brief info blog while I put some finishing touches on Situational Awareness and You: Part II. Background I wanted to share an experience with those of you who train in martial art. A while back, I wrote a blog … Continue reading

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How to Take the First Step in Dietary Change

This is going to be a down and dirty quick post that I’ve been wanting to write for a while. It was inspired by a series of conversations I’ve had most recently while traveling with people who want to make … Continue reading

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Situational Awareness and You

While the research effort behind Situational Awareness is relatively new, the concept is not. Sun Tzu referenced it in Art of War, and the term situation awareness was used in American military aviation as early as World War I. The … Continue reading

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Are you training, or fighting?

Aren’t fighting and training to fight the same thing? As we’ll discuss, they’re not. The very catalyst for this post is the regularity over the years in which I’ve encountered students in training who would rather test their skills, or … Continue reading

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The Certification Conundrum

Wikipedia defines a certification in the following paragraph: “Professional certification, trade certification, or professional designation, often called simply certification or qualification, is a designation earned by a person to assure qualification to perform a job or task. Not all certifications … Continue reading

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Quantity vs Quality

Synopsis: This blog looks at the argument of quantity over quality in exercise programs. Is doing a lot of one thing poorly, better than doing less of the same thing well? With the recent explosion of the CrossFit fitness movement, … Continue reading

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