International security consultant, easy to follow self defense instructor and a straight-forward Results Coach that will help you break from toxic cycles through personal development.
An authority in self-defense and emotional strength, people from all walks of life come to him for help in rebuilding their confidence and creating an intentional mindset to a better path.
They say that once you’re a cop, it’s in your blood and always will be.
As a former police officer, international security consultant and self defense instructor, I know how important it is to develop – and maintain – your combat mindset for all areas of your life.
During my 12-year law enforcement career as a narcotics investigator, tactical operator and chief; I definitely realized that my true calling was helping – and protecting – others.
But it wasn’t until I opened a security firm with headquarters in Dubai UAE, that I would gain the knowledge, experience, training and resources to do just that.
At the ripe age of 18 – I was picking up skips for bonding companies in Alabama and Mississippi. After leaving the WWF, former wrestler “Dr. D” David Schultz (yea, the guy that slapped the crap out of John Stossel) became a bounty hunter up north and then opened a bail bond company in my home town, where he gave me one of my first jobs, becoming a mentor to me in this business.
It was a different time, in 1993, than it is today.
I wasn’t old enough to carry a handgun yet, so I bought what was called back then – a Pnu-Gun – which was a precursor for the bean-bag guns used by law enforcement around the world today.
I also made it work by sometimes gift-wrapping a shipping box with one end open – and placing a sawed-off shotgun inside… then I would walk up to the door with it in hand. I then jumped on other types of investigations on a local basis – from adultery to child custody.
During my time in law enforcement, I accomplished everything I set out to do.
As an honor graduate, I ranked at the top of my class in the Montgomery Police Academy – which was considered one of the most difficult police academy's in the country. At the time, Montgomery had an attrition rate that was comparable to LAPD’s Academy.
It’s been a minute, and my memory is a bit rusty, but I think we opened class with maybe 75, and graduated like 16. Most quit, but some were kicked out. The night before we graduated, an academy cadre told me that it was their mission to make as many cadets quit the first week as they could, by doing whatever they had to do.
We had 3 quit before lunch on that first day.
As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to be a cop. To me, being a cop was better than being stuck in an office somewhere working 9-5 where no one even knew your name.
Riding in a black and white, and hopping calls… one domestic to another – wasn’t anywhere in my aspirations… plain clothes, informants, drug buys and kicking down doors was surely my calling.
Growing up with Starsky & Hutch, and each of the 80s crime-time shows, I knew I wanted to be a part of the profession that came with cool cars and the perks of a rockstar…
Nothing could have been further from the truth.
In reality, being a police officer – specifically, a narcotics cop – meant a lot of sleepless nights, fourth-hand cars, past due bills, missed birthdays, missed school events, forgotten anniversaries, one failed marriage and quite a few failed relationships.
While that part of my life is over, I'm proud of everything I did.
Would I change my career path, if I had to do it over again? Nope.
Would I change the way some things were done?
You better believe I would.
Man of Mystery
Fast forward to 2010, and I was already a ‘world-traveler’, despite being scared to death to fly.
Passing through Dubai on occasion – working my way back and forth between the USA and Afghanistan (where I was working bomb dogs at the time), I met several members of families in that region. These Royal groups made no judgement on the fact that I wasn't muslim, like I had experienced so many times in the other muslim countries I had visited, and treated me like a person – rather than just another stupid infidel.
It was this unexpected hospitality that I got lined up to open my first office in Dubai, and then followed up with another in Atlanta.
But, in reality, it was just to escape the homesickness
At one point, I had staff covering the world: Manila, Dubai, North America and South America… I even began the process of opening another office in Manila, but the Philippine regulations – egregious license fees (i.e. payoffs) and red-tape – proved to be too much for my patience.
My company worked in everyplace under the sun – Guadalajara Mexico, Bahrain, USA, and even Basilan Philippines – where we ran protection details, specifically tasked to counter the Abu Sayyaf terrorist group threat in the southern Philippines.
My staff handled most work that didn’t require the firm’s namesake to be there.
Aside from my company, I still maintained a ‘day job’ – working high-threat details and was charged with the personal protection of corporate leaders, program managers, military commanders, U.S. Department of Defense and Department of State officials, as well as other State dignitaries.
Plain Talk: I helped prevent bad things from happening to important people in developing countries and other hostile environments.
This allowed me to save money and make the contacts that would give me what I needed to finally open up something I had been wanting ever since I first walked into a Muay Thai fight camp.
However – globe-trotting, dealing with the necessary evil of third-world-country payoffs and having to heavily screen contracts for some American clients that wanted our services – as more of an accessory, than a necessity – took its toll, so I sold my interest in the company in 2013 as I began to look for other ways that would also allow me to return stateside, permanently.
After years of working and training with some of the best fighters, operators and officers in the world, I have come to understand that the most important function anyone can have, is helping people build their confidence, improve their outlook and show them a better, safer life.
The end result – is what you see on this site.
Welcome to my world.
In tactical terms, a mission is a specific assignment that consists of a set of objectives you have to meet in order to successfully complete the mission. And just like Genghis Khan, my mission is pretty damn massive in scope.
My mission is to provide the knowledge and hands-on interaction that enables my audience to confidently build a solid Combat Mindset to keep themselves, and their loved ones, safe in a violent and unpredictable world and re-power them to move on from a toxic relationship or other traumatic life experience through effective, aggressive and real-world solutions.
Become a Wolf
You need to be a wolf in a world of sheep. I really believe that, and that's the ongoing theme of my Edge program.
We build unbreakable beasts in Edge.
The Combat Mindset podcast is a 45 minute public safety and life improvement conversation, hosted by international security consultant and founder of Combat Mindset, Michael Saad and friends.
If you've spent any amount of time around me, worked with me or listened to me for even a fraction of the time; you've no doubt heard me preach about
My greatest achievement is: Being a father. While I haven’t been there a lot, while I try to make a better life for them, I am very proud of how they both continue to grow into young women.
My favorite book: American Sniper, by Chris Kyle
My favorite TV show: Entourage
My favorite movie: Scarface
My favorite vacation place: huh… that’s a hard one, because I don’t really take ‘vacations’. I could say Thailand for training, that’s a given, but I also like the Philippines for relaxing.
My goals for the year: To be better at what I do today than I was yesterday… continually pursuing excellence.
Three words people use to describe me:
1) Focused. 2) Reserved. 3) Unorthodox.
My favorite childhood memory: I have a lot of good memories but two of my better ones, is the weekly treks to Peanut Skate Center in my hometown and the yearly beach vacation we would take to ‘penthouse #31’ at Pinnacle Port in Panama City Beach Florida.
The person I most admire: I was fortunate enough to have plenty of role models in and around my life.
The worst job I had as a teenager: I was raised to believe that no job is bad.
My pet: Because I travel so much now, I don’t have any pets. But my favorite is a toss-up between my patrol partner, Bear, and my old narcotics partner, Ismar. And, I will never forget my old bomb dog, Nancy.
My favorite music group: This could be a long and mixed list, but to keep it short and simple: Throwback? John Cafferty, Blondie, Tupac, Styx – Now? Blake Shelton, Kid Rock.
The food I like best: I’ve been known to chow down on Sushi, but I’d also take a steak (medium rare) and baked potato any day.
My favorite adult beverage: I don’t really drink, but on the rare occasion I do – I prefer beer (Corona) for casual, and tequila for parties.
My favorite candy: I’m a Skittles kinda guy.
My favorite hobby: Muay Thai, baby!
My favorite workout: Pretty much anything that makes me sweat, gets my heart rate up and leaves me gasping for breath.
My worst fear: I would say snakes. I’m definitely, and deathly, afraid of snakes. Doesn’t matter: alive snakes, dead snakes and sticks that look like snakes.