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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Ability to fight

Learn what the odds are. Stack them in your favor where you can by altering them : training, physical condition, psychological condition, competence, health. Understand what the others are so you can be better prepared to face them. 
Always be prepared!!!

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

AWESOME clinic!!!

Weekend Seminar Series

Saturdays will focus on mastering technical fundamental principles.

Sundays will focus on individual training. Finding what works best for each student and testing those principles under pressure through various means, including - Reality Based Self Defense training

"Reality-based" is defined as training and survival skills based on modern conflict situations that practitioners are likely to encounter in their environments (their "reality").Practiced in as realistic an environment as safely possible, with actors and props. The focus is on using skills that you are most likely to use in a conflict after adrenal stress is introduced.

You do not raise to the occasion, you drop to your level of training…in an adrenalized body

Some common aspects of reality-based self-defense are:
• Scenario-Based Training. Scenarios include attackers shouting or threatening you, confined spaces, uneven terrain, objects and debris on the ground, clothing you normally would wear, weapon props, and adrenal stress.
• Aspects of Conflict –
o Ethical and Legal
o Violence Dynamics
How violence happens
Understanding “bad guys”
o Pre- conflict cues, and indicators of danger, avoidance, escape and evade and de-escalation
o The confrontation and response to attack.
Counter Assault
Operant Conditioning
o Freeze
Breaking the freeze
o Fight
Employing your skills in practical application
Techniques from all martial arts and other fighting disciplines are refined with this training. They are instinct based and simple, and can include striking, blocks, takedowns and throws, ground fighting, defending against holds, knives, guns, multiple assailants, and terrorism.
o Aftermath

Learn how to use the martial art skills you have developed for years in real world violent encounters.

Violence happens by surprise - closer, harder, and faster than in most martial arts training.

RBSD /Combat Conditioning bridges that gap and prepares martial artists to deal with real world violence.
"Almost every technique in the Martial Arts works, if you know when and where to use it."
-Rory Miller – Author of “Meditations on Violence”

If you've spent years practicing your responses to violent situations, you owe it to yourself to study violent situations. How do criminals attack? Why? How can I see it coming? Which of my skills evolved from dueling and which from ambush survival? What is the law on self-defense?

This training is designed to enhance the practical application of your art in realistic circumstances regardless of what art you study.

Free style training designed around the individual practioner not any given style

This is safe and friendly environment to apply what you have spent years learning and know for sure that it is effective

RBSD / Combat Conditioning teaches:
• How to apply your martial art system in a dynamic situation.
• How to choose, apply and justify an appropriate force response.

Topics covered will include
• Context of violence
• Efficient movement and evaluating efficiency
• Violence Dynamics (Types of violence)
• Self-Defense law
• Improvised weapons training
• Use of environment / terrain
• Force Articulation
• Action Debrief
• Peer feedback / counseling

Every class will start with Combat Conditioning. This portion is optional. However, it will greatly enhance your training and it is fun
What is combat conditioning?
Combat conditioning is a collection of training methods designed to improve an individual’s combative skills and functional fitness.
Classes are broken into three phases
• Functional Fitness
• Conditioning
• Drills / Scenarios (RBSD)
Functional Fitness
Many people lift weights and run. That is fantastic. However, those training methods may actually work against you in a violent use of force confrontation.

Training to move heavy weights slowly and to run at a moderate pace for miles does not improve the physical attributes required to end a confrontation with a violent aggressive assailant quickly.
Combat conditioning focuses on enhancing strength and endurance training by adding explosiveness.
Training includes elements of:
• Road Work
• Plyometrics
• Sprints
• High intensity interval training (Tabata)
All with the purpose of improving the skills and attributes necessary to prevail violent close quarter confrontations

The conditioning portion of the class takes the physical attributes worked on in the practical fitness stage and applies them to specific skills.
• Controls / Locks
• Takedowns
• Strikes
• Counter Ambush
• Ground skills
• Vascular Restraints
This training also gives people drills and exercises they can do on their own to improve their skills

Drills and Scenario Training (RBSD)
The emphasis of this phase is on teaching individuals how to apply basic principles practiced in the conditioning phase under pressure.
The majority of the class time is devoted to “free style”, with the focus of helping individuals develop methods that work best for them rather than memorize any specific techniques or style.
Operant Conditioning practioners to respond to negative stimulus with a response that is logical for them. The goal is to develop efficient individual Operators. This training is ideal for anyone looking to augment their martial arts training and improve their physical fitness.

Training Dates:

Saturday 01 16 13
Principles of throwing

Sunday 01 17 13

Saturday 01 23 13
Principles of joint locks

Sunday 01 24 12

Sunday 02 03 13
Drives / Impacts

Saturday 02 09 13
Principles of defense

Sunday 02 10 13
Counter Assault

Saturday 02 16 13
Ground Skills - Strangles

Sunday 02 17 13

Saturday 02 23 13
Ground Skills - escapes

Sunday 02 24 13
Ground Skills

Saturday 02 30 13
Ground skills - submissions / ground control

Sunday 02 31 13

Saturday 03 02 13
High end use of force - Vascular Restraints

Sunday 03 03 13

Saturday 03 09 13
Edged Weapons Defense

Sunday 11/18/12

All classes incorporate scenarios and reality based drills. If you want to participate in the scenario training you must attend at least three other classes to learn scenario safety protocols

525 Railroad Dr
Elk River, MN 55330
(The Basement of the Elk River American Legion)

1 pm - 3 pm

$100 for the entire course or $20 per session
This training is provided free to Law Enforcement and Military personnel

Kasey Keckeisen
763 360 7200

Saturday, January 5, 2013

The cost of progress

We have come a long way since the caveman days, baby.  

We have moved from barefooting it with a club in our hands, to the invention of the wheel, firearms, electricity, electronics. And it keeps getting better every day. People used to go on foot wherever they needed to go. We are now experimenting with the hover board and landing on Mars

We used to worry about where our next meal came from now we worry more about how fancy our next exotic dish will look and taste, and mostly who will prepare it and clean afterward.
People in the 1800s never went to a gym, they walked or rode horses everywhere, and they worked. Workouts at the gym would have been superfluous.

Medical advances have been amazing. You can transplant organs, re-attach a finger, save lives. At the same time our lifestyle has brought on cancer, diabetes, auto-immune disorders.

Preparing a meal back then consisted on making your own bread, fetching the eggs out of the chicken coop (hoping they had laid some), churning your own butter, and hunting for or butchering your own meat. Nowadays, if you need something, you just go to the store. It’s so easy it requires very little thought or planning. And those stores are open 24/7. Most people have no idea where the food they eat comes from. Most folks would not know how to make their meal from scratch. Nowadays people get upset if their drive through order takes more than 3 minutes.

All the convenience we have grown accustomed to is amazing. You do not have to focus on your survival anymore. You can now focus on bettering your lifestyle, spoiling yourself, entertainment. It has freed the mind to create art, literature, movies. And for some it has freed them to become lazy and non-productive. It has made most of us soft. It has robbed us of our basic survival instinct. I am pretty sure they did not need self-defense classes in the olden days. You knew how to use a gun, a club, a rock, your hands. We have reached a level where we are spending more time on entertainment than we do in basic survival skills.

The price of easier living and higher thinking comes at a cost.

With the popularity of apocalyptic movies, I can’t help but wonder if people secretly wish they could go back to simpler days. Days when all you had to worry about is eating, sleeping, surviving. You did not have to worry about bills, writing that report, paying your taxes on time, planning that perfect Christmas party with just the right food and beverages, keeping up with the Jones.

  But somehow, like the armchair quarterback, just watching movies about it or reading books on the subject is not going to make you proficient. Watching every episode of the Walking Dead does not make you a zombie killer. If you want survival skills, self-defense skills, you need to train and train properly. Bad conditioning is never going to create good skills.

So get off the couch. Seek good training, workout, train your body as much as your mind, set yourself some challenges.  Don’t let life make you too soft.

Be smart, stay safe.