Have you ever wondered why people train in a specific martial art or style of self defense? Well, I can tell you why people train Krav Maga. People have this innate instinct to protect themselves. The tendency to cover up and cower is actually taught. Since the dawn of man, we have been warriors, hunting for our food and warring with neighboring factions! Society tries to dull that inborn instinct to fight. However, there are those of us who see the need to learn to protect ourselves.
Paint a picture for yourself:
1). You’re walking with loved ones
2). You get attacked by a group of people
3). They hurt someone you’re with, to the point that they can’t run away
Now, I want you to think to yourself, “Have I trained to handle this situation and survive?” The odds are that you haven’t, and the odds are that you haven’t thought about it, until now. THIS is why we train! This is why YOU need to train! Krav Maga is the best answer for the unforeseeable circumstances!
Train to get into better shape. Train to learn some cool stuff. Train to have a good time. Train to SURVIVE!
It doesn’t end there, though. What if, in that group I mentioned, you were the one who got hurt? Would the people around you – your loved ones – be able to fight and survive…save you? The odds are that the answer is also no. There is only ONE way to give yourself or them the fighting chance to really survive the violent encounters that lurk around the corner – TRAIN; train like your life depends on it, because IT DOES!
Now that you’ve read this, it’s your opportunity – no, your obligation to not only get yourself training, but the people you care about. You need to know that not only you could survive, but that you’ve saved the life of your loved ones by giving them the opportunity to train and defend themselves!
Do something that will better your life, for the rest of your life! Come take a free class, and see what I’m talking about!
So often, people comment on the fact that I’m a Krav Maga and Martial Arts instructor who carries a firearm nearly everywhere I go. Things like, “Don’t you think you’re overdoing it,” or “Doesn’t your Krav work?” get said all the time. The truth is that someone who is serious about defending themselves and their loved ones will take every precaution to do so. This includes carrying weapons on them or in their vehicle. This also means having weapons in their home. I may sound like a fanatical person, but the truth is that I’m a prepared person.
The question is, “Is it better to have it and not need it or not have it and need it?” The answer to that question in every other part of your life is that it is absolutely better to have it and not need it! I carry and I tell all of my students to carry. The truth is that people need to own weapons and train with them just as often as they train in their Krav Maga. I will tell people all day, every day, that they need Krav Maga above all, but the truth is that you need to be prepared to answer the situation that comes with the appropriate level of force. Sometimes situations call for a little more than “Krav Maga”.
At FearLess Nation, we train in multiple styles, two of which being Krav Maga and Kali. Kali is the Filipino system for knife and stick fighting. As a result, I walk around with my sidearm and a blade at all times. In my vehicle, I carry my sidearm, a blade in each door, and an expandable baton under my seat. I am, by no means, saying that everyone should walk or drive around with so many weapons, but I am saying that everyone needs to be prepared to respond to the threat with the level of force necessary!
Paint this picture in your mind: You’re walking around with your loved one and a large mob of people approach and surround you both. Will your MMA training or your Krav Maga not only get you out, but your loved one? There’s certainly a chance, but the odds are not in your favor for something like that. However, if one, or both, of you carried, you would have a much higher chance of survival! Having a weapon with you immediately, dramatically increases your chances for survival – provided that you’re trained with the weapon and understand how to properly use it.
Arm yourselves, America! There’s a war coming, and you need to be prepared for it!
Today is Hump Day, and we all know what that means – everyone is more tired than usual, no one wants to go do anything, and everyone has something to complain about. Honestly, not too much of that bothers me anymore, because it’s expected. What does bother me, however, is that people skip out on the things that help them grow, because they let the “itis” set in. They let the social norm become their norm. It just can’t be!
I don’t ask everyone to be over achievers; I just ask that everyone is an achiever! If you set a goal, you need to achieve it – not just for the people around you, but above all, for yourself! Sometimes, however, people forget the most important component to setting and achieving any goal! That is the WHY? If you have any hope of achieving your goals, you can never forget your “why.”
I’ve spoken before on the “why,” so I won’t go on about it. In a nutshell, it is the reason you start something. People lose weight for self image, for their health, for their family, etc. THAT is their “why,” but people forget all about their “why” on Wednesday – hump day – for some reason. When we reach hump day, a switch gets flipped, and everyone goes into “screw it” mode, it seems. You need to remind yourself daily of your goals and WHY you’ve set those goals!
Don’t skip out on your commitments, and don’t miss your training because it’s “hump day.” From now on, at FearLess Nation, we’re dubbing Wednesdays “Warrior Wednesday!” So who’s joining us on our Warrior Quest? Our Krav Maga / Self Defense, CQC and Combat Kali programs are built up of warriors! There’s no room in Krav Maga / Self Defense for the fair-weather practitioner! In order to achieve the great levels of success we all want, we need to commit ourselves to our training, and there is my challenge to all of you!
Make it to classes on Warrior Wednesdays from now on, and be counted among the ACHIEVERS at FearLess Nation! Here’s the secret, for those of you who have read this far, every day is Warrior Wednesday! There is no day that the bad guy takes off, so there can’t be a day when we miss our Krav Maga practice! Let’s make a deal to make EVERY DAY a Warrior Wednesday!
It’s been a while since I’ve sat to write, and a lot has happened, since last I sat down at my computer. The subject of today’s message is taking pride in the things that you do. I’ve noticed that, as a society, we don’t take pride in our works, as we should. No matter the task, if you aren’t doing it to the best of your ability, with pride, is it even worth doing? People will not judge you based on the things you say as much as they will on the things you’ve done.
For me, Krav Maga is a perfect example of this. If you take a Krav Maga class and just go through the motions, without really committing yourself to the things you’re doing, it isn’t really worth your time. Don’t get me wrong, if you come in with the goal of getting in great shape, then you’re fine; most people, who take Krav Maga / Self Defense lessons actually want to learn how to defend themselves, though. It boils down to your commitment and taking pride in the things that you do. Let’s boil it down, and make it even more simple.
Everyone wants to be respected and admired; don’t deny it – it’s what we all want. If that’s the case, you need to not only take pride in your appearance and your pocket book, but you need to take pride in the way that people perceive you. Perception is reality, and if you aren’t easy to deal with, you’re a shut in, or you have a temper (or any other less than desirable trait you can think of), and people are aware, then you’re doomed for failure. One of the key traits to Self Defense is becoming a more approachable and confident person.
Most importantly, however, is that you take pride FOR YOU! If you aren’t taking pride in the things that you do, then you will undoubtedly be unhappy with yourself and where you’re at! You need to move yourself forward with everything you do and give it your absolute best!
I have a challenge for all of you. Pick one thing that you are going to commit yourself to improving. Dedicate thought and effort to making an improvement and showing effort. It can be committing to an extra workout each week, smiling at people instead of the naturally mean look we all carry, or whatever it is you think you need to work on. Take pride in yourself and in the things you do. Once you’ve seen the result we all want, move on to improving another aspect of your life…just TAKE PRIDE!
In the words of an old teacher of mine, who will remain unnamed, “Do what’s right. Do it right. do it because it’s right!” Don’t do something half-hearted. Give it your all, or it’s not worth doing at all!
We are the premier self defense school teaching Krav Maga techniques in Trinity, New Port Richey, Odessa, Lutz, Land O'Lakes and the Greater Tampa Bay region.