To Whom It May Concern:
I have been involved in a research project in conjunction with Master Guy
Savelli to attempt to demonstrate the ability of a person to exert a calming
effect on another individual, in this case a test animal. The test subjects
chosen due to availability and consistancy with prior attempts of this sort
were domestic goats. Parameters that were monitored were cardiac rate as
a guide to relative calmness and mental alertness as characterized by visual
response, ear motion, stance, and vocalization.
An arbitrary time of span of 15 minutes was chosen for each of the tests...The test person was about 40 feet from the test animal.
The first group of test performed earlier this year with Master Savelli
as the test person included 4 distinct days. The general response of the
goat on all 4 tests was to initially begin with an above average starting
cardiac rate (suspected due to nervousness of handling and cardiac monitoring
equipment) and gradually coming down within 7-10 minutes to an average rate
of 65 beats per minute (BPM) + or - 5 BPM. During these sessions, although
the cardiac rate plateaued at a normal for the size of the goat, the subjective
impressions of the observers was that the goat in all instances became exceptionally
placid, in 1 case unsteady on its feet; but always staring ahead with its
body in a relaxed balanced position. The goat could be aroused easily with
sounds and movement of the observers so it would be difficult to determine
as yet whether deeper levels of sedation could be achieved. A mild degree
of hypnotic condition would accurately describe the goats response on all
4 days between the 10-15 minute periods of the study.
Controlled studies done at different times on 2 different occasions without the knowledge of Master Savelli yielded similar cardiac drops but lacked in any indication of periods exhibited by calming or tranquility.
On December 15, 1990, we conducted 2 more trials. This time under the same protocal except Master Savelli was absent from the premises. The test subjects were Mr. Leonard Rogers and Mr. Jeffry Pavletic. Each attempted, using techniques taught them by Master Savelli to calm in similar manner the goat.
In both cases, heart rate indexes began at the mid 60's and gradually dropped to more normal less stressed levels of mid 50's BPM. The goat used for this study was a different individual than previously used. It was rather nervous and vocalized during much of the procedure. It was also very responsive to distractions of minor sorts in the room as well as barking of dogs which was heard periodically from another part of the hospital.
During Mr. Jeffrey Pavletic's test the goat's heart rate stabilized between
55-60 BPM at the 7 minute mark and calming seemed noticable until a distraction
within the room caused a momentary change in the goat's response. After
a minute, the heart rate began to return and a very pronounced hypnotic
type calmed period was established which lasted till the end of the 20 minute
Mr. Leonard Roger's test was slightly less encouraging due to increase amounts of noise from other animals. Heart rate seemed to be staying more consistantly in the 50-55 range although calming was less easily detected.
Due to the subjective nature of the observations being made, it is difficult
to accurately interpret the results we have except to say that changes in
mental alertness seemed not to necessarily parallel the heart rate within
the range of our values. We also have significant problems screening out
extraneous stimuli which interfere with an accurate assessment of what is
really happening. With more accurate telemetry monitoring equipment rather
than a medical physiograph and better isolation from stimuli, a stronger
determination could be made for what is really happening.
Although I would have to consider these trials inconclusive, they do indicate, in my opinion, encouraging potential which justifies a more rigid controlled study to rule out the problems inherent in our facility and equipment.
Dr. Joseph F. Doles DVM
Several weeks ago, I awoke at 4:30 a.m. which is pretty uncommon for me. I was surprised to find myself fully awake and listening for any noise that may have caused me to awaken from a deep sleep. My one dog was still sleeping soundly at the foot of my bed-- any noise and she would have started barking. My two outside dogs were also quiet. After about fifteen minutes, I heard footsteps on the snow outside my window. A second after I heard them, my dog lunged for the window. When I got outside, whomever was there was gone. I followed the foot prints to the woods then retreated to the trailer. I have regular sleeping habits and rarely awake at 4:30 a.m. without any reason. I attribute my alert state of mind at 4:30 a.m. to touch sensitivity training because I actually woke-up alert and heard the would-be intruder before my very alert and protective dog.
It happened on Sunday, February 13. My best friend and I went into a local disco for some beer and music. We were on our way to the men's room when a guy around 6'8", 220 lbs stopped us. My friend recognized him as someone his brother once had a fight with. My friend froze in fear. I also felt intense fear, not only from him, but from inside me. I screamed inside of me to "STOP." He, the attacker, froze solid, unable to move or breathe. I then grabbed my friend and told him to get our coats. After I released my intensity from my assailant, he then turned around, looking frightened and confused, and loped off.
I was working in downtown Cleveland and I was called in to the club in the Statler Building. I was working as a security officer when a man started getting irate. I was walking up to him, then all I saw was a shine of a barrel of a gun. I used the up-down method I learned in two lessons and took the man down. There was a shot fired, and the gun turned out to be a .357 magnum. This can be bona fide by the Cleveland P.D.
P.S. I was armed at the time with my own .357. I didn't have time to get it.
The events leading to this encounter are unimportant. At the time of this occurrence, I had been receiving instructions from the Defensive Arts Center for only a few weeks.
While I was in the check out line of a department store, a man entered the store, walked up to me and said, "When you walk out that door, I'm gonna punch your face in." As I checked out, I walked to the door and this man was waiting outside for me. I walked out the door, looked at the man and, using the "mind stop" which Mr. Savelli teaches, I walked past this man and got into my car which was parked 100 feet away. During the time I walked to the car, this man did not move, nor did he say a word. He could not move until I had reached my car and was leaving. I believe that because of the "mind stop" I was able to avoid a serious confrontation.
One morning while delivering newspapers door-to-door, a German shepherd from the other side of the street came charging at me. Since there was nowhere to go, I decided to face the animal. At the time, I had received approximately 14 private lessons from Master Savelli. During several of the lessons, he discussed with me the technique or principle of stopping a man or animal with a scream. After the dog had covered half the distance from when I first noticed it, I got into a low, wide stance and screamed at it. My attitude and feeling at the moment of the scream was that of no turning back or attacking back at the advancing dog. If there was someplace to go to get away from the dog, I would have, but I really didn't have any place to go, except run, which didn't appeal to me. Within approximately fifteen feet from me, the dog stopped, turned around, and ran from me in the opposite direction.
About a week later, I walked upon two men at 5:20a.m. in the back yard of someone's house while delivering newspapers. One man went and hid while the other kept walking straight towards me. Although I can only speculate if there was true danger, I certainly was feeling it. Although I could have run, I didn't. My attitude after the initial shock of seeing this guy walking towards me was the same as was with the dog-- that of no turning back and attacking. I knew exactly what I was going to do if this guy made a move on me. When we got within ten feet of each other, we politely greeted each other and went on our separate way. When I told police about seeing the two men in the back yard, ten minutes later I was told that the church, which is adjacent to the back yard, had just been burglarized.
November 6, 1989
I would like to tell you that I deeply appreciate all the advice you have given me on mental training. You have made me realize that anything can be accomplished if one is in the right frame of mind mentally. You have greatly changed my outlook on the sport of power-lifting. I had always practiced the physical aspects of the sport, but never really looked into the mental.
With your help, on March 30, 1980, I succeeded in breaking the "Teenage National Power-lifting" record in the "Squat" (deep knee bend) with a lift of 640 pounds. Though being my third (final) attempt in the squat and my heaviest lift of the day, the lift itself was easy due to the mental state I was in.
The method I used in breaking this record was fear. I scared myself into making it. I had to make a life-threatening situation believable to myself. I imagined myself being held down by members of a gang. I had to get up, or else I would have been beaten.
I hope to continue learning more about mental training.
Thank you very much for your help.
Michael A. Smith
I have been training in arm wrestling for the past four years with weights, isometrics, and isokinetics. I have won four big tournaments so far. I thought that just lifting weights was enough until I started to lose a lot. Then I started to take lessons from Mr. Savelli. I took about six lessons on working with mental power over physical power.
I was going to get in an arm wrestling tournament on July 30th. I was not working out with weights and hadn't been for the past two months. I didn't think I had a chance at all in the tournament so I thought that I better go in on mental power. I did and found that it was easier this way because inside of me, I just didn't want to lose. I ended up taking first place in the Great Lakes Arm Wrestling Tournament. I credit this win to Mr. Savelli's help in mental training.
So thank you Mr. Savelli,
1977 Great Lakes Arm Wrestling Champion
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