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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-sense attitude. 
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 personal development.  More from them at
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 earthquake in 2010 to protect doctors and nurses in what was then the largest natural disaster in recorded history.  On top of protecting the doctors and nurses, they were asked to find an abducted Haitian three year old American boy who had been ransomed after being taken from a church meeting on a Sunday.  This is the gritty real world story of that mission in a first hand account from David Burnell who was the Chief of Security for the largest volunteer Task Force to go to the beleaguered island and help.
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 until it literally has them by the throat.CONDITION YELLOW - aware, alert and relaxedThis is a relaxed state of general alertness, with no specific focal point. You are not looking for anything or anyone in particular; you simply have your head up and your eyes open. You are alert and aware of your surroundings. You are difficult to surprise, therefore, you are difficult to harm. You do not expect to be attacked today. You simply recognize the possibility.CONDITION ORANGE - potential threat - create a planThis is a heightened state of alertness, with a specific focal point. The entire difference between Yellow and Orange is this specific target for your attention. Your focal point is the person who is doing whatever drew your attention to them. It might be the fact that they are wearing a field jacket in August. It might be that they are standing by a column in the parking garage, instead of going into the building, or getting in a car and leaving. It might be that you have been in five stores at the mall, and saw this same person in every one of them. Their actions have caused you to take note, so you must assess them as a potential threat, just as the fighter pilot assessed the blip earlier.CONDITION RED - Threat verified - implement planIn Red, you are ready to fight! You may not actually be fighting, but you are MENTALLY PREPARED to fight. In many, or perhaps even most, circumstances where you have gone fully to Red, you will not actually physically do anything at all. The entire process of escalating from Yellow, to Orange, to Red, then de-escalating right back down the scale as the situation is resolved, occurs without any actual physical activity on your part. The key is that you were mentally prepared for a conflict, and thus could physically act if the situation demanded.CONDITION BLACK - in the fight and fight to get awayThe fight is on. Your outcome will depend upon your preparation. Muscle & mental memory from training is recalled. You will fight how you trained.
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. So, do you know what the shepherd does?He takes that rejected little one into his home, hand-feeds it and keep it warm by the fire. He will wrap it up with blankets and hold it to his chest so the bummer can hear his heartbeat. Once the lamb is strong enough, the shepherd will place it back in the field with the rest of the flock.But that sheep never forgets how the shepherd cared for him when his mother rejected him. When the shepherd calls for the flock, guess who runs to him first?That is right, the bummer sheep. He knows his voice intimately.It is not that the bummer lamb is loved more, it just knows intimately the one who loves it.It's not that it is loved more, it just believes it because it has experienced that love one on one.So many of us are bummer lambs, rejected and broken. But He is the good Shepherd. He cares for our every need and holds us close to His heart so we can hear His heart beat.We may be broken but we are deeply loved by the Shepherd.The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: He leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His name's sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for Thou art with me; Thy rod and Thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: Thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.~ Psalm 23"Author Unknown "
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 protect the person accused. This is a significant reason that this “Nation Shall Endure” as President Ezra Taft Benson stated in that title of his talk given on December 4, 1973 as the presiding member of the quorum of the twelve apostles. I might add that we must also be a righteous and worthy people to retain this land that is choice above all other lands. It must however be protected and endure in order to fulfill its divine destiny to bring about its important purposes.When I got my DNA test done it said I was 48% Scottish and the rest was British and Northwestern European. There was no “American” DNA to be found. Even the Native American Indians when they get their DNA done they are labeled from the tribe they descend from. When we come to America like millions have for generations, we become trusted with this sacred Republic for which it stands regardless of our previous rank or nationality. We are ALL Americans under the umbrella and protection of our constitution and bill of rights. Red, white and blue runs through my veins only because I understand this Republic for what it is and what she stands for. So much blood has been spilled on this and other lands to protect this Republic and other places that also desire the same fairness and life under the rule of law and not a potentially evil majority.God Bless America and God bless all people who are pointed towards heavens light to embrace freedom, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. 
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 Christ." (Boyd K. Packer, Ensign, Nov. 1995, pp. 19-20.)   
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 price. There can be JOY in the journey and the screwed vision of hard experiences can be forged into strengths and resilience! 
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