Scenario-Based Personal Survival Class in Toronto, Ontario


Spartan Training Gear and SAFE International are excited to present a 6-hour Personal Survival Seminar in Toronto, ON on Sunday, February 19th, 2012 from 10AM-4PM. This event is perfect for people both new to self defense or those with prior training experience. This course will give you the opportunity to learn some new personal protection techniques and then test out those newly acquired close quarter concepts in the Spartan Training Armour. We’re limiting the number of participants in this class to the first 10 registrants and 7 spots are already taken so sign up NOW!! Email Christopher Roberts at for details!

2012 Total Warrior: Lt. Col. Dave Grossman confirmed

As we recently announced, the keynote speaker at the 2012 Total Warrior Camp will be none other than Lt. Col. Dave Grossman. Lt. Col. Grossman is a U.S. Army Ranger (retired), a former West Point psychology professor and the author of multiple best-selling titles including On Killing, On Combat & The Warrior Mindset. He will be presenting his lecture on ‘The Bullet-Proof Mind’. It goes without saying that we’re extremely honored to have Lt. Col. Grossman at our inaugural event. He’s also donated signed copies of On Combat & On Killing which we’ll be raffling off.

There are still spots available for the Total Warrior Camp, so register for this event ASAP:

Remember, all proceeds from the Camp will be donated to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. Donations for this great cause can be made here:


BUT ONLY FOR 4 MORE DAYS!! Spartan Training Gear, in collaboration with Scott Sonnon & RMAX International, is offering Spartan Facebook Fans and clients the opportunity to purchase an EXCLUSIVE TACGYM PACKAGE for $99. TACGYM OFFER LINK: This EXCLUSIVE TACGYM PACKAGE includes:

  1. TACGYM Manual
  2. TACGYM Instructional Videos
  3. TACGYM Follow-Along Videos
  4. ARCHIMEDES (Lower Body Flexibility Yoga)
  5. BODY ROLLING (Myofascial Release)
  6. THE HEALING STAFF (Upper Body Mobility/Flexibilty Routine)

CLUBBELLS: During this exclusive 5-day promotion, with your purchase of the TACGYM package, you’ll be given a DISCOUNT CODE for 20% OFF ANY SINGLE CLUBBELL purchase made through the RMAX website.

AND THERE’S MORE…with your TACGYM purchase you’ll be given the chance to purchase Scott Sonnon’s ZDOROVYE: The Slavic Natural Health System for $49.

Remember, the clock is ticking on this LIMITED TIME OFFER! In less than 110 hours, this EXCLUSIVE TACGYM PACKAGE goes back in the vault. Click this link to place your order NOW:

If you have any questions regarding your purchase, you can contact Spartan Training Gear customer service at: 1-855-261-7481 or by email:


“In TACFIT Barbarian, Scott Sonnon does an excellent job of creating a training regimen that anyone can use. After initially breaking complex movements into their simplest forms, he develops the movement back into the complex one from which it was derived.

This simplicity allows for an enthusiast at any level to use the program and progress through each movement flawlessly. Also, it is set up so that the user just has to follow along the weekly or 4 day schedules that Scott spells out to advance through the program. Tacfit Barbarian has yielded great results for me, and will do the same for anyone that uses the program. I look forward to being able to implement this program for the athletes that I work in both performance improvement and rehabilitation.”

– Matthew Wiswesser, ATC, LAT, Head Athletic Trainer at Bethlehem Catholic High School


“I recently had the privilege of a pre-release preview of the upcoming ‘TACFIT Barbarian’ & ‘King of Clubs’.

As a business owner, trainer and fighter, I need a training program that helps me increase functional strength and athleticism. For the last year, TACFIT Commando & Mass Assault have been my weapons of choice. I can tell you with 100% certainty that today, at age 37, I am in the best shape of my life and it is thanks to these programs.

‘TACFIT Barbarian’ & ‘King of Clubs’ are the next steps in the evolution of, what is in my opinion, the most comprehensive, functional training programs available.

‘Barbarian’ by name sounds very primal, very brute, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. It’s sophisticated. It’s brilliant. The inclusion of the parallettes was genius. As with Commando, each mission in Barbarian is progressively more complex so your nervous system adapts by effectively becoming more efficient. One run through the four-day cycle and you’ll know you’re in for a challenge. I’ve been training for 20+ years and have tried many programs which don’t deliver as promised. TACFIT does. Barbarian will. I can’t wait to get my hands on the whole thing.

‘King of Clubs’ is like no other Clubbell program you’ve ever tried. If you want to achieve true ‘tactical fitness’, this is the program that will get you there. Once you learn the basics, things really take-off. Everything you need to develop your technique and monitor your progress is made readily available. The walkthroughs are clear and concise. It’s evident that a huge degree of thought and preparation went into this program. Couple ‘King’ with ‘Barbarian’ and you’ll be a force to be reckoned with.

The 28-Day Primal Challenge is here! You’ll be amazed at the amount of information Scott Sonnon has packed into 17 short pages. You think you know food? Think you ‘eat clean’? Think again. This 4-week challenge will change your life. Every page is better than the last one. From eating healthy fats to the dangers of grains and gluten, Scott has given you everything you need to take control of your health and transform your lifestyle.”

– Marc Joseph, President – Spartan Training Gear

Spartan Goddess

Spartan Goddess. The world’s first personal protection training armour designed and contoured specifically for a woman.


Would you rather be a Neanderthal or a Contemporary Human Being?

For a relatively young individual I have a spent a long time researching my own experiences utilizing the lens of Combative training, including Martial Art, Empty Hand and Weaponry, and other related tools that shape the physical human form. Such molding seems at first to be purely on a physical level, but to those few that have gone the distance with intensity, it is very much a psychological, emotional and even spiritual metamorphosis as well.

Over the past year I have been bombarded by questions about why I have switched, detoured or even re-vamped my training by moving away from some sources of information in the combative world. I thought I would share this salient response.

Evolve or Die !! Would you rather train in the original almost Paleolithic way, or would you rather evolve in the new advancements that others have pioneered in their own unique wisdom.

Take the Functional Edge System, that is developed by my friend and colleague Tony Torres. I just spent the last 2 weeks, training with and assisting in conducting programs for Law Enforcement, Military, Civilian and Private Security personnel. here is what I have seen against the backdrop of my previous training. Tony Torres, gives all respect due to his sources of information, which include Notable martial artists and Combative Trainers, like Dan Inosanto, Erik Paulson, Chai Sirisute, Tony Blauer etc. However he has taken the material to a completely different level. I have had the fortunate experience to train and work with some of those same trainers and others as well in my own journey and I can clearly see the differences and improvements.

And some in the industry see my training with and endorsement of Tony Torres, and his training evolutions as disloyal and a dishonorable departure from my own sources. So I have two initial responses:

Firstly try it and really immerse yourself and really compare and contrast and honestly say whether it does not hold its own in the industry. For instance I have seen many former trainers who had previous experience in the combative world have their epiphanies while reviewing the material.

Secondly I ask the question- Would you rather own a Model T or a Ferrari? Would you rather eat raw meat or Filet Mignon ? The original is fine. But progress is inevitable unless you are a Luddite.

The other improvements I have been fortunate and open minded enough to experience are in the world of Protective Equipment. For years there was the prototype and the only product in the space that we used. Now there is SPARTAN Training Gear. Not only has the company developed a Goddess suit, the first suit specifically designed to accommodate the anatomical differences of female participants, but they are working on another innovation with a K9 suit for Police trainers and their K9’s. The main model- the Hoplite, is at first glance a colored version of another product with ABS. Those comments are really simplistic and uninformed. There are over 30 changes that were made to the original design that include Helmet re-design to allow better force distribution and cushioning, an improved visor that does not fog!! Any person who has used the other suits long enough have encountered the little mal-functions that make a big difference when training. For instance the Velcro straps that keep coming off, or the knee pads that offer little cushioning to the lateral angles etc. The point here is, since the first design from Nike from Prefontaine’s ideas, many innovations have been made and to the undiscerning eye or in the tone of blind condemnation, the are just shoes, and rip offs of the original.

No one has a monopoly on genius and innovation. This is the way of the world. When you put your stuff out there in the universe it is going to influence, and stimulate other ideas etc. Read Malcolm Gladwell’s  Book- What the Dog saw. and you will see a great chapter on Plagiarism etc. What is original exactly? I always laughed at people, who copyrighted ( or made their students believe that they did) sayings that originated from Bruce Lee or Tsun Tzu. Hell, even Bruce Lee’s designs for a force on force suit look very similar to the ones we have now? Copy Cat? Come on . And guess what if you think I am a Bruce Lee Champion, my JKD colleague’s may take offense to this at first glance, but know its true, alot fo the Philosophy of JKD, Lee’s Art, came from an Indian philosopher J.N. Krishnamurti. Before MMA in the US, there was Pancrase, Lucha Libre, Shooto, and Kalari death matches. So come on, what is original.

I know for one, society has evolved leaps and bounds over eons of time. The unnatural thing is to resist the evolution. And nature has a funny way of promoting Evolution over stagnation.

Evolve or Die!!

Vit Singh – President, EMC USA

2012 Total Warrior: Tactical Training & Winning Mindset Camp

Location: Mineral Resort and Spas in Vernon, NJ. (Part of Crystal Springs Resorts)

Date: Friday, February 24th – Sunday, February 26th, 2012

Program: The Total Warrior: Tactical Training and Winning Mindset Training Camp

To Benefit: The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund

Cost: $199USD per person. Includes breakfast and lunch Saturday/Sunday.


Awareness Training Consultants and Spartan Training Gear are proud to invite you to the inaugural TOTAL WARRIOR: TACTICAL TRAINING AND WINNING MINDSET CAMP.  This 3-day camp will provide Law Enforcement Officers the opportunity to enhance both body and mind with some of the latest Active Shooter & Advanced Weapon Instructor updates, firearms, SWAT/Tactical Team technology & updates, Officer Survival Fitness/Conditioning as well as “Winning Mindset” training and philosophies.

Law Enforcement/Military/Advanced Security Training Sessions

  • Active Shooter Instructor Training Updates and Concepts (open to certified instructors)
  • Advanced Weapons Instructor Training Updates
  • SWAT/Tactical Team Training Updates and Technology
  • F-Grav 1-Day Combat Training and Conditioning: Building Fight Endurance and the “Winning Mindset”
  • Coaching for an Edge: “Life after Law Enforcement”
  • Functional Edge System: Street Striking for Law Enforcement Officers
  • Team Building Fitness Training
  • TACFIT/DEFTAC (Taught by members of the NYPD)

Confirmed 2012 Total Warrior Instructors include:

  • Coaching for an Edge: Karen Sullivan
  • TACFIT Police/CST: Miquel Rivera
  • Int’l Bulgarian Bag Confederation: Stephen Nave
  • Functional Edge Training: Tony Torres
  • Operational Protective Strategies: Sean Mulligan
  • Hans Hageman & Associates: Hans & Bernadette Hageman
  • ABLE Training Systems, LLC: Michael Panebianco
  • Team APC: Jose Medina and Team APC Cadre

Training Gear Supporters:

  • Spartan Training Gear: Marc Joseph
  • International Bulgarian Bag Confederation: Stephen Nave

You can register online here:

You can also download an online, ‘fillable’ registration PDF form which can be emailed back to me here:

All proceeds from the Total Warrior Camp will be donated to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. Donations for this great cause can be made here:

For more information please email Team APC at:


The Total Warrior: Tactical Training & Winning Mindset Camp

The Total Warrior: Tactical Training & Winning Mindset Camp is a go for February 24-26, 2012. The camp is being held at the luxurious Crystal Springs Resort in Hamburg, NJ. In conjunction with APC, Spartan Training Gear and Task Force 360, this event will offer an unprecedented training experience. Confirmed instructors include Mike Rivera of TACFIT Police, Stephen Nave of the International Bulgarian Bag Confederation and Antonio Torres of the Functional Edge System among others. Book your spot now by emailing For more info on this event: The Total Warrior: Tactical Training & Winning Mindset Camp.

Testimonial from Stephen Nave

As part of Spartan’s ongoing mission to provide training gear to the world’s elite trainers regardless of discipline, we recently formed an alliance with Stephen NaveCEO of Competitive Performance Strategies & Director of the International Bulgarian Bag Confederation (IBBC).

Stephen served 23 years in the U.S. Navy, 18 of those as a Navy SEAL. He was also aNavy SEAL Instructor in the Naval Special Warfare Physical Training Center in Coronado, CA. and trained the men in BUD/S who would go on to become SEALs. Steve understands what it means to take people to the edge and beyond, testing their physical strength, muscle endurance, aerobic and anaerobic capabilities as well as their mental toughness.

This alliance allowed us the opportunity to have Stephen test out the Hoplite Training Armour which he has since integrated into his training and implemented into the strength and conditioning program of his student, Andre Galvao.

Here’s Stephen’s recent IBBC Blog post and initial thoughts on the gear:

Fight Conditioning with Andre Galvao & Spartan Training Gear: Increasing Anaerobic Conditioning by Stephen Nave

A friend of mine from TacFitAlberto Gallazzi, who I worked while I was in Italy this summer introduced me to Marc Joseph and Spartan Training Gear.  This amazing training gear  is a lightweight, full-body padded suit designed for use during force-on-force encounters, scenario-replication drills, self-protection and traditional martial arts training. I have been experimenting with this gear with my clients during training and love that we we are able to execute a wide array of drills and scenarios in order to train how you fight without compromising protection or mobility.

We performed high-intensity interval training where Andre performed Bulgarian Bag movements with the 37lb bag, immediately followed by a 2-3 minutes of sparring while I wore the Spartan Training Gear, then we rested for a 1 minute, and repeated the set 4 times.  While Andre’s match in London will be No-Gi, we are working on increasing his anaerobic capacity.

Anaerobic capacity is the total amount of energy obtainable from the anaerobic energy systems. That means the combined amount of output for the ATP, phospho-creatine and lactic acid systems within a certain period of time. A simple, less scientific method for measuring and understanding this capacity is to run as far as you can at a near-maximal pace. The further you can run at a fast pace, the more anaerobic enzymes your body is capable of producing and utilizing and the better able you are to buffer lactate.  Ultimately, this means that you are able to maintain higher intensity levels for longer.

Check out the video below to see a snapshot of a recent conditioning session as Andre gets ready for his upcoming match in London.

IBBC Blog link:

To learn more on Stephen Nave: and to find out more about the Bulgarian Bags:

Have a great Labor Day holiday.

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Enjoy your rest Spartans.