Posts byCJ Kirk

Knife Threat: What’s Next

Last week I discussed the switch (or skip) step in the context of a knife threat. This week, we’re going to continue the concept of knife threat – specially, the concept of the defender controlling the knife with both hands prior to a counterattack. This is an advanced concept, focusing on the…
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The Long Hard Road

As we continue to celebrate the Krav Maga Houston 20 Year Anniversary, I cannot help but think of the many people that have been instrumental in supporting the school and me through these many years. The list of these good people has grown quite long, and this reflects how blessed I am…
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The Switch Step

Lately, I’ve had quite a few questions about the Switch Step – also sometimes called the Skip Step. The movement is prolific in fighting styles, in that the Switch Step quickly allows for a change of the fighting stance (from dominant side to non-dominant side and vice versa), as well as, providing…
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Required Reading: The Culture Code

If you’re familiar with Daniel Coyle’s work, including The Talent Code – you’re going to enjoy reading The Culture Code. Coyle study of how highly effective groups and organizations succeed is a gem. Coyle assessments are developed through research and observation and delivered from his unique, often novel, perspective. Interestingly, most of…
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Mind Body Fuel Power

If you haven’t checked out the MIND BODY FUEL (MBF) Facebook page, now is the time. Developing a “fat-adapted” cellular capacity through the nutritional plan delivered through MBF is one of the five best things I’ve ever done for myself. The benefits are astounding and numerous. Best of all, the MBF coaching…
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Level-headed

In the video below, I’m describing an effective means of entry during several defenses in responding to handguns, edged weapons, and long guns. One of the keys to an effective defense is to move efficiently and arrive in a powerful relative position to ensure proper access and “effect” and/or control of the…
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The Five Rings

I recently talked with a class about how to bolster the training and results each student generated in class through the integration of the various dimensions of ourselves. That might sound complicated, but in a basic way, we all share common dimensions – physical, mental, emotional, intuitive, and spirit/soul. The simple question…
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Another Look: The Krav Family Tree

If you’ve been around me for any amount of time, you’ve likely heard me talk about the Krav Maga Family Tree of techniques/defenses. Recently, I spent a minute to explain this concept using multiple weapons defenses as being highly related and therefore closely located on the Krav Maga Family Tree. As a…
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Prioritizing Principles

Check out the video below where I quickly explain how to prioritize the principles of Krav Maga. This perspective can support your training and your focus by pinpointing how and why you will prioritize a specific principle for a specific defense. Obviously, this perspective must be trained into your defenses to support…
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Required Reading: The Obstacle Is The Way

If you’ve been searching for a narrative that lays out a perspective and paradigm for overcoming the obstacles in your life; this book is for you. Full of antidotes and living examples (past and present), this book is a powerful resource. As a Kravist who habitually seeks out crucibles, this read will…
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Take a Stand

In today’s world, where so much of what we see and hear is wrapped in someone else’s agenda; where the spin about what’s happening in the world around us never stops – it’s vital to take an inventory of what is truly important to each of us. Today, I’d like you to…
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Required Reading: Mailbox Money Mindset

After a preview by the author, Chris Hotze, of this soon to be published book, I want to encourage everyone to make a point to read this book. Readers might fall into one of several categories that can benefit widely from this narrative. School owners and entrepreneurs obviously will find methods of…
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Plucking the Choke From Behind

In the video below, I’m quickly demonstrating how to approach the plucking motion when addressing a hand choke from behind. Keep in mind, the range of motion, contact point, and plucking line (that is, the path from the beginning of the pluck to the end) are all vitally important in making an…
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Morning Ritual: Navigate Your Day

If you’ve never considered a morning ritual, now is the time. The process is a vital key in “winning the day”. A morning ritual will require that you awaken 30 minutes earlier, but the cost is well worth the benefit. To start, sit up straight, breathe through your nose (anchoring your breath…
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Required Reading – Sort Of

I was just talking with the QUORUNDAM candidates, and as we discussed some of the physical training required to prepare for QUORUNDAM. I directed each of these folks to review the library of exercises (as a means of growing and/or confirming knowledge on the subject of varied, multi-joint exercise) at SealFit.com. So,…
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The Power Pluck

There are plenty of ways to perform a pluck in Krav Maga, and thoughts on the subject vary. As for me, I place emphasis on how closely related my plucking motion is to the instinctive response, and how powerfully I can move across a specific range of motion. In the video below,…
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March of the 300: Part IV

The video update below continues to mark the process of covering 240 miles of work over an eight-day period on an elliptical. As you might imagine, the process provided me plenty of time to think. As I considered my young boys and my older children, I was able to access some clarity…
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March of the 300: Part III

In the videos below, I’ve crossed the halfway mark of the 240-mile, 8-day march. I can almost taste success. My legs and knees are holding, and my muscles are actually starting to feel stronger. There’s a palpable momentum that’s washing over the entire process. Here’s the issue: there’s still a ton of…
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The Warrior Ideal: Ethos & Leadership

I was recently talking with a student who had been seeking an employment opportunity near her hometown. She had been searching for an extended time, and thankfully, the opportunity arose to not only move home but to do so with a great job inside a solid company. She was excited to have…
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March of the 300: Part II

This week, I’m sharing another video from my crucible – 240+ miles in 8 days on an elliptical. I’m not entirely sure that I can adequately convey with words the things and thoughts I was feeling during the process. What I hope is that something I said during these moments of reflection…
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March of the 300: Part 1

In the Battle of Thermopylae, made famous in modern society by the movie 300, King Leonidas marches with 300 of his most fierce warriors from Sparta to the Thermopylae – also know as the Hot Gates. The march for Leonidas and his warriors was an attempt to stall the pressing and massive forces…
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Required Reading: Primal Endurance

If you’ve read the “March of the 300: Part 1” in this newsletter, you may or may not know that the entire 240+ miles of work this march required was done using the principles of Primal Endurance. I relied nearly exclusively on MIND BODY FUEL nutrition with a healthy does of F…
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F BOMB – Fat Adapted Fuel

Starting next week, I’ll be posting articles about my attempt to complete the Spartan march from Sparta to The Hot Gates where King Leonidas confronted the Persian King and his massive army. It’s a slog of a run – over 240 miles in eight days. But that’s not the point. I’m trying…
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Multi-Threat Shield

Check out this quick video introduction to a massively powerful tool for your toolbox. This is a multi-threat shield dressed up like a briefcase. Armor it up to defeat high-speed rifles, easily defeat pistols and shotgun blasts, utilize the shield to defend against knife attacks, or use the unit as a striking…
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Active Shooter: Long Gun Front

While I despise talking about active shooters, recent tragic events near Houston have increased questions from my students about confronting a gun in close range. While a three-minute video isn’t intended to create a solution, I’m covering the basics in the video below. Pay special attention to the defensive variations that can…
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Mind Body Fuel – Your Transformation

I don’t really know where to start. Is it the realization that most of what I’ve been taught about nutrition since childhood is not only false but extraordinarily harmful and disease causing? Is it the key to quality of life through nutrition and subtle lifestyle changes? Maybe I should start with the…
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Required Reading: Primal Blueprint

This book is required reading! In this landmark work, Mark Sisson and Brad Kearns bring decades of collaboration, research and PhD level studies in producing a powerful argument around the concept of metabolic efficiency, keto-adapted performance, longevity, and avoiding metabolic syndrome (diseases powerfully linked to diet, including heart disease and diabetes).
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Krav Maga Shortest Long Line

In the video below, I’m quickly debunking a common misconception about redirecting a muzzle off the body across the shortest line. As a general rule, redirecting across the shortest line is the best solution. Finally, I provide a quick exercise that training partners can utilize to discover the shortest line off the…
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Handgun Front & Inside Defense

If you’re struggling with handgun from the front defense, check out the video below. I’m illustrating to how to utilize the concepts of inside defense to straight punch as a means of processing and correcting errant movements. Enjoy!
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Arm Drag: Tactics First

Below, I’ve put together a quick video to illustrate how a Kravist might employ an arm drag tactic to improve his/her position relative to an attacker or group of attackers. While there are several secondary actions that can be taken post arm drag – such as striking, choking, takedowns, and throws, I…
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Handgun to the Head: Threat Front

There’s a common misconception about leaving the line of fire when the context turns to handgun to the head in front. In the video below, I’m illustrating the proper technical approach to ensure both (1) clearance of the line of fire and (2) the preservation of the capacity to counterattack. Check it…
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Long Gun: Threat Front

In the video below, I’m demonstrating the optimal hand movement in making redirection of a long gun. This also includes the body defense and the entry lead by the redirecting hand. In summary, here’s a quick way to condense your thinking into action in this context. Enjoy!
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Headlock From the Side: Plan B

If you’ve been involved with Krav Maga for any amount of time, you likely have practiced defending headlock from the side, however, there are some subtle aspects of the defense that warrant discussion. The focus of this article is to call attention to how the defense changes if the attacker turns his/her…
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Joint Lock Flow Revisited

In the video below, you’ll see the joint lock flow – but more importantly, I’ll explain its purpose in the Krav Maga training process. Specifically, the reason for the flow (repetition and familiarity), the skill building aspects of the drill as they pertain to joint locking and joint lock escapes, and lastly…
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The Austin Bomber Gets His

I suppose I could fill up several pages with wondering words about why a 24-year-old would create carnage and terror by making and distributing a series of home made bombs. What an incredible jerk. Although I have this clown’s name at the writing of this article, I simply won’t use it. This…
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The Crow Hop

There’s been some confusion lately in some of my classes about the movements that produce what I call a “crow hop.” The movement, named after the throwing motion outfielders make to throw a baseball a long distance, only remotely mirrors its namesake. More specifically, the crow hop is a series of movements…
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Be SMART with Your Goals

It seems that “Type A” personalities are often attracted to Krav Maga training. Interestingly, these same folks often set lofty goals that are not suited for their arch in life or their longer-term objectives. One powerful way to evaluate your goals is to apply the acronym SMART. SMART goals are filtered through…
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Get a Grip

Developing a serviceable grip for Krav Maga is as easy as doing the exercises illustrated in the video below. In all, I’m quickly demonstrating three alternatives for developing a stronger grip – mix and match as you’d like. Best of all, these exercises don’t require special equipment or space to complete. Check…
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READ IT: The Way of The SEAL

Several people have asked my about the coaching program I’m engaged in with Unbeatable Mind and the SealFit community. I believe the genesis of the program took root in the articulation of the tools and practices outlined in the book “The Way of The SEAL” – written by retired Seal Team 3…
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Finishing Elbow: Part II

In the follow-up video below, I’m illustrating how to utilize an additional finishing elbow from control position. Again, there are a myriad of options in this context; so, play with this concept to discover many more elbow strikes out of control position.
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Churchill: Wisdom in Hardship

The new movie “Darkest Hour” biographies Winston Churchill’s role in British politics and policy during World War II. While I haven’t seen the film yet, I have long been a fan of Churchill; a fan of his resolve, steadfastness, and courage to say and do what is right – regardless of the…
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The Counter is King

Here’s the deal. Don’t get lost in the technical aspects of Krav Maga. What I mean is, the counterattack is king – it’s what saves your life by scrambling the intention of your attacker. Until you master this understanding as the foundational issue of self-defense, you’re wasting your time on technical ideas/concepts…
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The most important article I’ve ever written

The most important article I’ve ever written about Krav Maga isn’t really about Krav Maga. Rather, this article is about how each of us approaches our lives and (by extension) our training – specifically outside ourselves. Have you ever considered that really powerful training comes from working outside yourself? Have you ever…
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What If?

I was thinking about the substantial vacuum I’ve noticed lately in the way many people conduct themselves. It’s been so pervasive, I even had a conversation with my wife about the subject recently. The conversation turned into a “what if” talk. So, now I’m asking you: What if everyone in the U.S.…
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Read this Book: Core Performance

I pulled out an older but worthy book the other day, as I reviewed some material I had clung to a few years back. As a Kravist, you’ll find this book especially helpful in securing the right knowledge for “movement training.” Properly utilizing your core is the key to explosive and effective…
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Why Do Dogs Chase Cars? Do You?

I admit this is a weird question, but it’s one worth asking. Why do dogs chase cars? Have you ever been dumb-founded as you drove along and an 18-pound dog started chasing your car…your truck? Why do small furry creatures chase my 7,000-pound Suburban? Why the heck?! The simplest answer is…because a…
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