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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Breadth VS Depth

A conversation sparked between some friends and industry leaders about ranking, degrees of black belts, and continued training in other programs. It brought up some great conversations around self defense, cross training, and what exactly pertains to testing. When I first started Krav Maga years ago, I wanted to be a 5th/6th/7th degree black belt…

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To Charge or Not to Charge – That is the Question

I have done a ton of pro bono work, and I still do. Like A TON. At times to the dismay of business partners and my wife. But giving back is something I truly believe everyone should focus on doing. Some give back with money, others give back with their skill set. And in my…

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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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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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Self Defense and Fitness… A Match Made in Heaven

You have those that passionately train unarmed or armed self defense. They read all the articles, they drop money on various trainings and new “kits” or gear. They spend hours in the gym perfecting that drop seoi nage or that 1 inch punch. That bruce lee shit baby. They pursue that coveted black belt. Dedicated…

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Actions Speak Louder Than… Certs

As with anything in life, continuing to learn and to grow is of the utmost importance. Getting outside of your comfort zone, surrounding yourself with people that are smarter than you, trying new things. These are all necessary. In the world of teaching, especially strength and conditioning or self defense, it’s imperative to continually seek…

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All or Nothing

Over the course of my teaching and training I’ve noticed a trend that is, in my opinion, holding many people back from really reaching their true potential. I refer to it as the “all or nothing” mentality. The idea that whatever trainer they train with must have all the answers… Or on the flip side……

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Don’t Cut Off Your Own Legs

*photo courtesy of flashfit photography, taken at 2016 validus games Don’t Cut Off Your Own Legs (originally written 8/15/2016) If I took you outside right now and told you to run 200m as fast as you can, with no warm up, how well would you do? Be honest… truly honest… Now… you’re at the mall…

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There’s No “Long Game” In Self Defense

The argument over what system is “the best” for self defense, has been beaten to death for years. Every day it happens, in a hundred different ways. A few people may change their mind or “come to the light” (some for better and some for worse), but the reality is, this argument solves nothing. The…

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