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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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 18th, 2017

6:00am – BJJ 20 minutes drilling half guard passes to submissions (wrist lock/straight armbar) 30 minutes “first blood” submissions no-gi w/ four people   10:00am – Awaken Day 7 Segmented Clean Deadlift 4,4,3,3,2 (3131 – 155/175/195/215/235) — Deadlift From Blocks – Above Knee 3,3,3,3 (475lb) — 10 unbroken hang power clean (95/105/110/115/125) rest 15s 30s…

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July 11th, 2017

6:00am – BJJ 20 minutes drilling pressure pass into heel hook, and pressure top control into kimura 5×5 min round no-gi   12:00pm – BJJ 20 minutes drilling mount escapes and sweeps 5×5 min rounds gi   3:30pm – Awaken Day 2 WU EMOM 12 min 1) 5 seated box jumps (high height each round)…

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July 10th, 2017

3:00pm – Awaken Day 1 8 half kneeling bottoms up press/ each side (18) 12 banded walks/each side 12 scap push ups from elbows 4 rounds w/ set resting — 8 semi supinated DB bench (2×50 – tempo 30X1) 8 prone bench DB row (2×40 – tempo 2111) 3 sets — 8 ring row (tempo…

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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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July 1st, 2017

8:00am – Endurance Class We did “blind rowing” – you were given a distance and had to reach it without seeing your monitor. This was actually very interesting. Made you focus on stroke count and pacing by “feel.” 250m/500m/1000m/1000m/500m/250m  *approx 90s rest between each -then- 200 cal ski w/ partner (rotate every 10 cals) 8:43…

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The Placebo Effect

My sister sent me a text the other day with the following image she took of a magazine article. The article is marketing certain products to consumers based on the fact that “Fatal assaults on female joggers made heartbreaking news in 2016.” Along with the image her text simply said “interesting.” That’s a pretty good…

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