May 17, 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!
To All Members of the Riddle Defense Community,

Riddle Defense Training Facility will be opening on Monday, May 18, 2020. With that being said, it is extremely important to us to break isolation the right way. Riddle Defense will still be practicing and following CDC Guidelines.

Riddle Defense is concerned with each and every students health and welfare; we are in this together! On Sunday, May 17th, our training facility was sanitized by “Ace Cleaning Systems”. We have received a certificate indicating our adherence to this sanitization process.

Ace’s Hospital Grade Disinfectant is Effective Against Coronavirus and Considered Green Ace has acquired a hydrogen peroxide based disinfectant that has been approved for use against the coronavirus (as well as other commonly encountered pathogens). Our hydrogen peroxide based product is considered green (i.e. non-toxic) because it leaves no harmful residual ingredients behind when applied.

ALL FIREARMS CLASSES ARE STILL RUNNING!!! Contact John to schedule your session. All firearm classes take place at an outdoor range (OK Shooting Sport).

IN PERSON FITNESS CLASSES (beginning Monday, May 18th)
In order to accomplish social distancing, positions on the mat will be at 6 ft apart and part of the training will take place outside (weather permitting). Mon - Fri at 5:30 pm

For those who fall under the high-risk group and are not comfortable to attend the in-person fitness classes; Zoom classes will still take place one-time per day at 8:15 am Monday through Friday. Zoom classes will follow the same training schedule (M / W / F -strength training and T / Th -cardio mix). 

The 8:15 AM fitness class will be only offered on Zoom until May 31st. We will re-evaluate in regards as to when the morning fitness classes will resume at the training facility.

“Spartan Team” Training: Sundays training will take place at various locations at 8:15 am beginning on June 7th (location to be announced under separate email). 
Friday Spartan training at the gym will begin on June 5th. 

**If you borrowed equipment… we request that you return it as soon as possible! 

IN-PERSON KIDS SELF DEFENSE CLASSES (beginning Tuesday, May 19th)
In order to accomplish social distancing, positions on the mat will be at 6 ft apart. Regular schedule will take place (Tuesday and Thursday / 4:30 pm to 5:25 pm).

IN-PERSON COMBAT KRAV MAGA CLASSES (beginning Tuesday, May 19th)
In order to accomplish social distancing, positions on the mat will be at 6 ft apart. We will ease back into the Combat Krav Maga program since it is a close quarter training program. Please make certain to bring your personal training gear with you to all training sessions. Regular schedule will take place (Tuesday and Thursday / 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm).

Check In: Bay # 7 
Upon Entering: all students must wash their hands (min 20 sec with soap and water).

hand sanitizer
water bottle
mask (wearing during training is optional… we ask that you please be respective of others).


ALL students will be required to wipe down surfaces after use! 
Even if you’re not considered high-risk, good practice of hygiene and taking care of yourself and the ones you love is paramount. 

Students not practicing and following our guidelines and the CDC guidelines will be asked to leave immediately and will not be able to return until after the CDC relaxes its guidelines (refunds will not be extended). 

If you have any questions concerning this guidance, you are encouraged to contact either of us (John 561-262-7840 / Leigh 561-398-3013). 

Thank you for your patience, cooperation, and support during these unprecedented times. Together we are stronger! 

Your partners in wellness, self protection and self preservation,

John & Leigh
Riddle Defense
Self Defense Training Tip
8 Things a Burglar Won't Tell You!

  1. Sometimes, I carry a clipboard. Sometimes I dress like a lawn guy and carry a rake. I do my best to never, ever look like a crook.
  2. The two things I hate most: loud dogs and nosy neighbors.
  3. I'll break a window to get in, even if it makes a little noise. If your neighbor hears one loud sound, he'll stop what he's doing and wait to hear it again. If he doesn't hear it again, he'll just go back to what he was doing. It's human nature.
  4. I'm not complaining, but why would you pay all that money for a fancy alarm system and leave your house without setting it?
  5. You're right; I won't have enough time to break into that safe where you keep your valuables. But if it's not bolted down, I'll take it with me.
  6. Love those flowers. That tells me you have taste... and taste means there are nice things inside. Those yard toys your kids leave out always make me wonder that type of gaming system they have.
  7. Yes, I really do look for newspapers piled up on the driveway. And I might leave a pizza flyer in your front door to see how long it takes you to remove it.
  8. Of course I look familiar I was here just last week cleaning your carpets, painting your shutters, or delivering your new refrigerator.

sources: Convicted Burglars in North Carolina, Oregon, California, and Kentucky; Security Consultant Chris McGoey, who runs http://www.crimedoctor// and Richard T. Wright, a Criminology Professor at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, who interviewed 105 burglars for his book Burglars on the Job.
Riddle Defense Workshops...
not your average physical self defense workshops

DUE TO THE temporary shut-down....
our revised schedule for the remainder of 2020 will be posted
in the May 31st Newsletter; on our website and Facebook page!

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.
Firearms Training Tip
Things to Know When Operating a Firearm (part 3 of 3)

Fundamentals as an adjective in the dictionary is described as serving as a basis supporting existence or determining essential structure or function. As a synonym it is spoken as basic, rudimentary or just the meat-and- potatoes.

As a student and an Instructor I like to go back to the fundamentals, the basics. It is my belief that without the basics we have nothing. Basic are used more times than we think in such areas as MMA, Jiu jitsu and shooting sports. Competitors win with basics. 

There does come a time where we need to push out from the basics and advance forward into newer areas of our craft but it is always good and necessary to come back to the basics.

Let’s look at firearms training. What are the “Fundamentals of Shooting”? The fundamentals of shooting as far as I am concerned start with firearms safety. Firearms safety is a must no matter how experienced you may think you are so learn the rules and follow them! 

The 4 rules of Firearms Safety are:
1) Always treat firearms as if they are loaded at all times.
2) Never point a firearm at something you’re not willing to destroy.
3) Keep your finger off the trigger until your sights are on target.
4) Always be sure of your target and what is in front of and beyond it.

After the safety rules we look at the shooting fundamentals such as: grip, drawing from the holster, presentation of the firearm to the target, sight alignment/sight picture, trigger press/control, trigger reset and follow thru. 

The fundamentals of shooting are the basics, the meat-and-potatoes of firearms training. The fundamentals need to be worked on each time we go to the range and practice. Fundamentals make us better! Everything else is secondary. Everything else is secondary and needed but let’s get the basics down.

When I run my Level 1 or Level 2 handgun classes, these are beginner to intermediate classes, I notice that some of the students, not all, but some do not understand the basics. Since I have been running private and small classes I have noticed this and have to take the time and review the basics and clear up some misconceptions. We always start out with “dry fire” drills before we go live. 

I watch the student(s) closely during this time and make corrections if needed. I do this because it is important and it is needed for proper training. 

After the “Dry Drill” segment we load the firearm and begin live fire training. Even during live fire I have the student start out slow and smooth with precise movement to the holster all the way thru to the first round going off. Before that round goes off the student needs to keep sights on target and press the trigger with equal pressure until that round goes off. 

This is the basics. As a beginner shooter you should take it slow and only when you are comfortable should you start to slowly increase the speed of what you are doing.

At Riddle Defense we pride ourselves on taking fresh, beginner students and making them proficient with the basics in a short period of time. We also take students who have been shooting for a while and make them better. We always encourage all of our students to continue their firearms training so they become more confident and better shooters. Shooting is a perishable skill that needs continuous practice.

I would love to hear from you on what you believe the fundamentals of shooting are to you and how you have improved over time.Please send me your comments at:  

Facts & Snacks Learning Series
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

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Officer Down Memorial
This edition is dedicated to
Lieutenant William L. Emerson
Boca Raton Police Department, FL
End of Watch
May 19, 1975
"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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John & Leigh
561-262-7840 / 561-398-3013