Random Thoughts: A Mindful Miscellany

from Marcus Wynne

The Very First Professionally Produced Neural-Based Training Video

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This is the first cut of the “Neural-Based Training” training video directed by top training professional Ralph Mroz and his company The Firefighters Support Foundation. For many years I’ve resisted doing training videos around the mental aspects/accelerated learning/stress inoculation work I’ve been doing. Why? I was very skeptical about the ability to translate those concepts into film. Ralph convinced me it was worth a shot (and he paid me, too, LOL!)

This is the first pass — it’s still rough, but the polished final edition will be available for free on Ralph’s site later this year. PLEASE do not scrape or repost the video on other sites — PLEASE HONOR Ralph’s work, expense and time and if you want to get a copy of it, the final version will be available for FREE on Ralph’s site. Feel free to link to my blog page so people can watch it here, though.

Comments and feedback solicited and appreciated!

Written by marcuswynne

January 10, 2014 at 3:38 am

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  1. AWESOME, Marcus! Good examples…excellent presentation….Thank you! =D


    January 10, 2014 at 4:01 pm

  2. Very well done…lot of info but broken down in a manner that was easy to understand.


    January 10, 2014 at 7:46 pm

    • Thanks, bro! Much appreciated. Keep an eye out for some more gunfighters coming your way for their pistols to get “Sokol-ized”


      January 10, 2014 at 8:36 pm

  3. More to eatch on my flight to Belgium in a few weeks, great stuff! Thank you ALL


    January 10, 2014 at 8:32 pm

    • Thanks, Jimmy! Have fun in Belgium, say hey to Nick E if you’re linking up with him.


      January 10, 2014 at 8:35 pm

  4. You’re still THE Master, Marcus…

    Dave Spaulding

    January 12, 2014 at 7:39 pm

    • Hey Dave! Well, I don’t know about that, but I appreciate the sentiment. Nice to hear from you after all these years — glad to see you’re still out there sharing your experience and expertise! Congratulations on the Police Trainer of the Year Award!


      January 12, 2014 at 7:55 pm

      • Thanks bro…almost ten years since I retired and now have two grandkids. Training is going well…glad to see you are back in it HARD! Keep up the great work!

        Dave Spaulding

        January 13, 2014 at 5:16 pm

  5. Fascinating, lot of good info. Glad to see you’re still working hard.

    Seth Anderson Bailey

    January 12, 2014 at 7:55 pm

    • Thanks, Seth. The alternative to working hard is dying or sniveling about it, and I don’t do either one real well, though I do creep up on snivel from time to time. Take care!


      January 12, 2014 at 7:57 pm

  6. Marcus,
    Nicely done — can see how you applied them when we trained the executive protection and investigations teams.

    Carol Martinson

    January 12, 2014 at 8:51 pm

    • Thanks, Carol! That’s high praise from a top Fortune 50 corporate security exec! Much appreciated.


      January 12, 2014 at 9:03 pm

  7. Very interesting stuff. I have some self-defense training partners I am pointing to this, will look forward to discussing it with them. And I am also a firefighter as well, so double win.

    A critique about how the material is presented:

    – A quick overview of which or at least how many techniques will be presented would be helpful (to me at least).

    – The summary or wrap-up at the 30 minute point goes over four of the techniques, but leaves out the fifth, the stress breathing portion. The stress breathing portion is not listed on the chalkboard (which, btw, is hard for me to read). Part of the problem may be that the stress breathing portion may not really fit with the rest of the material; it is not really integrated with the rest. Altho I am glad i saw it, will want to try it out.

    – Then the wrap-up moves into post-incident management, which seems less like a “wrap-up” and more like new material, a new section, or maybe an example of how four of the techniques are integrated to help with a specific goal (e.g. getting the most out of after-action discussions).

    – “Mining your mistakes” is a great term or way to look at how to use errors to one’s advantage.

    Good stuff, look forward to the finished video.


    January 15, 2014 at 3:03 am

    • Hey Eric — THANK YOU very much for a detailed and very useful critique. All solid, valid points and I’m passing them onto Ralph and David, who did all the direction and videography. Much appreciated!


      January 15, 2014 at 3:03 pm

  8. Marcus, this has incredible application in the fire service. I also watched your video on the OODA Loop in law enforcement/conflict. Could you do an OODA Loop video applied to fire service Size-Up and Quick Action Plan? Its very mappable.

    Jay Patterson

    July 9, 2014 at 9:51 pm

    • Glad you find it useful, Jay. Thanks for your service going in harm’s way for others. It’s seen and appreciated.


      July 29, 2014 at 11:32 pm

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