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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
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
In one of America’s safest communities, an affiliate owner and his wife found themselves in a desperate fight for their lives. Andréa Maria Cecil reports.
There was no reason to lock the door.
In North Bend, Washington, no one locks the door.
“We haven’t had keys in 10 years,” Tennyson Jacobson said of her childhood home across from a farm at the base of Mount Si.
A picturesque place, North Bend is quintessentially Washington. It sits in the… Continue Reading
Kevin Ogar, Tony Blauer and others explain how to overcome trepidation to find success in the gym and in life.
It was July 2010, my first week of CrossFit. The affiliate had opened a month prior, and I was the only person in the noon class. After I warmed up, the coach brought out a 20-inch wooden box and told me to jump up on it.
I looked at the rough edges, eyeing the sharp corners, the… Continue Reading
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.
“I didn’t… Continue Reading
Tony Blauer’s goal at the CrossFit Defense Trainer and Athlete courses is to give people the tools to keep themselves safe.
“There is no skill more relevant than to be able to protect yourself or your family,” Blauer says. “That is it.”
At the Trainer Course, students learn how to teach CrossFit Defense to others.
“I want to teach it to others, hopefully get more confident in real-life situations. Rather than just being in a box and being… Continue Reading
The bad guy always wants one of three things: property, body or life.
“Bad guys don’t want to get caught, they don’t want to get hurt, they don’t want shit to take too long,” says Tony Blauer, who owns Blauer Tactical Systems and leads the CrossFit Defense courses.
In a carjacking scenario, it’s no different.
“The simplest thing to do is make that car inoperable,” Blauer explains. “I want to devalue… Continue Reading
If you’ve got a gun to your back, it might seem like you have few choices that don’t involve prayer and luck.
But Tony Blauer explains it’s all about cooperating with your assailant—at first.
To demonstrate, Blauer, who owns Blauer Tactical Systems and leads the CrossFit Defense courses, plays the victim while CrossFit Media’s Tyson Oldroyd is directly behind him with a fake gun aimed at Blauer’s back. At that… Continue Reading