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Evolution Security Podcast

Oct 11, 2023

This episode we have John Valentine on for a 4th interview to do an After Action Review (AAR) of the incredible and inaugural Combatives Summit held this last 22-24 Sep 2023.

Some of the event instructors were Craig Douglas, Matt Larsen, Cecil Burch, Ben Aubin, Cliff Byerly, Jerry Wetzel, John Valentine himself and many more.

John is a Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Modern Army Combatives under the "Father of Modern Combatives," Matt Larsen. He served as an assistant instructor to Matt Larsen for several years.  He now focuses on firearms and reality based simulation training.  

John taught for various organizations and units, providing training for service members, law enforcement, and everyday Americans. He began training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in 2007 and has attended ~600 hours of formal training in firearms and combatives to go along with over a decade of active military service.

As a competitor, John is an international submission grappling medalist with experience in Mixed Martial Arts, Boxing, and competitive shooting. Additionally, John has been a concealed carry license holder since 2013 and has experience with various carry methods, equipment, and applications.

John's instructor certifications are:
Red Zone Empty Hand Knife Defense Instructor.
Rangemaster Pistol instructor development graduate.
RDS Instructor certified by the Modern Samurai Project.
Ultimate Training Munitions LE Instructor.

Find John on Instagram @johnv_actual and John Valentine on Facebook. 

We are offering our Defensive Pistol 1 course in the Tulsa OK area October 28th.  This is an 8 hour course focusing on what truly matters for men and women who carry fireams for lawful protection. Details at Eventbrite:

Intro and Outro Music by:

The Tactical Twins, Jason Bieler and The Baron Von Bielski Orchestra and Tim Alexander/Fata Morgana

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Evolution Security is Eric Davis and Aaron Davis specializing in self-protection education, defensive pistol and carbine, consulting, and weapons based grappling.  Their mission is to help those serious about protecting themselves and their loved ones become more capable though filtered information, recommended study, and highlighting their mentors who are the best in the field.   In addition, Eric and Aaron (twins) are musicians keeping with Musashi’s adage that martial artist should focus on art outside of the martial.