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"Brian, I just wanted to write a quick letter to tell you how much I enjoyed your book "Transcending fear". I am a skydiving instructor of 11 years and I ordered the book because a had a young lady on her 4th STP jump, fully geared up, props spinning on the plane, stop and say, "no, I can't do it again.... I'm to afraid"  So the airplane left without us. I must of spent 30 minutes trying to find a way to, I guess comfort and talk to her trying to find out her fears and tell her the right words because I know she was just waiting for me to say the right thing and I couldn't find it. I felt like I had failed, for her sake, because she loved jumping, once she got out of the plane it was just the door and seeing the distance to the ground that scared her. After I started reading the book, which I don't read alot of books, I finished it very quickly and myself, going through some tough times found that not only will this book of knowledge help me with my students, it has tremendously inspired and helped me with personal challenges in my life. So a big thanks to you and I hope one day I get the privilege to meet you personally."
Tammy from Texas

"Brian - I just wanted to say thank you for coming out to
Chambersburg this past weekend! You planted so many seeds in my head that have already begun to grow. I can't wait for next weekend just so I can keep trying all the things that you have taught us. Your passion for the sport is clearly evident in the way that you teach the class. Up until now, my main concern was group flying and not landing on my ass. You opened my eyes for me and let me see that there is so much more than just trying to stand up the landing. Skydiving for me feels brand new again and I love that feeling! Again, thank you. I totally dug your class and can't wait to apply everything I learned!"

Dave Fulk A-51222

"Thank you for exposing us to an entire new world, a world both challenging, and rewarding. You have given us the pieces to a puzzle, and the path with which to unite them. I advise those who wish to remain canopy passengers to never take your course. One cannot walk away on that last day, and not have a deep desire to become a canopy pilot."
Robert Kelley Zephyrhills, Florida 2007

"Brian - your seminar here was *outstanding*, keeping twenty skydivers spellbound as they awakened to understand "why" things happen, "how" it works, "when" the time is right to swoop, and "where its all at". With a couple of days in the classroom, our competition swoopers are saying "...if only I'd seen this when I had 50 jumps!", and our intermediate jumpers are much better equipped to stretch their skills - safely - to new levels. We look forward to having you back again!"
Tim Bates, State Coach
Victorian Parachute Council (Australian Parachute Federation)

"I wanted to thank you for the invaluable information given to us in your course. Your enthusiasm, course material and presentation were all top notch. Skydivers of all levels should take this course.
It was a jaw dropping, eye opening experience!!! Thank you."

Efren Palacios, Network Admin - Austin American-Statesman

“Many thanks for making the journey to Hollister and teaching us a thing or two about piloting. 'Deeply inspiring and immensely valuable. When I sit through 9 hours of class time and feel ready to immediately sit through another 9 I know I've seen something special.”
Whit Bissell - San Francisco, California

“It didn't take me a very long time, to decide that I wanted to thank you for your contribution. I only began this wonderful sport of skydiving a little over one year ago. Like other things in life, it is what you make it. Up until your seminar, I never considered flying and landing my canopy to be a greater part of the skydive. Mainly because I knew very little and felt that it was "unsafe" to experiment without guidance, even up high.

With these new tools, flying and landing promises much more and I feel encouraged to "get good at it". Swooping is no longer something I observe at a distance, but something I want to be able to do!

So, thank you! Your seminar has made a difference.

I loved all the technical information. I have achieved a higher understanding of the dynamics of a canopy, and I feel confident, that this will prove to be very valuable. Foremost though, I have developed a keen interest of learning more about it. I want to know all the things I know that I don't know, I don't know. ;o)

Your teaching methods work well and you manage to keep it interesting or everybody regardless of previous knowledge and experience level.

Also a big compliment to your personality. You motivate. I really enjoyed your storytelling and body language - It kept the educational facts interesting and fun.”
Vibeke - Aversi, Denmark

“Even after one jump I noticed changes in the way I was doing things that have impacted not only my enjoyment of this great sport but how safe I feel doing it.”
Dayle - Burnaby, Canada

“I was in your Hollister class (it was bad ass by the way). I've got to tell you, you made me think of things I never considered. First and foremost I've been practicing aborting HP landings more then landings (Up high that is) more then anything else. I also find that I'm using more harness input in everything I do whether they are toggle turns or riser it adds a dimension of control I didn't realize was possible.”
Jason Cahill - California

“When people ask me how was the course? My response is.......It was great!!!!.......Brian just saved me the next 500 jumps at least trying to figure out how to get what I want out of my canopy! And some tricks to possibly save my life.”
David Kirke - Burnaby, Canada

“Thank you again for coming out to San Marcos and giving us all so much to work towards. Your class was far beyond what any of us expected - and I am now sad for those that decided they had to cancel because it was most certainly their loss.”
Mark Deverter - Austin, Texas

"...thank you for coming to our little DZ and sharing your knowledge with us. Your energy is infectuous and you have a wonderful spirit. You're some kind of a skydiving boddhisatva.

You are clearly one of the moving forces in our sport. Your accomplishments and skydiving resume alone pretty well establish that. And so the information you shared with us was welcome and valuable for that reason alone. But what I was speaking to mostly were qualities in you that I (well, actually there seemed to be somewhat of a consensus generally about this sense among others in the class who I spoke with over the course of the weekend) perceived which recharged my pride and enthusiasm (if the latter really needs to be recharged) in being a skydiver and in my hope and optimism for the future of skydiving.

I've participated in my share of skydiving courses and you and your class stand out in a number of ways. I appreciated your holistic approach to skydiving generally. I was moved by how the spiritual foundation that obviously underlies your life is manifested in the information you disseminate to your students. And I was impressed by the gentle and encouraging way that you impart feedback and information in general to your students."

Chip Waldron - Austin, Texas
(OK, this last one is a little over the top, but thanks for blowing a little sunshine up my ass, Chip!)

"I am really excited about this new learning opportunity you have presented. That was without a doubt one of the best, most enjoyable educational experiences I have had."
Kevin Hawkins - Austin, Texas

"I just wanted to say thank you for putting together such a great course. The material you've put together was very well structured and presented in a logical order, that was easy to understand and follow. I especially liked the topic about the psychology of the sport - in my opinion, it's a great way to open up the minds of those who hesitate to try something new. This was the "first" (yeah, yeah) formal canopy class that I've ever taken, and have already started practicing the techniques that I've learned in your class. I'm going to advocate your book and the course to my students."
Ilya Kats - Austin, Texas

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