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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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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Sensitivity Drill for Arm Drags, Head Clears,and Duck Unders

When introducing dynamic movements and concepts, we want to make sure we build progressions for the student (or ourselves) so that we can build towards hitting them in real time. All too often we have a tendency to drill the movement from a technical standpoint, then go straight to trying to hit it full speed,…

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Knife Defense: Moving Around the Back

In this video we’re taking a look at a knife attack where the person has attached to you first with the other hand (a common occurrence) and is keeping you from efficiently addressing the knife arm. This is just one option/concept to keep in mind. If I can’t efficiently address the knife arm, and assuming…

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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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