Category Archives: Defending Yourself

“Cross-Training” by W. B. Ward


Me and my Pops

Chess is a thinking man’s game. Not to be taking lightly at all. There are accounts on record of a single game being played over a 24 hour period. One player took 16 hours to make one move.

My pops always taught me to be a thinker. We’ve played this very game since I was at least 3 years old. Not quite understanding all of it at the time, as I grew older, the whippings began after I learned the rules.

The cross-training this game offers, if applied in life, is the mastery of the “rules of engagement.”

“Always have backup in place before you make a move.”

Many of you may have heard people say that in chess you have to think about three or four moves ahead of your opposition, and many of the greats will say it has to be even more moves, in order to counter the attack from your opponent.

Now in the real world we will encounter pit falls if we are not expecting them. This is what it means to be truly prepared, to expect the attack and have backup in place to replace quickly what was lost.

Lessons passed down through years and years, countless hours and hours, around kitchen tables mastering this game. The Game of Life, chess is only the vehicle.

They say a picture is worth 1000 words, I just shared a few.


W. B. Ward

Richard Wright, Legendary Author of BLACK BOY–Mother’s Life Lesson on Dealing wt Bullies in A Hard, Cold World.


At one point, Richard Wright, in his autobiographical book “BLACK BOY”
“Black Boy” on talks about when he was an early Teen & he & his mother moved UP NORTH.

One day, she sent him to the store to get some groceries. Some Bullies took the money. He came home without their groceries. His mother went behind the door & gave him a Big Oak Stick, some more money & told him “don’t you come back around here without our groceries.”

Oh, the Bullies was “Gon Learn Today.”

They came up on him again to take the grocery money. Richard cracked heads. About 4 of those heads.

He never had to worry about that anymore. Matter of fact, they wanted him to lead they crew. But Richard didn’t take them up on it. He was too much into his Writing, even as a Teen.

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