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Functional Fighting

By Hilary Achauer

In Combatives, MMA

August 14, 2014

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While some Brazilian jiu-jitsu athletes don’t see the link between CrossFit and martial arts, others say general physical preparedness can help athletes win on the mat.

Garth Taylor started doing Brazilian jiu-jitsu in 1994, and by 1998 he was winning national-level championships. But Taylor wanted more. What he really wanted was a world title. Taylor’s coach, Claudio Franca, told him if he wanted to win a world championship, he didn’t need… Continue Reading

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Lords of the Realm

By Andréa Maria Cecil

In Combatives, Sports Applications

May 17, 2014

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Medieval combat fighters from the U.S. take seven of nine gold medals at world championships held May 1-4 in Spain.

In a sport based upon the unforgiving, brutal armored battles of medieval Europe, it was Team USA who proved winningest at the International Medieval Combat Federation world championship.

But what some call irony, team members quickly dismiss.

The modern—if you will—pastime of medieval combat attempts to recreate the sport, not the societies of… Continue Reading

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Game of Moans

By Andréa Maria Cecil

In Combatives, Sports Applications

May 01, 2014

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Medieval-combat fighters turn to CrossFit in preparation for brutal battles to come at the world championships in Spain.

His arms were pinned beneath the wooden dowel. Standing behind him, an attacker pulled the dowel tighter against his forearms. Both men struggled to maintain their footing. Then, with a sudden maneuver, the assailant further tightened the dowel and took his target to the ground with a thud.

Dmitriy Ryaboy and Jeff Galli… Continue Reading

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In Combatives, CrossFit Defense, HD Videos

December 29, 2013

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If a bad guy sticks a gun in your face, makes the mistake of not killing you and then further makes the mistake of talking, it’s your lucky day.

“If a guy stuck a gun in your face, would he expect you to put your hands up in fear? Yeah,” explains Tony Blauer, who owns Blauer Tactical Systems and leads the CrossFit Defense courses.

Luckily, that nonviolent posture also is ideal for grabbing the gun. At that point… Continue Reading

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Most CrossFit athletes know the cramping, burning ache in the forearms caused by Fran, but few have pushed through that to fire a gun at a target.

At a Nov. 16 competition in Florida, three-time CrossFit Games champion Rich Froning did exactly that as part of a five-event challenge involving fitness and firearms.

“I’m comfortable with guns. Doesn’t mean I’m accurate with guns,” Froning says.

The champ competed against a field that… Continue Reading

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Never too Young to Survive

By Rick Randolph

In Combatives, Kids

March 01, 2013

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In today’s world, your kids might need to be their own bodyguards in an emergency. Parent, police officer and CrossFit Defense coach Rick Randolph explains how to prepare your children for a life-threatening situation.

I play fight with my kids a lot—slap boxing, wrestling them on the bed. The two oldest love it; the baby just paws at my face and giggles. They drop down into fighting stances—fists… Continue Reading

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In Combatives, HD Videos

December 02, 2012

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Your arm is like a personal crowbar, says Tony Blauer of Blauer Tactical Systems. The trick is to be sure to remain in a nonviolent posture with those arms up when the bad guy approaches.

It’s the Trojan Horse metaphor, Blauer explains.

“I don’t want to betray the element of surprise,” he says.

Blauer’s S.P.E.A.R. System advocates using the palm, fingers, forearm and elbow as your own personal weapon, regardless of how large or small… Continue Reading

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10 Shots at Tony Blauer

By Emily Beers

In Combatives, CrossFit Defense, LEO/Mil

October 24, 2012

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Combatives expert Tony Blauer answers 10 questions about his new seminar: CrossFit Defense. Emily Beers reports.

Tony Blauer is the brains behind the newest personal-safety specialty course to hit the CrossFit community: CrossFit Defense.

Blauer, whose foundation is wrestling, martial arts and boxing, has been working with law enforcement and the military for years and was speaking Coach Greg Glassman’s language long before he knew what… Continue Reading

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