Episode 232 - Varg Freeborn

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Varg Freeborn is an author, self-defense and gunfight instructor, lethal force educator, fitness coach, a father and a family man.

Born to a single, teenage mother and into a violent home life, he was no stranger to deadly violence by a very young age. Throughout his adolescence, members of his immediately family and many close friends were murdered or sent to prison. At 19, he was convicted in a self-defense case that went terribly wrong and was sentenced to 5 years in prison, for stabbing his attacker dozens of times. His education and training in criminal violence was deeply cultivated during that 5 years…

Following his release, he continued to fight his case and was eventually granted a full restoration of all civil rights. Varg went on to train extensively in civilian and law enforcement gunfighting, tactics, CQB, breaching, close protection, boxing, BJJ and more. His company, One Life Defense, LLC provides professional training to civilians and law enforcement all over the U.S. He is a current cadre guest instructor to multiple law enforcement facilities and associations such as the Ohio Tactical Officer’s Association and the Alliance Police Training Facility (Alliance, OH) and is well known in the law enforcement and task force communities.

His experience with criminal violence, concealment as a field craft, close fighting (especially with weapons), and criminal mindset are unsurpassed in the self-defense industry for the specific lane of civilian criminal violence. He is most well known for his “Violence of Mind” course work, which focuses on the mindset aspect of training and fighting in a way that few have ever been able to approach.

When Varg is not traveling the U.S. and teaching lecture, live-fire or combatives classes, he is enjoying a quiet, peaceful life on his small farm in Central Florida with his Great Dane and a few horses, where he continues to write, and produce content for his YouTube channel (/ViolenceofMind), his podcast The Varg Freeborn Podcast (formerly known as Be the Wolf) and his Patreon page (/ViolenceOfMind).

Certified CQB Instructor (Alliance Police Training), Certified Gunfight Instructor (LMS Defense), Certified Pistol Instructor (NRA), Certified Reloading Instructor (NRA)

Varg’s Website:


Varg’s Book:

Violence of Mind

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