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All aspects of training are covered by former USMC infantryman, current SWAT Officer, and owner of OpTempo Training Group, Matt Harden. Topics and interviews will range from tactical, athletic, overlanding, and adventure sports. Become a better version of yourself with continual training!
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Sergeant Kenny Williams is one of the country’s leading experts in criminal vehicle interdiction. Sergeant Williams began his career in 2007, and currently works as a full time K9 interdiction officer. Williams has been personally responsible for the seizure of over 4 million dollars cash, several hundred pounds of illicit narcotics, and well over a ton of Marijuana. Williams has received countless awards for his work from numerous organizations and has established a national reputation. Williams is a fully certified EPIC and DIAP instructor.Street Cop Training:https://streetcoptraining.com/Instagram: @streetcoptrainingLowa Boots: https://www.lowaboots.com/Instagram: @lowa.professional and @lowabootsThe OpTempo Training Group website for an updated list of classes:https://optempotraining.com/@optempotraining on Instagram and FacebookFind us on Youtube at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4kBpYUjDdve9BULTHRF2Bw/featured?view_as=subscriber
Dr Justin Smith is a research Psychologist who has done groundbreaking work in the area of stress and anxiety in tactical applications. Justin performed PhD  work in decision-making under life and death circumstances and how it relates to stress. His findings apply to Law Enforcement, Military, and high level Athletes. Tactical Neuroscience:https://tacticalneuro.com/Instagram: @tacticalneuroscienceDelivefund: https://deliverfund.org/The OpTempo Training Group website for an updated list of classes:https://optempotraining.com/@optempotraining on Instagram and FacebookFind us on Youtube at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4kBpYUjDdve9BULTHRF2Bw/featured?view_as=subscriber
In this episode Matt shares his experience at the Direct Action Resource Center. Listen in on tips for how to prepare, what to expect, and overall take-aways from the course. Matt aso covers his personal gear list used for the course. Direct Action Resource CenterIG: @DARC1Website:https://darc-usa.squarespace.com/Links for gear used at DARC:First Tactical Defenders: use discount code "optempo25" https://www.firsttactical.com/products/mens-defender-pants-od-greenLWRC IC carbine: https://www.lwrci.com/IC-Enhanced-556_p_252.htmlLowa Zephyr boots: https://www.lowaboots.com/mens/task-force-tactical/zephyr-mid-tf-desertPoint blank SRV vest: https://www.pointblankenterprises.com/paraclete/srv.htmlThe OpTempo Training Group website for an updated list of classes:https://optempotraining.com/@optempotraining on Instagram and FacebookFind us on Youtube at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4kBpYUjDdve9BULTHRF2Bw/featured?view_as=subscriber
In this episode Matt talks with legendary self-defense coach Tony Blauer on the science of a fight and violence. Join them for a discussion on physiological response, stress inoculation, and being a better trainer. Tony dives deep into fear management and Police defensive tactics training during  this eye opening conversation! Free e-book "Get to know Fear" : https://getknowfear.com/ebookTony BlauerIG: @tonyblauer@spear.systemWebsites:https://www.blauertrainingsystems.comhttps://blauerspear.com/Training Calendar: https://blauerspear.com/spear-training-calendarThe OpTempo Training Group website for an updated list of classes:https://optempotraining.com/@optempotraining on Instagram and FacebookFind us on Youtube at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4kBpYUjDdve9BULTHRF2Bw/featured?view_as=subscriber
Join us as we talk with Mike Nguyen about his intense account of his Officer-involved shooting that nearly killed him. We discuss that fateful day that changed his life forever, his road to recovery, and the resilient mindset that brought him back to full duty! The OpTempo Training Group website for an updated list of classes:https://optempotraining.com/@optempotraining on Instagram and FacebookFind us on Youtube at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4kBpYUjDdve9BULTHRF2Bw/featured?view_as=subscriber
Listen and learn about the dark world of human trafficking from senior targeting analyst Shane Erikson of the non-profit Deliver Fund. We take a look at the modern methods criminals of human trafficking are using to prey upon our children, friends, and neighbors. You'll be amazed at how prevalent this truly is. We highly encourage supporting this organization with a donation on their website. Deliver FundIG: @DeliverFundhttps://www.deliverfund.org/The OpTempo Training Group website for an updated list of classes:https://optempotraining.com/@optempotraining on Instagram and FacebookFind us on Youtube at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4kBpYUjDdve9BULTHRF2Bw/featured?view_as=subscriber
In this episode we welcome Pete Roberts, founder of Origin USA. Join us as we talk Jiu-Jitsu, American manufacturing, and Pete's entrepreneurial journey. Listen how Pete went from a backyard workshop to a multi-location manufacturing company, picking up Jocko Willink as a business partner along the way.  Pete RobertsIG: @pete.m.robertsORIGINhttps://originmaine.com/IG: @originusaThe OpTempo Training Group website for an updated list of classes:https://optempotraining.com/@optempotraining on Instagram and FacebookFind us on Youtube at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4kBpYUjDdve9BULTHRF2Bw/featured?view_as=subscriber
Join me for a great conversation with former Army Ranger and current SWAT COP, Trung Nguyen. Listen to Trung's story about growing up on the rough streets of Chicago as an immigrant and how he made his way to the U.S. Army and ultimately to the 275 Rangers. Trung also talks about life in law enforcement and his methods and mindset for continual training and progression. We also discuss his tribute project and website, "WE GO HOME." Enjoy!Trung NguyenIG: @trungbnnguyen                      We Go Home                  https://www.neverfxckingquit.com/IG: @wegohomeThe OpTempo Training Group website for an updated list of classes:https://optempotraining.com/@optempotraining on Instagram and FacebookFind us on Youtube at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4kBpYUjDdve9BULTHRF2Bw/featured?view_as=subscriber
Matt talks forcible entry with the founders of Bear Training Solutions Vince Diliberto and Josh Cummings. From building a prototype breaching trainging door by hand to now offering indutry-leading equipment,  Bear Training Solutions is serious about their craft. Listen in as we discuss breaching tactics, tools, and training. Bear Training SolutionsIG: @beartrainingsolutionsWebsite: https://beartrainingsolutions.comBROCOhttp://www.broco-rankin.com/tactical/Kinetic Breaching Technologyhttps://www.kineticbreaching.com Tactical Energetic Entry Systems & Symposiumhttps://energeticentry.comThe OpTempo Training Group website for an updated list of classes:https://optempotraining.com/@optempotraining on Instagram and FacebookFind us on Youtube at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4kBpYUjDdve9BULTHRF2Bw/featured?view_as=subscriber
Tony Long takes a deep dive into U.K. Police work and his impressive 30+ yr career. From a Bobby walking a beat to firearms Officer to becoming a memeber of the elite SCO19 unit, Tony shares lessons learned and differences of U.S. and U.K. Police work. Tony later went on to tell the tale of one of his Officer-involved shooting in his self-authored book "Lethal Force". Tony LongIG: @xx1xtBook: Lethal Forcehttps://www.amazon.com/Lethal-Force-Life-Controversial-Marksman/dp/1785033956/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=Tony+long&qid=1606423506&sr=8-1The OpTempo Training Group website for an updated list of classes:https://optempotraining.com/@optempotraining on Instagram and FacebookFind us on Youtube at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4kBpYUjDdve9BULTHRF2Bw/featured?view_as=subscriber
Join Matt for his conversation with Neil Hudspeth, a 20-year Army Veteran with 14 years in Special Operations and multiple combat deployments. Neil shares his experiences as a Bradley driver, Special Forces K9 handler, Special Forces Sniper, and ultimately a sniper instructor.  The OpTempo Training Group website for an updated list of classes:https://optempotraining.com/@optempotraining on Instagram and FacebookFind us on Youtube at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4kBpYUjDdve9BULTHRF2Bw/featured?view_as=subscriberPlease subscribe to our podcast and follow us on social media for up to date information in the tactical and adventure world. 
Matt and one of the OPTEMPO instructors, Vince, sit down and talk about the current climate of Law Enforcement from the perspective of current Patrol Officers. The topics include the Officer hiring process, vetting, and training. This will be an on-going series with episodes discussing other areas of Law Enforcement.     The OpTempo Training Group website for an updated list of classes:https://optempotraining.com/@optempotraining on Instagram and FacebookFind us on Youtube at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4kBpYUjDdve9BULTHRF2Bw/featured?view_as=subscriberPlease subscribe to our podcast and follow us on social media for up to date information in the tactical and adventure world. 
Matt tracks down the elusive and busy Kurt to find out what he's been up to since his time with Fieldcraft Survival. Kurt is a 18-year Army Veteran with 10 years in Special Operations and multiple combat deployments. Matt and Kurt have an in-depth conversation about the current state of the country, the military, building an overland rig, and training philosophies. The OpTempo Training Group website for an updated list of classes:https://optempotraining.com/Kurt H. IG: kurt_thatteamdude Redcon 1: https://redcon1.comElite Landcruisers:https://www.elitelandcruisers.com/land-cruiser-40-series@optempotraining on Instagram and FacebookFind us on Youtube at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4kBpYUjDdve9BULTHRF2Bw/featured?view_as=subscriberPlease subscribe to our podcast and follow us on social media for up to date information in the tactical and adventure world. 
Matt has an in-depth conversation with Nizan Tzudiker about the military, police, and training in Israel. Nizan talks about his career from IDF commando, Ambassador protection, to now heading the Israel National Police Academy firearms and Krav Maga programs. Nizan also sheds light on what make a good instructor and how to develop those attributes, a goldmine of information!The OpTempo Training Group website for an updated list of classes:https://optempotraining.com/@optempotraining on Instagram and FacebookFind us on Youtube at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4kBpYUjDdve9BULTHRF2Bw/featured?view_as=subscriberPlease subscribe to our podcast and follow us on social media for up to date information in the tactical and adventure world. 
Darren Uyenoyama shares his journey from collegiate athlete to a professional MMA and Jiu-Jitsu fighter, and later becoming a world-class coach. Darren talks about his time in Japan, common traits in successful professional fighters, and his continued growth as a coach and instructor. The OpTempo Training Group website for an updated list of classes:https://optempotraining.com/@optempotraining on Instagram and FacebookFind us on Youtube at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4kBpYUjDdve9BULTHRF2Bw/featured?view_as=subscriberDarren's Gym FTCC:http://ftccgym.comIG: ftcc.dcIG:darrenbcuCombat Sports Academy:http://www.csagym.comIG: csagym Please subscribe to our podcast and follow us on social media for up to date information in the tactical and adventure world. 
Justin Flood shares his story about his time in the Army, including his deployments to Iraq and Kosovo. Justin advanced in the Army to First Sergeant with both infantry and CST/CBRN experience. While in the Army Justin discovered Jiu-Jitsu and began a 13 year training addiction that still continues. Justin and his wife also also own and operate the elderberry syrup brand "Whitney's Best". The OpTempo Training Group website for an updated list of classes:https://optempotraining.com/@optempotraining on Instagram and FacebookFind us on Youtube at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4kBpYUjDdve9BULTHRF2Bw/featured?view_as=subscriberDave Camarillo & Guerilla Jiu-Jitsu:https://www.guerrillajiujitsu.comDavi Ramos, Andre Galvo & ATOS Jiu-Jitsu:https://atosjiujitsuhq.com Whitney's Best Elderberry Syrup:https://www.whitneysbest.comPlease subscribe to our podcast and follow us on social media for up to date information in the tactical and adventure world. 
Chad Cole talks about his Marine Corps time, including his deployments to Somalia in the Blackhawk Down era and to Los Angeles during the 1992 riots. Chad later went on to executive protection for H. Ross Perot and then authored the book "The Dirty Little Wars." Chad also runs the heavy metal-inspired clothing brand "Heavy Metal Thursday". The OpTempo Training Group website for an updated list of classes:https://optempotraining.com/@optempotraining on Instagram and FacebookFind us on Youtube at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4kBpYUjDdve9BULTHRF2Bw/featured?view_as=subscriberThe Dirty Little Wars:https://thedirtylittlewars.comHeavy Metal Thursday:https://heavymetalthursday.comPlease subscribe to our podcast and follow us on social media for up to date information in the tactical and adventure world. 
Freddy Camacho talks about his former careers, including law enforcement, and how he landed in the CrossFit world. Freddy discusses being a gym owner, professional fighting, nutrition, and scaling workouts for the 40+ crowd. The OpTempo Training Group website for an updated list of classes:https://optempotraining.com/@optempotraining on Instagram and FacebookFind us on Youtube at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4kBpYUjDdve9BULTHRF2Bw/featured?view_as=subscriberFreddy's Gym:https://goodforyoucrossfit.com/Freddy's recommendation on training beyond CrossFit:https://powerathletehq.com/Freddy's 3 bare minimum exercise movements:Pull-upsSquats or DeadliftsRunningPlease subscribe to our podcast and follow us on social media for up to date information in the tactical and adventure world. 
Follow along as we recount stories from the Marine Corps infantry in Iraq, to policing the streets in a high crime city, to executive protection of high value clients.  Find out what strategies Jason used to get to the top of his game. Follow us:www.optempotraining.comhttps://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4kBpYUjDdve9BULTHRF2Bw?view_as=subscriberhttps://www.linkedin.com/company/optempo-training-group-llchttps://b-m.facebook.com/optempotraining/https://www.instagram.com/optempotraining/?hl=en
Scott is an adventure driver and consultant who has worked on various specialty-vehicle projects for auto manufacturers, aftermarket companies, and television producers such as Top Gear. He is a passionate photographer and writer with international credits, the only American to have won the esteemed Outback Challenge, Morocco, and a Tread Lightly Master Trainer. Business ventures during the past decade include the Overland Society, Expeditions West, Expedition Portal, and Overland Journal. He has traveled through over 60 countries and across every continent. His most current project, Expeditions 7, is a round-the-world overland odyssey in two 78 Series Toyota Land Cruisers. After reaching the end of the road, he enjoys canyoneering, climbing, and mountain biking. Scott lives in Prescott, Arizona.Overland Journal:https://overlandjournal.com/Expedition Portal:https://expeditionportal.com/Expeditions 7:http://www.expeditions7.com/homeTraining Resources:Overland Expo: https://www.overlandexpo.com/7P International: https://7p.io/training/Sync Vans:https://www.syncvans.com/The OpTempo Training Group website for an updated list of classes:https://optempotraining.com/@optempotraining on Instagram and FacebookFind us on Youtube at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4kBpYUjDdve9BULTHRF2Bw/featured?view_as=subscriber
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