Posts byCJ Kirk

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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Breaking Down Attacks on Video

A word to the wise, don’t get caught up watching thousands of videos of violent attacks with the intention of analyzing and breaking the videos down by identifying perceived points of failure – until you have identified the common denominator in all (or nearly all) successful defenses. Without an understanding of the…
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Beware the Snake Oil Salesman

This is an article I wrote 10 years ago. Unfortunately, the contents still hold true. Buyer beware – a phrase so important and transcendent that the phrase has been found written in the Latin language from long ago. When you train to save you life, train with a professional. Beware the snake oil…
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How to Hook like a Pro

Check out the video below as we build on a concept from the last week – that is, using props to develop the correct movement and angle of attack in punching. This week, I’m focused on the left (lead) hook punch. Keep in mind that deception in throwing the hook punch is…
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Max Out with MAX/OP

We often refer to MO/OP, or the “Motive for Operating”, as a means of connecting to the reasons why we effort towards a specific goal. And, in this connection, we find strength and resilience. What we often overlook in our goal orientation is our MAX/OP – that is, the “Maximum Opportunity” we…
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How to Throw a Knock Out Punch

In the video below, I’m illustrating a concept with some students, using a couple of props, and efforting to focus on the aspect of punching that leads to the maximum opportunity to (1) land a punch in self-defense, and (2) land that punch with adequate power. The issue for most punches isn’t…
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Happy Fourth of July 2019

This Fourth of July, I’d like to invite you to join me in contemplating the tremendous sacrifices and astounding courage of the first men and women who settled the United States demonstrated in their commitment to freedom. To shake off the bonds of tyranny, proclaim yourself free, and dig in for the…
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Knife Threat: Pinned to the Wall

This week, I’m covering what is arguably the most important tactic in successfully completing a defense to a knife threat on the wall (with the blade held parallel and palm up). This tactic will do more for the defender to keep the blade from running back to the neck than any other…
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Carry Your Own Water

When we, as people, use the phrase “carry your own water” several concepts come to mind: (1) water is arguably the most precious resource on the planet and a life-giving commodity, (2) carrying your own water creates awareness of the value of every drop you possess, (3) carrying your own water requires a…
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Knife Threat: High Alert

This week I’m covering the issues around understanding the danger that a knife threat offers in comparison to a knife (or edged weapon) attack. There’s several subtle issue in play here. Check it out!
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Make a Body Defense or Die

Recently, my advanced group has been working on a myriad of knife, handgun, and long rifle threat defenses. As they have moved through these exercises, I began to see that the connection between the addressing of the danger and the associated body defense were coming unwound. In the video below, I’m illustrating…
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Running to the Fire

Yesterday was yet another reminder of why I love working in the community of people that make up Krav Maga Houston. It was approximately six thirty in the morning on June 11th when a huge booming sound caused my attention to turn to the window and the street behind me. I looked…
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Modern Day Epidemic

There is an epidemic sweeping the landscape of our modern day culture and our evolving social fabric. The damaging effects of these tectonic shifts on our collective future cannot be understated. Our very existence, driven by our capacity to lead and to steadfastly create solutions to problems – big and small -…
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Movement Patterns To Save Your Life

This week, I’m covering three movement patterns that illustrate the powerful need for every Kravist to understand the most potent means of addressing danger. Thoughtful consideration of these patterns will dramatically improve your capacity to consistently replicate your performance – and just might save your life. Check it out! As always, walk…
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Cupping the Handgun

In the video below, I’m showing the three scenarios where cupping the handgun during a Krav Maga handgun defense to a threat from the front must be applied. These applications assume the defender has developed substantial skill in the lessons taught in the previous two week’s videos (single handed defenses to the…
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Fueling via Stockholm Syndrome

I was recently teaching a Krav Maga class when the tone and tenor of the students caused a mild eruption in me. I began asking a series of questions to bring to light the issue at hand. My questions made it abundantly clear that the students needed to shift perspective and embrace…
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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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