Posts byCJ Kirk

The Geometry of Krav Maga

Don’t mistake the geometry of movement with the geometry of Krav Maga. At times, these concepts are identical, but there are also times where the concepts diverge in dramatic fashion. The powerfully subtle differences create massive imbalances in your results. Check out the video below where I outline a few of these…
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Seeking Excellence

Seeking excellent results requires excellent self awareness and introspection. I recently asked the Krav Maga Houston teams to answer three questions in an effort to better support growth and progress throughout the Krav Maga Houston schools. While I asked three questions, I’m focusing on one question today as a means of exploring…
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Holiday Survival Guide: 3 Sure-Fire Ideas

Use Nostalgia to Bring the Family Together at the Holidays. It’s simply a fact families often gather around the holidays, and in many cases, families also argue and fight around the holidays. The result is often counted in hurt feelings, renewed grudges, and feelings of disconnect to those with whom we should…
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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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Defending A Choke With a Stick

As you practice bar arm choke defense, you might also consider the similarities between the bar arm and an attack made with a stick at the same vulnerable area of the neck. While there are several versions of this defense, I’m illustrating what I consider to be the easiest defense to teach…
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Boys Should Be Boys

Last week I wrote about the epidemic scale of fatherless children, not only in the U.S. but also around the world – ending with a recommendation (for those interested or effected by this epidemic) to read Iron John, A Book About Men by Robert Bly. Today, I’m offering what I feel is…
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Stabbing Attacks & “Research”

During class this week, a student brought up an article written by a researcher that indicated most stabs, as researched via YouTube with a sample size of approximately 250, are delivered when the attacker posts on the victim with his/her off hand or arm. In the video below, I break down this…
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Your Morning Ritual

If you haven’t decided to develop a morning ritual for yourself, I’d strongly suggest you consider creating one. Morning rituals can be as simple as a 10 minute process or as complex as an hour long process (focusing on the physical, mental, emotional, intuitive, and spirit). The idea is to set the…
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Iron John: Men in Crisis

It seems as though I’ve been teaching and coaching more and more men that have experienced and now grapple with the effects of an absent father. This fact of life has become so pervasive and destructive that I don’t believe it is going to far to call this issue a serious public…
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Fighting Stance: Left to Right

Many students understand the value of developing skill from their opposite or non-dominate side stance. Few, however, clearly recognize that transitioning back to a dominant side stance is also critical in optimizing self-defense. In the video below, I quickly summarize an example of this transition in developing an optimal self-defense response. Check…
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Root Down & Fold In

The concepts of rooting down through the feet and folding in at the low ribs, as applied to fighting stance and control position in this case, is powerful yet can be elusive to many. In full disclosure, these concepts traditionally require substantive practice – an idea that in some respects is not…
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Taking Authorship

If I had a nickel for every time I heard someone say, “life doesn’t come with an instruction manual” – as a means of excusing poor choices or destructive behavior – I’d be a very rich man. And, while I do not enjoy hearing those words, as incomplete as they are in…
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The Constitution of the United States

It seems to me, as a society and culture that we’ve drifted away from the values and principles that formed this great country. And, while no construct managed by men and women will ever be perfect, American’s enjoy more freedom, prosperity, choice, and opportunity than any other society across this planet and…
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Journaling & Technology

Many of you are now engaging in journaling, either as part of a morning or evening ritual. The process itself is rewarding, insightful, and highly beneficial in keeping a perspective on life and your placed in the world. One of the more popular and useful apps for journaling can be found in…
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Krav Maga: Three Key Concepts

I’ve been preaching three key concepts lately in my Krav Maga Houston classes. These concepts can be widely applied across nearly every Krav Maga defense, technique, or skill-building drill. Once mastered, these concepts will greatly enhance your training and results. These concepts can be summed up in the following way: Continuity of…
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Going Deep

If you’re looking to study the strategies of conflict and the minds that have mastered these concepts through the ages – particularly when it counted most for the men who developed and deployed strategy, I’m going to invite you check out a special book that may very well confound you for a good…
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Fighting Stance: The Blade

If you’re ready to begin with a blade in your fighting stance, as a Kravologist, you’ll need to incorporate the foundational elements of the fighting stance into the subtle shift needed to blade properly. In the video below, I illustrate the most essential concepts to get you there. Check it out!
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Required Reading: Tools of Titans

If you haven’t heard of author, Tim Ferriss, you’re missing out. His first major work, the Four Hour Work Week, was a NY Times Best Seller. His most recent work, Tools of Titans outlines the habits and routines of some of the most successful people on the planet (some worth skipping, given…
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Unbeatable LLC’s Box Breathing App

If you are a Kravologist seeking to take another step forward in stress management, I’d highly recommend the box breathing app for iOS by Unbeatable LLC. Box breathing has a myriad of benefits – most significant is the access to the “executive” brain (the pre-frontal cortex) that is often unavailable during stress-filled…
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Invest In Combatives

In the video below, I summarize the major differences in the approach needed to address the dangers that a handgun threat and knife attack/threat require to successfully overcome the attack. The not so subtle differences become clear in this summary. Enjoy!
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Thank You: Hurricane Harvey Relief

Thank you to each of you that have answered our call for help. As relief efforts, seminars, and other support continue to roll in, we recognize the need to begin to turn our collective Krav Maga community support to the Marni Fund. So, thank you from our hearts here in Houston. Let’s…
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MASTERCLASS: Making Sense of the Chaos

DONATE HERE Please check out the video below. This is our first attempt at offering an online MASTERCLASS series. This “digital seminar” is our third of three installments that effectively concludes this series. The purpose of the series is to support those have been flooded during Hurricane Harvey. We’re on the honor…
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Krav Maga’s Response to Harvey

On September 5th, 2017, Kravology will be releasing a very special series of videos to support those in the Houston area who have been devastated by Hurricane Harvey. The videos will be part of a Krav Maga Worldwide effort to raise funds for those most deeply affected by Hurricane Harvey. The videos…
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MASTERCLASS: Keys to Handgun Defense/Right Temple

DONATE HERE Please check out the video below. This is our first attempt at offering an online MASTERCLASS series. This “digital seminar” is our second of three installments that you’ll see in consecutive weeks to raise funds to support relief efforts for those that have been flooded during Hurricane Harvey. We’re on…
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MASTERCLASS: Keys to Masterful Inside Defense

Please check out both videos below. This is our first attempt at offering an online MASTERCLASS. This “digital seminar” is our first of three installments that you’ll see in three consecutive weeks to raise funds to support relief efforts for those that have been flooded during Hurricane Harvey. Please watch the two…
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Character is King

I was pondering the idea of character this past weekend. It occurred to me that character is most often learned. As primarily a learned attribute, where do we, as humans, learn the concept and value of character? Much of what we learn (or do not learn) in life comes from modeling our…
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When Good is Good Enough

Understanding when GOOD is and isn’t GOOD ENOUGH matters in self defense. I’ve been discussing what amounts to a false choice in class lately – a thinking exercise of sorts. The discussion includes the consideration of the four basic Krav Maga principles and their relative importance (in the context of an armed…
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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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