The Best Gift You Can Give

“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”   -Chinese Proverb Tis the season for gift giving. This is not one of my strong suits. My wife, she is incredible. She’s thoughtful, she pays attention throughout the year, listens…

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Consistency is Key

No matter what you do or are trying to achieve, consistency is really the source of success. It’s not about doing huge things as much as it’s about constantly chipping away and moving towards a goal. Want to get in shape? You must consistently eat the right way and train. Eating poorly and then crash…

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The Ready Mind

“Being ‘armed’ is a mindset, not a physical condition.” -Rob Pincus A lot of self defense instructors and practitioners focus a lot on the efficacy of their techniques or the tools they teach with. The natural ability to be used by people, their ease to learn, how brutally effective they are, etc… Any system taught…

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5 Simple Habits to Make You Safer

As I have mentioned a few times, I have been listening through the book Atomic Habits by James Clear and there are a lot of great concepts and drills on improving your life through the creation of good habits. He does a really great job of laying out actionable steps to taking his concepts and…

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Don’t Break the Chain

I have been listening to the book Atomic Habits by James Clear recently. James is actually from Ohio and someone I have had the pleasure of meeting, talking with, and learning from. His book is sincerely phenomenal. I have listened through it once already and am almost through it a second time. The main premise…

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More is Not Always More

One of my athletes approached me this morning and asked a very simple but important question: “What does ‘over-training’ look like?” Great question AND shows great awareness. This is something we see a lot in self defense, athletics, business, life, etc… Doing too much at once. But what exactly does that mean? What DOES it…

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ASR/RAK Defense: Takedown Concepts from Contact

The drills we laid out in the first nine videos of our ASR/RAK Defense series covers the majority of what we discuss and teach in our seminars. These drills will give someone very good hands on practice with dealing with a dynamic and violent encounter. One area we haven’t discussed it doing purposeful takedowns from…

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ASR/RAK Defense Part 3: Different Angles – Don’t Give Up the Back

Now that we understand the basic idea of not getting shot/stabbed and have explored different positions of distance and control, we need to begin to introduce a very important – and yet simple – idea. We do not get to choose the angle of attack or where we will be positioned in relationship to the…

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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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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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