Posts byCJ Kirk

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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Patterns within Patterns

Last week I wrote about a similar context, but this week I’m expanding the subject matter. This week, I want to focus on 1) familiar positions and 2) patterns in training. Where you can, find patterns that are effective and repeatable, and as you identify those patterns, train those complex motor skills…
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Thought for the Week: Be Undeniable

I’m working with a cadre of instructors and apprentices in developing a plan for certification, and I’m also working with my managers around the planning process. Each wants to know that he/she is being evaluated fairly – as they are. And each wants to know how to achieve the next level of…
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The Technique Inside the Technique

In the video below, I’m outlining an example of how to think about the idea of “the technique inside the technique.” Simply, once initiated, what can a Krav Maga practitioner do to optimize his/her outcome? As a guide, I typically ask (at any point in the movement), am I power, balanced, and…
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The Truth Before Us

The truth is, as I consider the human race, it seems very few of us ever delve deeply enough into a few basic tenants of life. Epicurus adeptly stated one such tenant, of which I am very fond. It goes as follows: “Self-sufficiency is the greatest of all wealth.” These words ring…
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Krav Maga’s Shortest Line

In the video below, I’m taking a few minutes to explain Krav Maga’s short line, and more specifically how the contact point of a weapon isn’t a reliable indication of where the short line exists. Instead, we must consider the size and shape of the part of the body being targeted, as…
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Thought of the Week

In the story, Alice in Wonderland narrative, the Red Queen tells Alice, ‘In my kingdom, you must run as fast as you can just to stay in one place.’ If we were to take that idea and apply it to our lives, what would that mean for us? And, how can we…
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Read This Now!

I’m going out on a limb this week (partially), in the sense that I’m recommending a book I haven’t completed yet. In fact, I’m just a few chapters deep. However, the body of work represented in this book speaks for itself. The quantity and quality of thought and writing is excellent, and…
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Krav Maga & the Pistol

In the video below, you’ll see me demonstrating at the outdoor GZTac range. I’m shooting a course of fire – 10 rounds at an AR500 steel silhouette from just over 12 yards (approximately 40 feet). I’m shooting by utilizing the GZTac grip and the back half (or so) of the GZTac presentation…
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Handgun: Lines and Timing

In the video below, I outline what are arguably the two most salient issues with moving to a handgun threat at the head during redirection. The two issues, (1) the line the redirecting hand takes to the handgun and (2) the timing of the hand movement relative to the movement of the…
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The Passing of a Friend

I’m reprinting a report from Krav Maga Worldwide about the passing of a friend to many us – Kokushi Matsumoto. I had the opportunity to meet and train with Koko, as some of us called him, most memorably during a weeklong force training session. He was an exceptional Krav Maga practitioner and…
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Time Does Not Equal Excellence

I’m preparing to grade a test for students that have been putting in the time to advance to the next level of training, but I’m concerned that some of these students have confused time with progress. Simply training without a clear goal, physical dedication, mental focus, and growing emotional resilience is more…
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Powerful Hidden Eye Strikes?

No, there are not hidden eye strikes within Krav Maga. However, in the video below today, I’m using the concept of eye strikes to accomplish three specific objectives: To reframe the straight defense structure in my students minds To ensure proper physical structural across the body of the defender in the added…
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Bring on the Holidays

It’s been a privilege to continue to support the Krav Maga community in 2017 with the Kravology online publication. Thank you for those of you that subscribe – it’s a much better metric for us to base our continued efforts than others. As is our custom, we will be signing off to…
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Cavalier with the Elbow

Using the elbow to complete a cavalier is more unusual than commonplace. This cavalier is most typically trained in response to a failed attempt to utilize the hands in making a cavalier to strip a knife from an attackers hand. The elbow cavalier is in many respects a last resort, because the…
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Darren Levine 8th Dan!

I’m writing in celebration of Founder’s Diploma holder and US Chief instructor Darren Levine’s promotion to 8th Dan Black Belt. While I had the privilege of first drafting the letter requesting Darren’s promotion to the Krav Maga Association of America’s Board of Directors, I feel strongly that a public follow-up letter is…
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Quality of Being

I’m in the middle of efforting to earn a performance coaching certification with SealFit founder Mark Divine through his Unbeatable Mind coaching program, and I’ve gravitated towards a coaching term that has resonated with me at a deep level. The concept is powerful and directly applicable to Krav Maga training, so I…
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Powerful Reasons, Powerful Krav Maga

The simple truth is, as a Krav Maga practitioner, if you don’t have a powerful, logical and demonstrable reason for every movement you make in a defense, you’re playing with some version of failure in real world confrontations. While being aggressive is imperative, it’s equally important to gain a cerebral hold on…
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The Geometry of Krav Maga

Don’t mistake the geometry of movement with the geometry of Krav Maga. At times, these concepts are identical, but there are also times where the concepts diverge in dramatic fashion. The powerfully subtle differences create massive imbalances in your results. Check out the video below where I outline a few of these…
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Seeking Excellence

Seeking excellent results requires excellent self awareness and introspection. I recently asked the Krav Maga Houston teams to answer three questions in an effort to better support growth and progress throughout the Krav Maga Houston schools. While I asked three questions, I’m focusing on one question today as a means of exploring…
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Holiday Survival Guide: 3 Sure-Fire Ideas

Use Nostalgia to Bring the Family Together at the Holidays. It’s simply a fact families often gather around the holidays, and in many cases, families also argue and fight around the holidays. The result is often counted in hurt feelings, renewed grudges, and feelings of disconnect to those with whom we should…
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Holiday Retention and Fun

Every year, around the holiday season, student attendance can become sporadic for obvious reasons. If you teach any of your programs in a manner that requires the class to move (more or less) as one unit, you might consider implementing some “holiday fun training” into your curriculum to ensure those that attend…
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Defending A Choke With a Stick

As you practice bar arm choke defense, you might also consider the similarities between the bar arm and an attack made with a stick at the same vulnerable area of the neck. While there are several versions of this defense, I’m illustrating what I consider to be the easiest defense to teach…
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Boys Should Be Boys

Last week I wrote about the epidemic scale of fatherless children, not only in the U.S. but also around the world – ending with a recommendation (for those interested or effected by this epidemic) to read Iron John, A Book About Men by Robert Bly. Today, I’m offering what I feel is…
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Stabbing Attacks & “Research”

During class this week, a student brought up an article written by a researcher that indicated most stabs, as researched via YouTube with a sample size of approximately 250, are delivered when the attacker posts on the victim with his/her off hand or arm. In the video below, I break down this…
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Your Morning Ritual

If you haven’t decided to develop a morning ritual for yourself, I’d strongly suggest you consider creating one. Morning rituals can be as simple as a 10 minute process or as complex as an hour long process (focusing on the physical, mental, emotional, intuitive, and spirit). The idea is to set the…
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Iron John: Men in Crisis

It seems as though I’ve been teaching and coaching more and more men that have experienced and now grapple with the effects of an absent father. This fact of life has become so pervasive and destructive that I don’t believe it is going to far to call this issue a serious public…
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Fighting Stance: Left to Right

Many students understand the value of developing skill from their opposite or non-dominate side stance. Few, however, clearly recognize that transitioning back to a dominant side stance is also critical in optimizing self-defense. In the video below, I quickly summarize an example of this transition in developing an optimal self-defense response. Check…
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