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More Gratitude

Perhaps the best teacher with regard to relationships isn’t failure (which is a superior teacher, “the Father of Success” as we say around here) but rather gratitude. As we collectively begin to slowly re-emerge into society after months of sheltering in place, I wonder what each of us has learned. For me,…
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Wouldn’t It Be Great…

This week, I’d like to share a practice that I use in coaching to help people align and better understand one another. This exercise can be done with a souse, roommate, close friend, family members, and staff / team members at work. The goal is to uncover how people are thinking about…
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COVID-19: Death Threats

During this pandemic, we have all experienced some level of stress around the real and perceived threat that COVID-19 poses. And the media continues to lead with death counts and infection rates to gain and hold our collective attention. Interestingly, during a funeral not so long ago, an older pastor said that…
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GZTac: Full Bore with Chief Kirk

James: First, thank you for deciding to put the GZTac methods online. I know this has been a topic of discussion for a couple years now, and I have been a big proponent of that concept. To start, would you describe the genesis of the GZTac pistol methodology? Chief Kirk: Well, I started shooting pistols…
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Three Huge Steps Forward: COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has created a worldwide “shelter in place” reality for virtually everyone on the planet. If you’re embracing your new normal for the time being, the opportunity to grow – and take three huge steps forward – lies in three powerful concepts (as outlined below): Prioritize / Simplify / Organize…
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Develop a Crushing Grip

Developing a powerful grip can turbo-charge your Krav Maga practice. So let’s get it done! In the video below, I’m demonstrating a grip exercise that can be done anywhere, anytime and is highly effective. Check this out, and work this into your Krav Maga warm up routine today.
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Future Me

How will you look back on this viral pandemic? What will the major theme of your “stay at home” experience be? Will you look back at yourself and see regret, an opportunity lost, someone who “got by”, or will you see someone who rose to the challenge, served, loved, and showed up…
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Difference Makers

While we all do our part to battle the COVID-19 pandemic – most of us simply staying home and reducing our social footprint – many are still at work, because these people and their vocations are seen as “essential.” Think about that. Did the highest paid actors, musicians, athletes, and social media…
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Holiday Retention and Fun

Every year, around the holiday season, student attendance can become sporadic for obvious reasons. If you teach any of your programs in a manner that requires the class to move (more or less) as one unit, you might consider implementing some “holiday fun training” into your curriculum to ensure those that attend…
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I Can’t Do That…yet!

Kids Grow When Encouraged to Apply Effort to Any Problem, Reenforcing That It’s Effort That Gets Results. In the United States, it is common to hear the well-intentioned phrase, “Oh, you’re so smart,” or some variation of this statement, reinforcing in our children what Stanford University Psychologist, Carol Dweck, considers to be a…
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The LASER Process: Convert More Leads

Lead Tracking, Management, and Conversion is Critical Part of Developing Your Business. We’ve recently begun tracking our promotional efforts by getting more serious about how we measure and manage our lead stream. While this process directly applies to managing a self-defense school, the process can be adapted to almost any business paradigm.…
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Critical Life Skills

Self-Defense Capacity Is Perhaps The Most Overlooked Critical Life Skill. I don’t think we can over-estimate the importance of understanding the magnitude and impact that teaching Krav Maga can be for our students and for us. The reality is – if we forget this truth, we do a disservice to our students…
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Futuristic Weaponry

There Seems to Be No End to the Innovation Being Poured Into Weaponry. Over the next decade, advancements in modern warfare will look as if they belong in a science fiction film. Expect to see some dramatic technological changes emerging in our mission to protect our soldiers, the homeland, U.S. citizens and…
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The Beginning of the Beginning: My Krav Journey

Krav Maga has Changed the way I Approach Life for the Better I have trained in Krav Maga for two and a half years, and in that time, my life has changed drastically. Simply put; Krav saved me. Unless you knew me before I began Krav, you would not understand that statement. If…
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Joint Lock Flow Drill

People are often surprised when I introduce our basic joint lock flow drill. The surprise comes from a lack of consideration (or knowledge in the case of relatively new students) around our weapons take-away techniques. In their purest format, Krav Maga weapons take-aways are joint locks that have been repurposed. The basic joint lock…
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