Posts byCJ Kirk

Principle-Based Thinking

This week, I’m responding to an email question based upon the video tutorial from last week – where I discussed the issue of being hooked during a defense of an overhead knife attack. This week, I’m presenting the question that was posed and some points worth thinking about. Check it out!
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The Most Powerful Way

After the passing of over 35 years or training and teaching (20+ years in Krav Maga), I’ve come to the conclusion that the most powerful way to support students in learning Krav Maga (and almost anything else for that matter), is to create opportunities (often through repetition) to explore the various facets of…
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Fix Your Problem: Hooked by the Knife

At times, while training overhead knife attack defenses, students become entangled at the point of defense – leaving the knife hooked around the defending wrist. In the video below, I explain how and why this happens – as well as, what to do to avoid this outcome. Check it out! https://vimeo.com/310401031
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Happy Holidays

As we celebrate the holidays and the passing of another year, I’m left with an overwhelming sense of gratitude. I find myself among family and friends, a powerful and uplifting Krav Maga community, and with much for which to be thankful. I pray and hope each of you find time in your…
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The Highest Skill Set: Part 2

This week, we continue with the concept how to think like a Kravist, and dive deeper into the thinking exercise posed last week – focused on the reasons we choose to set up in our fighting stance (and how to understand those reasons by thinking about the 4 principles of Krav Maga). …
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Start Your New Year’s Resolutions Now: Part 3

In part three of this series, I want to invite you to consider your resolutions and goals within a framework that supports prioritization of those goals, perhaps even a stage gate for each to either pass through as worthy or be discarded as unworthy. One of the most well known methods for…
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The Highest Skill Set: Part 1

In the multi-part video, I’ll walk you through the highest skill set – the capacity to think like a Kravist. That is, to utilize the principles of Krav Maga to assess and confront danger. For these purposes, I’m going to limit the topic context to assessment – as opposed to motor skill…
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Start Your New Year’s Resolutions Now: Part 2

Last week, I looked at the motivation that’s needed to successfully pursue and achieve the many New Year’s resolutions that are made each year. In part two of this piece, I’d like to turn to the subject of habits. Our habits, both productive and destructive, are often the issue in failing or…
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Joint Lock Flow 1-3: Knife Retention

Last week we covered the first three movements in the joint lock flow. This week, I’m briefly showing how this understanding can be extrapolated into basic knife retention. As always, train with a training blade, train thoughtfully, and walk in peace.
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Start Your New Year’s Resolutions Now: Part 1

The data simply doesn’t lie. Every year, on or about January 1st, millions upon millions of people across the globe make resolutions for the start of the New Year. By February, nearly 85% of these resolutions have been abandoned. As the year progresses, these numbers rise and the percentage of people reporting that…
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Joint Lock Escapes 1-3

In the video below, I take a minute to discuss the Krav Maga Houston joint lock flow drill and how we also train to defeat joint locks – ultimately incorporated into training at advanced levels where weapon retention becomes the focus. Check it out!
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Our Right to Self Defense Questioned

If you’ve been following the news in Houston, you may have seen the second trial of Terry Thompson, who was being tried again (after a hung jury where 11 of the 12 jurors were ready to find him not guilty) for the murder of John Hernandez. While I don’t have all the…
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Edged Weapons Defenses: CDP

In the video below, I’m illustrating one of the foundational issues in making edged weapons defenses – the transition from redirection or outright blocking to dynamic entry and finally control position. When done properly, this process is highly effective; however edged weapons attacks provide an added level of complexity that handgun and…
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Holiday Survival Guide 2018: Part 1

Survive and thrive this holiday season in three simple steps. It’s November, and in less than 21 days, many of us will celebrate Thanksgiving – followed by Christmas (or another holiday) in just under 55 days. Yes, the holiday season is upon us. This year, as part of the holiday survival guide,…
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Long Gun: CDP

In the video below, I’m illustrating one of the foundational issues in making long gun defenses – the transition from redirection to the dynamic entry and finally control position. When done properly, this process is highly effective; and unlike handgun, the long gun provides more surface area for which to not only…
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Analogies

Through the years, I’ve employed hundreds of hacks to support my Krav Maga training, as well as, to bolster teaching classes where making new concepts accessible to students quickly is of essence. While I’ve never been accused of being a master of analogies, simple ways of connecting ideas and concepts that most…
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Worth Your Time and More

In today’s charged, hypersensitive environment, I find it highly inspirational and wholly centering for my mind and perspective to actively seek out and make time for video and audio of past and present day Medal of Honor ceremonies. These events and the content shared therein remind us of the true nature of…
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Handgun: CDP

In the video below, I’m illustrating one of the foundational issues in making handgun defenses – the transition from redirection into the entry and control position. When done properly, this process is highly effective; if you make a common mistake, not so much. Check it out!
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Handgun Threat: Presentation Front

In the video below, I’m illustrating a vital concept in the handgun threat to the front defense. The bridge between redirection and “getting in” to facilitate and manage control of the handgun, as well as, the counter-attack is the method in which we utilize our arms, shoulders, and body defense as a…
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Stay Focused

I’ve been watching the political insanity that’s been in the headlines lately, and while I don’t have an opinion to share here, there is a bigger issue at hand for Kravists. That is, how do we frame our perspective and approach to adversity? What is the most potent means of managing ourselves while…
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Straight Punch: Leaking Power

In the video below, I’m demonstrating how power can leak from a straight punch. By utilizing the body as a foundation and backstop of sorts, a straight punch or palm heel strike can be much more effective through the contact point. Check out the video below, and as always walk in peace…
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Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Marni Levine

Many of you likely know that October is Breast Caner Awareness month, and I sadly assume many of you have been directly or indirectly (but powerfully) affected by this scourge of a disease. While therapies and research continue, cancer continues to be one of a handful of the plagues of our time.…
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Knife Threat: Posting Right

This week, I’m highlighting my thought process in dealing with a knife threat posted to the neck at my right side. While there are several ways to defend this threat while maintaining the Krav Maga principles, I have a preference based upon my skills and deficiencies. In all cases, my goal is…
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Wouldn’t It Be Great If…

I was talking with a student recently about her vocation, her passions, and the opportunities that were opening up for her in life. She was, in some respects, overwhelmed by the potential that lies ahead – as well as, the very real issue of living with integrity and authenticity. At times, these…
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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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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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