With over four decades of martial arts experience, including three decades instructing self-defense and personal fitness and two decades working nightclub security, Marcus has become a respected expert in responding to and de-escalating violent situations.
Certifying men and women in over 20 countries to become Krav Maga instructors.
Conducting instructional seminars, and rank testing.
The only non-Israeli on the international Krav Maga Federation (IKMF) instructors team.
Follow him on Facebook and Instagram. Read more about him on his website here!
I met Marcus Davis decades ago at a UFC event in Las Vegas - little did I know that he had been following me in my system for many years before that we met.
We hit it off right away and have remained friends over the years.
After he retired from fighting, he began including elements of my philosophy and my research around the startle-flinch response, aka, the SPEAR SYSTEM to those he trained in self-defense.
Marcus was a pro boxer, a veteran of the UFC, and fought in many other organizations. Fans of fighting, martial arts, and self-defense will enjoy this!
More on Marcus's background here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marcus_Davis
This was one of my most fun episodes ever. JD contacted me as a coach looking for a missing link to help his athletes. After some discussion, he invested in the KNOW FEAR program, studied it, and applied it to his team.
A short while later he sent me this email:
JD has 16 years of volleyball coaching experience. He had had the opportunity to learn from the top volleyball minds through coaching experiences with USA Volleyball and Gold Medal Squared. JD is also a National Academy of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer with certifications in sports performance, mental toughness, fitness nutrition, and behavior change through NASM.
You can follow his club at LinkedIn profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jd-malone-cpt-ces-fns-21953383/
Executive Protection Agent, Video Blogger, Published Author, and Veteran on a steadfast mission...
Former Marine, Byron Rodgers joins me for this episode of KNOW FEAR. We talk about mission, passion, authenticity, and more. I've only known Byron a short time but every time we get together I learn more about the man and his mission.
Learn more: https://byronrodgersmotivation.com/
What an honor it was for me to interview Steven Pressfield. I have been a huge, huge fan of his for a long time. Years ago I read the Legend of Bagger Vance and Gates of Fire and was deeply moved by both books. And over the years I've read man of Steven's other books.
It's interesting to note that he was one of the very few guests I've interviewed where I was actually nervous during the cal! Isn't that cute? The fear management expert was nervous. *I actually talk about this during our conversation.
If you're in the tactical community or martial arts and you don't know who Steven Pressfield is, immediately purchase Gates of Fire and consume it!
Enjoy this talk with Steven Pressfield!
I've known Matt Del Negro for several years. You would never think he's an actor who has had key roles in The Sopranos, The West Wing, NCIS, Chicago Fire, and a dozen other movies and TV series.
Why I make that statement is because he is so down to earth, so humble and if somebody asked me to guess his occupation, I would never think "actor".
When I heard that Matt was releasing the book ‘10,000 NOs: How To Overcome Rejection On The Way To Your Yes’, I was so excited for him.
I've listened to his popular podcast 10,000 NOs and was curious – was it simply transcripts of interviews or something completely different?
Meet the guy who plays Matt Del Negro in real life, my friend Matt Del Negro.
You can get the book here: https://www.10000nos.com/
What should you do if you are driving and suddenly surrounded by rioters?
ABOUT THIS PODCAST
I was talking to my good friend Damon from Legacy Mentor and we were discussing the peaceful protesters surrounding cars and beating people up and attempting to kill them and he asked me what the hell we should you do if surrounded - this podcast was my answer.
Want to train with me or my team? We don't' teach fancy techniques.
We teach people how to think.
We teach people to manage fear.
We teach people how to move naturally, instinctively.
We explain how to train your brain because its the mind that navigates the body.
At the moment you need to act decisively you cannot get more training or order more gear — therefore, everything you need to at that fight needs to have been developed or acquired prior to that fight.
"At the end of the day...it’s the end of the day" - and you want to make it there.
Enter the CHOOSE SAFETY Law.
To avoid danger at all costs starts with choosing safety - always. Do what you need to do to survive and that starts with deciding to choose safety now and that means you train before the fight.
Stay safe out there.
Retired Navy SEAL and bestselling author, Jack Carr, joins me today on the KNOW FEAR podcast.
We don't talk about his novels, we don't talk about his military background, we talk about what is going on right now in our country, and Jack shares some sage advice on things we can all do to better prepare ourselves and families.
His article aptly titled: Our Obligation to Fight, inspired me to reach out to Jack. You can read it here.
More about Jack and his novels here.
I have been following Ryan Michler online for several years now. You may be familiar with his name since I interviewed him for the Candid COVID Talks. This call is a much deeper dive into his mindset and philosophy.
I have always been impressed with his singular focus, principles, ethics, and drive. His community, called Order of Man is perhaps more important today than at any other time in our history, as we are at a bizarre crossroads for masculinity and accountability.
WATCH ON VIMEO
My friend Michael Gervais is one of the world's most successful sports psychologists. From working with the Seattle Seahawks and Pete Carroll to helping Felix Baumgartner become the first human to travel at the speed of sound without a capsule, he’s an elite high-performance psychologist working in high-stakes environments. The list of people, organizations, and projects he’s helped and worked on is too long to list here.
This is one of the few interviews where I was making notes on thoughts I wanted to revisit for my own development and the work I do with my team on fear and managing fear.
You're going to love this episode!
If you are a fan of my research and work on mindset, Michael has a gift and insight in explaining the complexity of psychology which makes it so easy to understand and appreciate.
He and Pete Carroll have a new Audible Original coming out tomorrow called Compete to Create. It will be a resource for learning how to train your mind and live better.
WATCH ON VIMEO: https://vimeo.com/435910577
We have listed the link below so that you can get your copy when you are ready, but listen to the interview first, it will blow your mind then go check out the book here.
Learn more: https://findingmastery.net/about-michael-gervais/
Listen to his great podcast here: https://findingmastery.net/
What started as a quick catch-up from with my friend Fergus, quickly turned into a 90-minute call about the pandemic, antifa, politicians, fear, self-awareness, mindset, self-defense, de-escalation, empathy, and communication.
You're going to really enjoy this and some of the gems he shared with me from his new book The Happiness Handbook were amazing!
*About Fergus: Dr. Fergus Connolly has worked with some of the world’s leading sports, military, and business teams including Verizon, the San Francisco 49ers, University of Michigan, Liverpool FC and multiple Special Forces units. https://fergusconnolly.com/
Gunnar Peterson possesses a wealth of knowledge and experience. After 30-years in the fitness industry, he has done about everything you could want or imagine as a professional coach. He's worked with the who's who in Hollywood, he's the Los Angeles Lakers’ Director of Strength and Endurance, has worked with athletes from the NBA, NHL, NFL, MLB, USTA, professional boxing (male AND female!) and various NCAA sports and has a list of entrepreneurial affiliations and successes that are too long to list.
It's easy when you get to the top of your industry to sit back and rest on your laurels, or delegate. Not Gunnar. He trains all the time. He still teaches and coaches. He is always moving, always creating.
It was refreshing and inspiring to learn that he is still very much a student at heart and continually learning. That's a good lesson for all of us.
While we talk about fitness, we mostly talk about life. His insights on learning, success, and personal development really hit home with me. I loved this talk and believe it's Gunnar's curiosity and humility that has helped him evolve into one of the world's leading authorities and coaches on fitness.
I'm excited to share this with you.
Watch on Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/429117121
Learn more here: http://gunnarpeterson.com/about-me/
I've known John Welbourn for almost a decade. He's a monster of a man, at 6'6", weighing around 278 lbs, I can't even imagine getting hit by him.
John played football in the NFL for 10 years and has since evolved into one of the world's top strength and conditioning coaches. He is CEO of Power Athlete and the host of Power Athlete Radio.
What you will learn listening to this call is that John is equally adept with his brain as he is with his body.
This is a very deep and passionate discussion about life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Meet my friend John Welbourn.
Learn more here: https://powerathletehq.com/
Watch on Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/427534007
Welcome to this somewhat unique episode of KNOW FEAR. Why? Because it's just me!
It’s a recording from my Wednesday morning garage gym self-defense class and I'm sharing it with you because my intro rant inspired by the current violence in America might be of value to you.
Here are some of the things that I discuss:There is not one single magic technique in the world. The first fight you need to win is between you and you. How can we solve problems in times of chaos? Where is the first place we are hit? How to think about intuition so that it serves you during a crisis. What I think you should do when you get any fear spike. Tips to reframe fear. My consent and preparedness model. Holy shit moment? Remember the F.U.C.K. formula. The Tactical Trinity. This metaphor can change how you navigate life: Mind Body Spirit becomes Nav-System Car Fuel.
I wrap up this call with a review of the inspiration philosophy and science around the SPEAR System.The difference between the Spear system and the Spear tactic Evidence-based self-defense. Techniques versus Tactics. The choicest choice and remember you are a human weapon.
If you want to learn more about the LIVE class click here: https://blauerspear.com/spear-store/garage-gym
If you want to learn more about managing fear, click here: www.knowfearnow.com
Bobby Maximus has a huge personality, he's also a huge man, weighing in at 261 lbs. I've gotten to know him pretty well in the past year and he always amazes me with his passion, intelligence, and positive mindset. It's no wonder he's become such a successful coach and leader in the fitness space.
His thoughts on mindset and attitude during the lockdown will empower anyone listening. This is a great call with lots to learn for everyone.
Bobby was a police officer and he fought in UFC 58, UFC 62, and Ultimate Fight Night 5, where he won Submission of the Night. He now runs Bobby Maximus Inc. a one-stop-shop for fitness, nutrition, and mindset.
Learn more here: https://www.bobbymaximus.com/
I've known Bedros for several years now. I was introduced to him through my good friend Jay Ferruggia I immediately liked Bedros. He's a deep and passionate listener with a lightning-fast mind.
His origin story is fantastic (read MAN-UP as soon as you can). Essentially, he taught himself to survive and thrive, and grow into a business leader, best-selling author, speaker, business consultant and he also created Fit Body Boot Camp, one of the nation’s fastest-growing franchises.
But Bedros, the business wizard, is not the reason I had him on the KNOW FEAR podcast. What caught my attention was his recent posts about the pandemic, specifically the lockdown and his thoughts on the infringement on our rights.
Warning: Bedros is passionate, raw, and blunt and I love it. Meet my friend Bedros Keuilian.
Learn more here: https://bedroskeuilian.com/
Video Version on Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/422944046
My friend Ryan Munsey has a deep understanding and appreciation for the relationship between mindset, movement, and getting things done. As the author of F**K Your Feelings and co-founder of The Better Human Project, I knew he would have important thoughts to share as we navigate the COVID-19 era.
MORE ON RYAN HERE: https://ryanmunsey.com/
I met Frank Grillo through my good friend Bryan Callen. I had been a fan of his for many years from his movies. I could tell he was a real athlete from the way he threw punches in his films, I knew he was a real boxer, but what I didn't know was how deep and thoughtful Frank was as a dad and as a human.
In this talk, we discuss Bryan Callen the fighter, very briefly 😬- we spend most of the time talking about what we're all dealing with now, the pandemic/lockdown. Frank had some really interesting thoughts.
We both share a love and passion for the Sweet Science: Boxing and we did manage to talk about it as well.
You're going to dig this call with Frank Grillo.
Video version in Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/414112336
I don't pay for any guests to appear on my show, but Master Ken is a legend and I made an exception and it was worth every penny. I learned some very practical tactics for those who infringe on social distancing. Master Ken showed some very effective counters for fighting someone wearing a mask. I never knew this but Master Ken has his own SPEAR technique that he was gracious enough to demo on this episode. Lot's to learn.
To watch the video, click here: https://vimeo.com/418175022
Learn more about this great master here on the ENTER THE DOJO SHOW: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxrd1I7wmE2chwpoqD4DSTA
I've known about Ross for decades. He was the first low-tech workout innovator and it wasn't just about fitness, he's a real boxer and real coach. This talk is frank and direct as you would expect from a fighter. It was an honor to finally talk to Ross as he doesn't really do podcasts. If you don't follow him on IG, you need to. He's literally a beast in the gym. (Video of the interview on Vimeo)