Using High Gear Suits for Moving… Slow???

Aggression, speed, and intensity are great elements for a self defense program, but they can come with training scars. At full speed, I can’t truly deliver the impact I want on a training partner… well that is, if I want people to continue to train with me hah! With there, many students tend to develop…

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Pushes, Pulls, Pivots, and the Path of Least Resistance!

In fighting, there are two general energies: pushing and pulling. In this video we’re looking at a basic concept of pivoting based off the pressure you’re getting from the attacker. Relatively simple concept but that can be used in so many situations. Check it out. Enjoy!

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Forcing the Over and Under Hook

Understanding the basics of grappling is very important in a wholistic approach to self defense. All too often systems get caught up in one control position. This is a very simple simple drill you can add in to help students gain a sensitivity for controlling from an underhook or overhook position beginning in the basic…

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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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A (Respectful) Breakdown of the Gracie Breakdown: Active Shooter

Many know that we spend a lot of time researching and teaching on surviving active killer events. Recently, the group from Gracie Breakdown did a video on the recent Nashville shooting at the Waffle House. My initial reaction was scathing. The video angered me for several reasons. I immediately decided I was going to do…

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Options for Getting Up for Self Defense

Taking a quick look at three different ways to efficiently getting up off the floor based on whether I am looking to stand my ground, advance forward, or retreat quickly. These are all under the context of you being on the ground and the attacker not being attached to you yet. Understanding the different options…

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Unedited Class: Gun Defense from Front

I let the camera run in one of our upper level classes the other day when we were discussing gun from the front. This hasn’t been edited or tweaked outside of getting rid of 40 minutes of B-roll fighting. This is how we train. This is how I teach. This shows the way I usually…

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Clinch and Knees Flow Drill

In this video we’re discussing the need to adapt in dynamic clinch situations. All too often, we tend to obsess over a specific position and when we can no longer hold that spot, we are not ready to transition to another. We’re looking at a start from a common grab you find in most KM…

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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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