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EP24: The FAQ with Matt Powell

 Episode 24: Pramek Radio FAQ with Matt Powell 
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A lot of people have been asking questions, emailing them, tweeting them…most importantly:

Is Matt still gonna do the solo format?

Definitely.  There are so many questions Matt gets asked about Pramek Radio guests that they gotta be answered!

On this week’s episode, Matt checks in from his hotel room in Mobile AL and off-the cuff answers the following questions:

 
– Where do coaches fit into the instructor/teacher paradigm
– What happens when we emasculate men and boys?
– Did UFC create a martial art paradigm shift…and was it a good one?
– What is the nature of combatives?
– What is more important: movement, theory, or application?

– Matt’s thoughts on energy work, over-reliance on weapons, and many more!


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The Frolov Device

Famous American Martial Arts instructor recognizes the power of breathing exercises

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Matt Powell, a successful martial arts instructor from the USA kindly shared his experience on using the Frolov device:

«I began using the Frolov device in 2000 in coordination with my martial art training. I heard it mentioned by a teacher of mine and decided to buy one. I noticed the benefits immediately for my overall respiratory health. I just felt better….While on a trip to Krasnodar, Russia to study Kadochnikov Style the 80+ year old father of one of my instructors showed me his older Frolov device (which dwarfed mine in size) and amazed me with his breath control. He had used it daily for years and he was quite proud of the results! I knew I was onto something and used my device religiously — it helped my endurance, strength training, timing my breathing.’

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EP 23: Rounding the Edges with Paul VanDunk

 Episode 23: Rounding the Edges with Paul VanDunk 

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If you’re never seen Paul VanDunk shoot, you might not know what speed is. Respected by other instructors and students, Paul VanDunk is a master of firearms mechanics and making students fast.

Movement, refining movement, mastering mechanics…all play an important role for any fighter, athlete, or shooter that Paul VanDunk talks about in this week on Pramek Radio.
On this week’s episode Matt sprays icy hot instead of calimine lotion and talks to Paul about:

 

– How Paul got his start and when he noticed he was a good shooter

– The mechanics of fast, repeatable, accurate movement
– What is ’rounding the edges’ and how you can do it.
– Early indicators of childhood speed and skills.
– Internet masters, Red Dawn, Paul’s career as a professional gamer, and much more.


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How fighting is like a kettlebell….

Matt discusses the finer mechanics of a wrist release, why we drag an opponent, and how fight training is like kettlebell lifting.

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What is training….smart?

When we decided to make Defense Around Vehicles, it was to answer a question:  ‘What does Pramek look like in a fight?’

After 16 years, I can tell you: it looks like training smart.

It’s a conundrum that has affected reality based combatives for a long time.  Carl Cestari, an amazing teacher, used to be heckled for not having full out fights in his seminars.  He would say the methods are just to dangerous to train full out, so one must focus on technique.  The introduction of sport fighting has helped RBSD in the past decade, from Retuinskih’s work with ROSS and combining sambo, or working jiu jitsu into the Army’s combative’s program to give a fuller sense of training through sport fighting.  

But, it has also been protective equipment, such as Red Man, High Gear, and now the highest level of training gear, Spartan Training Gear that has begun to allow for the training of RBSD (sans a lot of eye strikes due to helmets) in full force training.

When people asked me, ‘What does Pramek look like in a fight, we started with Against The Wall, and moved to Defense Around Vehicles.  As we acquire more gear from Spartan, we will make more videos, including an upcoming pistol retention combatives course with Sage Dynamics and another close quarters video for Pramek.

Those who buy the video will see what it looks like, as we move beyond most big production/system videos who show technique, but do not suit up – I, and students, suit up, and fight.  But, what does Pramek look like in a real fight? READ ON!
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F3: Firearm Focused Fitness

Are you training your neurology to be better on the gun?

Matt Powell of Pramek and Aaron Cowan of Sage Dynamics combine for the first firearms focused fitness video. It’s all about getting faster, stronger, and more accurate using specialized exercises designed around firearms.

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What if you are attacked at your vehicle?

Defense around Vehicles has arrived.  What if someone tried to assault, carjack, kidnap, or rape you at your vehicle?

What would you do?

We take video instruction to a whole new level, with ‘Training Freeze’, lectures, real world scenarios with Spartan Training Gear, and the most up to date methods of surviving an attack at your vehicle.

Many have asked us, ‘What does Pramek look like in a fight?’  Now the question gets answered.

Pre-order your copy today and save $15 (buy it for $25 instead of $40)!

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Becoming the alpha male / female

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It is not enough to think we own the ground we stand on. 

A criminal or aggressor is not a psychic reading our thoughts – they must read what they see.  When they see a confident individual they must decide if they will come into the space that the confidence exists within and challenge that confidence.  They can read their prey as a wolf reads an injured animal in the herd.  Rarely do wolves attack the strongest or alpha male…so we must strive to be the alpha male they will not attack and in turn we must protect the weakest.  This is the ultimate expression of the concept of being the sheepdog.

Without a governing philosophy we become lost.  We then begin to train in action but without purpose.  We buy products for our training without a knowledge of how we will make the equipment a part of our physical, mental, and spiritual self.  Instead we must master the elements and become intelligent.  An intelligent fighter will find a way to prevail, their physical skills will give them the means to do so, and the spirit will ensure they not quit until the task is done.’

Click here to read the rest of Matt’s article at Owning the Ground Your Stand On…

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