SELF DEFENSE EDUCATION!

“A nation that will insist on drawing a broad line of demarcation between the fighting man and the thinking man will have it’s fighting done by fools and it’s thinking done by cowards.” Sir William Francis Butler

I tell those going through the USKMA’s instructor training that if they teach self defense to others and don’t read these books listed below it is like asking someone to learn from a history professor who has never read a history book! Sometimes I hear “I don’t like to read.” My thought on that is that I don’t like to exercise but I do it because it’s good for me! I want USKMA instructors to be educated, not just parroting what others told them. When students come to us for self defense they are literally putting their lives in our hands. We should know what real violence is, know what stress, the adrenaline dump and exhaustion do to us, know what kept people alive who have actually been there, etc., etc. The reading list I recommend to anyone teaching self defense (in order of my recommendation);

-Meditaions On Violence by SGT Rory Miller. An amazing book. Learn about real world violence from a guy who’s seen a bunch of it.

-Facing Violence by SGT Rory Miller. Goes over everything you could want to know about having to face real world violence. Talks about how to spot potential conflict, body language to look for to tell you an attack is coming, what stress and adreniline will do to you, how you will feel afterwards, what the police will want to hear and what they will do, what the court system will do to you, etc, etc. A must read!

-Strong On Defense by SGT Samford Strong. A tough read but a must read for those teaching self defense. Several interviews with people who have survived crimes.

-Conflict Communication by SGT Rory Miller. See the monkey dance and head it off.

-The Gift of Fear by Gavin DeBecker. Another must read. Will have you listening more to those voices in your head.

-On Killing and On Combat by Lt. Col. Dave Grossman. Shows us what BS the movies have told us about killing and violence. Studies how stress, adreniline, etc. will effect us.

-Blink by Malcom Gladwell. Ever just had a feeling about something? This book explains why and will have you listening to those feelings from now on!

-The Book Of Five Rings by Miyomato Musashi. There really is nothing new. What some self defense guru’s are saying is theirs and new was done thousands of years ago!

-In the Name of Self Defense by Marc MacYoung. Marc’s been writing books for decades…you can’t go wrong with any of them!

-Deep Survival by Laurence Gonzales. Why do some survive an incident while others perish during the same incident? Cool book.

-The Survivor’s Club by Ben Sherwood. Very similar to the book above.

-Sharpening The Warrior’s Edge by Bruce Siddle. Scientifically explains how we should be training for life and death situations.

-Training at the Speed of Life by Kenneth Murray. Similar to the above book.

-Combat Focus Shooting by Rob Pincus. Takes the no BS approach to shooting that Krav Maga does with self defense.

-Inside the Criminal Mind by Stanton Samenow. A bit dry but you’ll understand the scumbags better…and quit feeling sorry for their poor childhoods.

-The Truth About Self Protection by Massad Ayoob. An expert in the field.

-Mark Slane has a couple of books that are definately recommended by…Mark Slane. Be Safe, Self Defense For Women in the Real World, American Krav Maga and Krav Maga for Law Enforcement. Available on Amazon or on uskma.com.

-Probably should have been at the top of the list but the Bible. Cool stories of dudes taking on long odds and kicking butt. Even one about a guy who took the jaw bone of an ass and killed 1,000 heathens!

BE SAFE!!

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WANT MORE ADULTS IN YOUR MARTIAL ART OR FITNESS GYM?

USKMA AFFILIATION AND INSTRUCTOR TRAINING;
Do you know a recent nationwide report found that “Krav Maga” ranked third, behind only “Fitness Kickboxing” and “Martial Arts For Children” in internet searches for martial arts or self defense? Like most Krav Maga organizations we will teach you and your staff excellent real world self defense techniques. Krav Maga is easy to learn, easy to remember and extremely effective. Law enforcement and military groups throughout the world seek out Krav Maga because of its reputation as that of real-world, no-nonsense self defense. What separates the USKMA from other organizations is the business and marketing side. We will show you exactly how to use awesome marketing to get people in, lead awesome introductory lessons that will get people to join, and teach awesome classes that people want to keep coming back for! We will show you every aspect of how to run a Krav Maga gym…everything from how to answer the phone to providing you with TV commercials to giving you class lesson plans. We will share everything with you that we did in our Ohio gyms to go from start to over 750 members. The great thing about our marketing is that it is done with integrity. No used car salesman techniques!!

Our instructor training is four days of intense classes in which you will learn the level 1 techniques, how to teach and how to run a Krav Maga gym with an emphasis on marketing. We do not bring you in to show you how tough we are, to flunk as many as possible or to let you leave at the end not knowing if you passed. We believe that Krav Maga is good for people and that it will keep them safe. Our goal is to teach others this system to spread it throughout the U.S.

We schedule level one instructor trainings at gyms across the nation several times during the year, check “events” page of USKMA.com for training dates. We actually have a couple of different ways to do our certification training. One is for those who run a gym and want to become an affiliate. The second is for people who wish to do the instructor training for their own personal knowledge. Either way, you will leave with a great knowledge of all of our level one techniques as well as some level two and weapon disarms. The 4 days of training costs much less than what most other organizations charge for training and we believe that we are the only organization really showing gym owners a complete system that will grow their adult program and grow their bottom line.

We are all about customer service for our affiliate gyms! We give monthly video staff meetings, marketing material, ads and show how we signed an average of 48 adults per month over a two year period at our gyms. You will also be given access to the affiliate page of one of the top web sites in the business. This site is your one stop shop for running a Krav Maga gym. On the site are videos on how to run intros, classes, cardio classes and drills as well as lesson plans, how to write a press release, marketing material, ad photos and much, much more. We also have a Technique of the Month, Drill of the Month and monthly video staff meeting feature on the site to keep our affiliates up to date with the latest marketing and teaching techniques.

You can also schedule us to come to your gym to train and test your staff for the four days. By the time we leave you and your staff will have our lesson plans for level 1 and know how to run classes, how to do intros, how to market, what to say on the phone, how to run a test, etc.

We would love to include you in our upcoming training. Call or e mail with any questions.

Mark Slane
UnitedStatesKravMaga.com
614 301-9825

PS, here are testimonials from a few of our affiliates;

“I am running your system to the tee and I’m 130 members in less than a year, and that is starting from 0 and in a city where I knew no one.” Juan Acosta, Ft. Myers FL

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“I have traveled around a lot ,, and trained with some of the top trainers … We were truly blessed to find a great instructor ,, my group truly enjoyed all the training .. I feel it was the best program we have ever had presented to us ,,,it was the real deal and we were very honored to have you down and look forward to a great training future ahead thank you again” – Alex Azar, Longview Martial Arts

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“I am home now after finishing the level 1 instructor training and have had a chance to think about my experience. The course was tough, well organized and thorough. The instructors were knowledgeable, warm and motivating. The people in my group became fast friends. As you know, I have taken Krav Maga instructor courses before and they cannot compare to what I just experienced with USKMA.
Overall, I feel incredibly inspired and look forward to growing with this family. All the best to you all.” —Rafi Peretz, Miami, FL

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“I just got back from training in Ohio, all I can say is WOW. Great people, awesome training, seeing the business in action first hand, just priceless. No egos just great training. All the USKMA instructors were
great and taught excellent classes, these classes were packed with happy students. Simply one of the best training courses I have attended.
All I can say is the USKMA is one of the best associations that I have been involved with, they kept asking what else do you need from us. When is the last time you had that happen with a martial arts group, just awesome. I have been training since I was a kid and have experienced the ego/political groups in several disciplines. It was just refreshing to be welcomed with open arms and loaded up with material and hands-on training.
I just want to thank Mark for creating such an amazing association. I haven’t seen a better business model for Krav Maga and especially the adult self defense and fitness market. Can’t wait until my next trip to ohio. Thanks Guys” —Alan Condon, Empire Martial Arts
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“I have trained in Martial Arts most of my adult life, earning multiple Black Belts in traditional arts. Throughout my time as a Martial Artist and while serving as a Federal law Enforcement Officer and as a United States Marine Corps Officer I have had the opportunity to train in many martial arts and self defense programs. To say that I was greatly impressed with the staff of USKMA would be an understatement. They have taken what we are all looking for in self defense and have put it in an easy to understand and logical format. The curriculum and staff will challenge you while maintaining a safe and friendly atmosphere. Be prepared to sweat, learn sound defense and be safer upon leaving their gym. The atmosphere created at USKMA is one of encouragement to anyone who is interested in learning self defense, regardless of your age or ability. I would highly recommend this program to anyone who is serious about learning true self defense.” —Maj. Paul Oppedisano

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“Mark Slane has the blueprint for running a successful Krav Maga gym, and his team of professional instructors expertly execute that plan. I have been training in various martial arts for over thirty years and teaching fellow police officers to survive on the streets for the past seven years. I know from experience that finding instructors who bring the ‘total package’ is rare. Mark and his instructors are not only expert Krav Maga practitioners, but they are capable of effectively translating their knowledge into great results for their students.

My gym, Force 3 Krav Maga and Fitness recruited more students in one week after incorporating Mark’s marketing strategies than we had in the previous three months. Our mission is to create a safer society through education and training, and we are far more capable of getting that training out to good people thanks to Mark’s strategies and methods. If you are interested in incorporating Krav Maga into your gym or starting a Krav Gym, it would be a mistake not to consult Mark Slane. John, Aaron and the others at USKMA are great people who are passionate about Krav Maga and the positive impact it can have on people’s lives. Follow the leaders folks!” —Brannon Hicks, SWAT ATL, Law Enforcement Defensive Tactics Instructor, Force 3 Krav Maga and Fitness, St. Johns, FL

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“My name is Mark Howard, and I have been associated with the martial arts for over 30 years. I currently own two martial arts studios in Tucson, Az., both of which utilize a significant amount of Krav Maga in the training of our students. I ‘discovered’ Mark’s presence on the internet by accident. However, the more I read about his approach to teaching Krav Maga, the more intrigued I became. I discovered an individual who also believes it isn’t necessary to ‘break’ your Krav student to teach them properly…that it is possible, and probably better learning, to have fun while grasping Krav…and that anyone can be labeled an ‘instructor,’ but it takes real talent to be a ‘teacher!’
The next evolution is for a ‘teacher’ to then ‘teach the teachers.’ That’s when I asked Mr. Slane to travel to Tucson and teach a small cadre of potential teachers to help me with the Krav Maga at my studios. Mr. Slane leaped at the opportunity to groom a new group of teachers for me!
Utilizing an incredible blend of innate teaching ability and sense of humor, coupled with the old 2×4 to the side of the head when appropriate, Mark turned a group of six highly motivated Krav students into the next generation of Krav teachers in Tucson! Teaching with high energy, expertise, and intensity, Mark quickly earned the respect of every student and, with the exception of a few bruises here and there, completed five days of training with NO injuries and were totally exhausted!
The debriefing for each student was immediate and the most thorough I have ever experienced in the martial arts community. In fact, he reminded me of my days as a ‘Topgun’ instructor…he was that thorough and unrelenting in his pursuit of producing the highest quality Teachers! No physical abuse, no mental games…just pure and simple raising the bar to an entirely new level! It was a pleasure to watch my students grow so much in such a short period of time under Mr. Slane’s superb guidance.
I am already planning on Mr. Slane coming back to Tucson in the Spring to enjoy the fine weather and repeat his ‘magic’ with my students yet again! They can’t wait, and neither can I!” —LtCol (ret) Mark R. Howard, MBA

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SUCK IT UP, BUTTERCUP!

Years ago, before we were married, my future wife came to my gym to watch me run a higher level Krav Maga test. I am basically a jerk when I run tests…just mean. As people were dehydrating and falling down with calf cramps they would hear “Get up and fight or get the f$%& off my mat!” and “You want to quit, go ahead. Maybe I’ll run a test for sissies later this month!” among other things. When someone gets kicked in the groin and drops to the ground during a test or class I say “hey everyone, look! This is why we kick to the groin…it works! Now get up.” On the way home after the test I noticed she wasn’t talking to me. When I pressed her she blurted out “You’re an ass!”. I had to explain to her that I know those people were hurting. Calf cramps and groin shots are friggin painful. I want to push people past what they think they can handle. I told her “I am not holding people’s hands to get them to the next level so they can feel good about their accomplishments, I am teaching people to survive things that would force most people to give up. I am making tough people!” She gets it now, she’d just never studied real world violence or knew how to train for it.

It drives me crazy in class to see people stop when they get a busted lip, a side cramp or the like. Now, I was a paramedic for many years, I know what a serious injury is. I will take people off the mat if they pull something, get knocked silly or are bleeding. However, it’s poor training to stop with any little injury. In my opinion you are training to stop when someone makes contact with you when you do that. Guess what, in a real attack there will be all kinds of contact! I had a cop in my level 1 classes years ago that got popped in the nose. It wasn’t broken, wasn’t even bleeding but he dropped to the ground and got into a fetal position. I was livid! I yelled “Get the hell up! The scum bag is now taking your handgun and shooting you in the head!”. He was offended and never came back but I didn’t care. He was doing something in training that would have gotten him killed on the street. Pathetic!

In most martial arts classes if you hit someone you stop and apologize. What kind of training is that? That will come out of you under stress. We are training to hit people…hard! I have trained myself as I demo and make accidental contact to keep going. I’ll say “oops, got ya didn’t I?” as I continue to beat on my partner. If it was a really hard shot I’ll apologize to them…after class. I’ve also trained myself to take it and keep going. It happens to me often but the two that stick out in my mind are the time I was demoing a drill and the student who was demoing with me elbowed me in the face so hard that I blacked out on my feet for a second. I kept talking and explaining the drill but I must not have looked too good, several students came over and grabbed me and told me to sit down for a few minutes. Another was during my black belt test. During handgun defenses my partner punched me under the eye so hard it split the skin. I grabbed a paper towel that someone handed me and kept doing my handgun defenses one handed until the blood stopped pouring. Now, I am no tougher than anyone else, I just train correctly.

I used to train often with Olympic Gold Medal winning boxer, Jerry Page. When we would spar I would, every now and then, actually hit him. One time I said “Jerry, I actually hit you” and he just laughed. He said “I’m standing in front of you, you’re gonna hit me every now and then. I never was in a bout that I didn’t get hit several times in each round. I know how to roll with punches and, when I do get hit hard, I don’t show it. I’m coming after you!” I likes that attitude! When I first was getting in to self defense (before MMA became popular) I heard a speaker say “the dudes I see who take a sucker punch in a bar and get back up are boxers. They train to do that. Most everyone else lays there like they’re dead.” Train to take shots and keep going!

From my book “Be Safe, Self Defense For Women In the Real World”;
“SGT Sanford Strong, in his great book “Strong on Defense” interviewed many crime (especially rape) victims. The ones who consistently fought back and got out of the horrible situation were those who feared the crime (the rape) more than they feared injury. Injury will happen….tell yourself that right now! The scumbag knows that you fear injury. This is why he will say “Do what I tell you to and you won’t be hurt.” Those who allowed themselves to be moved, tied up, etc. on the “promise” of no injury from the bad guy almost always paid dearly for it. Those who were so afraid of injury that they did nothing but hope and pray the attacker was telling the truth needed to know that the bad guys always lie and they are good at it! Put in your brain right now that the scumbag is there to hurt, torture and probably kill you. Injury is coming. It’s up to you to decide if it’s on his terms or if you are in control. It’s up to you to decide if that injury will come to only you or if it will come with you injuring him back tenfold!!”.

Now, we can’t be brutal in class and purposely hit people. We do, at the end of level 2, start to introduce sparring. Guess where the big fallout is…not many test up to level 3. We introduce sparring correctly, are as safe as possible and don’t let people get hurt but still, not many students want to do it. I tell them we spar for two reasons. 1) Self defense isn’t always someone comes up to choke you, it could well be someone squaring off with you and throwing bombs. 2) The best way to get used to getting hit and keep going is to get hit and keep going.

If we are ever attacked on the street we will probably get hurt. I tell my students to accept this right now. Say it and know it. Now, tell yourself that I will probably be hurt but I will pay it back times ten! Injury is coming, decide on who’s terms it will come. Next time you get dinged in the gym keep going…suck it up, Buttercup. BE SAFE!

USKMA CURRICULUM DVD SALE!

The USKMA’s instructor dvds are on sale for the next week! These dvds were made for USKMA instructors and include the USKMA’s entire curriculum taught by USKMA black belts and lead instructor, Mark Slane. Anyone can learn Krav Maga with these complete and easy to follow lessons. Level 1 introduces basic combatives, ground and choke defenses. Level 2 continues with combatives & ground and introduces defenses for bear hugs, carotid chokes, etc. Level 3 introduces more advanced ground, combatives and attack defenses. Also, knife, stick and handgun defenses are introduced. Level 4 continues with advanced combatives, ground and weapons. Takedowns and sweeps are introduced. Level 5 covers judo throws, takedowns, ground and advanced weapons including long gun disarms. This offer includes the Weapon Defenses DVD as well. Sold separately the six dvds come to $114…get all six for $89! This offer includes reduced shipping (only $2.50). Follow the link below to USKMA.com’s “store” page and order today.

http://unitedstateskravmagaassociation.com/store/

Upcoming USKMA training; Level 2 instructor training in Dallas, TX Aug. 10-12
Level 1 instructor training in Auburn, IN Sept. 18-21
Level 3 instructor training in Longview, TX Sept. 3-5
Level 2 Law Enforcement training in Missouri City, TX Oct. 27-31

YOU AIN’T SUPERMAN!

“Not being there is way better than running, running is way better than de-escalating, de-escalating is way better than fighting and fighting is way better than dying.” SGT Rory Miller

“Self defense is recovery from stupidity or bad luck.” SGT Miller

“Self defense is a limited number of techniques and tactics that may get you out alive after you’re already screwed.” SGT Miller yet again

It bugs me when I see instructors teaching self defense like they are developing unbeatable fighters. I believe that they are setting people up to be hurt badly if they are teaching them to think that they are unbeatable bad asses. I don’t think I’m developing fighters, I think I am teaching people how to be safe. I teach don’t be there, run, find an object to smack the attacker with and, as a last resort….go batshit crazy and beat down whoever is trying to hurt you.

If you watched last weekend’s UFC fights you saw some of the best fighters on the planet. This (from bjpenn.com) is telling; “The UFC’s biggest card of the year, UFC 175, took place this past Saturday, and the medical suspensions are rather extensive, with both Chris Weidman and Ronda Rousey potentially out until January of 2015. Check out the full list: Chris Weidman: Must have left jaw, right elbow, right ribs and right ankle x-rayed, and if positive, then that injury must cleared by orthopedic doctor or no contest until Jan. 2; minimum suspension until Aug. 20 with no contact until Aug. 5 Lyoto Machida: Suspended until Sept. 4 with no contact until Aug. 20 Ronda Rousey: Must have right hand x-rayed, and if positive cleared by orthopedic doctor or no contest until Jan. 2 Alexis Davis: Suspended until July 27 with no contact until July 20 Uriah Hall: Must have right second toe cleared by orthopedic doctor or no contest until Jan. 2; minimum suspension until Sept. 4 with no contact until Aug. 20 Russell Doane: Must have right thumb x-rayed and cleared by orthopedic doctor or no contest until Jan. 2; minimum suspension until July 27 with no contact until July 20 Urijah Faber: Must have left rib x-ray series, and if positive then needs doctor clearance or no contest until Jan. 2 Kenny Robertson: Must have right elbow cleared by orthopedic doctor or no contest until Jan. 2 Bruno Santos: Must have possible nasal fracture cleared by doctor or no contest until Jan. 2; minimum suspension until July 27 with no contact until July 20 due to laceration George Roop: Suspended until Aug. 20 with no contact until Aug. 5 Luke Zachrich: Must have left hand x-rayed, and if positive then needs orthopedic doctor clearance or no contest until Jan. 2; minimum suspension until Aug. 20 with no contact until Aug. 5 for right eye laceration Kevin Casey: Must have left elbow cleared by orthopedic doctor or no contest until Jan. 2 William “Bubba” Bush: Suspended until Sept. 4 with no contact until Aug. 20”

Yep, the most in shape, most talented, best fighters on the planet in a sport fight with rules, referees and time limits and not many walked away unscathed. Ronda only fought 16 friggin seconds and she’s injured for crying out loud!

This is what fries me with the “face four knife wielding thugs with no fear” crap that’s being taught. You had better fear that, I don’t care how good you are. Run like you’re on fire if ever faced with those odds. Fighting for your life is one thing, not running when you had the chance is stupid. We self defense instructors don’t teach nearly enough of what can happen if that fight goes bad. We could certainly be killed. We can win but have months of rehab ahead of us. We can have limbs that never work right again. We can be in a wheelchair for life, can be blinded, can be left brain damaged (that’s the one that scares me the most). We can end up having a colostomy bag if stabbed or shot in the wrong place (your crap don’t come out where it’s supposed to anymore, you have a tube attached to your innards that comes through your abdomen and empties into a plastic bag). Even if you’re unscathed you can end up going to jail. Win that trial and you can be sued in civil court by the “victim” that attacked you and lose everything you own. Still want to step up to that bully because he called you a name? Learn to apologize and buy the idiot a drink. Acting like a mature adult isn’t showing weakness. Read Marc MacYoung and Rory Miller’s books for way more insight into this.

This is a subject most martial arts and self defense systems fail miserably at… letting their practitioners know that they can and probably will sustain damage. This can be a game changer! If you rely on both hands to do a joint lock and break one….what do you do then? If you rely only on jump kicks and the attack starts with your ankle being crushed…what do you do then? If we’ve never trained thinking about an injury and then it happens our brains will want to freeze because this wasn’t in the plan. In our higher belt tests in the USKMA we actually have students tie one arm down and figure out the handgun, knife and other defenses without the use of an appendage.

As an instructors our job is to make our students as safe as possible We must teach; 1) don’t go to stupid places with stupid people to do stupid things. I am an old dude who is in bed by 11 every night. When I hear of people getting beaten or killed at 3 in the morning my first thought is always “wtf they doing out that late?”. 2) Run. If you are in trouble run! I was sent a video of a knife guru last month…the guy was good but as soon as he said “Keep your knife hidden (from the guy approaching you with his knife) because if he sees it he may run away” I lost all respect for him. What advice is that? Getting people killed kind of advice if you ask me. It seems to me that the best case scenario is that he sees my knife and runs away…if he doesn’t I should be! 3) Use a weapon! I’ll take a ball bat and an attitude over any black belt in any system! 4) When it’s go time, GO!! If you are in a fight that couldn’t be avoided you fight hard, dirty and brutal!

WE can’t teach people to be heroes, to have them think that they can’t be hurt or to not let them know that there are always consequences to fighting. We must teach that self defense is used as a last resort. When it’s go time, it’s all out, swing for the fences, go time but…if we can avoid it, run away or de-escalate, that is what we should do! BE SAFE!

SELF DEFENSE LESSONS FROM THE BRAVEHEART GUY!

“If you are in a fair fight, your tactics suck!” -unknown

Every now and then I get comments about how fighting dirty isn’t right. These comments always remind me about a group of martial artists that I overheard at a conference a few years ago. One of them told the others that Krav was just a system of cheap shots, that it had no honor and was basically cheating. This made me laugh out loud as I basically agreed with what they said but thought it was a good thing. One of my favorite all time qoutes on the subject comes from SGT Rory Miller’s great book MEDITATIONS OF VIOLENCE. “Listening to the average martial artist talk about real world violence is like listening to ten year olds talk about sex.”

When I teach new instructors I have a lecture I give about real world violence. One of the things that I talk about is that we aren’t trying to instill a code of ethics, chivalry, honor or rules. If we have “honorable” rules like “never strike first”, “never inflict more harm than needed”, “always fight with honor”, etc. we are putting our practitioners behind the eight ball. If the scum bags don’t have rules we are hampering ourselves if we do. If the bad guys are going to use violence as a weapon we need to perfect that weapon and be more ruthless with it than the scum bags. If we are in a fair fight our tactics suck indeed!

When I hear talk about fighting right, with honor, etc. I know that whoever is saying it has no concept of real world violence and the kinds of human garbage that is out there preying on society. Here is a quote from a prison guard that I came across on the internet;
“Having these criminals on the streets should make you scared, very scared. If we don’t have a means to defend ourselves from criminals, we are prey. I am not joking by any stretch by telling you these criminals are animals. There are still those bleeding hearts who believe in the integrity of man and the desire to do the right thing when presented with a choice. I have now seen firsthand that there are people who are bad, and they are unfixable. They will take the low road every time, they will lie, steal, rape, murder and feel wholeheartedly that they are entitled to do whatever they please without respect to anyone else.”

Yes, there are bad people out there who the world would be better off without. Read about the human pieces of crap that perpetrate home invasions. They are recividists (hardened criminals who have been in prison for violent crimes and then let back out) who don’t look at you and your family as humans but as entertainment. They will rape, torture and slaughter your family and then go have a hamburger. What honor and rules should you use if faced with these people?

Cheating, cheap shots and not fighting fair is the only way to survive a violent attack, especially when outnumbered or outgunned. One great example of this in history is The Battle of Stirling Bridge of the First War of Scottish Independence on 11 September 1297. William Wallace was vastly out numbered and the enemy had much superior armor and weaponry. How did his force win? They cheated and faught dirty! At the time fighting honorably and fair meant that armies would allow each other to set up before battle. They would wait as the other army crossed a bridge, etc. and got completely set before the battle would begin. William Wallace’s army attacked the English while they were crossing a long and narrow bridge and wiped them out. There was no honor in this. It was cheating and fighting dirty. They lived while the enemy died.

The only way to face ruthless, violent people and come away alive is to be more ruthless and more violent. This is why we do what we do in Krav Maga. Our classes, drills, testing, etc. is designed to get people past their breaking point and to make them ruthless, never say die, hard fighting, never quitting maniacs if they are ever in a life or death violent situation. BE SAFE!