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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July 23rd, 2017

Received my purple belt yesterday in BJJ … woot woot! 10:00am – Awaken Training 5 Kang Squat (4021 – 75/95/95) 8 GHD hip extensions (2020 tempo w/ 20lb DB) 60s rest 3 rounds — Back Squat 2,2,2,2,2 (30X1 – 185/225/255/275/285) — RNT DB Lunge 2×8 each leg/2×6 each leg (2010 – 2×8 @ 50s/2×6 @…

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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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July 11th, 2017

6:00am – BJJ 20 minutes drilling pressure pass into heel hook, and pressure top control into kimura 5×5 min round no-gi   12:00pm – BJJ 20 minutes drilling mount escapes and sweeps 5×5 min rounds gi   3:30pm – Awaken Day 2 WU EMOM 12 min 1) 5 seated box jumps (high height each round)…

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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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