PDR Coach of the month

Rob Gebhart

Rob with Coach Blauer

Rob with Coach Blauer

Occupation: Shift Captain and Training Officer Chehalis Fire Department

Years in Martial Arts/Combatives and what kinds: 25yrs. Shotokan Karate, Aikido, Tae Kwon Do, Danzan Ryu Jujitsu, and Personal Defense Readiness.

Associations/Affiliations: Blauer Tactical Systems, member of Jujitsu America and Shoshin Ryu Yudanshakai

Ranks/Certifications: PDR Principles Coach (level 2), BMF Level 1 and Weapons Protection Level 1 Certifications, Danzan Ryu Kaidensho with the teaching title of Renshi from Professor Tony Janovich. Sandan in Danzan Ryu from Kaishin Kai Dojo, Jujitsu America and Shoshin Ryu Yudanshikai. Crossfit Level 1 Fundamentals Certification.

School/Group name: Ohana Martial Arts Academy Chehalis, WA.
System(s)/Style(s) taught: Danzan Ryu Jujitsu, and Personal Defense Readiness.

Number of Instructors: 2
Years in Business: 9
Courses/Classes offered: Jujitsu and of course Personal Defense Readiness.
High Gear suits owned: Five full suits and a Coach Chest Gaurd.

When did you start training with BTS in PDR? 2002, but I purchased my first videos around 1997-1998.

Which PDR courses have you attended? my first PDR certification was July ‘02, my 2nd PDR in March ‘03, Ballistic Micro Fight Certification March ‘04, Advanced PDR Weapons Certification February ‘05 and SPEAR Instructor Development March ’05. Summer Camp Las Vegas ‘06, Summer Camp Orlando FL ’07. In addition to the above, Coach Blauer was out to my school June ’04 for a one-day fundamentals seminar.

What aspect of the PDR research has had the greatest impact on you? By far the biggest impact on me has been the emotional and psychological aspects of personal defense. I began studying martial arts when I was about 10 years old. Each art I studied be it Karate, Aikido, Tae Kwon Do, or Jujitsu seemed to be missing something. I could never put my finger on it until I watched my first BTCMS video and then it hit me like a freight train. I remember sitting on the couch thinking, “this is it, this is what has been missing from all my other training – the emotional and psychological preparation for combat!”. I was hooked. I purchased as many videos as I could and started planning for a trip to Montreal.

What is your favorite drill and why? Wow that is a hard question! I never get tired or bored with any of the drills; each one is so unique and the learning endless. If I had to pick just one it would be Range Rover (RR). The reason I like Range Rover so much is anyone, no matter what style or system, can instantly participate in the drill. RR really points out why CWCT (‘Closest Weapon Closest Target’ Principle) is so important versus technique “A”, “B”, “C”, etc. I have done RR with brand new students and they can succeed, and I have done RR with martial artists with years of training and have seen light bulb moment after light bulb moment as they realize how their previous training and skill set can be used in a more real life situation.

What types of PDR Training do you offer? I offer Womens’ specific PDR classes, plus PDR classes to my own students. I also offer a Fire Fighter/EMT specific PDR seminar. I have taught that course to about 100 Fire Fighters in Washington State.

What do you like most about High Gear? The HG allows us to train at real speeds. It gives the students the ability to see for themselves that their Index palm, Half SPEAR, etc., really does work. No theory, instant feedback.

Personal thoughts or comments about the PDR program? I am also the Training Officer for the Chehalis Fire Department. I use BTCMS research as much at the Fire Station as I do at the Dojo. When I set up Firefighting drills I use the Emotional Climate Training, Ballistic Micro Fights, and Replications/Simulations formulas. I have used the Emotional and Psychological research as well. All my Firefighters have heard about a variety of unique BTCMS concepts such as the three Golden Rules. If they ever get into trouble at a structural fire I know they will be fighting hard to survive. I know they will use Coach Blauer’s research to get home alive!

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