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Power Krav Maga

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Here's another re-post from my friend Moshe Katz. I posted an article from him a few weeks back regarding the history of Krav Maga. I asked him if I could re-post this one as well.  Why!?  Because this is the same way I feel about teaching defensive tactics. People are often misguided when it comes to training.  Learning how to protect yourself (and others) is a skill, a perspective, a Lifestyle that is of benefit to everyone! So, training should be accessible to anyone who wants to train. Moshe's approach reflects this ethic.  So here it is... VICARIOUS ABILITY AND POWER KRAV MAGA BY MOSHE KATZ I had an interesting discussion with one of our students/instructors. Often I am asked to recommend Krav Maga schools in various areas. I am reluctant to recommend schools that teach self-defense but violate what we consider fundamentals of self-defense. Schools that rely upon the three unreliable amigos - Speed, Strength, Precision; Schools whose techniques demand excessive practice, g

This Really Stunned Them!

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A few years back I was hired by the Michigan Counselor Association to be keynote presenter and do a couple breakout sessions on conflict management. In one of the breakouts, I showed them how verbal communication and physical defensive tactics go hand in hand. I demonstrated to them how these two are essential not only for your safety, but when you bring these together, your confidence raises in pretty much everything you do! The Experience Stunned Them... Someone brought up the topic of bullying. . "In my opinion, one of the main problems of many of the approaches embraced by today's schools is that they are coming from the wrong place. They are starting from the wrong foundation. They are beginning from a place of false assumptions and more importantly from a flawed, warped perspective of the human experience.” . What?! The crowd mouthed. . " Could I get a volunteer?"  I asked politely. . A small, young lady stepped up. . "Let's say that you have to talk

Damage & Value

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  Busy... Lot's going on at the academy, on PeaceWalker and just in Life in general! You too!? I'd guess you're busy too! Summers coming to a close soon. It wrapping up fast! A lot of kids are back to school and others will be soon! I've got some traveling coming up, so these emails are going to be a bit more [Almost] rather than daily for the next couple weeks. Damage & Value “A shop owner placed a sign above his door that said: ‘Puppies For Sale.’ Signs like this always have a way of attracting young children, and to no surprise, a boy saw the sign and approached the owner; ‘How much are you going to sell the puppies for?’ he asked. The store owner replied, ‘Anywhere from $30 to $50.’ The little boy pulled out some change from his pocket. ‘I have $2.37,’ he said. ‘Can I please look at them?’ The shop owner smiled and whistled. Out of the kennel came Lady, who ran down the aisle of his shop followed by five teeny, tiny balls of fur. One puppy was lagging considerab

Is It Over?!

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  Is summer done!?  No, I don't think so. I think we'll get some more nice warm days still! But, autumn is on its way!  That sentiment is on all of our minds with other things as well... Is IT over?!  You know...  Covid, lockdowns, masks, people getting sick, political and social unrest and conflict... No, my friend, it's not over... Now don't take that in a negative, doom and gloom, or prepper way. Just matter of fact... And if it wasn't one of those things, it would be something else... There's ALWAYS something going on... The good, the bad and the ugly. Often our perception decides which we experience. Regardless, being prepared for the changes in Life all begins with having the right mindset. One of the foundational principles of being a PeaceWalker is to... See Conflict as an Opportunity!  This reminds me of an old story: Potatoes, Eggs & Coffee One day a daughter complained to her father that her life was miserable and that she didn’t know how she was

Wranglers & Stranglers

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  I'm still getting in the groove of things after the long weekend. Feels like we are in the eye of the storm so to speak with everything going on. All the while the local academy is ramping up for a test. Kinda feels like we're trying to out run the storm.  That reminds me of my ride home this weekend. A storm hit up North where we were staying. We got out just in time... Riding through the leading edge of a thunder storm, hail and tornado warning. Nowhere to go except forward. No solid shelter to be found.  Fortunately, we made it out of the storm. It followed just behind us the entire ride down. However, it kept pace and threatened to over run us with more heavy weather... This seems to be a metaphor of Life right now with everything that's going on in our world today, locally, nationally and globally. This is yet another reason why you have to keep people around you who encourage you and lift you up. A community that is the silver lining to Life's storm clouds. A tr

9/11 Twenty Years Later...

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Today I am in a bit of a reflective mood about the shock and tragedy that happened 20 years ago. It could just as well have been yesterday for me... It's still that clear in my memory... Where I was... What I was doing... How I was feeling... The phone calls... Watching events unfold... I was one of the billions of people who weren't actually there... But I have friends who were... Police, firefighters, friends. Not everyone made it... But, we all remember... I remember... That also reminds me of Israel and what an Israeli friend of mine said about the attitude of many in his culture... I Wish I Was There?!? WHAT?! When a terrorist attack occurs many people think  "I'm so lucky I  wasn't  there." And don't get me wrong I would say that would be a pretty rational and intuitive thing to think... However... Some of my friends and colleagues from Israel have a different perspective... When something happens, when a tragedy occurs these people think... If only

Unknown History of Krav Maga

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  Early training, Kapap in the Israeli Defense Forces Krav Maga literally m eans "Combat - Contact, or touch" or "Close Quarter Combat".  Krav Maga has no single "founder" and no official beginning. It is the product of the needs of the times and the efforts of many instructors over the years, each adding and modifying based on his own skills, understanding and experience. The roots of modern Krav Maga began with the need of self-defense in the land of Israel. One must first understand a little bit of Jewish history. The Jewish people, a great fighting nation, was defeated (like most of the world) by the Romans in three successive wars in the first and second centuries.  Jews against all odds, have always maintained a presence in the Land of Israel (called "Palestine "and other names by the various occupation forces over the years, but only and always "The Land of Israel" by the Jewish people. Jews are indigenous to this land). Around t