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With over four decades of martial arts experience, including three decades instructing self-defense and personal fitness and two decades working nightclub security, Marcus has become a respected expert in responding to and de-escalating violent situations. Certifying men and women in over 20 countries to become Krav Maga instructors. Conducting ins…
 
I met Marcus Davis decades ago at a UFC event in Las Vegas - little did I know that he had been following me in my system for many years before that we met. We hit it off right away and have remained friends over the years. After he retired from fighting, he began including elements of my philosophy and my research around the startle-flinch respons…
 
This was one of my most fun episodes ever. JD contacted me as a coach looking for a missing link to help his athletes. After some discussion, he invested in the KNOW FEAR program, studied it, and applied it to his team. A short while later he sent me this email: AMAZING! JD has 16 years of volleyball coaching experience. He had had the opportunity …
 
Executive Protection Agent, Video Blogger, Published Author, and Veteran on a steadfast mission... Former Marine, Byron Rodgers joins me for this episode of KNOW FEAR. We talk about mission, passion, authenticity, and more. I've only known Byron a short time but every time we get together I learn more about the man and his mission. Learn more: http…
 
What an honor it was for me to interview Steven Pressfield. I have been a huge, huge fan of his for a long time. Years ago I read the Legend of Bagger Vance and Gates of Fire and was deeply moved by both books. And over the years I've read man of Steven's other books. It's interesting to note that he was one of the very few guests I've interviewed …
 
I've known Matt Del Negro for several years. You would never think he's an actor who has had key roles in The Sopranos, The West Wing, NCIS, Chicago Fire, and a dozen other movies and TV series. Why I make that statement is because he is so down to earth, so humble and if somebody asked me to guess his occupation, I would never think "actor". When …
 
What should you do if you are driving and suddenly surrounded by rioters? ABOUT THIS PODCAST I was talking to my good friend Damon from Legacy Mentor and we were discussing the peaceful protesters surrounding cars and beating people up and attempting to kill them and he asked me what the hell we should you do if surrounded - this podcast was my ans…
 
Retired Navy SEAL and bestselling author, Jack Carr, joins me today on the KNOW FEAR podcast. We don't talk about his novels, we don't talk about his military background, we talk about what is going on right now in our country, and Jack shares some sage advice on things we can all do to better prepare ourselves and families. His article aptly title…
 
I have been following Ryan Michler online for several years now. You may be familiar with his name since I interviewed him for the Candid COVID Talks. This call is a much deeper dive into his mindset and philosophy. I have always been impressed with his singular focus, principles, ethics, and drive. His community, called Order of Man is perhaps mor…
 
My friend Michael Gervais is one of the world's most successful sports psychologists. From working with the Seattle Seahawks and Pete Carroll to helping Felix Baumgartner become the first human to travel at the speed of sound without a capsule, he’s an elite high-performance psychologist working in high-stakes environments. The list of people, orga…
 
What started as a quick catch-up from with my friend Fergus, quickly turned into a 90-minute call about the pandemic, antifa, politicians, fear, self-awareness, mindset, self-defense, de-escalation, empathy, and communication. You're going to really enjoy this and some of the gems he shared with me from his new book The Happiness Handbook were amaz…
 
Gunnar Peterson possesses a wealth of knowledge and experience. After 30-years in the fitness industry, he has done about everything you could want or imagine as a professional coach. He's worked with the who's who in Hollywood, he's the Los Angeles Lakers’ Director of Strength and Endurance, has worked with athletes from the NBA, NHL, NFL, MLB, US…
 
I've known John Welbourn for almost a decade. He's a monster of a man, at 6'6", weighing around 278 lbs, I can't even imagine getting hit by him. John played football in the NFL for 10 years and has since evolved into one of the world's top strength and conditioning coaches. He is CEO of Power Athlete and the host of Power Athlete Radio. What you w…
 
Welcome to this somewhat unique episode of KNOW FEAR. Why? Because it's just me! It’s a recording from my Wednesday morning garage gym self-defense class and I'm sharing it with you because my intro rant inspired by the current violence in America might be of value to you. Here are some of the things that I discuss: There is not one single magic te…
 
Bobby Maximus has a huge personality, he's also a huge man, weighing in at 261 lbs. I've gotten to know him pretty well in the past year and he always amazes me with his passion, intelligence, and positive mindset. It's no wonder he's become such a successful coach and leader in the fitness space. His thoughts on mindset and attitude during the loc…
 
I've known Bedros for several years now. I was introduced to him through my good friend Jay Ferruggia I immediately liked Bedros. He's a deep and passionate listener with a lightning-fast mind. His origin story is fantastic (read MAN-UP as soon as you can). Essentially, he taught himself to survive and thrive, and grow into a business leader, best-…
 
My friend Ryan Munsey has a deep understanding and appreciation for the relationship between mindset, movement, and getting things done. As the author of F**K Your Feelings and co-founder of The Better Human Project, I knew he would have important thoughts to share as we navigate the COVID-19 era. MORE ON RYAN HERE: https://ryanmunsey.com/…
 
I met Frank Grillo through my good friend Bryan Callen. I had been a fan of his for many years from his movies. I could tell he was a real athlete from the way he threw punches in his films, I knew he was a real boxer, but what I didn't know was how deep and thoughtful Frank was as a dad and as a human. In this talk, we discuss Bryan Callen the fig…
 
I don't pay for any guests to appear on my show, but Master Ken is a legend and I made an exception and it was worth every penny. I learned some very practical tactics for those who infringe on social distancing. Master Ken showed some very effective counters for fighting someone wearing a mask. I never knew this but Master Ken has his own SPEAR te…
 
I've known about Ross for decades. He was the first low-tech workout innovator and it wasn't just about fitness, he's a real boxer and real coach. This talk is frank and direct as you would expect from a fighter. It was an honor to finally talk to Ross as he doesn't really do podcasts. If you don't follow him on IG, you need to. He's literally a be…
 
Clint Emerson is a retired Navy SEAL combat medic who spent twenty years conducting special operations all over the world while assigned to SEAL Teams (including the elite SEAL Team SIX) and the National Security Agency (NSA). Over the years, he developed an impressive array of practical skills that he used in austere conditions both at home and ab…
 
Bryan Callen is not only incredibly funny, but he's also super intelligent. If you're already a fan of Callen the comedian, you will experience another, deeper side to him during this candid talk about COVID19 and our world right now. Video is on our SPEAR University page. ---- Bryan Callen is an American actor, comedian, and podcaster. He is most …
 
I cannot believe how many people messaged me when Anthony Smith had the home invasion fight. So many people tagged me in the story. I didn't reply because at the time I was working on trying to interview him for the KNOW FEAR PODCAST but wasn't sure we would make it happen. We finally linked up today and I think you're gonna enjoy this talk. We cov…
 
Meet my friend Hans Molenkamp. I don't know anyone who has as diverse and dynamic a background and skillset as he does. From competing in and promoting extreme sports to manufacturing shoes, and MMA equipment. His Instagram feed is amazing. He's built several companies and is a marketing executive to the global brands, Triumph United, Monster Energ…
 
I met Akshay Nanavati through a mutual friend who said we would probably have a lot in common. That was an understatement. Akshay's mission in life is to help people find their true north by understanding that their truth is found by embracing their struggle. It's no surprise to me that the stepping stone for this is learning to use FEAR in a posit…
 
I'm met Pat McNamara over 20-years ago while conducting training at Fort Bragg. He trained with me several times and his passion for combatives and fitness ensured we had a lot to talk about. Our friendship continues to this day. In this talk, Pat explains why he didn't have to get ready for the pandemic and shares some of his mindset and philosoph…
 
In this special series, I am interviewing people that I've known for years, people I respect who have demonstrated consistent positivity and values over time. I've watched them during the pandemic to see if their messaging or their behavior has changed. It hasn't. Which inspires me. That's leadership. I met Karl many years ago through CrossFit and …
 
Our COVID19 talks continue. This one goes deep. If you don't know Shane Fazen, he is the man behind FIGHT TIPS, an online training, and coaching community with over 2.5 Million followers on YouTube and several hundred thousand on Instagram. I've known Shane for a while now, he's super humble, almost shy, which is an amazing contrast considering he …
 
Dave Leduc is the Open Weight Lethwei world champion. If you don't know what Lethwei is google it - its an amazing combat sport. A lot of people assume fighters are mostly 'knuckle draggers'. While some are, most are highly intelligent, they're like chess players, except instead of using pieces on a board, they use real people! Dave is one of those…
 
Mike Glover spent 18 years in the US Army and as a government contractor for OGA. He served as a SGM in Special Forces in various positions and deployed multiple times to combat theaters. He is an expert in Counter-Terrorism, security, and crisis management operations and is the host of the Fieldcraft Survival Podcast on iTunes, and Soundcloud. He …
 
What do resilient minds do during times of adversity? What can we learn from their attitude and more importantly, their actions? I'm interviewing a select group of people who've inspired me with their creativity, adaptability, and positivity they've displayed during the COVID19 quarantine. Join me and please share these inspiring messages! Coach Bl…
 
Ranger. Leader. Author. Motivator. Mentor. I met JC Glick over 10 years ago while I was teaching a military contract. JC was a thinker. I noticed him immediately in class for two main reasons: 1) He asked deep questions during the theory portion. 2) He is 6’3 220 lbs. During a specific CQB weapon drill, he politely questioned the efficacy of one of…
 
It’s not often you find a neuroscientist studying fear who growing up, also fought in the streets and trained and competed in combat sports. That’s what makes Andrew Huberman’s story and message amazing and even more credible to me! I’m fascinated by the mind and the brain and especially its connection to fear. I read what I can to make sure our me…
 
I met Chris “Dutch” Moyer years while I was conducting combatives courses on Ft Bragg. One of those courses took place on one of America’s darkest days, September 11, 2001. Chris was also in that class. Fast forward 18 years. We reconnected recently and after catching up I knew I wanted to get him on the KNOW FEAR podcast. His story and life experi…
 
I've known Rodney for years. Decades actually. We share a lot of the same philosophies. We share many of the same goals and ambitions. Our approaches to training and safety are philosophically very similar. We've had very similar experiences in business, from the incredibly positive, like amazing success stories of our students to the very negative…
 
I always took breathing for granted. I think most of us do. I’ve been teaching self-defense since 1977. I trained for hours. Sparred every student. Taught 7 days a week. I did this for decades. I always assumed my breathing was on point. It wasn’t. That didn’t mean I didn’t have excellent cardiovascular conditioning, I did. But it was adapted for a…
 
My relationship with pain is a long one. For better worse (mostly worse), I grew up in during NO PAIN NO GAIN era and as a result, my body has nagged at me for decades. In my frequent search for the next magic pill to manage my back and neck issues, I discovered Dr. Eric Goodman. I was intrigued by who he’s helped from A-list actors to professional…
 
Katie Toliao Hurd is the Self Defense Program Director at CSA Gym, she's a Krav Maga Black Belt, a member of the Krav Maga Alliance Training Team, an MTAA Champion, a KMA Force Instructor and last year, she was voted the Krav Maga Alliance 2017 'Instructor of the Year'. Katie recently had a very cool experience during one of her Krav classes and ca…
 
I started following Michael Mihas on Instagram where he has a very popular and irreverent page called MR JIU-JITSU. Many of his posts are very very funny - so funny in fact, that I private messaged him and asked if he had a team of comedy writers helping him. To which he LOL'd and admitted it was just him having 'deep thoughts while on the toilet'.…
 
IMPORTANT: This is the AUDIO version, the KEYNOTE presentation with the SLIDES is available for you to watch on VIMEO - Here is the link. I invited Ryan to talk at my training camp after reading powerful sections from his book F**K Your Feelings. Ryan's passion for performance, his knowledge about how the brain works from neurotransmitter to the mu…
 
When I was 15, my mom asked me what I was going to be when I was older, lawyer? doctor? work in the family business? I was stretching on the floor looking at Bruce Lee magazines and I told her I wasn't going to go to school, that I was going to create my own self-defense system and teach that. She pat me on the head and said, "Ok dear we'll talk ab…
 
I’ve been a fan of James Clear's newsletter for years and have enjoyed how strategic his writing was, always lucid, always interesting and logically compelling. When ATOMIC HABITS was released I bought it right away. I'm pretty disciplined and was curious to see what I could glean from the book to help me dial-in my habits even more. The book didn'…
 
MUCH MORE THAN A PRETTY FACE Have you ever met someone who's famous because of their looks or athleticism or some other talent only to discover that's all they have going for them? Disappointing right? Not so with Christmas. Over the years I've gotten to know her and watch her amazing career evolve from athlete to entrepreneur, she's a gym owner, m…
 
I’ve known Joe Mullings for about two decades. I met him years ago when he signed up for my SPEAR:PDR Trainer course. He was a standout in the class, not just physically, he had penetrating questions about the psychology - he was fascinated with mindset - I knew we would become friends. Over the years our professional relationship turned personal a…
 
This is one of those topics that is very difficult to discuss let alone wrap your head around. The scope of the problem is mind-boggling. I sat down with Nic McKinley, the Executive Director of DeliverFund and discussed human trafficking. The topic is very disconcerting and the solutions aren't simple. This happens every day and could happen to som…
 
Bruce Lee: Icon, innovator, pioneer, legend. I discovered martial arts the year Bruce Lee died. His spirit and persona inspired me to go after my dreams. And in many ways, he had the most impactful influence on my journey even though I never had the honor of meeting him in person. I have an extensive Lee collection and have read ever biography prin…
 
I received this message on Facebook: My name is Jamie Dunham, I was explaining to a friend tonight how your tactics saved my life a few years back (outside a gas station in Memphis). I just wanted to finally thank you, because if it weren't for my dad diligently training me with your technique, I am positive that my story would've come to a violent…
 
"Genes expect certain behaviors of us" - Mark Sisson How do you apply that principle to food, fitness, sex, relationships, Life? This is just part of Mark Sisson's philosophy and message. Triathlete, researcher, author, speaker, coach, entrepreneur, the list goes on. Mark has created an amazing empire and repository of practical information. One of…
 
I've known Dave Lipson for almost 10 years. I've never seen him frown. I've never seen him angry. He's as mentally tough as he is physically strong. I was curious as to how he views obstacles and challenges. For those of you who follow Dave's Instagram page, his online persona is quite different than talking to him one-on-one. You're going to be ve…
 
Officer David Sachs was honored with a Medal of Valor for his “extraordinary bravery and willingness to protect the lives of others, without regard for his own safety” the department said. He was also awarded a Purple Heart for his injuries while on duty. I met David at one of our custom CrossFit courses a couple of years ago. He had recently becom…
 
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