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The University of Badassery Podcast

The University of Badassery Podcast is an edgy, uncompromising approach to real achievement and lasting change hosted by C. J. Ortiz and Pat McNamara. It's about maximizing all that you are, and all that you can do, for a purpose greater than yourself and doing it with a metal mindset.

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The University of Badassery Ep. 08: Rick Hogg (Special Forces Vet)

C. J. and Mac are joined on Veteran’s Day by Special Forces veteran, Rick Hogg, of War Hogg Tactical to discuss veterans, Vietnam, growing up in the 70s and 80s, mindset, music, life, raising kids, and more. Rick also provides great insight to the military use of dogs since Rick handled K9s in his special operations unit. And of course, Rick joins in on the Q&A! The University of Badassery Podcast is sponsored by Invader Coffee and Taconic Distillery. Follow Rick Hogg on Instagram Follow Pat McNamara on Instagram Follow C. J. Ortiz on Instagram Follow University of Badassery on Instagram

2hr 33mins

14 Nov 2019

Rank #1

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The University of Badassery Ep. 09: Q&A With Mac & C.J.

Just when you thought this podcast couldn’t get any better, Mac and C.J. devote this entire episode to your questions answering dozens of them! The professors of asskickery cover everything from life, failure, success, family, work, mindset, books, to music, coffee, hobbies, and more!

2hr 27mins

14 Dec 2019

Rank #2

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The University of Badassery Ep. 12: Tony Blauer

Joining us in Episode 12 is a true “professor of badassery,” Tony Blauer, founder Blauer Tactical Systems which is considered one of the most respected self-defense training companies in the world. How respected is Tony? So much so that in the 90s, Pat Mac brought Tony out to work with the Tier 1 unit at Fort Bragg which created a longstanding relationship between Blauer and America’s most elite special forces unit. From Blauer’s website: “Coach Blauer has been in the martial art, self-defense, defensive tactics and combatives industry for almost four decades and is one of the only Combatives experts who has successfully affected training across all the combat related communities: self-defense, combat sports and the military & law enforcement sector. His research on physiology, mind-set as it relates to confrontation management has influenced over three decades of reality-based martial artists. Blauer Tactical Systems (BTS) specializes in the research and development of close quarter tactics & scenario-based training for law enforcement, military and professional self-defense.” What’s great about this episode is that Tony goes even deeper into the mind body connection and breaks down fear like no other. And since he and Mac share a 20+ year friendship, Tony had free reign to blow our minds! Learn more about Tony Blauer at https://blauerspear.com/ “Turn Fear Into Fuel & Unlock Your Potential” Get Tony Blauer’s “KNOW FEAR Online Course” and SAVE 60% just for listening to this podcast! Use coupon code “sentinel” when you check out at http://knowfearnow.com Episode 12: Question & Answers 1. More than anything else, I love pushing myself. Physically, mentally, and spiritually I love to be challenged. I push myself to near physical exhaustion everyday. I love it, however my wife fears for my health and thinks I overdo it. How do I continue this path but be aware of real limitations? When would it be too much? 2. How will guys do things differently after this pandemic? 3. For Mac, how would you advise someone go about purchasing their first firearm? I know I should take a class, but how should I approach this? Seems like there’s so much to know. 4. Do you listen to albums or playlists. 5. Why don’t you guys start a band? 6. What’s Mac’s morning routine? 7. Did Mac ever consider joining law enforcement after retirement? 8. How are you guys going to greet people after this? Shake hands anymore? 9. During the lockdown I’ve been letting my emotions get the better of me. Any tips? 10. What do you guys think about the protests to re-open America? Should we be concerned about government? The University of Badassery Podcast is Sponsored by http://invadercoffee.com and http://TaconicDistillery.com PLUS... the badass heavy metal music featured at the beginning and end of this podcast is provided by our badass brother, Metal Mike Chlasciak (Halford, Sebastian Bach, Testament, Painmuseum). Get more from Metal Mike at http://metalmike.net “Pat Mac’s Keep the Blaze Alive Coaching Squad!” The Squad is a video-based coaching community where you’ll have access to premium content that Mac doesn’t share on YouTube or social media including Sentinel instruction, Basic Dude Stuff, Combat Strength Training, motivation, and more. The purpose is to turn you into an absolute badass, so you can maximize every area of your life and achieve all of your goals! This is not just a place to post videos. It’s a community… it’s a squadron… and Mac is the squadron leader! With help from C. J. - The Metal Motivator! Mac says… “The only other people in the Squad are people just like you. Motivated people who are trying to improve their lives. No negativity. No naysayers. No haters. Just a positive community of badasses accountable to each other in order to create the best version of themselves. You’ll be making some new friends—I guarantee it.” There are three levels of access, so you get to choose how you want to engage this squad. To learn more, and sign up today, visit http://patreon.com/coachingsquad.

2hr 9mins

9 May 2020

Rank #3

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The University of Badassery Ep. 06: Jamey Caldwell (Special Forces Vet)

C. J. and Mac sit down in person with one of Mac's former teammates from the Unit, Jamey Caldwell, to talk about his military career, mindset, and his current occupation as a pro bass fisherman. And he joins us for the Q&A! 

3hr

3 Jul 2019

Rank #4

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The University of Badassery Ep. 10: Lewis & Clark

In this special episode, Mac & C.J. go in-depth on the incredible story of Lewis & Clark and their Corps of Discovery expedition to explore the American West at the direction of Thomas Jefferson. Of course, the story itself is one big tale of badassery, but Mac & C. J. make it more badass with a contemporary analysis that includes Mac’s insights from the perspective of an elite modern commando. Episode 10: Question & Answers 1. What are your thoughts on Judas Priest with Tim Ripper Owens? 2. I wanted to see if Pat could share some inside on how to better prepare for a midnight intruder. You’ve been asleep for four hours next thing you’re alarm goes off and someone is in your house. I myself wear contacts and take them out every night. This is my biggest concern with shooting at night. Glasses are rough as well since they can fog easily if you have to go outside peripheral vision also sucks Shoes are tricky also I’d hate to have to try and run around my house in crocks or flip flops. No one ever really covers this topic and would like to hear your input. 3. Modern metal sounds more heavy and screaming than old school metal. Do you consider 80s metal to be rock? 4. Mac, when you plan your yearly training schedule around the country do you pick the locations first and then get students or do you get requests to come and train then open it up? 5. Are you concerned about relying too much upon personal technology (phones, Alexa, etc)? What’s the best mindset for balancing technology without getting weak and too reliant upon them? 6. Mac, what was the biggest lesson you learned in the forces that applied in civilian life but took some time to realize. Maybe something that wasn’t obvious. 7. What’s the most “unbadass” thing you do or are into? Something that people would think is unbadass. 8. What’s your favorite AC/DC album and why? 9. When should a band hang it up and retire? 10. Are you going to see the new Top Gun? Are you fans of the original? 11. What’s one food that most people love that you don’t? 12. What are thoughts on goal-setting? Daily, weekly, quarterly, yearly, beyond? The University of Badassery Podcast is sponsored by Invader Coffee and Taconic Distillery. http://invadercoffee.com http://taconicdistillery.com Follow Pat Mac on http://instagram.com/tmacsinc Visit Pat Mac's Site http://tmacsinc.com Follow Pat Mac on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/patannamac1 Follow C. J. Ortiz on http://instagram.com/metalmotivator Visit C. J.'s Site http://metalmotivation.com Follow C. J. on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/metalmotivation

2hr 33mins

14 Feb 2020

Rank #5

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The University of Badassery Ep. 07: Mac & C.J. on 9/11, Dark Seasons & Maximizing Your Life

Mac and C.J. go deep into Mac’s military experience when 9/11 happened as well as climbing out of a dark season. They also talk about fanning back to flame the “badass” within you and answer your questions on everything from music to life.

2hr 17mins

12 Sep 2019

Rank #6

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The University of Badassery Ep. 03: Josh Collins Special Forces Vet

C. J. and Mac interview Josh Collins, former teammate of Mac’s from the Unit who shares his amazing story of battling severe PTSD and TBI. Josh discovered healing through connection with others and another way that surprised him, his family, and his doctors. Plus, the Douche Zone, the Metal Zone, the Sentinel Segment, and Q&A!

2hr 48mins

7 Feb 2019

Rank #7

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The University of Badassery Ep. 04: C.J. & Mac Talk Life & Attitude

C. J. and Mac take a break from interviews to delve deep into serious but hilarious discussions about pets, food, family, attitude, special forces, metal, Sentinel courses, and an extended Q&A session!

2hr 22mins

7 Apr 2019

Rank #8

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The University of Badassery Ep. 05: C.J. & Mac on Changes in Life

C. J. and Mac get into dealing with big changes in life and how to find direction in your second season. Plus lots of talk about hair bands, Western movies, supplements, concert safety, raising daughters, the Bicentennial year, our top ten KISS songs and other random stuff!

2hr 6mins

1 Jun 2019

Rank #9

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The University of Badassery Ep. 11: Corona-Cast!

The coronavirus is rockin’ the world, but the University of Badassery is rockin’ the lockdown as “Coronacation,” so this is our special “Coronacast” episode as Mac & C. J. broadcast remotely in order to keep the blaze alive! AND… in this episode we announce something brand new… something you’re going to be pumped about! For two years, Mac & C. J. have discussed a project that is now launching, and it’s a private, online, video-based coaching community called… “Pat Mac’s Keep the Blaze Alive Coaching Squad!” The Squad is a video-based coaching community where you’ll have access to premium content that Mac doesn’t share on YouTube or social media including Sentinel instruction, Basic Dude Stuff, Combat Strength Training, motivation, and more. The purpose is to turn you into an absolute badass, so you can maximize every area of your life and achieve all of your goals! This is not just a place to post videos. It’s a community… it’s a squadron… and Mac is the squadron leader! With help from C. J. - The Metal Motivator! Mac says… “The only other people in the Squad are people just like you. Motivated people who are trying to improve their lives. No negativity. No naysayers. No haters. Just a positive community of badasses accountable to each other in order to create the best version of themselves. You’ll be making some new friends—I guarantee it.” There are three levels of access, so you get to choose how you want to engage this squad. To learn more, and sign up today, visit http://patreon.com/coachingsquad. Episode 11: Question & Answers 1. I have an interview for a police job coming up. I can get the job, however, I will be explaining the dumb shit I’ve done in my past (specifically smoking weed for damn near 20 years and breaking into a convenience store after hours and robbing the cash register).  I’m not that guy anymore and I was wondering how you would articulate that, and the fact I’d like to make up for my less than honorable past.  How do you make real-world statements to political entities (they operate in the black and white, the rest of the world lives in the grey)? 2. Hey, big fan of the podcast. My friends and I were discussing this today and I thought it would be a great question/ discussion topic for the podcast: 5 finger death punch seems to me like it is becoming the Nickleback of metal. Everyone will listen to them but no one really wants to admit it. Do y’all see this as a trend, and if so why do you think that is? 3. Hello! I have another question, again about minimums. Considering the idea of the combat chassis, of course, we always strive for more and better, but what would be a good minimum body fat % to strive for? 3% is very hard, 25% is too much. 4. I’ve never had much interest in hobbies and Mac says he’s “hobby heavy.” Does he think something like that can be developed in someone who isn’t into hobbies? He makes it look like a blast. 5. How does Mac maintain his cool dealing with dumb questions… like this one?! 6. What’s something about either one of you that most people don’t know? 7. What do you guys think about events like concerts now? They’re saying that may not come back until 2021. 8. What’s the most important thing(s) to start teaching my kids about being sentinels themselves? Or more aware? 9. I’m struggling with my attitude and negativity during this crisis? Honestly, I’m anxious about it for me and my family. How do I deal with this? 10. Learning to love heavy metal, but it’s weirding my wife out. What I do, dudes?! How do I explain it to her? The University of Badassery Podcast is Sponsored by Invader Coffee and Taconic Distillery PLUS... the badass heavy metal music featured at the beginning and end of this podcast is provided by our badass brother, Metal Mike Chlasciak (Halford, Sebastian Bach, Testament, Painmuseum). Get more from Metal Mike!

1hr 47mins

21 Apr 2020

Rank #10