What can you gain from the study of martial arts?

Posted on February 20th, 2015 by Sifu

I get this question quite often due to my involvement in the industry. One of the first things most people think of is the self defense benefits that are gained from the study of martial arts. And yes, that is true, but it is just the surface of what is available to you. Here are a few things that you might not have thought of.


Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Affiliate Training Day

Posted on February 2nd, 2015 by Sifu

Over the weekend we had our first Gracie Jiu-Jitsu affiliate training day for the year. The Atlanta Martial Arts Center has multiple affiliates in various systems that we teach around the United States. Part of what we do it to work with the affiliates is to periodically have affiliate training days throughout the year. These days are primarily focused on program development and instructor training.


Does your countermeasure plan fit your environment?

Posted on January 31st, 2015 by Sifu

Since I have been in the security and personal protection industry, one of the major problems I have witnessed is the use of sport based martial arts. It is very common that a protection agent will attend the martial art class and learn techniques and methods that are based on the sport based mentality with the intention to use it in his environment.


Can your Defensive Tactics protect you and your clients?

Posted on January 23rd, 2015 by Sifu

You are a professional Personal Protector with a very busy schedule. Most of your operations involve driving for your principal as well as being ready and able to handle their protection element as well. As a solo practitioner, your schedule and the amount of travel involved in your work prevents you from having time to attend a martial arts program on a regular basis. Most Protection Specialist or law enforcement officers that find themselves in this situation will seek to attend a limited-time, specialized program that will equip them to handle any potential threats they may face in their day to day work activity.


Walk the Warrior’s Path

Posted on January 20th, 2015 by Sifu

Imagine that you are in a jungle with dense foliage of all kinds, vines hanging in your face, gnats constantly nagging you, the soil damp and easy to sink your foot into and twist your ankle. The trees are so tightly packed together you can’t see ahead. In fact, the jungle canopy above you is so cluttered you can’t even see the sky. Mosquitoes constantly zip into your mouth, nose, and ears. They bite your neck, your arms, your legs, and you have to swat at them constantly. It is difficult to get through this jungle, with so many things clouding your vision, ensnaring your feet, interfering with your journey through it. This jungle is Life. Now, imagine that you find a Path, one that someone has paved before you. You may not know who exactly made this road, but this road has been laid here to make the journey through life easier. Someone else came before you, hacking all the briars and brambles out of the way, clearing the Path for not just them, but for those who would follow. This path was created by the masters who came before, the wisest of their day, and it has been left for you.

It takes discipline to stay on this path, which I call the Warrior’s Path. Many who walk it become bored, and easily lose focus by glancing off into the jungle, wondering what’s out there. There’s all sorts of other sounds in that jungle, so many distractions. It is so easy to wander off the Path and never return. Some people remain in the jungle their whole lives and never even come upon the Path. Those that do find the Path may find it difficult to stay on it, but, in the end, they will find their lives a great deal easier. Minus all the gnats buzzing in your ear, the vines snatching at you, the occasional wild animal attack, and all other distractions, you are free to walk the Path and reach your goals in a reasonable amount of time, without becoming lost along the way. Now, this isn’t to say that an occasional visit into the jungle can’t have its rewards—in case you haven’t guess, the “gnats” and other distractions in this analogy represent TV, internet, video games, chasing women or men, all that—but spending too much time in the jungle has never gotten anyone anywhere. If you want to achieve great things, you must find the Path and keep focused on it, there is no other option for success, bet on it. Of course, this level of discipline is to be commended, but, it isn’t exactly the highest form of life one can achieve. Yes, it does take great tenacity to keep on this Warrior’s Path without falling for the allure of the jungle, or the cries from those within saying, “Forget the Path! Come on in here with us! You should see all this stuff!” But there is something even greater beyond the Path. Or, I should say, above it.



Posted on January 19th, 2015 by Sifu

The Winter Gracie Jiu-Jitsu camp with Master Pedro Sauer in Sterling VA this last weekend was fantastic. At one point we had over 20 Black Belts on the mat training and teaching. Some of Master Sauer’s top guys were there to teach, Professors Allen Hopkins, Allan Manganello and Jorge Jimenez just to name a few of them. Also on Thursday there was a 6 hour Tactical Arrest And Control seminar taught by Allan Manganello. The TAC program has been updated and the new material is fantastic if you are considering teaching in the field of law enforcement. I usually will come away from an event like this with 2-3 gold nuggets of information but this weekend by far exceeded that.


AMAC Tactical Group to work with California highway patrol.

Posted on January 17th, 2015 by Sifu

AMAC tactical training group is going to be traveling to Sacramento California in the coming week in order to do a training event for the California State Highway Patrol. This will be the first time we have work for this agency and we had to get a program designed specifically around the environment they operate in.


Developing Good Tactical Habits

Posted on January 15th, 2015 by Sifu

Security professionals and law enforcement officers develop daily habits that are based on good tactical principles they learn as they enter and advance in their vocations. I have been very fortunate to teach and have the opportunity to train with many of them due to the tactical training business I run here in Atlanta GA. From this opportunity I took the information and skills I have learned and developed a civilian education program to meet the demand for more Intelligent tactical training for the public. This program became known at the school as “C-Tac” or the Civilian Tactical Training Program. This is some of the information from that program.


Civilian Tactical Certification Course in Woodstock Georgia

Posted on January 13th, 2015 by Sifu

This week we ran a private Instructor Certification course for the Civilian Tactical Program. The private session was set up for some individuals that could not make it to the main course over the upcoming weekend. The event went very well and the CTTA Association now has three new Instructors. Nw we are gearing up for the main event coming up this weekend. We have instructors from around the US coming in to go through the program.


Bodyguard defensive tactics training program

Posted on January 13th, 2015 by Sifu

Coming up in 2015 is to open enrollment events for the Protection Response Tactics program that we teach through AMAC tactical training group. We will be teaching this program as we normally do connected to the Executive Protection Institutes seven day course for executive protection or what is commonly called in the industry bodyguard training. The PRT was specifically designed for the security specialist. EPI approached me over five years ago to create this program for its graduates so that they would have an appropriate answer for a defensive tactic scenario that may come up. Protection Response Tactics is designed around a force continuum that allows the protection agent to use the appropriate level of force depending on the level of force that is coming from the threat.