Combat Mindset is more than a self defense philosophy, it’s a way of life.
Developed over the last two decades by international security consultant Michael Saad, our studio eliminates distractions and provides a private, non-intimidating environment to work on your fitness and personal safety goals. We focus on practical, real world training that prepares people of all ages and backgrounds for confrontations or violent encounters.
Whether you’re a business professional taking on city streets or have a child who is regularly facing bullies, Combat Mindset is a functional system that prepares everyone for real world, violent (and nonviolent) threats. We offer the guidance necessary to ensure you’re developing proper technique while empowering you to discover your most confident self.
Located in Dothan Alabama, we provide one-on-one and small group training for self defense and fitness by certified instructors to create a unique experience. This enables you to achieve an optimal personal security posture, no matter where you are or the problem at hand. We’re a ‘meat and potatoes’ kind of training studio with proven techniques and a raw, workhorse approach.
Join us to improve yourself both mentally and physically, all without the distractions of a big box gym or traditional martial arts program. But trust us… just because we eliminate distractions doesn’t mean we skip the essentials.
Unlike any other training center you’ve ever experienced, our studio gives you everything you need, none of what you don’t.
The best part? You’ll not only develop the knowledge that will help keep you and your loved ones safe, you’ll get an awesome workout as well!
Whether you can drop by one of our studios or are located across the globe on another continent and want to take a trip to come train with us, you can take advantage of Combat Mindset. With certified instruction and a no-frills approach to self defense and fitness, you’ll always be prepared for whatever life throws at you.
We provide one-on-one and small group training for self defense and fitness by certified instructors to create a unique experience. This enables you to achieve an optimal personal security posture, no matter where you are or the problem at hand. More importantly, it gives our clients the confidence to take on their daily lives without safety being a concern.
With a name like Combat Mindset, most people think we are a male dominated studio.
But, in reality, our client base – and our staff- are mostly women. Our name simply refers to the mental and physical conditioning necessary to face life’s obstacles.
As with everything else in this world, the term is often up for interpretation on many levels. But, for the purposes of my site, my brand and why you’re here… Having a Combat Mindset, simply means that you have developed the ability to act effectively and ethically under adversity, stress or extreme pressure.
Being able to act effectively under stress, doesn’t mean you’re a sociopath wanting confrontation. It means that you have conditioned yourself to overcome emotional and involuntary instincts that might keep you from reacting to an attack.
There should also be no moral dilemma or question on whether countering an attack is ethical. I can think of nothing that defines ethics more than life-saving and life-protecting values in action.
Gone are the days when our children can roam the neighborhood without care, when you can leave your doors unlocked at night, of absolute trust of the system and humanity. Gone are the days of being an innocent bystander. You can not trust anyone. If they are living, they are human and they are not worthy of absolute trust.
There will always be those that claim the belief above is false. There will be those who claim that, the people who subscribe to that belief, are cynical people that live a poor and unrewarding life.
My Belief: They are the problem. Not the solution.
A person can be good. People, as a whole, are evil. Just as a person can be intelligent. People, as a whole, are ignorant. Don’t believe me? Take a trip to Best Buy on Black Friday and see for yourself.
There are four legs that make a solid mindset and should be constantly used and developed. If one of them fails, the entire foundation of your Combat Mindset will collapse. Each begins to work, even before a threat is realized.
Some things, like your situational awareness, play a big part in actually preventing trouble or creating a hard target for any would-be attacker. After all, the best way to survive an attack is to avoid one.
Your situational awareness – a state of mind and capability in any given situation – plays a big part in actually preventing trouble and creating a hard target for any potential attack. To put this intangible necessity in perspective, I use a color code system that was created by United States Marine Lieutenant Colonel Jeff Cooper to explain the different levels of situational awareness.
The Cooper Color Code, originally introduced as White, Yellow, Orange and Red, had nothing to do with tactical situations or alertness levels, but rather with one’s state of mind. It’s not meant to give you an indication of how much danger is around you or apparent – it’s not a freakin Spidy Sense – but rather to help you to think through a difficult situation.
It directly relates to the degree of danger you are able to do something about. It allows you to move from one level of mindset to another to properly handle a tough situation. In short, the Color Code helps you “think” in a fight. As the level of danger increases, your willingness to take certain actions increases.
If you ever do go to Condition Red, the decision to use lethal force has already been made and your mental trigger has been tripped.
Having a solid Combat Mindset, goes so much further than beating an assailant to a bloody pulp. In fact, a true Combat Mindset is more powerful than any weapon – it’s used well before, and after, any confrontation, violent encounter or potentially traumatizing experience.
In today’s rapidly changing climate, a Combat Mindset is a must-have trait, a prerequisite skill before leaving your home and an essential part of everyday life.
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