Random Thoughts: A Mindful Miscellany

from Marcus Wynne

A Major Milestone for Accentus Ludus (edited 28 Sep 2018, to add direct link for approved PDF of the research paper)

with 17 comments

I’m very humbled to announce that THE JOURNAL OF POLICING AND CRIMINAL PSYCHOLOGYhas completed its rigorous independent peer review of a research study measuring the efficacy of the neural-based training methods we’ve developed over the last 31 years of research and experimentation. (click here for the PDF: Approved Pre-Print Release

The paper establishes a brand new field of academic and scientific inquiry:  the fusion of accelerated expertise concurrent with stress inoculation.  It establishes us as pioneers in this new field and validates our training protocols in the laboratory.  We’ve already validated our results on the street and on the battlefield for over 31 years.

Our patented process and training protocols change the brain through the mechanism of neural plasticity to create accelerated expertise concurrent with stress inoculation.

It’s this process that enables us to take two novices with the MP-5 and train them to perform and qualify, both on paper and in sim fights against non-compliant opponents. as experts who outperformed master instructors.

In four hours.  Case study here: INSERT LINK

With an early version of that process, we worked with a group of rape survivors so traumatized that they were triggered into severe PTSD symptoms at the mere sight of a handgun. After training, women who were previously unable to look at a handgun were fighting with that same handgun against two large aggressive and highly skilled male fighters armed with real machetes and baseball bats.

The women won their fights. 100% lethal hits in dynamic full contact force on force.  They outperformed the local SWAT shooters who were, at best, around 40% hits in the exact same scenarios.

From start to finish, four hours.

Ed Lovette, who was in charge of paramilitary training for an Other Government Agency, was an expert witness to the training that day.  He turned to me and said, “Chico, you broke the code.”

We’ve since then been quietly invited to many of the most elite military and law enforcement units in the world to provide training for their instructor cadres:  CASE STUDY HERE

We’re now taking our refined process and automating it with cutting edge technology.  We’re going to do just what Neo experienced in the Matrix:

This is my amazing research team.  One of them is a tenured professor who, when she’s not tutoring the Dalai Lama and his monks in cognitive neuroscience, is busy defining the cognitive neuroscience of mindfulness and how to apply that to keeping good guys and gals alive.  The other works with wolves in a therapeutic setting to help veterans cope with PTSD, when she’s not saving lives at her clinical practice or running her roller derby team.

They are both amazing and brilliant woman who I am very honored to work with.

Dr. Aminda O’Hare, Research Director, Cognitive Neuroscience Advisor

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Dr. O’Hare is a tenured assistant professor of psychology at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. She is the Principal Investigator of the Cognitive and Affective Psychophysiology and Experimental Science (CAPES) laboratory, which uses event-related potentials (ERP) techniques to investigate cognition and emotion interactions.  She has been awarded a Multidisciplinary Seed Funding Grant from the UMass system to study the relationships among perceived stress, biomarkers of stress and performance in college students.  She has been honored with a grant from the Mind and Life Foundation to study the effects of mindfulness practice on college relationships in first semester college students.  This grant takes her to India where she tutors the Dalai Lama and others at His Holiness’s educational institution in Dharamsala, India. Previously she completed a two year fellowship on the Cognitive Psychophysiology National Institutes of Health Training Grant at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she specialized in the neuroscience of anxiety, depression, and executive functioning.

Dr. Amanda Beer, Clinician, Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Clinical Applications Advisor

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Dr. Beer is a licensed clinical psychologist (licensed in NC, WA, CA) who specializes in integrating awareness and strength-based approaches to help clients transform fear, stress and trauma.  She works with individuals and groups from a wide variety of cultural backgrounds and has specific expertise collaborating with clients facing gender or racial oppression.  Her approach is collaborative in nature and grounded in feminist and Buddhist psychology frameworks.  As a scientist-practitioner, Dr. Beer is committed to utilizing evidence based and cutting-edge strategies while simultaneously honoring her clients innate power to change. Her clinical background involves specialized training in multi-cultural counseling competence, group psychotherapy and intervention, and mindfulness- based approaches to wellness.  She has engaged in intensive training on psychological trauma and healing.  Currently Dr. Beer facilitates educational and therapeutic programs that empower individuals, specifically at-risk youth, to identify with their inner wisdom and innate healing potential via connections with animals and nature in a setting working with wolves and wolf dogs in a unique educational context.

I want to thank all my friends and colleagues who have supported me in this crazy uphill struggle for 31 years.  And I want to also thank the many doubters and haters – our enemies can be great teachers. Mine certainly have been.

See you around the campus. Or out on the street.

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Written by marcuswynne

August 29, 2018 at 1:03 am

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  1. Although the results you have been achieving over the years speak for themselves, it’s great to see that, at last, your unique work has been academically validated.

    Dennis Martin

    August 29, 2018 at 8:48 am

    • Morning, Den! My friend, you have been lockstep with me the whole way on this journey. I always appreciate and cherish your friendship and respect your huge contributions to the body of knowledge that supports those who go in harm’s way to protect others. We’ve had some wild times on this trip. It’s too bad the whole damn thing doesn’t pay better though, LOL. But I’m still holding out to bring you and some of the Gen 1/2 instructors like Slacky etc over for the massive debrief and video archiving project. Ralph Mroz said something to me once: “Marcus, you and Dennis will probably be “discovered” about twenty years after you both kick down Heaven’s door.” Maybe. But in the mean time we’ve saved a lot of lives and had a lot of laughs. Thanks for all that my friend! Cheers, m

      marcuswynne

      August 29, 2018 at 12:52 pm

  2. Wow! Very cool. Hope to see this spreading throughout the field.

    In Harms Way

    August 29, 2018 at 9:00 am

    • We’ll see, dude. It’s been an uphill battle as most, especially in the American community, aren’t interested in much other than round count and going bang when it comes to firearms training. At least commercially. The ones that need it the most find their way to me.

      marcuswynne

      August 29, 2018 at 12:54 pm

      • You doing any trainings stateside coming up?

        In Harms Way

        August 31, 2018 at 5:17 pm

      • Ah, I tried to set some up for the civilian market dude. the lack of interest was deafening, LOL. Not enough round count I guess.

        marcuswynne

        September 13, 2018 at 7:23 pm

  3. That’s great! Congratulations!

    I rally hope I could benefit from your research sooner than later to train myself and our guys.

    Jorge Tierno Rey

    August 29, 2018 at 9:37 am

    • Dude, are you in the FCS Kali tribe?

      marcuswynne

      August 29, 2018 at 12:54 pm

      • Nope. I’m just a Spanish marine.

        Jorge Tierno Rey

        August 29, 2018 at 1:27 pm

      • No such thing as JUST a Spanish marine, Marine. Respects, bro. Thx for your service. Are you still active?

        marcuswynne

        August 29, 2018 at 3:29 pm

      • Thanks a lot, Marcus.

        Yes, I’m still active. I’m a trainer in our Spanish Marine Corps School.

        Jorge Tierno Rey

        August 29, 2018 at 3:33 pm

      • I’m fond of Marines. Shoot me an e-mail at Marcus@accentusludus.com from your work e-mail. I’ll shoot you my Signal comms, we’ll have a chat. I don’t think I’ve been back to Spain since the Barcelona Olympics, when I was wandering around looking for terrorists, but I’m old and tend to forget. Always liked the Spanish heritage warriors. Send me a message, we’ll chat.

        marcuswynne

        August 29, 2018 at 3:42 pm

      • Sure! That would be awesome!

        Jorge Tierno Rey

        August 29, 2018 at 4:17 pm

  4. Congratulations!

    The Docent

    September 3, 2018 at 3:50 am

    • Thank you sir! Much appreciated. And thanks for your great aggregation over at Practical Eschatology!

      marcuswynne

      September 13, 2018 at 7:23 pm

  5. Congrats, Marcus. Funny how it takes so long sometimes to convince people of things that are intuitively correct. I’ve been sporadically applying principles of “mindfullness” to my training since reading Shakti Gawain’s books in the 80’s. All I can get through to people sometimes is it works for me. I found your work by accident years ago, and all I can say is its amazing. Though it would be nice e to see a textbook for those of us who need a little structure.

    Scott Siegfried

    Scott Siegfried, Delaware Valley School Police (PA)

    September 13, 2018 at 10:05 am

    • Yep, that’s true, Scott. When I first brought up the OODA loop back in the 80s and early 90s, I got massive push back. Now it’s canon. When I brought up how to create your own psychophysiological response for fighting (what Dave Spaulding calls “state access” in his chapter on my work in his book HANDGUN COMBATIVES) i got pushback; I got major push back when I suggested that we could accelerate firearms training by doing what we do differently, instead of just doing an evolution of what a Prussian general decided was necessary to train illiterate peasants to shoot back in the 1700s, and when instead of lecturing about the brain and neuroscience started USING it in exercises to get results — pushback the whole way. But eventually, people will experiment and find their own way to utilize it. The field is changing so fast and so dramatically that those who cling to the old ways will find themselves left far behind. It’s telling that the world’s elite military units don’t question the efficacy — they just want to get it in and get it done. So I cultivate the Long View, and keep my ego out of it. It’s never been about me, but about helping save lives. I’ve got a long list of those, and I’d rather have that list than millions of dollars in the bank. Though I won’t mind having those, LOL! Thx, take care. cheers, m

      marcuswynne

      September 13, 2018 at 7:28 pm


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