How to create a safe environment for your children with Adam Mitchell

articles blog podcast Nov 20, 2020

How to create a safe environment for your children with Adam Mitchell. Adam Mitchell holds a 6th-degree black belt in a traditional martial arts school and a 3rd degree black belt in Judo.

He built and launched the first fully interactive online training resource for martial arts, and is currently teaching over 450 students, including having taught the Barbaro kids, out of a 900 square foot school in Mahopac, NY. One of Adam’s passions is about how young people can build cruelty free environments in school. In this episode, we are going to dive into the seven principles, which include:

  1. The Dwyer Effect
  2. Gift of Time
  3. Trauma Triangle
  4. The Jock Stick - law of escalation Stop/don’t stop
  5. The Sword of Proven Peace
  6. Freeze Factor
  7. Social Proof
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Functional vs Improvisational Training

articles podcast Mar 16, 2020

Let's talk about understanding the difference between improvisational training and functional training and how we should approach working with our children to give them a clear understanding and skill set of for personal protection.

How can they really take ownership of the lessons you teach them, and do so in a way that they don't get discouraged?

Training by nature comes with risk, and the risk exists in both functional and improvisational models of training. Understanding that first, (before I get into the differences between the two approaches to training) is important.

Danger exists physically and mentally in training. Mentally can be space or experience where someone gets discouraged iand they quit. We don't want them to do that, we want them to stay motivated, to enjoy the experience.

But we also want the experience to be garnished with reality. We want the experience experience to be at sometimes shocking, but of course not traumatic.

We want them to...

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How to Teach Kids to Protect Themselves

articles blog podcast Feb 19, 2020

Originally aired on the Dad Edge Podcast

The world can be a dangerous place, and our kids are especially vulnerable. From bullying and abuse to abductions and shootings, how can we shield our children from danger? More importantly, how can we teach them to respond to violence when we aren’t with them?

Today we have Dad Edge Alliance member Adam Mitchell. He is a personal protection expert who specializes in tactical parenting. He is also the host of the Close Quarter Dad Podcast and Training Program.

In this episode, we do a live Q&A with our members on how to teach kids to protect themselves. Adam answers questions about why dads should train with their kids, when they should begin showing them self-protection strategies, and how to train kids to be vigilant, but not fearful.

This is a show every dad needs to hear to keep his family safe. Plus, look out for a special offer at the end of the interview.


Adam Mitchell and Close Quarter Dad

“My name is Adam...

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Avi Nardia, The sword of Giving Life

podcast May 25, 2019

Part 1: Going back to the roots of Israeli close quarter combat, his Dad and the roots of KAPAP




Adam: Today we are joined by someone who is extremely special to me. He is not only one of my teachers, one of my inspirations in the world of martial arts, but I have the honor and privilege to also call him a friend.

I am really excited and I could not speak more highly of this man as a warrior but also as a father, and it is really exciting for me that is going to be the kick off podcast, the kick off episode for Close-Quarter Dad, and I am excited to introduce all of you to my friend Avi Nardia sensei.

Avi, welcome to the podcast, Close-Quarter Dad.

Avi Nardia: Thank you very much. Thank you.

Adam: I would love you to share, and give a tribute to your dad because I know that is a huge part of the backstory of KAPAP.

As well as, there is quite a bit of history in Israel with the work that your father did.

So, I was wondering if you could take a few minutes...

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Fighting to pursue your passion and reconnect with your family

articles blog podcast Dec 06, 2018


Originally aired, December 6, 2018 on the Everyday Fighter Podcast

Adam Mitchell is a husband, father, and martial arts instructor. Adam shares his journey through martial arts, pursuing his passion, disconnecting with his family as a result, and finding his way back to balance.

Everyday Fighter Podcast

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The Lifecycle of Violence and it's excruciating repercussion‪s

articles blog podcast Sep 17, 2017


Originally aired on the Bullied 2 Badass Podcast, September 17, 2018.

In this episode Adam Sensei and I discuss the harsh reality that comes with a violent encounter, and the life-long repercussions it could have. We also talk about the devastating rise in bullying, and the statistics are mind-blowing!

"Good afternoon, everybody! In today's episode I had an incredibly prolific, and intense discussion with my good friend, and someone I consider one of my mentors, Sensei Adam Mitchell. Adam has been a professional martial arts instructor for over fifteen years, not only teaching thousands of students at his Dojo, but also regularly training students all over the world in workshops and seminars.

He also has a personal coaching program designed specifically for Traditional Martial Art School Owners, Training Group Leaders and those interested in starting their own Dojo. Links to learn more in the comments below! In this episode we discuss the harsh reality of the lifecycle...

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JUNE 28TH, 2019


I discovered a critical weakness that 82% of fathers have after training over 5,000 children, over 20 years.

And the 8 actions that every Dad can use to transform their power in tactical parenting.