Welcome to the "Backyard!"

My name is Robert Bartkowski and my mission is simple: sharing the skills I have acquired over the last 25+ years as a martial artist, personal fitness trainer and healing arts practitioner with anyone seeking to learn and apply the essence of these various "warrior ways" to live a more healthy, confident and balanced life.

it is both my mission and my passion to share the skills I have learned to awaken the WARRIOR within YOU!

Before we go any further, let me take a second to explain what exactly the term “backyard” means: back in the old days, a kung fu instructor or Sifu (a title meaning “teacher” or “one who has gone before,” used the same way as the much more familiar karate term Sensei) would generally have 2 kinds of students: class students and backyard ones. Almost all of the teacher’s students would limited to the class or school, but a chosen few would meet privately at the teacher’s home, in his backyard, to learn the advanced secrets of the art. 

To these students-who had proven their dedication and worthiness-nothing was held back, no secrets were hidden and all was revealed.

If you are reading this, it means that YOU are among the chosen few to receive an invitation to my virtual “backyard,” so again welcome! I am so excited to be able to share what I have learned with you, as I know it will greatly improve whichever area of your life you choose to focus on.

No matter what you goals are, if you would like to be able to:

  • increase your overall level of health & wellness in a holistic, balanced way
  • become more functionally fit and active to be prepared for whatever life throws at you
  • manage stress & anxiety simply and effectively
  • conquer your own fears & build self-confidence
  • explore the various benefits traditional martial art training can bring to your day-to-day life (there are a TON, btw)
  • learn simple, practical and effective self-defense skills to keep in your mental "back pocket" should the need ever arise

just know that all of these benefits-and more-are just waiting for you here. Whatever your reason for dropping by today, just know I've got you covered.  Here's the best part about what I have in store for you:

  • Nothing I will share with you here is "fluff" or fancy theory. These are same exact skills that I personally practice daily and teach to others.
  • You can start from wherever you are! Nothing I share with you here requires anything more to get started than the desire to learn.  All ages and ability levels are welcome.
  • Best of all, what I have to share with you is designed to be done in pockets of your day allowing you to practice these simple, quick and easy to learn skills whenever is most convenient for you in today's hectic, fast-paced world. Remember that the TRUE measure of a warrior is the ability to adapt!

You will be stunned (in the positive sense) at just how easy it is to begin learning and applying the ancient “warrior ways for modern days.”

So get ready, because you’re gonna love what’s coming up next.

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Have you ever felt that twinge of doubt when thinking about what you would do should ever be attacked? Did you ever wonder if the martial arts classes you took would really work if anything, you know, ever "really" happened? Do you worry about your children, spouse or loved ones and their safety?

There's absolutely no need to feel insecure or embarrassed about this topic: they are the right questions to ask, because the ability to protect yourself is not a luxury; it’s a responsibility.

The good news is this: you have all you need within you right now to ensure you never walk in fear again-ever. You are not a victim, and you are never helpless. You are a WALKING WEAPON. This book shows you how to tap into that power.

Your journey to empowerment begins NOW.

Back Pocket ZEN

Finding yourself constantly overwhelmed by feelings of stress, doubt or anxiety...with no idea how to manage it all?

Back Pocket ZEN is a hands-on workshop designed for anyone to drastically lower their levels of stress, worry, doubt, fear and anxiety and replace them with feelings of calmness, clarity, peace of mind and empowerment - all in mere minutes! (like, literally, in a few minutes)

Using only a few basic techniques, tips, tricks and other hacks you will go from stressed, anxious & worried to calm, peaceful and centered-and the best part is that these techniques can be done anyplace, anywhere, at any time.

Fuel Your Body RIGHT!

If you had a luxury automobile, would you pump cheap quality gas in it, ignore the "oil change" light on the dashboard or let the transmission or power steering fluid get low?  Of course not! Yet, this is what far too many of us do each day as it relates to what we put into our bodies-and wonder why we feel so sub-par.

The single most overlooked aspect of living optimally is the fuel you put into your body each day. We all need to eat more fruits and vegetables each day-we all know that-but trying to do so can be a bit of a challenge, not to mention trying to find ones that are 100% non-GMO verified and 3rd party NSF certified pesticide-free...until now.

There's a MUCH easier way to get all the good stuff you need daily, fueling your body to attack each day the "Warrior Way."

Check out just how easy and simple it can be here.

LIVING ROOM LEARNING Virtual/Distance Training

Are you looking for a way to train but can’t find anyone close by?

Do you feel frustrated that your schedule doesn’t allow you the chance to commit to a class or sessions with a qualified coach, mentor or instructor?

Does the restricted availability of gathering and the practice of "social distancing" make you feel like your goals and interactions have been put on indefinite “freeze?”

If so, do yourself a favor and keep reading, ’cause this is exactly what you need!

820EXPRESS VING TSUN CLUB (820XVT) Private & Small Group Coaching

Finding quality instruction in the martial arts is no easy task.  The 820XVT was formed to provide a means for constant growth and self learning via the medium of the art and science of Ving Tsun Gung Fu through proper and constant training to attain combat proficiency.

It is our belief that true inner peace and self confidence can only be attained when one inherently understands that he/she can handle him/herself in any environment, either by recognizing and avoiding a potentially dangerous situation, verbally diffusing a possible conflict or, if necessary, successfully incapacitating an attacker and removing oneself from harm’s way. 

If that sounds good, let's get started!

WALKING WEAPON Self-Protection Skills Workshop

Do you ever wonder how you would react or what you would do if anything were to ever happen to yourself, your family or your loved ones?

Are you ready to increase your self-confidence in real world situations?

The WALKING WEAPON Self-Protection Skills Workshop is a dynamic, 2 hour hands-on program designed specifically to equip ANYONE with the physical and mental skills necessary to survive the brutality and unpredictability of a real-world encounter, regardless of age, strength or ability level!

WHITE COLLAR WARRIOR Corporate & Executive Training Workshop

Looking for a dynamic, results-oriented Workshop to energize, motivate and increase productivity for your staff?

The WHITE COLLAR WARRIOR Corporate / Executive Training Program is a high-engagement workshop (no wallflowers here!) designed to increase self-confidence, boost self-image, and hone decision-making skills that can be integrated into ANY workplace environment!

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