Posts byCJ Kirk

Effective Striking for Self Defense

Join Kravoloy’s first ever online class taught by Chief Kirk – All Striker! Learn the most powerful and useful striking combinations for self defense in Kravology’s first of several personal PhD programs! Don’t miss this! To be blunt, there is much more than subtle nuance between the proper and effective approach to…
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Review: Never Split the Difference

The book, Never Split the Difference, written by Chris Voss (formed FRI International Kidnapping Negotiator) is a compelling and entertaining read. Voss is part instructor, part storyteller – and he certainly has more than few stories to tell. Along his storied career, Voss learned and developed (with his FBI resources) a system…
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MURPH

I’ve never completed or attempted a MURPH before. The workout named in honor of Mike Murphy (known as his favorite workout), Medal of Honor recipient and one of several SEALs killed in action during operation Red Wing (and brought to world wide attention through the story told by a surviving teammate, Marcus…
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Optimize Your Krav Maga Training

Over the years, I have expanded my thinking and approach to Krav Maga – both teaching and training. What was once a simple physical expression of aggression is now much more. As you consider your own Krav Maga training, ask yourself these questions and seek the answers over a period of weeks…
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Emergency Alert Update

I’m unhappy to report that the suppositions made in the March 26th Kravology article “Emergency Alert” have come to fruition, and as states everywhere continue to reopen (creating more mass gatherings) – the attacks on innocent Americans will continue. Increase your awareness now! The COVID lockdowns have done nothing but exacerbate the…
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The Most Basic Basic

Fundamentals are the foundations of nearly everything we do, and in Krav Maga this holds true also. In fact, the most basic fundamental in Krav Maga (and many other movement disciplines) is weight transfer. Without this skill set, the best you can do is hop on one foot. But proper weight transfer…
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Stress Changes Everything

The seminar last weekend started out light…dry work and then some slow partner work to acquaint the class with the defensive movements that would be required later in the day. It seemed simple enough. However, when stress enters the equation, the entire dynamic shifts – in three words…stress changes everything. I had…
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Stuck Defending the Knife

So…I rant and rave a little in this video from the inane, “hold my beer” comments that we have received on YouTube in the past few weeks. I was unaware of the depth and breadth of the YouTube trolls – mainly folks living with their parents lipping off about things they clearly…
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The 80/20 Rule

Pareto’s rule – 80/20 – suggests that there is a division of labor (and/or production) in the natural world where 80 percent of the output (production) is achieved by 20 percent of the input force. And while the 80/20 rule has little to do with Krav Maga, the rule can be utilized…
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A Stoic Response to Easter

(Reprinted form the Daily Stoic) In the year 33, a man was put to death in a way that expresses the full cruelty of Imperial Rome. He was beaten. He was killed—on full display, after being forced to carry the weight of the tools of his annihilation to the site of his…
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Tim Larkin: The Most Dangerous Martial Artist

Despite my attempts at entirely avoiding any comment on other martial systems, or sub-par Krav Maga instruction for that matter, it has become apparent this year that my goal simply will not be achieved. My frustration with elements of the martial community stem from various segments offering self-defense that is demonstratively unsafe.…
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Emergency Alert

Kravist everywhere must be on alert. The COVID lockdowns have done nothing but exacerbate the mental illness that often accompanies mass shootings – or more accurately mass killings (clarifying that guns don’t kill people, people kill people in a host of malevolent and calculated ways). Specifically, mental illness, anger, and mounting frustration…
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The Power of Persistence

Krav Maga Houston hosted its first test in approximately 12 months last weekend – albeit in a COVID minded format. What stuck me about the level one and level two testers in the first 45 minutes of the testing was how sharp both groups looked. The instructors/test graders went on to again…
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Turn Down the Sound

It’s really frustrating that so many people are taken in (that is, fooled) by fast talking martial arts instructors. I should know; I’ve met my fair share of these folks over the past 23 years. Their stories are more varied than you can imagine, but they all have one thing in common.…
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Mask Mandate Quandary

Here in Texas, the COVID-19 restrictions are being lifted this week. As martial artists and instructors, specifically in states currently lifting mandates, we must thoughtfully consider our response. No matter how you respond, there are large segments of your student base that will be upset. That’s what leadership is…making difficult decisions based…
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Caveat Emptor

The term “caveat emptor” has never been more aptly applied than to the self defense industry – where fly-by-night outfits and instructors try to convince the unknowing public that they have the solution to all their safety needs. The problem is…very few of these people have the background or knowledge to really…
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Krav Maga Master Class

As Kravists, we often correctly spend significant time training and focusing on the Krav Maga principles – particularly as these principles directly relate to making self-defense. Specifically, it is my experience that Kravist focus on (1) Addressing the Danger, (2) Counterattacks, and finding (3) Control. However, few focus on the connection between…
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Weak Krav Maga

This year, I have decided (after much internal debate) to call out weak Krav Maga posted on YouTube and other channels. The downside to this approach is the potential to discourage others or otherwise confuse the viewers of these videos (should they stumble across Kravology). And, while I cannot point out every…
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Deep Krav Maga 2021

We start 2021 with this singular ideal in mind…to understand the Krav Maga system itself as a powerful means of unlocking the code in each defense therein. The article below is required reading. Admittedly, this is a voluminous subject, and my condensed summary in the video below (along with an elementary demonstration), simply…
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It’s nearly Christmas…

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. To do so, I must first address the issues that arise as families gather together and celebrate the holidays. Often, quarrels break…
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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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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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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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