Education on personal readiness and survival in the worst case scenarios.

All Episodes


Episode 9 – James Guthrie

James Guthrie a Florida Family-man and Military veteran who one day went to work only to find himself in a life or death situation. Here with John Riddle, they discuss the events leading to this grueling Machete attack.

Episode 8 – KO Zone

Diego De Vera of KO Zone in Miami Florida, talks about his perspective on training and the importance of physical fitness for self-defense.

Episode 7 – Mariel and Situational Awareness

Mariel of Grounded Co talks about situational awareness and how even a little training may have saved her from getting into trouble with the wrong people.

Episode 6 – Maury Abreu – Omega Protective Concepts

Maury Abreu owner of Omega Protective Concepts. Check them out at www.omegaprotectiveconcepts.com Maury Abreu is the CEO and Founder of Omega Protective Concepts. He began his combatives education in boxing at the age of 12 when his father was looking for him to learn skills that could translate to the streets. As he was being raised in an area where he saw a lot of violent crime, he was immediately drawn to the aggression and violent contact that boxing offered, yet was lacking in the traditional martial arts he’d previously done. Maury continued to compete as a boxer well into his late 20’s.

Maury served as a Sergeant in U.S. Marine Corps at various duty stations, where he provided security at sensitive sites and instructed military personnel in the operation and deployment of various weapons and tactics both domestically and abroad. He was also selected as a Close Combat Instructor, training Marines in all aspects of military combatives.

Maury then became a Federal Correctional Officer with the Federal Bureau of Prisons. Shortly after September 11, 2001 he then began working for a government agency responsible for training individuals who operate globally and independently without backup, specifically in extreme close quarters combat and counterterrorism.

Maury is a nationally published author for Paladin Press, sharing some of his knowledge and passion for knife combatives on Kelly McCann’s Sudden Violence Series: “Edged Weapons: Response to Violent Knife Attacks.”

Maury is a competent and dynamic instructor with a legitimate teaching journey, possessing more than 20 years of combined military, law enforcement, and counterterrorism experience including instructing at a multitude of law enforcement and counterterrorism academies.

He has trained thousands of S.W.A.T. and law enforcement, military, and civilian clients, and is a certified instructor in Extreme Close-Quarters Personal Protection, Use of Force, Military Combatives, Knife and Firearm deployment and defense, Restraint and Control, Chemical Sprays, Baton, Physical Fitness, and Boxing.

Episode 5 – Thomas Pecora – Former CIA Agent

Tom Pecora is prepared to draw back the curtain on the little-known and misunderstood world of the CIA protective operations—security teams who work on the front lines in some of the most dangerous places in the world, doing battle with America’s most determined enemies in the War on Terror and more. Thomas and John discuss the Mentality and Skills necessary for survival and self-defense.

Episode 4 – Will Sherlund

Will wanted to use the training he received over many years to keep his fellow men safe. He was tired of seeing people become victims from not being able to fight back due to lack of purpose or training. He doesn’t like to see people get mislead by con martial artists. At Gutter Fighting Secrets Will is committed to helping individuals become Ultimate Tacticians. Todays world is full of challenges on every front and we realize most of them do not involve physical confrontation. While the core of what Will does remains self-defense and combatives, he prefers to use the term SELF PRESERVATION, as this encompasses the entirety of his mission.

~ Will Sherlund, Founder Gutter Fighting Secrets

Episode 3 – The Well Armed Woman

Eager and excited to get involved with firearms education, TWAW or The Well Armed Woman was founded. This organization helps women find proper education in firearms and firearms training.

Episode 2 – Rich Gram – Navy Seal

Rich Gram on Condition One by John Riddle, discussing the mentality of self-defense. Rich Graham is a former Navy SEAL who developed a defense system after years as a Muay Thai boxer and then as an operator on the SEAL teams. These are battlefield-tested tactics that are effective for self-defense and devastating to adversaries, no matter what weapon you have–knife, pistol, rifle, or bare hands. Rich also took his weapons fighting from the teams and teamed up with Nauka Fighting to help integrate the firearms into their system of hand to hand. So the fight side, strikes and clinches are not just based off his experiences alone.

Episode 1 – Intro by John Riddle

An introduction to Condition One, a podcast by John Riddle. A Military, Law Enforcement and a Self Defense background has give John a unique perspective of what it means to be ready. Stay tuned as more episodes will drop weekly with interesting conversations and topics on Condition One.