February 9, 2020 / 4th Edition

Skill Set Weekly Newsletter

Bringing you tips in self defense, fitness, nutrition, and firearms.
As well a schedule of workshops, lectures with guest speakers, and educational blogs!
This Week's Top Blog Post & Quote of the Week
Little Known Ways To Get Out of Your Own Way
If you stumble that doesn't mean you quit. It means that you need to try something new or start slower.
By: Leigh Garczynski
Self Defense Tip of the Week
Ground Survival: Progression from the Mount Escape
One of the drills I worked on with my team. A progression from the mount escape where you the CCF owner is carrying your firearm and taken to the ground, trip and fall during an encounter. You are on your back and he is on top of you. Questions need to be answered . How do you protect the firearm? How do you protect yourself? How do you escape to your feet? What do you do if an edged weapon is brought into the fight? How do you operate with a damaged body?

As a person who carries a concealed firearm if you get into a physical confrontation understand there is at least one gun in the confrontation and that gun is YOURS! Know how to protect it as well as yourself by keeping a good amount of distance between you and your adversary. The distance kept between you and the adversary will give you time to quickly formulate a plan to defend or escape.
Riddle Defense Workshops...
not your average physical self defense workshops

Our workshops are designed with awareness, assertiveness, verbal confrontation skills, safety strategies, and physical techniques that enable someone to successfully prevent, escape, resist and survive violent assaults. Also providing situational awareness, verbal skills, and the law.
Edged Weapon Defense
This hands-on practical approach in learning how the body mechanics and survival mindset set the foundation, and transition into effective and practical techniques for defending against edged weapon attacks.

🗓️Saturday, February 22nd
🕗10:00AM - 2:00PM

Basic Self Defense Using Pepper Spray
Multiply Your Force by attending this 2 hour workshop will not only teach you how to use Pepper Spray, but will also provide useful thoughts & skills to help protect yourself and loved ones. At the end of the workshop each participant will receive a "hot" pepper spray unit

🗓️Saturday, March 28th
🕗2:00PM - 4:00PM

Firearms Training Tip of the Week
At Riddle Defense, education and safety when dealing with firearms is crucial. Attention to every detail is important!

KEEP YOUR FINGER OFF THE TRIGGER AND OUTSIDE THE TRIGGER GUARD !! When holding a gun, rest your finger alongside the frame and outside the trigger guard (refer to picture / placement of the finger) until you are ready to fire.

DOES YOUR CHILD KNOW WHAT TO DO IF HE OR SHE FINDS A GUN? Even if you keep your weapon locked up that doesn’t mean your child won’t come in contact with a firearm. Let’s just say your neighbor owns a weapon… your child has a playdate at their home…. do you know how they store their firearm? This is something that must be on the mind of every parent whether you are gun owner or not. 

Here are 4 Rules to Teach Your Child(ren) from the Eddie Eagle Gun Safe Program:

STOP! Stopping first allows your child the time he/she needs to remember the rest of the safety instructions.
DON’T TOUCH! A firearm that is not touched or disturbed is unlikely to be fired and otherwise endanger your child or other people.
RUN AWAY! This removes the temptation to touch the firearm as well as the danger that another person may negligently cause it to fire.

TELL A GROWN-UP! Children should seek a trustworthy adult, neighbor, relative or teacher – if a parent or guardian is not available.

*For more information on gun safety for children check out “Eddie Eagle Gun Safe Program from the NRA ( www.eddieagle.nra.org

Fitness & Nutrition Tip of the Week

Although it's increasing, statistics say that only around 20% of the female population are strength training. This is purely down to a lack of understanding and dated misconceptions about the effect that lifting weights has on the female body.

Here are 4 reasons to get your hands on some weights TODAY!

1. Burn Fat & Improve Definition 
Strength training has been proven to raise your metabolism for up to 24 hours after a workout. The more intense the workout the more calories are burned. After an intense workout there is more Excess Post-Exercise Oxygen Consumption (EPOC), meaning there is an increase in oxygen consumption, helping break down fat stores in the body.

Strength training builds muscle, as lean muscle increases so does metabolism. A more efficient metabolism means that you burn more calories all day long…even at rest! The average woman who strength trains 2-3 times a week for two months will gain nearly 2 pounds of muscle and lose 3.5 pounds of fat. For each pound of muscle you gain, you’ll burn 35 to 50 more calories per day.

2. Get Strong & Toned
By far the most common reason women avoid weight training is because they are afraid betting “bulky.” This is a HUGE misconception as it simply will not happen. Women don’t have the testosterone to build muscle as easily as men. Ladies have 10 to 30 times less testosterone than men and have a much harder time gaining size from strength training. Instead women develop muscle definition and strength.

3. Avoid Injury & Prevent Illness'
Strength training increases strength in connective tissues and joints. Strong joints, ligaments, and tendons are important to prevent injury and can relieve pain from osteoarthritis.

Strengthening muscles and connective tissue will make injury from daily tasks and routine exercise less likely and can improve sports performance. Strength training not only strengthens muscles, it strengthens bones! Increased bone density reduces the risk of fractures and breaks. Strength training will strengthen your back, shoulders, and core, helping to correct bad posture.

4. De-stress
Exercise and weight-training release endorphins. Endorphins are neurotransmitters that prevent pain, improve mood, and fight depression. An increased in endorphins naturally reduces stress and anxiety. Endorphins also stimulate the mind, improving alertness and boosting energy. Weight-training can brighten your entire day or help you combat a bad one.

Facts & Snacks Learning Series
Are you coming to the Intro to Yoga Vinyasa and Meditation Event?

Riddle Defense Training Facility

Wednesday, February 12, 2020
7:00pm to 8:00pm

Cost: $10pp / pay at door (cash only)
or prepay using the button below
Learning Series...
feeding your mind, body & soul

What's an awesome way to spend an evening?.... RIDDLE DEFENSE presents
learning series with various topics
& presenters.

Check out our first offering on Wednesday,
February 12th at 7 PM with Instructor
Vittoria Di Benedetto.

Intro to Yoga Vinyasa and Meditation

This class is designed for Yoga practitioners of all levels, from beginners who have never taken a Yoga class before, to those who are already familiar with the practice. We will combine breath work with the physical practice of Yoga (also known as the Asana practice). The class will start out with a few breathing exercises, followed by the physical practice using our breath to guide the flow of movement, finishing off with a final relaxation and small meditation to close up the practice. 
Upcoming Facts & Snacks Lecture:
  • Self Defense Law: Home Defense, Stand Your Ground & Self Defense with Bill Fraser, Chief Investigator with the State Attorney's Office; 45 years experience as a Homicide Detective.

Date: Wednesday, February 26, 2020
Start Time: 7:00 PM / End Time: 8:00 PM

Cost: $10pp / pay at door (cash only) or prepay using the button below
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Thank you for your valuable time.

John & Leigh
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