"Tools to Sharpen the Mind & Body"

Issue # 7: May 19, 2023

John & Leigh Riddle

Stay One Step Ahead with the Front Kick Defense

Krav Maga is a self-defense system that emphasizes practical techniques for real-world situations. One crucial technique in Krav Maga is the front kick defense, which is used to counter an attacker's front kick and create an opportunity to strike back.

The front kick defense is important because it allows the practitioner to neutralize an attacker's offense and gain the upper hand in a self-defense situation. By using proper technique, the practitioner can defend against the kick and immediately follow up with a counter-attack, such as a knee strike or punch.

To execute the front kick defense successfully, it's important to have a solid understanding of the technique and to practice it regularly in training. Proper footwork, timing, and positioning are all essential to effectively defend against an attacker's kick.

Overall, the front kick defense is a critical technique in Krav Maga that can help practitioners defend themselves in real-world situations. By mastering this technique and others like it, practitioners can increase their confidence and ability to defend themselves against potential threats.

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Protein-Packed Stir-Fry

The Ultimate Post-Workout Meal

This stir-fry is packed with protein and nutrients from the vegetables. It's also low in carbs and can be easily customized with different vegetables and protein sources. It's a healthy, quick, and easy meal option that is great after training.


  • 1 tablespoon of cooking oil (such as coconut oil or olive oil)
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 cup of chopped vegetables (such as broccoli, bell peppers, and mushrooms)
  • 1/2 cup of cooked protein (such as chicken, tofu, or shrimp)
  • 2 tablespoons of soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Heat the oil in a large pan or wok over medium-high heat.
  2. Add the onion and garlic and stir-fry for 1-2 minutes until fragrant.
  3. Add the chopped vegetables and stir-fry for 3-5 minutes until they are tender-crisp.
  4. Add the cooked protein and stir-fry for another 1-2 minutes until heated through.
  5. In a small bowl, mix together the soy sauce and honey.
  6. Pour the soy sauce mixture over the stir-fry and toss everything together until the vegetables and protein are coated.
  7. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  8. Serve the stir-fry hot with brown rice or quinoa, if desired.

Fear, Aggression

and the Freeze Response

Have you ever wondered why some people freeze up in a dangerous situation while others react with aggression?

Understanding the psychology of self defense is crucial in preparing yourself for any potential threat. Fear and aggression are two key emotions that come into play during a self defense situation. Fear can either paralyze you or motivate you to take action, while aggression can be a powerful tool for defending yourself. It's important to learn how to control these emotions and use them to your advantage. As a martial arts expert, I've seen firsthand how training can help individuals develop the mental and physical skills needed to handle any situation. Remember, self defense is not just about physical strength, it's also about understanding your own psychology and being prepared to protect yourself.

-John Riddle

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Inspiring Excellence:

Meet Our Student of the Week

At Riddle Defense, we believe that our students are the heart and soul of our community. That's why we are excited to introduce our new "Student of the Week" feature, where we will showcase a different Combat Krav Maga student each week who has demonstrated exceptional dedication, progress, and achievement in their training. Whether it's a beginner who has made significant strides in their technique, or a seasoned practitioner who has mastered advanced techniques while also embodying the spirit of Krav Maga in their daily life, we want to celebrate the diverse talents and accomplishments of our students. By highlighting these inspiring individuals, we hope to inspire others to join us in the pursuit of physical fitness, self-defense, and personal growth.

We are excited to feature Pooja Bais, our Student of the Week! In addition to being an Orange Belt in Combat Krav Maga, she is an Instructional Design Creator, a loving mother of two beautiful young girls, and a devoted wife. She is known for her friendly and welcoming personality, and is always happy to help other students in class. Pooja first discovered Krav Maga by taking a 3-hour women's self-defense course at our school, and she was immediately hooked. Since then, she has made remarkable progress in her training, and has become a true role model for other students. We are proud to recognize Pooja for her dedication, hard work, and outstanding achievements both on and off the mat. Congratulations Pooja, and keep up the good work!

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From Guard Pass to Side Control to Americana Shoulder Lock:

The Essential BJJ Sequence for Submission Success

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BJJ is a grappling martial art that emphasizes submission holds and positional control. One common BJJ sequence is the Guard Pass to Side Control to Americana Shoulder Lock. This sequence is important because it allows the practitioner to control and submit their opponent, even if the opponent has a defensive guard.

In the Guard Pass to Side Control, the practitioner works to pass their opponent's legs and establish control from the side position. From here, the Americana Shoulder Lock can be applied by isolating and attacking the opponent's arm, putting pressure on the shoulder joint and causing discomfort or injury.

This sequence is effective because it allows the practitioner to maintain control over their opponent and apply a submission hold from a dominant position. It also requires a combination of technique, timing, and strategy to execute successfully.

In summary, the Guard Pass to Side Control to Americana Shoulder Lock sequence is an important and effective combination of techniques in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. By mastering this sequence, practitioners can gain control over their opponents and achieve submission success.

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Stretching vs Mobility: What's the Difference and Why It Matters?

Stretching and mobility are two related but distinct concepts when it comes to physical fitness.

Stretching involves holding a particular muscle or group of muscles in a stretched position for a set period of time. This can help to increase flexibility and range of motion in the muscles being stretched. Static stretching, which involves holding a stretch without moving, is the most common type of stretching.

Mobility, on the other hand, refers to the ability to move a joint through its full range of motion. It involves not just the muscles, but also the joints, ligaments, tendons, and nervous system. Mobility exercises can help to improve joint health, reduce the risk of injury, and enhance overall athletic performance.

While stretching focuses on lengthening and relaxing muscles, mobility focuses on improving the functional movement of joints. Both are important components of a well-rounded fitness routine, and incorporating both stretching and mobility exercises can help you achieve your fitness goals and maintain good physical health.

Finally, by reducing muscle soreness and stiffness, stretching and mobility exercises can help keep you comfortable and ready to train day after day. Incorporating stretching and mobility exercises into your fitness routine is essential for becoming a more well-rounded and effective Krav Maga practitioner and in every day activities.

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Keep Your Gun in Top Shape: Tips for Proper Firearm Cleaning


Regular maintenance and cleaning are crucial components of responsible firearm ownership. Not only does proper upkeep ensure that your firearm functions reliably, but it can also help prolong its lifespan. So what does regular maintenance and cleaning involve? Some key steps include:

  1. Checking for wear and tear: Before cleaning your firearm, take a few moments to inspect it for any signs of damage or wear and tear. Look for cracks, scratches, or other defects that could affect its performance.
  2. Disassembling the firearm: To clean your firearm properly, you'll need to disassemble it into its individual parts. This typically involves removing the magazine, slide, barrel, and other components as needed.
  3. Cleaning the parts: Once your firearm is disassembled, use an appropriate cleaning solution and brushes to scrub each part thoroughly. Be sure to pay special attention to hard-to-reach areas, such as the inside of the barrel.
  4. Lubricating the firearm: After cleaning, apply a thin layer of lubricant to each part of your firearm to help ensure smooth operation. Be careful not to over-lubricate, as this can lead to malfunctions.
  5. Reassembling and testing: Once your firearm is cleaned and lubricated, reassemble it carefully and conduct a function test to ensure that everything is working properly.

By following these steps regularly, you can help ensure that your firearm is in top working condition when you need it most. Be sure to consult your firearm's owner's manual or a qualified firearms instructor for specific cleaning and maintenance recommendations based on your firearm's make and model.

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Wednesday, May 31, 2023

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Pepper Spray 101

Basic Self Techniques

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