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

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





Royce Gracie is a current fighter competing for Bellator MMA.

His past exploits include; Winner of UFC 1, 2, and 4, longest fight in history, Most tournament wins in UFC history, Most wins by submission, and UFC Hall of Famer among many others. One of the most influential figures in MMA history, Gracie popularized Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and revolutionized MMA contributing to the movement towards grappling and ground fighting in the sport.

Royce's son Khonry also joins us to discuss his upcoming Fight in Bellator MMA.

Royce and Khonry can be found on instagram here:



And his website is:

The discussion also includes:

Jiu Jitsu

Self Defense

Knowledge first, then endurance, strength last


It takes 10 years to become an overnight success


Gracie Diet

Resting Heart Rate

History of MMA



EPISODE 5 (released out of sequence)

The key subject matter of this episode is Personal Responsibility. What would be more appropriate than to review Extreme Ownership by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin. Their impressive bio includes being SEALs from the battlefield of Iraq, to training Future SEALs, then to start the company Echelon Front to bring those same leadership principles to business leaders in the civilian sector.

This is our first book review and it's a little different than any other book review. What I'm going to do is read passages from the book then let you know exactly how those principles changed who we are and what we do.

A hard copy or kindle edition can be picked up here:

And of course a shout out to:




Ch.1 Extreme Ownership

Ch.2 No Bad Teams - Only Bad Leaders

Ch.4 Check The Ego

Ch.6 Simple

Ch.7 Prioritize and Execute, Define Priorities

Ch.8 Decentralized Command

Ch.9 The Plan

Ch.11 Decisiveness In The Face of Uncertainty



EPISODE 4 (released out of sequence)

Larry Yatch, a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and a ten-year veteran of the U.S. Navy SEALs, has been a leader while serving in extreme environments across the globe. Now, as an entrepreneur in the field of leadership development, corporate contingency planning, and personal safety, Mr. Yatch has applied the lessons learned from these experiences to develop thought-provoking speeches, processes for implementation across a workforce or executive team, and workshops designed to align decision-making, reinvigorate cultures, and improve team performance

Key takeaways from this podcast include:

Leaders are created, not born.

Opiod Addiction

Defensive Mindset Training

Fear and a perceived lack of control

Leading by Force OR Leading by empowerment through influence

Leadership Development

Manager - Leader - Follower

Leader is one that creates an environment to influence/enables/empowers followers to make effective choices. Enable/Evoking is the keyword

Being Right vs Being Effective

Personal Responsibility

Click on the link above if you would like to take Larry up on his generous offer to a free strategy session.
On that call a member of his team will explore the best next steps for you to implement the lessons you heard on this podcast in your life.




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.




Jim Irvine heads up the FASTER (Faculty/Administrator Safety Training and Emergency Response) Program.

Ernest and Jim discuss the merits of the program, explain in detail the training and arming of teachers, how to survive an attack of an active shooter, and how to care for the wounded.

Especially of interest is the arming and training of school faculty. A must listen for doubters and skeptics to help shed some light on the specifics.

More information on the FASTER program can be found at