In this episode of the Green Ops Podcast, Luke talks with Matt Little, owner of Greybeard Actual and author of “The Way is in Training” about training and his new book. Matthew Little retired as the training coordinator and an operational supervisor on a major metropolitan SWAT team, and is a US Army Special Forces combat veteran with decades of operational, instructional, and training experience in firearms, tactics, and combatives. Matt is also a lifelong martial artist and former nationally ranked competitor. He is ranked as a master class shooter by the US Practical Shooting Association, and the International Defensive Pistol Association. Matt has instructed police and military personnel in the U.S. and abroad, and has taught firearms, self-defense and martial arts extensively to civilians. Full episode will be available NOW for download, on Apple Podcast, Spotify and all major podcasting apps.


The Way is in Training.

This is a book on shooting and tactics, but it’s not just another book on basic shooting principles, rudimentary tactics, or fundamental weapons manipulations. I plan on exploring how warriors should train and fight, as well as how they should live. We will talk about technique, but will also dive deep into fitness, mindset and strategy. We will explore leadership and philosophy as well. So, whether you are a young soldier, a veteran police officer, a responsible armed citizen, or simply someone looking for an authentic life, let’s examine how the lessons of combat and preparation for it can help us fulfill our potential. Let’s explore the way together, and learn how the discipline of training can show us our true selves amidst the chaos of life.


By Lucas Brooks

About the Author: Luke is a defensive training junkie and competes in USPSA and IDPA. He has taken numerous classes from Steve Fisher (Sentinel Concepts), Steve Anderson, Aaron Cowan (Sage Dynamics), Dave Spaulding (Handgun Combative), Will Petty (Centrifuge Training), Scott Jedlinski (Modern Samurai Project), Jeff Bloovman (Armed Dynamics), Greg Ellifritz (Active Response Training), Kerry Davis (Dark Angel Medical) and many more. He joined the Green Ops staff in 2019. Luke has competed in powerlifting meets with his best performance totaling over 1400 pounds. (500 lbs. squat, 345 lbs. bench, 560 lbs. deadlift). While he does not compete in powerlifting meets currently, he still strength trains regularly.

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