A STUDY OF THE INITIATIVE IN THE GUNFIGHT
WHAT IS OLD IS NEW - INTEGRATING "OLD SYSTEM" TRAINING METHODS

THE GENTLEMAN GUNFIGHTER

Daniel-craig-james-bond

In years past we submitted the idea of The Gentleman Killer.  As anticipated the fearful ones in the training industry all grabbed their chests in angst.  But in a world of scruffy, saggy-panted, man cubs the real world image of the Gentleman Killer is exactly what is necessary as an example of the way things ought to be.  

Jonathan Nobody posted a list of attributes on warrior talk.  Here is a link to that discussion - warriortalk

His list is a very good one. What is conspicuously missing from the attributes of the Gentleman Killer?

Uncontrolled emotion. In truth, emotion is a tool and the show of it is a weapon. You control it, not the reverse.
Political motivations. Marx was wrong...it is politics and not religion that is the "opiate of the masses".
Defensive exculpatory positions when challenged. Learned men will recall their Macbeth and not "protest too much".

What should be there?

Mission focused and goal oriented with a firm held belief that nothing is impossible.
Well spoken and sharply articulate to get the point across and have it understood by the most dim witted of listeners.
Cool headed. The greatest example of manhood is grace and poise under pressure.
Able to, as Kipling wrote, "walk with kings" without losing the common touch.

In short, he is a renaissance warrior for the present age. Well read, well traveled, articulate and studied in the ways of human kind, but with the well developed program to kill quickly, and dispassionately when the situation calls for it.

This concept has been around for ages. But the sad domesticated husk of manhood known to us as homo-pacificus does not and will never understand it. Sir Richard Burton (the explorer not the actor) typified this phenotype. Kipling laid out his resume in his immortal poem "IF" (which I made my son memorize). Heinlein laid out his mission statement in Time Enough For Love*. An Churchill admonished him to be ready for the tap on the shoulder to do "a very special thing".

So much learning and so many examples to be that man every single day. It astounds me that so few men actually live their lives in that way. They will reach old age and be a breath away from their deaths...and will die never having done a f*cking thing other than exist.


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“A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.”

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