A student once said to his master: “you teach me fighting, but you talk about peace. How do you reconcile the two?” The master replied: “It is better to be a warrior in a garden than to be a gardener in a war.”


All programming here at Iron Legion is specifically designed for GPP – General Physical Preparedness.


Our CrossFit classes focus on strength, functionality and intensity. Our Tactical classes prepare our First Responders with similar modalities, but with a keen eye to their work outside of the gym. Our Weightlifting and Strength and Strongman classes build a solid base and foundation to work from.


We’ve recently added Self Defense to that line up. Learning how to defend ourselves is a very desirable human performance addition.


In a society like ours – having to physically defend ourselves isn’t a daily occurrence. This causes the view of being able to defend ourselves as a waste of time – something that is easily shrugged off as something you just do your best to avoid.


Seems to have worked out so far.


Until it doesn’t.


When and or if the shit hits the fan – some of us think that adrenaline will come to our aid. Perhaps we will turn into a wild werewolf due to some hidden genetic code. Or become that mother that goes beast mode when they see their family in danger.


No training. Just hope. Luck…?


I’m here to tell you it doesn’t work that way. If you’ve never been in a fight, nor trained for one – no amount of adrenaline will help if it happens. You could try and count on luck – but I wouldn’t bet my family on it.


Guys are the worst – they’ll avoid a fight training class simply because they don’t want anyone to know that they may not know how to fight. Man – listen to me, imagine you are looking me in the eye – I’d rather you got over that in here with us before your wife and kids find out the hard way out there in the world.


Training is just that. It’s training. It’s learning and gaining confidence. In a safe environment. With your Tribe, your Pack like we’ve done for centuries. If you’ve never thrown a punch – wouldn’t you rather you did it in here? 


Taking advantage of our Self Defense classes can have a huge benefit for you and your family someday. I know it can be intimidating. But – There is no reason to go outside of your pack to do this. I’m bringing it here – to you.


Let me know – hit me up if its a schedule issue. I want to see more of you in the Striking class.


And let me make it clear – I honestly hope you never have to use the skill. As your Coach I will always endeavor to train you to be the warrior in the garden – NEVER the gardener in the war.


I’m pulling for you!


Coach Ted