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Beach Balls

“The minute you get away from fundamentals –whether its proper technique, work ethic or mental preparation –the bottom can fall out of your game, your schoolwork, your job, whatever you’re doing.”-Michael Jordan

When I was studying geology at UB, one of my classes was Geophysics. No, it isn’t nearly as difficult as you might first think, but it was challenging at times. In geophysics we learned about these things called“beach balls.” In layman’s terms, a beach ball is a diagram which is created after an earthquake event. It is a visual representation of the direction of the forces involved with the earthquake and what happened to the bedrock surrounding those areas.

<--Beach balls looked like this on a map. They were frequently drawn by hand, and measuring the angles manually was a real pain in the you-know-what. I recall asking my professor why we needed to produce these beach balls when for years there had been sophisticated computers that gave us all of the data we needed for an…
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A Moment in Time

We must have heard it one hundred times over the last three days. Kip Teitsort, national expert on violence in healthcare, was in town to teach Twin City Ambulance's four DT4EMS instructors an advanced level instructor course.
"This is just a moment in time." Kip would remark as he paused during a skill to show us how the elbow was controlled or how the attacker was now off-balance. Over and over he said that phrase. "This is just a moment in time."
To paint things more clearly you need to understand a bit about Kip. He's a man who was both a paramedic and a police officer. He's got 30 years of training and several black belts in multiple martial arts systems, and has instructed police and SWAT officers in defensive tactics. He's also taught self-defense to scores of healthcare providers all across the country - his current focus.
Kip has intensity and energy that never waiver, which he needs to match his passion for protecting healthcare workers from …