Posts byCJ Kirk

Making Counters Easy

Use these rules to clarify and streamline the Krav Maga counterattack decision making process. Often, students become confused by the myriad of counters that are available to them as a defense is being made, or worse, they become flustered by an attack and are unable to identify any reasonable counter. As a…
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Three Rules=More Students

Follow the golden rules for attracting and retaining students, and your school will be full in no time. If you’re in the business of teaching self-defense, there are more factors involved in securing a membership than we can cover herein. But, experience tells me there are three rules for communicating with potential…
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Handgun Front Touching: Redirection Fix

The handgun defense requires a subtle shift in tactic and movement to optimize your result. I spent last weekend with Darren Levine and the crack instructional staff from Krav Maga Worldwide at Revgear University. While there, the seminar planners honored Darren for his 35 years of service in teaching Krav Maga. That’s…
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Movement Versus Words

Want to deliver a consistent and effect lesson, ensure you remember that action trumps words. I was teaching handgun from the front when I noticed a skilled student with an impressive professional background completing the exercise by mock shooting into the ground three times just in front of his partner/attacker. I thought…
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The 10-Step Efficient Defense Drill

Effective skill-building drills, if done properly, translate into stronger Krav Maga defenses. Most students understandably have a fear of being punched. I notice this issue can be a harmful personal filter in their approach to training and self defense, so I developed the 10-step efficient defense drill as a means of develop a…
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Drills, Skills, and Defenses

Thoughtful skill-building drills lead to powerful and effective Krav Maga defenses. It dawned on me as I wrote the article on the 10-step efficient defense drill – designed to get students more comfortable with defending a bevy of punches – that I should probably explicitly differentiate between a skill building drill and an…
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Krav Maga’s Finishing Knee: Part II

The control hold and angle utilized can have a substantial effect on the result of your finishing knee. Last week in part one of this two part article, I introduced the basic concept of the finishing knee. This week, the video below focuses on the proper way to snap / turn the…
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The Finishing Knee: Part I

The finishing knee is a destructive combative when executed properly. The finishing knee is one of my favorite combatives. An opportunity to utilize this strike typically indicates that the end of the altercation is coming – stopping courtesy of the finishing knee. In the video below, I describe how to properly employ…
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Review: The All-Strike

Image Source By: Amazon Well, it’s a shame that I’ve learned that Quest’s All-Strike striking tool has been discontinued. The truth is, in concept, it’s a great idea. The ability to train by striking a model of the human head does provide a host of valuable benefits, including my favorite – targeting…
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Controlling Dynamic Motion: Three Keys

Control dynamic motion to put more powerful combative on target. If you’ve ever seen a person throwing a series of combatives in a combination that loses balance, slips and pauses, or steps through their stance into an opposite stance, you’ve been a witness to the effects of dynamic motion and the force created…
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Be The Match!

Image Source By: bethematch I have a student (we’ll call him Jacob) who is fighting cancer, and has been for months now. He’s a tough young man with an awesome attitude about his treatment, and as we approach a blood drive and fundraiser, news comes that Jacob may need a bone marrow/stem…
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The Big Idea

There’s no dream too big; nothing is out of reach. I’d like to wish a Happy 4th of July (just a bit after the fact) to you and your loved ones. This time of year always stirs a sense of patriotism in me. When I ponder the immense risk and sacrifice our…
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Krav Maga Knife Defenses: It’s in the Elbow

Want to defend a knife attack effectively? Start with the elbow. I’ve recently been highlighting the role an elbow plays as a reference in several knife (edged weapons) defenses. The truth is, the elbow plays a critical role in successfully completing many of these defenses. In the video below, I outline the issues, illustrate…
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Required Reading: Make Your Bed

Interestingly, as social norms become broader, less structured, even ethereal and highly subjective, this little book does much to restore and remind the reader that there are universal, immutable truths by which to live. Admiral William McRaven does a solid job of condensing his hard-won lessons learned throughout his Naval career, including…
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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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