Above: Sarsential 16: 気 [ Ki; breath, will, vital-energy ] 

" Mr. and Mrs. Abagnale
this is not a question of your son's attendance.
I regret to inform you that, for the past week
Frank has been teaching Mrs. Glasser's French class. […]
Your son has been pretending to be a substitute teacher
lecturing the students, uh, giving out homework.
Mrs. Glasser has been ill and there was
some confusion with the real sub.
Your son held a teacher-parent conference yesterday
and was planning a class field trip
to a French bread factory in Trenton.
Do you see the problem we have?"

Principal Evans (actor Thomas Kopache) to Frank Abagnale's parents, in Steven Spielberg's 'Catch Me If You Can' (2002)

“I will not oppose the ways of the world.”

Miyamoto Musashi, quoted by Teruo Machida, in 'The last words of Miyamoto Musashi  ̶ An attempt to translate his “Dokkôdô”̶ ',  page 203, first published in Japan, Bulletin of Nippon Sport Science University, 2012. Available as Pdf

"If you practice diligently, from morning till night, […] your mind will spontaneously broaden. [A] pply the following rules in order to practice the way:

1. Think of that which is not evil.
2. Train in the way.
3. Take an interest in all the arts.
5. Know the way of all professions.
5. Know how to appreciate the advantages and disadvantages of each thing.
6. Learn to judge the quality of each thing.
7. Perceive and understand that which is not visible from outside.
8. Be attentive even to minimal things.
9. Do not perform useless acts. "

From: 'Miyamoto Musashi, His Life and Writings', Kenji Tokitsu, translated by Sherab Chodzin Kohn, page 149, first published in France, 2000

Be sure also to check with Coach Mark Divine's last blog (published yesterday): '10 principles that you can use to tap into the power and unique contribution that you — and only you — can bring to the world', when interested in taking training and thinking to the next level (and beyond), Mark Divine's training-programs are awesome and his website a source of valuable asset!



Above: FP 30K SAR BLT [ training ]. SAR [ act 2.2.1 ] : key-light.

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Above: FP 30K SAR BLT. SAR training: confidence [ready to lead, ready to follow].

"Herrschen darf man nur wenn man dienen kann." - Rainer Werner Fassbinder

"When you let someone else handle a mission critical task, then you had better understand the ramifications of what happens if they mess up. It is certainly important to delegate and trust, but you must also have the wisdom to verify that the task they performed will lead to mission success. The only way that you can verify at that level is if you know how to do it perfectly yourself." - Mark Divine

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"The human spirit craves freedom to express itself and when that freedom is cut off externally, the spirit turns within to find it. But not many have learned how to turn within. [ Victor Frankl ] made a choice to not let his mind be captured by [...] dire circumstances and [...] brutal people [...]. This choice to turn for freedom within led to great liberation, and he felt free in spite of his physical incarceration. He then chose to deepen his spiritual strength by serving his fellow prisoners by teaching them to be truly free. Those who learn freedom at this level will never experience, nor tolerate, tyranny or loss of mental freedom again."

Mark Divine about Victor Frankl in his last 'Seal Fit Blog: Freedom':


Above: FPS Sunday 9K SAR with Jesse today (2002). "Most [people], when experiencing fear or anxiety, tend to magnify the unknown. Training, including knowledge and experience gained in simulated situations, has the power to reduce the unknown and contribute to the control of fear." From: The Air Force Survival Training Manual.

"I expected it to be heavy."

Jesse van Broekhoven, member AV Haarlem

"Our practice cannot be perfect, but without being discouraged by this, we should continue it. This is the secret of practice."

Shunryu Suzuki in 'Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind' (page 73)

"Many of us have come to consider comfort as our greatest need. Comfort is not essential, and we often value it much too highly when the alternative is survival. You must value your life more than your comfort and be willing to tolerate heat, hunger, dirt, itching, pain and almost any discomfort. If you expose yourself to capture because you have a blister and think you can't walk another mile, you have not thought the situation trough. Reason is the key to this change of attitude; reason which identifies discomfort as a temporary problem in comparison with the much more serous problems you will be faced with if you are captured." '

From:'Survival Training Edition' , first published in 1962 by Air Training Command/Department of the air Force, reprinted in 1978 (chapter 1, page 8: 'The Will and Ability to Survive')
"The Tibetan tradition maintains that contemplation on suffering is much more effective when it is done on the basis of one's own personal experience, and when it is focussed on oneself, because, generally, we tend to be better able to relate to our own suffering than to that of others. This is why two of the principal elements of the Buddhist path, compassion and renunciation, are seen as two sides of the same coin. True renunciation arises when one has a genuine insight into the nature of suffering, focused upon oneself, and true compassion aries when that focus shifts to others; so the difference lies simply in the object of focus."

The Dalai Lama: 'The Dalai Lama's book of Transformation', first published in India in 2003, page 89-90.
"It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change." 

Charles Darwin as quoted by Don Mann in the introduction to 'The US Navy Seal Survival Handbook' (2012)


Above: After todays SAR-training. Fresh, clear-view, sunny, deep-tide, gentle wind.

In KNMI (Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute) language: 


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