Posts byCJ Kirk

Bear Hug Front: Groin Strike II

There was clearly some confusion about the Bear Hug Front article, given the questions I had from a few of my advanced instructors and students. The objective of the article was to provide information about the INIITATING MOVEMENT the hands make in a bear hug from the front defense. Below, I’ve take…
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The Tactical Pen

Image Source By: Benchmade The tactical pen is a “must-have” for a close quarters tactical advantage in all environments – it’s a go anywhere tool. The tactical pen is perhaps one of the best, most portable, and legal-anywhere tactical tools one can possess. If you haven’t looked at tactical pens in more than…
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Bear Hug Front: Groin Strike

Use this easy movement to mitigate risks and land your bear hug defense groin strike. In the video below, I explain the initial motion to best address the risks associated with missing a groin strike during a fast-closing bear hug. The essence of the concept is to mitigate known risks by utilizing…
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Krav Maga Layers

What happens when students become more that students? Magic! I was recently thinking about how to organize my thoughts in regard to how students come to fill such important roles in our Krav Maga organization. While this might seem like a meaningless exercise, understanding your own organizational dynamic and the various people…
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Kicking From The Ground

Subtle Adjustments To Your Kick From The Ground Could Create Massive And Positive Changes In Your Results. Kicking from the ground is one of the most over-looked skills in Krav Maga. Often, too little time is taken to explain the potential dangers of this kick and the proper way to execute the…
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Krav Maga & Disney

Image Source By: Disney Cruise Maybe It’s Time We Ask Ourselves What Disney Would Do To Improve Krav Schools. I recently returned from a Disney Cruise in the Caribbean with my extended family, celebrating my parent’s 50th wedding anniversary. I’m not really a “cruise” person, but my travels were made much more…
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Inspired by the Familiar Position

Use Your Growing Krav Maga Knowledge To Guide You In Unfamiliar Situations. If you’ve trained in Krav Maga for a good while, you’re likely familiar with a host of defenses – many focused upon weapons. Consider how these defenses can be utilized as points of reference in responding to a threat where…
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Somber Memorial Day

By the time you read this, Memorial Day will have passed, although I fear many of us will not have seized the opportunity to mark the day in somber and reflective fashion. Unfortunately, Memorial Day has grown to mark the start of summer, beach going, and shopping – with discounted sales on…
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Grip the Knife!

Grip the Knife Properly in a Self Defense Situation or Risk Losing it in the Struggle. If you’re thinking of carrying and using an edged weapon as a self-defense option, you’d better give some serious thought to one of the most basic elements of edged weapon presentation. That is, how to hold…
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HOKA!

Image Source By: HOKA Sometimes The Best Investment is a Pair of High Quality Shoes. If you’re a person over 40 years old with additional chronic issues from your past exploits, it’s important to uncover training aids that substantially support your ongoing training. My issues are centered at my knees, where multiple…
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Edged Weapons: Stripping the Knife

Stripping a knife from an attackers hand is one of them most misunderstood concepts in Krav Maga. There seems to be a fair amount of confusion about how to efficiently strip the knife from an attackers hand. Having seen the vast array of variations in the Krav Maga Houston schools, I thought it best…
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A Veteran’s Guide to Capitalism: VI

Ironically, the best way to start a business is to develop a business plan – a written narrative about your business. In writing a business plan, the author not only tests how complete his/her ideas are for developing a business, he/she also tests how clearly and succinctly the plan can be explained to…
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Arms, Core, Floor

Engaging You Arms To Your Core And Rooting To The Floor Will Dramatically Increase Your Power. If you’re looking to increase your power and potency in your Krav Maga practice, you must adhere to this simple rule – Arms, Core, Floor. In short, when you punch, grab to control position, and/or grab…
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Veteran’s Guide to Capitalism: Part V

Brush Up On Your Negotiating Terms To Capture A Small Windfall Quickly. This week we’re taking a break from the process of building a business to understand what may be the most important skill-set in long-term business management. That is, the art of negotiation. As a general rule, you’ll never make more…
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Krav Maga Slow Mo(tion)

To Speed Your Krav Maga To New Levels, Learn To Slow Way Down. The benefits of slowing down your training (and I mean slowing way down) are apparent once the student attempts his/her first 60-second defense. Moving very slowly allows the student to think not only about what is happening but what…
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Boost Your Krav Maga: Teach

Ironically, The Best Way To Learn Krav Maga May Be To Teach It. The advanced training group that I lead had a taste of this concept recently when the group spent 30 minutes teaching each other in a class format. While I wasn’t looking for the classic Krav Maga Worldwide teaching blue print,…
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Krav Maga’s Short Line

Learn How to Identify Krav Maga’s Short Line During Weapons Defenses, and Bolster Your Performance. There’s a misconception among some Krav Maga practitioners that’s developed, possibly, as a misunderstanding in the difference between a prescriptive movement in a defense and that same movement being a “rule.” For instance, during a handgun defense…
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A Veteran’s Guide to Waging Capitalism: Part IV

If you’re keeping up with the prescribed homework… You’ve begun looking into the various means and ways that you might develop your business, you’ve done some basic research on costing, and you’ve looked at other benchmarks in analyzing how you might develop a strong value proposition. It’s time to pause. Up to…
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Parents Get Kids Active!

Krav Maga is a Boon for Kids of All Ages and Abilities. I’m helping coach a little league baseball team – 6-8 year olds. And after coaching a YMCA flag football team last year, I can say from experience that we’re raising a generation of clumsy, weak-spirited, daisy pickers. Now, don’t get me…
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Kravologists: Think It Through

A little more thought will go a long way in developing great Krav Maga students. There seems to be an unhealthy reliance on the Krav Maga instructor to solve problems that could otherwise be solved by the student. This reliance is unhealthy in that it fails to promote independent thought and ownership of…
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A Veteran’s Guide to Waging Capitalism: Part III

Veterans, get clear on the size of your business, as well as the means to execute your plan. Last week we left this process with a promise to continue into rightsizing your venture, as well as covering the acronym MECE and the process of benchmarking. To begin, it’s imperative to understand that starting…
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Veteran’s Guide to Waging Capitalism: Part II

Don’t start a business until you’ve done the math. If you’ve done your homework, as outlined in part one of this multi-part essay, then you have created a list of the types of things for which you have a passion. The list should be general in nature, as the execution part of this…
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Combatives: Lines and Paths

Self defense is often about lines and paths and the choices you make therein. It is critical to understand how and why combatives work, and there are several ways to define each combative. However, there is a good argument to be made that the best way to define a combative is to…
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A Veteran’s Guide to Waging Capitalism: Part 1

Veteran’s deserve our support wherever and however we can provide it. The veteran’s of our nation have been on my mind of late. The human toll and emotional fallout from serving in war zones can’t be understated. Veterans often come home to find indifferent and, at times, hostile people who clearly don’t understand…
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Knife Fighting 101

You Know More About Knife Fighting Than You Think, When You See It As Fighting With A Knife. So many people ask for knife fighting seminars these days that I wonder what is driving the demand. Perhaps it is the seeming increase in edged weapons violence, as covered by the media. The…
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Telegraphing Tips

Improve your Krav Maga dramatically by avoiding the telegraphing of movement. If you’re not actively working to prevent the telegraphing of movement, you’re making a huge mistake. Telegraphing is akin to setting off the early warning system of your attackers brain – sending him or her into response mode. Ideally, Krav practitioners…
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Krav Maga Instructors: Prove It

There are no bad students (usually), only poor instructors. Krav Maga is the system built for everyone – that’s what we tell out students. And, it’s true. And in this knowledge, it’s up to the instructor to prove it. Lately, I’ve been amazed at the progress I’ve seen in the classroom -…
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Krav Maga: Long Gun Grappling

Learn To Logically Isolate Areas Of A Krav Maga Defense Where Trouble Might Occur And Develop A New Skill Set In Solving The Problem. This week I’m attempting to accomplish three important objectives: (1) ask each Kravis to consider the drill that I’m illustrating as a skill-building exercise, (2) facilitate thinking around…
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Walk in Peace

Have You Considered The Kravist’s Highest Calling In Your Daily Work? Imi left us all a goal to strive for in our Krav Maga training – to walk in peace. The most basic meaning of these words was meant to inspire each Kravist to achieve a tremendous level of proficiency – so…
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Live Now, Learn Now

Gain The Right Perspective, And The Path Forward Is Revealed. Often, we, as Krav Maga practitioners, yearn for the capacity to do great things – such as defend a live blade, or make a lighting fast handgun defense, or even punch with such speed, power, and ferocity that a knock out is a…
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Krav Maga Long Gun Defenses: 4 Keys to Success

Use These Four Keys to Super-Charge you Krav Maga Long Gun Defenses. Utilizing physical queues is often the most powerful means of developing effective and consistent defenses. In the article and video, I’m illustrating four physical queues that can substantially improve performance, in this case, when executing a defense against a long threat…
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Here’s to Mom’s Everywhere

Here’s to Mom The topic of mothers doesn’t directly relate to Krav Maga, although it’s clear that for most children training in Krav Maga, their ability to continue training rests heavily on mom. Not to say dads don’t play a role, and for single dads (or single moms),the role of both parents…
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The Hook Punch: Stir the Pot

Here’s a Drill to Help You Optimize Your Krav Maga Hook Punch. The Krav Maga hook punch is taught many different ways–some good, some, not so much. And, the hook punch has a fair amount of nuance in that the process for throwing the punch is rightly modified based on upon angle…
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An Open Letter

The Chief Finds His Words This letter is long overdue, and I’ve been stunned by the events of the past few months. So much so, that I’ve had trouble finding the right words to fully convey my deep appreciation to those who have made these past few months so memorable. I suppose,…
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Darren Levine: On The Edge

If You Want to Learn to Defend an Edged Weapon, Train with the Best! Last weekend, Krav Maga Houston hosted Darren Levine for a jam-packed seminar filled with edged weapons defenses and dynamic drills. While it’s always fun to have Darren in Houston, this seminar really brought out the best in the…
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Empty Vessels

In Learning Krav Maga it’s Better to Show Up With a Blank Slate Than One Scarred Littered With Old Notions. I’m usually a ‘cup-half-full’ kind of guy when it comes to life and it’s many challenges, but today I’m going to invite you to show up with your cup fully empty. If…
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Low Hanging Fruit: Making Your Krav Maga Work

Properly Apply the Concept of “Reach” and Your Krav Maga Will Improve Dramatically. Although I’ve written about this topic in a narrow context, it has become clear that the concept is not being applied across the many defenses where it can have major effect. The concept I’m referring to is the “reach”…
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Start Winning!

Vince Lombardi Once Said, “Winning Is Not A Sometime Thing; It’s an All The Time Thing.” He Was Right. Well, it’s getting late, and I’m still awake – even though I have an 0430 alarm set to disrupt my slumber for my morning Advanced Programming class. By the way, after a good deal of…
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Krav Maga: Layering Your Knowledge

Develop a Sense for how to Layer your Krav Maga Knowledge to Reach your Training Goals. Layering knowledge is a vast concept, and it includes developing a process for understanding how seemingly disparate information can be connected to form layers or fields that support or re-enforce one another in action (in this case)…
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Krav Maga Kids: Intention Creates Outcome

An Epidemic Has Broken Out Among Our Children – Ignorance Driven by Lack of Guidance. I often tell my instructors that they forget how much they really know until they circle back to an introductory class we hold on Saturday mornings. The look on their faces is both revealing and predictable. In…
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Krav Maga: Optimizing Arm Attacks

Optimize Your arm Movement to Sharpen Your Defenses. Often times, students confuse the role of the upper arm (shoulder to elbow) and the lower arm (elbow to hand) play in moving to make defenses such as an inside defense, 360 defense, and/or outside defense. All to often, students reach further than is…
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Does Courage Exist?

Courage is True Test of Virtues Deeply Held or Loosely Subscribed. C. S. Lewis once said: “Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point.” He was correct, as he often was, in his assertion about courage. In some sense, courage is not…
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Slowing Down

Slow Down to Speed Up Your Krav Maga Progress. I’m in the process of on-boarding a new class of Advanced Programming students, and the experience again reminds me of the need for students to slow down in their training to allow self-awareness to guide their actions (thus allowing them to better understand and…
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Krav Maga’s Tactical Fighting Stance

Consider What is Being Communicated by the Choices Being Made. I was teaching inside defense when the question came. I was encouraging each student to make a large box with the arms to invite the attack into the centerline. The question – “is it the case, then, that Krav Maga prefers to…
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Sure-Fire Inside Defense Secrets

Without the Knowledge to Move Properly, Your Inside Defense Will Falter. Inside defense to a right straight punch is one of the most important techniques to learn in your Krav Maga training, particularly as a new student. While most have a viable instinctive response to a threat that requires a 360 defense,…
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Getting to “Why”

If You “Why” is Strong Enough, You Can Do Virtually Anything. I recently pondered the brutal training Navy Seal candidates go through during their training – especially hell week. Hell week comes early in the training to weed out any man not totally committed to the calling. Yes, I said calling. Consider…
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Holiday Survival Guide: Part II

With the Christmas holiday and many others just around the corner, I thought it appropriate to follow-up my Thanksgiving Survival Guide with a part two installment. The truth is, the holidays should be filled with family and togetherness. Unfortunately for many, the holidays are tough due to strain and stress within the…
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Shoulder Rolling

Rolling Wit the Punches is far More Than a Phrase; It’s a Potent Concept. While I don’t often recommend a shoulder roll as a first line of defense for a myriad of reasons too plentiful to examine here, the shoulder roll is a viable defense as a last resort in self defense or…
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