17th Jan2012

Armbars, Combat and the Tactical Athlete

by A.J.

A well executed armbar can quickly end a fight

A few years ago I wrote a concept brief for the Army Special Operations community with respect to a few basic Mixed Martial Arts techniques I thought every person who is called upon to fight in combat should know. I later penned a similar article and farmed it out on the internet under the pen name “Abel Cossas” (google it, somehow it ended up everywhere). In the concept brief I talked about how much training time it would take to make an operator proficient in 15 basic moves and how it could help them achieve objectives and I always wanted to revisit that list and teach those specific moves.

Here is the first of many (hopefully) installments on that idea to get the force informed on what I think we should all know. Now I understand that in a gun fight the last thing you want to be doing is rolling around on the floor trying to submit an opponent but, that not withstanding I feel that providing our operators with some basic fall back on skills can’t really hurt either. As a side note I believe that training in MMA also provides a mental edge to the military athlete that can help provide a holistic solution to the problem of creating military fitness both mental and physical.

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13th Jan2012

Black Smoke Ready

by A.J.

This Article was written by one of the TAP contributors:

The following was told to me by a sergeant that has been in the Army for over 20 years.  He has just returned from Afghanistan a few days ago.  We were discussing the different facets of being ready as it pertains to proper tactical nutrition.   What he told me was just one example of how being properly prepared doesn’t just stop at gear, logistics, and weapon systems.  The most important weapon in the U.S. military is the American trooper and if you are not taking care of yourself as a tactical athlete you might be fine for a while but eventually it will catch up you … and that is never a good time.

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10th Jan2012

The Best Nutritional Supplement You Aren’t Taking

by A.J.

Few other supplements can give you the bang for the buck that fish oils provide

Fish Oils, Omega -3, EPA and DHA are considered essential fatty acids your body can not build on its own. While talking to the Special Operations performance nutritionist  at Fort Bragg I asked her what, if any supplement should a high performance tactical athlete be taking. She told me that hands down the supplement she would suggest is an Omega-3 fish oil nutritional supplement. As military members we are generally pretty good at getting our protein in for the day and fairly good at taking a multivitamin but, we are terrible at getting our Omega-3s especially when we are over seas eating crap MREs. The question remains though; why do we need Omega-3s and fish oils in the first place? And what are Fish Oils anyway?

Fish Oils is a sort of generic term for a conglomeration of essential fatty acids. Fish oils consist of Omega-3 fatty acids, eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) which are precursors to certain compounds that are known to reduce inflammation in the body (hint: the reason you take 800 mg motrin everyday is because of pain caused by inflammation).

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09th Jan2012

Are You Training All Your Energy Systems?

by A.J.

Military Fitness

Tactical Dead Sled

(Exercise video at the bottom)

Recently I sat down with the Strength and Conditioning Director of the Special Operations THOR 3 Program and I asked him about where some of the weaknesses in the average Special Operations Soldier were and what he had to say really surprised me. Often times SOF troopers completely ignore whole energy pathways you need to complete a mission at critical times. When you are in a fist fight you may need power to survive, or when chasing an insurgent your aerobic endurance may be the difference between capturing a HVT (High Value Target) or letting him get away. After these examples, he started talking about three distinct energy systems your body uses to do work, and according to him they were as follows. The following is fairly technical but I tried to keep it as simple as possible.

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09th Jan2012

Tactical Combat Casualty Care

by A.J.

Well I just recently returned from the Joint Special Operations Medical Training Course and School to re-certify and get some of the latest info on any changes and where we are at in the field. Obviously to be a tactical athlete it is allot more than training for triathlons and carrying and M-4 and the real difference is the tactics. Medical skill is a huge combat multiplier and when it really hits the fan it is nice to have some basic skills to save some lives. I did not intend this to be an exhaustive medical training guide but instead a very basic review that can be used with additional more detailed installments included later. This is definitely a work in progress and with feed back and questions I would like to create a great discussion to help the guys who don’t have training otherwise. So please leave any comments and questions I think this could turn into something really helpful.

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02nd Jan2012

The Best Pre-Workout Supplement?

by A.J.

Military Fitness Supplement

Well the new year is upon us and it is time to start making good on some of our resolutions. I get asked all the time what is the best pre workout supplement for the tactical athlete who is concerned with military fitness. Obviously the answer will change from person to person and from situation to situation but, I think I have a few ideas that should be considered and if pressed for an absolute product recommendation this would be the one I chose and I will explain why.

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06th Nov2011

Shot Calling

by A.J.

Unfortunatly the Tactical Athletic Performance staff (Me) is out of the country right now but, I am linking this video because it is an absolutely amazing guide to shot calling by the Army Marksmanship team.

03rd Oct2011

Multiple Targets with the Pistol

by A.J.

Train up so if you get this opportunity you can handle it with finesse

So this weekend I got to head out and do some shooting with some buddies I have known since the Camp Mackall days and we worked on engaging two targets with the pistol (video below). When shooting at more than one target there are a few factors that play into efficently engaging. Anytime you shoot with the pistol you need to have proper stance, grip, trigger squeeze, and sight picture but, when you have two targets a few other things come into play. The compromise comes in surrounding a few questions: How many rounds should I place in each target before moving to the next?  How fast can I get before my accuracy drops dramatically? All else being equal shoot the greater threat target first; which is closer, which is more aggressive, which one is carrying a weapon, who is in charge, which would be more difficult to defeat in a hand-to-hand fight?

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28th Sep2011

Injuries and the Tactical Athlete

by A.J.

Recently I was laid up for a week due to an injury and I know anyone who trains has had it happen to them. As an 18D on my team, working on injuries is probably the single most common problem I have (well injuries and giving I.V. fluid to team mates who have drank too much.) So, I have compiled a list of the more common stuff and how to deal with it. Maximizing training and minimizing down time provides the best results so let’s just get into it.

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13th Sep2011

Pistol Stance, Grip and Drills

by A.J.

I made this basic pistol video cause a buddy of mine asked for a beginner pistol training video. I also used this as an opportunity to try out a new holster and magazine carrier a friend of mine sent me. I really liked the holster and I am going to up load some picks of it here. If you are already a great pistol shooter this video might be a little basic for you but, I had a great time making it.

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