Combat Conditioning: The Foundations of Survival

Combat Conditioning: The Foundations of Survival

It is hard to simulate full intensity in training because you need to follow safety protocols designed to prevent injuries. Using the best and most advanced protective gear can help you train better. Your training partner is critical to simulating intensity. It is ok to learn a technique without stress, but when you know the technique well enough, it’s time to train it under stress. Your training partner must adopt the role of a real “bad guy” and simulate his attack with enough speed, power, unpredictability, and resistance. Contrary to popular belief, your partner is not doing you any favors by attacking gently and letting you win easily. He needs to make the attack “dirty” in order for you to benefit from it. For example, when attacking you with a knife, he must simulate several thrusts at high speed and try to free his arm when you try to control it. When choking or grabbing, he must try to surprise you and apply real resistance to simulate real stress. When training two attackers against one, one attacker often waits for the other to finish his or her attack. When simulating reality, you cannot wait. You must put constant pressure on your training partner in order to challenge him correctly. Remember—in real life, you won’t be attacked by an old lady with osteoporosis. You will be attacked by a psychotic, blood thirsty beast in his prime. To make training efficient, you must attack with speed, surprise, intensity, and resistance.

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Top three self-defense tips while traveling abroad

Top three self-defense tips while traveling abroad

As a business owner, I don’t have much free time. When I do, I tend to fly abroad. Although I carry my firearm almost everywhere with me when I am stateside, I am unarmed when I travel (if you didn’t know, your gun license is invalid outside of the United States). When it comes to my own safety, I plan ahead and find ways to keep myself from being a victim. This involves studying the culture, learning about local self-defense laws, and always knowing my route in and out of locations during my stay.

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The Illusion of Control

The Illusion of Control

Knife attacks are brutal! Many times, they involve multiple stab wounds and are always very up close and personal. Krav Maga offers solutions for these types of attacks. Typically defend, counter attack, and move. However, some martial arts instructors train their student to try and control the perpetrator’s hand that is holding the knife. Although this tactic is theoretically possible, it does not match up to reality and what it takes to actually stop the attack.

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The Importance of One Handed Training

The Importance of One Handed Training

Our everyday life is vastly different from when we spend time at the Krav Maga academy. The Krav Maga school is an environment designed to be ideal for learning, training, and safety. Due to the sterile conditions, many aspects of realism are missed. The main missing aspects can be the application of self-defense and fighting techniques using only one hand due to an injury, the situation you are in, or while holding on to something you cannot let go of.

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Here is what we have planned for you in 2018

Here is what we have planned for you in 2018

From our humble beginnings in early 2016, Tactical Fitness has been growing. We have strived to provide the best curriculum possible, an unparalleled level of instruction, and create a community of prepared citizens. 

2018 will be a year of expansion, new partnerships, and amazing new courses for you! Our students. 

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The Different "Accents" of Fighting

The Different "Accents" of Fighting

Over the past decade of teaching Krav Maga I have taught thousands of students, young, old, fit, out of shape, police, military, and civilian. Unfortunately, my most frustrating students have always been the ones coming with previous martial arts experience. This is not because of their inability to learn techniques, but their almost complete inability to change the way they move.  The reason stems from the little differences that are apparent between different fighting systems or martial arts - one system may call it a good technique and the other a bad habit. I call it having a martial arts “accent.” Much like when learning a new language after the age of 12 and most likely having an accent in the new language you learn.

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Close Proximity Shooting, using your hands first or reaching for your gun?

Close Proximity Shooting, using your hands first or reaching for your gun?

Instagram seems to be filled with a lot of tactical ninjas featuring high speed close proximity shooting.  I have partaken as well as it’s a lot of fun after all!  The videos show people engaging threats with a pistol from the hip, with little to no distance, and in most cases with one or two strike beforehand.  But do these ninjas and the people watching understand the context, the reality of the situation, or the biomechanics of it? Should the hands be used first or can the gun be drawn in time?  

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