Just Say No

After the article last week, my mind has kind of been on this kick of looking at things we do daily, that we could adapt and in turn might just help us not only improve our lives but our chances of avoiding or surviving an attack. One that sticks out to me is saying “no”…

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What’s with the Change in Posts?!

So I recently received a few different inquiries, comments… dare I say concerns, in the direction my posts have gone the last few months. Nothing means, or rude, just inquiries into why I seem to have switched from heavily self defense in topic to heavily leadership, discipline, growth etc… It’s a really good question and…

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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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Say What’s On Your Mind

I recently had a great conversation with a very good friend of mine. We were discussing the state of the business and future plans as we head into 2019. During that conversation he mentioned something about me that really hit a chord. “You know, maybe since down deep you believe the gym can’t make money,…

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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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Walk the Walk

The photo above was taken of our volunteers after a weekend of running a big weightlifting competition at the gym. This event has become a staple in our community, sees about 100 lifters over two days, has hosted olympians, national champions, and world team members. It involves big sponsorships, DJs, lighting, raised platforms, and more.…

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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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