Twenty years of traditional martial arts training has taught me much about discipline, mental toughness, self-awareness, body mechanics, muscle memory and self-control. Those are all great attributes that just about anyone can learn if they apply themselves hard enough and for long enough.
What I've realized is that most people do not have the time, desire or capacity to train in a traditional martial art long enough to gain those benefits. I also realized that traditional martial is not always applicable for a street fight or worst case scenario. This is where my interest in Raw Combat started. Training with Luke Holloway, founder of Raw Combat International, forever changed my perspective on Self-Protection. Luke helped me shift from a Traditional, Self-Defense approach to an Adaptive, Pro-Active approach that can be applied to any real life situation. This develop in my training has been fundamental and why Raw Combat Mid-Atlantic exists today.