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30 great police training maxims & quotes

Whether you’re a DT trainer or a cop on the beat, here are some of our more popular quotes to reflect upon and use to fuel that training spirit


By Dr. Eric Cobb

Whether you’re a DT trainer or a cop on the beat, here are some of our more popular quotes to reflect upon and use to fuel that training spirit.

  • “Experience is something you get, shortly after you need it!” – HIGH GEAR maxim
  • “The superior fighter has no emotional attachment to any one range of combat.” - T. Blauer
  • “If you face just one opponent, and you doubt yourself, you’re out-numbered” -Dan Millman
  • “Training should hurt, but never injure…if there is no pain, there is no fear…if there is no fear, then you’re not really training.” - T. Blauer
  • ‘The height of strategy, is to attack your opponent’s strategy” -Sun Tzu
  • “You can only beat the opponent, who makes a mistake” - T. Blauer
  • “It’s not who’s right, it’s who’s left.” - Unknown
  • “You never know how much you can do, until you try to do more than you can.” -T. Blauer
  • “Real fights, happen in the space of a phone booth” - T. Blauer
  • “The MIND navigates the BODY.” – Unknown
  • ‘Character’ is who you are when no one is looking. –Unknown
  • “What you practice, is what you’ll do” Benny Urquidez
  • “Be careful what you practice, you may get really good at the wrong thing!” - T. Blauer
  • A really bad idea, embraced by millions of people, is still a really bad idea.” - T. Blauer
  • “When the student is ready, the teacher appears….but when the student feels they are the teacher, the student in them disappears.” - T. Blauer
  • “Control the mind and you can control the behavior”. - T. Blauer
  • “There is no right or wrong in our system, only Desirable and Less Desirable.” - T. Blauer
  • “Sparring, is NOT Self Defense.” - T. Blauer
  • “Don’t look at the technique, or final action, look at the tenacity, the will, and the indignation that fueled the action.” - T. Blauer
  • “Those who talk, can usually be persuaded to walk” - T. Blauer
  • “Real fights are only the ones you can’t avoid.” - T. Blauer
  • “Make your fighting stance, your everyday stance and make your everyday stance, your fighting stance.” - Musashi
  • “DO more, KNOW more, THINK more, HAVE more and WANT more than your opponent.” - T. Blauer
  • “Man, the living creature, the creating individual, is always more important than any established style, or system.” - Bruce Lee
  • “Failure to plan is like planning to fail.” Unknown
  • F.E.A.R. – False Expectations, Appearing Real
  • “If I am to lose, let me lose to the superior fighter. Let me lose because he was better than I was, not because I was worse than him.” - T. Blauer
  • “Don’t do your favorite move, but rather, the worst move for your opponent.” Chess maxim
  • “Do you want to BE good, or FEEL good? Truth before ego…” - T. Blauer
  • “The way you feel, affects the way you think; the way you think, affects the way you feel; they both affect the way you move.” - T. Blauer
  • “If you can’t think to do it in training, what makes you think you’ll think to do it in the street.” - T. Blauer
  • “Never let FEAR, PRIDE, or EGO, dictate your next battle plan.” - T. Blauer
  • “The longer you practice failure, the harder it becomes to recognize success.” - T. Blauer

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