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3 Things Tony Blauer Taught Me

I have learned so many valuable lessons from my time spent being mentored and taught by Coach Blauer but I think these 3 lessons are so simple yet so valuable to everyone.  These 3 lessons I learned after my first experience at a Be Your Own Bodyguard seminar with Coach Blauer.

1- My Body is Hardwired to Protect Itself

The first time I heard Coach Blauer say this I wasn’t really sure what I thought about it.  It kind of made sense.  I mean we do have a rib cage that protects our vital organs, eyebrows & eyelashes to protect our eyes, and our body builds callouses when we work with our hands.  So in that sense I believed it.  But I couldn’t fight like the guys in the movies or in the boxing ring or in the UFC.  I didn’t know how to wax on or wax off and I sure as heck didn’t look like those fighters.  I have been in my fair share of sporting event “fights” but I never put up my dukes and started jabbing and upper cutting or doing round houses.  But after taking 1 course with Coach Blauer I realized he was right!  In that first day I didn’t become a professional fighter nor do I have the desire to do that.  All that happened was I realized that my body does certain things intuitively and instinctually that sets me up to protect myself without having to think about it.  This natural and instinctual defense mechanism is hardwired into our body and is referred to as Startle Flinch & Push away danger.  Coach Blauer merely showed me how to recognize that and use it.  What changed was my mindset.  Your MINDSET is the key.

2- Pay Attention

Coach Blauer has told me and I have heard him tell so many seminars full of people that if you are defending yourself then you missed so many opportunities to avoid and not have a violent encounter or fight/ambush.  He talks about the 3 D’s.  Detect, Defuse/De-escalate, & Defend.  So if we pay attention to our surroundings, have the correct body language and choice speech that says that you don’t want to fight we can avoid a large portion of altercations.  It is better to know if something bad is going to happen 30 yards away than it is to find out when the bad guy is in your face.  Here is a great question that I want you to ask yourself.  If you were a “bad guy” where and when would you attack yourself?  We all have routines and if we aren’t paying attention we can leave ourselves open for trouble.

3- Have a Plan

This is HUGE for me.  It relates and applies to all aspects of life.  It is all about mindset and allowing your mind to relax by creating a plan.  Coach Blauer spends a good deal of time on Mindset and Fear Management.  He couldn’t possibly spend enough time on it in my opinion.  For me, if I have a plan laid out for my day I have so much more success following it and I don’t spend as much time trying to remember what I have to do.  Now when I see my workout on the board I immediately make a plan.  Sometimes that plan changes mid workout but making a plan takes me out of the F.E.A.R. Loop.  In any and all scenarios in life you need to have a plan.  Sometimes you can plan ahead but other times you get ambushed or caught off guard and need to make a decision on the spot.  This is such a huge paradigm shift for me.  In any situation when I make a plan I give myself control over the situation rather than the situation controlling me.

Coach Blauer has devoted his entire life to making people safer and to opening their eyes to the tools they already have in their possession.  As human beings we all flinch.  This is a gift from God.  We owe it to ourselves and our loved ones to recognize it and use it.  Coach Blauer has transformed his Be Your Own Bodyguard seminar and joined forces with Crossfit HQ to provide a life changing course called Crossfit Defense.  I have been working with Coach Blauer since July 2011 and have been to three Personal Defense Readiness Instructor Courses along with countless BYOB seminars.  I am now helping Coach Blauer bring this course to the Crossfit Community and could not be more thrilled and honored to bring such an amazing & life changing course to my peers.  I have no background in fighting or martial arts and this has had one of the greatest impacts on my life next to finding Crossfit.  I strongly urge you to attend a course.  This weekend Coach Blauer and I will be at Foundry Crossfit in Bermuda Dunes, California.  Follow the link for MORE INFO and Follow this link to REGISTER for the course.  Please check the schedule for upcoming events in your area.  This is real life.  Pretending things aren’t going to happen to you won’t help.  Take action and take your personal safety into your own hands.

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3 Things Tony Blauer Taught Me

I have learned so many valuable lessons from my time spent being mentored and taught by Coach Blauer but I think these 3 lessons are so simple yet so valuable to everyone.  These 3 lessons I learned after my first experience at a Be Your Own Bodyguard seminar with Coach Blauer.

1- My Body is Hardwired to Protect Itself

The first time I heard Coach Blauer say this I wasn’t really sure what I thought about it.  It kind of made sense.  I mean we do have a rib cage that protects our vital organs, eyebrows & eyelashes to protect our eyes, and our body builds callouses when we work with our hands.  So in that sense I believed it.  But I couldn’t fight like the guys in the movies or in the boxing ring or in the UFC.  I didn’t know how to wax on or wax off and I sure as heck didn’t look like those fighters.  I have been in my fair share of sporting event “fights” but I never put up my dukes and started jabbing and upper cutting or doing round houses.  But after taking 1 course with Coach Blauer I realized he was right!  In that first day I didn’t become a professional fighter nor do I have the desire to do that.  All that happened was I realized that my body does certain things intuitively and instinctually that sets me up to protect myself without having to think about it.  This natural and instinctual defense mechanism is hardwired into our body and is referred to as Startle Flinch & Push away danger.  Coach Blauer merely showed me how to recognize that and use it.  What changed was my mindset.  Your MINDSET is the key.

2- Pay Attention

Coach Blauer has told me and I have heard him tell so many seminars full of people that if you are defending yourself then you missed so many opportunities to avoid and not have a violent encounter or fight/ambush.  He talks about the 3 D’s.  Detect, Defuse/De-escalate, & Defend.  So if we pay attention to our surroundings, have the correct body language and choice speech that says that you don’t want to fight we can avoid a large portion of altercations.  It is better to know if something bad is going to happen 30 yards away than it is to find out when the bad guy is in your face.  Here is a great question that I want you to ask yourself.  If you were a “bad guy” where and when would you attack yourself?  We all have routines and if we aren’t paying attention we can leave ourselves open for trouble.

3- Have a Plan

This is HUGE for me.  It relates and applies to all aspects of life.  It is all about mindset and allowing your mind to relax by creating a plan.  Coach Blauer spends a good deal of time on Mindset and Fear Management.  He couldn’t possibly spend enough time on it in my opinion.  For me, if I have a plan laid out for my day I have so much more success following it and I don’t spend as much time trying to remember what I have to do.  Now when I see my workout on the board I immediately make a plan.  Sometimes that plan changes mid workout but making a plan takes me out of the F.E.A.R. Loop.  In any and all scenarios in life you need to have a plan.  Sometimes you can plan ahead but other times you get ambushed or caught off guard and need to make a decision on the spot.  This is such a huge paradigm shift for me.  In any situation when I make a plan I give myself control over the situation rather than the situation controlling me.

Coach Blauer has devoted his entire life to making people safer and to opening their eyes to the tools they already have in their possession.  As human beings we all flinch.  This is a gift from God.  We owe it to ourselves and our loved ones to recognize it and use it.  Coach Blauer has transformed his Be Your Own Bodyguard seminar and joined forces with Crossfit HQ to provide a life changing course called Crossfit Defense.  I have been working with Coach Blauer since July 2011 and have been to two Personal Defense Readiness Instructor Courses along with countless BYOB seminars.  I am now helping Coach Blauer bring this course to the Crossfit Community and could not be more thrilled and honored to bring such an amazing & life changing course to my peers.  I have no background in fighting or martial arts and this has had one of the greatest impacts on my life next to finding Crossfit.  I strongly urge you to attend a course.  This weekend Coach Blauer and I will be at Valley Crossfit in Van Nuys, California.  Follow the link for MORE INFO and Follow this link to REGISTER for the course.  Please check the schedule for upcoming events in your area.  This is real life.  Pretending things aren’t going to happen to you won’t help.  Take action and take your personal safety into your own hands.

Q&A: Two Questions…

Pictured above:  Jonathan Kinnick (my younger bro & co-founder of Beyond the Whiteboard & Crossfit Kinnick) is practicing the “Slapping SPEAR” very effectively on my neck.  If you have not been to Tony Blauer‘s “Be Your Own Bodyguard” Seminar, I would strongly recommend looking for one at a Crossfit gym near you and learning his method of using your body’s natural instincts to protect yourself.  This picture is from PDR31 this past weekend at SEALFIT in Encinitas, Ca.  This is the Personal Defense Readiness Instructors Course.

QUESTION:

Jeremy,

I have two questions: Is sealFit as cool as I think it is? and how does strongman help you? I run a donation-based garage gym, we just got a big donation from running a small online competition and I’m contemplating between two purchases: CFFB cert to increase my coaching skills or a yoke… any suggestions?

ANSWER:

Steven,

Thanks for the questions.  I am not sure how cool you think SealFit is but I would guess that its much cooler than you think!  Beautiful facility just off the beach.  I didn’t get a chance to workout there but it was an awesome place!

The philosophy behind Strongman goes perfectly with Crossfit.  Moving a heavy load using unconventional objects.  Strongman is a lot about grip strength but also getting your body used to heavy loads on your body or in your hands.  It has taught me to be able to cope and deal with suffering under heavy weight.  The Yoke has been a huge staple in my training since before the Open, Regionals, and Games.  Whether its Yoke walks or Zercher carries.  If you have never done the Zercher Carries I suggest you experience that.  I love them.  The stones are amazing as well teaching you to move an odd object.  We just recently got the Farmer Handles and those have been BRUTAL.  Grip strength has been a weakness of mine but with all the work with the Stones and now with the Farmer Handles I think its making a big difference.  You can also use the Farmer Handles for a Fat bar deadlift.  I could go on and on about how its all helped me but I think that gives you the jist of it.

Now this last question is a tough one.  I have never been to a CFFB cert but I am a huge fan of increasing your skill set.  But the yoke is SO amazing.  It all depends on your goals really.  The yoke is only one piece of equipment where as the CFFB could help with ideas on programming and coaching.  But if I had to choose I would pick the Yoke and learn to suffer under that thing!

Hope I answered your questions for you Steven.  Thanks again.

Ask Jeremy #3

I have been asked again to open up the floor for questions this week. I am here to help and answer anything you throw at me to the best of my ability. I have been a part of the CrossFit Community since mid 2007 and have lots of experience to share.

Currently I am down at Tony Blauer’s S.P.E.A.R. PDR (personal defense readiness) Instructor Course in beautiful Encinitas California being held at SealFit. If you have questions about that I would love to share how the SPEAR SYSTEM has taught me to use my natural weapons and tap into my genetically wired self defense system that we all possess. Now I am learning to teach it to others. A by product of learning how to be my own bodyguard has been the transference of the mindset to my daily life and to my Crossfit life as a coach and a Games athlete.

I have also started helping Rob Orlando on the new Crossfit Strongman Cert. If you have questions on how Strongman has helped me and how it can be easily implemented as an additional modality please let me know.

I am looking to some amazing questions! Thanks folk for tuning in.

Unexpected Rest Day

Pictured below from left to right: Tony Blauer, Austin Malleolo, Dave Lipson, & Me after the “Be Your Own Bodyguard” seminar at the HQ Trainer Summit in San Diego.

I had a great plan of what I was going to do yesterday which included a max effort bench press and a max effort back squat.  I was all fired up and ready to attack the lifts yesterday along with some 5oom repeats and a finisher of 20 reps at 185#s of power clean.  But it just didn’t happen.  I had a great opportunity to head down to San Diego to help Tony Blauer teach his S.P.E.A.R. system to the HQ Training staff at the Trainer Summit.  It was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up.  San Diego is 2 hours south of me and I train Monday – Friday 6am-noon.  So I had to take off right after I finished training which left me no time to workout before leaving.  I headed down with my brother Jonathan & Moe Naqvi.  The seminar went great and I was able to help a lot of the people learn how to protect themselves for the rest of their lives in a matter of 2 hours.  We went to dinner afterwards and it was a HUGE Crossfit Celebrity party with so many names I couldn’t possibly drop them all in one blog but I will try!! 🙂 Nicole Carroll, Dave Castro, Tony Budding, Pat Barber & fiance Tamaryn Venter, Dave Lipson, Austin Malleolo, Annie Thorsdottir, Chris Spealler, Jason Khalipa, Pat Sherwood, Miranda Oldroyd, Heather Bergeron, Ben Bergeron, Chuck Carswell, Adrian “No Rep” Bozman, James Hobart, Russell Berger, Lance Cantu and so many more!!!  haha that was fun.

Sometimes Unexpected Rest Days are a blessing in disguise or a little reward for your body for working so hard.  The key is jumping right back into your training and not worrying about what you missed.  Missing a day of training or resting an extra day is much more beneficial than destroying your  body day in and day out and not taking care of yourself.  So rather than being down about the unexpected rest day, get excited to CRUSH the next workout and get right back on track and ready to roll.

MY PLAN TODAY

-Max Effort Bench Press

-Max Effort Back Squat

-Cycling with Doug Katona

-Unknown WOD…