Instructors, when someone comes to you for self defense they are literally putting their lives in your hands. If violence ever finds them I don’t know how you could live with yourself if you didn’t teach them the most battle tested, scientific and best techniques and tactics that you could find.

If you think that your system is the best out there and has all the answers and you don’t look at anything else…you’re blowing it. We at the USKMA go to many different seminars and trainings throughout the year. We are constantly on youtube, buying videos and buying books seeing what others are teaching. We have an awesome system but we are still looking to learn.

If you have made zero changes to your curriculum in the past six months…you’re blowing it. There is always better out there and we’ll change in a heartbeat when we find it. We have recently seen a long gun defense that we are working with. We have a great defense that we teach but if this one ends up being easier and more effective we’ll go to it.

If what you are teaching relies on strength, athletic ability or size…you’re blowing it. I see a lot of systems that look great when the two hundred pound, six foot two head honcho is performing but how does what he is doing translate to the small female in his class? If it can’t be used effectively by the smallest, weakest person in your class why teach it?

If the classes that you are teaching are slow paced, technical and not a workout…you’re blowing it. Our classes in Krav Maga are a big time workout. If you are in cardio shape you can fight harder longer. There is no arguing this.

If you are not running people into the ground in class, not making them uncomfortable and not having partners attack hard and realistically…you’re blowing it. I hate seeing handgun defenses, for example, practiced only with the partner standing there like a statue pointing a gun at the student. On the street the scum bags will be hitting us, kicking us, cussing us and waving the gun around. We had better be practicing it like we’ll see it.

If your system is technique based…you’re blowing it. Techniques won’t save your butt. A training philosophy of go forward, go hard and go “animal” is our only hope when real world violence finds us. Our classes are very fast paced, we go to the finish with every technique we practice and we make people “fighters”. We push people to exhaustion in our classes and tests. They will thank us if they are ever in a situation where they need it!

If your weapon disarms are technical and don’t include a strike…you’re blowing it. Under the stress of “I’m about to die” the only thing our students need to remember is block the thing (or redirect it if it’s a firearm) and beat on the idiot who is trying to hurt them.

If you don’t have cops and soldiers who are about to be deployed attending your classes…you’re blowing it. There is a reason we have literally dozens of law enforcement personnel and soldiers attending our gyms in Ohio. There is also a reason why years ago when i taught a traditional martial art I had none.

If you haven’t studied stress, the adrenaline dump, the freeze and what these things do to your body…you’re blowing it. These are game changers.

If you haven’t read ON COMBAT by Lt. Col. Grossman, STRONG ON DEFENSE by Samford Strong or FACING VIOLENCE and MEDITATIONS ON VIOLENCE by SGT Rory Miller…you’re blowing it. You are teaching people how to stay alive, don’t ya think you should study the subject? Not reading up on violence and survival is like teaching history without ever having read a history book.



  1. About the long gun thing: remember to see if it fits well with the other things you teach. A bunch of really effective moves that people can’t learn quickly and remember under stress doesn’t do much good.

    • Thanks self defense lady. In Krav that’s a given. If it’s not something we can learn quickly (natural body reactions) and remember under stress it isn’t taught. Fancy get’s people killed in the real world.

      • Thanks for the reply. What I meant was if it is the answer to more than one self-defense question. That’s my favorite thing about Krav, that it takes a lower total number of things to learn to protect against a higher total number of threats.

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