Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Self Defense Classes in Pittsburgh

With the guidance of my good friend and mentor Craig Douglas I am pleased to present a regular weekly class based primarily on his work at Stout Training Pittsburgh. I have been a student of Craig's for years and it was under his direction I first started training at an MMA gym and later found Warren Stout. With the support and help from guys like Cecil Burch , Larry Lindenman, and Paul Sharp I've been honored, truly, to teach this material at the academy.

The coursework is what can be best described as a modern Mixed Martial Arts ( MMA ) approach to self defense. We utilize the proven techniques present in Boxing, Wrestling, and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu ( BJJ ). We just do it with guns, and knives while accounting for concerns such as multiple adversaries and real world environments.

We utilize the training method of introducing a skill, learning that skill in a controlled setting with a partner, and then working on that skill with live resistance. I will not ask anyone to take my word for it, you get the chance to validate the techniques yourself under real pressure in a safe environment.

Each month focuses on a different element. One will be stand up work while another focuses on the ground, and so on. The curriculum repeats through a cycle while constantly reinforcing fundamental skills. Training will include live role players, training weapons, and a variety of scenarios to mirror the realities of practical self defense.

We will work with firearms, and knives. But we also will train with pepper spray (using inert trainers) and look at the usefulness of small flashlights and other items for self defense.

This is the perfect setting for the BJJ player to get to experience what grappling over a gun is like and how it changes the game, as well as the average person who doesn't practice any combat sport to learn the fundamentals and see how they are applied to the problem.

I'd like you to join us.

For questions contact Stout Training Pittsburgh , or email me shawn@anti-fragile.net

Antifragile Training

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Get a Good Coach

When talking with people about nutrition and exercise there is no lack of opinions. Seems at times even the sedentary have some sort of sound bite they picked up off daytime TV to tell me. The irony pouring off them as they try to give me advice is lost on them.

But it's not just that out of shape acquaintance carrying all those extra pounds of fat telling me I shouldn't be skipping breakfast or "blah blah blah, organic, blah blah blah gluten," it's also often a variety of input from serious physical specimens. People in excellent shape. Some squat this way, while others have strong opinions about another way. I have a very large, very in shape vegan friend who crushes kettle bells, and another who likes to eat ice cream by the quart.

What are we to do! The temptation is to dive in, to read, to learn. But with so many experts with so many approaches, and so much information it can be overwhelming.

I won't espouse my own opinion as being the one true path. What I will say is that every moment I'm reading conflicting articles on when to consume protein is a moment I'm not spending watching BJJ video's, not shadow boxing, not dry firing.

This blog is for the multidisciplinary tactician, we have a lot on our plate. I don't have the luxury of time to waste and I don't have any emotional attachment to being right or having an opinion on every subject. If you're a fitness junkie and want to delve deep into the topic for yourself that's great but right now I have to make time for force on force simunitions training in an abandoned structure. There is no spare time or extra attention I can spend.

"Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength" 
-Arnold Schwarzenegger

I got a coach. My coaches' advise is easy for me to follow. He has a background and degrees dealing with nutrition and fitness and he has a ton of experience in combat sports and firearms training. He's done what I'm doing and has a specific knowledge base grounded in academics on the subject matter. That's enough for me.

My strength and conditioning plan: do what Larry says.

I don't try to change the program on my own. I don't think I'm special. I don't read the newest articles or try the next hot thing. I just do what I'm told and reap the rewards.

Be teachable.

Antifragile Training