Posts byCJ Kirk

High Line, Low Line Combinations

If you’re not integrating one of three similar kicks into your striking and combatives training, you are missing a powerful method of confusing your attacker and opening other targets that just might save your life. Specifically, attacking the high line (with punches) and suddenly moving the counterattack to the low line (with…
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F / V / I

As business owners navigate the reality of COVID-19 and the mounting pressure to re-invent their businesses to accommodate the series of re-opening guidelines, it is critically important to measure one’s responsiveness using three key qualitative concepts. These concepts support positive mental and emotional energy that further supports physical action – as the…
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Krav Maga SOS

The COVID-19 pandemic has decimated the entire global economy. More specifically, the virus has wreaked havoc in the United States across a wide swath of industries and businesses. Restaurants have been crushed, travel & leisure beaten down, and most important to this publication, Krav Maga schools have been flattened straight out of…
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Discipline of Movement

This week, I was reviewing some relatively new firearms – everything from Ruger to Sig. As I worked through my process, I went looking for other firearms reviews on YouTube, I ran across one of the true masters of the three-gun discipline – Taran Butler. I watched him work out a relatively…
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Facts, Fear & Training

As we consider where we are as a community in regard to COVID-19, it is also prudent to assess how we see the various risks all around us. For some, the opening of the Krav Maga Houston facilities has been a blessing – offering training and fellowship at time when this is…
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All In, All the Time

The recent passing of our dear friend Simon Atkinson was, for me, the moment I gained enough clarity to see the Krav Maga community as a cadre of like-minded people that all share something extraordinary. The truth is…what we share isn’t the need for self defense skills (although that is vital). Rather,…
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Blessed are the Peacemakers

Tragedy We are living in extraordinary times in these United States. And, as we put aside the COVID-19 pandemic and witness unprecedented unity from people of all races, faiths, creeds, and nationalities, we collectively mourn the tragic and senseless death of George Floyd. As a man of deep faith that holds tight to a…
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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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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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United We Stand; Divided We Fall

The COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare much of the underlying darkness in our souls – as people hoard food & supplies, fight over toilet paper in grocery store isles, and retreat into themselves in the midst of suffering and death – we see that we have much to do as a people to…
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Fear vs. Forward Momentum

Every decision, at the most elemental common denominator, is an action taken in response to: (1) fear of a negative outcome, or (2) opportunism found in any given set of circumstances. Ironically, the same person, given the same set of circumstances and facts can assess these identical inputs and come to wildly…
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The Counter is Still King!

The huge chasm between the efficacy and effect of a self defense response to danger that includes a substantial well placed and well timed counterattack – as opposed to one that does not – is so great that it’s nearly impossible to describe the difference in terms other than success versus failure. …
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Required Reading: Keto for Life

Mark Sisson’s new book, Keto for Life, includes a host of new information about ketogenic eating, longevity, and what Sisson calls, “The four Pillars” of Keto for Life – Metabolic Flexibility, Movement (and physical fitness), Mental Flexibility, and Rest & Recovery. In my view, Sisson has done excellent research and brought us…
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U.S. Law Shield: Gun Safety Hack

The U.S. Law Shield Tip of the Month brought to you by Kravology is a novel way to train yourself to remember the four gun safety rules: Every gun is loaded until you check it yourself, Never put your finger on the trigger until ready to fire, Never point the muzzle at…
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Dominate Krav Maga’s Long Gun Defense

Check out the video below to turbo-charge your long gun defense where an elbow cradle is required – especially during defenses made with the long gun presented behind the elbow or at/near the center of the defender’s back. Pay close attention to the hand and arm that initially capture the long gun;…
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Organic Overlord: CBD Shots

Check out these Recovery & Energy shots with added CBD – it’s part of my personal training and recovery program now. If you’re not using CBD, I’d strongly suggest you try. The results have been “game changers” for me! And, I can get you 20% off retail. So check it out!
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Organic Overlord: CBD 20% Off

I’ve named my CBD regimen “Organic Overlord”, because it has become so effective in supporting my training. If you’re interested in capturing the benefits of CBD for yourself and you’re your family, I have a great announcement for you. After testing several brands of CBD, I’ve found a group of CBD-based supplements…
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Facing Danger

In the video below, I’m illustrating an important part of the addressing of the danger in response to a weapon being presented at the defender’s back. Move to little, and you can’t see that which you are looking; move too much and the attacker changes the danger being presented (at times in…
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Pushing Choke: Elbow Power

This week I’m continuing to share the power of leveraging the action of the elbow to create more effective outcomes in your Krav Maga training and preparation. Check out the video below and pay close attention to the elbow/capture process. Walk in peace…
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US Law Shield: Tip of the Month-Smack & Rack

This month, the US Law Shield Tip of the Month covers an alternative means of executing the “smack & rack” process – Krav Maga Houston style. In the video below, pay close attention to the hand placement and the associated tactical elements of quickly responding to a close threat by utilizing the…
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CBD – Tested & Approved

In the video below, I’m introducing three “game changers” for my training routine and home life. Each of these game changers is a CBD-based supplement that I have been testing for a couple weeks now (outside of the 6 months I’ve added CBD supplements to support my training). First and foremost, I…
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Choke from the Side: Elbow Focus

In the associated video, I’m illustrating the extreme benefits associated with contextualizing Krav Maga’s plucking defenses around the movement and placement of the elbow. The elbow is the arbitrator between the hand (which often plays a major role in defending) and the shoulder (the rotational axis where the arm is attached to…
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Body Awareness Drill

In the video below, I’m sharing an exercise that I lead my students through to better focus attention and express the process through which I have benefitted over the years. This exercise is intended to create extraordinary awareness of and attention to the hands, feet, and elbows to facilitate powerful defenses, optimized…
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Required Reading: Tim Ferris

I’m recommending an author this week, as opposed to a specific book. Tim Ferris is a clever fellow who has written several books. His logical approach to assessing and addressing challenges is wholly unique. If you are hearing his name for the first time, check out The Four Hour Work Week, Tribe…
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Krav Maga & Indy Cars

This week, I’m continuing to explore the choke front / two hand plucking defense while building on last week’s video. The concept for this video is speed – how fast and how rhythmically should we attempt to complete a defense. The answer can be found in an analogy about Indy car drivers,…
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Choke Front: Two Hand Pluck Defense

If you think you know Krav Maga, check out my multi-part series on deep Krav Maga starting with choke from the front using a 2-hand plucking defense. To start the New Year, I thought I’d start at the beginning. While most Kravist believe that he or she has deep knowledge about Level…
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Punching Footwork: The Dance

In the video below, I’m outlining a solid way to think about the footwork that supports punching in combinations. While the direction the foot is pointed is important, the implications of pointing the feet are much more so. This is true because the feet essentially open and close the hips and create…
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Analogies with Power

Over the years, I’ve developed a method of supporting Krav Maga motor skills that are most desirable through the use of analogies and metaphors. For me, this process helps to better inform the quality of the skill I’m trying to conjure. Recently, I have been using old metaphors to support the Krav…
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Updated Holiday Survival Guide

It’s November, and tomorrow, many of us will celebrate Thanksgiving – followed by Christmas (or another holiday) less than a month later. Yes, the holiday season is upon us. This year, I’ve updated the Holiday Survival Guide to include even more ideas to keep the peace and enjoy your family and friends.…
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Powerful Combinations: Hands / Body / Feet

Throw like a pro! This week, I’m building off of last week’s video (where I featured the hands / body / feet movement process when entering the fight) to illustrate how to utilize the hands / body / feet concept in throwing tighter, faster, and more balanced combinations. Check this one out!
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The Most Unique Holiday Gift

When I think of the holidays, I think – Krav Maga. And, when I think of gift giving, I think – Krav Maga. Maybe that’s weird. So for all you sane people out there, I’m bringing you a super-charged (almost literally) idea for the holiday season. Surprise someone with the most unique…
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Land That Punch!

Check out the video below if you have any interest in landing more punches. This week, I’m illustrating a simple method for moving into the fight within Krav Maga’s principle of hands/body/feet. The basic premise is two fold, (1) hide your movement with movement, and (2) use hand movement to obscure the…
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Move: Hands / Body / Feet

I was a young neophyte trainee when the principle of hands / body / feet was first introduced to me. To say I resistant to the idea is an understatement. My initial thought was – why would I ever move in way that might decrease my power? In short, this was a…
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Super S = Retention

During the Joint Lock Flow video last week, I mentioned that the Super S lock was actually utilized in the flow to support a weapon retention visual queue. This week, due to a request from Van, I’m showing how the Super S lock facilitates weapon retention. Check it out!
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Krav Maga All Strike

I’ve begun to introduce a new program and curriculum at Krav Maga Houston – it’s called Krav Maga All Strike – professional grade striking & optimized fitness. As the name implies, All Strike a progressive curriculum that allows students to focus on striking, combinations, and movement in a format that provides detailed…
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Joint Lock Flow

Back by popular demand, the video below illustrates the skill building drill I call, “Joint Lock Flow (JLF).” The purpose of this drill is to better familiarize students with many of the most salient joint locking movements within the Krav Maga system. The JLF also provides an opportunity to quickly gain repetitions…
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Review: Benchmade Barrage

In this week’s product review, you’re getting a 2-for-1 read, because this article not only reviews the Benchmade Barrage folding knife, but it also facilitates a shameless plug for Krav Maga Houston’s latest product offering. The Benchmade Barrage can be customized. However, this review features the style and finish I personally own…
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Overhead Stab: The Hook

If you’ve ever struggled with how to arrest control of an attacking arm at the point of contact during the overhead stab (or hammerfist) defense, the video below will go a long way in improving your driving and grabbing of the attacking hand. Keep two things in mind, (1) the hooking motion…
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Tripwire

This article is about living more fully and engaging or defending those sacred things we all cherish as warriors. To do these things, I’m going to utilize the metaphor of a tripwire to illustrate a potent concept. A tripwire is a military device – a small wire often attached to an explosive…
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Required Reading: Never Quit

In the book Never Quit, author and Pararescue Jumper Jimmy Settle recounts his youth and his family history in Alaska that ultimately calls him to the USAF where he details his time in INDOC and PIPELINE training in his attempt to earn the maroon beret of the tier one operators called PJs. …
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Deep Krav Maga

Admittedly, this is a voluminous subject, and my condensed summary in the video below (along with an elementary demonstration), simply begin to scratch the surface of the concepts introduced herein. In short, how do we know, when we see a defense labeled “Krav Maga” that it is actually top shelf, authentic Krav…
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Entering the Fight: Final installment

In the final installment of this series, I’m describing and illustrating a relatively easy method for moving from a control position in the front to the back of (behind and offset) the attacker. While I don’t want to encourage anyone to secure a control position and leave that position for another control…
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Mustaches for Marni

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and every year it is my honor to support breast cancer research, as well as, my mentor Darren Levine (and the Krav Maga Worldwide community at large) by working with my cadre of awesome instructors and staff to eradicate breast cancer through the funding of research into…
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