Jesse Marlar

Jesse Marlar

Jesse Marlar is a former United States Marine, and Iraq War veteran. He started picking locks in 2006 while serving in Fallujah, Iraq as an Artilleryman. After his two deployments to Iraq were over, he was selected to represent the Marines on the All-Varsity Marine Corps Submission Wrestling Team, aka The Marine Corps MMA Team. There he competed in 6 Amateur MMA Fights as the 204lb Light Heavyweight Fighter (record 3-3-0) for the Official Marine Corps Team. After receiving an Honorable Discharge from the Marines, and a few broken bones as an amateur MMA fighter, Jesse went on to become an Apprentice Locksmith in 2010 in Denver, Colorado. After finishing his apprenticeship with over 600 hours of training, he tried to take up Law Enforcement as his next profession, graduating from the S.P.A.G. Law Enforcement Academy in 2011 in Lubbock, Tx. However after receiving his TCLEOS certification, he elected to work for the Department of Defense as a Private Security Contractor in Afghanistan in 2012 as a Counter Rocket, Artillery, Mortar-Operator (C-RAM). There he worked in support of the US Army’s 4th Infantry Division at Combat Outpost Honaker-Miracle in Kunar Province. After Afghanistan, he relocated to Austin, Texas to become the Defensive Tactics instructor for Central Texas Gun Works. During this time he also worked for Central Texas Pop-A-Lock, and received over 50 hours of training in Vehicle Entry Techniques and worked as a Technician for Pop-A-Lock for 3 months allowing him to open more than 1,000 different vehicles. Jesse Marlar is a Licensed Bodyguard and a Licensed Armed Guard for the State of Texas, and a Certified Martial Arts Instructor with a 3rdDegree Black Belt under UFMA Founder Tom Cox. Jesse has been actively engaged in the Locksport Community since 2010 and since then has discovered there are more than 31 different ways to open a Master Lock #1 Padlock!

Jesse has even had the opportunity to train in over 30 different styles of Martial Arts, most of which are listed below…

1999 Wrestling-Middle School (175lbs+)-1 Season
2001 Wrestling-High School (215lbs+) -1 Season
2001-2002 Shaolin Kung Fu-Chris Frazier-1 Year
2002 International Tae Kwon Do Federation-Master Michael Preisendorf-6 Months
2002-2005 Catch Wrestling-Tom Cox-3.5 Years
2002-2005 Combat Karate-Tom Cox-3.5 Years
2002-2005 Competitive Point Style Karate/Kickboxing-Tom Cox-3.5 Years
2002-2005 World Tae Kwon Do Federation-Tom Cox- 3.5 Years
2003 Catch Wrestling-Gene Lebell-3 Day Seminar
2003 MMA-Bas Rutten-3 Day Seminar
2003 Sambo/Hayastan-Gokor Chivichyan-3 Day Seminar
2003 Isshin-Ryu Karate-Instructor Unknown-2 Months
2005 International Tae Kwon Do Federation-Master Michael Preisendorf-4 Months
2005 Gracie Jiu-Jitsu-Tom Crouch-3 Months
2005-2009 Marine Corps Martial Arts Program-Various Instructors-4 Years
2007 Aikido-Sensei Stephen Toyoda-5 Day Seminar
2007 Carlson Gracie Jiu-Jitsu-Paulo Fernando-3 Months
2008 MMA-All Varsity Marine Corps Submission Wrestling Team (204lbs)-6 Months (TAD)
2008 California State Pankration Championships 204lb Lt Heavy Wt. (1-2-0)
2008 All Armed Forces Pankration Invitational 204lb Lt Heavy Wt. 2nd Place (2-1-0)
2008 Subfighter Jiu-Jitsu-Rick Estrada, Corey Bennin-6 Months
2008 Gracie Barra Jiu-Jitsu- Corey Bennin-6 Months
2008 Muay Thai-Khun Kru Ruben Rowell Jr-3 Months
2008-2009 Pekiti Tirsia Kali-Russ Nagtalon-6 Months
2008-2009 Yip Man Wing Chun Kung Fu-Sifu Bok Fu-9 Months
2009 Danzanryu Jujitsu-Chris Love-2 Months
2009 American Kenpo Karate-Sensei Mike Stricklin-4 Months
2009 Kickboxing Instructor- Brighton, Co- 5 Months
2009 Ninjitsu-Sensei Mike Stricklin-4 Months
2010 American Boxing-DaVerryl Williamson-15 Private Lessons
2010 Filipino Combat Systems-Guro Mike Jennings-1 Month
2011 Catch Wrestling-Tom Cox-3 Months
2011 Kickboxing Instructor-Burlington, Ky- 3 Months
2011 Coached Youth Wrestling, Cooper Middle School in Burlington, Kentucky-3 Months
2011 Police Academy Defensive Tactics-Walt Bushey-45 hours
2012 Muay Thai-Khun Kru Ruben Rowell Jr-1 Month
2012 American Boxing-Art Cardenas-6 Private Lessons
2012 Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu-Mario Esfiha-3 Months
2012 Russian Sambo-Grant Gilliam-2 Months
2013 Martial Arts of Austin Kickboxing Instructor-Chuck Greer-3 Months
2013 Paragon Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu-Jose Portillo-3 Months
2014 Level III Security Guard Defensive Tactics-Ace Cabellero-4 Hours
2014 Dutch Style Kickboxing-Toby Imada-2 Months
2015 Texas Level III Defensive Tactics Instructor for Central Texas Gun Works in Austin, Tx
2015 Defensive Knife Skills Level 1-Leslie L. Buck, Jr-4 Hours
2015 Gracie Barra Jiu-Jitsu- Professor Alexandre Ferreira Santos “Dande”-4 Months
2015 Austin Kickboxing Academy- Coach Randy Vera-1 Month
2016 Texas Level III Commissioned Security Officer Defensive Tactics Instructor-6 Months
2016 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu- Coach Curtis Hembroff-1 Month
2016 Krav Maga Worldwide – Brandon Phillips – 1 Month
2016 American Kickboxing – Ryan Gillespie & Omar Garza – 1 Month

Articles by Jesse:


Lock Sport Interview

Ratyoke: The Worlds Greatest Custom Pick Maker

Ratyoke is known throughout the entire world for making the best lock picks in the history of Locksmithing and Locksport. A master jeweler and world traveler, this full time goldsmith puts his skills to work with his 100% custom, 100% handcrafted artisan lock picks. Exotic woods and fine metals are abound in his rare and highly sought after works of art. Read further and find out how he became the world’s finest lock pick maker!

Lock Sport Interview

Chris Ahrens: Picking the Kwikset SmartKey Gen 3

Today we are looking at the very first exploit of the Kwikset SmartKey Generation 3. Chris Ahrens has been making huge waves in the Locksport community this past year, boasting over 100 picking videos on his new YouTube Channel, and is now the very first lock picker in the world to exploit this challenging lock. Read further and find out just exactly how he managed to accomplish this amazing feat!

Lock Sport Interview

Larry Newberry: The Founder of SouthOrd Tools

Larry Newberry created the #1 best selling locksmith tools the world has ever seen. SouthOrd Tools are celebrated by master locksmiths and beginner locksport enthusiasts alike. They are highly coveted in the United Kingdom, Australia, North and South America, Canada and just about every country and continent in between. Find out in this interview what makes SouthOrd the #1 tool distributor in the world, and how President Larry Newberry practically owns the locksmith market with his unmatched high-quality tools and unrivaled distribution.

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Gear Review

Gear Review: Perseverance Survival Lock Pick Set

Today I am reviewing the Perseverance Survival Lock Pick Set by the veteran owned and operated company, Perseverance Survival. This set comes with 4 picks in stainless steel and features spot welded stainless steel handles. The steel used is 304 stainless and came spotless with an almost a mirror like finish right out of the package. The owner of Perseverance Survival, James Keeling, has recently made a name for himself by offering a large array of SERE (Survival-Evasion-Resistance-Escape) tools for the online market. This is very befitting since Mr. Keeling is a full-time SERE Instructor for the United States Marine Corps.

Lock Sport Interview

Chris Dangerfield: The Mad Scientist Behind Lock Pick World

Chris Dangerfield is known throughout the world for his prolific adventures and storytelling. Over the years he has amassed a life of thrills, dangers, catastrophes, and personal enlightenment. He is as diverse and intellectually capable as his go-to lock picking set. As a writer, comedian, adrenaline junkie, and expert lock slayer, Chris has created an empire in the Locksport community. In this interview, Mr. Dangerfield will be telling us how he got to this point and reveal some techniques he is using to maintain his kingdom for now and many years to come.

Budget Lock Pick Sets

Best Lock Picks for the Budgeted Picker

Many of us entering the world of lock picking are looking to buy their first set of lock picks, however, the mass number of products flooding the market can sometimes seem daunting. On top of that do we really need all these picks? Do we really need to throw down $100 on a “quality” set of picks or can we obtain a functional lock pick set cheap? If you have read my last post “What Are All These Picks For,” you will know to successfully pick most locks, we only need a few primary picks. So what is the ideal budget lock pick set? Let’s take a look!

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Lock Sport Interview

Interview with the Lock Picking Lawyer

Alongside practicing law, the Lock Picking Lawyer also runs one of the most popular, most viewed, and most respected lock picking YouTube Channels out there. With almost half a million viewers, he is a force that inspires both newcomers and seasoned pickers alike.  Learn more about his journey into lock picking and his opinions regarding the craft with our exclusive interview with none other but the Lock Picking Lawyer.

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Budget Lock Pick

What Are All Those Picks Used For?

I would like to cover budget lock pick sets, but I first felt it necessary to put in my thoughts on the best lock picks to look for in a set, and why. This will be more of a guide on the different types of lock picks and their purpose.

Lock Sport Interview

Interview with Deviant Ollam: The Godfather of Locksport

With over a decade of experience, nobody in locksport has the credentials nor experience like Deviant Ollam, the creator of the famous “Lockpick Village.” He has been cracking locks and teaching others how to do it all over the world since the very first ShmooCon in 2005. Read further to see what makes this mastermind the true godfather of locksport!”

Binding Order

What Is Binding Order?

Finding the Binding Order is one of the first steps to picking a pin-tumbler lock. When applying rotational tension to the plug within the cylinder of the lock, it will force the pins to “bind” making them seem stuck or hard to move. Manipulating those binding pins first will put you on the path to finding the sheer line of the lock, allowing you to rotate the plug completely, thus opening the lock.

Lock Sport Interview

Interview with Hallis Chalmers: The Man Behind the Curtain

Today I was granted the rare opportunity to interview a legend of the locksport community, Mr. Hallis Chalmers. Hallis was the “Man behind the curtain” so to speak in the rise of locksport during the early years of the new millennium. He helped keep the community thriving by running the well-known and very popular website, His contributions to the community have rarely been matched by any other contributor to this unique hobby. In the interview below, he tells us the rewards as well as the setbacks he has witnessed over the last 10+ years in locksport!


Locksport Meetup: February 2016

Saturday night, I met up with the Longhorn Lockpicking Club, at the Spider House Café in downtown Austin, Texas. It is a group of about 15 different members that pick locks, drink beer, eat burgers, and talk new security exploits they have learned.

Gear Review

Gear Review: GSP Ghost Pick Set

Today I am reviewing the GSP Ghost Pick Set found only at Peterson Locksmith Tools. GSP stands for “Government Steel Pick” and is a special stainless steel alloy chosen by the master locksmith himself, Mr. Ken Persson. These lock picks not only come in the 0.025 thick GSP Steel, but they were of the first ever lock picks to offer molded rubber handles! This set has got it all and I personally believe it is one of the best and most complete sets of lock picks you can buy for under $100. There are many companies that offer what I call “budget sets”, but this sits apart from all the others with its absolute quality and performance.

Lock Sport Interview

Interview with Jgor: The North American Lock Picking Champion

Today I got to interview Jgor, a lock picker and computer hacker extraordinaire. He has been leading the Longhorn Lockpicking Club in Austin, Texas for 10 years and has competed in locksport competitions at the highest level. Keep reading to see what it takes to become one of the greatest lock pickers in America!

Brands of lock picks

Which Brand of Lock Picks Are Right For You?

Well to get started, there are over 36 lock pick manufacturers as of 2016, with 1 or 2 new ones popping up in China every couple of months. Lets start with a list of current lock pick brands.