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  • Who We Support

    These are groups that Krav Maga Maryland supports, and who are doing great work in our community! Please take a minute to check them out, and find out more about how to donate or get involved!
    House of Ruth

    Community Action Council of Howard County

    Adventure for Vets

    Grassroots Crisis Intervention

    Operation Second Chance

    Catch-a-Lift Fund

    Prepare for Success

    Araminta Freedom Initiative

    Stop Cancer / The Marni Fund

    Toys for Tots

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  • Events

    Young Men's Seminar

    Saturday, March 24, 2018 2-5pm At Krav Maga Maryland, we know that self-defense is more than punches & choke defenses. It begins with confidence, a knowledge that you are ready to confront any challenge. We’re proud to offer our first Young Men's seminar, which will focus on how to identify & avoid fights, and what to do when a fight is inevitable; all the while, building a band of brothers we can depend on during any difficulties we face in life. Where:
    Krav Maga Maryland 8865 Stanford Blvd Ste 141 Columbia, MD 21045 Cost:
    $79 early bird before 3/10 or $99 after 3/10 Click Button Below To Register E-mail with any ....

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  • Kids Krav Maga in Columbia - Krav Maga Maryland - De-Conflicting the Burden of Leadership at Muster 002

    De-Conflicting the Burden of Leadership at Muster 002

    By: Jeff Mount |

    Chief Instructor & Director of Operations

    Two months ago, I went to Echelon Front’s Muster 002 in New York City. I could tell you that it was a 2-day leadership conference led by Jocko Willinck and Leif Babin, two Navy SEALs who made up the leadership of Task Unit Bruiser which saw some of the most violent action in Ramadi, Iraq. The company (Echelon Front), the book Extreme Ownership, the Jocko podcast, and the MUSTER 002 are all avenues to teach the practical leadership skills gained from those combat experiences. I could tell you those facts, but it doesn’t come close to the heart of what it was like to be there. 450 leaders from 19 ....

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  • Student Stories - Taka Hayakawa

    Our students at Krav Maga Maryland come from all different walks of life. We asked them to share their stories of how Krav Maga has helped their change their lives for the better. By: Taka Hayakawa
    I grew up in Japan, where some of the most popular martial arts have originated. Martial arts such as judo and kendo were part of the public school curriculum. My grandfather was a kendo instructor, and as a child, I remember watching him take care of his antique katana and admiring the strength that it represented. After finishing my education, I did not get involved in any martial arts for nearly 20 years. What drew me back to the arts of “fighting” was the birth of my first ....

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  • Kids Krav Maga in Columbia - Krav Maga Maryland - Student Stories - Mike Erdely

    Student Stories - Mike Erdely

    Our students at Krav Maga Maryland come from all different walks of life. We asked them to share their stories of how Krav Maga has helped their change their lives for the better.
    By: Mike Erdely
    In November 2012, I realized I was drinking too much. I was almost 300 pounds, had nothing in my life outside of work and watching TV, and I was looking 40 right in the face. I decided to make a change. I quit drinking first. That was hard, but after a couple of months I wanted to make more improvements to my life. I started to count my calories. And I started getting on an exercise bike. At first I could only manage about 7 minutes at a time. After a couple days, I was riding twice a day, ....

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  • Kids Krav Maga in Columbia - Krav Maga Maryland - Student Stories - Kevin Reilly

    Student Stories - Kevin Reilly

    Our students at Krav Maga Maryland come from all different walks of life. We asked them to share their stories of how Krav Maga has helped their change their lives for the better. By: Kevin Reilly
    I’ve been in and out of Krav Maga Maryland since it first opened in 2005 in Owings Mills. I am a 65 year old retired high school physical education teacher and coach. I’ve spent my entire life around exercise & sports. As I have aged, I have found it more and more difficult to find the means and motivation to exercise. Some joint issues have greatly added to that difficulty. Krav Maga has helped me tremendously in my efforts to continue to be active. I wanted to provide this ....

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  • Kids Krav Maga in Columbia - Krav Maga Maryland - Write It Down

    Write It Down

    I was reminded yesterday by Jim Thomas during a sales training the importance of writing down your goals, your motivation, and the things that drive you. I’m not good with moderation, however. So instead of writing it down in a notebook, I had to contract a sign company to write it on the walls of our training rooms. They’re that important to me. I love being surrounded by the wisdom of these warriors. It connects me to experiences – fears overcome, battles fought, lessons learned – that are far greater than myself. I have always been drawn to words more than pictures. When I train, words are what rattle around in my head and keep me going. While I get ....

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  • Kids Krav Maga in Columbia - Krav Maga Maryland - Announcing the All New Krav Maga Capitol Hill

    Announcing the All New Krav Maga Capitol Hill

    After almost two years of using group fitness rooms around the Southeast DC neighborhood, Krav Maga Capitol Hill has settled into its new, permanent location at 315 G Street Southeast, taking over the entire basement of the historic Sport and Health location in Capitol Hill. This will allow us have space exclusively for Krav Maga and related classes, all taught by our world-class, certified Krav Maga instructors. Here’s what you can look forward to:
    Weekend programming, including Women’s only seminars, Law Enforcement seminars, and special introductory seminars for those interested in Krav Maga.
    Dedicated mat space for Krav Maga, fight, and combat fitness classes.
    A ....

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  • Kids Krav Maga in Columbia - Krav Maga Maryland - 5 Myths About Active Shooters Debunked

    5 Myths About Active Shooters Debunked

    A natural response to a scary, chaotic situation is to try to make sense of it. In the instance of an Active Shooter event, most people start with the shooter. Here are 5 common myths you’ve probably heard before – and the truths to help you prepare for and stay safe in the event of an Active Shooter situation.

    Myth: Perpetrators have low self-esteem
    . I’ve been hearing about this one since 1999, when Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris killed 12 people and then themselves at Columbine High School. This was the first time there was a public scramble to provide answers for such a tragedy, and everything from violent video games and movies to Marilyn Manson to gun laws took ....

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  • Kids Krav Maga in Columbia - Krav Maga Maryland - Beyond Weapons: What Women’s Self Defense is Really About

    Beyond Weapons: What Women’s Self Defense is Really About

    by Elisabeth Green, General Manager & Instructor Nearly every woman has, at one time, been given well-meaning advice from a father, brother, or uncle about how to keep herself safe. While this advice is given out of a desire to help, it’s very often ineffective. Or at least incomplete. In my time as a self-defense professional, I’ve learned that there is no one miracle product that will keep you out of danger; no cure-all keychain or app that will make you invincible. Before I started training, I adhered to all of the well-meaning advice I was given by friends and relatives. I had the pepper spray on my keychain in college, I carried my keys between my knuckles as I ....

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  • Kids Krav Maga in Columbia - Krav Maga Maryland - Try Hardest

    Try Hardest

    Over the past few months, all of us at Krav Maga Maryland have latched on to a charge that describes what we’re about. Try Hardest. This means no matter who you are, where life has taken you, or how extraordinary your goals, giving it your all will best lead to success. This will look different from one person to the next, one goal to the next, one class to the next. But the Try Hardest mentality is a common thread. It’s important to us our students feel they can achieve what they set out to achieve—because we know they can. When I started teaching Krav Maga, I did so to support a graduate program I thought would become my career. It was a good job, but felt ....

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  • Belt Testing Registration

    Blue Belt Test ($59) Feb 10th Orange Belt Test ($39) March 4th Yellow Belt Test ($29) March 10th Green Belt Test ($49) April 8th *All tests begin at 2pm . Krav Maga top and bottom are required for testing ....

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  • Events

    Women's Self-Defense Seminar
    August 12, 2017, 2 PM - 5 PM Click Here For More Information ....

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  • Krav Maga and Fitness Classes in Maryland!

    Check out our new website for Krav Maga Maryland!
    We proudly serve the Columbia, Owing Mills, Washington DC areas! Come see the programs and deals we have to offer. Krav Maga, Fitness, Kids Krav Maga and SO MUCH MORE! Fill out the "Request Information" form on the side of the page and stop in for a visit today! Don't forget to click here to visit us on our social media pages!! Facebook , Twitter , Instagram ....

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  • There’s an Active Shooter in Your Office. Now What?

    Responses to active shooter scenarios unfolding on live TV are varied- everything from “that will never happen to me” to imminent fear and fixation on something similar happening in one’s own workplace. One positive trend coming out of the recent rash of active shooter events has been that business leaders and owners are prioritizing pro-active training within their organizations like never before. Employers often have a wide range of questions on the options and details of such trainings since an active shooter response training is usually something new for their organizations. In today’s blog, Director of Operations for Krav Maga Maryland, Jeff Mount, takes us behind the scenes of the ....

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  • Kids Krav Maga in Columbia - Krav Maga Maryland - The Plague of Unpreparedness

    The Plague of Unpreparedness

    Recently I’ve become a shameless consumer. You know who did it? Yep, REI. Originally I would just go in for outdoor/hiking shoes to use for the occasional short hike or outdoor law enforcement training. But recently I’ve tipped the scales (and the bank account) with clothing, backpacks, first aid kits, outdoor cooking gear, mountain bike accessories, maps (yes, maps!), hydration systems, and anything else that screams “I’m ready for nature!” It’s getting to be a problem, really. But I’m not alone in this. Our entire culture seems to have fallen in love with self-sufficiency and survival. Even as we are finding an unprecedented opportunity for pampering (do you own this?), others are ....

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  • It's Not About the Gun

    Politics ([pol-i-tiks])
    1. the science or art of political government. 2. the practice or profession of conducting political affairs. 3. use of intrigue or strategy in obtaining any position of power or control
    Two weeks ago, I posted this article (link) about why we can’t have political conversations anymore in the US. It hit directly on my frustration with friends and family from all perspectives. We’ve gone way beyond disagreeing with each other’s conclusions, or even dissenting about premises. We now fast-forward to directly attacking the person. I pride myself on being able to stay neutral during unimportant squabbles. I can count on one hand the friends that truly know my ....

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  • Transitions

    Krav Maga training is all about training transitions. Students must transition from non-ready to ready positions, defending to counter-attacking, kicking to punching and back again. Students must transition directionally, verbally, and physiologically. An individual who is defending themselves might need to transition from fight to flight and back again, depending on the scenario. For law enforcement or military personnel, students may need to practice transitioning from unarmed to armed defense. In a multiple attacker situation, a defender will transition from one attacker to the next. Fighting is, at its core, a game of transitions. Whoever can make the right number of transitions more ....

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  • What Can You Do Today?

    Oftentimes, we’re overwhelmed by the immensity and need for change in our lives. I need to lose 50 pounds. I need to stop being afraid every day. I need to get rid of X bad habit. I need to complete a degree program. I need to change career fields, or figure one out for the first time. I need to buy a house for my family. These are huge goals, lofty goals. What I’ve seen in my own life, and in the lives of many people around me, is that the enormity of the goal, or sometimes the enormity of the problem, seems so vast and insurmountable that one does not know where to begin. And our culture has more capacity for distraction than ever before. But I don’t think that where to begin is the ....

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  • How to Prep for a Test – What to Do With the Outcome

    This is the final installment in a series about testing in Krav Maga. So you understand what a testing process is designed to do and what it’s not designed to do. You’ve prepared both physically and mentally. Now the only things left to do are take the actual test, then respond to the results. I don’t have much to say about completing the actual test, except this – put it all out there, and finish. Finish no matter what it takes. Once the test has finished and you have a few days to recuperate, you’ll find out how you did. There are three general results in the Krav Maga world:
    A pass
    A conditional pass
    A no pass A pass is what it sounds like – your ability to perform the ....

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  • How to Prep For a Test – Mental

    For the last several weeks I’ve been talking about how to prep yourself for a Krav Maga test of any level. I talked about what a Krav Maga test is not , what it should be , and how to physically prep for a test . This week I’d like to cover three basic aspects of how to mentally prepare for a test. Like most of my advice, I didn’t come up with it on my own. It was given to me by others, and I only came to understand its importance when I put it into practice. I’m simply passing on time-honored, proven methods of improving performance and readiness. And when it comes to mentally preparing for any major endeavor, simpler is better. So here are just three strong ways to prepare for a ....

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  • How to Prep For a Test – Physical

    In the last several weeks, I’ve discussed the process of Krav Maga Worldwide’s testing procedures. I started by making sure to clear up negative connotations about what many fear is the purpose of testing – meaningless profit generation, cruel hazing, or an empty cheerleading session. Then I tried my best to explain what a test can and should be – a realistic evaluation of one’s ability to function under stress, giving the student confidence based upon accurate simulation of stress. This week, I’d like to hit on some points about the physical preparation leading up to a test. Again, as with the previous posts, this should be equally applicable to a new student taking their Yellow Belt ....

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  • Krav Maga Testing: Three things it IS

    Last week I talked about why Krav Maga testing is different than other martial arts and different than what many students are afraid it might be. This week, I’d like to focus on three defining factors of what a good Krav Maga test is:
    A good test is stressful
    A good test has an undecided outcome
    A good test leaves the participants stronger, better equipped, and more ready
    When I say a good Krav test is stressful, I don’t mean that there should be anxiety about your readiness or performance. I mean that the test itself should be designed to induce physiological, cognitive, and affective stress that replicates what a person will feel in a real life or death situation. Since ....

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  • Krav Maga and Testing: What it is NOT

    Hey all, I’ve gotten a lot of questions about how to effectively prepare for a test lately. Whether it’s a Level 1 student test or Day 7 of a Phase training, Krav Maga Worldwide routinely encourages its practitioners on all levels to go through the testing process. This is the first article in a series of articles designed to get the right mindset, prepare for, and be as successful as possible while testing.
    Krav Maga Testing: What it’s not
    Almost all martial arts have some sort of ranking system, and thus have some sort of testing procedure. Martial arts in America have been rightly criticized for altering many traditional ranking systems into a money-making endeavor. So while monthly ....

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  • The Best Part of Instructor Training

    Last week I had the honor of teaching the first four days of a Phase A instructor certification for Krav Maga Worldwide. These are some of the most demanding and rewarding days I’ve ever had in my career. It also reminds me why the instructor preparation process that we have at Krav Maga Maryland is both unique and essential to accomplishing our mission of making people safer. But one person who attended Phase A stood out above the rest. This person showed up at the same time as everyone else, was fully present for all the instruction, yet didn’t get certified. This person wasn’t first to finish the drills – he wasn’t the last either, because he didn’t do the drills at all. He showed as ....

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  • Book Review: Left of Bang by Patrick Van Horne and Jason A. Riley

    Rarely do I read a non-fiction book that I end up recommending impulsively to other like-minded folks. Left of Bang: How the Marine Corps Combat Hunter Program Can Save Your Life is such a book. Given to me by Don Ellis, Force Training Instructor and Youth Program Director , I read it in just two sittings. Left of Bang outlines the principles taught during the US Marine Corps’ Combat Hunter program. This program, established in 2009, sought to equip Marines in combat easy-to-learn principles to observe pre-incident indicators prior to an attack. It was so well-received by those who had returned for deployments that those Marines stated with remorse that they felt more of their ....

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  • Don’t Be Stupid; Or, Five Tips to Stay Safe While Training

    So, I’ve been teaching Krav Maga as a part of my full-time job for a solid decade now. When I talk to people who don’t train, they rightly assume that it’s intense, challenging, and extremely fruitful. But one of the reasons we can make good on this reputation is because of our dedication to staying safe while training. Unfortunately, I see a lot of students (and even some instructors) short-cut this aspect of their training preparation, and they ultimately train LESS as a result. If you injure yourself during training, you’re less safe, not more. So, here are a few tried and true practices that ought not be overlooked: Wrap your hands
    – I’ve constantly heard people (usually brand new ....

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  • Difficult-Difficult

    Each time I get an assignment, I hope that it makes me a little bit nervous. That it’s a little bit beyond what’s comfortable or what’s easy for me. That’s how I know I’ll do my best work, and that’s how I know I’ll enjoy it the most. This is a paraphrased thought from a close friend of mine back in February. She was getting ready to head over to Afghanistan. Thus, she was participating in a series of mandatory pre-deployment trainings. She confided in me that part of the “fun” of traveling overseas, especially to a high-risk area, was the training. It pushed her, challenged her, and ultimately brought out the best in her. It made her happy, because she could sense herself growing from ....

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  • Knowing Ourselves, and the Warrior Ethos

    I’ve heard it said by many other writers that they often come across a work, or an idea, or a story, that they wished they had written themselves. This week, that happened to me. After a long hiatus on the blogosphere, I wrote what I thought was a quite reflective piece on the connection between knowing yourself – your identity – and the training of a warrior. I rambled on about so much cultural evidence that betrays how little we know ourselves nowadays. I shifted into another tone altogether about how those who have spent time training to fight know themselves better – that the strength from training is both a catalyst and a result of knowing oneself. And then, while I was getting my ....

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  • Proud Beyond Words

    So it’s been a busy past few weeks. Here are just a few things that Krav Maga Maryland and I have been up to over the past two months: In mid-March, I taught the first three days of a seven-day Phase A instructor certification hosted here in Columbia. This is the first official step in Krav Maga Worldwide’s instructor development track. Candidates are evaluated on not just physical skill, but instructional presentation, leadership, articulation of Krav Maga principles, and the ability to absorb life-saving techniques in a short amount of time. As a result, there is about a 30% failure rate across the country for instructor candidates. During this week, Krav Maga Maryland’s own ....

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  • Information vs. Experience

    I have a confession to make. I got into an online argument last week. Petty, I know. But I made a comment hoping someone would realize how ignorant their comments were. While I couched it in alternately flowery and technical language, I really had one, overarching goal. I wanted to make someone else look stupid. Before I plunge further into self-chastisement, let me explain the context. A student at Krav Maga Maryland who was excited about next week’s Active Shooter Seminar shared the advertisement and link via Facebook. The advertisement featured a photo of me performing a third-party handgun disarm. This is one of the main techniques our instructors will feature during ....

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  • Information vs. Experience

    I have a confession to make. I got into an online argument last week. Petty, I know. But I made a comment hoping someone would realize how ignorant their comments were. While I couched it in alternately flowery and technical language, I really had one, overarching goal. I wanted to make someone else look stupid. Before I plunge further into self-chastisement, let me explain the context. A student at Krav Maga Maryland who was excited about next week’s Active Shooter Seminar shared the advertisement and link via Facebook. The advertisement featured a photo of me performing a third-party handgun disarm. This is one of the main techniques our instructors will feature during the ....

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  • A response to my response: What I’m thankful for after the shooting at the Columbia Mall

    Last week, I touched on some of things that are very wrong with our society’s response to violence, especially Targeted Violence Events*. I discussed that many responses amount to fruitless worry. I indicated my opinion that all these responses give such events more power than they deserve. In making this my focus, however, I’ve failed to draw attention to a much more important story. (*Note: Rather than refer to the events at the Columbia Mall as an Active Shooter Situation, it is more accurate to describe it as an incident of Targeted Violence. Both categories share numerous characteristics, the term “Active Shooter”, originally an industry term by law enforcement and other ....

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  • In Response to the Shooting at the Columbia Mall

    So, most of my blog posts so far, I’ve tried to at least be somewhat helpful in sharing thoughts, insights, or reflections on the connection between Krav Maga training and life in general. But, given last weekend’s shooting at the Columbia Mall , I think the best I can probably do this week is a rant. It upsets me to see television news anchors ask questions that are clearly designed to sensationalize the violence, giving it the pedestal many predators are looking for, and thus encouraging it as an effective source of infamy. You, television anchor, are part of the problem. It upsets me to hear people who have clearly never experienced such a trauma, and who have done nothing to ....

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  • Using Your Voice As A Weapon, Part 2

    “Politics is when people choose their words and actions based on how they want others to react rather than based on what they really think.” -Patrick Lencioni, The Five Dysfunctions of a team. “We are men of action. Lies do not become us.” – Westley, The Princess Bride There is something fundamentally connected with truth-telling and warrior culture. Last weekend, I watched the movie “ Lone Survivor ”. If you’re not familiar, this is the true account by former US Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell about Operation Red Wings in Afghanistan, during which the other members of his team were killed in action. Among many other impressive aspects of the movie, one thing I noticed was the ....

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  • Using your Voice as a Weapon, Part 1

    Throughout history, one of the things that warrior cultures have had in common is that of a battle cry. Spartans, the Roman Legions, Templars, Byzantine kataphraktoi, right down to the Johnny Rebs of the Confederate South, fighters of all shapes, sizes, and organization have utilized the sound of their voice to aid in their military tactics and their morale. Lt. Col David Grossman, psychologist on warfare and killing, and author of several books, lists a battle cry as an historical manifestation of a more complex matrix of the “fight or flight” instinct. In his groundbreaking book, On Killing , Grossman lists intimidation tactics such as this as a soft version of the “fight” ....

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  • Zombies and Being our Best in 2014

    It’s a few days into 2014. So, naturally, it would make sense that I can think about just one thing. Zombies.
    This is what it looks like to be serious about New Year’s Resolutions Taking a brief hiatus from Jon Pascal’s inspirational thoughts, zombies seem a worthwhile diversion. If you’ve been paying any sort of attention to pop culture at all, you know that zombies are a big thing these days. From “The Walking Dead” to World War Z to Zombie Runs , it’s clear that we as a culture are in love with the undead. Social commentators have come up with a host of theories as to why this is so. One writer posits that it’s our subconscious fear of overpopulation that brings our ....

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  • Jon Pascal-isms, Week 3: Once You’re out of the line of fire, Stay out!

    Week 3 of my Jon Pascal-isms requires a bit more context. The phrase refers to a core principle regarding a defense against a firearm. When a threat presents itself, a Krav Maga practitioner’s mentality is to ask the obvious question, “What is the immediate danger?” Our first movement is dedicated to dealing with that danger. Tactically, we always attend to first things first. When the threat involves a firearm, the immediate danger is unequivocally the line of fire – the trajectory along which the projectile will travel which can cause injury or death. This is the same reason why one of the basic rules of firearm safety is to never point a gun at something you don’t want to ....

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  • Jon Pascal-isms, Part 2: Stay Ready so you don’t have to Get Ready

    In week 2 of Jon Pascal-isms, the above statement is attributed to LA County Sheriff’s Deputy Dave Piquette. Deputy Piquette was killed in the line of duty in a vehicular accident on July 7, 2006. He was among many other things a Krav Maga Force Training instructor. I never had the privilege of meeting or training with Deputy Piquette. I did, however, meet his mother while I was on a training trip to the Sheriff’s Department Training Academy, where there is a memorial garden in Deputy Piquette’s honor. So prior to reflecting on such a man’s thoughts, it’s necessary to commemorate the man himself. Click here for more details on Deputy Piquette’s career and his passing. “Stay ....

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  • Jon Pascal-isms, Part 1: The Pain of Discipline…

    So, confession time. I’ve been meaning to start a blog for months now. And why haven’t I? I could throw any manner of excuse out there – aren’t there enough blogs floating around out there? Isn’t face to face communication inherently more valuable? How can I really supplement people’s Krav Maga and CrossFit training with a blog? But what it really comes down to is this: like any teacher/communicator/leader of persons, it’s important to me that, if I have people’s attention, the ideas I’m giving them are quality. And I just wasn’t sure I had something to say worth reading. But, a trusted advisor once told me that to safeguard the quality of your advice to others, draw from sources ....

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