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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Level Changes in Mitt Work

Nothing is worse than someone dropping levels on you and you getting caught upright. Here’s a simple drill you can add into your standard mitt work to help develop that recognition of a level change and make sure you don’t get caught lookin’!  

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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 23rd, 2017

Received my purple belt yesterday in BJJ … woot woot! 10:00am – Awaken Training 5 Kang Squat (4021 – 75/95/95) 8 GHD hip extensions (2020 tempo w/ 20lb DB) 60s rest 3 rounds — Back Squat 2,2,2,2,2 (30X1 – 185/225/255/275/285) — RNT DB Lunge 2×8 each leg/2×6 each leg (2010 – 2×8 @ 50s/2×6 @…

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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 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 12th, 2017

5:00pm – Recovery 20 minute ROMWOD   6:00pm – Awaken Day 3 Back Squat (32X1 – 6,6,5,5,4) 95/115/135/155/175 — RNT Split Squat (20X1) 8 reps each leg w/ 2x20lb DB rest 60s Ring Pull Ups (21X1) 5 reps rest 60s 3 rounds — Single Leg RDL (2011) 8 reps each leg @ 2x20lb DB rest…

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July 5th, 2017

10:30am – Conditioning 1 min row 1 min ski 10 strict t2b holding fat grips 5 rounds   5:30pm – Strength/Stability 10 OH bandbell lunge (18 + 10) 10 single leg DL  each leg (60) 4 rounds   20′ backwards sled drag on rubber (115) 5 DB strict press (2×20) 5 minutes   20′ right…

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Seminar Training

My partner Rob just finished up a great weekend teaching a group of students how to handle a close quarters fight while armed. I was looking back through old videos of some of the seminars we have done and it never ceases to amaze me just how amazing people are. The majority of people that…

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