Posts byCJ Kirk

Handgun for Righties

Check out the video below. I’m offering a solution to another common problem – that is, dealing with a left and/or right-handed gunman wielding a pistol – using the same movement and the same defending hand (right hand redirecting as a preference of the defender). Try this the next time you train;…
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Handgun for Lefties

Check out the video below. I’m offering a solution to a common problem – that is, dealing with a left and/or right-handed gunman – using the same movement and the same defending hand (left hand redirecting preference). Try this the next time you train!
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Dialing in the Flow State

In the aftermath of the fight, those who witnessed it all told me that the punches landing on my gloves and arms sounded like bombs exploding. At the time, I had no idea all the others in the room had stopped fighting and had moved to the walls of the room to…
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Best Handgun Defense: Behind the Elbow (Part 3)

This week I’m finishing up the discussion of handgun behind the elbow with part three of a three part series on the subject. Pay close attention to the finishing issues that should be considered as you complete this defense. As always, extrapolate these concepts wherever you can to make your understanding of…
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Failure: The Father of Success

For many of us, success has become a matter of recalibrating our perspective around the subject of failure. To make things much more complicated, failure as defined by our cultural has become attached to the idea of finality. In other words, failure is seen as a binary, transactional, and vacuous event -…
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The Three P’s & Purpose

I’m following up last week’s article about activating purpose with a slightly deeper look at the three P’s (and the role each plays in facilitating the discovery of purpose). As you read, be mindful of each word and consider each “P” carefully. PASSION Passion is a powerful indicator about…
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Best Handgun Defense: Behind the Elbow (Part 1)

Here’s the best way to not get shot while employing Krav Maga’s self defense technique addressing a handgun threat from behind the elbow. In the video below, I’m tackling part one of a three part series on how to understand and employ a Krav Maga handgun defense where the threat is located…
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Activate Your Purpose: Part 1

I teach several classes both within the scope of Krav Maga and as a crucible / life coach where the immense and vast concept of purpose eventually becomes the topic of conversation. And, while this topic can be incredibly complex, my goal is always to distill the concept of purpose into the…
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Straight Stab: The Magic Touch

This week, I’m covering the concept of “touch” as it pertains to the Krav Maga straight stab defense (and I’m building off last week’s video installment of inside defense). While a straight stab defense requires a potent touch, the broader sequence of “touch, turn, chop” in making a straight stab defense is…
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The Sovereign Warrior

When many of us conjure up images of a sovereign warrior, we often visualize imagery of a solitary, stoic warrior – making his or her way alone. The truth is, sovereignty isn’t about going through life alone. Rather, the sovereign warrior attains his or her sovereignty through the independent choices each makes…
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Inside Defense: The Magic Touch

It’s well past time that we engage in a discussion about inside defense to the right straight punch. To be frank, the garbage posted to Internet sites about Krav Maga in general and specifically pertaining to inside defense can and will get people hurt. I offer this truth statement knowing full well…
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Throwing Down the Gauntlet

I’m taking this opportunity to make a substantial shift in the way that I approach presenting Krav Maga techniques within the Kravology channel. I’ve watched for several years as others have posted a myriad of defenses that are simply ill-conceived or downright dangerous. My students often react in horror as they find…
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Failure to Defend: Sight Picture vs. Angle

Recently, I’ve noticed that, in specific and complex drills many students confuse the sight picture (what is seen and correlated to a defense) with a sudden change in the attacking angle – as the means to determine a defensive response. To be clear, the attacking angle (e.g. the angle a knife attack…
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Ride Share: 7 Safety Commandments

Use these 7 safety rules for ride share services. The murder of University of South Carolina student Samantha Josephson continues to make national news, as people across the country both morn Josephson’s death and awaken to the reality that ride share services require riders to be prudent and cautious before entering a…
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Krav Maga: Identifying Emerging Danger

In the video below, I’m outlining a simple way to immediately identify emerging danger as an attack progresses. As a simple example, I’m illustrating a high level assessment process using straight stab attacks – where one attack is addressed by in a right handed stance and the next is addressed in a…
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A Warrior’s First Steps

If you have been reading several of the subsequent articles I’ve written about transforming your life into your own unique and authentic warrior’s walk, this article will go a long way in supporting your effort. To become a warrior in the service of the “sacred things”, it is imperative to first develop…
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Breaking Rhythm: Pulling Left

In a follow-up to last week’s video on rhythm, I’m demonstrating how to pull to the opposite side this week (the left side). Notice that the general concept remains intact, that is, to break your rhythm as the puncher by changing distance and angle – however this week we are learning to…
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Quality of Being

If you execute a Google search for the phrase “quality of being” nothing similar to the content and context of this article will be returned in the highest ranked search results. The term, as I’m using it here, is a relatively new concept for mainstream society. But, as a warrior and a…
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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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