Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Alex's Weight Training Progress



Song:  Sacrifice

Group:  Creed


Alex has been making great progress in his weight training program.

Although Alex normally does just the Farmer's Walk on this night...
just prior to his doing it...
I had him demonstrate his progress on all of his lifts.

I had recently tested Alex for his comfortable maximum on each of his lifts
so we could get the new 80% training weight
(I have a complete description of his weight training routine in earlier articles).



His first demonstrated lift is the Trap Bar Deadlift.

We started out with his Farmer's Walk weight...
put in a cinder block to make the lift more full range...
then I had him load up the bar to his new maximum for this lift
(230 lbs / 104.326 Kilos).


This is his starting position.
Notice how low he goes in the lift.
It is rock bottom.


He simply stands to a full upright position with the weight.

When he can do 25 singles for the lift...
we retest his maximum...
and add the new 80% for his new training weight
(the same for all of his lifts...except the Squat).


With his squats...
his repetition and set routine is different.

He does one set of 20 consecutive repetitions...
all without putting down the weight.

Once he completes this with ease...
we add 2 lbs to the bar.

I had started him out with just a bare bar (45 lbs)...
and we have increased the bar weight to his new training weight of 87 lbs
(remember, this is for 20 consecutive repetitions without rest.
He is able to lift far more for a one repetition max)


Each repetition is full range with a 2 second or so pause at the bottom.

Before each downward motion...
he takes a breath...
exhales on the way down...
pauses and takes another breath...
then exhales on the way up
(the same for all of his lifts).


I am advancing Alex cautiously with his bench press.
His very comfortable max is 100 lbs.

I must ensure he does not strain any muscles, ligaments, or tendons...
especially in his shoulder girdle.




Alex easily lifts this amount of weight.


Ales uses the same weight for two other lifts...
the one shown here (100 lbs)...
the One Hand Deadlift
(which is very difficult to do since the bar attempts to roll out of the grasp)...



and the bent over rows (100 lbs).




Alex also does weighted incline sit-ups.

He uses a 10 lb plate on his chest as he does cross over sit ups.

The rest of his exercises are body weight exercises.


He does Hyper Extensions for 3 sets of an increasing number of repetitions
(we add 2 repetitions to each set...each week).




As Alex is not ready for a full standard Pull Up...
I am having him do incline pull ups...
and to supplement his abdominal training...
he does full range incline leg lifts
(we add 2 repetitions to each set...each week).






I also have him do dips
(for this he does up to 25 sets of 3 repetitions...
then I will increase his range of motion).

Alex then did his scheduled Farmer's Walk
(remember...the other exercises are done on separate days.
He did these tonight to demonstrate).

Alex's new training weight for his 1/4 mile Farmer's Walk
is 120 lbs. / 54.43 Kilos.


This is his Trap Bar.

He merely steps inside...
lifts it up...
and starts walking with the weight (120 lbs.)
(when he can complete the 1/4 mile walk with only 3 rest stops...
we add 5 lbs to the bar).



Alex starting out.



Alex's second rest stop.


Alex starting out again.



Alex at just beyond the halfway point.


Alex taking his final rest stop.

The hands are the first to give out.

As he increases the carried weight for the 1/4 mile walk...
his grip will get stronger and more enduring
(the One Hand Deadlift and the Farmer's Walk are two of the 
best exercises for grip strength and intense grip endurance).


I have already ordered two Army rucksacks...
just for Alex and I to use during our nightly walks
(with metal frames).

We are going to cap the length of the walk to 2 miles...
and every night...
we will add one handful of sand to the rucksack
(the rucksacks can easily hold 150 lbs. of sand).

I didn't want to use our hiking rucksacks for this as 
the rucksacks will be put through considerable wear.


Our walk partially consists of walking up a rather sizable hill
(at the turn around point)...
and once we have added enough sand...
we will really be huffing and puffing.

By adding just a handful of sand at a time...
our bodies should be able to adapt without any problems.


This was just Alex's weight training routine.

I hope to put together a video of Alex's...
parrying...bobbing and weaving...
and striking workouts.

We have not put too much emphasis on this portion lately.

We are going to ramp up his training in this area also.


For a more in depth explanation on each exercise...
the repetition and set progression...
on the concept of supercompensation...
the difference between static and dynamic loads
(and so, the reason weight training is one of the safest and most effective
means of strengthening bones, ligaments, tendons, and muscles)...
and the importance of skeletal, ligamental, and tendonal strength...
along with musculature growth
 (strength, power, stamina, strength stamina and endurance...etc.)...
see some of my earlier articles.


As Alex is still only 13 years old...
his Testosterone levels are just now starting to greatly increase.

As he gets older...
his strength training will really start to take hold.

Through his training...
he will develop great respect for his body...
and he will develop a lifetime of healthful habits.

Through the gradually increasing amounts of stress...
his body will adapt through supercompensation.

Through this supercompensatory process...
he will be able to tolerate greater amounts and levels of stress.

Through the gentle pain of training...
naturally occuring endorphins and opioids are released.
These greatly decrease the amount of felt pains and negative thoughts...
and greatly increase felt pleasure and positive thoughts.

With intense and long enough training...
the mind and body gain clarity and a sense of calm...
while everyday pleasures increase in intensity.

This will teach Alex how to operate on a higher level...
how to live a long healthy life...
and how to fully enjoy everything in life.

Remember...
it is always about the quantity of quality.

This is especially true in life.






Monday, July 28, 2014

Alex Learns Four Major Lessons In Life Through 'Spring Waltz'



Song:  Beautiful Secret (From 'Spring Waltz')




Alex and I just finished the Korean Drama series 'Spring Waltz'.

I take back what I had said before.
This is tied for first, along with 'Summer Scent'...
as my all time favorite Korean Drama.

We were watching two episodes a night...
but last night, we decided to go on a 5 episode watching spree
to finish off the series.


Besides having great scenery and music...
as well as a beautiful story line...
especially the ending...


the lead female actor (Han Hyo Joo)...
is the epitome of feminine beauty.

I consider her to be one of the most beautiful women on Earth.

She has feminine grace...
a beautiful laugh and smile...
and such beautifully expressive eyes and facial expressions
(which are all indicators of inner beauty).

Although I am speaking about her portrayed character...
I don't think anyone is such a good actor as to 
portray such great beauty (personality) without 
actually being a very beautiful person.

She has such a bubbly personality...
it is infectious.

I don't think there is a man who sees this drama who doesn't feel love for her.


Alex says he likes her character for three main reasons:

1)  She is happy in life.

2)  She has passion.

3)  She knows who she loves (the value of true love).

As you will notice...
these are all characteristics of the heart.

It doesn't matter if the woman is not considered physically beautiful
by today's shallow standards.

A woman who has a pure heart...
is always beautiful...
and she always remains so.

For her...
time diminishes nothing...
and so, her beauty is timeless.


And...
no matter the physical attributes...
an angry, evil, or manipulative woman...
is always ugly...
and she always remains so.

For this type...
time only worsens her ugliness
as she becomes more and more bitter in life
(although it is possible to change...most never do).


The classic Korean Love Dramas do such an exceptional job
making the viewer feel what the characters feel.

This is why it is such an exceptional teaching tool for children on the spectrum.

Emotions are displayed in such a powerful fashion...
and there is direct cause and effect portrayed
 which leads to emotionally charged expressions and situations.



The classic Korean and Japanese Love Dramas are such great 
teaching tools for children to learn many of the lessons in life...
not only so they may avoid the many pitfalls...
but to, mostly, learn of true love.


Never underestimate the power of modeling.

A demonstrated successful undertaking accompanied
by powerful visual and audible stimuli 
which are tied to fundamental drives and responses...
bonds the emotions to the notion...
and so, provides motivation to achieve or do the same...
for better or for worse.

The tobacco and alcohol companies hooked generations using this tactic.

It is not the tactic which is evil...
just the way they used it.

However, when morals, principles, or other good behavioral modifiers 
 are reinforced using these tactics...
the results lead to a better way of life.

With the beautiful scenery and music...
as well as the beautiful story lines and characters
of classic Korean and Japanese Love Dramas
demonstrating major lessons in life...
modeling becomes a force of good
using these same tactics.

The reason why these type of dramas are so popular around the world 
is that the ones who love these dramas...
have already experienced a great love in their lives...
and so, their heart strings are plucked masterfully.

To see others experience true love
brings back those same magical feelings they had experienced in their lives...
while for others yet to experience true love...
it gives them the hope to succeed in finding it for themselves in their lives.



There are four major recurring lessons in almost all of these type of dramas:




1) The notion and demonstration of True Love:

True love is caring more about the happiness of your partner 
than for your own.  It becomes your happiness to see the happiness of the other.

When both feel the same way about each other...
it becomes a giving and deeply loving relationship.


Although this is masterfully demonstrated throughout these dramas...
it often leads to confusion among the characters because so much is not expressed.

This leads to the second lesson...



2) The absolute need for Clear, Open, and Honest Communication:

I have watched many of these dramas...
and most of them numerous times.

 I still get frustrated and impatient with the characters
because with just clear, open, and honest communication...
so much heartache could be avoided
(I know...there would be no drama without miscommunication  :)

However, it demonstrates how to avoid many problems in real life
by being very clear, open, and honest when talking with people.

The characters finally find happiness when they stop holding back
with their emotions and with their words of affection.



3)  The need for Forgiveness:  

While anger can be channeled into determination and the resulting 
drive to better yourself...it is for competition.

Love is not a competition.

Held anger towards a loved one leads to an ever increasing spiral of destruction.

Most of all...
it robs both of time which is irreplaceable...
and which is much better spent building an enduring love.

Most things are very forgivable
(especially momentary anger out of frustration...
my major fault  :)

If it is unforgivable...
end it and move on.

If it is...
do it and move forwards.

Life is too beautiful to not be truly living it.

Long held anger...
is ugly...
and it leads to a bitter outlook which destroys
the happiness of all in its path of destruction...
especially for the person who cannot forgive.

In this drama...
even the great beauty of the main female character
was destroyed (for a short while)...
because she, at first, couldn't forgive.

The change in her expressions and demeanor was spooky...
even scary  :)




4)  The true beauty of Inner Beauty:


When a woman is a loving and giving person...
 she expresses her pure heart in her eyes and smile.
 Her laughter becomes a siren song of irresistibility 
because of its genuine and light hearted nature.

Such a woman becomes hauntingly beautiful.


When she demonstrates an open and pure heart
through her graceful and feminine motions...
her heart to heart engagement as demonstrated by her truly listening to others
and through her genuine eye contact and her careful observations
(which expresses her desire to connect with others)...
and through her respect and care for others as shown through her actions...
a man simply cannot resist being attracted to such a being.


Such traits are demonstrated in these types of dramas.




As Alex watches more of these types of dramas...
he will also notice the common thread among 
pure hearted people.

He will then notice these same traits in real life...
and so, he will be able to see into the hearts of those around him.

Wisely choosing a mate
will be one of the most important decisions Alex will make in life.

By understanding these four major lessons in life...
as demonstrated time and again in these dramas...
Alex will be able to experience deep and everlasting love
while avoiding the many pitfalls of the foolish...
and so, he will be able to find a true and magical love.









Sunday, July 27, 2014

Alex's Letter Of Thanks To Congressman Amodei



Song:  I'm A Man

Group:  Chicago Transit Authority (Chicago)



Alex had received this award in May for his Patriot's Pen Essay
on the meaning of Patriotism.

For those who may not have already seen it...
this is the link to the article which includes his actual essay:






As there were many things going on in Alex's life at this point...
and he had been busy studying his classes in the summer...
he had forgotten to write a letter to Congressman Amodei
thanking him for his thoughtfulness.

Alex sent this letter to the Congressman last week.


This is Alex's letter to Congressman Amodei:
(these were all Alex's words...no help from me)



Dear Congressman Amodei,

I must first apologize for my lengthly delay in thanking you for your recognition of my essay, via the Congressional Recognition Award.  I realize that I should have expressed my gratitude upon receiving the award.

I am writing to thank you immensely for the appreciation that you had demonstrated by bestowing the Congressional Recognition Award.  By taking the time from your duties as a Congressman, one of the most important positions in the State of Nevada, in order to acknowledge and commend the Patriot's Pen essay associated with the award, you have shown that you truly wish to further the world, by motivating a developing student aspiring to benefit the whole of government even more.

Your heartfelt recognition has truly gone a long way, and as a motivated student, I wish you the best as a Nevada House of Representatives Congressman.

Sincerely,

Alex ******




Although Alex is still only 13 years old...
he has been performing as a man in so many aspects of his life.

Alex takes on challenges as a man.

He proffers no excuses...
neither beforehand as a way to hedge his bet...
nor afterwards...should he fail in his quest.


Alex forges ahead in his quest for knowledge.

He is self driven.

Even now that I have much less need to guide him in his studies...
he schedules his study time per subject on a daily basis...
and all without our need to prod him forward.

He wakes up and starts his daily lessons by himself.

He researches on his own...
he completes his tasks on his own...
and he continues to excel.

He seeks out various academic contests to constantly test himself.

He completed an accelerated course on Statistics
at the University of Nevada over this summer...
and he got an 'A'.

He was also studying several other courses at the same time at home online.

Even when we went skiing for the first time a couple of years ago...
Alex steadily improved without fear.

He was zooming past me on the slopes just his third time out.


That is so Alex.


Although he is cautious by nature...
he seems to be fearless in his endeavors.


His mission in life is to..
explore, observe and absorb everything around him...
question and reason through his observations...
 categorize, prioritize and apply his lessons...
codify that which works...into principles...
and to modify that which does not work...
into something which does.

This is the mission of a man
(or a woman in a female's case).

Alex motivates himself.

In less than two weeks time...
Alex will be entering High School for the first time.

He has a vision of a future he wishes...
he has a plan which he follows without fail...
and he consistently produces excellent results.

And...
this is important...
he does nothing which could slow him on his journey to his future...
and he does nothing which could derail his future.

I am just so proud of seeing my son growing into a fine young man before my eyes.



A man defines himself through his actions in the face of duty...
and through his inactions in the face of temptation...
day by day...
moment by moment.


This is the definition of what being a man is.

This is who Alex is.

Alex is a man in every sense of the word.







Friday, July 25, 2014

Alex's Views Of 'Spring Waltz' At The Halfway Point



Song:  One Love (Theme To 'Spring Waltz')

Group:  Loveholic




I am having Alex watch this fantastic Korean Drama:  'Spring Waltz'.

We have been watching one to two episodes a night after our nightly walks.

I have several reasons for having Alex watch such dramas:

1)  The most important one is to show him the great importance
that true love plays in life.  Of how a great adventure awaits him
later in life if he prepares himself to be a person worthy of such love...
and of how searching for, and waiting for, true love...
 is one of our sacred missions in life.


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2)   To teach him the basic classifications of people in life:


(Although there were two highly manipulative antagonists in this drama...
they were not truly evil or too Egocentric.  One was very protective...
the other was acting out of jealousy).



An Egocentric person.


This type of person lives without ever having known true love...
and he/she is incapable of giving it.

In essence...
they seek ways to have others please them...
to serve them in some manner.

They are predators looking for prey...
or they are the parasites in life.

Their world revolves around them.

When they give...
they receive no pleasure from it.

When they receive...
they automatically feel it was owed to them.

Just look for their insincere automatic smile
 (often too fast for a true emotional response).

Many have an exaggerated smile...
one which is held a little too long...
and they smile with dead eyes
(no laughing eyes...and they often stare (a phony lock on)
into the other person's eyes while they are using their peripheral vision
to monitor the person's reactions to see if they were successful in their deceit).

Some try to master the laughing eyes of a sincere smile
without realizing that an insincere smile looks the same with each event
(and usually made to look too happy for the event)...
while the sincere one is modulated by the heart...
the mouth shape and the amount of the eye involvement is slightly different...
depending on the amount of happiness they truly feel.

Their ulterior motive is to get something better in return...
usually in some obligatory fashion.

As their focus in life is not in a deep bonding with others
(even their friendships are superficial)...
but usually revolve around material things or social positions.

They crave
power in some fashion...
and are hyper concerned with social standing...
and they love wielding it like a scepter and crown of a King or Queen.

They are frequently rude in some fashion...
especially when they perceive they have some social standing above the others...
and it is frequently through dismissive behavior.

Their primary mode of operation is through manipulation...
usually through social manipulation...
but sometimes through force or fear.

They do not believe such a thing as true love exists.


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A Hedonist (Short Term Thinker).


This type of person simply loves some type of short term pleasure
above all else...even above themselves.

They are the ones seeking to have the thrill of the day over
building a future for themselves.

They are the addicts of all types.

They are deeply unhappy in life...
except when they get their next fix
(drugs, gambling, reckless behavior, etc.).

They are incapable of giving true love.

They love their short term pleasures above all else...
and they will ultimately sacrifice all others in their pursuit of them.

And NO...
it is not a disease...
it is a choice they make everyday.

They often attempt to manipulate others through pity.

Their prey for their parasitical lifestyles are the loving and giving people.


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A loving and giving person.


This type of person has an amazing capacity for love.

They are highly empathetic...
and their hearts are open and free.

They derive great pleasure by giving love...
and receiving it.

They live their lives guided by love.

They know true love...and they know how to give it.

Even should they not always receive love in return...
they love giving it.

They are inherently happy.
They are enthralled by the simple pleasures in life.

All of life is an adventure...
for they know that even though they may not have found
true love at the moment...
it may be just around the next bend...
and so, they live in great expectation of finding it.

They are respectful to others
(a major telling point)...
not only through actions...
but through their inactions where others may suffer should they act.

They make the best friends and mates.

They are the true gems in life.


A truly loving and giving person doesn't mean they must be doormats.

They also know that for them to be worthy of true love...
they must first love and respect themselves.

True love only exists for those who love and respect themselves...
and who are loving and giving to others.

When two of the same meet in life...
that is when true love may form.


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A person leading a guided life (Long Term Thinker).


This is a necessary trait for any successful person...
whether it be in...
academics...
business...
or love.

For a person who has...
a dream...
a viable plan...
and the will to see it through...
success is a foregone conclusion.

For them...
Deferred Gratification is a pleasurable component of life.


It is not a burden.

It is the ever sweetening excitation which steadily builds 
as one walks on the path of a positive spiral in life.


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Although there are other classes in life...
so long as the person is leading a guided life...
and is loving and giving in life...
none of the others really matter.


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3)  To give him examples of the traits of the classifications of people...
so he may recognize them in the future
(work, social occasions, friendship, and love).


Alex is exceptionally pure hearted.

He has always been a deeply loving and giving person...
and he is a long term thinker.

However...
he is also relatively inexperienced in life.


I greatly fear that sometime in the future...
some manipulative woman may try to steal his heart
in a parasitical attempt to have him merely provide her material possessions 
while she wishes to live like a queen and to treat him as her servant.

I also want him to recognize the various games of deceit many people play
in order to manipulate others.




I also want him to recognize the traits of a pure hearted woman...
someone with whom he may find true love.

In all of life...
there is simply nothing more beautiful
than a pure hearted woman.



I want him to realize that the actions of a person says so much 
about who they really are.

The young girl in the drama was exceptionally pure hearted.

She had risked her life for someone she deeply cared about.
Her actions showed her heart.

She is an exceptional child actor
(I know...many think I should have said actress.
Oh?...doctor...doctress?  :)

Her facial expressions and body language transveyed her character's emotions superbly. 

I want Alex to recognize a pure hearted person so he may 
enjoy one of life's great pleasures...
the meeting and bonding of someone with whom
he may find great friendship and love.


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After last night's double episode viewing...
I asked Alex what he thought about certain aspects of the drama so far.

First of all...
this is Alex's second Korean Drama.

The first one I had him watch was 'Winter Sonata'.

Alex wasn't particularly enthusiastic about watching a drama last summer.

This summer's drama is going more smoothly.

Next summer, I will have him watch my all time favorite Korean Drama...
'Summer Scent'.

However...
back to his impressions of 'Spring Waltz'.

I asked him what he had thought of the little girl in the drama
(The main character when she was young).

He said that he thought she was very compassionate...
and that she cared deeply for her friend (whom she referred to as her brother).

I asked what actions demonstrated her love for her 'brother'.

He said that she had risked her life when she thought her 'brother'
was in danger.

He said that she also showed her caring for him by 
accepting him as her 'brother' even after learning
 that he was uneducated and had lied to her.



I had asked him questions about the other characters in the drama.

Although he could tell if they were good or not...
he still has a difficult time explaining why he thinks so.

I want him to get to the point of knowing a person's character
not only through their actions, inactions, and reactions 
(the combination of the three being the truest way)...
but by reading their emotions through their body language...
and especially through their facial expressions...
and by reading their eyes.

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I know...
many think I am crazy to think that many of life's lessons 
can be taught through asian dramas.

I will go into why I know it is so in a later article 
at the conclusion of this drama.


My wife often says that I have the emotions of a teenage girl...
 the impulsivity of Peter Pan...
and that I walk around looking at life through rose colored glasses  :)

Perhaps so.
All I know is that I love...
Love...and all of life.

I am deeply happy
with the simple pleasures in life...
I greatly enjoy everyday...
and I enjoy looking forward to the future
and all of the great adventures it holds.

All of life is a great symphony.

 I am its composer...
and I am orchestrating a masterpiece.


This outlook is what I wish to give Alex.

By first being able to dream of better things...
great happiness in life becomes a great possibility
to fully realize through planning and action.


To experience a great love in life...
 makes all of life wonderful...
from that point forward...forever.

Even were you to lose that person...
the love stays forever...
and forever gives hope for the future.

It is not merely like a drama...
it is far...far better.

The Korean and Japanese Dramas I have been watching for many years now...
are mere reminders of the great loves I have experienced in my life...
and so, are especially heartfelt.


True love is quite real.

It is through Asian Dramas that I wish to illustrate this to Alex.

Through the great hope of true love...
Alex will have even more to look forward to in life...
and so, will have an even greater hunger to reach his goals in life.








Thursday, July 24, 2014

Alex's First Live Fire - Marlin 795



Song:  The Theme from The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Composer:  Ennio Morricone




I took Alex to his first live fire with a firearm.
This was the first time he had fired the rifle I had bought him
(Marlin 795 .22 cal Long Rifle).

Nevada is the most mountainous state in the U.S....
and it is filled with mountains and valleys...
most of which are unpopulated.

We set up our impromptu firing range just 1/2 an hour away from home.

This area is on the way to Pyramid Lake...
and just a few minutes off the highway.

There are many 4 wheel drive roads leading into the wilderness.

I took one and headed a short ways into the hills.

I made sure we were clear of people and houses down range...
I checked the area for rattlesnakes and scorpions
(in future shoots...I will have Alex wear long pants...
and I am looking to get some rattlesnake chaps for the both of us)...
and I walked the target down range and set it up.









These are the 25 round magazines I had Alex load up for the day's shooting
(he only loaded up two...for a total of 50 shots).






You can see the target in the middle of the trail...
just to the left of the light brown tuft of grass...
and just up and to the right of the last group of taller bare branched plants.


(telephoto shot)

It took a few shots for him to finally start hitting the targets.

 After Alex's first hit on the target...
I had to walk out again to set the target deeper into the ground
as the first bullet knocked the whole target set up down.


I had first shown him the expedient kneeling position with the foot raised.
He often missed in this fashion.

It is also not so stable as what I had next shown him
(I wanted to demonstrate the value of having a stable and comfortable base to shoot from).

The foot also cramps after a short while.



This is a far more stable kneeling position...
and it may be kept for longer periods of time.

The top of the foot (or the side of the foot) is laid flat on the ground...
and the shooter then sits on it.


He started hitting the target after he took up this position.


I then had him shoot from a standing position.


I then had him finish up in the kneeling position.


Alex using the side of the foot in this shot.

I will be teaching him the prone shooting position when I get him a scope and bipod 
set up for his rifle (he will be using the 10 round magazine for the prone position).  

He will then be firing from a much longer distance.
This will be much harder to hit the targets...
as incorrect breathing...
any unnecessary body motion...
and even the heartbeat...
can affect the accuracy.

I will be teaching him to time his breathing to his heartbeat...
so he can time his shooting between his breaths and heartbeats.
I will also be using accuracy testing targets at a much longer distance.

I will first zero his scope using a laser bore sight device...
then I will have him shoot as I spot his shooting using binoculars.

I will be teaching him intuitive shooting.

The mind automatically calculates trajectories if the result of each shot 
 can be fed back immediately.

Instead of using calculations to set for windage and elevation...
and then have to set the scope for the appropriate number of clicks...
I will zero the rifle for 50 meters...
and then have him get used to gauging distances by eye...
the wind by feel...
and then have him use the mil dot method for correction...
without having to ever touch his scope
(other than for magnification).

After a while...
his mind will be able to see the projected flight of the bullet just by
looking at a target in the distance...and the feel of the wind on his face...
and he will intuitively know how set his point of aim in an instant
(so long as a shooter is consistent...
by seeing the impact point on a large enough target...
the next point of aim can be adjusted...
and it is this immediate feedback which leads to
intuitive shooting).

This is not for target shooting...
it is training for combat shooting.

In target shooting...
each target is a known distance.

In real life...
targets pop up for a few seconds...
at all distances...
and are frequently on the move.

He must be able to intuitively see the flight path...
and know the flight time of his projectiles in his mind
for him to be able to quickly and accurately acquire moving targets.

 (heavy metal targets)

 Alex's shooting results.

After making numerous hits on the larger plate...
I had him switch to the smaller ones.


I had him unload and check the rifle, and then place it on safe...
before I headed down range to retrieve the target.



Alex carried both to the car...
and we then headed to one of our favorite restaurants...
Naan and Kabab.

On the way there...
I told him I would be getting him other types of targets...
and a scope and bipod for longer range shooting.

I also told him I would later be getting him a BB handgun
so I could train him on handgun marksmanship before
I get him a real handgun and thigh holster
(I already have a shotgun for him).

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A person may say to himself:

Shiroi...
are you crazy?!

You are not only getting him more guns...
one of them is going to be a handgun!
(OHHH the horrors  :)

And to top that off...
you are playing a shoot em up cowboy song in this article!!!

Do you think of yourself as a quick draw cowboy?!
Are these the values you wish to teach your son?

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My counter:

I was raised watching...
Samurai...
Medieval Knight...
and Cowboy movies.

Yes...
these are precisely the values I wish to instill in Alex.

Justice and Honor...
Chivalry and Gentleness...
PEACE THROUGH STRENGTH.


You may ensure peace through strength...
or you will have to beg for it (and not get it)
from a merciless predator.

No place...
anywhere...
and at no time in history...
has peace ever been assured...
especially in a family home.

In nations which had disarmed their citizens...
the rate of assault with a deadly weapon skyrocketed
(besides the citizenry being at the mercy of a government run amok...
because they know their people cannot resist them).

The criminals simply used knives and clubs to rob and kill...
and they got more bold by staging more frequent home invasions
(Not to mention the criminals still had their guns.
What do they care about weapons laws if murder is on their minds?).

Even in Japan...
many criminals have guns.

Even today...
in many countries of Africa...
whole groups of people are enslaved or wiped out...
because the ruling warlord and the criminals have the guns...
not the gentle people.

In times of riots or mob rule...
all the unarmed are helpless and at the mercy of evil intent...
unless they have the means to defend themselves.

No?  
What nation has no police force? 
Of what need are they if there are no evil actions?
How many grievous bodily injuries and murders STILL happen?
How many times have police arrived before the event happened?
How many times have police been overwhelmed 
and unable to respond for days at a time
because of riots or natural disasters...
IN THE U.S. ALONE?


A man must ensure the safety and security of his family.

To protect, to provide for, and to guide his family...
that is a Father's prime mission in life.

How is it possible without a means to do so?


Always remember:

With firearms...
it is always YOUR option to use them, and to what degree.

Without firearms...
you have NO such options.
However, the ones with evil intent DO.



Why three guns?


The handgun for short range.

The shotgun for short to medium range.

The scoped long rifle for medium to long range...
....   :)


 The prime three...
all men should be skilled in their use.

Still not feeling it?

Just play this song one more time...
that should get some Testosterone flowing through your veins  :)



We soon arrived at Naan and Kabab.
I started with a hummus appetizer.


Alex had his normal Salmon Kabab.


I had the Gyro Plate.



We then finished off with dessert.
Alex had their chocolate cake...
and I had an ice cream and chocolate cake combo
(I gave Alex one of my two scoops of ice cream :)

We then went home...
did our nightly walk...
showered...
and settled in to watch another episode of our Korean Drama...
'Spring Waltz'.

We've reached the halfway point of this series...
and Alex is seeing what problems may arise
between people when there is no clear, open, and honest communication.

But then again...
it wouldn't be much of a drama without miscommunication...
now would it?  :)






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