Posts byCJ Kirk

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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Organic Overlord: CBD 20% Off

I’ve named my CBD regimen “Organic Overlord”, because it has become so effective in supporting my training. If you’re interested in capturing the benefits of CBD for yourself and you’re your family, I have a great announcement for you. After testing several brands of CBD, I’ve found a group of CBD-based supplements…
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Facing Danger

In the video below, I’m illustrating an important part of the addressing of the danger in response to a weapon being presented at the defender’s back. Move to little, and you can’t see that which you are looking; move too much and the attacker changes the danger being presented (at times in…
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Pushing Choke: Elbow Power

This week I’m continuing to share the power of leveraging the action of the elbow to create more effective outcomes in your Krav Maga training and preparation. Check out the video below and pay close attention to the elbow/capture process. Walk in peace…
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US Law Shield: Tip of the Month-Smack & Rack

This month, the US Law Shield Tip of the Month covers an alternative means of executing the “smack & rack” process – Krav Maga Houston style. In the video below, pay close attention to the hand placement and the associated tactical elements of quickly responding to a close threat by utilizing the…
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CBD – Tested & Approved

In the video below, I’m introducing three “game changers” for my training routine and home life. Each of these game changers is a CBD-based supplement that I have been testing for a couple weeks now (outside of the 6 months I’ve added CBD supplements to support my training). First and foremost, I…
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Choke from the Side: Elbow Focus

In the associated video, I’m illustrating the extreme benefits associated with contextualizing Krav Maga’s plucking defenses around the movement and placement of the elbow. The elbow is the arbitrator between the hand (which often plays a major role in defending) and the shoulder (the rotational axis where the arm is attached to…
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Body Awareness Drill

In the video below, I’m sharing an exercise that I lead my students through to better focus attention and express the process through which I have benefitted over the years. This exercise is intended to create extraordinary awareness of and attention to the hands, feet, and elbows to facilitate powerful defenses, optimized…
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Required Reading: Tim Ferris

I’m recommending an author this week, as opposed to a specific book. Tim Ferris is a clever fellow who has written several books. His logical approach to assessing and addressing challenges is wholly unique. If you are hearing his name for the first time, check out The Four Hour Work Week, Tribe…
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Krav Maga & Indy Cars

This week, I’m continuing to explore the choke front / two hand plucking defense while building on last week’s video. The concept for this video is speed – how fast and how rhythmically should we attempt to complete a defense. The answer can be found in an analogy about Indy car drivers,…
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Choke Front: Two Hand Pluck Defense

If you think you know Krav Maga, check out my multi-part series on deep Krav Maga starting with choke from the front using a 2-hand plucking defense. To start the New Year, I thought I’d start at the beginning. While most Kravist believe that he or she has deep knowledge about Level…
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Punching Footwork: The Dance

In the video below, I’m outlining a solid way to think about the footwork that supports punching in combinations. While the direction the foot is pointed is important, the implications of pointing the feet are much more so. This is true because the feet essentially open and close the hips and create…
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Analogies with Power

Over the years, I’ve developed a method of supporting Krav Maga motor skills that are most desirable through the use of analogies and metaphors. For me, this process helps to better inform the quality of the skill I’m trying to conjure. Recently, I have been using old metaphors to support the Krav…
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Updated Holiday Survival Guide

It’s November, and tomorrow, many of us will celebrate Thanksgiving – followed by Christmas (or another holiday) less than a month later. 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.…
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Powerful Combinations: Hands / Body / Feet

Throw like a pro! This week, I’m building off of last week’s video (where I featured the hands / body / feet movement process when entering the fight) to illustrate how to utilize the hands / body / feet concept in throwing tighter, faster, and more balanced combinations. Check this one out!
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The Most Unique Holiday Gift

When I think of the holidays, I think – Krav Maga. And, when I think of gift giving, I think – Krav Maga. Maybe that’s weird. So for all you sane people out there, I’m bringing you a super-charged (almost literally) idea for the holiday season. Surprise someone with the most unique…
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Land That Punch!

Check out the video below if you have any interest in landing more punches. This week, I’m illustrating a simple method for moving into the fight within Krav Maga’s principle of hands/body/feet. The basic premise is two fold, (1) hide your movement with movement, and (2) use hand movement to obscure the…
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Move: Hands / Body / Feet

I was a young neophyte trainee when the principle of hands / body / feet was first introduced to me. To say I resistant to the idea is an understatement. My initial thought was – why would I ever move in way that might decrease my power? In short, this was a…
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Super S = Retention

During the Joint Lock Flow video last week, I mentioned that the Super S lock was actually utilized in the flow to support a weapon retention visual queue. This week, due to a request from Van, I’m showing how the Super S lock facilitates weapon retention. Check it out!
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Krav Maga All Strike

I’ve begun to introduce a new program and curriculum at Krav Maga Houston – it’s called Krav Maga All Strike – professional grade striking & optimized fitness. As the name implies, All Strike a progressive curriculum that allows students to focus on striking, combinations, and movement in a format that provides detailed…
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Joint Lock Flow

Back by popular demand, the video below illustrates the skill building drill I call, “Joint Lock Flow (JLF).” The purpose of this drill is to better familiarize students with many of the most salient joint locking movements within the Krav Maga system. The JLF also provides an opportunity to quickly gain repetitions…
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Review: Benchmade Barrage

In this week’s product review, you’re getting a 2-for-1 read, because this article not only reviews the Benchmade Barrage folding knife, but it also facilitates a shameless plug for Krav Maga Houston’s latest product offering. The Benchmade Barrage can be customized. However, this review features the style and finish I personally own…
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Overhead Stab: The Hook

If you’ve ever struggled with how to arrest control of an attacking arm at the point of contact during the overhead stab (or hammerfist) defense, the video below will go a long way in improving your driving and grabbing of the attacking hand. Keep two things in mind, (1) the hooking motion…
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Tripwire

This article is about living more fully and engaging or defending those sacred things we all cherish as warriors. To do these things, I’m going to utilize the metaphor of a tripwire to illustrate a potent concept. A tripwire is a military device – a small wire often attached to an explosive…
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Required Reading: Never Quit

In the book Never Quit, author and Pararescue Jumper Jimmy Settle recounts his youth and his family history in Alaska that ultimately calls him to the USAF where he details his time in INDOC and PIPELINE training in his attempt to earn the maroon beret of the tier one operators called PJs. …
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Deep Krav Maga

Admittedly, this is a voluminous subject, and my condensed summary in the video below (along with an elementary demonstration), simply begin to scratch the surface of the concepts introduced herein. In short, how do we know, when we see a defense labeled “Krav Maga” that it is actually top shelf, authentic Krav…
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Entering the Fight: Final installment

In the final installment of this series, I’m describing and illustrating a relatively easy method for moving from a control position in the front to the back of (behind and offset) the attacker. While I don’t want to encourage anyone to secure a control position and leave that position for another control…
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Mustaches for Marni

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and every year it is my honor to support breast cancer research, as well as, my mentor Darren Levine (and the Krav Maga Worldwide community at large) by working with my cadre of awesome instructors and staff to eradicate breast cancer through the funding of research into…
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Danger Close

Several months ago I wrote an article about winning the fight of your life. In the article I attempted to shine some light on a uniquely human issue; that is, the issue of meaning making and living a deeply satisfying life in the midst of an ever increasingly – distracted, device-driven, see…
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Entering the Fight: Part 4

In a forth installment of the multi-part Krav Maga series I’m producing about entering the fight and establishing / moving in a powerful and effective control position, in this video I share how to take evasive action and counterattack when the aggressor is bent over (typically during combatives). Check it out, and as always…walk in…
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Entering the Fight: Part 3

In part three of the ongoing multi-part Krav Maga series focused on connecting the dots between entering the control position, asserting control, and moving to alternative control positions. I’m offering a two-for-one this week. Specifically, I’m covering a movement in control to another control position, supported by a probable and powerful finishing…
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Entering the Fight: Part II

This week, in part two of our five part series (now at least a six part series), I’m covering the concept of striking while gaining a Krav Maga control position. The concept includes two critical principles, (1) initially using the closest weapon to attack the nearest target, and (2) following your attack in as…
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Elevate Your Language

Through the years that I’ve taught Krav Maga, I’ve learned to use language much more effectively than I had previously thought possible. The circumstances around which I developed this skill are similar to a “forged in fire” situation. Specifically., I found myself teaching a myriad of classes across a varied set of…
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Entering: Fight for Your Life

In the video below, I’m starting a five part series to combine and collapse several skill-building drills into a single, more comprehensive drill that powerfully informs the Kravists ability to move to control position and effectively move in and out quickly in ending the violence. Check it out!
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Stressed Out, Freaked Out, and on the Edge

Someone once said that being worried is simply a profound lack of imagination. That rings true to me. Simply put, stress and anxiety are “given life” through the narrowing of one’s perspective. Think about this concept. When your perspective narrows, it becomes much more difficult to see that the future holds a…
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Punch like a Pro

Ever wanted to know how to make a powerful, efficient punch that lands with alarming frequency? Here’s the key. Check out the video below. This is interesting stuff. I noticed – during a defensive knife seminar – that my students were benefitting from holding a training weapon during punching sequences. The results…
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The End of Days

Die to yourself. This is one of the foundational goals of the warrior. A warrior’s purpose is to serve something outside of him or herself – something greater than one’s self. There was a time (not so long ago) when this concept felt foreign to me – even mildly insane. The selfish,…
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Knockout Punching on the Move

This week I’m covering the concept of punching while moving, and I’m offering up a drill that will substantially improve this skill. Try this with your training partner (or with your students), and remember to start with a 3-1 ratio (3 punches for every one step into an opposite or changing stance).…
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Collision Course

In this life, as many of us mutter through the difficulty born from the chronic effects of tragedy, deeply held regret, betrayal, and profound disappointment in the circumstances, people, and systems all around us, we can also find hope in the knowledge that we are all – if we are ready for it…
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Focus Mitt Excellence

To begin mastering focus mitt work use these three concepts! In this video, I’m covering three additional concepts (the first concept, “dots” was featured last week in the video showcase) to round out the four basic concepts needed to begin to master focus mitt work and the basic technical skills that should…
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A Warrior’s Balance

We have, for years, been told that each of us must find balance in our lives. We’ve heard that, without balance, our health and happiness would suffer. And while I am all for balance, I started thinking years ago about what the operational and practical aspects of balance might be for a…
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Connect the Dots for Powerful Punches

Want a surefire way to improve the speed and power of your punching combinations? Use the “connecting dots” method. Here’s how… The video below provides an illustration of the drill I’ve had success with lately in teaching students how to punch in combination – both in throwing and retracting the punches powerfully…
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Knife Attack Feud: Part 2

Last week I posted a video to assess the issues that arose in another knife attack video (where guys featured were training and failing). As a result, I had several questions came in from Kravology subscribers. The most pressing question was…” What if the counter fails, is sub-optimal, or misses all-together.” In…
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Knife Attack Feud

Ok, so maybe this isn’t a feud. In fact, to be precise, the video below is in response to a video posted previously by another group that prompted several inquiries from Kravology subscribers. The Kravology video below (which includes the other group’s video that generated the questions) addresses the issues associated with…
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