Posts byCJ Kirk

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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Danger Close

Several months ago I wrote an article about winning the fight of your life. In the article I attempted to shine some light on a uniquely human issue; that is, the issue of meaning making and living a deeply satisfying life in the midst of an ever increasingly – distracted, device-driven, see…
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Entering the Fight: Part 4

In a forth installment of the multi-part Krav Maga series I’m producing about entering the fight and establishing / moving in a powerful and effective control position, in this video I share how to take evasive action and counterattack when the aggressor is bent over (typically during combatives). Check it out, and as always…walk in…
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Entering the Fight: Part 3

In part three of the ongoing multi-part Krav Maga series focused on connecting the dots between entering the control position, asserting control, and moving to alternative control positions. I’m offering a two-for-one this week. Specifically, I’m covering a movement in control to another control position, supported by a probable and powerful finishing…
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Entering the Fight: Part II

This week, in part two of our five part series (now at least a six part series), I’m covering the concept of striking while gaining a Krav Maga control position. The concept includes two critical principles, (1) initially using the closest weapon to attack the nearest target, and (2) following your attack in as…
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Elevate Your Language

Through the years that I’ve taught Krav Maga, I’ve learned to use language much more effectively than I had previously thought possible. The circumstances around which I developed this skill are similar to a “forged in fire” situation. Specifically., I found myself teaching a myriad of classes across a varied set of…
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Entering: Fight for Your Life

In the video below, I’m starting a five part series to combine and collapse several skill-building drills into a single, more comprehensive drill that powerfully informs the Kravists ability to move to control position and effectively move in and out quickly in ending the violence. Check it out!
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Stressed Out, Freaked Out, and on the Edge

Someone once said that being worried is simply a profound lack of imagination. That rings true to me. Simply put, stress and anxiety are “given life” through the narrowing of one’s perspective. Think about this concept. When your perspective narrows, it becomes much more difficult to see that the future holds a…
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Punch like a Pro

Ever wanted to know how to make a powerful, efficient punch that lands with alarming frequency? Here’s the key. Check out the video below. This is interesting stuff. I noticed – during a defensive knife seminar – that my students were benefitting from holding a training weapon during punching sequences. The results…
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The End of Days

Die to yourself. This is one of the foundational goals of the warrior. A warrior’s purpose is to serve something outside of him or herself – something greater than one’s self. There was a time (not so long ago) when this concept felt foreign to me – even mildly insane. The selfish,…
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Knockout Punching on the Move

This week I’m covering the concept of punching while moving, and I’m offering up a drill that will substantially improve this skill. Try this with your training partner (or with your students), and remember to start with a 3-1 ratio (3 punches for every one step into an opposite or changing stance).…
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Collision Course

In this life, as many of us mutter through the difficulty born from the chronic effects of tragedy, deeply held regret, betrayal, and profound disappointment in the circumstances, people, and systems all around us, we can also find hope in the knowledge that we are all – if we are ready for it…
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Focus Mitt Excellence

To begin mastering focus mitt work use these three concepts! In this video, I’m covering three additional concepts (the first concept, “dots” was featured last week in the video showcase) to round out the four basic concepts needed to begin to master focus mitt work and the basic technical skills that should…
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A Warrior’s Balance

We have, for years, been told that each of us must find balance in our lives. We’ve heard that, without balance, our health and happiness would suffer. And while I am all for balance, I started thinking years ago about what the operational and practical aspects of balance might be for a…
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Connect the Dots for Powerful Punches

Want a surefire way to improve the speed and power of your punching combinations? Use the “connecting dots” method. Here’s how… The video below provides an illustration of the drill I’ve had success with lately in teaching students how to punch in combination – both in throwing and retracting the punches powerfully…
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Knife Attack Feud: Part 2

Last week I posted a video to assess the issues that arose in another knife attack video (where guys featured were training and failing). As a result, I had several questions came in from Kravology subscribers. The most pressing question was…” What if the counter fails, is sub-optimal, or misses all-together.” In…
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Knife Attack Feud

Ok, so maybe this isn’t a feud. In fact, to be precise, the video below is in response to a video posted previously by another group that prompted several inquiries from Kravology subscribers. The Kravology video below (which includes the other group’s video that generated the questions) addresses the issues associated with…
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Breaking Down Attacks on Video

A word to the wise, don’t get caught up watching thousands of videos of violent attacks with the intention of analyzing and breaking the videos down by identifying perceived points of failure – until you have identified the common denominator in all (or nearly all) successful defenses. Without an understanding of the…
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Beware the Snake Oil Salesman

This is an article I wrote 10 years ago. Unfortunately, the contents still hold true. Buyer beware – a phrase so important and transcendent that the phrase has been found written in the Latin language from long ago. When you train to save you life, train with a professional. Beware the snake oil…
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How to Hook like a Pro

Check out the video below as we build on a concept from the last week – that is, using props to develop the correct movement and angle of attack in punching. This week, I’m focused on the left (lead) hook punch. Keep in mind that deception in throwing the hook punch is…
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Max Out with MAX/OP

We often refer to MO/OP, or the “Motive for Operating”, as a means of connecting to the reasons why we effort towards a specific goal. And, in this connection, we find strength and resilience. What we often overlook in our goal orientation is our MAX/OP – that is, the “Maximum Opportunity” we…
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How to Throw a Knock Out Punch

In the video below, I’m illustrating a concept with some students, using a couple of props, and efforting to focus on the aspect of punching that leads to the maximum opportunity to (1) land a punch in self-defense, and (2) land that punch with adequate power. The issue for most punches isn’t…
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Happy Fourth of July 2019

This Fourth of July, I’d like to invite you to join me in contemplating the tremendous sacrifices and astounding courage of the first men and women who settled the United States demonstrated in their commitment to freedom. To shake off the bonds of tyranny, proclaim yourself free, and dig in for the…
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Knife Threat: Pinned to the Wall

This week, I’m covering what is arguably the most important tactic in successfully completing a defense to a knife threat on the wall (with the blade held parallel and palm up). This tactic will do more for the defender to keep the blade from running back to the neck than any other…
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Carry Your Own Water

When we, as people, use the phrase “carry your own water” several concepts come to mind: (1) water is arguably the most precious resource on the planet and a life-giving commodity, (2) carrying your own water creates awareness of the value of every drop you possess, (3) carrying your own water requires a…
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Knife Threat: High Alert

This week I’m covering the issues around understanding the danger that a knife threat offers in comparison to a knife (or edged weapon) attack. There’s several subtle issue in play here. Check it out!
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Make a Body Defense or Die

Recently, my advanced group has been working on a myriad of knife, handgun, and long rifle threat defenses. As they have moved through these exercises, I began to see that the connection between the addressing of the danger and the associated body defense were coming unwound. In the video below, I’m illustrating…
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Running to the Fire

Yesterday was yet another reminder of why I love working in the community of people that make up Krav Maga Houston. It was approximately six thirty in the morning on June 11th when a huge booming sound caused my attention to turn to the window and the street behind me. I looked…
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Modern Day Epidemic

There is an epidemic sweeping the landscape of our modern day culture and our evolving social fabric. The damaging effects of these tectonic shifts on our collective future cannot be understated. Our very existence, driven by our capacity to lead and to steadfastly create solutions to problems – big and small -…
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Movement Patterns To Save Your Life

This week, I’m covering three movement patterns that illustrate the powerful need for every Kravist to understand the most potent means of addressing danger. Thoughtful consideration of these patterns will dramatically improve your capacity to consistently replicate your performance – and just might save your life. Check it out! As always, walk…
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Cupping the Handgun

In the video below, I’m showing the three scenarios where cupping the handgun during a Krav Maga handgun defense to a threat from the front must be applied. These applications assume the defender has developed substantial skill in the lessons taught in the previous two week’s videos (single handed defenses to the…
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Fueling via Stockholm Syndrome

I was recently teaching a Krav Maga class when the tone and tenor of the students caused a mild eruption in me. I began asking a series of questions to bring to light the issue at hand. My questions made it abundantly clear that the students needed to shift perspective and embrace…
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Handgun for Righties

Check out the video below. I’m offering a solution to another common problem – that is, dealing with a left and/or right-handed gunman wielding a pistol – using the same movement and the same defending hand (right hand redirecting as a preference of the defender). Try this the next time you train;…
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Handgun for Lefties

Check out the video below. I’m offering a solution to a common problem – that is, dealing with a left and/or right-handed gunman – using the same movement and the same defending hand (left hand redirecting preference). Try this the next time you train!
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