This being our first blog post for TCB it is going to be a doozy and this is my first time ever writing a blog so I want to start by saying how much I absolutely love my job. I find it to be fulfilling, challenging, exciting and an absolute blast. Working with the North Carolina LEO community has been something I never thought I was going to do but has become my passion.
I also want to thank the following people in the North Carolina LEO community for their help-
Tom Ward has been the man who helped launch my company into the LEO community by giving us the chance to share our concepts at the NCOTA symposium in the beginning of 2017. He has also set up contacts through out NC and facilitate teachings at criminal justice academy's. He also is helping me with further education in the field of North Caroline criminal justice.
Lt. Robert Heaton. Robert has been a great friend and ally. His contacts have been priceless and has helped coordinate many of our seminars. Not only that but he has been through many hours of our Level 1 BRUTE FORCE system and is a MONSTER on the mats. Each class he has called me out after onto the mat and its like grappling with a cross between a Ox and a Bear.
Brandon Davies for his help with my personal firearms training both handgun and carbine. He has also run CWP certification seminars for my colleges and opened his home to house The Barbarian for UFC camps in NC.
I also want to thank B.D. Brisco Gasperson and Lt. B. Dale for their feed back on our program.
Living in Maine most my life as a boy I boxed for the PAL- Police Athletic League- in Bangor Maine. I attended the Reserve Officer training for the Maine Criminal Justice Academy but my desire to fight professionally pushed me into the sport of professional boxing in the very early 90’s then later in 2000 MMA and to finally end up in the UFC.
Due to a illness my wife was battling we were told she needed to escape the cold weather that Maine provided and relocate to warmer climate. We tried Florida but we were not happy with where we were and decided since my wife's brother lived in North Carolina we would try NC out.
I immediately loved it. The weather, the people and the economy cant be beaten.
I originally started martial arts as a kid because in the late 70s and very early 80s I was hooked on Bruce Lee. I was a boxing fan to and was a huge fan of Marvelous Marvin Hagler. In 1982 I started in tradition Okinawa Karate, the Tae Kwon Do then Uchi Ryu then finally boxing.
In 1993 I signed a contract to move to Boston Massachusetts to train and fight in professional boxing. There I trained with well respected boxing coach and promoter Joseph Lake who would also assist me later in my professional MMA career. The first UFC happen that year and I decided to see what this Brazilian Jiu Jitsu was. After being mauled on the mat my interest was peaked but I was more drawn towards the combat side of martial arts not the sport side at that time. Over the next early years I would study many different martial arts. JKD, Filipino boxing/martial arts, and a few others for their no rules combat side but my focus was my career in boxing. After legal issues with the contract I signed my love for the sport of boxing diminished. I found myself back to working in night clubs and getting in many bar and street fights. While I managed a bar in the Bangor Maine area I had my doormen training with me on weekends. One of those doormen would later become UFC heavyweight champion of the world, Tim Sylvia. After training awhile Tim found success at some local MMA and pancrase events. At a UFC event as spectators Tim met the former welterweight champion Pat Miletich and relocated to Iowa. In 2000 I was living in Portland Maine running a few night clubs and training in a martial art called Choishindo. Translation is Highest New Way. A scientific approach to martial arts and fighting. The creator Master Sueng O Choi was a genius with a PHD in Bio-mechanics and physiology. He became a strong role modal and a father figure for me. I was one of only 20 at that time to receive a black belt from him before his passing.
In 2003 I would fly out to Iowa to spend 3 weeks with Tim Sylvia at Team Miletich and join the team for a short time. This for me was amazing because my 2 favorite fighters of all time were Pat Miletich and BJ Penn. I returned to Bangor Maine and opened a training facility and met Tim Boetsch for the first time. We immediately hit it off and we would occasionally cross train together.
I would later make it on to TUF 2 in 2005 which would spring board me into the UFC. I found home training under the roof of MMA legendary coach Mark Dellagrotte at Sityodtong. Muay Thai for MMA became my focus with Mark along with Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under my BJJ coach Jorge Gurgel.
I was already in my 30s. but was able to ride a 14 fight win streak and have 6 of those wins in a row inside the UFC. I left the UFC in 2011. With a slew of health issue, some I had no diagnosis for, I retired in 2014. My focus was now back on combat. I used the formula that was given to me by Master Sueng O Choi on how to apply science to martial art techniques. I started combining things I had learned from all my coaches including Tony Blauer. A LEO and Military combatives specialist and martial artist himself. I had been a longtime admirer of Tonys philosophy and his intelligence in the area of the science behind street combat and self defense.
In 2015 I was able to spend time becoming a certified master coach under another famous MMA coach, Greg Jackson. Greg is a master of the psychological aspects of the “battle”. He spends his time studying patterns, strategy and tactics. Like myself Greg isn't just in it for the sport side he has passion for the real combat side of martial arts.
Taking things from all these teachers Tim Boetsch and I started to develop a simple and effective method for dealing with different scenario types of attacks.
The ambush on the streets and the predator has mistaken me for prey.
I’m clearing my home because I know there is an uninvited guest.
Or I’m playing the attacker, I found simple yet very effective concepts, tactics and techniques for all ranges of combat.
The best way to give a short description of what we are doing is….. initially we are counting on gross motor skill and primal motor skill. Why? Because if you try to use complex or fine motor skill in a situation of high anxiety along with heavy stimulus you will only find failure or possible death when trying to run through you Rolodex of techniques. After achieving positional control we can now use more complex techniques.
Does size and strength matter- of course but only when its able to be applied to someone who is smaller, weaker and unprepared. If that person understands strategy that can confuse or disrupt the advisory, if they also possess the tactic to deliver the technique. If they become action and the advisory is reaction. Science tells us they now win 9 out of 10 times.