Bryan founded ITS in 2009 with the help of brothers in the Naval Special Warfare Community. While never completing BUD/s and becoming a SEAL, he made it through the large hurdles of Hell Week and Pool Comp with Class 251. After being rolled post Pool Comp in 251, he sustained a service ending Draeger Dive Injury in 2nd Phase with Class 254. Throughout his time in the Navy and his love of gear and the outdoors, the idea for ITS was born.

After leaving the service in ’05 and with the help of the GI Bill, Bryan picked up where he left off with his Associates degree in Computer Science and finished his Bachelor’s at the University of Texas in Communication Technology with a Journalism minor. Using these skills coupled with his Military Service, a Web design background and past work at a commercial photography studio; he pooled his resources and started ITS.

Ernest and Bryan Discuss:

Man Skills
Primal Switches
Home Security
Pain/Pressure Points

You can see more of Bryan Black and ITS Tactical at:










Tu Lam is a modern day warrior, retired US Army Special Foces - Green Beret with 23 Years of Special Operations through 27 countries. Tu has 30+ years training in various martial arts from Kali to Jiu Jitsu. Presently Tu is the CEO of Ronin Tactics as well as Co-host of the History Channel's Forged in Fire: Knife or Death.

This discussion includes:

Unarmed and Dangerous
You have far more to fear from a deadly man than a deadly weapon
Al Qaeda in the Philippines
How Martial Arts effects your gunfighting
Don't ask for an easy life, ask for the strength to endure a hard life
Living a life of higher purpose
Solving the root problem by showing people that there are other options, that there is a way out.


Instagram @ronintactics

Twitter @ronintactics

Facebook - Ronin Tactics





Evan Hafer started Black Rifle Coffee Company to provide a high-quality, roast-to-order, coffee to the pro-2A and veteran communities. Between deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, he worked to refine both coffee roasting and firearms skills. Evan has spent over a decade researching coffee and refining his roast profiles. Evan Hafer and Black Rifle Coffee Company take pride in the coffee they roast, the veterans they employ, and the causes they support.

This episode discusses:



The Coffee Pallette

The Coffea plant and elevation

More Coffee......


Instagram @blackriflecoffee @evanhafer

Twitter @blckriflecoffee @EvanHafer

Facebook @blackriflecoffeeco






"300" is a former commanding officer in the elite Counter-terrorism unit of the IDF & Israeli Border Police, with over 24 years of experience in defense and security consulting.

This episode discusses:

Bias for Normalcy

Jerusalem Embassy

Krav Maga



Arab Spring and Arab Winter


"If you can't be safe, be deadly"

You can find out more about "300" at:


And on instagram @lotarcombat






Chris Caracci, an elite trainer and security consultant, got his start in the SEALs, where he was handpicked to join Team Six when it was first created. Post-Navy career Chris was able to combine his martial arts and SEAL training and hand it down to law enforcement.

Today's discussion includes:

Recognizing Pre-Attack Signals

Going Into Harm's Way

Mind/Body Relationship

Fear Management


Mental Conditioning

Mental Awareness

Punching at the Speed of Light?




Owner of Bushcraft Global, Joe is an avid outdoorsman and instructor. This friendly American lives in the mountains of North Carolina where he freezes his rear off every winter while dreaming of the jungle and the animals in it. Following his love for the outdoors, Joe Graduated NC State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Zoology with a Minor in Entomology. All throughout that time, he ventured across the United States and beyond searching for animals, and learning primitive survival skills. Joe had always been into knives and outdoor primitive living ever since he was a child, and with that, he started writing for Tactical Knives magazine. Since then, Joe has gone on to write for Self Reliance Illustrated, Backpacker magazine, Swat magazine, Survival quarterly, Backwoodsman, New pioneer, Master Woodsman, Equip 2 Endure and American Frontiersman to name a few.

Ernest and Joe's discussion includes:

Survival Expeditions
Spiders and Snakes
Self Discipline
Blow-Guns and Darts
Water Filtration
Learning to Live in the Jungle

You can find out more about Joe and what he's doing at:


On Water Filtration
For our Big groups https://www.msrgear.com/autoflow-gravity-filter

Darn Tough Socks

The towel to end all towels

Man Skills- Plastic bag cordage





Sal Di Stefano is from the well known fitness podcast MINDPUMP. Sal started out on a journey at the age of 14 of self improvement using weights as the vehicle. By 22 he was a gym owner. Now he's a 17 year personal fitness trainer and has dedicated himself to bring science and TRUTH to the fitness industry.

Ernest and Sal's fascinating conversation talk about:

Human Optimization
Optimal Training
Being the Ultimate Human Being
History of Gyms
Modern Health Woes
Weight Training and Sports - past and present
Psychological walls and Accidental World Records
Body Dysmorphia
The Fitness Industry, Marketing, and Lies
Ritualized Marketing
Sal's Recommended Workout

You can find everything Mindpump and Sal at:


Youtube Mindpump TV - 


Sal can be found at Instagram @mindpumpsal

Mindpump Guides -


Free resources and guides






For over a decade Ed Calderon worked in the fields of counter narcotics, organized crime investigation, and public safety in the northern-border region of Mexico. During this period he also coordinated and worked executive protection details for high-level government officials and visiting dignitaries — often in some of the most dangerous parts of the country.

Ernest and Ed discuss:

Legal Implications for Self-Defense

Self Defense North and South of the Border



Gun Smuggling

Vacationing in Mexico

Detroit vs Baja


More information on Ed Calderon can be found at his website:


He can also be found on instagram @edsmanifesto




Chris Sajnog is a retired Navy SEAL Chief, Bestselling Author, Husband, Father, and Trainer.

Ernest and Chris discuss:

Legal Advice on Deadly Force

Firearms Training

Meditation and Zen

Practicing Perfection vs Practicing Inperfection

Beliefs and cognitive dissonance

Train, Train, Train

More information on Chris Sajnog can be found here:


and at instagram @chrissajnog






Charlie Moyer is the founder (along with his wife) of Badass Beard Care. He also served 10 years with the USCG. Upon his journey of developing the best products to care for his beard, and along with help from vets, he's dominating the beard care industry.

Join Ernest and Charlie as they discuss his story, as well as the importance of dominance, whether that be dominance over an opponent in the field of battle or in business.

All men with beards, all men interested in growing a beard, men who are contemplating removing their beard, or women who's special someone needs some beard tlc, you'all need to listen in.