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Failing Forward Fast

As you shift your perspective around failure, you will come to see that failure really is the Father of Success. As warriors in this life, we must seek out worthy goals, be prepared to apply effort in seeking success by learning from failure, and (above all) must create the emotional space (by…
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How Warriors Use Failure to Succeed

Last week, I posted an article on the subject of failure and its link to success. This week, I’m extending the idea of failure as a path to success. Warriors seek out failure during their training (in everyday life) as the critical feedback necessary to move ever closer to lasting and repeatable…
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Failure and the Path Forward

Failure is feedback. It’s really that simple, despite the warped meaning being ascribed to failure by prevailing social and cultural norms. The scarlet letter of failure is so pervasive throughout our social fabric that the fear of failure often corrupts any attempt at success for many in our world. More deep-seated personal…
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Man of Mastery Podcast: Coaching Resources

During the tumultuous season of COVID-19, Chief Kirk began providing weekly life-performance coaching to individuals in the Krav Maga Houston community. Students from various locations have reported how beneficial these coaching sessions have been and have asked for additional resources to help them implement elements of the coaching into daily life. About…
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Field Strip Your Life: Part II

In the first installment of this series, I described the process of field stripping a handgun (essentially the disassembly and cleaning of a firearm to protect or correct performance) as a metaphor for a limited scope, targeted reboot of your life. I also promised that I would subsequently cover three critical, game…
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Handgun Defense: Shot by a Sim Round!

Recently, black belt elements of my instructor cadre and I completed a Simunition-based handgun defense seminar. And while there were many lessons learned, one in particular really stood out to me. But before I outline that critical lesson, some background is appropriate. The seminar started with 18 students, ranging in experience from…
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Field Strip Your Life

Most of you know what the term “field strip” means, but for those unacquinted with the term, “field strip” refers to the basic disassembly of a firearm for the purposes of cleaning the weapon to enhance or re-establish service. In other words, field-stripping is a quick way to address the basic issues…
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Self Defense with a Pistol

Historically across this nation, scores of pistol packing gun owners have visited their local shooting ranges to practice “shooting.” And, many are proficient – even excellent – at consistently hitting a paper target in a controlled environment. While this is an important part of learning to safely handle a pistol, there is…
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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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