Endeavor Defense and Fitness in Hilliard, Ohio has a free to the public class that is gaining in popularity given the recent events that have occurred in Paris, Belgium, San Bernardino, CA and Orlando, Florida. [Scroll Down For Video]
The course teaches students how to respond to a mass shooting or other attack. The course teaches students to take a four tier approach,
1. Escape if possible.
2. Arm yourself if possible.
3. Barricade yourself somewhere safe, but only if it is truly safe.
It is number four that is gaining traction in a video shot by TheBlaze, which has been viewed over 24 million times on Facebook alone. Aaron Jannetti teaches students gross motor skill attacks that can be carried out by just about anyone, such as tackling a gunman’s legs and getting on top of their firearm.
Jannetti feels that mass casualty shootings can be largely prevented just by a strong physical response in most cases.
Their logic is to be the spark that lights a fire in a bad situation. If people see one person taking action, rather than hiding and praying, they will also join in. Jannetti rightly points out that there is no reason people with rifles should be able to control 100 people in a closed space. No matter how things play out, if everyone fought back, the bad guys should always lose that scenario.
What Jannetti is alluding to, but doesn’t directly say in the video, is that this type of defense requires one to put aside their fear of death and serious bodily injury and act. There is certainly a chance for death or injury, but there is also a very high chance of preventing the same thing from happening to dozens of others.
According to his bio on the Endeavor Defense and Fitness website:
Aaron has dedicated his life to training and teaching different aspects of self-defense and fitness. In January 2008, Aaron was introduced to the system of Krav Maga and began training daily. He also began training in boxing, Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Later that year a very good friend introduced him to CrossFit and he hasn’t looked back.
In August 2008, Aaron earned his CrossFit Level 1 Trainer Certification and immediately became an affiliate owner. In October 2008, he became Head Instructor and Program Director for a large self-defense and fitness facility in Hilliard, Ohio. During his time there, he also served as Vice President for the United States Krav Maga Association in charge of Instructor and Curriculum Development. He currently holds a USKMA Black Belt as well as a Black Belt From FTF and two Wingate diplomas in Krav Maga, as well as various rankings in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Balintawak Kali and Muay Thai.
Between 2009 and 2012, Aaron attended CrossFit certifications for both powerlifting and mobility as well as a 16-hour Self-Myofascial Release certification with Jeff Alexander. Aaron has also been actively training with the coaches and athletes of Columbus Weightlifting since achieving his USAW Sport Club Coach Certification in March 2010. In the summer of 2010, Aaron began training intensely in defensive firearms and tactics under Rob Pincus and has since earned several certifications under I.C.E. Training Group. In 2011, Aaron became a sponsored athlete for Lift Big Eat Big and recently attended the Strongman Certification hosted by LBEB owners, Marshall White and Brandon Morrison. In 2015 He took on the role of Ambassador for the Lululemon brand and continues that work now.
After over 7 years in the self-defense and fitness industry, Aaron is still passionate about making people fitter and safer. He has been afforded the opportunity to study and train with some of the best instructors of Krav Maga, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Firearms, Kali, CrossFit and Olympic Weightlifting. He consistently pursues knowledge and training to not only better himself but to better those around him. In 2013, Aaron stepped away from his most recent position to open his own facility. This is his new journey and he hopes you join him on this Endeavor.