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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Can’t Fill From an Empty Cup

I am an absolute believer in the idea that, being successful comes down to helping OTHERS be successful and reach their goals. This isn’t a new idea by any means, but at the root of it, some of the most successful and impactful people in the world have that at their core. Like anything in…

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The Hawk!!!!!

My signature back take against a turtled up opponent. This technique is not only effective but #fashionforwardAF ladies and gents! This is guaranteed to not only get you the back, but to get you at least 17 more followers on Instagram. Check it out and release your inner Hawk! Ca-Caw!!!!

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ASR/RAK Defense Part 9: Break Things

We’ve covered a lot of ground to this point and yet, in the realities of the fight, we are only talking mere seconds. From impact, to control, to most likely hitting the floor or a wall, the longer the fight goes on, the more opportunities for the bad guy to harm us. With that in…

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ASR/RAK Defense Part 8: Low Tackle

We’ve covered the high tackle, which again, in most cases we believe will be the most likely approach. However, we have to understand that hitting above the waist can make it a bit harder to get someone to the ground without the size, strength, or training. Doesn’t mean it isn’t very possible, just being realistic…

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ASR/RAK Defense Part 7: High Tackle

Now we’re starting to get into the idea of intentionally putting the attacker on the ground. Again, let’s remember a few things: 1) The defender is under a HIGH level of stress 2) They are making very quick decision 3) There are a lot of variables they have to process and adapt to 4) They…

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ASR/RAK Defense Part 6: Transitioning to the Ground

To this point, all of the drills have started standing. That process allows the students to learn the concepts and apply them under resistance and not overloading them with too much. Now that said, the longer a struggle for a weapon goes on and the more aggressive (and sloppy) the fight, the more likely it…

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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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Valley Drop from 2-on-1 to Ashi

Taking a look at a very simple Valley Drop I hit a lot from the Russian Arm or 2-on-1 position (which we are big on in our self defense programs here at Endeavor). When I am in the midst of my leg lock days, I use this takedown to setup the Ashi positions. Both are…

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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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