Mitt Work – Clearing Hands for Elbows

In this video we’re taking a look at a few mitt drills you can add in with students to begin to learn the concept of clearing hands out of your way and sliding elbows into small and temporary openings. To really bring this concept home, it’s best to drill with a high gear helmet (see…

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Mitt Work – Outside Shoulder/Center Chest Feed

Taking a look at a few tactile drills for mitts. Specifically feeding cross body shoulder and center chest. These are meant to build certain reactions in the fighter to respond to the contact and body movement of the pad holder. There’s a thousand ways you can build mitt work, this is just a look a…

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One Take Only

Anyone that has ever filmed with me, or watched our videos, knows that I have a “one take” rule when filming. Barring technical difficulties or catastrophic failure, there’s no second take on filming a video. Outside of the obvious time saving benefits of doing one take instead of four, I think it’s the best way…

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Wrestling Flow Drills

We’ve been working through a lot of different flow drills in our program to help link certain positions and movements together and allow a continuous flow of training with no breaking away or resetting. This allows you to amass a significant amount of reps in a shorter period of time and efficiently train. Of course,…

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Using Hood to Cover Face

Weather is a big variable that tends to be overlooked in self defense. Here in Ohio, things get cold. People wear hoodies, jackets, hats, gloves, etc… Knowing how to use these to your advantage as well as how they can be used against you is crucial. Here we’re talking about the simple idea of using…

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Using a MedBall For Striking Drills

We’re taking a quick look at using a large padded medball for some dynamic striking drills. Props to Tony Blauer, whom I stole this idea from.

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It’s a Tool, Not a Plan

*this an an excerpt from the book How to Survive an Active Killer Implementing a planned defensive tool depends heavily on whether you have the money to buy it, time to train with it, willingness to use it, can physically access it, and are legally allowed to carry it. These are many variables added on…

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Training Matters

“In June of 2016, Pulse Nightclub in Orlando was the site of the biggest mass shooting in the US (modern times.) What happened that night is a great example of training/conditioning, physical, mental, and emotional, “work- ing.” Most of the patrons were late teens to mid-twenties in age. Most were educated in a post-Columbine world,…

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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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