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Amaury Murgado

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Amaury Murgado attained Dan rank in Karate, Jujitsu and Judo. He is a retired Senior Special Operations Sergeant who tours included The Middle East, Japan, Korea. He is the published author of 50 plus articles on Martial Arts, Security, and Law Enforcement Issues.

Amaury Murgado

Amaury Murgado grew up in Miami, his father, Angelo Kennedy, a Bay of Pigs Invasion veteran. While other boys were playing with toys, Amaury...

Stripes and Bars: Self-discipline

NOT TOO LONG AGO, I was asked to identify the one leadership characteristic that rises above all others as the most important. Though I...

Best Practices: How To…Respond Instead of React

The Aug. 9, 2014 shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, triggered a chain of events that changed how the public perceived law enforcement....

Stripes and Bars: Maintaining Focus

IF YOU ARE A STAR WARS FAN, you might remember that in Episode I, Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn tells young Anakin Skywalker, "Always remember,...

Stripes and Bars: Don’t Be An Idea Person

THERE IS NO SHORTAGE OF IDEAS IN LAW ENFORCEMENT. However, there is a shortage of people who will actually implement them. In today's world,...

Stripes and Bars: Lead, Don’t Blame

WHEN SOMETHING GOES WRONG at an agency, administrators go into self-preservation mode. This, in turn, has a cascading effect all the way down to...

Best Practices: Responding vs Reacting

At face value, there doesn't seem to be much difference between the words responding and reacting. However, if you take a moment to look...

Best Practices: Maintain A Healthy Mind

It's not difficult to find information and inspiration about staying in shape and maintaining a healthy body. However, without maintaining a healthy mind, you...

Best Practices: Closing the Reactionary Gap

One of the most important things you can learn about dealing face to face with suspects is the concept of relative positioning. Relative positioning...

Best Practices: Why the OODA Loop is Still Relevant

The OODA loop was created by Air Force colonel John Boyd in the late 1950s. He was a Korean War fighter pilot and a...

Best Practices: Leading By Example

Respect comes from leading by example. Anything I ever needed to know about leadership I learned serving in the U.S. Army prior to becoming a...

The Winning Edge: One Stance, Three Uses

If you sit around chatting with instructors who teach in law enforcement, you will find a great deal of diversity on any training topic...

Best Practices: Warrior Mindset

You probably hear about needing to have a warrior mindset almost daily. Books are published about it, motivational speakers make money speaking of it,...

Best Practices: Teamwork Minus the B.S.

We live in an age of political correctness where saying the right things seems to have more value than doing the right things. People...

Mark Shuey Cane Defense: Problem – Solution

Problem: You may not be able to execute intricate martial arts techniques in a fight. Solution: Learn simple moves for defending yourself with a...

Best Practices: Goal-Oriented Training

Many in law enforcement view training as something to try to get out of. Since it’s often seen as a necessary evil, it’s always...

Best Practices: Stress Management

Stress is an officer’s number one nemesis. During a call, it creates automatic psychological and physiological responses that reduce your effectiveness. Too much stress...

The Martial Art of Yudo

Archaeologists have shown that cultural and technical advancement came to Korea through China. In turn, these advancements were later taken to Japan from Korea....

Best Practices: Wargaming As Training

There is a school of thought that suggests good training is proportionate to the amount of money you spend; the more you spend the...

Sun Tzu A 21st-Century Warrior

Ancient Chinese military strategy evolved over thousands of years of conflict. As commanders rose and fell, the heart of their philosophies were saved for...