Epi 187 A Look Into Special Operations Combatives Program With Greg Thompson

This week we have an interview with Greg Thompson. Greg is the creator of SOCP (Special Operations Combatives Program) www.socp.info. On March 23, 2010, SOCP became the first officially designated combatives program for all U.S. Army Special Operations Forces. ERB Codes: (SOCP I: BRT), (SOCP II: FBR) SOCP is now the standard program for fighting in kit. Greg is also training Federal and State Law Enforcement, FBI, ATF, Border Patrol and Special Contract Units.  Continue reading about Greg Thompson here.

We talk about:

  • His start in martial arts and wrestling
  • What is was like training in the early days
  • Getting started in training people in special operations
  • Some of the tactical decisions a law enforcement officer must make
  • Why it is important to know the limits of what you are training
  • His conversations with a closed minded martial artist
  • Training safely for violent encounters
  • Controlling the distance
  • Knowing how to use the proper force multiplyer
  • Knife training and common mistakes with training with knifes
  • What someone doing BJJ can do to prepare for self defense
  • Grappling and training with a knife
  • Grappling with teams or more than one vs one
  • Police officers dealing with stress and the use of force
  • How to de escalate self defense situations
  • How to avoid legal trouble for defending yourself
  • The pros and cons of different self defense tools
  • How to protect yourself from a home invasion
  • How to avoid someone breaking into your house
  • How to deal with a home invasion situation
  • Creating safe habits
  • Using your BJJ skills if you get a job in the military or law enforcement


Quote of the week: “No intelligent man has ever lost a fight to someone who said ‘I’m gonna kick your ass” Rory Miller

Article of the week: A Complete Victory by a 1% Margin


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Epi 40 Interview With BJJ Black Belt Wil Horneff

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Wil Horneff bjjThis week we talk to Wil Horneff. This interview is packed full of great training advice and you can tell Wil has a passion for training and helping his students. Wil is a Black belt under Ralph Gracie, he owns a school in Westwood NJ called Training Grounds Jiu-Jitsu & MMA. At Training Grounds they teach BJJ, MMA, kickboxing.

We talk about:

  • How some movies eventually got Wil into BJJ
  • What it is like running his school
  • Books he recommends: Gold Medal Mental Workout for Combat Sports, and The Inner Game of Tennis
  • Why he focuses on adding pressure to his game
  • Training with some high level BJJ athletes
  • The current rules for IBJJF and why they are set up the way they are
  • BJJ and self-defense
  • Some of the ways BJJ needs to be changed to help in a street fight
  • How training in the Gi can help for self defense
  • He gives advice for 1st year students
  • The importance of drilling until you can’t do the move wrong
  • S-Training and how it helps develop skill
  • Wil’s current goals
  • Why creating space is bad for BJJ
  • Why you need to not drill moves in isolation
  • Getting more confidence and being calm during competition
  • Advice for your first time compeating
  • What Wil was like as a blue belt
  • Advice for developing your own game plan
  • Developing a culture of learning and leadership in his gym
  • Some traits that Wil looks for in a good student
  • We talk about some of Wil’s history in acting
  • He played the bully in the movie “The Sandlot”
  • He gives behind the scenes stories of “The Sandlot“, “Born to Be Wild“, and “The Shining

Wil Horneff Contact info- Westwood, NJ http://www.njtraininggrounds.com/, His email wil@njtraininggrounds.com

Wil Horneff teaching kids class

Wil Horneff teaching kids class

Quote of the week: “Don’t forget that I cannot see myself – that my role is limited to being the one who looks in the mirror.” Jacques Rigaut

Article of the week:“To Wash or NOT to Wash Your Belt?” From: The Jiu Jitsu Transformation

Our interview with Wil about his back injury is here. It starts at 2h5m23s

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