A Former Navy SEAL Commander Says The Best Defense Is To Run – This Is Why

Jocko Willink, a former Navy SEAL commander, host of the “Jocko Podcast,” and the author of “Discipline Equals Freedom: Field Manual,” believes your best chances might be to run from a fight. Following is a full transcript of the video.

Jocko Willink: If someone attacks me and they want to punch or kick me, I can just run away. They’re not holding onto me. I can get away from them. It’s when someone grabs you that you need some technique to get out of there, or someone takes you to the ground — that’s when you need some technique to get out of there. If someone just wants to punch me, well, I’ll walk away from them or run away from them. That’s OK.

Hi, I’m Jocko Willink. I’m retired from the military and just wrote a book called Discipline Equals Freedom Field Manual.

Obviously, I am a fan of jiu-jitsu. No. 1: It’s very practical, like I said, for self-defense. And again, the goal of jiu-jitsu in self-defense isn’t to take someone down to the ground — the goal in jiu-jitsu for self-defense is actually to be able to defend yourself on the ground, get up, and get away from an attacker. That’s what the goal is.

Now, some people might think: “Well, Jocko, I don’t want to run away if somebody wants to fight me. I want to fight them.” Well, let’s think about where that might end up for you. No. 1: You don’t know if this person has a weapon or not. What if they have a knife? What if they have a pistol? What if they’ve got three or four friends? And now you’re getting either shot, stabbed, mutilated, or otherwise maimed and killed. That’s not what you’re looking for on a Friday night as you’re walking down the street.

OK, so let’s say you’re so tough that the other guy — he doesn’t have a knife, he doesn’t have a gun, he doesn’t have any friends — and you take him out and break his arm, choke him, and put him to sleep. Well now guess what happens? You’re getting arrested. Now you’re getting in a lawsuit. Now you have to pay this person money that you actually wanted to beat up.

So it’s a lose-lose situation to get in a confrontation on the street. If you can break contact and get away, break contact and get away. That’s what you should learn self-defense for. Obviously, if someone is doing something that they’re attacking someone in your family and you have to step in to defend yourself, well, that’s why you continue training all the time — because that might happen, and you have to be prepared for that. Optimally, you get out of there: You break contact, you get away. If you have to stand and fight, you train yourself so that you’re able to do it.

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A Navy SEAL Shares His Workout Routine For Staying In Amazing Shape

Jocko Willink, a former Navy SEAL commander, host of the “Jocko Podcast,” and the author of “Discipline Equals Freedom: Field Manual,” explains how he works out to maintain his physique. Following is a full transcript of the video.

Jocko Willink: I’ve pretty much broken down my workouts into four broad spectrums of working out. I’m going to pull on one day, I’m going to push on another day, I’m going to lift on the next day, and I’m going to squat on the final day the fourth day. And I just rotate those things through.

And they’re all based fundamentally on some pretty basic exercises. For pull, it’s based on pull-ups. Doing pull-ups. And you all you need to do pull-ups is a set of rings or a pull-up bar and you can handle that workout. The push is based on push-ups and dips, and all the exercises that are associated with those types of movements.The lifts, for me, are lifting things from the ground over my head. And then finally, squat is based on squatting, and there’s all different kinds of varieties of squats you can do. And I also include in that sprinting and overhead squats, back squats, front squats — all those things get incorporated in when I’m working a leg day.

On top of those four, on a regular basis, I want to train my, my metabolic conditioning. So, I want to do sprinting and running and get my heart rate up for very intense short periods of time.And then on top of that I do “gut” exercises, which is what we call in the SEAL teams when you’re working your “core,” is the trendy term to call it, or sometimes you hear it referred to as abs. But I don’t like those terms. We call it gut. Get some.

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Former Navy SEAL Commander On How To Handle Stress

Jocko Willink, a former Navy SEAL commander, host of the “Jocko Podcast,” and the author of “Discipline Equals Freedom: Field Manual,” explains how he handles the stress of work in military and civilian life. Following is a full transcript of the video.

Jocko Willink: Hi I’m Jocko Willink. I’m retired from the military and just wrote a book called “Discipline Equals Freedom: Field Manual.”

So there’s different types of stress that people face, and in my opinion most of the time we’re either facing stress of things that we can control and stress of things that we can’t control. Well, if it’s stress of things that we cannot control, what you have to do is you mitigate that stress as much as possible. You’ve planned. You’ve trained. You’ve done everything you can in your power to mitigate the stress that’s facing you. And then after that, there’s nothing you can do. So, you have to let that one go.

If it’s something that it is something that you can control, it’s something that is hanging over your head — a lot of times people have something that they’re afraid of. They’ve got a client that’s mad at them. They’ve got a project that’s due. And they let that stress hang over their head. I don’t let that happen. If I’ve got a problem with one of my clients that needs to get solved, guess what I’m going to do? I’m going to call them up and I’m going to say, “Hey, here’s what’s going on. This is the situation. This thing went sideways. I didn’t expect it. Now it’s going to take me some more time to get you what you need.” But I’m going to do that upfront. Same thing with a project that I’ve got. I’m not going to let that thing hang over my head and wait till the last minute and be scared of it. No. If I’ve got something to do, I’m going to attack it.

So that’s what I recommend you do. If you’ve got things that are stressful in your life that you can’t control, do what you can to mitigate them and then you can’t worry about them anymore. And actually, worrying about them is taking away energy from what you should be doing, which is concentrating on the things that you actually can control. So the things that I can control that are causing me stress, I’m going to attack them. That’s what you need to do.

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A Former Navy SEAL Commander Says We Should Drop Millions Of iPhones On North Korea

Jocko Willink, a former Navy SEAL commander, host of the “Jocko Podcast,” and the author of “Discipline Equals Freedom: Field Manual,” reveals an unconventional idea to deal with North Korea’s nuclear ambitions. Following is a full transcript of the video.

Jocko Willink: Hi I’m Jocko Willink. I’m retired from the military and just wrote a book called Discipline Equals Freedom Field Manual.

People ask me if I’m worried about the threat, a nuclear threat from North Korea, and I think it is something you have to be concerned about. Obviously, they have the weapons. They have the technology. It may not be perfect, but it doesn’t have to be perfect for them to do some real damage. So it’s something we have to be very cautious of — we have to pay attention to. And we need to be careful.

One of my most popular tweets that I have put out was, surprisingly — it was a remark that I made about someone asked me about what to do in North Korea. I replied that the thing to do would be to drop 25 million iPhones into North Korea and then give them free Wi-Fi satellite coverage. And of course, you know, some people came back and said, “Well, how would they get power for the phones?” And people broke down the strategic plan.

It wasn’t meant in that way. What it was meant to say is there’s people in North Korea that are living under severe repression under a brutal dictator. They starve. They don’t have energy. They don’t have food. They don’t have progress.

It is a nightmare to live there. And the only reason that some of them continue to go on in that lifestyle is because they believe the propaganda they’ve been given. And I do think that if you could give them the truth about what the rest of the world was like, they would probably take care of that problem themselves.

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