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Meet Coach Tony Blauer, founder of the Blauer Spear System

Meet Coach Tony Blauer, founder of the Blauer Spear System

Meet Jui Jitsu leader Dawna Gonzales!

Meet Jui Jitsu leader Dawna Gonzales!

As we near the release of GoSOLO, the most informative safety app available, we wanted to introduce you to some of the collaborators that are bringing you safety content in form of video that will inspire, prepare and educate you.  

We sat down with one of our leaders and self-defense coaches, Dawna Gonzales, as she prepares her content for you to be more mindful, aware and prepared. We are really excited for you to meet and learn from her. You can find her videos under SOLO Education within the GoSOLO App out next month!

SOLO: Give us your elevator pitch? 

Dawna: I am a black belt in 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu, a women's self defense coach and a certified Life Coach. I have a two part mission. First, to help women feel stronger, safer and more confident in their bodies and in their ability to defend themselves. Second, to help them discover, define and express the most powerful badass version of themselves. 

SOLO: How did you get into Jiu Jitsu? 

Dawna: I started off just taking boxing and muay thai classes for fun and exercise. One day after muay thai class, a friend asked the coach of the jiu jitsu class if we could join in and he said yes. I had no idea what jiu jitsu was, or what I was getting into, but all of the other classes were so much fun, so why not?! Even though I didn’t understand what was going on and it would actually be a while before I did, because it’s like learning a language, I really liked the people in the class and the teacher and how it felt like a community. So I just kept coming back simply because I liked being there. As it turned out, that coach was Eddie Bravo and those classes were basically the beginning of what is now a world wide nogi jiu jitsu system. Simply put, I accidently fell in love with the sport because I liked hanging out there. Then I kept showing up for 12 more years and became one of the first few women to earn a black belt in 10P and now I am lucky enough to travel around the country teaching self defense based on that system.


SOLO: You talk about Empowerment, what does that mean to you? 

Dawna: I love the word empowerment, because I think it manifests differently for everyone. Personally, I’m empowered by doing the sport of jiu jitsu and learning to own the fact that I don’t fit inside many conventional boxes as far as career and my personality goes. But someone else’s version of empowerment is going to look completely different from mine. That’s what’s so great about it. Empowerment is whatever you need it to be. 


SOLO: What is the connection between the mind and physical body that enables your practice to be empowering? 

Dawna: I think anytime that you push yourself outside of your comfort zone in either category, you’re going to grow. So when you can combine the two the rewards are multiplied. A phrase you’ll hear a lot among people who train jiu jitsu is that “you learn to be comfortable being uncomfortable.”  Once you master that concept and then learn to be strategic while in that uncomfortable state, then you can apply it to anything whether it is a person physically fighting you or a problem you have to solve. That’s an empowering feeling.


SOLO: What kind of change can one expect to see in their life once they start to incorporate this kind of training in their life? 

Dawna: The list is endless but a few things are definitely more confidence, better dexterity, strength, stress reduction, flexibility and cardio.


SOLO: What is the best advice you can give to a beginner wanting to learn self-defense? 

Dawna: Just keep showing up. Learning any martial art, but especially jiu jitsu is like learning a new language. You wouldn’t go to a Japanese class and expect to be able to write a book in that language within a month, right? Same thing with jiu jitsu. Keep showing up and learning one thing at a time. Eventually you’ll have a full vocabulary. 

SOLO: How can we find out more about you? 

Dawna: All of my social media is @dawnagonzales10p

SOLO: What should I know that I didn’t ask? 

Dawna: You’ll never be “done” learning self defense or martial arts skills. In order to ever use the techniques effectively they will have to be an ongoing practice in your life. Just like a spoken language, you have to use it or lose it.

Dawna is hosting a woman's self defense seminar in San Diego on Feb 27th! SOLO Secure is giving away 5 spots, check out @solo_secure to learn more.

Q+A with Nate Ramanathan, Co-Founder and CEO of SOLO Secure

Q+A with Nate Ramanathan, Co-Founder and CEO of SOLO Secure

Having nearly three decades of startup and corporate business leadership experience, what was it about the SOLO Secure idea that caught your eye and led you to lead this company

Answer: Frankly, it was Iasha. The mobile personal security space greatly needed something. This was clear to me as a father of a child that recently has gone off to school. I always felt disconnected and looking forward to the usual check-in calls and “I’m OK dad…” text messages. I thought there has to be a better way to know people are safe when they leave their homes. But it was co-founder, Iasha King,  that provided the authenticity and real-life experiences that made this project feel like more than just technical innovation, but the ability to empower people to feel safe. I’m not sure in all my years of startup experience, I’ve ever developed a product or solution that made people at a bus stop or  walking home from a grocery store feel safe, connected and protected. It’s a great feeling to do that.

 

What is the personal security industry currently missing, and why is this a solution?

Answer: It’s lacking a holistic approach. The space is highly fragmented and predominantly reactive. If you want to know about the safety of a place, where do we go? We go to a search engine and search.  You will get stale crime data and statistics. If you search in Social Media, you’ll find opinions and sometimes very misleading information. There are many safety apps that give you alerts. And then there are self-defense tools such as Pepper Spray, high db alarms, Stun, Tasers, and Knifes. These give a false sense of security. 

“The greatest victory is that which requires no battle.” ― Sun Tzu, The Art of War.

We are providing a holistic approach to personal security. We are building a system that provides valuable situational awareness information to common citizens and helps them avoid security and safety risks, be proactive, and deescalate situations. Also, arm them with self-defense tools that are truly safe.

 

How are you better than alternative safety based apps?

Answer: Safety Apps can be bucketed into three categories. 1) apps with SOS alerts  2) provides alerts and crowd sourced content 3) Tools with SOS feature. These are all reactive and some even put you in a constant panic.

At Solo Secure, we take a proactive approach. Our AI algorithm is designed to assimilate information from various data sources, along with real-time data from IoT devices and provide precise guidance to navigate your day to day security and safety. It's like your security GPS, if you will. You get the information when you need it and when and what’s relevant to you. Also, we are connected and our system is always learning and adopting.

 

Initially this looks to be a B2C solution, what does the transition to B2B look like for SOLO Secure?

Answer: Security is a collective effort. We are bringing the App and self-defense tools to the market first. As we scale up we will be introducing our SOLO Drone network. Solo Drone network is a B2B play. We will be partnering with Residential Apartment complexes, Educational Campuses, and Smart City programs to deploy our Drone-Angel network. When you feel you are threatened and you need someone to come along with you while you walk to your car or to your home from the parking lot, you can summon our Drone. With the push of a button from your SOLO App, you will have a drone summoned to your spot. It will follow you to your destination. The drone has Edge Computing and can scan the surroundings and provide 360 degree coverage.

We are Hardware Agnostic - meaning our algorithm can be integrated into existing security camera networks and our drone system will cue off of camera, Lidars, or Radars. Our proprietary AI algorithm that can scan a person for weapons and can alert authorities.

 

What is your favorite feature of SOLO Secure solutions and hardware?

Answer: Oh, it has to be the biometric features. They really are something out of a James Bond movie. If you are approached the device not only knows you are in trouble by the speed, angle and position of your movements, it then only activates its defense feature when it is in your hand. If you drop it or leave it behind it becomes locked and useless to the attacker or anyone else that is not you. The best part is childsafe. 

 

As CEO, what is your future vision for SOLO Secure?

Answer: We are taking a fully connected smart city strategy to our approach. Drone connectivity for one, is a major focus of our efforts.  For example, if you are a college student who is walking back to your dorm at night the added security that drones are standing by on nearby rooftops with the ability to detect that you are in trouble- often before you are, provides a very powerful sense of safety and eliminates all worries. Well, except for the usual worries of test scores and midterms of course. We haven't developed a technology to rid of college test angst.. yet.

 

SIA New Member Profile: SOLO Secure

SIA New Member Profile: SOLO Secure

New Security Industry Association (SIA) member Solo Secure is a consumer-driven company that provides safety education and the necessary tools for protection. The company is headquartered in Los Angeles, and its products are sold online, with a plan for the ability to buy in select stores in the future.

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