More is Not Always More

One of my athletes approached me this morning and asked a very simple but important question: “What does ‘over-training’ look like?” Great question AND shows great awareness. This is something we see a lot in self defense, athletics, business, life, etc… Doing too much at once. But what exactly does that mean? What DOES it…

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ASR/RAK Defense: Striking from Standing

One area often overlooked in programs is the practical use of striking from a standing position when getting hands on with an armed attacker. This potentially takes place in three ways: from Distance/Ambush, from Clinch, or pinned against a third leverage point. The elements for dealing with the third leverage point are very similar to…

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ASR/RAK Defense: Takedown Concepts from Contact

The drills we laid out in the first nine videos of our ASR/RAK Defense series covers the majority of what we discuss and teach in our seminars. These drills will give someone very good hands on practice with dealing with a dynamic and violent encounter. One area we haven’t discussed it doing purposeful takedowns from…

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ASR/RAK Defense Part 9: Break Things

We’ve covered a lot of ground to this point and yet, in the realities of the fight, we are only talking mere seconds. From impact, to control, to most likely hitting the floor or a wall, the longer the fight goes on, the more opportunities for the bad guy to harm us. With that in…

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ASR/RAK Defense Part 8: Low Tackle

We’ve covered the high tackle, which again, in most cases we believe will be the most likely approach. However, we have to understand that hitting above the waist can make it a bit harder to get someone to the ground without the size, strength, or training. Doesn’t mean it isn’t very possible, just being realistic…

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ASR/RAK Defense Part 7: High Tackle

Now we’re starting to get into the idea of intentionally putting the attacker on the ground. Again, let’s remember a few things: 1) The defender is under a HIGH level of stress 2) They are making very quick decision 3) There are a lot of variables they have to process and adapt to 4) They…

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ASR/RAK Defense Part 6: Transitioning to the Ground

To this point, all of the drills have started standing. That process allows the students to learn the concepts and apply them under resistance and not overloading them with too much. Now that said, the longer a struggle for a weapon goes on and the more aggressive (and sloppy) the fight, the more likely it…

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ASR/RAK Defense Part 5: Attacking the Back-Controlling the Body

As we progress through this series, we begin to introduce more and more layers of what might happen and how the concepts help us to adapt. In this video we discuss the realities of addressing the attacker when you’re presented with an angle that is behind their shoulders. Remember, we don’t get to pick the…

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ASR/RAK Defense Part 4: Closing Distance/Impact

*audio cuts out a few times… not sure why, but such is life hah! To this point each version of the drill has started with hands already on the weapon. There is a reason for this. It allows the students to more at a higher pace and with more resistance SAFELY. The impact often times…

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ASR/RAK Defense Part 3: Different Angles – Don’t Give Up the Back

Now that we understand the basic idea of not getting shot/stabbed and have explored different positions of distance and control, we need to begin to introduce a very important – and yet simple – idea. We do not get to choose the angle of attack or where we will be positioned in relationship to the…

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