24 Hours to Mourn

Anyone who knows anything about me, knows that my grandfather played a pretty important role in my life. When he passed away I remember my mother saying that at some point he told her she gets 24 hours to mourn, then get back to it. I don’t know how that conversation came up, I don’t…

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August 13th, 2017

10:00am – Awaken Training 2 Hang Muscle Snatch Above Knee + 2 Below Knee 45/75/75/75 — 6 Seated Behind the Neck Press 75/85/85/85 — 8 Hip Bridge DB Bench (20×1 – 50/60/60) 20s Ring Push Ups (8/9/8) ME Ring Row Hold (35/30/45) 60s rest 3 rounds — 20 Cal Row 16 KBS (70lb) 12 Single…

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Are You Teaching Your Students to Pass a Test or Survive Violence?

Most martial art systems have some form of ranking in place. Whether it’s belts or levels. In many traditional martial arts you must perform specific katas in precise ways to earn stripes or belts. Most BJJ groups hand out stripes based on attendance, performance in class, results of competitions etc.. Some BJJ gyms actually have…

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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 20th, 2017

7:00am – Awaken Training Back Squat 5,5,4,4,3(32X1) – 120/145/165/185/205 — RNT Split Squat 6 reps (20X1 – 2×35) Strict Pullups 5 reps (31X2) 3 sets — DB Single Leg RDL 6 reps/leg (31X1 – 2x35lb) DB Single Arm Press – Seated 8 reps (31X1 40lb) 3 sets — 20m backwards sled drag (135lb on rubber)…

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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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July 18th, 2017

6:00am – BJJ 20 minutes drilling half guard passes to submissions (wrist lock/straight armbar) 30 minutes “first blood” submissions no-gi w/ four people   10:00am – Awaken Day 7 Segmented Clean Deadlift 4,4,3,3,2 (3131 – 155/175/195/215/235) — Deadlift From Blocks – Above Knee 3,3,3,3 (475lb) — 10 unbroken hang power clean (95/105/110/115/125) rest 15s 30s…

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July 17th, 2017

2:30pm – Awaken Day 6 Semi Supinated DB Bench (30X1 – 8/8 @ 2x50lb and 6/6 @ 2x60lb) Superset w/ 8 Single Arm DB Row (2111 @ 50lb) 4 sets — 8 Supinated Ring Rows (2112) 45s plank on elbows (add weight each round – 0lb/25lb/70lb) 3 sets — 40s wall sit 12 diamond push…

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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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July 16th, 2017

10:00am – Awaken Day 5 Back Squat (30X0 – 3,3,3,3,3) 185/225/255/265/275 Superset w/ 4 GHD Hip Ext (3111) rest 90s between sets — RNT Back Step Lunges (30X0 – 2x40lb DB – 8 reps each set) Strict Toes 2 Rings (20X1 – 8/6/6) rest 60s 3 rounds — 30s Assault bike rest 1 min 4…

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