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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Why I recommend the Glock 19 handgun to my new students

Why I recommend the Glock 19 handgun to my new students

I’m always surprised by the number of gun owners who don’t have the slightest idea how to take apart their gun. It’s an essential skill; critical for proper cleaning, maintenance and inspection for wear and tear. That’s why I teach new students how to field strip their handgun before we fire a single round. It’s also one of the main reasons I use GLOCKs for beginning shooters.

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Fitness Programming for the Tactical Athlete

Fitness Programming for the Tactical Athlete

The Tactical Athlete must be Strong, possess Explosive Power, maintain exceptional Mobility, and have All-Day Endurance. Creating a Strength and Conditioning program that reaches all of these goals gets a bit tricky, especially when you take into account the constant skills training that operators need to stay sharp in their specific fields. I like to meet these demands with Multiple Daily Workouts and make efficient use of our time by addressing at least a couple of these components during each workout.

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What to expect at your first Tactical Fitness firearms and Krav Maga course

What to expect at your first Tactical Fitness firearms and Krav Maga course

This short article will better help you prepare and understand what to expect when attending your first course with me. Trying something new is never easy, let alone a half or full day intensive firearms and Krav Maga course. Though apprehension is normal, you should expect to receive real life practical skills, be pushed to the edge of your physical and mental limit, and receive professionally organized instruction.

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How to train less and improve more

We have all seen those people at the gym wandering around between weights doing a set or two and moving to the next exercise. They never seem to improve or consistently show up. That mentality is also very common at the range, aimlessly shooting at a target without any thought behind what they are doing.  

Knowing what you are doing is key; practicing for the sake of practice without guidance can form bad habits, create injuries, and hinder any type of improvement. So first and foremost seek professional training, learn good form, and safety (especially with firearms!).

In order to start the process we must first choose what we want to improve on. Once that topic is chosen we must perform focused and consistent practice on that topic. For example, I have decided to improve my speed on the concealed draw from appendix carry, so over the past two weeks all I had been doing is dry drawing each day (about 10 minutes) about 100 times. Take that over two weeks and that is 1,400 repetitions on one single movement!  One of the lead shooting instructors mentions this in the video.

This deliberate practice helps us improve quicker without spending countless hours trying to improve 10 different things. For example, take a look at the Krav Maga classes I teach. Each class has only one subject that will be practiced during that hour.  In that one hour the class will focus only on a punch instead of trying to combine a choke defense, a kick, and a pistol disarm into one session. This concentrated practice allows my students to perform hundreds of repetitions during that hour and internalize and improve on one technique. However, just because they are learning one subject does not mean that they are not practicing others. They are still practicing their fighting skills, their fitness, and their tactics but focusing on only one technique.

So how do we train less and improve more:

  1. Receive professional training on the topic in order to know how to perform the movement/subject correctly and safely.

  2. Practice that topic perfectly, deliberately, and with many repetitions.

  3. Build on known knowledge and work to the unknown.


Thank you for reading, 

Ron Grobman

Tactical Fitness 

Owner | Chief Instructor


Want to Own A Gun? Make Sure You are Tactically Trained

Spider-Man was once told, “With great power comes great responsibility.” Ok, maybe Spider-Man didn’t shoot a gun, but he certainly knew the power of having a firing weapon, and so should you.  

Owning a gun is a serious responsibility. Gun ownership is a Constitutional right protected by the Second Amendment. No one can argue that. Of course “you have the right to bear arms,” but do you know when, where, and how that right can be exercised? Each state has a different set of laws when it comes to owning and using firearms. However, since Tactical Fitness Austin operated in the state of Texas, this post will focus on the laws and regulations associated with the Lone Star State.

Purchasing a Gun

Although Texas has a reputation of being a rough-and-tumble state where people can wield guns in the street, it’s not. In fact, Texas is governed by sensible gun laws where felons and the mentally unstable are banned from purchasing firearms, and anyone who is allowed to purchase one is required to undergo a federal background check.

Obtaining a License to Carry

Before you can keep your gun on your person in public, you must complete and pass a License to Carry (LTC) course that will be taken through a DPS certified instructor. Before you can receive your LTC though, you must submit your course documentation through the Texas Department of Public Safety. Submitting an application requires, fingerprinting,  a one time $140.00 processing fee, and can take up to 60 days to be approved.

Using a Gun

If you are ever put in an extreme self-defense situation for yourself or another, you may be required to use your firearm in a public place, most of the time you will be using it at a range. Practicing at a gun range is great to keep you in practice, but it is also good way to learn new techniques and skills should you even need to fire your weapon in a real life situation.

What is the best way to become proficient and confident with using your firearm? Tactical firearms training.

Tactical training is training that is designed for people who need to coherently and effectively react to real life situations involving serious risk.  When you focus on training yourself tactically, you will be able to better deal with dangerous situations that involve an overwhelming amount of stimuli or severe emotional response.

Learning how to appropriately react in a situation involving your gun could literally save your life. Here at Tactical Fitness Austin, we are dedicated to continually helping you hone and improve your firearm skills so that you are prepared in the event of an attack. We teach defensive tactics and maneuvers aimed at helping you resolve a self-defense situation. It is critical that, if you own a firearm, you continue your training. Nothing can prevent an encounter with someone who wants to do you harm, but you can ensure that you are trained and prepared to react with a set of skills that could mean the difference between life and death.

For complete info on firearms and licensing visit the DPS website:


Jessi Devenyns

Tactical Fitness Austin Marketing


What You Didn’t Know About Tactical Training

Raise your hand if when you hear the word “tactical,” you imagine a big, beefy man names John dressed in khakis with a black polo shirt and dark sunglasses? If you raised your hand you’re not alone. Many people imagine tactical firearms training to be something that Navy Seals and secret agents participate in, but not your average Jo who just has his CHL.  However, this idea is just a widely held misconception about the firearms training industry. Tactical training is designed for everyone.

What Is Tactical?

Tactical is a term that, when applied to the use of firearms, indicates an approach that incorporates maneuvers used in military or police strategic operations. 

Although this sounds like an intimidating explanation, tactical usage of firearms is meant to be the exact opposite. Learning how to use your weapons tactically means that you are trained to assess and react effectively in high-stress situations. In fact, instead of fancy Men in Black moves, good tactical training will focus on simplicity and consistency.

Tactical training is meant to help you understand basic defense concepts and learn to anticipate situations. It should also reinforce training so that basic moves become a matter of muscle memory allowing you to be prepared to react in many situations and environments.

Tactical Firearm Instruction

The best way to learn to use your weapon properly is to be professionally trained. But how do you select the right training for yourself?

Below are some suggestions on what to look for in a course and an instructor in order to help you choose the right fit for your skillset, your wallet, and your comfort.

1.     Read the course description. Did you understand it? Odds are if you had no idea what was being described, you probably won’t be any better off after you take the course. Remember, tactical training should emphasize simplicity.

2.     Do not break the bank. Please don’t mortgage your homestead in order to be able to defend it.

3.     Ask questions before you sign up. Good trainers are well informed and enjoy teaching. Therefore, they will be more than happy to answer your questions so that you know exactly what to expect.

4.     Look at testimonials! If you can relate to what other students are saying and the benefits of the course are clearly expressed, there is a good chance that the course is for you.

5.     Check for courses that offer holistic approaches. Specialized training is just that: specialized. Before you can practice mastery you need to develop basic skills.

6.     Does the instructor make you nervous? Nervous people tend to make more mistakes and learn less. So look for an instructor that is confident and calm and that will make you feel safe and relaxed.

7.     You are learning tactical training to preserve lives; that is stressful. Good instructors will alleviate the stress and strain by making their courses engaging and fun.

Remember though, even once you have found a class, mastery in defense training is not something that will occur overnight. Instead, it is something that is consistently practiced so that you are always on top of your game. So take your time, learn how to defend yourself tactically, and enjoy the journey.


Jessi Devenyns

Tactical Fitness Austin Marketing