Friday, January 23, 2015

Be My Valentine

Valentines Couples Special

Self defense training, topics of choice, private lesson with your romantic partner.
$45 for two people, one hour course; learn partner drills and exercises that are fun, effective, keep you fit and flexible and build awareness, sensitivity to one's environment and the ability to deal with unexpected events.  (ends February 21)

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

General Update; Tabata, Camp, new classes, upcoming clinic

LOTSWild general update!

Probably the coolest recent development is in the form of Tabata, High intensity timing training, thanks to Rob Hunter - dad of a student, buff crossfit trainer and also world champion contender in full contact western weapons fighting (swords etc). We downloaded an iPhone app and have incorporated the 20 seconds on, 10 seconds off as an example, into our sparring practice. It has radically changed student excitement, focus, intensity and overall fun in class. It also allows us to keep resistance/contact training a regular part of almost every class now even if short duration. Sparring can be done; one handed, no hands, no feet, distance regulated, defending only, grappling, weapons, multiple people, and a thousand other variations.


New Class at New Covenant Church in Clyde NC went great last night, we had 10 or 11 students. This class is more focused on spiritual development and character. For example we are looking this week at 1 Timothy 4:8 "For bodily exercise has some value, but godliness has value in all things", and close each class with prayer for every student who has a need. AWESOME!

Black Mountain and regular Canton classes continue to integrate Tang Soo Do with spontaneous and creative responses using IMA compliance techniques. We are drilling gi and no-gi chokes, using flexible weapons and clothing to perform techniques, and then flowing into them from basic Tang Soo Do strikes and one steps. Thanks Jonathan Orbach for visiting this week and bring some of Master Travis Ginn s excellence to our school.

February 6-8 is CHOAS 2015, the rawest most intense survival training from multiple teachers, many disciplines, perspectives, and a hearty dose of FUN. Swannanoa, $160. Contact me for details or visit

Don't forget snowboarding - students get free gear rentals, and we have schoolwide passes available so you can go for FREE!

Most common questions searched about me

I can see what people type in search engines when then are directed to and find this website.  It's amazing what you all are looking for! To save you some time I'm going to answer a couple of them because, obviously, the questions continue to exist.

1.)  What is Spencer Bolejack's Net Worth?

LOL! Really?  Well, imagine you are a middle school teacher after almost a decade of trying to finish school.  Things are great, you buy a house, have a kid and then boom get laid off.  Since you are adept at survival you promote martial arts classes and buy bulk foods, don't have tv or cable, and put mental power into saving gas $, electricity, and recreational fun comes from playing outdoors as usual.  A TV show comes along, but being a smaller network, it's more of a wonderful bonus for the year rather than a retirement hope.  TV show helps boost knife sales and adds a couple of summer campers but in general life continues.  I play drums in a couple of bands, teach Martial Art 5 days a week, run a summer camp that is creative in covering bills and turning a small profit, and raise THREE KIDS! Whoever you are searching for my net worth best find something more exciting to go after in life.  I still live without TV, heat with wood, hunt, fish, and try to conserve so that I can spend what cash I do have on cool stuff.  Like motorcycles, a snowboard, and another trip to the Caribbean. 

2.)  Is Hillbilly Blood Fake?  Or, is Hillbilly Blood Real?

I have decided that a culture that has been raised on and sustained by television in general has lost some part of the brain that used to be a vital component of the human experience.  I guess if you've never been around productions you might not realize that there are cameras recording the whole thing, sound guys with microphones, lighting experts, producers, assistants running errands, and a slew of technical professionals who's job it is to make a show come together within budget, on time, and of adequate quality to air on a respected network.  All of these people have timelines and priorities, stay in a hotel nearby, and send footage to another small army who pieces it together, looking for problems to reshoot and making sure it all makes sense.  So no, Gene and I aren't secretly planning a scheme to hide underground when OUT OF NOWHERE pops a huge crew and cameras to film a day-in-the-life-of . . . 

That being said, the information presented, building projects, and tasks are very real.  Eugene and I put our heads together and plan, execute, often at great risk, the various things you see done on the show.  We are both professional, experienced, survivors who want to give the viewing audience both entertainment and also real life skills that we've learned through cuts, scrapes, burns, failure, family mentors, friends, books, travels, adventures, and so on.  Many of the shows are based on our real life events although I will say the real life version is often much more dramatic and exciting; just, there weren't any cameras around.  For example, you may have seen a vine raft constructed with a tarp used to cross a river.  Eugene has been intercepted off the US coast trying to sail to the Bimini islands in one of those, as well as attempting to cross one of the great lakes.  He regularly paddles around Fontana in such a vessel.  And you might see us walking through the mountains, surviving off the land for a couple of days.  Well, I did that once.  And the trip lasted 3 years all together.  You can't even imagine the events that took place during that time, and a show could hardly capture even a small part.  BUT, we can demonstrate some of the skills and knowledge, for REAL, and put it in a show that folks can enjoy and learn from.  It's always VERY HARD to pull off an episode within the time frame we are given, make things work, and power through injury, personal issues, sickness, and all the stuff that is TV.  In the end, it has been awesome.

OK that's enough for today, off to make knives, karate chop some kids, split firewood, and check on a solar panel -

Spencer 2 Dogs

Friday, January 16, 2015

CHAOS weekend training 6-8 February 2015

Kasumi Mountain Martial Arts has once again pulled together top teachers in their field for a rare training opportunity in western NC.

Drawing from top instructors and school owners, CHAOS 2015 is a three day event that will push your boundaries and give you experience and hard skills from perspectives you will not find anywhere else.

When we teach knots, we teach first aid, traps, cord making, primitive technology, fighting with flexible weapons, pain control and submissions with clothing and improvised tools with teachers who DO IT EVERYDAY.

When we teach first aid, we teach immediate treatment, stabilizing procedures from EMTs, anatomy for the fighter, personal repair and mitigation, prioritization and natural herbs and primitive knowledge.

When we teach tracking, we learn from professional search and rescue experts, we cover weather reading, basic survival and shelter, navigation, psychology, movement and night operations, and then YOU HAVE TO FIND SOMEONE.

Land of the Sky Wilderness School and Martial Arts is teaming up with Kasumi Mountain, Asheville Integrated Combatives, Sifu Larry Rice, RJ Burle, SRT professionals and more to create an immersive experience February 6, 7, 8.

Cost: $160 early, $180 week of
Where: The Farm, swannanoa NC east of Asheville
Who: Anyone who wants hands on training for the unexpected, fun, challenge, and great teachers/fellow students with high morale.  Older Teens and adults only
Experience: none to expert
What to bring: Breakfast and Dinner Provided.  Students will have basic gear requirements, see host site for more details.

A wonderful home, full of everything we need to live and be happy - if you know!

Last Year's Instructors

Saturday, January 3, 2015

5 angles, 15 parries - Stick fundamentals at LOTSWild

This video demonstrates 5 angles of simple attack, each representing a quarter of the target area and a centerline thrust. Next variations of the #5 thrust are shown.

Next, 15 parries for the 5 angles are shown singularly and as a form at speed. These 15 parries or blocks are defending against the 5 angles in consecutive order so three distances and angles are shown for each of the 5 attacks, 1-5 three times.

In reality the blocks are not blocks but are counter attacks with blunt weapons striking bone targets, and bladed weapons cutting flesh or muscle. It is important to train with speed and power while armored for safety to reinforce this principle.

The video then demonstrates blocks 1-15 with a katana using one handed method, which is a basis for developing two-sword technique and also hints at the universality of the blocking system shown. Both the attacking angles and defensive postures can be applied with any available object such as a handle, stick, umbrella, magazine, book, screw driver, pen, plastic bottle, hairbrush, electric cord, belt, knife, machete, drumsticks, etc.

Finally a katana sword (bokken) is held with two hands and the same 1-15 are performed.

Key principles are angles and distancing, footwork and moving off the centerline. While not comprehensive of all blocks in short stick work, these options give a serious student confidence in the ability to parry an attack from any angle at any distance and defend, counter, and close the gap with created openings. The live or checking hand must be in play!

These 15 blocks are our foundation bridging into stick jiu jutsu, pain compliance, fencing. Training should consist of slow feeding drills, slow precision drills, fast precision training on moving targets, full contact free fighting and sparring with and without armor for safety, as well as conditioning exercises hitting heavy bags, ropes, soft wood targets. With proper training, live speed attacks at random will manifest the appropriate parry without thought or hesitation. Thanks for watching.

For more information or to visit classes in western North Carolina contact Spencer 2 Dogs at Land of the Sky Wilderness School

Classes held in Canton NC, Black Mountain, and sometimes Asheville.

LOTSWild's Samurai Sword forms of Koizumi

Here are two treatments of the 7 sword sets of Koizumi and Sasamura styles practiced at my school. As we discover when practice with contact and speed against resisting partners, individual techniques, while important, diminish relative to general handling skills, speed and timing, general coordination and fluid movement. The 7 forms seen here are an encyclopedia of techniques when broken down into applications but I like to think of the sword sets as a handling exercise. The student must be constantly aware of the sword edge, various parry types, thrusts and evasions. Coupled with singular technical practice, slow speed training, and full speed weapon fighting the Koizumi family sword forms add greatly to our training at Land of the Sky Wilderness School. The forms presented are in no way perfect examples, but just a day practicing at the beach.

These forms are inherited from Grandmaster Brian Adams who learned them from Master Hasty, who learned them from Master Koizumi while on a trip in Europe some many decades ago. It is not a set you will find in commercial schools and keeps the alive the spirit of, "the best test is to try it out."