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Be the Example I have wandered a bit. I Served in the military, flew some jets, jumped out of some, taught some fitness, and spent the last few years speaking to companies and leaders. It has been a journey, and it is nowhere near over.

Be the Example I have wandered a bit. I Served in the military, flew some jets, jumped out of some, taught some fitness, and spent the last few years speaking to companies and leaders. It has been a journey, and it is nowhere near over.
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Be the Example I have wandered a bit. I Served in the military, flew some jets, jumped out of some, taught some fitness, and spent the last few years speaking to companies and leaders. It has been a journey, and it is nowhere near over.






Cleared Hot Episode 93 - Jack Carr

Jack Carr is a retired Navy SEAL with 20 years of service as both an enlisted SEAL, and commissioned officer. Over his 20 year career he held positions as a SEAL sniper, Team Leader, Platoon Commander, Troop Commander, and Task Unit Commander. He served in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Jack is now pursuing his second life long dream, becoming an author. His second book, True Believer is out now. For more information about Jack, check out


Cleared Hot Episode 92 - Seeking Adversity with Kisa and Travis Davison

Adversity is everywhere in life. You can choose to isolate yourself in an attempt to avoid it, or you can face it and learn to overcome. This is a simple/unavoidable choice for most adults, but our children require the example and environment that their parents create. I believe that physical challenges create the most powerful teaching tools in this area for kids, and one great mechanism is BJJ. Kisa and Travis Davison are the owners of SBG (Straight Blast Gym) Montana, which has a...


Cleared Hot Episode 91 - Mark Carter

Mark Carter is a 3rd generation rancher turned professional snowboarder. Mark was born and raised in the small town of Ten Sleep, Wyoming, working side by side with his family on their ranch. He received his first snowboard as a gift from his mother at the age of ten, and the rest is, as they say, history. He has traveled the globe riding the best snow imaginable, creating major snowboarding films along the way. Here is the link to his family farm, and grass-fed beef delivery: Carter...


Cleared Hot Episode 90 - Jocko Willink and John Dudley

Jocko Willink is a retired Navy SEAL, the host of the Jocko Podcast, a NYT best selling author, Leadership speaker and consultant, and one of the founders of Echelon Front. John Dudley is a world-class archer, projectile enthusiast, and one of the best bow hunters to walk the face of the earth. He founded Nock on Archery, and combined with his YouTube channel and School of Nock his platform is the one-stop shop for anyone in the archery world, or looking to enter the sport of archery.


Cleared Hot Episode 89 - Mat Best

Mat Best is a former Army Ranger and CIA contractor. After years spent overseas, he has devoted himself to business and the pursuit of being an entrepreneur. He is the co-founder of Black Rifle Coffee, the founder of Article 15 Clothing, Leadslinger Spirits, and one of the hosts of the Drinking Bro's Podcast. He also starred in the movie Range 15 and recently published a book about his time in uniform titled: Thank you for my service. In addition to all of the things previously mentioned,...


Cleared Hot Episode 88 - Jason Gardner

Jason Gardner is a retired Navy SEAL Master Chief with 30 years of service, all inside of Naval Special Warfare. His career spans Desert Storm, Somalia, Iraq, and Afghanistan. He is the recipient of the Silver Star, 2 Bronze Stars, the Purple Heart, and many other awards. We discussed raising our children, a lifetime spent in Special Operations, the pros and cons of a life in military service, life after service, war crimes, and leadership. Enjoy


Cleared Hot Episode 87 - Letting go of your past, 1776 and our Independance

Leaving a career that has defined you for years can be difficult. I struggled with it immensely post-military after a 17-year career, I still stumble occasionally. There is incredible value to be gained by putting down the past and redefining yourself. I am at the six year point and I have learned a few lessons along the way, hopefully they help. The 4th of July is upon us....hopefully 1776 and Independence can take on a deeper meaning for you this holiday weekend.


Cleared Hot Episode 86 - Ryan Michler

Ryan Michler is the founder/creator of the Order of Man, a community and resource designed to help men improve every aspect of their lives from family, money, parenting, responsibility, etc. He is a Veteran, a white belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and as of last week, a resident of the great state of Maine. We discussed our experiences on the mat, the dangers and allure of "connectivity" and connection with our children and their peers on social media, and of course, why his family decided to...


Cleared Hot Episode 85 - Pete Roberts and Brian Littlefield

Pete and Brian are the mad scientists behind Origin USA, a manufacturing company dedicated to products sourced and made in the USA. Their factory is tucked away in the wilderness of Maine, and is dedicated to reinvigorating American production. Origin USA originally started in the BJJ "space," crafting high-quality Gi's for Jiu Jitsu practitioners. Recently they introduced denim jeans that are "Grown and Sewn" in the USA, and are about to launch a series of hand crafted boots. Pete Roberts...


Cleared Hot Episode 84 - Listener Q and A

Advice for future military officers (or officers of any kind I suppose), Tips for giving kick-ass briefs/presentations, Balancing the dichotomy of being patriotic and accepting of the shortcomings of our nation, Acts that establish an individual as evil, and a brief update on my BJJ journey. Enjoy


Cleared Hot Episode 83 - Memorial Day Q and A

For this memorial day, I chose to select questions directly related to military service. I open with my own thoughts on Memorial Day, the individuals that I see as often forgotten, and how to best remember and truly memorialize the service of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. War crimes, and whether or not the President should pardon soldiers convicted of executing them. Differences and similarities between JSOC commands, operators, and the opinions they sometimes hold of each...


Cleared Hot Episode 82 - Bear Camp from the Great Northwest

After a week in the wilderness of British Columbia, I convened the round table of hunters (John Dudley and Trevor Thompson) and one of our guides (Dusty Fillion) to talk about the experiences, lessons learned, comical failures, animal encounters, and most importantly the life lessons that one can find in the great outdoors.


Cleared Hot Episode 81 - Dan Crenshaw

Dan Crenshaw is the freshman Republican Congressman from the 2nd District of Texas. Prior to his political career, he served as a United States Navy SEAL for 10 years. On his 3rd combat deployment, he was injured by an IED (improvised explosive device) which cost him his right eye and left him with substantial damage to his left. He was medically retired due to his injuries, and shortly thereafter began his career in politics.


Cleared Hot Episode 80 - Tactical A**hole Volume 1 - Navy SEALs

The internet demanded it, the world has waited for it, and it is finally here. Volume 1 of the Cleared Hot Tactical Asshole series reviews and critiques the worlds greatest military documentary - Navy SEALs starring Charlie Sheen. In this episode, we watch and review various tactical scenes and discuss their accuracy, or most often, the lack thereof. Hostage rescue, free-fall insertions, and gunfights in the streets of Lebanon. Truly there is something for everyone. Enjoy


Cleared Hot Episode 79 - Erik Prince

Erik Prince is a former Navy SEAL and the founder of Blackwater, a training and private military contractor company that worked extensively with the US government in both Iraq and Afghanistan. He recently published an op-ed detailing a plan to "privatize" the war in Afghanistan. Many people will associate the name Blackwater with PMC's (Private Military Contractors) and the controversy surrounding the Nisour square shooting in 2007, and the subsequent loss of their license to operate in...


Cleared Hot Episode 78 - Knights of the roundtable, and the court Jester

In this episode I was joined by three SBG (Straight Blast Gym) black belts, Travis Davison, Rick Davison, and Michael Ransom, aka the Knights. I am obviously the Jester. In previous episodes surrounding BJJ we have discussed the methodology, philosophy, origin, and training styles. This is not that type of episode. Accidentally going to the bathroom, who would win in a fight, religion, cancer, guns, responsibility and accountability, and much more. Enjoy!


Cleared Hot Episode 77 - Become a tactical bullshit detector, Q and A power hour

I meant for this episode to be a stand-alone Q and A, but recent "events" on social media need to be addressed first. We live in a world where you can use the internet and portray yourself to be something that you are not, especially in the tactical world. Separating the wheat from the chaff can be difficult, and it creates an environment where fraud is pervasive. Be wary where you devote your time, effort, and money, all are valuable resources. Hopefully, the insight helps people make...


Cleared Hot Episode 76 - Power hour from spring camp with Travis Davison and Matt Thornton

Power hour with two BJJ bad asses. I just returned from the SBGI (Straight Blast Gym International) spring camp, an experience that can only be described as a shotgun blast of information to the face. Matt Thornton is the founder of SBG, a lifelong martial arts participant, coach, and author. Travis Davison is the VP of SBGI, a 20 year BJJ practitioner, and the owner of SBG Montana. I could not pass up the opportunity to sit down with these two to discuss the origins of SBG, the...


Cleared Hot Episode 75 - Mark Twight and Trevor Thompson

Mark Twight is a world-class alpinist, author, photographer, the founder of Gym Jones, an accomplished cyclist, and technical consultant and trainer to the big screen. His newest photographic project Refuge is a mix of photography across multiple genres: Trevor Thompson is a former Navy SEAL, with multiple combat deployments and broad experience that ranges from SDV (SEAL Delivery Vehicles) to the Navy Parachute Team, also...


Cleared Hot Episode 74 - Power Hour with Evan Hafer

Evan Hafer is the founder and CEO of Black Rifle Coffee. Prior to founding BRCC he spent twenty years serving this country, first as a Special Forces soldier (Green Beret), then as a contractor for the Central Intelligence Agency, completing multiple tours to Iraq and Afghanistan. Not all military experience is applicable to the business world, and not all veterans are well suited to create, build, and continue to grow a business. There are, however, many skills that have impact and...