Learn to Swim

*the following is an excerpt from my book How to Survive an Active Killer The key to realizing our ability to fight, without conjuring up an unreasonable hero mentality, comes through education. Most rational people are afraid of being confronted by a weapon. Even highly trained individuals do not want to come face-to-face with the…

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Honest and Sincere

A while ago I was blessed with the opportunity to sit with a friend of mine and record a podcast about his story of survival after being severely wounded in battle. No matter how many times I hear his story, it never ceases to amaze me. I’m sure I sat there with my mouth half…

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Three Cheers For Growth!

It’s a truly amazing feeling to see posts from people all over the US excited to dive into the book. I am so excited for the material to get out and get tested. I cannot wait to hear feedback. I don’t just want that feedback to be praise, though I certainly hope it is. I…

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“Shit… I Failed.”

originally written august 2016 What you do next is insanely important. Do you let it put you down? Does it motivate you to do better? Do you start analyzing what you could change? Do you make excuses for why you failed? Do you blame someone else? Do you move on to something else? Do you…

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Thankful

photo: me standing up giving a speech at my wedding… most likely embarrassing my wife haha. love her so much! There’s so much in life for me to be thankful for. I have an amazing, beautiful, and supportive wife. I have beautiful and healthy children. I have an amazing family. I have a successful gym…

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Oh, The Places You’ll Go!

I read to my kids. A lot. Especially my son who is currently obsessed with books… which is awesome. I find it pretty awesome how some of the older books are just riddled with amazing truths and great concepts. Oh, The Places You’ll Go by Dr. Seuss is an all time favorite here in my…

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Consistency

For most people, the ability to excel in something is generally thwarted by a lack of basic consistency. We have a tendency to desire that quick fix, and if we do not see results immediately, we tend to fall off the wagon. I know for a fact consistency is a HUGE problem for me. When…

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Morning Routine

For the most part I run through the same exact routine every morning Starting from the moment my alarm goes off. It helps start my day off right. It helps me to set things in motion to set me up for success in the long run. We’ll skip the standard things and look at a…

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Plans are Overrated… Sometimes.

photo: Our first year hosting the Arnold Affiliate Gathering I have a natural tendency to be insanely comfortable flying by the seat of my pants. This is a trait that has done amazing things for me and saved my ass on numerous occasions. It’s also a trait that has caused much anxiety for my wife…

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Breadth VS Depth

A conversation sparked between some friends and industry leaders about ranking, degrees of black belts, and continued training in other programs. It brought up some great conversations around self defense, cross training, and what exactly pertains to testing. When I first started Krav Maga years ago, I wanted to be a 5th/6th/7th degree black belt…

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