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Grow Your Tribe

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Approaching conflict management, violence prevention, risk management, self defense, personal empowerment etc. is really about inclusiveness rather than exclusiveness. You might be thinking "what do you mean inclusive vs. exclusive?" "What does that have to do with conflict management, and violence prevention?" Well, for starters, we typically treat people differently if they are in our "in group." People we identify with we tend to treat differently than people who we view as being different. Why? Because we may feel threatened at some level. This may be obvious or it may not be. Think how in history we have treated diverse groups of people differently than the group that we were in. Think of how African Americans were treated, or Native Americans, or women. Jim Crow Laws (which imposed unconstitutional acts on African Americans) were in effect well into the 20th century, 100 years after abolishing legalized slavery. Why is it that even today women are …

Krav Maga: So One May Walk In Peace

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock you have probably heard of the hottest system of self defense to hit the scene called Krav Maga. For those of you out there who haven’t heard about it, it is the official hand to hand combat system used by the Israeli Military. It was designed to be stupid simple and brutally effective. Where most martial arts take years or decades to perfect, Krav Maga was designed to be “taught today and used tonight” by elite military, law enforcement and civilians alike. That’s not to say that Krav is not a sophisticated method of combat capable of dealing with vast array of challenging and complex tactical situations.
All things being equal, the simplest solution tends to be the best one.
~Ockham’s Principle
For me Krav Maga continues to be intriguing because of it is simple, easy and effective system to learn use, and teach. In a modern world where seconds count, Krav Maga continues to help provide a physical management system for protectors al…