Why This Course Is So Special
I have traveled the world practicing, learning, assisting, and instructing on the topics that will be covered in this workshop. I have seen how rarely it is that these concepts are actually explained to classes and people in a group setting!
Unlike many other self-defense courses, this course is actually on the topic of self-defense. It was designed specifically to keep you safe. While I sourced its materials from martial arts like jiu jitsu, it’s not something you’ll necessarily find in a sports martial arts setting.
The principles I will teach you to apply may not inflict damage or do anything sexy or worthy of an action movie, but you will learn how to protect yourself and get out of a bad situation in one piece.
That’s the essence of self-defense, and frankly, I don’t see it taught often enough.
In fact, true self-defense is probably the least taught skill out there.
You shouldn’t confuse just any martial arts class for a self-defense class. This is an important distinction to understand. Although about self-defense in origin, many martial arts courses focus on skill-specific training for improving sports performance (I train nearly every day for sport jiu jitsu). This means that what you learn in a martial arts class may not actually teach you how to defend yourself in real-life situations.
The knowledge I will share with you has single-handedly changed how I feel about my own personal safety and understanding of manipulating bodies.
For that reason, this is not like any class you’ll see offered in NYC. It’s simple, practical advice anyone can utilize: nonathletes and athletes alike, as well as kids trying to be “bully-proof”. You do not have to be in any special shape or condition to learn the proper way to protect yourself.
My Mentor, Steve Maxwell
I have many inspirations and people I draw from, the most formative and inspiring to me is Steve Maxwell. He’s a long-time strength and conditioning coach who was on the ground floor of nearly every development in fitness in the past 40+ years, from York Barbell to Nautilus Machines with Arthur Jones, to the formation of the RKC and developing kettlebells in the USA, world renowned mobility training protocols, breathing expert, and oh yeah! He’s a jiu jitsu black belt! He’s one of the first dozen Americans to earn that distinction from the Gracie family. I’m lucky enough to call him my mentor and close friend. He’s taught me nearly everything I know about self-defense and brought my professional strength training career to an even higher level once we started working together. My interests nearly mirror his expertise and he’s had a tremendous impact on me as a trainer, martial artist, and person.
Sunday, September 18th
Pongo Power Flatbush
350 Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn, NY