A Personal Message from
John & Leigh

We want to reach out to everyone, touch base and make sure you are all doing well. Remember we are all in this together. Mindset is going to get you through this. If you freak out you will make it hard on yourself. Stay busy, eat well, constant hydration with water (not alcohol) will help you stay healthy. Stay clean, wash your hands, wash down the surfaces in your home and get rest. There is only so much you can do in the house if you are cooped up. Now can be the time to work on household projects that you may have been putting off! Stay busy.

With that said, I want to send you a reminder that we are running virtual classes during our regular training slots. If you are interested please contact us.

Feel free to reach out to us if there is anything you may need. We are all stronger as a community!

Stay Safe, Stay Healthy! Stay Strong!
John & Leigh
March 22, 2020 / 10th Edition

Skill Set Weekly Newsletter

Bringing you tips in self defense, firearms, and fitness. As well a schedule of workshops, lectures with guest speakers, educational blogs, and motivational quotes!
This Week's Top Blog Post & Quote of the Week
Freedom of Choice in Changing Your Attitude
The three P's of changing pessimism into optimism are:
  • Permanence
  • Pervasiveness
  • Personalization

Life brings negativity! It is our choice on how we react to it!

By: Leigh Garczynski
Self Defense Tip of the Week
What You Should Do If You Are Knocked to the Ground

All street encounters start standing up a lot of them will go to the ground! How it will go to the ground is an open topic. You could be charged and attempt to get out of the way and trip and fall, immediate tackle with a bear hug type take down or punched and knocked down.

Whatever occurred to get you to the ground really doesn’t matter what matters is how you can protect yourself and escape to safety. In a fall or a take down the first thing we should be aware of is trying to protect our head. If we strike our head on the ground hard enough we will be knocked unconscious or killed.  

Once we survive the fall we need to immediately get into a defensive position, assess our situation and if possible escape to a standing position.
The ground defense position will be a defensive position on our back with our legs up as if to build a barrier or a wall. We can kick with our legs in defense as the assailant attempts to get closer. We can also use our legs to propel ourselves in a circle if the assailant attempts to move around us in order to try to get on top of us.

In this ground defense position we also need to understand how to get up quickly. We call getting up to our feet the “Escape to Standing Position.” It is very important to get back up to our feet as soon as we can. 
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.
This video demonstrates the physical effects of Pepper Spray. *Students in the pepper spray workshop do not get sprayed.
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, May 16th
🕗2:00PM - 4:00PM

Women's Ground Defense
Learn what it takes to defend yourself from the ground, in common life threatening situations. This workshop focuses on women's self defense techniques that are used if you have been knocked to the ground and/or an attacker is on top of you. These techniques are designed to help women deal with potentially dangerous situations.

Creating realism and adrenal response, self defense techniques will be practiced using full-contact against heavily padded attackers (role players) in a simulation training environment.

🗓️Sunday, April 19th
🕗2:00PM - 5:00PM

Firearms Training Tip of the Week
Dry Drills

A very important part of handgun training is “Dry Drills”. Dry Drills are done with AN EMPTY FIREARM !! Since we are on lock down here is Leigh using a SIRT HANDGUN for her dry drills.

The SIRT shoots a red laser out to the target showing your hit. It’s safe and there are no live rounds. It also has magazines so you can practice magazine exchanges ( reload drills).

Fitness Tip of the Week
Life Thrown Off Course & Still Staying On Point

Staying accountable can be tough during these trying times. But with a little bit of planning and dedication to your health, you can minimize your slip-ups, or eliminate them all together.

First , consider your "new" schedule. Working from home; the kids stuck in the house; or something as simple as shorting your sleep schedule can really throw off your routine.

Second , scope out your spot. Check your home and backyard for a new workout spot.

Third , plan your meals. It can be tough to find compliant food when your stressed, which sets you up for failure.

And fourth , prepare... create a weekly schedule. Treat yourself like an appointment... you wouldn't cancel on a client for work so don't cancel on yourself.

And as always, stay active, keep hydrated and get things done!

Facts & Snacks Learning Series
Upcoming Facts & Snacks Lecture:
Plant Powered with guest speaker John Torres

Eat to Live * Eat to Feel Well * Eat to Perform * Eat for Your Health

NEW DATE: Wednesday, May 20, 2020
Start Time: 7:00 PM / End Time: 8:00 PM
Topics: Plant Powered Eating to live, feel well, perform and overall health

Riddle Defense Training Facility
1000 NW 1st Ave, Bay #7
Boca Raton, FL 33432

Cost: $10pp / pay at door (cash only) or prepay using the button below
Upcoming Facts & Snacks Lecture:
Civilian Medicine: CPR & Bleeding Control Fundamentals with guest speaker
Jaime Vega Junior of Zoticon Solutions

Zoticon is a Florida based veteran owned medical training company with a simple motto, "Train Hard - Be Prepared - Stay Alive." These three simple phrases require much more from us than you would think. Every day is a new opportunity to make a difference in not only our lives but those that we love and interact with during the course of a normal day. We have to constantly work on our mental, physical and spiritual selves to ensure that when the time presents itself we can manage the circumstance with the least harm to our bodies, minds, and hearts. 

NEW DATE: Wednesday, June 3, 2020
Start Time: 7:00 PM / End Time: 8:00 PM
Topics: Civilian Medicine Overview / CPR & Bleeding Control Fundamentals

Riddle Defense Training Facility
1000 NW 1st Ave, Bay #7
Boca Raton, FL 33432

Cost: $10pp / pay at door (cash only) or prepay using the button below
Community Fundraising Event
Everglades Angels Dog Rescue Event to "fight the fight" against dog abandonment at the First Annual Trails 4 Tails 5K Run/Walk 

Saturday, May 9, 2020
7:30 AM
South County Regional Park in Boca Raton, FL
**You will be able to walk or run with or without your pet.

9:00am to 1:00pm the Dogs will be able to participate in obstacle and lure course like activities to demonstrate how much fun a dog can have!

There will also be a Dog Kissing booth * Dog Photographer
Everglades Angels will be showcasing the adoptable Angel Dogs so they can find their future homes.
In addition, there will be live music, merchandise sales, raffles, food trucks and much more! We encourage the community to enjoy a day with their pets full of games, activities, and FUN!

Want to Run/Walk with the Riddle Defense Team.... use the sign-up button below. See you out there!!!
Riddle Defense Shirt
When you wear the Riddle Defense brand, you are wearing our Reputation!
sizes: small / medium / large / x-large
$20 plus tax

Officer Down Memorial
This edition is dedicated to
Officer Christopher Ryan Walsh
Springfield Police Department, Missouri
killed in the line of duty
March 16, 2020
"We sleep safe in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm." - George Orwell
"Train like your like depends on it, because it does!"
Your Opinion Matters

John & Leigh
561-262-7840 / 561-398-3013