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Join Coach Tony Blauer for uncommon sense talks, rants and interviews that reframe how we can look at life, challenges, personal safety, training, confrontations and personal development all by embracing a counter-intuitive relationship with fear.

Join Coach Tony Blauer for uncommon sense talks, rants and interviews that reframe how we can look at life, challenges, personal safety, training, confrontations and personal development all by embracing a counter-intuitive relationship with fear.
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Join Coach Tony Blauer for uncommon sense talks, rants and interviews that reframe how we can look at life, challenges, personal safety, training, confrontations and personal development all by embracing a counter-intuitive relationship with fear.




Coach Tony Blauer

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 about this when you're older". Well here we are 43 years later and I haven't stopped for four decades. When Stephen DiLeo, the editor-in-chief of...


James Clear: Atomic Habits

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't disappoint! I finished it quickly and incorporated some of James' strategies the very next morning! I especially appreciated how James...


Christmas Abbott

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, model, author, inspirational speaker, and mom! She first popped on my radar around 2011 via the CrossFit community. and she quickly went from...


Nic McKinley - Deliver Fund

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 someone you know. We cover a lot in this talk. It's heavy because we are talking about real people and not 'things' like guns or drugs. Some of the...


Bruce Lee: A life. By Mathew Polly

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 printed so I was thrilled to see this new book released and written by an experienced author and researcher. I contacted Mr. Polly and he agreed to...


Jamie Dunham

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 end five years ago. Thank you so so much. I am truly a living testament of your work. Her story is mind-blowing.


Mark Sisson

"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 the things I appreciate most about his message and his writing is its simplicity. His insights on health, fitness, and nutrition will make you...


Dave Lipson

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 very surprised by this conversation. Dave's background is fascinating and this interview went deeper than I expected. I love learning new ways to...


Officer David Sachs

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 become a police officer after 11 years in the military and 7 years as a federal agent. During a call, the suspect’s mother answered and invited the...


Dr. Mark Cheng

I don't really know where to start to describe my friend Dr. Mark Cheng. He's a healer, a student of life and multiple martial arts. He's a teacher, coach, and an accomplished athlete. He's funny, irreverent, philosophical & deep. His commitment to educating and training his children is incredibly inspiring. With all these skills and accolades, you'd think he would be super serious or pedantic. Nope. What is most endearing [to me] is how Mark continues to carry himself: curious, humble and...


Shawn Mozen

Lifelong martial artist, kettlebell pioneer and movement specialist, Shawn Mozen has been studying 'physical culture' for decades. His approach to training and coaching is refreshing because it's grounded in a philosophy that mirrors real-life: train to train, embrace the journey, do the work. Simple. But in this age of 'shortcuts' and 'secret hacks' many people miss the point of the journey. I've known Shawn for decades. He's not only a friend but he's a challenge to keep up with because...


Craig "Sawman" Sawyer

Former Marine, Retired Navy SEAL, Former Air Marshal - after decades of missions around the world, Craig has found a new mission, right here, in the United States of America. As a parent, what do you know about sex-trafficking? How would you react if it happened to someone close to you? In 2017, after a very personal experience, Craig Sawyer found a new mission and applied his years of training and experience to go after these degenerates. Craig is doing very important work. His thoughts...


Hans Molenkamp

From Conor Mcgregor to Nick Swardson. From Jocko Willink to Fedor. From Monster Energy to Triumph United. Who the hell is Hans Molenkamp? I connected with Hans about a year ago and discovered a mutual passion for 'creativity with integrity'. The more we spoke the deeper it got. He’s a modern day ‘renaissance man’ with a love of music, art, and physical movement. We’ve both been grinding for decades and it's amazing to me that our paths only crossed recently. But I’m sure glad they did....


NOS #5: Guest - Steve Staszower

I went for a stroll near my hotel. I walked by a homeless man who was transferring liquid of some sort into a bottle. Normally I don't stress about homeless people, but I got a bad feeling from this guy. He looked young (late 20's/early 30's) a couple of seconds after I asked passed him, I heard him start walking after me. A few seconds later I glanced again and he had closed some distance. I knew he had the advantage of an attack from behind, and he had a big glass bottle. TUNE IN TO HEAR...


Vehicle Assaults - Too Close to Home with Nir Mamam

Nir lives in Toronto. Former Israeli military and is currently law enforcement in Toronto. His perspective is invaluable. We discuss the incident, these types of attacks, and things we should all think about. From a post by Nir right after the Toronto event. "I am fielding a tremendous amount of media interview requests for this incident, and have a few lined up for today, and I’m actually pissed off at the tone in which media outlets are contacting me for interviews, specifically, with...


Glory Forbes

You have a wad of cash from a hard days work. You parked near the ATM and you're headed to make a deposit. You're also about to be mugged. Join me for another amazing story of how understanding the psychology of the attacker's "want's" can help you create a quick strategy that could dramatically alter a potentially dangerous scenario. Here are the original ATM videos: ATM 1 ATM 2


Pablo Cervigni

What if your next confrontation is with yourself? I met Pablo on a course in Brazil where he was assigned as my translator. We hit it off right away. What I didn't know prior to meeting him was that he was also a life-long martial artist. This made his experience and feedback even more meaningful. But the coolest part of this experience was how he used our research on fear management to overcome self-doubt and move to the next level in his coaching career. When we are worrying about the...


Brian 'Tosh' Chontosh

I heard about Tosh long before I met him. As the recipient of the Navy Cross for extraordinary heroism, his story is amazing. What's even more fascinating to me is how humble he is. I asked him to share the story as it's so relevant to this podcast aptly named: KNOW FEAR. It's worth reading about the event online here. Tosh's life is fascinating and the current chapter is as mesmerizing as it is inspiring. His thoughts on life are shared on his Instagram feed which I highly recommend you...


Greg Walsh: Wolf Brigade

Author, blogger, BMX wizard, martial artist, athlete, coach and deep thinker, Greg Walsh is an artist and a student of life. I met Greg almost a decade & we've stayed in touch via the net. In this talk I learned [and realized] how serious Greg is about training, mindset and personal growth. What I appreciated most was how passionate Greg was during our conversation. You're going to dig this down to earth talk with Greg Walsh the man behind Wolf Brigade.


Glenn Sunshine

I've known Glenn for about 18 years. But get this: We've never met. We've never trained together. Our connection was through my research on personal safety and managing fear. About 8 years ago Glenn sent me an email that I have saved and reflected on several times over the years. I would read it at certain courses and events as a reminder that what we do is far deeper than learning how to throw a punch. Here are some excerpts from Glenn's letter to me: "...the most valuable thing I’ve...