Varg Freeborn

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

Born 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. In 1994, 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, as well as in strength and conditioning, 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. He  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. Varg also is the head coach of the Barbell Club Olympic lifting program at Crossfit Iron Legion, where he also coaches strength and fitness.

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.

His experience with strength and fitness spans nearly 25 years with a vast array of experiences from hardcore prison gyms and powerlifting in his early years, to professional personal training, fight athlete conditioning, Olympic lifting and functional cross training throughout the past two decades.

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 daughters, his Great Dane and his horse, where he continues to write, and produce content for his YouTube channel (/ViolenceofMind), his podcast The Varg Freeborn Podcast and his Patreon page (/ViolenceOfMind).

Varg’s website is and his Facebook page is Varg Freeborn

Varg will be one of the featured instructors at the Primary & Secondary Training Summit in Logan, Utah Sept 5,6, & 7, 2020.



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