Tony Sentmanat @realworld_tactical is a Marine Corps Veteran and a retired Law Enforcement SWAT Operator with over 22 years of real-world experience. He is a lifelong practitioner in Mixed Martial Arts with extensive experience as a Law Enforcement Combative’s Trainer and has been a Firearms Instructor for over 20 years.
Tony also has 20 years of experience as a functional strength and conditioning trainer specializing in functional fitness for combat athletes and is an elite powerlifter holding multiple state records. Upon finishing his military service he started his law enforcement career as a State Correctional Officer, and then quickly transferred to become a Law Enforcement Officer. Tony spent most of his career in SWAT where he was involved in over 800 real-world operations before retiring.

Tony has been one of my favorite instructors for a number of different reasons over the years. I was extremely honored when he agreed to join forces with us at this upcoming Protector symposium 4.0 training event. His mindset I feel really speaks to me as so many elements that I truly hope more human beings can find a way to access because it would make the world a better and safer place. If you can make your mind unbreakable then your body really will be unstoppable and this is something he has consistently said from the beginning. It is also something I genuinely believe and I know that we’ve both experienced during times and experiences on different battlefields. Not only do I respect his mindset but I also see him as a full spectrum warrior. He’s the type of guy that can do you everything from go hand-in-hand straight into a weapon system and maintain a level of lethality above that of most opponents.

Beyond all these things he is a fellow practitioner of one of my favorite martial arts which actually amplifies any martial art you choose to practice which is strongerDanU-Fu you. Tony represents the big boys and has the agility, speed, and power to back it up and I truly appreciate how exemplary that is. Not only is Tony’s background extremely impressive and extensive but he has been making contributions to warfighters, first responders and professional protectors for over a decade and the fact that he actually has a call of duty character model after him makes it easy for me to call him a living legend.

It was such an honor to conduct this interview with Tony and I can’t wait to train with him during this upcoming Protector symposium 4.0 on October 1 through the 3rd and we both hope that you’ll join us as well. At the event you will be able to learn from Tony plus five other world-class instructors and for more information on that go to

Protector by nature and by trade

02:53 – Introduction
05:25 – The reality of fitness as a tool
10:33 – The hardest thing to do in life
15:20 – An American Patriot
24:44 – A true protector
34:13 – How to become a protector?
50:22 – Everybody trains what they’re good at
01:06:27 – Protection is all about the software
01:23:57 – How would you like to be remembered?
01:31:48 – End Credits

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