Current Events

It’s been great having everyone at the academy! I’ve been so excited to get back to seeing everyone in class and getting back on a teaching routine of sorts. I even got back to training police officers at Owens! Of course there are still some events and seminars that are up in the air, so

Family Safety

Family Safety Sometimes it’s the simple things that can be the most important in an emergency, but at the same time they can easily get overlooked.  I feel confident that I can say, on behalf of police officers, paramedics, and even firemen: Put address numbers on your house! As a police officer I know this

Gracie Survival Tactics (GST) Level 2

Right before things started getting interesting in regards to COVID-19 Mr. Penny and Mr. Grames completed Level 2 of the Gracie Survival Tactics program.  As we wrote about a couple months ago, this is the Gracie family Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu program for law enforcement. The Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy which was hosting the week-long course

Totally Useless Facts from Mr. Penny #5 – The Beast!

Last month, the President and Vice-President visited the Toledo area. I was part of a detail of law enforcement officers that helped with the motorcades. As a way of saying “thanks” the Secret Service invited all officers involved to come out the night before the visit to see The Beast! For those of you not

Free Self-Defense Seminar!

On Saturday, January 25th we will be having a free self-defense seminar open to the public from 1:00 to 4:00. The first hour of this seminar will cover lecture/education (and a little Q&A) on avoidance and crime prevention. The remaining time will cover basic self-defense skills. We will also spend some time focusing on using

The Most Under-Rated Self-Defense Tool

Whenever I teach self-defense, I’m often asked about self-defense tools. Pepper spray, Tazer, batons/sticks, knives, guns and more. And although all of those afore-mentioned tools can have their place, there is one excellent tool that many people overlook: The Flashlight. About now you’re probably having the same reaction as many others when I mention this

Gracie Survival Tactics

Last week two of our instructors, Mr. Penny and Mr. Grames were both certified in the Gracie Survival Tactics system (GST). GST is the Gracie family Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu program for law enforcement. The course was run by Evandro Nunes and Tom Chukerel, two great guys and outstanding instructors. This makes these two instructors part of

A Cat to Kick

Early in my martial arts teaching career, I was put in charge of a pre-karate class of three and four year old students. It was called the “Tiny Tigers.”  I’m sure it was amusing to watch, but at the time it was a big deal for me. I was nineteen years old and it was

Martial History #3: Bartitsu

How Judo Affected Sherlock Holmes In October, I described the development of Judo and its interesting founder, Jigoro Kano. A real teacher at heart, Kano dedicated his life to teaching others the benefits of martial arts training in general and Judo specifically. Because of his efforts, Judo was shared with the world and Japanese martial

I’m Not That Important

Recently I went to the Center for Emergency Preparedness to teach police cadets. The Center (often just called “The CEP”) is a part of the Owen’s College campus that focuses on training first responders, Police, Fire, and EMS. You may see the CEP sometime if you drive on Tracy Rd near the Owens campus; it