A Catch 22: Flaws in LE Department Training for Civilians

*This is an excerpt from the book How to Survive an Active Killer A lot of Active Shooter programs nationwide are hosted or taught by Law Enforcement Departments. This is fantastic because these departments generally earn the respect of a majority of their citizens, so when they show up, they are attentive. Their programs generally…

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The Individual Mindset

*this is an excerpt from the book How to Survive an Active Killer A friend and fellow instructor at our gym in Columbus, Ohio put on the first mass violence seminar I ever attended. The program was roughly three hours long and involved not only a slew of amazing information on past workplace and school…

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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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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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Thankful

photo: me standing up giving a speech at my wedding… most likely embarrassing my wife haha. love her so much! There’s so much in life for me to be thankful for. I have an amazing, beautiful, and supportive wife. I have beautiful and healthy children. I have an amazing family. I have a successful gym…

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Mitt Drills for Working Striking in w/ Wrestling/Clinch Work

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Consistency

For most people, the ability to excel in something is generally thwarted by a lack of basic consistency. We have a tendency to desire that quick fix, and if we do not see results immediately, we tend to fall off the wagon. I know for a fact consistency is a HUGE problem for me. When…

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It’s Good, Not Great… Yet

I recently ran a seminar at our gym called “Fighting Dirty” which entails a look at clinch range fighting for self defense. It’s a mixture of clinch work, stand up wrestling, dirty boxing, takedowns, and ground fighting. This is actually the second time I have run this seminar, and as I was going through the…

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Exploring Different Endings for Stick Defense

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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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