Are You Teaching Your Students to Pass a Test or Survive Violence?

Most martial art systems have some form of ranking in place. Whether it’s belts or levels. In many traditional martial arts you must perform specific katas in precise ways to earn stripes or belts. Most BJJ groups hand out stripes based on attendance, performance in class, results of competitions etc.. Some BJJ gyms actually have…

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Why Anyone Interested in Self Defense Should Consider Competing in a Combat Sport… At Least Once

Generally speaking, many martial arts and combat sports are not “well rounded self defense systems.” That does not mean that there isn’t carryover from them into the real world. Obviously, learning to be a better boxer will help me throw more efficient punches if I ever find myself needing to do so. Having a wrestling…

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Times Change… So Should You

I recently had the pleasure of jumping on a podcast with my good friend Anthony out in Fort Wayne, IN. We covered a myriad of topics on self defense, strength and conditioning, leadership, teaching, business, affiliations, etc… (you can catch the full episodes HERE). One of the points about training that I brought up centered…

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Quora: July 16th

You may or may not have heard of Quora. It is a website where people go to ask questions, and others go to answer those questions. You can ask anything you want and tag it into various categories. I’ve been hopping on here every now and again to engage with others. See how people are…

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Real World Experience

We received an e-mail a few days ago from a potential student, who was looking to “vet” our staff before coming in to train. In the e-mail they said they were very serious and picky about who they trained with and (in short) they wanted to know what type of real world experience our instructors…

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5 Tips for a Better Competition Experience

Saturday the Endeavor BJJ crew headed up to Toledo to participate in the Buckeye State Grappling Championships. Any time I go to an event or competition, I like to look around, see how things are run and see how the athletes act. We run a lot of competitions at our facility, so I like to…

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Causes Vs Symptoms

When you get up and move your body (i.e. train) you’re no doubt increasing your chance for tweaks, bumps and bruises. If you move poorly or with reckless abandon, you’ll no doubt amplify those tweaks into injury. (hence the importance of quality coaching) One of the biggest issues in fitness or defensive training world (or…

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Seminar Training

My partner Rob just finished up a great weekend teaching a group of students how to handle a close quarters fight while armed. I was looking back through old videos of some of the seminars we have done and it never ceases to amaze me just how amazing people are. The majority of people that…

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Gun From The Front Concepts

Way back Wednesday – Old video we did just discussing the concepts of the “traditional Krav” gun defenses.  

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The Placebo Effect

My sister sent me a text the other day with the following image she took of a magazine article. The article is marketing certain products to consumers based on the fact that “Fatal assaults on female joggers made heartbreaking news in 2016.” Along with the image her text simply said “interesting.” That’s a pretty good…

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