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Author: David Burnell

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The Velvet Hammer is a hard hitting series with clarity regarding missions, training and world events. These stories are sometimes intense, but are always filled with powerful lessons in life. David is a Military Veteran, Former Dive Rescue International Instructor, National Taekwondo Champion, Defensive Tactics Instructor, Firearms Instructor, Certified Bodyguard for High Risk Areas and a successful businessman.
46 Episodes
This is an overview of what to expect in the women's self-defense live taught course. This course is great for young women's groups, adult women or a group of family and friends. You provide the place and the people and David will come and teach. These self-defense techniques and models will help you avoid becoming a victim. If you get caught in a small space and trapped, he will show you simple and effective ways to get away. His methods are simple and straight forward with a no non-se...
With so much pressure on so many people, I am struck by the comparison of the deep black water environments where there is intense pressure and little to no light. In this podcast David talks about how we can overcome that darkness and find light, even in the midst of constant pressure from all around us.
Are you looking to improve your companies growth, retention, trust with employees and overall well being? Listen to this podcast and get some insights into RESPECT as one of the key principles that can take you, your team and company to the next level. In this podcast David was interviewed by Maikel Bailey and Rich Baron from Mainline Executive Coaching on the dynamics of respect and leadership. This is a great team of experienced coaches that help accelerate business growth and p...
Thy will be done

Thy will be done


The ability to let our will go and depend upon the wisdom of a loving God and the intervention of the heavens yields true peace and joy on this earth. This does not mean we do not try or we give up, it means we trust in the outcomes that we cannot force or control. We connect to heaven and let his will be done knowing the results will be what is ultimately best for us.
For the FIRST TIME EVER I share the true story of my mission to find an abducted 3 year old Haitian American boy who was abducted from primary at church in Haiti and ransomed for $20,000 USD. PLEASE Share this. I hope you find a message inside this story that gives you hope and lifts you.Gangs, rescue, medical aid, bodyguards, abduction, evil, heartwarming children, angles and demons. This is a true story that is about two special operations veterans that went to Haiti after the brutal ...
Freedom isn't just an American thing, it is an everyone thing. Sometimes it feels like we in America feel that we are the inventors of freedom and we lay claim to its inherent natural rights as its founder. Right now in March of 2022 we are witnessing like few times before an entire nation fight to be free from the oppression of another nation that desires to bind them into captivity. They are rejecting this outright and desire to be free and self governing.
This is an excerpt from one of David online course found at www.davidburnell.comTHE COLOR CODE OF MENTAL AWARENESS IS THE KEY TO LIVING IN SAFETY OR TO BE READY FOR A THREAT!CONDITION WHITE - unawareWhite is the lowest level on the escalator. In Condition White one is unaware, not alert, oblivious. This state can be characterized as "daydreaming" or "preoccupied". People in White tend to walk around with their heads down, as if watching their own feet. They do not notice the impending danger ...
The "Long Walk" is part of the Elite Delta Force selection process. David compares life's journey and the common principles of this Long Walk. These principles if followed will help us to have joy during the journey as well as enrichment other people along the way!
Change is hard, in fact the brain has a real physiological response to change . Part of the brain—the amygdala—interprets change as a threat and releases the hormones for fear, fight, or flight. Your body is actually protecting you from change. That is why so many people when presented with a new idea—even a good one, with tons of benefits—will resist it. This podcast identifies three keys to overcoming this response and illustrates how we can learn to win!
All of us fit in the puzzle of life's great picture, even when we don't feel like it. In a conversation with a very wise person one day, the comment was made that we are not suppose to be like everyone else. We are unique and just like no puzzle has two pieces that are the same, we are also an important piece of the great picture with our size, shape, colors and designs.
Life is a series of turns, twists, ups and as we all know downs. The opportunity exists while on our individual paths to lift, love, learn, laugh and listen to others. This is a critical "joy" set of skills to acquire and makes all of life's experiences so very rich and worth while!
This podcast is a short story of a chance meeting in a swimming pool early one morning where a young man who was burdened with such a heavy weight was lifted a few inches through simple acts of kindness. We move through life with one of the greatest opportunities all around us! Looking for the one who needs a simple smile, affirmation or understanding can create such joy and gratitude is one of our main purposes on this earth.
This important principle is the foundation of our nations Declaration of Independence from England and the formation of the Bill of Rights. It is why millions have come to America to prosper and become all that they desire. In this podcast David talks about this principle as well as individual rights compared to collectivism.
Necessity - this important principle dictates your next activity and focus. When thought out clearly and while limiting external influences it can be a liberating and calming exercise and will lead to success, good mental health and well being.
Every once in a while, a ewe will give birth to a lamb and reject it. There are many reasons she may do this. If the lamb is returned to the ewe, the mother may even kick the poor animal away. Once a ewe rejects one of her lambs, she will never change her mind.These little lambs will hang their heads so low that it looks like something is wrong with its neck. Their spirit is broken.These lambs are called “bummer lambs.” Unless the shepherd intervenes, that lamb will die, rejected and alone. S...
This is one of my very favorite Podcasts here at the Velvet Hammer. I interviewed my very good friend and former South African Special Forces soldier David Fabricius on the topic of wolves, sheep and sheepdogs. There are "good wolves" according to David and it is a very powerful concept. He is also an American citizen by choice and he speaks of America and the threats to her. I endorse his message and share his perspectives. Thank you David Fabricius!
David shares an intense experience while becoming a Dive Rescue International Public Safety SCUBA Instructor that illustrates failure and how it can crush us, or become the catalyst for growth and becoming.
I give thanks to America the beautiful this day. I love this Republic with my whole soul and have and will continue to defend her against all enemies foreign and domestic. She was founded as a Republic by intention and divine foresight. A Republic is ruled by law (constitution) where a democracy is ruled by a majority. The powerful difference is in the western analogy of a Lynch mob deciding someone is guilty and taking immediate action upon that person with no law to govern, nor protec...
Have you ever had an experience or challenge in life that you cannot fix? Are there unresolved issues that cannot at this time be mended? In this short podcast David talks about two specific experiences in Haiti and Burma where what he and others serving saw was unfixable. David discusses the quote from the Apostle Boyd K. Packer "Restoring what you cannot restore, healing the wound you cannot heal, fixing that which you broke and you cannot fix is the very purpose of the atonement of C...
PTSD is widely misunderstood and many people have it or are in relationships with friends or family who suffer from its effects. Listen to these powerful personal insights into how you can identify symptoms and have the courage to step up and get some help from the right people. If you know or work with someone who has experience TRAUMA PLEASE listen to this podcast, it could save a life. Too many have given up and checkout out from the negative effects of serving others and paying the ...