We at the USKMA strive to teach safety and self defense for the real world. In the real world we spend a lot of time in a car. What can we do to be safe in our car? Read on!

We teach some way cool car jacking techniques for handgun disarms while seated in a car. We use the door frame, steering wheel, etc. to beat the bad guys hand against or to use for leverage. When we are teaching self defense in class we teach 1) don’t be there, 2) run, 3) pick up something to use as a weapon and 4) self defense techniques. The actual laying on of hands for self defense comes last. It’s the same with our carjacking weapon disarm techniques….these come so late in the game that we’ll rarely get to them.

First, when in a car, stay the heck out of bad places. A friend of mine had a family member jumped while driving. He was messed up pretty bad. That’s terrible but it was 3 a.m., he was in an area of town known for drug dealing and he was jamming his tunes with the windows down. I’d guess with even a little common sense he wouldn’t have been harmed. If in a strange town never, ever get off at a ramp to park and look at a map or call for directions. Thanks to GPS people don’t do this like we used to but many have been victims by parking somewhere they shouldn’t have been.

Second, use the car. What would you do in this scenario? You are stopped and members of a biker gang are approaching you from all sides. Do you lock the doors and hope they don’t mean real harm? Do you get out to talk? Go back to the previous blog on mind setting. You should have already thought about this scenario because you aren’t going to come up with a plan now. My plan? I am sitting in a 3,000 pound blunt object. I am flooring the gas and going through them. I didn’t start this and I assume I am about to lose my life….and all of my family members that are with me. Justified in my head!

Third, if someone jumps into my car with a weapon I jump out. No technique, no wrestling for the weapon. I jump out. If they are going to shoot me jumping out they were planning on shooting me anyhow. I might as well only give them one shot at a moving target! If I have my family with me? I use to those cool carjacking disarm techniques, get his weapon and beat his rear end!!

I have talked about never being moved to a secondary crime scene in past blogs. You are always in a lot more trouble if you allow yourself to be moved. He is taking you to a place of seclusion for a reason. You are way better off, if he is in the car forcing you to drive someplace and making it difficult for you to jump out, to crash your car. Aim for a tree, parked car, building, etc. The harm you and your family take in that crash is nothing compared to the harm he has in store for you. You have also just given him the choice of staying around to harm you or fleeing because there is now help on the way. Police and fire department resources get to auto accidents in just a few minutes. Other bystanders are rushing over to help. Another thing to like about this is that you and your family are belted in, the Scum Bags usually don’t take the time to do this!

Here is another scenario that needs to be pre planned for. Just because you are in a car and you see flashing police lights behind you doesn’t mean it’s a police officer. This has been done many times, especially to women. If you can’t see the police car (usually they have a spot light in your mirrors) don’t assume it’s the police. If the cop doesn’t look right or if you have any bad feeling at all it is always better to be safe than sorry. Yes, pull over but crack your window and simply tell the officer that you are afraid and need to know that he is a cop. A real officer should never be upset with a female who says this. The fake ones will scream and yell. Ask for a number to call to verify him or for the officer to lead you to a more public place. If he refuses I’d rather take my chances with a pissed off police officer than a Scumbag who wants to do me harm. I’m fleeing the scene. If it is a real cop I guarantee you that several cars will be chasing you within seconds! Will you be in trouble, yep. Does that beat what the bad guy had planned for you….yep!

Again, pre plan and mind set. People are car jacked, forced into cars and forced off the road every day. This stuff happens, we must have a plan. While planning think about simply jumping out and/or ramming something with your car! It is better to be in an accident then to be moved…always! BE SAFE!


We at the USKMA refuse to have egos or brag about ourselves but today I’m gonna brag on my “kids”! We just had the second group ever test for black belt under the USKMA. To test for black belt a student must have been in the system a minimum of three years, must have passed all other testing at expert level, must be in Olympic caliber shape and must be invited. In the past four years we have tested exactly 8 people for black belt.
Our testing is like nothing you’ve ever seen. It was 5 ½ hours long. Now when I say this my martial art buddies tell me about their 7 and 8 hour long black belt tests. I try not to chuckle. I’ve done those 7 hour tests. It’s a lot of….get my board holders standing where I want them…reposition them…no hold it this way…ok now I do a slow motion walk through….now another…everyone quiet please this takes concentration….now I finally break the friggin things…..now I go stand and wait on the other 4 testing to do the same thing, etc. , etc.
Here’s what my group of studs (and one studdette) just accomplished;
-Full sparring. 6 two minute rounds with a last round of 5 minutes. Most people are gassed and can’t go on after this. But wait….there’s more!!
-All level 1 techniques done at sprint pace and as hard and realistic as possible. If they aren’t going at full (realistic) speed they do burpees, sprints, etc. as punishment. They had to bring a partner as they couldn’t partner with each other and hold for each other like at any other level testing. At the end of level 1 techniques they go 3 minute rounds of multi attackers putting them in one choke and/or headlock after the other. We do just that as a drill to totally wipe people out at the end of classes.
-Same as above for ALL of level 2, 3, 4 and 5 techniques with that multi attacker drill at the end of every level. All at full speed, no breaks. By the way, at anytime during all of this my 1st group of black belts, who were there assisting, are allowed to attack with knives, sticks or handguns at any time.
-Multi attacker weapon disarms…..rounds of 4 minutes. When given a signal they sprinted over to the airsoft handgun and had to put 2 shots on target at 15 feet and then went back to drill.
-2 on 1 two knife, 2 stick & 1 knife, 1 stick attack. Strategy was being graded.
-I took a real steak knife and swung once at each. The only person cut was me! I’ll heal!
-Offensive knife on knife. Again, this isn’t static with the attacker swinging, stopping and re setting. These are non stop 2 minute rounds.
-3rd party handgun disarms.
-3rd party knife disarms.
-At the end of this hell we brought in our biggest, most muscular, best sparring instructor to spar them for 1 last round. This was gut check time. They could hardly lift there arms by now and they were in the ring with a guy who was instructed to “go hard” with them. This was the most amazing thing I’ve ever seen as they all went hard and went right at him! I was so proud!
Well, that was their test. I honestly believe only a fraction of 1% of adults in this country could get through that. One member said it was like sprinting a marathon with people beating on you the whole time! At the end of these tests I ask the crowd watching “Why would anyone put themselves through that?” I answer that question with another. “Who would ever be dumb enough to wanna mess with these people?”
Congrats to my bad asses; Aaron Jannetti, Scott Howard, Jason Holt and Terri Rosen!! You think you test hard? Do you look like this at the end of your testing? BE SAFE!

Terri's Legs
Terri's Arms


Today’s blog is a little off my usual path. I’m going to talk about nutrition. At our gyms we strive to be all about self defense and fitness. A big part of fitness is nutrition and we talk often to our gym members about the subject. Truth is, the vast majority of us will not die due to a violent attack but the vast majority of us are guaranteed to die from cancer or heart disease. I really think that if someone knew that they would be attacked by a knife welding psychopath in a year they would spend the year hitting every Krav Maga class that they could find, work on their cardio, get stronger and really prepare. In that same vein, most of us are guaranteed to get sick this year and most of us will die from cancer or heart disease in X number of years so why wouldn’t we do all we can to change that outcome as well?

Here is an eye opener. For at least one day write down everything that you eat. Not the food you eat but every ingredient that you eat. I’ll give you an example below of what my nephew had today for just breakfast and lunch compared to what I had today. Glimpse at it and then read on…

Do you notice that all ingredients in what I ate were actual food? Over 85% of what he ate isn’t anything you could go buy at a market. Now here is the question….If we both eat like this every day this year which one of us would you expect to get sick at least once? A more sobering question is if we both eat like this every day of our lives for the next several years, who would you expect to get cancer? Why are we eating like this?

“there’s nothing as uncommon as common sense” Z. Ziglar

My Nephews Breakfast ingredients;
-Whole Grain Oats, Marshmallows (Sugar, Modified Corn Starch, Corn Syrup, Dextrose, Gelatin, Calcium Carbonate, Yellows 5 & 6, Blue 1, Red 40, Artificial Flavor), Sugar, Oat Flour, Corn Syrup, Corn Starch, Salt, Trisodium Phosphate, Color Added, Artificial Flavor, Vitamin E (Mixed Tocopherols) Added to Preserve Freshness. Vitamins and Minerals…….yep, Lucky Charms
Water, High Fructose, Corn Syrup and 2% or Less of Each of the Following: Concentrated Juices (Orange, Tangerine, Apple, Lime, Grapefruit). Citric Acid, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Beta-Carotene, Thiamin Hydrochloride (Vitamin B1), Natural Flavors, Food Starch-Modified, Canola Oil, Cellulose Gum, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Hexametaphosphate, Sodium Benzoate To Protect Flavor, Yellow #5, Yellow #6 ….Sunny D

For breakfast I had; eggs, fresh mushrooms, organic onion, organic green pepper, organic beef… an omelet. To drink; oranges and a carrot from my juicer.

My Nephews Mid Morning Snack ingredients;
-Carbonated Water, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Caramel Color, Phosphoric Acid, Natural Flavors, Caffeine…..Cola
– Sugar, Corn Syrup, Enriched Bleached Flour (Wheat Flour, Niacin, Reduced Iron, Thiamine Mononitrate [Vitamin B1]Riboflavin [Vitamin B2]Folic Acid)Water, Interesterfied Palm and Palm Kernel Oil, Partially Hydrogenated Soybean and Cottonseed Oil with TBHQ to Preserve Flavor (Contributes a Trivial Amount of Trans Fat)Dextrose, Soybean Oil, Egg Whites, Emulsifiers (Mono- and Diglycerides, Sorbitan Monostearate, Soy Lecithin, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Propylene Glycol, Monostearate, Polysorbate 60, Polysorbate 80, Polyglycerol Esters of Fatty Acids)Whey (Milk)Leavening (Baking Soda, Sodium Aluminum Phosphate)Corn Starch, Salt, Cocoa, Sorbic Acid (to Retain Freshness)Colors (Titanium Dioxide, Turmeric, Annatto Extract)Natural and Artificial Flavors….little Debbie Zebra cake.

For snack I had: an organic apple with almond butter

Ingredients in my nephew’s lunch;
Chicken, marinated up to 8% with a solution of water, chicken seasoning (chicken, wheat starch, salt, butter oil, chicken fat, beef extract, vegetable shortening, roasted sesame seed oil, silicon dioxide (anticaking agent), bonito extract, thiamine hydrochloride), salt, sodium phosphates. Battered and breaded with water, bleached wheat flour (enriched with niacin, iron, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin), yellow corn flour, wheat flour, modified corn starch, salt, leavening (baking soda, sodium acid pyrophosphate, sodium aluminum phosphate, monocalcium phosphate, calcium lactate), spices, dried whey, wheat starch, corn starch. Cooked in partially hydrogenated soybean and corn oils, TBHQ (to protect flavor), citric acid, dimethylpolysiloxane…Chicken nuggets

Potatoes, partially hydrogenated soybean oil, natural flavor, dextrose, sodium acid pyrophosphate (to preserve natural color). Cooked in partially hydrogenated soybean and corn oils, TBHQ (to protect flavor), citric acid, dimethylpolysiloxane and natural flavor….. French Fries:

milkfat and nonfat milk, sugar, sweet whey, high-fructose corn syrup, guar gum, monoglycerides and diglycerides, cellulose gum, sodium phosphate, carrageenan, citric acid, E129 and artificial strawberry flavor (amyl acetate, amyl butyrate, amyl valerate, anethol, anisyl formate, benzyl acetate, benzyl isobutyrate, butyric acid, cinnamyl isobutyrate, cinnamyl valerate, cognac essential oil, diacetyl, dipropyl ketone, ethyl butyrate, ethyl cinnamate, ethyl heptanoate, ethyl heptylate, ethyl lactate, ethyl methylphenylglycidate, ethyl nitrate, ethyl propionate, ethyl valerate, heliotropin, hydroxyphrenyl- 2-butanone (10% solution in alcohol), ionone, isobutyl anthranilate, isobutyl butyrate, lemon essential oil, maltol, 4-methylacetophenone, methyl anthranilate, methyl benzoate, methyl cinnamate, methyl heptine carbonate, methyl naphthyl ketone, methyl salicylate, mint essential oil, neroli essential oil, nerolin, neryl isobutyrate, orris butter, phenethyl alcohol, rose, rum ether, undecalactone, vanillin and solvent)…. A strawberry milkshake

For lunch I had;
Lettuce, olive oil, peppers, onion, bacon, broccoli….a salad


Ten years ago when I mentioned Krav Maga (if they had heard of it at all) the comment was almost always “oh, that brutal stuff”. I don’t hear this as much now but every now and then I still do. I would always tell whoever said “that brutal stuff” that I don’t really call it brutal, I call it effective. After all, I didn’t start the attack. What I do with Krav Maga is called “ending the attack with the least damage to me”!

Think about it. What is safe? Is safe defeating the attacker, not being killed, but still spending weeks in a hospital from the injuries? To me safe is getting out unscathed. Sometimes people get caught up believing Hollywood or TV (think Kung Fu) thinking that they will use a code of ethics, never throw the first punch, be honorable, defeat the bad guy the “right way”, etc. for self defense. Although the martial art code, ethics, etc. is a good thing this has nothing to do with real violence. There are predators and human scum out there who will slaughter your entire family and laugh about it. I read of a human piece of garbage slicing open a baby and raping the wound. How much “fighting the right way”, ethics and moral code are they using? If a human piece of garbage is going to think that way you are setting yourself up for certain defeat if you are going to think about anything but destroying the attacker. They set the attack up for the best possible outcome. They lay in wait to surprise, they cheat, they will hit when you are not looking. To defeat this you have to be meaner, dirtier, cheat more and win no matter what.

This is why in our Krav Maga first class intro we start introducing the concepts of “if someone needs hit they need hit as hard as we possibly can” and “if someone needs hit once they need hit many, many times.” We teach that sparring on the street is stupid, the longer it goes the higher our chances are of being hurt. It is immoral to hit another person but if you must it needs to break them. As my buddy Ernie Kirk says “I don’t wanna be in a fight, I just wanna hit him and go home.” BE SAFE!


Every now and then I get asked what my favorite technique is. I always answer that I try my darndest to not have a favorite technique. My thought is if I have a favorite technique I will practice it more than anything else, it will be the one that my mind goes to when I am in trouble and it will be the one that comes out of me no matter what the situation. Say my favorite technique is clinching and throwing knees. If I am in a bar fight that will probably work. If there are two attackers maybe it’ll work if I keep the one being clinched between myself and the other attacker. How about if there are three or more attackers? I don’t want clinching one to be what comes out of me. I would need to be thinking of escaping and picking something up to whack with! How about if the guy is a wrestler or good at bjj? My clinching would probably get me taken to the ground. If there is a blade involved I want distance, not a clinch. If someone is shooting at me from twenty feet away I sure had better not be thinking of clinching, I better be running (although there is a famous martial artist who teaches a dive roll at the gunman to come from under the gun and disarm……sigh)!

The problem is that violence isn’t ever going to be what we expect. When one person thinks about a violent attack they may be thinking bar fight while another thinks of a soccer riot while yet another thinks of being shot at. If that vision of violence is what they work their favorite technique to counter they then have to hope that if violence ever finds them it is exactly like they thought it would be. There are so many variables. Were you surprised or were you alerted? Was this a mutually agreed on fight that you had some time to plan for or a sucker punch? Do you have good footing or are you on an uneven surface? Are you injured or bleeding? One big variable would be is lethal force prudent? Probably so if three attackers are coming at you with knives, probably not if one guy is slapping you in a bar. So what should I practice as my favorite technique? Lethal may be needed in one instance and not in another. How about if I have my kids with me? Running may be the best option if I am alone but it isn’t an option at all if I’m not. Does my favorite technique work if I’m taken to the ground before I even know I’m being attacked? Put in a choke hold? Knocked silly from the first punch? My favorite technique would only work if I am attacked exactly the way I thought I would….and what are the odds of that? As SGT Rory Miller says in Meditations on Violence “An incapacitating blow may be what you need but sometimes the goal is to break away or create enough space to access a weapon or just enough get air to scream for help. If the goal changes, so does everything else. If you have only trained for one goal, you will be hampered when the goal is different.”

My thought is that I want my “flinch” reaction to be “go forward and go off”. When others are stuck in the loop asking themselves why they are being attacked and what should they do I want to already be going in and going hard. As far as a favorite technique goes……nah. BE SAFE!