Fear is the Mind Killer


A comprehensive guide for martial arts and self defense instructors who want to build safe, ethical, and effective training environments. Fear is the Mind Killer: How to Build a Training Culture that Fosters Strength and Resilience covers policy-writing, classroom strategies and culture-building, stress testing, and working with under-served populations such as women and survivors of violence.


How do we cultivate inner strength?

Martial arts and self defense are about so much more than physical skills. Learning to fight is a catalyst for growth. It makes our students stronger, more confident, and more resilient — at least, that’s how it’s supposed to work. Too often, the students who need that strength the most struggle to find it.

Learn how to build a training environment that helps all your students grow. Help them face their fears, grapple with failure, test themselves, and come out bigger than before.

Fear is the Mind Killer: How to Build a Training Culture that Fosters Strength and Resilience
will help you shape your training community. You’ll learn how motor learning and motivation actually work. You’ll get a window into the needs of all kinds of students, including vulnerable and under-served groups.

You’ll get concrete tools that help you put that knowledge to use. Write and enforce effective policies. Manage your classroom to support and empower diverse students. Design training exercises that incorporate play and problem-solving. Add pressure with stress testing activities.

This book is for all teachers, whether you’re building a new community or checking in on an existing one. It will help you ask the right questions and find the answers that make the most sense for you and your community. Practice activities and sample drills will make sure you’re on the right track as you work.

You know what your students need. Here’s how to get it to them.

Getting Your Book

How you will get your book depends on the format you order:

  • eBook: you will be able to download your files as soon as you complete your order. If you create an account, they will be available for re-download whenever you are logged in.
  • paperback or hardcover: these ship from Vancouver, Canada via Canada Post. Orders usually take a few business days to process. If a book is on backorder, it can take up to 4 weeks for me to get more copies from the printer. I will update you with an expected arrival time after you place your order, and will ship your book as soon as it is back in stock.

Standard shipping times are shown below. These do not include the time it takes to process and pack your order:

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Lettermail*2-10 business days4-6 business days4-7 business days
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* These services are not tracked, and delivery times are not guaranteed. The range provided is an estimate only.

** Tracked Packet delivery times are not guaranteed. The range provided is an estimate only.

If you live locally (within Metro Vancouver) and would like to pick up your book in person instead of paying for shipping, please contact me before placing your order. This option depends on my schedule and may not always be available.