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Defense Never Rests

By Tim Pipes

In Combatives, CrossFit Defense, LEO/Mil

January 09, 2016

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Tim Pipes explains how CrossFit Defense prepares athletes to stay alert, cultivate the warrior mindset and respond to threats.

One-on-one human violence: It’s often up close and personal, overwhelmingly uncomfortable, brutally intense, and devastatingly traumatic. Many prefer to imagine violence doesn’t exist, but make no mistake about it: Evil and violence are real, and complacency and denial are useless when we experience violence by chance or by choice of profession.

I don’t make these statements to frighten, intimidate or discourage… Continue Reading

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Human Defense System

By Theresa Smith

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CrossFit Defense shows Theresa Smith she already has the tools she needs to defend herself.

Like many other CrossFit gyms, Raise the Bar CrossFit in Ontario, Oregon, is in an industrial area.

We want our members to be able to work out in a place where they can be themselves, and industrial areas are home to large warehouse spaces where weights can be dropped and music played loudly at all… Continue Reading

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ATM Fraud

By Hilary Achauer and Rick Randolph

In Combatives, CrossFit Defense

November 19, 2014

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Remembering a 2007 Tony Blauer self-defense video, four people use acting to devalue themselves as targets and avoid physical confrontations.

Glory Dawson had finished her waitressing shift and was headed home when she remembered she needed to deposit a check. Dawson went to an ATM, put her card into the machine and saw four men walking toward her. They surrounded her.

“How much money you got in there?” one of them asked.

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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… 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… 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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