Posts byCJ Kirk

The Freedom of Discipline & Consistency

The Discipline of Consistency Each warrior prepares for the battles he or she will face in life through the discipline of consistency. Warriors live in the service of those “sacred things” that are chosen through significant reflection, research, and contemplation with free will and powerful intention. In this way, warriors live, ironically, as totally…
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Breaking Rhythm to Succeed

There’s a fair amount of work to be done for most of us to discover natural rhythm in optimizing our speed, power, and balance as a trifecta of performance in self-defense. Once mastered, the concept of breaking rhythm to create confusion in our antagonist and the possibility of an “unguarded target” is…
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Fix Your Problem: Part I

In the video below, you can see how to effectively handle the issue of attack variation. On occasion, these variations create substantial danger in performing the prescribed defense. In this case, the threat is a handgun under the chin – as a right-handed gunman grabs and posts on the defenders shoulder with…
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On Being a Winner & Warrior

WINNERS I’ve been talking about the concept of “winners and warriors” for some time now, and it’s high time for me to better describe what these terms mean within the context of what I teach. You can, I hope, imagine that my definition of “winner” and “warrior” vary somewhat from the view held by popular…
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Activating Shoulder: Your Fatal Mistake

In the video below, I’m sharing information that could very well save your life someday. The subject matter is addressing weapon threats positioned to the front. The focus area is what I call, the ACTIVATING SHOULDER. The video illustrates and outlines the issue in leaving the line of fire while developing a…
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Run In With a 9MM

IGNITION Something spooked the gunman. He spun back around at me in the midst of his retreat with a sense of urgency. He again raised the pistol – leveling it at my chest from no more than 30 feet away. And then…nothing…nothing happened. The gunman turned the pistol slightly in his grip and…
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Leveraging the Left Hand

In the video below, I’m outlining the role the left hand can play in facilitating powerful self-defense. I’m using a knife take as the context for the illustration, but pay close attention to the concepts – many apply in a multitude of other defenses. Enjoy!
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ADDRESS THE DANGER: Part II

Within the discipline of Krav Maga, the first principle of self-defense is: Address the Danger. As a Kravist, you likely know this concept. Before anything else can or should happen, effective and powerful self-defense starts with the addressing of the danger. Some may believe that launching a counter-attack is the best and…
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Address the Danger

You’re in the fight of your life – and you’re losing. Worse yet, you may not realize how intensely this fight has raged on for many years now. The stakes couldn’t be higher. This is a fight for your very essence and your soul. The insidious nature of this fight is found…
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Connect To Meaning

In the video below, I’m musing about the profound connection between the Krav Maga community – instructors, students, advocates, and staff. In my view, there really isn’t a higher calling than being a teacher who advocates for others. Hope you enjoy…
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Straight Stab: The Take

Last week, I illustrated the “touch – turn” procedure for making space during a straight stab defense. One of the Kravology readers wrote, asking me to show the take. The request seemed reasonable and appropriate, so here it is…straight stab with some information on the take. Enjoy and walk in peace.
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Krav Maga’s Big Three

You might think that the big three of Krav Maga would be wrapped up in the principles of Krav Maga, and you’d be right. But, you might not be as correct as you have imagined. For the next three weeks, I’ll be writing about the big three – Kinesthetic Awareness, Deep Knowledge,…
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Making Space the Krav Maga Way

In the video below, I’m illustrating the process of “making space” during a defense of a straight stab attack. I use the reminder, “touch, turn, chop” in this procedure – with the “touch and turn” being the major movements that create the needed space. If you’re defending a straight stab attack and…
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The Forgotten Arts

Ironically, it’s never been clearer to me how dramatically Western society has moved to a place where once sacred and culturally significant life skills (and the virtues these skills imprint) are all but forgotten. The irony lies in the embedded video (that is entertaining yet subtly instructional,) as two 17-year old young…
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Create Space, Fill Space, Smash Face

In the video below, I explain the mantra “Create Space, Fill Space, Smash Face” within the context of a straight stab defense. In short, if you’re not creating space during this defense (and many others), you’re taking on an unacceptable and unnecessary amount of risk in a situation that is already high…
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Required Reading: Can’t Hurt Me

I haven’t finished this read yet, but I’m already pounding the table on this book. David Goggins – a Seal’s Seal, as they say – reveals his methodology for overcoming any adversity in this narrative. Goggins is a retired Navy Seal, and the only man ever to complete the tier one training…
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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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