May 3, 2020 / 14th Edition

Skill Set Bi-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!
Top Blog Post & Top Quote
Trained or Untrained,
Willing or Not?

I hate to tell you, but after you have stopped the threat it's not over!

By: John Riddle
Self Defense Training Tip
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WARNING: viewer discretion... graphic / violent content
The Realities of a Knife Fight

A confrontation with someone carrying a knife can happen anytime and at anyplace. It’s not a place you want to be. “Knife fighting” in the gym where we practice footwork and “Defanging the Snake” is fun and gets our attributes working. In a real knife fight anything and everything changes. Nothing will go as planned. Awareness and exit points might keep you alive if you use them.

Awareness is key. Not letting anyone who is hostile toward you get into your personal space is very important. Also knowing escape routes to get away, being able to move quickly to get obstacles between you and the aggressor are important for buying time.

I always ask people, “If you see a weapon, such as a blade what will you do?” The answers vary upon experience. As for me, I believe in not letting anyone close in on me. I know that watching the other persons hand at the beginning of the confrontation will help to keep you alive. If I see a blade in their hands or I can’t see both of their hands I move, I make space, and I put something between the two of us. This gives me time to get to my concealed firearm and go to work if need be. Most of all I try to escape. 

In a real knife fight no one really wins. Someone dies the other goes to jail. Do you want to see a real knife fight? Click on the attachment but I warn you this isn’t Hollywood and the outcome is real.

If you have any questions, Please feel free to reach out to me @
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, July 19
🕗2:00PM - 5:00PM
Firearms Training Tip
Things to Know When Operating a Firearm (part 2 of 3)
Concealed Carry With a Jacket

Carrying a concealed firearm under a jacket can be challenging. When wearing the jacket you should be aware of its length and accessibility to the firearm.

We need to look at the length of the jacket to be worn so when reaching we do not expose the firearm to the general public.

 Accessibility to the firearm also needs to be evaluated. When talking about accessibility we should consider buttons and zippers. How fast can we draw if the jacket is buttoned or zippered up? Should the jacket be buttoned or zippered when carrying concealed? This is a decision everyone will come across when heading outside in the rain or colder climate.

However you decide to carry it needs to be a part of your training. Put the jacket on and practice drawing from your holster as much as possible. You should experiment with the jacket. Zip up the jacket and see how long it takes to draw. Does the zipper snag when trying to pull it down quickly?
Can you lift the bottom of the jacket high enough to clear your firearm from the holster without fouling you draw? 

If the jacket buttons, are you willing to unbutton to draw? These and other questions will be answered for you when you train with the jacket on. 

Get a rain jacket, get a sports jacket, get a winter coat and start practicing with them. Then make your decision.

Fitness Training Tip
Creating a Post Training Habit

This is a review of your training from start to finish. Keep a journal as a reference. Some questions to ask yourself: -were you in your zone or off track?
If you were off track then ask yourself why? -sleep issue, diet issue, relationship issue, work issue, stress.
Then ask yourself the top 5 things you accomplished. This is a meaningful and simple way to reward yourself.
Finish will your realistic goals for your next training session. -lift heavier; run faster; run further; better form.

Keeping a post journal is a great way to reflect on your personal performance. Redirecting your attention to completing your goal(s) and helps to keep you focused on achieving your desired results.

You must have a passion to do better every single day, to meet your personal commitments, and to maintain a positive attitude!
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
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Officer Down Memorial
This edition is dedicated to
Detective Marylou Armer
Santa Rosa Police Department, CA
killed in the line of duty
March 31, 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
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