He is the holder of multiple black belts & certifications, a former martial arts champion fighting competitively in a variety of competitions and venues for more than a decade in both sanctioned and unsanctioned fights (underground fights). Jim has worked as a bodyguard and was a bouncer at one of New Jersey’s most infamous clubs, City Gardens which was the premiere venue for underground music throughout the 1980s and well into the ’90s. A squat, warehouse covered in layers of mangled graffiti; City Gardens was larger than a club (it held almost 1,100 people) and in one of the worst neighborhoods in Trenton NJ.
During its time, City Gardens hosted a multitude of live events that traversed the entertainment spectrum; everything from the comedy of Henny Youngman and Sam Kinison to the raging chaos of bands like The Butthole Surfers and The Exploited. Punk, Hardcore, New Wave, Heavy Metal, Hip-Hop, Ska, Reggae, Oi!, Industrial, Alternative, Funk, Goth… Bands like Nirvana, Jane’s Addiction, Sinead O’Connor, Green Day, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Faith No More, The Beastie Boys, Nine Inch Nails, Joan Jett and dozens of others who went on to international success. Also legends like The Ramones, Iggy Pop, Agnostic Front, The Circle Jerks, Cro-Mags, UK Subs, The Pogues, The Mentors, Joe Strummer, Fugazi, The Toasters, Dead Kennedys, Sham 69, Peter Murphy, Soundgarden, Slayer, Black Flag, The Bad Brains and literally hundreds more… As a result of working such a club he was forced to use his martial arts on a daily basis being involved in hundreds of altercations through the years involving everything from weapons to multiple opponents giving him a real world perspective on what works. He has starred in 20 bestselling martial arts DVD’s is the trainer of many boxing, MMA & submission champions & competitors as well as an MMA, boxing and seminar promoter. Jim is the host of Primal Radio which airs internationally weekly with listeners in 171 different countries. Jim has taught over 300 seminars over the past 10 years and continues to teach in dozens of cities throughout the world ever year
He has not just studied and practiced in a safe gym environment under controlled circumstances. He has actually faced murderers on the street. He has fought multiple attackers at once, disarmed subjects with knives, guns, countless other improvised weapons, and he has received multiple letters of commendation. Mike has a strong back ground in street survival tactics and combat shooting. He has been training in close quarters combat and martial arts for over 20 years and teaches seminars all over the country. He knows that it’s the meanest dog in the fight that is going to win, not the biggest.
Mike graduated from Montgomery County Police Academy with a 4.0 GPA and is certified by the NJ College & University Public Safety Association. Recently, Mike was appointed to the board of directors of AWSDA (American Women’s Self-Defense Association), which is a non-profit 501C3. Mike oversees the training qualifications of their instructors on a national level, as well as trains regional reps. Mike has also written articles, been sought out for his expertise in the field, and has been quoted in multiple national publications.
Some of his certifications include:
Unarmed Combat Level 10 Black Belt Instructor including-
- Jun Fan
- Jeet Kune Do
- Combat grappling
- Muay Thai kick boxing
1st Degree Black Belt CQC (Close Quarter Combatives) – Jim McCann
Officer safety conflict resolution
American combat grappling
Scientific Fighting Congress International Combat
Instructors Level 3 advanced instructor
Pressure Point Control TacticsCPR/AED
In Memory of June Bug Livingston