Meet Katie Hurd, Self-Defense Director at Combat Sports Academy (CSA)
Self-defense isn’t always about a confrontation with someone else. The first and most important fight is winning the one inside your head.
If you’re into mindset training, performance psychology & personal development, you’ll dig this podcast. Join Coach Tony Blauer as he interviews subject-matter experts from around the world.
Tony Blauer, is a pioneer in modern self-defense circles. His research on physiology & fear, courage & mindset, has inﬂuenced over three decades of students and trainers from the self-defense, martial arts, combat sports, and military & law enforcement communities.
I met Katie in 2012 when I taught
a seminar at my good friend Kirian Fitzgibbons fight gym Combat
Sports Academy (CSA).
Kirian has created one of the
most amazing fighting communities in the world. All his fighters
and his coaches exude a unique blend of empathy, confidence, and
Katie Toliao Hurd runs the Self
Defense Program Director at CSA Gym, she's a Krav Maga Black Belt,
a member of the Krav Maga Alliance Training Team, an MTAA Champion,
a KMA Force Instructor and last year, she was voted the Krav Maga
Alliance 2017 'Instructor of the Year'.
This preface is vital for you to
understand how important this call is with Katie.
For those trained in other
systems, we consider our research on fear, violence, performance
psychology important additions to the arsenal. We've spent decades
researching violence and have designed a simulation training system
that seamlessly integrates with anyone's self-defense or martial
art program to help prepare their students for potential
It's easy to allow your titles,
accolades, and affiliations to dictate how you see the world. It's
easy to dismiss other approaches when you're as highly trained as
And that is why this call was so
important. Katie, under Kirian's watchful eye, has continued to
grow as an athlete, as a trainer and coach and as a parent (as you
will learn listening to this podcast.) And even though Katie had
trained with me several times over the years, last summer she
finally was able to free her schedule to attend our SPEAR: PDR
On this call, she talks about how
our system has influenced her, how her students are responding to
it and she shares a very personal story and observation about her
role as a coach and her commitment to her students. She also opens
up about how a deeper understanding of fear, how to look at it and
manage it, has impacted her personally and
Join Coach Tony Blauer for uncommon sense talks, rants and interviews that reframe how we can look at life, challenges, personal safety, training, confrontations and personal development all by embracing a counter-intuitive relationship with fear.