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  • Krav Maga Self Defense in Raleigh  - Krav Maga Raleigh - This Week's Workshops, and Thanksgiving Schedule

    This Week's Workshops, and Thanksgiving Schedule

    Good morning everyone! This weekend holds the last level workshops of the year, with reviews kicking off in December, so don't miss out! And Thanksgiving is right around the corner so make sure to note our modified schedule for the holidays. Saturday November 18
    Level 3 workshop at 10:30am Level 2 workshop at 1:30pm THANKSGIVING SCHEDULE
    Here is the modified schedule for Thanksgiving week. Notice that we do have a fitness class on Thanksgiving day! Come in and get a great workout in before the Thanksgiving feast, and you'll be able to eat so much more and feel so much better for it!
    Wed Nov. 22
    12:15pm Mixed Level Krav 12:15pm Fitness Thurs Nov. 23
    10:30am Fitness Friday ....

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  • This Week at Krav Maga Raleigh

    Good morning everyone! We had a great time last Thursday after class at Moonlight Pizza, and we'll look forwards to continuing that every week, so make sure to come to class on Thursdays to get your discount coupons (and a life-changing workout at the same time)! Read on for the workshop schedule for the rest of the year, and the schedule for Thanksgiving week. WORKSHOPS
    We have tests in ALL LEVELS on December 16th, and that means it's time for a whole mess of workshops. We missed a few weekends with the move, and there's a holiday weekend on Thanksgiving, so the next three weekends will be packed full of workshops. 10:30am
    1:30pm
    Nov 11 L4 Workshop ....

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  • Krav Maga Self Defense in Raleigh  - Krav Maga Raleigh - This Week - PIZZA! (also workshops!)

    This Week - PIZZA! (also workshops!)

    Hello everyone! We have a lot of exciting news this week, but the most important one is PIZZA! We've set up an arrangement with The fine folks two streets away at Moonlight Pizza for Thursday night discounts. If you attend class at KMR on Thursdays you'll get a coupon for a couple bucks off your order at Moonlight! So come train hard on Thursdays and then hang out with your instructors and training partners for some hard-earned calories! WORKSHOPS
    We have tests in ALL LEVELS on December 16th, and that means it's time for a whole mess of workshops. We missed a few weekends with the move, and there's a holiday weekend on Thanksgiving, so the next three weekends will be packed full of ....

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  • Krav Maga Self Defense in Raleigh  - Krav Maga Raleigh - ALL THE CLASSES!

    ALL THE CLASSES!

    We've got the full schedule this week, and although we'll still be working on the studio, we're thrilled to get all of the classes back in action, including ones like Krav Fundamentals and Sparring that haven't been around for a few weeks. Make sure to check the schedule and make sure everything is the way you remember it, and we'll see you on the mats! ....

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  • Almost the Full Schedule This Week

    We are back with almost our full schedule this week. We are still working on the studio, so continue to bring shoes for training outside when necessary. MONDAY 12:15 Mixed Level 5:30 Level 3 5:30 Fitness 6:30 Level 1 6:30 Fitness Fundamentals 7:30 Level 4/5 TUESDAY 6:45am Fitness 12:15 Level 2 12:15 Fitness 5:30 Level 2 6:30 Groundfighting 6:30 Fitness 7:30 Level 1 WEDNESDAY 12:15 Level 1 5:30 Level 4 5:30 Fitness 6:30 Stretching 7:30 Mixed Level Krav THURSDAY 6:45am Fitness 12:15 Fitness 12:15 Level 3/4 5:30 Level 1 6:30 ....

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  • More Classes Next Week!

    Almost our full schedule this coming week! It will be a little crowded but it's time to get back into action. There is also a LEVEL 3 WORKSHOP on Saturday, October 21 at 1:30pm. MONDAY 12:15 Mixed Level 5:30 Level 3 5:30 Fitness 6:30 Level 1 6:30 Fitness Fundamentals 7:30 Level 4/5 TUESDAY 6:45am Fitness 12:15 Level 2 12:15 Fitness 5:30 Level 2 6:30 Groundfighting 6:30 Fitness 7:30 Level 1 WEDNESDAY 12:15 Level 1 5:30 Level 4 5:30 Fitness 6:30 Stretching 7:30 Mixed Level Krav ....

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  • Krav Maga Self Defense in Raleigh  - Krav Maga Raleigh - Krav, Fitness, and the Bar Crawl!

    Krav, Fitness, and the Bar Crawl!

    TODAY'S SCHEDULE 12:15 Level 3/4 5:30 Mixed Level Krav 6:30 Fitness Friday evening we have our excellent bar crawl starting at 7:00, meeting at Krav Maga Raleigh. Please click on that link to register and let us know you're coming. I had the idea of making it literal, where you have to bear crawl from location to location. That probably won't happen. ....

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  • Krav Maga Self Defense in Raleigh  - Krav Maga Raleigh - Stretching is Back Today!

    Stretching is Back Today!

    CLASSES FOR WEDNESDAY, OCT 11 After a couple weeks off, stretching is back on the schedule! If you've been taking that class regularly then let's get right back to it, and if you've been meaning to start taking that class, there's no better time to start than right now! See you on the mats! 12:15 Level 1 5:30 Fitness 6:30 Stretching 7:30 Mixed Level Krav ....

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  • Krav Maga Self Defense in Raleigh  - Krav Maga Raleigh - Getting to Know You - New Neighborhood Bar Crawl!

    Getting to Know You - New Neighborhood Bar Crawl!

    As you may have noticed, we recently moved to a new location after nine years in the heart of downtown Raleigh. So far I am very please with our new neighborhood: It's quiet, accessible, and there's still plenty of business and activity around us, and this Friday evening we're going to explore the new environs with a bar crawl! Within mere blocks of the studio we have many fine establishments - plus the Boylan Bridge Brew Pub - and they will be overjoyed to meet their rowdy new neighbors! This even is open to all KMR members and their guests. Please register here so we know how many to expect . Meet at Krav Maga Raleigh at 7pm, and bring your walking shoes. Honestly, you should probably ....

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  • Krav Maga Self Defense in Raleigh  - Krav Maga Raleigh - Updated Schedule This Week, And The Plan Going Forwards

    Updated Schedule This Week, And The Plan Going Forwards

    Good morning everyone! We had a terrifically fun carjacking workshop this weekend, as well as getting half of the new place pretty well set up to have classes. That will let us add some Krav classes back on the schedule. This week at least, we are limited by city regulations for what we can do inside. That can change very quickly, so stay tuned for updates. Last week we sent out a pretty full schedule, but we're going to scale that back because - honestly - it probably wasn't legal. And as much as I want to get everyone back on the mat and training, we've had so many delays with this process already that I don't want to add, "Getting sued by the State's Attorney," to ....

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  • Krav Maga Self Defense in Raleigh  - Krav Maga Raleigh - Anti-Carjacking Workshop on Saturday!

    Anti-Carjacking Workshop on Saturday!

    Just one more day until our Carjacking Workshop at the new Krav Maga Raleigh! I know that KMR members all have very expensive cars, and now that we have onsite parking everyone can bring their Porches, Ferraris, and Bugattis to the workshop and practice defending from your own personal luxury vehicle. If you do not have a high-end sports car, one will be provided for you. And because at KMR we believe in a complete picture of self-defense, we will also train in Hondas, Kias, Toyotas, and other peasant vehicles to prepare for the very, very unlikely event you find yourself in one. This workshop starts at 10:30am on Saturday at 731 W. Hargett St, we will see you on the parking lot! ....

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  • Krav Maga Self Defense in Raleigh  - Krav Maga Raleigh - Krav Returns Next Week

    Krav Returns Next Week

    Here's our planned schedule for next week. We managed to get most of the Krav classes back on the schedule, plus groundfighting and stretching. This schedule is a little tentative, so please stay tuned for updates, and as always, thank you for your patience during this transition. There are some slight modifications to the classes from the regular schedule so look closely. See you on the mats! MONDAY 5:30 Fitness 6:30 Level 1 7:30 Level 4/5 TUESDAY 6:45am Fitness 12:15 Level 2 5:30 Level 2 6:30 Groundfighting/Fitness 7:30 Level 1 WEDNESDAY 12:15 Level 1 5:30 ....

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  • Krav Maga Self Defense in Raleigh  - Krav Maga Raleigh - We Did It! What's Next?

    We Did It! What's Next?

    After a solid year of planning and working on this move, we finally had our first class at the new location yesterday! Tons of people showed up for our first fitness class at 731 W. Hargett St. and we're looking forwards to a great week of classes. To get the new place fully up and running with the complete schedule we need to do two things: Complete the construction, and get a Certificate of Occupancy from the city. While we're working on that we can still have classes, so please be patient with us as the place looks like (and is) a construction site for the next couple weeks. ?We do have functional bathrooms and water, ?We'd rather do something than nothing while we're finishing ....

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  • Krav Maga Self Defense in Raleigh  - Krav Maga Raleigh - This Week at the NEW Krav Maga Raleigh!

    This Week at the NEW Krav Maga Raleigh!

    Thanks to so many people's help last week, we are all moved out of 119 E. Hargett St, and are ready to start our next phase at the NEW studio! We are limited in what we can do for the next week or so, but we have plenty of options to keep you working out, staying safe, and having fun. So read on to know about our fitness classes, Cornhole Tournament, and Carjacking workshop this week! Although we won't be able to train in the building next week, that won't impede fitness classes, so we are going to keep most of those on the schedule. The address is 731 W. Hargett St. During work hours please do not use the parking lot next to the studio. There is ample street parking, and we can use ....

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  • Krav Maga Self Defense in Raleigh  - Krav Maga Raleigh - Next Week's Schedule!

    Next Week's Schedule!

    We are really down to the last few days at our current location, and everything at the new studio is We are doing the last section of moving this Friday at 1:15pm. Is anyone is available to help and make it as fast and easy as last weekend was, it will be greatly appreciated. Don't forget about the Beach Trip
    this weekend! NEXT WEEK: Although we won't be able to train in the building next week, that won't impede fitness classes, so we are going to keep most of those on the schedule. The address is 731 W. Hargett St. During work hours please do not use the parking lot next to the studio. There is ample street parking, and we can use the parking lot evenings and weekends. Here ....

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  • Krav Maga Self Defense in Raleigh  - Krav Maga Raleigh - Moving Update - Permits!

    Moving Update - Permits!

    We finally reached a milestone today when, after months of work, we got our permits from the city. That means we can actually go into the building and do the work required to get an inspection, which will give us the Certificate of Occupancy, so we can actually have classes there. Fortunately there's not very much work to do, it's mostly clearing stuff out of the way, so this process might go quickly. We are doing the last section of moving this Friday at 1:15pm. Is anyone is available to help and make it as fast and easy as last weekend was, it will be greatly appreciated. Don't forget about the Beach Trip
    this weekend! NEXT WEEK: Although we won't be able to train in the ....

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  • LAST WEEK at our current location!

    Hey folks, the last week of September is also the LAST WEEK we are in operation at the current location. Many of you already helped us get half the studio packed up and moved on Saturday, and I'm very grateful for all the help. This upcoming week we will be working off a modified schedule running just one class at a time. The schedule for that is below. You will be getting a lot of emails over the next week as we rush to get moved into the new building. It's unlikely we'll be able to hold classes there in the first week of October, but we are planning a slate of training events and social activities to keep us all happy and in good shape until the new place is open. Thank you for your ....

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  • Moving Through August at Krav Maga Raleigh!

    Good morning everyone! We're forging on into August and September will be here before we know it. We just finished a weekend of excellent workshops and are expecting some excellent tests through the end of the year. We also have the terrific Beach Trip coming up, and it won't be too long before the next movie night either. So much is happening! WORKSHOPS
    August 19 - Level 3 workshop at 10:30am August 26 - Level 5 workshop at 11:30 am August 26 - Women's Self-Defense at 12:30 September 9 - Level 1 and Level 2 Reviews at 12:30 September 16 - Level 1 and Level 2* Tests at 12:30 September 23 - Women's Self-Defense Workshop at 12:30
    *the level 2 test is TBD dependent on readiness ....

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  • This Week At KMR! Movie Night and Moving News!

    Good afternoon everyone, the holiday week is behind us and I'm sure we'll all excited to put five whole days in at the office. At least we are at Krav Maga Raleigh, where we've got our movie night coming up, and some actual news about moving! MOVIE NIGHT!
    At Krav Maga Raleigh we pride ourselves on giving a complete life education to our members, and with that goal in mind we are having a KMR MOVIE NIGHT on July 14th where we will watch The 1985 classic the Last Dragon ! Join your KMR friends and training partners and lean the power of the Glow! Lose yourself in the story of Bruce LeRoy and his epic strugge against the Shogun of Harlem, Sho'Nuff! Doors open at 7:30, movie starts ....

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  • Weekend Special - Three Class Pass for $20!

    Good morning everyone! The holiday and long weekend are behind us and we're begrudgingly getting back into our normal routines. I was very impressed with how many members stuck to their training schedules - even coming for an INTENSE workout on July 4th! - and it's a great endorsement of our member's dedication. And for those of you that were on vacation out of town...that's simply no excuse. I see no reason you couldn't have commuted back from the beach for class. If you'd been sunbathing and gotten attacked, you would have thought, "Gosh I wish I'd driven six hours round trip today to work on my personal safety. Too late now!" This weekend only we have a special offer ....

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  • Congratulations New Level 2 Students!

    Congratulations to all our new level 2 students! We had an excellent level 1 test on Saturday and everyone showed up to work hard! If you've ever participated in a test then you know how grueling they are, but if not, here's the best way to describe it: Imagine the hardest part of a Krav Maga class. Now imagine that part for several hours non-stop. Everyone yesterday was up for the challenge, and I'm sure if the test had been twice as long they would have crushed it the whole time. The intensity, aggression, technique, and knowledge of the curriculum was excellent from the beginning of the test to the end, and everyone should feel very proud of their performance. Thank you to ....

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  • Incredible Weekend Special!

    This weekend only (Fri 16th/Sat 17th and Sun 18th) we're celebrating our Fathers with a first-come, first-serve online-only special membership offer ($0 Enrollment Fee) ! Get in the best shape of your life and go home safe every night with the world's greatest self-defense and fitness training. Click the link below to sign up with Krav Maga Raleigh and receive free MMA gloves, an awesome Krav Maga Raleigh t-shirt, a coupon for the store, and a private lesson with 2nd-Dan black belt Ken Richstad absolutely free! (a $235 value!) This is the best package we've offered all year, and there are just three days to get it. Change your life today! But, you must act now! This offer won't last ....

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  • Gun Defense Workshop in Two Weeks!

    The Gun Defense Workshop is coming up on June 24th! Learn the most effective, most efficient system in the world to protect yourself and your family from gun attacks. This three hour workshop will teach basic, intermediate, and advanced gun defense, standing and from the ground. There is no better opportunity to learn this life saving technique! This workshop is open to both members and non-members, and always fills up fast so register now! Members Registration Link Non-Members Registration Link Gun Defense Workshop Krav Maga Raleigh June 24th, 12:30-3:30 ....

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  • The KravCast! #188 June 7 2017

    It's the KravCast! This week we talk about more groin-punching self-defense, discuss sticking with TV shows through thick and thin, explain "Sticky Wicket," and send a Groin-A-Gram to "Guac." ....

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  • June Membership Drive, Gun Workshop, Women's Self-Defense Workshop and More!

    Good morning everyone! We have a huge month in June with our membership drive, gun workshop, women's self-defense workshop, and level 1 test: JUNE MEMBERSHIP DRIVE!
    There is no better time to join Krav Maga Raleigh! All month we are having a massive membership drive, with terrific incentives for new members and existing members like restaurant coupons, massage certificates, gear, apparel, store credit, and free membership. Plus don't forget the best reward of all, which is the opportunity to change your life, or even save your life! We also have the same great rewards for our existing members who bring in guests. The most proven way to keep yourself motivated and to reach your goals ....

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  • Cookout on Saturday! (Also other things)

    Happy May Everyone! The weather is getting warmer and we've got a lot coming up! KRAV MAGA COOKOUT!
    We're less than a week away from our big cookout, and if you haven't RSVP'd yet, now is the time! You can find the event on Facebook here , or you can shoot us an email to let us know that you're coming and who you're bringing with you. Bring whatever you want to eat and drink, and we will provide everything you need to have what is probably your first Krispy Kreme Burger! The cookout starts Saturday May 6 at 12 and we'll go for a few hours. Right now the weather is clear, but even if it rains we've got plenty of space inside so no cancellations! FrontRefinishing
    Empire ....

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  • Cookout, Women's Self Defense, Morning Classes, and Fundamentals!

    Good morning everyone! The rain looks to continue for a few days but that won't keep us down at Krav Maga Raleigh! We've added all sorts of new classes and activities lately, so read on: Women's Self-Defense Workshop
    The next Women's Self-Defense Workshop is Saturday! Learn the best self-defense system in the world to protect yourself and your family. This workshop is two hours from 12:30 - 2:30pm on Saturday, April 29 at Krav Maga Raleigh, and you can register here . Krav Maga Cookout!
    On May 6th we're having an awesome cookout at the studio, and everyone is invited! Current and former members, friends, family, and everyone in the community are welcome to come join us for a ....

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  • This Week At Krav Maga Raleigh!

    Good morning everyone! I hope you all had a great weekend and got some time off. It's Monday again and time to get back in action! Morning Classes Start Now!
    It's official! Morning fitness classes start this week, Tuesday and Thursday from 6:45am to 7:30. Many of you have expressed how excited you are for these classes, so I look forwards to seeing every single one of you tomorrow morning! Women's Self-Defense Workshop
    The next women's self-defense workshop is April 29th at 12:30pm, register here! Cookout
    We have a cookout coming up on May 6, open to all current and former members, friends, family, and everyone else in the community. We'll have regular morning classes ....

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  • Foundations Class Starts Today!

    The Krav Maga Foundations class starts today at 6:30pm at Krav Maga Raleigh! The Foundations class is a slower-paced, detail oriented introduction to Krav Maga. This class is perfect for members looking for a class that is less intense physically and has a more deliberate pace of instruction. This class will also be great for anyone who is injured and still wants to train. If you have had a hard time getting started, or haven't started yet, this class will be great for you! See you on the mats! What: Krav Maga Foundations Class Where: Krav Maga Raleigh When: Every Wednesday at 6:30pm starting NOW! ....

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  • This Week At Krav Maga Raleigh!

    Good morning everyone! It's another exciting week at Krav Maga Raleigh, so let's get right to it! Best of 2017
    The Indy Week best of 2017 Nominations are now live! We would love your help to be nominated as the best gym and/or martial arts studio. Please Follow this link to the nomination page and put Krav Maga Raleigh in for both "best gym," and "best martial arts studio." Workshops
    We have a level 3 and level 2 workshop this weekend, at 10:30am and 12:30pm respectively. The level 1 workshop has been rescheduled to February 25th at 12:30pm, and we have our next Women's Self-Defense workshop then as well. You can register here for the Women's Self-Defense workshop. Moving ....

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  • New Post

    More senior citizen self-defense, squatting tips, the 22 push-up challenge, the gift of ignorance, and a Groin-A-Gram to people who ask you to watch their stuff. ....

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  • Train With a Partner and Win a Gift Card!

    In light of the upcoming holiday, (no, not Groundhog Day) KMR is giving you a chance to win dinner on us! All you'll need is a friend and Facebook check-in. Every time you both come in for class, simply check-in on Facebook at Krav Maga Raleigh and tag each other! To check in, you'll need to login on Facebook and click on the "pin" symbol on the bottom left hand side of the status update box. ? Type "Krav Maga Raleigh" in the check-in box that pops up. Next, tag your friend! To tag someone type "@" and then their name. ? ? Here are the rules: 1. You must check in with the same person every time 2. Both people must check-in on Facebook AND tag the other ....

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  • The KravCast! January 25, 2017

    The KravCast returns with celebrity jiu-jitsu , why you should join a gym (we're not biased, we swear), free left turns in all correct-thinking states , a gift of sleep, and a Groin-A-Gram to improper use of the word " evolve ." It's great to be back! ....

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  • Still Open!

    I spent the whole weekend eating meals that revolved around melted cheese - pizza, poutine, mac + cheese - so I am desperate to get into the gym. Good thing Krav Maga Raleigh is open for all our regular classes! See you tonight on the mats! ....

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  • Post-Snowpocalpyse Classes are ON!

    Well the snowpocalypse happened, and there are still a few warm bodies left in the world, and those bodies need to train, so classes at Krav Maga Raleigh are ON today! See you on the mats! ....

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  • We're All Going To Die

    Based on the current weather forecast, it doesn't seem likely that we'll have class Saturday morning because we'll all be dead. If we wake up Saturday morning and it turns out that the apocalypse has been canceled then I'll quickly send out emails letting everyone know if classes are back on, but with the current predictions it just wouldn't make sense to open the studio when there is no one alive left to take classes. Best of luck in the coming Winter Hellscape, and I hope you've been training hard, because you're going to need it! ....

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  • SnowPocalypseMageddon!

    If you're paying attention to the weather, you probably know that on Saturday we're anticipating a looming SnowPocalypseMageddon Crisis, with anywhere from zero to twelve feet of snow predicted. It will be the kind of storm not seen since this time every single previous year, so buckle up. At Krav Maga Raleigh we always default to staying open, so unless otherwise notified, classes are still on. We will probably have to make the call Saturday morning, so check your email and Facebook that morning for updates. ....

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  • The KravCast January 1, 2017

    It's a New Year, New KravCast this week as we talk about the last crazy fights of 2016, upcoming fitness trends , how to keep a New Years resolution , and send a Groin-A-Gram to bad training protocols in movies. ....

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  • Congratulations To Everyone Who Tested!

    After months of preparation we finally had the big test day on Saturday, and it was a grueling, intense, and triumphant success! All of the testers passed, which is no guarantee, and they had to earn every bit of it. Check out the photos and videos on our Facebook page to see everyone kicking butt! A lot of Krav students, even after black belt, will remember their level 1 test as the hardest. Even if it's not the longest test you'll ever take, for most people it will be the first time in their lives they have an experience that pushes them physically, mentally, and emotionally the was a Krav test does. Congratulations to Irene, Marie, Caroline, Le, Pumulo, and Pawel for pushing ....

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  • The KravCast! December 4, 2016

    More Krav basketball from Draymond Green , drinking water in cold weather , premium leftovers, concussions explained , and a fashionable Groin-A-Gram. ....

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  • Two Great Opportunities

    Sponsor Membership
    It's the season of giving, and in the spirit of the season, we're introducing a new Sponsor Membership, where existing members can sponsor in someone who simply doesn't have the means to train otherwise. This could be someone in a mentorship program, with legitimate employment restrictions, a difficult home situation, or any other reasonable cause. Applications will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. This opportunity is not available to family members (but don't worry, we've got something for them as well!). This tax-deductible charitable membership will only cost $29 per month, and will be attached to your current membership. For less than the cost of coffee, ....

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  • The KravCast! November 27, 2016

    It's a stuffed KravCast this week as we recover from Thanksgiving. And we might feel bad from not being on Time Restricted Eating , but not as bad as the guy who got run over by a car in a street fight . We talk about gun control laws in Switzerland , give you our Thanksgiving leftovers, and send a Groin-A-Gram to people who dare to show affection in public. Rate and review us on SoundCloud and iTunes, and we'll see you on the mats! ....

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  • The KravCast! November 20, 2016

    The true (maybe) story of Thanksgiving this week, along with a true story of home invasion defense, weight gain over thanksgiving , and the most annoying home buyer ever. ....

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  • The KravCast! November 13, 2016

    Totally normal week here at the KravCast, but we're going to give some sedatives to our premium members anyway...We also congratulate Krav Maga Raleigh member Jose Fonite for winning his grappling competition, talk about smoking for weight loss, and send a Groin-A-Gram to unearned nostalgia. ....

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  • Weekend Workshops for November 12

    We have a lot of great workshops this Saturday at both of our Krav Maga locations. In Raleigh we have our ever popular women's self-defense workshop from 12:30 to 2:30, as well as a level 1 workshop starting at the same time. In Wake Forest we're excited for our first ever Kid's Workshop, starting at 1:30pm. And of course we have our regular classes as always. Train hard, and we'll see you on the mats! ....

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  • The KravCast! November 6, 2016

    The last KravCast before the election brings you exciting Steven Seagal updates , hard-ass pensioners , post-election escape plans , positive and negative reinforcement , and a Groin-A-Gram to a shady youth football game . ....

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  • The KravCast! October 30, 2016

    It's All Hallow's KravCast this week with our Halloween Workshop, the horrors of sitting down, an explanation of the Day of the Dead, delicious and calorie-free premium content, and a Groin-A-Gram for people who always tell you how much sleep they missed. ....

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  • The KravCast! October 23, 2016

    This week the KravCast gives you harrowing tales of Chicago, obesity in baseball, Canadian passports, giving advice, and baby boomers. ....

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  • Hurricane Contingencies

    You may have heard, but Hurricane Matthew is kind of a big deal . It's supposed to hit sometime this weekend, but it's very difficult to accurately predict exactly when and how strong a hurricane will be by the time it gets to Raleigh, so we're just going to take it one day at a time. Stay tuned to this website and our Facebook page for updates. If it's safe to be outside we will plan to stay open, but if there's a serious state of emergency then we'll all just take the day off. ....

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  • The KravCast! October 2, 2016

    You'll need a designated listener this week as we give you the rules for the KravCast drinking game, do another round on High Intensity Interval Training, explain the Placebo effect , give you some cuddly premium content, and send a Groin-A-Gram to...sending...sending...sending...Groin-A-Gram failed to send. ....

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  • The KravCast! September 28, 2016

    This week we have wild brawls in Hooters , l aughter based exercise for seniors , how the Moon REALLY works , premium horoscope readings, and a Groin-A-Gram to bad roommates . ....

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  • The KravCast September 11, 2016

    We've got six year old girls and MMA judges fighting the good fight this week, along with muscle confusion , new iPhones, an explanation of what chiropractic is and isn't , and a Groin-A-Gram to Tim Kennedy for some c rude and harmful comments on PTSD . ....

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  • The KravCast September 4, 2016

    Lots of bear items this week, with real life stories of bear defense , bear defense tactics , a training session with a bear for our premium members, but also sword-fighting cashiers , how to survive a Quintin attack, and shotgun-toting dads . ....

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  • The KravCast August 21, 2016

    This week the KravCast talks to Professor David Miller from the University of Connecticut about animal behavior and whether all those memes actually mean anything. We also follow up on the little-known Ryan Lochte scandal , maybe you've heard of it? Rate and review us on iTunes, share us on social media, and we'll see you on the mats! ....

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  • The KravCast August 14, 2016

    This week the KravCast talks about that big trademarked summer sporting event, bikini brawls , cupping , Katie Ledecky, and why Ken's dog doesn't care about your dogs. ....

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  • How To Do Pushups

    It's pushup week at Krav Maga Raleigh, and although most of our members are cranking out hundreds of pushups on the "10 sets a day," program we started a few months ago and never stopped, our form might not be perfect. In fact, I'd say it's probably terrible over all. Most of us start pushups by struggling through a few sloppy ones, and over time we get the ability to struggle through more of them, but the technique rarely improves. So while we're working on them this week, take a look at this article that goes into terrific detail about pushup form. ....

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  • The KravCast August 6, 2016

    This week the KravCast talks about multiple attackers, burpee challenges, acupuncture , Clint Eastwood , and our reptilian overlords ! ....

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  • Multiple Attacker Saturday

    Saturday, August 6th we have a special 2-hour multiple attacker workshop for levels 3 and up. This class will be taught by our Lead Groundfighitng instructor Chip Slade, and take the place of the standard classes for those levels. The fitness and level 1/2 class are on the schedule as usual. Have fun and train hard! ....

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  • August at Krav Maga Raleigh

    We've got a massive month here at Krav Maga Raleigh, with new classes for level 2, LEOs and military, workshops for levels 1-3, and an awesome opportunity to learn to fight like an action hero!
    August 2 - New Level 2 Class
    We have a new daytime level 2 class at 12:15pm on Tuesdays. August 6 - Multiple Attackers Class
    Officer Chip Slade is teaching a two hour class for levels 3-5 on fighting against multiple attackers. This class is free and will take the place of the regularly scheduled levels 3-5 classes. Level 1/2 is unaffected. August 13 - Level 1 and Level 2 Workshops
    These workshops are both at 12:30. The test is in September, so train hard! August 15 - New Force Training ....

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  • The KravCast July 30, 2016

    People are still fighting over Pokemon Go this week, but at least they're getting enough exercise to overcome the effects of sitting down all day. We explain what that hole in a pasta ladle is for, send a Groin-A-Gram to something else Pokemon related (we'll get over it when the rest of the world does) and tell our premium members who will win the presidential election. ....

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  • Fight Like An Action Star!

    I used to live in LA, and on of my best friends still lives out there, working as a professional stuntman. Mike is visiting in August and I recruited him to teach a Hollywood Fighting Workshop at Krav Maga Raleigh while he's out here. He'll show us how to throw real fake punches and kicks, react convincingly, and walk away from explosions. Over the course of the workshop he'll choreograph a short fight scene that everyone can learn and perform. This workshop will be on August 20th, at Standard Workshop Time (12:30pm). Sign up today and become a star! Or at least the person who gets beat up by stars! ....

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  • The KravCast July 24, 2016

    This week on the KravCast: Bacon defense , alternative fitness options , a premium interview with Buzz Aldrin , explaining "non-plussed," and a Groin-A-Gram to music snobs. ....

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  • THIS WEEK: Knife Defense!

    The Knife Defense Workshop is this Saturday! Come learn the most effective, most efficient techniques and tactics to defend yourself against attacks from edged weapons at Krav Maga Raleigh. This workshop is July 23 from 12:30 to 3:30. Register online here . And if you register by Tuesday, July 19, you'll get a free "Krav Maga Knife Defense T-shirt," that is going to incorporate into the workshop. Train hard, stay safe, and we'll see you on the mats! Ken ....

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  • The KravCast July 17, 2016

    This week's KravCast is brought to you by Pokemon Go ! With this week in Pokemon Self-Defense , Pokemon Fitness, Premium Pokemon , KravCast explains Pokemon , and Groin-A-Pokemon! ....

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  • The KravCast July 10, 2016

    Never bring a machete to a gun fight , unless the gun is also yours. Despite what people say , you should take showers. Advice on buying shin guards, and a celebrity interview for our premium members. Lastly a Groin-A-Gram to people who find putting on pants an insurmountable challenge. ....

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  • The KravCast July 3, 2016

    Happy July 4th from the KravCast! This week we talk about July 4th crime , butter , hot dogs , and Facebook live ! Remember to rate and review us on iTunes! ....

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  • July 4th Schedule

    I'm sure everyone is chomping at the bit for the holiday weekend. We're going to pretty much keep our regular schedule with a slight modification. Saturday and Sunday we have our normal classes. Monday the schedule will be modified as follows: MON JULY 4 12:15 Mixed Level (all levels) 5:30 Fitness 5:30 L3/4 6:30 L1/2 Relax, eat well, and train hard! ....

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  • Knife Defense Workshop July 23

    If you took a poll of self-defense instructors, odds are the majority would say that the weapon they fear the most is the knife (chainsaw wielding clowns not withstanding). They are easy to buy, easy to conceal, and never run out of ammo. If you're in range of a knife - or knife-using assailant - there's no way to redirect the knife so that it doesn't point at you. And if you end up on the ground... You're in luck though, because Krav Maga has the best knife defense techniques and tactics in the world. These techniques are literally battle-tested by military, law enforcement, and even some of our own members, and they give you the absolute best chance of surviving one of these ....

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  • The KravCast June 26, 2016

    This week the KravCast covers the level 4 test, discusses how practicing doesn't make perfect , explains the difference between i.e. and e.g ., and sends a Groin-A-Gram to Chuck Norris . ....

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  • Congratulations New Level 2 and Level 4 Members!

    We had our quarterly test day this weekend, and it was as intense as always! Just two tests this time - level 1 and level 3 - and they really put in the work. Bonny and Toni represented the level 3 testers, and since there's about a Bonnye's weight of difference between them, Aaron and Charlie stepped in to basically take the level 3 test again as their partners. Yes, some people willingly take the tests again! With both Bonnye and Toni having dedicated test partners, we were able to push the pace very hard. Normally when you're testing you get a little bit of a break to hold pads or be the attacker, but there was almost none of that here! Quintin ran the level 1 test, so ....

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  • The KravCast! June 19, 2016

    It's a beautiful day in the KravCast today, and especially nice weather for a wedding as long as the priest doesn't punch the best man . Hopefully the bride and groom are eating a lot of whole grains so that they live longer , and can use their right brain and left brain together to tell it like it is . Congratulations to everyone who passed their tests on Saturday, and we will see everyone on the mats! ....

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  • Test and Class Schedule for Saturday

    We've got a big day on Saturday, with a couple tests and a workshop, plus most of the regular classes, so here's the schedule: 10:00am Fitness 10:30am Level 1/2 10:30am Level 3 Test 11:30am Level 5 12:30pm Level 1 Test 1:00pm Level 4 Workshop Note that we ARE NOT having a level 3/4 class, but all of the other regular classes are scheduled. If you are taking one of the tests, please register here , or make sure to go to kravmagaraleigh.com/event. If you are not taking one of the tests, definitely stick around to cheer for the people who are. Tests, whether it's level 1 or level 5, are brutally tough and it really helps to have a cheering section pushing you through. Plus it's ....

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  • The KravCast June 12, 2016

    This week the KravCast talks about NBA groin-shots , chain-saw wielding mothers, sugar "addiction," OCD , and self-defense schools that market on fear. ....

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  • The KravCast! June 5, 2016

    This week we have brave beauty queens and 7-year olds , caffeine before workouts , we explain relationships, and send a groin-a-gram to water sommeliers . ....

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  • It's For Your Worst Day

    I was sick on Monday. The kind of sick where you think, "I'm probably not dying, but on the other hand, maybe this is what dying feels like." I was mostly bedridden, but I did drag myself out around midday to go grocery shopping for crackers and jello. And as I was staggering around Harris Teeter - the wretched hive of scum and villainy that it is - I had the thought, "What if I had to defend myself right now?" You might be thinking that's a crazy thing to worry about in Cameron Village, but have you seen the parking situation at that store? It's basically Mad Mad: Fury Road. T here's a very real possibility you'll be fighting for your life over who gets to pretend to be a veteran ....

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  • The KravCast! May 29, 2016

    The KravCast finds its personality type this week as we talk about instructor training courses, discuss whether or not humans are designed to eat meat , explain the Myers-Briggs test , and send a Groin-A-Gram to people with a certain view on Hiroshima. ....

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  • Memorial Day Weekend Classes

    We've got a nice holiday weekend coming up, and I hope everyone is getting at least one day off. We have our regular classes in Raleigh for the whole weekend and on Memorial Day. There is no class in Wake Forest on Memorial Day, but KMWF students are always welcome to come train with us in Raleigh! ....

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  • The KravCast! May 22, 2016

    This week in the KravCast: Gym wars in Germany, long-term weight loss, the KravCast explains multi-tasking , and we send a Groin-A-Gram to Tasty's videos. Rate and review us in iTunes, and remember that if you aren't getting current episodes, you might have to resubscribe on you podcasting app of choice. See you on the mats! ....

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  • KravCast Update

    Hello KravCast fans (and non-fans too, if any of you exist). I have an update on the KravCast. We switched our hosting over to SoundCloud, which has interefered with the subscription, so if you aren't seeing new episodes - the most recent one is May 15 - then I think you'll have to delete the podcast and resubscribe on your podcast player of choice. Now that we're hosted on SoundCloud we should be pretty stable for a while, so I hope this is the last time you every have to jump through these hoops. Thanks for sticking with us, and we'll see you on the KravCast! ....

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  • This New Website

    Hey everyone, we're still getting the new website sorted out, but most things are in place. Here's how it works: When you select your location, that gives you the schedule, instructor, and workshop information for that location. Workshops, tests, etc, are located under "Events." If you need to pay for a workshop you can do it there, but most of them are free. News updates and blogs are at the bottom of the home page. This website was designed solely for Krav Maga Wake Forest initially, so that's why all the text just mentions that school. We should have that cleaned up by the end of the day so that it applies to both locations. Thanks for being patient as we get this set up correctly. ....

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  • The KravCast! May 21, 2016

    We've got this new website, so it's anybody's guess if this is working or not, but welcome to the KravCast! We're the biggest winners with our fitness advice, we tell you the truth about polygraphs , and violently oppose arrogance . I sure hope you find this episode! ....

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  • The KravCast! May 21, 2016

    We've got this new website, so it's anybody's guess if this is working or not, but welcome to the KravCast! We're the biggest winners with our fitness advice, we tell you the truth about polygraphs , and violently oppose arrogance . I sure hope you find this episode! ....

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  • About

    Krav Maga (“contact combat” in Hebrew) is an effective, modern, and dynamic self-defense and fighting system. It is practical and intuitive for people of any age, shape or size. Training in Krav Maga is intended to help avoid and survive worst case scenarios. There are no uniforms, traditions or elaborate choreographies. According to Krav Maga Founder Imi Litchenfeld, we train in Krav Maga “so that one may walk in peace.” Ken Richstad opened the first Krav Maga studio in Raleigh on October 13, 2008. Krav Maga Raleigh (KMR) is not just martial arts; it is a friendly, supportive community. Krav Maga is the easiest form of martial arts to learn, yet it provides a really intense workout. ....

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  • The KravCast! May 7, 2016

    [caption id="attachment_3592" align="aligncenter" width="775"] "For the last time, I'm not the moon!" [/caption] The KravCast is in retrograde this week, as are the testicles of a bad guy in Australia . Dr. Oz would approve . We look at the accuracy of fitness trackers , close the book on astrology , and send a Groin-A-Gram to bad advice for singles (and those who love them). ....

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  • More Danger = More Flips

    [caption id="attachment_3586" align="aligncenter" width="775"] You can't handle these moves.[/caption] One of my favorite martial arts writers is publishes under the name Jack Slack . These days he mostly writes combat sports analysis, but he has a tremendous knowledge of martial arts classical and contemporary. He writes a regular feature called, “Wushu Watch,” which focuses on martial arts styles, moves, or practitioners that could most charitably be called, “Questionable.” Although he tends to focus on empty hand fighting, a recent article deals with weapons defenses, specifically the gymnastic techniques of Master Rayllamm , who appears to have learned self-defense from TV shows. ....

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  • The KravCast! May 1, 2016

    [caption id="attachment_3580" align="aligncenter" width="960"] Don't believe their lies.[/caption] It's a heart-stopping KravCast this week as we bring tales of Dubai cab driver fights , discuss the small possibility that people who post more gym selfies are narcissistic , explain what defibrillators actually do, and send a Groin-A-Gram to 4 Simple Rule s. ....

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  • The Pull-up Revolution

    [caption id="attachment_3572" align="aligncenter" width="775"] This is probably his warm-up set[/caption] We’ve been doing pull-ups for about a month now, so you’ve probably mastered them to the point where they’re getting boring. “Alright Dire Lord Richstad,” you say, because you finally learned proper etiquette, “you got me doing a couple pull-ups and that’s great, but I want my back to look like a pointed-down star destroyer when I flex. How am I going to take this to the next level?” Getting your first pull-up is a huge accomplishment and, as I said earlier, one of the most difficult single exercises achievements in working out. Once you get the first one you know you can do a ....

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  • The KravCast! 139 April 24, 2016

    [caption id="attachment_3564" align="aligncenter" width="775"] Remember, you're lifting for two![/caption] The KravCast is hopefully back on a regular schedule this week, with tales of death by groin kick , the long term benefits of working out while pregnant , the explanation of grassroots, and a Princely Groin-A-Gram . Rate and review us on iTunes, and we'll see you on the mats! ....

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  • The KravCast! April 11, 2016

    Hey, how are you? It's the KravCast! I know we haven't seen each other as much lately but we're going to make it up to you. So much has happened lately; did you hear about that thing with Nic Cage and Vince Neil ? Crazy I know. We're been working a lot on our pull-ups, I think you'd be really impressed. And the Groin-A-Gram this week? You'll love it, you'll be like, "OMG that's so us!" Anyway the point of all this is, you're still really important to us, so we wanted to do something special together. How about... Netflix and chill ? ....

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  • The Pull-Up Enlightenment

    [caption id="attachment_3551" align="aligncenter" width="940"] Did you know that if you do pull-ups, you never have to do abs again?[/caption] Now that we’re a week or two into the Pull-up Renaissance, it’s time for the Pull-up Enlightenment. You’ve probably improved a lot already just by doing them more consistently than ever before, but it’s a hard road ahead. “But Ken!” you say, because you somehow assume we’re on a first name basis, “I don’t want you to tell me how it’s going to be hard, I want to know how it’ll be easy.” Well you’re in luck, because despite your presumptive familiarity, I’ve got good news for you. What’s going to help your pull-ups? As with any strength exercise ....

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  • The Pull-up Renaissance

    [caption id="attachment_3545" align="aligncenter" width="775"] I'm sure it's just the lighting that makes her look so ripped[/caption] On Monday on of the members asked me if we could do pull-ups in the Tuesday fitness class that I teach. Little did she know that we just recently entered something of a pull-up renaissance. Because now that everyone has mastered pushups, it's time to move to the complimentary pulling motions. And the King and Queen of all pulling motions is the body weight pull-up. Leaving aside the question of why "pull-up" is hyphenated and "pushup" is not, they are two great exercises that taste great together, with the unfortunate complication that pull-ups are way ....

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  • How To Get Better At Pushups

    [caption id="attachment_3540" align="aligncenter" width="800"] See, it's so easy! Just be a professional fitness model![/caption] Pushups are a frustrating exercise for many people. We’ve been conditioned by elite atheles to think that we should be able to bang out 20 or 30 with no problem, so when we struggle to do ten, five, or even one, it’s disheartening. And if you’re not good at pushups trying to get better at them is no fun. “You’re right Ken,” you say now, “It’s hopeless. I’ll just keep doing modified pushups from my knees, which you assured me are just as good.” Well hang on! That’s not what I’m saying. While many things in life ARE hopeless, pushups are not one of them. In ....

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  • KravCast Update and Error Fix

    Over the last month there's been a persistent error with the KravCast feed, where new episodes will upload, but not go into the feed. So it might seem like we just stopped producing all of a sudden, but fortunately that's not the case. With some help I was able to get the problem mostly fixed and you can listen to the world's #1 Krav Maga podcast once again, but there is a bit of a catch. You'll need to use your podcasting app to search for the KravCast and manually download the latest episode (March 27th as of today). For me it actually showed up as a separate podcast, so I had two "KravCasts" in my podcast app. Just delete the old one, which stopped at Feb. 28th, and remember to edit ....

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  • The KravCast! March 27, 2016

    The KravCast is risen! This week we have real life gun defense from a convenience store clerk, and old woman putting us to shame in deadlifts , the truth behind, " Begs the question ," and send a Groin-A-Gram to commercial "free" radio. Remember to rate, review, and share us, and we'll see you on the mats! ....

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  • "Girl" Pushups

    [caption id="attachment_3521" align="aligncenter" width="775"] This guy totally got that body doing modified pushups [/caption] I despise the term “Girl Pushups.” Personally I call them modified pushups, as opposed to full pushups, but “girl pushups,” is the popular name, to my dismay. I think it’s sexist, limiting, and lazy; I never use it myself in class, and I only used it in the headline because it would grab attention, and who among you wouldn’t sell out your principles for a handful of extra page views? First, it implies that girls can’t do “real” pushups, which is just a stupid attitude. Maybe it’s the relatively thoughtful and educated membership of Krav Maga Raleigh, but I ....

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  • The KravCast! March 20, 2016

    Happy St. KravCasts day everyone! We had an exciting weekend of tests which could barely be contained by our new self-defense bras. We learn that the relationship between exercise and hunger might not be what we thought, and we send a Groin-A-Gram to an obnoxious bumper sticker . Rate and review us in iTunes, and share us to your friends! ....

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  • The KravCast! March 6, 2016

    [caption id="attachment_3500" align="aligncenter" width="970"] I smell what he's cooking. It's 10lbs of Cod. [/caption] For some reason this didn't seem to post correctly two weeks ago so I'm putting it up again. I apologize to everyone who has gone two weeks without a KravCast, and can only hope that only a few of you have resorted to looting and cannibalism in the hellish, apocalyptic wasteland that is a world without the KravCast. ....

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  • Weekend Workshops Updated

    Hello everyone. We've got a typically busy weekend of workshops coming up, with some adjustments. The original plan was to have a level 1 review and a teaching workshop, but we are changing that teaching workshop to a level 2 review. The teaching workshop will move to the last Saturday of the month, March 25th at 12:30. So this Saturday we have a level 1 review AND a level 2 review. If you don't know what a review is, the easiest description is that it's a mock test. We do all of the material in the level with minimal instruction, and practice some of the drills that will show up on the test. The reviews aren't as long or difficult as the tests but they are fast paced and the performance ....

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  • The KravCast! March 6 2015

    [caption id="attachment_3500" align="aligncenter" width="970"] I smell what he's cooking. It's 10lbs of Cod. [/caption] The KravCast is defending a rear-naked choke today after last night's tumultuous UFC event. We give a shout-out to a long-time member and a dedicated deliveryman . We see what happened when some guy pretended to be the Rock for a month , and send a Groin-A-Gram to terrible staged fight videos . (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v2.3"; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, 'script', ....

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  • Maybe You Should Do Groundfighting

    [caption id="attachment_3494" align="aligncenter" width="775"] It's actually kind of comfortabzzzzz[/caption] I watched most of the UFC 196 main card last night, staying up all the way until 12:34am to see Holly Holm - a phenomenally talented striker who has used her striking and footwork to defeat one of the best grapplers in the sport - get choked out by Miesha Tate. Miesha Tate is a great fighter who was known to have an advantage on the ground, but most people thought Holly Holm would be able to win the fight standing. If the whole fight card had moved a little quicker I might have stayed up to watch Connor MacGregor - a phenomenally talented striker who has used his striking and ....

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  • The KravCast! February 28, 2016

    [caption id="attachment_3480" align="aligncenter" width="775"] Ow[/caption] It's a rally for the KravCast this week, and we hope it goes better than the KKK rally in Anaheim . We had a great handgun workshop at Krav Maga Raleigh, learned that exercise might help keep your brain from shrinking , and send a Goin-A-Gram to a reckless fight promoter . ....

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  • Three Days Until Gun Defense

    [caption id="attachment_3476" align="aligncenter" width="775"] See, it's just like gun defense![/caption] What do asteroids have in common with gun defense? Sadly that's the setup to a metaphor, not a punchline. A few months ago you may have seen this news story about a Santa Ana homeowner who was attacked by two guys in his own home. At least one of the guys had a gun. All the homeowner had was seven years of Krav Maga. Guess who won? I detest promoting Krav Maga through fear-mongering, but I don't have a problem acknowledging that violence does exist, and a certain percentage of us will be affected by it. It's just like watching out for giant asteroids: It's very unlikely at any ....

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  • The KravCast! February 21, 2016

    [caption id="attachment_3469" align="aligncenter" width="775"] He's Curious What Your Insides Look Like[/caption] Great news! It's time for the KravCast! This week we have wild stories about machete-wielding maniacs in Ohio, knife-wielding monkeys in Brazil , and car-wielding octogenarians in Pennsylvania . We talk about how running can undo ALL the damage from drinking with absolutely no strings attached, and send a Groin-A-Gram to people who criticize millennials . ....

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  • Conditioning vs. Running

    [caption id="attachment_3462" align="aligncenter" width="900"] Yeah, but how hard can they punch?[/caption] Last night I was talking to a student who is preparing for his level 1 test, and naturally the subject of conditioning came up. Krav tests are notoriously arduous, and although it’s not strictly a test of conditioning, it’s tough to demonstrate the requisite aggressiveness and fighting spirit if you’ve passed out from lack of oxygen. This student mentioned taking up running again (he’s run several half marathons) so I thought it’s a good opportunity to talk about what it means to be in shape for Krav. Of course you should endeavor to be in optimal shape at all times, but life ....

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  • The KravCast! #132 February 14, 2016

    [caption id="attachment_3454" align="aligncenter" width="775"] The Deadliest Weapon[/caption] Lots going on in the KravCast this week, with groin kicks , alligators , and sunglasses all making appearances in the world of self-defense. We have a great interview with fitness expert James Fell , and send a Goin-A-Gram to 9/11 truthers. ....

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  • The KravCast! #131 February 7, 2016

    [caption id="attachment_3446" align="aligncenter" width="775"] You wouldn't believe how much they paid us to use this graphic.[/caption] It's the KravCast Super Sunday! We've got the latest and greatest from Krav Maga Raleigh, fitness techniques you can take from pro football players, and a Groin-A-Gram for professional writers with amateur mistakes . ....

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  • What's Happening in February?

    January is over but we're just getting started at Krav Maga Raleigh. February is going to be a busy month, with Krav workshops at every level and lots of other special events. [caption id="attachment_3435" align="aligncenter" width="775"] I'm sure they're just playing[/caption] Kraventine's Day
    From the beginning of the month until Valentine's Day, every time you come into the studio you can fill out a raffle ticket at the reception desk. On the 14th we'll draw for a Grand Prize and five Runners Up. The Grand Prize is a $100 restaurant certificate and a free, one-month guest membership for a close friend, family member, or loved one that you want to pulverize. The runners up will ....

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  • Well, There Go My Excuses

    [caption id="attachment_3430" align="aligncenter" width="900"] How dare she make me feel so lazy![/caption] As someone who makes a lot of excuses, I've been thinking a lot about excuses lately. But then I saw this video of a guy with - at best - half an arm doing front squats, and I realized that it doesn't matter what I think. I'm pretty sure the fact that I stayed up a little too late last night is irrelevant. The fact is, the only thing stopping you from training is you. There might be a lot of things making it hard: Your job, your schedule, your fondness for French Onion dip, but it's up to you to overcome them. After all, if this guy isn't saying, "I can't workout because I have no ....

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  • The KravCast! January 31, 2016

    [caption id="attachment_3425" align="aligncenter" width="730"] The faces of survival.[/caption] OH MY GOD, IT'S THE KRAVCAST! This week we have exciting workshop reports, effective Krav Maga self-defense from South Africa , and definitely not anything about not teaching military courses, which we didn't do. We talk about adapting to exercise , and send a Groin-A-Gram to unnecessary slow motion. ....

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  • Updated Workshop Schedule

    [caption id="attachment_3415" align="aligncenter" width="575"] At least we're not in the Dakotas. [/caption] What's the famous saying? "Man plans, mercurial North Carolina weather laughs?" Something like that. Well we had a bit of snow and ice over the weekend, so we had to reschedule the planned workshops. The level 2 workshop is now this Saturday, January 30th at 12:30pm, and the level 1 workshop is February 6th at 12:30pm. The weather is looking good for this weekend, but who knows what will happen in February. Complaining about North Carolina weather is an obnoxious hobby for people around here, but it is statistically less predictable than average , so at least we're not ....

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  • New Apparel

    We got some long awaited new apparel in today. First up are the Kravmas shirts, which many of our members earned in December. The challenge was the 12 Days of Kravmas, where they had to come in 12 times in December before Christmas. That's about every other day, so it was a tough achievement. We are not selling these shirts, they can only be earned with hard work and dilligence. But don't worry! Kravmas comes around every year, so if you missed 2015, we'll get you in 11 months. If you did earn a Kravmas shirt get yours and wear it with pride! We also got new hoodies in stock. It's a unisex cut in sizes from XS to XXL, so there's definitely something that will fit you. They are lightweight ....

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  • The KravCast! January 24, 2016

    [caption id="attachment_3405" align="aligncenter" width="900"] Worth killing for.[/caption] We're running hot and cold on the KravCast this week as we tell you about Chili Con Carnage and snowy Norwegian car chases . We also find out that gluten free diets * might* not be all that effective , and send a Groin-A-Gram to wrong-way bikers. ....

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  • "But but but...but it's snowing!"

    As you may have heard, we're expecting some snow starting on Friday, likely continuing into Saturday. Although this news has already played havoc with the perishable item in grocery stores, at Krav Maga Raleigh it doesn't affect us very much. Our official policy is to stay open as much as possible, and there doesn't seem to be any weather predicted that will change that. If there is a change, we'll put it on the website and on Facebook, and send email notifications as well. Please drive carefully, but remember that your goals don't get snowed in. See you on the mats! ....

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  • The KravCast! #128 January 17, 2016

    [caption id="attachment_3393" align="aligncenter" width="900"] The most effective weapon against crime[/caption] We're charging through the new year on a combine harvester and learning the 10 Commandments of 6-Pack Abs and accepting the hard truth that black belts are useless. ....

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  • Keep That Resolution To Yourself

    [caption id="attachment_3386" align="aligncenter" width="900"] "That's so great you want to lose 100 pounds by Valentine's Day!"[/caption] When you make a New Year's resolution, how many people do you tell? Probably at least a couple friends, family, and of course, several hundred mostly strangers on Facebook. That's what I did at least. Unfortunately we might all have made a terrible, terrible mistake. Because 80 years of research on motivation and goal pursuit makes a strong argument that telling people about your resolution makes you less likely to keep it. I have to credit my friend Eric with first bringing this concept to my attention. According to the article, "People who talk ....

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  • Wrist Release Fun

    Most of the techniques in Krav Maga focus on getting to maximum level violence as soon as possible. If someone is trying to take your like, you can’t half-ass your response. However we do have “soft” techniques, like wrist releases, that deal with situations where you’re getting unwanted attention and contact but smashing your shin through someone’s pelvis isn’t the correct response. Those also allow us to have some fun drill besides “close your eyes and freak out quietly until someone attacks you, then freak out aggressively.” ....

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  • Teaching Workshop Saturday

    The end of 2015 was pretty well consumed with Krav Maga test prep workshops, but with that big push behind us, we can get back to other pursuits, like developing new instructors. Becoming a Krav Maga instructor is a long and demanding process, but one of the nice things is that you can start down that path almost immediately. To that end, we're having teaching workshops almost every month this year at Krav Maga Raleigh, and everyone is welcome to attend. These will be introductory level workshops, so no previous teaching experience is necessary. If you've never taken a Krav Maga class before than you're probably a bit too green, but even level 1 students should feel comfortable taking the ....

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  • The KravCast! Episode #127 January 10, 2015

    [caption id="attachment_3376" align="aligncenter" width="775"] Totally working out here[/caption] We're highly motivated on the KravCast this week, thanks to booze ! We also continue to be afraid of clowns , and add oscillating fans and fraternity paddles to the weapons list. ....

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  • Padded Assailant Training

    Getting hit usually sucks. Getting hit while wearing a full body suit still sucks, but it’s worth it to get this level of training. We try to train as realistically as possible in Krav Maga. Most of the time that means keeping the intensity and pressure as high as possible but simulating the contact. The #1 rule of Krav Maga as put down by Imi is “Go home safe,” and that includes going home safe from class, so if you’re getting smashed in the head and groin for an hour, it’s going to violate that rule! The padded assailant suits are a way to bridge that gap. This training is usually restricted to higher level students because you need a lot of control as the defender to give the right ....

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  • Testing Procedures in 2016

    [caption id="attachment_3368" align="aligncenter" width="900"] One day, you could be this relieved that something is over![/caption] Testing will run in 3-month blocks, with a test date in March, June, September, and December. There will be a level 1 test on each of those dates, as well as some of the other levels, but not every level every time. It might seem complex at first with the scheduling and vocabulary, so I will try to clarify it here. The first thing to understand is the difference between a workshop and a review. Workshops are open, and recommended, to anyone in the level, even if you're fairly new. Workshops cover part of the material in a level but not all of it. There is ....

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  • Succeed In 2016

    [caption id="attachment_3356" align="aligncenter" width="900"] Every year starts and ends with top 10 lists[/caption] Happy New Year everyone! 2015 was a terrific year for Krav Maga Raleigh: We saw hundreds of members get fit, get safe, and finish the year better off than they started. We grew a lot as a studio and learned a lot about how to best get our members the training that they want and need. We have tons of exciting goals for 2016, but the most important thing is that we are ever-more committed to making sure our members fulfill their goals for the year. So if you want to lose five pounds, or fifty, we will help you. If you want to feel safe and confident alone at night, we ....

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  • The KravCast! #126 January 3, 2016

    The KravCast welcomes you to 2016 with a lengthy discussion about goals, how to set them, how to keep them, and how to make sure you're serious about them. We also send a Groin-A-Gram to the "affluenza" teen (and everyone around him), and set up the first workshops of the new year! Thanks for helping us make 2015 one of the best years yet, and we look forwards to helping you get fit, go home safe, and enjoy the hell out of 2016! ....

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  • Happy New Year! Now Make It The Best One!

    Happy New Year everyone! 2015 was a terrific year for Krav Maga Raleigh, and by that I mean that we saw hundreds of members get fit, get safe, and finish the year better off than they started. We grew a lot as a studio and learned a lot about how to best get our members the training that they want and need. We have tons of exciting goals for 2016, but the most important thing is that we are ever-more committed to making sure our members fulfill their goals for the year. So if you want to lose five pounds, or fifty, we will help you. If you want to feel safe and confident alone at night, we will get you there. Stop smoking? We'll give you the motivation and incentive. Hoping to spend more ....

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  • The KravCast! #125 December 27, 2015

    Welcome to the KravCast year end wrap-up! A lot happened in 2015 and we're here to tell you all about it. We've got awards in all the following categories: Movie of the year Pleasant Surprise Of The Year Fitness Trend Of The Year Best Fitness Advice Of The Year B.S. Of The Year Groin-A-Gram of the Year Unconventional Weapon Of The Year Krav Move Of The Year Kravist Of The Year KravCaster Of The Year! Thank you for another year of listening, and we look forwards to kicking your ears in the groin in 2016! ....

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  • The KravCast! #124 December 20th, 2015

    [caption id="attachment_3321" align="aligncenter" width="775"] They went with a cast of unknowns. [/caption] The KravCast awakens this week as we give our spoiler-free review of Star Wars , and tell you how you can get all the benefits of working out by just drinking a glass of wine ! Really! (Not really). ....

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  • Holiday Schedule!

    [caption id="attachment_3317" align="aligncenter" width="960"] This could be your holiday![/caption] We are open every day except Christmas. There is no reason stop focusing on your goals through the holidays! --------------------- Thursday Dec 24th: 12:15 mixed level, 12:15 fitness Friday Dec 25th: Closed for Christmas Saturday Dec 26th: 10:00 fitness, 11:30 mixed level Sunday Dec 27th: Normal schedule Monday Dec 28th: 12:15 mixed level, 5:30 fitness, 5:30 L3/4, 6:30 L1/2 Tuesday Dec 29th 12:15 fitness, 5:30 mixed level krav, 6:30 fitness, 6:30 groundfighting Wednesday Dec 30th: 12:15 mixed level, 5:30 fitness, 5:30 L1/2, 6:30 L3/4 Thursday Dec 31st: 12:15 mixed level, 12:15 ....

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  • So You Just Passed A Test, What's Next?

    [caption id="attachment_3313" align="aligncenter" width="960"] These are all chokes of love[/caption] We had an incredible testing extravaganza this weekend. All of the hard work from the students and instructors paid off, and the performances surpassed my high expectations. I'm elated at everyone's success, and also so, so glad it's over. I imagine the people who actually tested have to feel twice as relieved! I'm sure everyone still feels the physical and mental strain of the test and all the work leading up to it. And you certainly deserve a couple days off after going through that ordeal, but note the use of the phase, "A couple." It's very easy to let a couple days turn into a ....

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  • The KravCast! #123 December 13, 2015

    We're glad to be back on the KravCast this week after our epic day of testing and amazing trip to Norway. We also talk about the fitness challenge that concluded this week and send a Groin-A-Gram to the one thing we didn't like in Norway. Thanks to all the students and instructors who worked so hard to make the test day a success, and we will see you on the mats! ....

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  • What A Day!

    After months of buildup we finally had the big test day, and it certainly delivered. For seven hours we had non-stop tests. ....

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  • The 12 Days Of Kravmas

    Now that we're past Thanksgiving, let me be the first person to officially announce the beginning of the Christmas season, or as we call it at Krav Maga Raleigh: Kravmas! During the season we have a challenge at KMR: If you come in 12 times before Christmas, you'll get a free, limited edition Kravmas t-shirt! You get credit for each day you come train, so it's got to be 12 separate days, regardless of how many classes you take each day. Tests, workshops, and private lessons count as well. Twelve visits before the 25th is a big challenge, but that's the point. During the holidays there are a lot of reasons not to train - none of them are good reasons of course - so here's something to keep ....

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  • The KravCast! #122 November 29, 2015

    [caption id="attachment_3290" align="aligncenter" width="775"] Can't see why anyone would kick this man in the groin...[/caption] No leftovers on the KravCast this week as we discuss an epidemic of religious violence , follow up on pillow fights at West Point , and learn how to defend ourselves with selfie sticks . We take one more pass on Thanksgiving overeating and look ahead to send a Groin-A-Gram to anyone who's going to be a Grinch at Christmas. ....

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  • The KravCast! #121 November 24, 2015

    [caption id="attachment_3282" align="aligncenter" width="775"] Boo this man! (Actually boo his nutritionist). [/caption] Happy Kravsgiving from the KravCast! We talk about Ken's recent trip to LA, Thanksgiving diet and exercise tips, and send a Groin-A-Gram to Novak Djokovic and applied kineseology . Have a great holiday! ....

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  • Start The Holidays The Right Way

    [caption id="attachment_3278" align="aligncenter" width="900"] Hmm, this might take more than one fitness class...[/caption] Of all the techniques and concepts we teach at Krav Maga Raleigh, the most important one is not giving up. Usually that means not giving up when defending yourself, but there are plenty of other times when you need that determination, and one occasion is just a few days away. Everyone overeats on Thanksgiving, which isn't great, but one day of indulging on it's own isn't the end of the world. The bigger problem is when we let Thanksgiving start and entire season of over-eating that lasts through Christmas until January 1st when we say, "Ok this year is going to be ....

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  • Testing and Review Schedule

    As you might be aware, we have some tests coming up. Four of them actually, and we're putting them all on December 12. It's going to be an exciting and exhausting day of Krav, and squeezing four multi-hour tests into one day isn't easy. Besides fitting them into the schedule we also want to arrange them so that observers can watch multiple tests, and the people testing can see the levels before and after theirs. After weeks of spreadsheets, formulas, and transcendental meditation, we've come up with the schedule below: December 12 Tests: Level 1 - 9:00 am Level 2 - 10:30 am Level 3 - 12:00 pm Level 4 - 1:30 pm There are no regular classes on test day. And tests require reviews of ....

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  • "When Am I Ready To Test?"

    We're less than a month away from our testing extravaganza - thank goodness - and I've really been impressed by all the work people are putting in. I can definitely see the improvement from workshop to workshop, and the other instructors say the same. But one thing that isn't always clear is, "When are you ready to test?" Well the short answer is that you test, "When you're ready." But that's not very helpful is it? Aside from waiting around for one of the instructors to select you, it would be nice to have some guidelines. We do have some estimations of how long you should train in each level before being ready to test. I must emphasize that these are estimations ; it may very well take ....

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  • The KravCast! #120 November 15, 2015

    [caption id="attachment_3263" align="aligncenter" width="824"] Better get a permit for these[/caption] It's ladies night on the KravCast as we talk about the Women's Self-Defense workshop, fighting with a frying pan , and fighting in high heels . We tell you about the evils of artificial sweeteners ( they're not evil ), send a Groin-A-Gram to a terrible judge , and talk about an upcoming event that's NOT a test-prep workshop! ....

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  • "Women's" Self-Defense?

    We have a women’s self-defense workshop coming tomororw on Saturday January 30th, and as much as I enjoy hosting the workshops, and giving people the opportunity to learn to protect themselves, I actually have a lot of reservations about the phrase “Women’s Self-Defense.” Despite all the progress we’ve made in realizing that women are in fact fully functioning human beings who can lift weights and fight and run companies and don’t need special pink versions of everything, there’s still a persistent view that women have special self-defense needs different from those of men. But that’s not true. Fairly often someone will ask me, “Is Krav Maga good for women?” Well of course it is. If it’s ....

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  • Thanksgiving Day Class

    [caption id="attachment_3251" align="aligncenter" width="775"] This will be your instructor for the class[/caption] Thanksgiving is just over two weeks away, so you probably want to know what's going on with our schedule. Well I have excellent news! On Thanksgiving Day we are having a special fitness class at 9:00am, so you can do at least one virtuous thing that day before spending the rest of it elbow deep in gravy. And as a bonus, anyone who has a current membership to any gym is welcome to join us, so if you have a close friend of family member you want to bring with you, it's the perfect time. There will be no other classes on Thanksgiving day, and our schedule will be otherwise ....

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  • Saturday Schedule Change

    [caption id="attachment_3248" align="aligncenter" width="900"] It's a sunrise, because now we start earlier on Saturday...[/caption] If you've been down to the fitness area in the last few days, you hopefully noticed that the mats down there take up a lot more space now. With the extra room to train, we can adjust our Saturday schedule to allow some classes that have been neglected so far. Here is the new Saturday schedule 10:00am - Fitness (30 minutes) 10:30am - Level 1/2 (upstairs) 10:30am - Level 3/4 (downstairs) 11:30am - Level 5 This schedule is effective immediately, so take note for this Saturday November 14th. See you on the mats! ....

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  • The KravCast! #119 November 8, 2015

    [caption id="attachment_3243" align="aligncenter" width="900"] The source of most KravCast news[/caption] It's November 8 but we're not putting out our Christmas decorations yet! This week we've got all sorts of exciting , not-at-all- embarrassing stories from Florida, in-depth reports on barefoot training , and send a Groin-A-Gram to some terrible Halloween costumes . ....

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  • Take Away Everything That's Not An Elephant

    Have you heard how to make a statue of an elephant? It’s actually pretty simple. You start with a block of marble and carve away everything that’s not an elephant. Couldn’t be easier. In fact I carved two elephants myself just this morning in fact. It’s an old joke based on quotes attributed to everyone from Michelangelo (the sculptor, not the ninja turtle) to Picasso, and I’m sure Mark Twain and Abraham Lincoln have been credited as well. Regardless of how it came about, the sentiment is eminently useful. Creating something isn’t always about adding to it; often times removal is more important. Technique is often the same way. Developing a good straight punch, or round kick, or ....

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  • Climate Control

    [caption id="attachment_3237" align="aligncenter" width="900"] Train under adverse conditions[/caption] Well it’s raining again. It hasn’t been long since we had almost two weeks of continuous rain, and now it’s back. I personally don’t mind rain that much, because after spending a few dry years in Los Angeles I’m always happy to see precipitation. And when people complain about the weather it always sets off my inner contrarian, and I actually start enjoying bad weather just out of spite. People in Raleigh love to complain about the weather, as if whomever they’re talking to isn’t experiencing the same climate at the same time. We also act as if we’re entitled to some bespoke ....

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  • The KravCast! #118 November 1, 2015

    [caption id="attachment_3233" align="aligncenter" width="940"] He smiles because he's happy[/caption] Well the KravCast survived Halloween and after fighting off killers, ghosts, witches, clowns, and sexy Donald Trumps, we've got stories about Syracuse university students fighting off sexual attackers , fighting off old age with exercise , and fighting off your police department's dignity with nunchucks. ....

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  • Straight Punches and Testing

    [caption id="attachment_3230" align="aligncenter" width="900"] Pictured: Not a good punch.[/caption] With so many tests coming up in just under two months a lot of people are concerned with getting ready. Getting in shape, learning a whole level’s worth of material, making sure you update Facebook after every class…there’s a lot to do. But people tend to neglect the most basic and important element of getting better at Krav Maga, and that’s the fundamentals. And the most fundamental of them all is your straight punches, and that’s also where people honestly tend to need the most work. In any self-defense scenario, 10% of your defense is the “technique” (redirecting a kick, plucking a ....

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  • The Last Week Of The Anniversary Month

    [caption id="attachment_3227" align="aligncenter" width="775"] It's part of training, I swear[/caption] Well it's been a long time coming, but we're in the last week of October, and the last week of our 7th anniversary month at Krav Maga Raleigh. It's been a great few weeks with workshops, parties, new members and visits from alumni. There's still a lot left to do in the last week. The raffle is ongoing and with 5 days remaining you could easily get two, three, or ten more tickets if you're diligent. If you're aiming for the lucky 7s t-shirt you could definitely get a few fitness or a few krav classes in before the end of the month. And for any non-members our great offer to join with ....

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  • Anniversary Party This Friday!

    [caption id="attachment_3218" align="aligncenter" width="775"] The calm before the storm[/caption] By now you've probably caught on that it's our 7th anniversary at Krav Maga Raleigh, and in addition to all the celebratory things were doing at the studio we're having an actual party! This party is this Friday, October 23 at the Borough downtown. Festivities start at 7pm and carry on as long as you want. I'm not going to tell you when to stop celebrating, this is America! Thank you as always to everyone who has helped us get this far, we'll see you at the Borough and on the mats! ....

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  • Seeing Yourself As You Truly Are

    [caption id="attachment_3215" align="aligncenter" width="775"] It's a metaphor, see?[/caption] We’ve got a level 2 workshop in a few hours and besides the standard technique and drill work, one of the things we’ll spend some time on is video review. As professional athletes know, seeing yourself on video is one of the best tools around for correction and improvement. It takes a fair amount of extra time, so we aren’t often able to integrate it as part of a workshop, but when we do it always pays off. One of the difficulties of teaching Krav Maga is that you’re trying to describe to your students what they are doing and how they should modify it, but they have to process that all ....

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  • Test Post

    [caption id="attachment_3187" align="aligncenter" width="775"] Medieval drawings of Krav Maga techniques.[/caption] ....

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  • "I Never Should Have Taken A Week Off"

    [caption id="attachment_3196" align="aligncenter" width="775"] The first workout back from vacation[/caption] I love vacation. Most people don’t get enough of it, so I’m always happy when people get time off. And if you’re training hard you need time off. But when you take time off you have to come back, and that can be rough. Whenever someone comes back from vacation they inevitably declare, “I haven’t worked out in a week!” usually while struggling through a fitness class. “I never should have taken time off!” is another common refrain around Krav Maga Raleigh. And while it’s true that you can have some small deleterious effects in your peak conditioning after a week off, it’s quite ....

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  • Yes We're Open For Columbus Day

    [caption id="attachment_3192" align="aligncenter" width="775"] What a jerk[/caption] Today is Columbus day, when people across the nation celebrate having a day off from school or work no matter how shoddy the pretext. That's fine with me, most people don't get enough vacation days as it is so I don't want to take it away just because Columbus was a genocidal slave-trader. I think a renaming might be in order but for now I hope everyone gets a day off (well everyone except for KMR staff!) and we will be open so you can keep training to lose weight, get stronger, and stay safe. If nothing else, Columbus day should remind us of the importance of being able to fight back. ....

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  • The KravCast! #116 October 11, 2015

    The KravCast gets medieval this week as we talk about a woman using her sword training to fend off an intruder, and warn you about the dangers of crossbow attacks . We also talk about the benefits of music when working out and send a Groin-A-Gram to Ben Carson for being an idiot. [caption id="attachment_3187" align="aligncenter" width="775"] Medieval drawings of Krav Maga techniques.[/caption] ....

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  • The Cake Is A Lie (That You Tell Yourself)

    [caption id="attachment_3182" align="aligncenter" width="775"] Nothing to see here folks.[/caption] “I worked out really hard today, I earned this piece of cake.” Does that sentence sound familiar? Maybe the pastry is different but the sentiment is the same: In a life of trying to work out and eat well, sometimes your give yourself a little reward. Well in my official capacity as Krav Maga Instructor and official Ruiner of Things, I have to tell you that those aren’t rewards at all. In fact, they’re quite the opposite. Don’t get me wrong. I definitely believe in junk food and rest days; hopefully you are on a workout and diet regimen that allows for both. However we have to be honest ....

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  • Your Last Seven Years

    [caption id="attachment_3175" align="aligncenter" width="775"] All these students are reaching their goals of trapping Scott in a circle of death.[/caption] Have you heard that we’re celebrating Krav Maga Raleigh’s 7th anniversary this month? We haven’t been making a big deal of it, so I understand if you didn’t know. But if you didn’t catch any of our posters, emails, videos, or announcements about it, it’s our 7th anniversary! But enough about us, what do you think about us? Oh that’s so nice. No…stop it. You’re too kind; you’re embarrassing us! Let’s talk about you for a little bit. What have the last seven years been like for you? Do you remember what your goals were back then? If ....

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  • Conditioning

    [caption id="attachment_3166" align="aligncenter" width="775"] One day classes at Krav Maga Raleigh will be this intense.[/caption] With the big push towards tests at the end of the year, we’re already seeing people step up their training. I thought it would be a good time to talk about conditioning because it’s crucial to a good test performance and one of the most important and misunderstood aspects of training. And because I value pageviews more than literary intergrity, for this article I’ll use the popular and SEO-Friendly “Listicle” format. 1: You Still Get Tired
    This is the big one. We all know that training hard is, well it’s hard, and it would be awesome if suddenly one day ....

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  • The KravCast! #115 October 4, 2015

    [caption id="attachment_3162" align="aligncenter" width="775"] The faces of evil.[/caption] We're Podcasters in a half-shell this week as we review the latest "film" in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise. We also warn you about a human running around with swords and nunchucks , send a Groin-A-Gram to a reckless savior , and talk about all the 7th Anniversary events in October. ....

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  • Rock You Like A Kravicane!

    [caption id="attachment_3159" align="aligncenter" width="775"] I don't see this being a problem.[/caption] (Ed. Note: I apologize for the headline of the article. The writer has been forced to take multiple level one tests back-to-back and then fired). Apparently we’re getting a hurricane this weekend. It should be very exciting for everyone. As of now it looks like the predicted path for Hurricane Joaqim will keep it off of the US mainland, but we’re going to have a crapload of rain and wind anyway. Currently the plan at Krav Maga Raleigh is to be open for all the scheduled events and classes. If that changes we will update the website and Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, Friendster, etc. ....

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  • Change Your Environment Pt 2

    Welcome back to the second installment in the at-least-two-part series “Change Your Environment.” In the first part we established that the best way to promote the behavior patterns you want is giving up all technology and moving to some remote, possibly island location where you won’t be tempted by modern frivolities like TV, chicken wings, or pants. Well maybe you don’t want to take such…effective measures. Maybe you want to stay around some of your comforts like a soft bed or your children. Well that’s ok, it could be as simple as changing your grocery store. At my height I was grocery shopping at three or four different stores. Depending on what I wanted to buy and which direction I ....

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  • It's Our 7th Anniversary!

    [caption id="attachment_3149" align="aligncenter" width="960"] I hope you like this picture, because you're going to be seeing a lot of it![/caption] Hello everyone! You may not know, but Krav Maga Raleigh was established in October of 2008, which means that we are now at our 7th anniversary! It's very exciting for us, and we are incredibly grateful to all of the people who helped get us here. We've got a lot of stuff going on all month, so keep checking in here at the website and at the studio to see what we're doing. We've got a raffle going all month: Every time you come to class you can fill out a raffle ticket and at the end of the month the winner will get a Total Survival ....

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  • Change Your Environment Pt. 1

    [caption id="attachment_3140" align="aligncenter" width="775"] The meaning of this generic stock photo will become clear. [/caption] I have long felt that people never really change. I don’t think that people are incapable of improving themselves, but I think that at their core we remain the same person all throughout life. The same strengths, the same weaknesses, the same foibles; the same core qualities drive our thoughts and actions forever. Well this makes it very difficult for those of us that want to change something about ourselves. If you want to lose weight, or get stronger, or build confidence, it’s pretty frustrating to think that you can’t ever change. But I don’t feel that ....

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  • The Rest of The Year In Workshops

    [caption id="attachment_3137" align="aligncenter" width="960"] This could be you![/caption] Good morning everyone! We just finished a great level 1 test at Krav Maga Raleigh this weekend, and with only three months left in the year, and much of that eaten up with holidays, it's time to figure out what other tests we can squeeze into 2015. Well I have good news for everyone, which is that you get a test! And you get a test! And you get a test! Yes we're going to get one more test at every level before 2015 is through, so it's going to be a big push to the end of the year. I just updated the website with about 10000000000 new workshops, so let's start and the end and work our way back: ....

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  • The KravCast! #114 September 27, 2015

    [caption id="attachment_3130" align="aligncenter" width="775"] Hard to decide who is the worse person here.[/caption] Another exciting week for us at the KravCast as we talk about the recent women's workshop and level 1 test , and reveal an exciting business opportunity for groin-kicking ladies. We also discuss gym etiquette , send a Groin-A-Gram to everything happening downtown this weekend, and discuss upcoming events. ....

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  • Saturday Extravaganza!

    We had an especially busy Saturday with the regular classes, a women's workshop, and a level 1 test in the afternoon. Level 3/4 kicked things off working wrestling and complex striking combinations, then level 1/2 came in to train on chokes standing and on the ground. [caption id="attachment_3125" align="aligncenter" width="775"] Ready to face the world! And a nap![/caption] The women's' workshop was a success as always, as Cassie worked them through basic combatives and self-defense scenarios. All the participants did a fantastic job and we're glad they took this opportunity to improve their lives. We have these women's self-defense workshops every month, and it's always a pleasure to ....

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  • The Level 1 Test

    [caption id="attachment_3081" align="aligncenter" width="300"] The knee of triumph.[/caption] We have a level 1 test on Saturday, and I'm sure it will be as exciting and triumphant as we have come to expect. I ran the review and am confident this is going to be a very strong group and a great performance. As always everyone is invited and encouraged to attend. A level 1 test runs between two and three hours and is tremendously exciting. And for the people participating, it's tremendously difficult. When you're struggling through your thousandth drill, it's very helpful and significant to have a support section there cheering you on. If you have taken a test, then there were people there ....

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  • Your Treat To Yourself

    We have a new student who signed up about two weeks ago, and since then I think I’ve seen her at class every day. She takes fitness and Krav, sometimes both in one day. It’s an impressive schedule for anyone, especially someone who has just begun her training process. I was talking to her last week about her diligence – as she sat at the desk crippled by soreness - and she said, “I’m trying to remember that this is my treat to myself.” That’s a profound perspective on training. I think many – most? – people look at their training as an obligation, a chore they do so they don’t get overweight, or so they can eat that piece of pizza, or drink an extra beer at night. They train because they ....

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  • The KravCast! #113 September 20, 2015

    [caption id="attachment_3073" align="aligncenter" width="600"] So delicious[/caption] We're Forever Young on the KravCast this week as we talk about how training is like gaining youth , six trendy and ridiculous diet foods , and Dwight sends a shocking Groin-A-Gram that will shock you. ....

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  • Further From Death

    [caption id="attachment_3069" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Don't let his cuteness fool you.[/caption] My favorite book of all time (OF ALL TIME) is Catch-22. If you haven’t read it then stop everything and go do that. I’ll see you in like two weeks. Welcome back. Pretty great book, right? What, you spent the last fortnight finishing Gossip Girl on Netflix? Ok fine, I really want to make this point so I’ll just give you the background. Catch-22 is a morbidly hilarious satire set during World War 2 featuring a group of bomber pilots with a dim view of their lifespans. The most morose of them is Dunbar, who seeks to prolong the small amount of life he has left by making it as ....

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  • SPARKCon Street Closings

    Some street closings this morning . If you come down Blount St or up Person St you should be ok. As usual when there is a downtown event, don't try to cross through downtown. It's always annoying navigating to the studio when downtown is closed off like this, but the alternative is to have the studio somewhere boring, like a warehouse off the highway, so for I'll take the trade-off. ....

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  • Why Am I Getting Worse? Pt. 2

    [caption id="attachment_3060" align="aligncenter" width="304"] This makes total sense[/caption] Two days ago we looked at Regression Towards the Mean as a reason you might feel like, despite ongoing training, you’re actually getting worse. In part 2 of Krav Maga Raleigh’s two-or-more part series we’ll look at another big factor, which is habituation. What is habituation? To quote the internet habituation is, “The diminishing of a physiological or emotional response to a frequently repeated stimulus.” In comprehensible terms it means you get used to stuff, and that includes progress. Progress is not a smooth linear path, but comes in fits and starts. If you’re lifting weights you don’t ....

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  • Are You In This Picture?

    Look at this huge class! Tuesday night's level 1 may have been the largest non-event class we've ever had at Krav Maga Raleigh, and it was awesome. Everybody worked hard, had fun, and most importantly, they're safer, healthier, and happier today than they were yesterday. Are you in this picture? And more importantly, will you be in the next one? ....

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  • Why Am I Getting Worse?

    [caption id="attachment_3052" align="aligncenter" width="350"] I have no idea what this means[/caption] In theory, every time you train, you should get better, but it doesn’t always work out that way does it? On Monday you might have a kick-ass workout, punching holes through walls and throwing weights into the ceiling, but by Wednesday you’re back to hitting the focus mitts with love taps, and someone turned up the gravity in the weight room. This phenomenon also happens over a longer time frame, where you have a great week and think, “Oh finally, I’m actually getting good at this,” but then the next week not only have you lost all that newfound power (or fitness, or skill) but you’re ....

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  • The Cost Of Not Training

    Any economist will tell you that everything comes with a cost, and training is no different. The most obvious cost is your membership: Hopefully you're a member at Krav Maga Raleigh, but if not you undoubtedly have a gym membership somewhere, whether it's Planet Fitness or Crossfit or a yoga studio. Even if you get all your fitness from running outside and lifting rocks, you still need to buy shoes and impossibly short shorts, so nothing is totally free. There are other costs as well. Your time, your energy. Your will power. If you want to get results - whether losing weight, getting stronger, or learning to defend yourself - you have to work hard, and it's not always pleasant. So why ....

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  • When Will They Learn?

    I think most people, like me, train Krav because it's fun, it's a great way to get in shape, and it makes you feel good. We're all aware that it's a great benefit to learn the best self-defense system in the world, but we don't actually lead our day-to-day lives as if danger lurks around every corner. Which is good, because that's a crazy way to live. However danger does lurk around SOME corners ( or bushes, in this case ) and it's great to know that you'll be prepared. If you follow that link you'll find the story of a woman who put her training to use in a very real world situation, and it's really lucky for her that years ago she took the steps to learn how to protect herself. When I ....

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  • The KravCast! #111 September 6, 2015

    A lot of stuff sure happened this week out in the world, with pillow fights , groin kicks , triangle chokes , and gun defense all over . We also talk about the link between fitness and intelligence in kids, and send a Groin-A-Gram to Chipotle protestors . ....

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  • Our Animal Friends

    ! Sometimes you need a little extra motivation to reach your goals. Sometimes seeing success stories from other people who have made incredible weight loss is inspiring, but wouldn't it be better if they were cute little animals ....

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  • September and October Workshop Schedule

    With one day left in August, the workshop schedule for September and October is posted. Check it out on our schedule page . There are workshops for all levels, so mark your calendars! ....

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  • The KravCast! #110 August 30, 2015

    This week in the KravCast we have what I humbly feel is the greatest musical cue in any podcast every. Also we talk about Krav and fitness and stuff. See you on the mats! ....

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  • The KravCast! #109 August 23, 2015

    It's a great week at the KravCast as we talk about the recent Handgun Defense Workshop, some real-life gun defense on a French train ,the SHOCKING truth that the Paleo Diet should include some carbs , send a Groin-A-Gram to Regal Theaters , and make a 180 on Oreo Thins. ....

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  • "That's Not A Sword"

    When you're robbing a convenience store at the tip of a sword, it's important to have a contingency plan if the cashier is a pirate . ....

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  • Not That We Would Ever Take A Vacation

    I personally have never missed a day in the gym since I first started working out in the womb, but I know other people have had long breaks - whether from vacation, schedule changes, injuries, or crises of motivation - and it's always hard to get going again. A little recovery time is always good, but you have to be careful of those long breaks, because they can have some rough consequences. ....

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  • The KravCast! #108 August 16

    [caption id="attachment_3011" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Attack of the evil clown[/caption] An exciting week here at the KravCast, as we talk about knife attacks in IKEA , ax-wielding clowns , and questionable jiu-jitsu tactics . We also report on the "differences" between a low-carb and low-fat diet, and send a Groin-A-Gram to Dwight's car. ....

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  • Upcoming Events

    August 15, 11:30am - Introduction to Teaching For anyone interested in teaching Krav Maga, or just interested in knowing more about the system, how it's put together, and how it works. Understanding how to teach Krav Maga will make you much better at learning it. August 22, 12:30pm - Handgun Defense Workshop The always popular handgun defense workshop covers defense against handgun attacks from all angles. Whether someone is robbing, threatening, kidnapping, or just monologuing for a while, you'll have the tools to defend yourself if necessary. August 29, 12:30pm - Women's Self-Defense Our ongoing women's workshops continue on the last Saturday of every month. For members and ....

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  • The KravCast! #107 August 9, 2015

    Hey have you heard about the KravCast? It's the cool podcast by Krav Maga Raleigh that talks about self-defense news, fitness tips, and sends a really hilarious Groin-A-Gram every week. You should definitely check it out. This week they told a really cool story about an older women defending herself , previewed a potentially game-changing diet pill , and sent the Groin-A-Gram to Delta Airlines. Oh they also talk about all the upcoming events at Krav Maga Raleigh, so you definitely have to check them out. ....

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  • New Level 2 Class Starts Tonight

    Hi everyone, remember that our new level 2 class starts tonight at 7:30pm. This class replaces sparring, which will find a new home somewhere else in the schedule. See you in class. ....

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  • The KravCast! #105 August 2, 2015

    Lots to talk about this week as an Englishwoman groin kicks her way out of a dangerous alley , a West Virginia prostitute saves her own life and probably many others, we celebrate the big accomplishment of one of our members, and send a Groin-A-Gram to slow mechanics. ....

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  • The KravCast! #104 July 26, 2015

    Did you know there was no violence this week? That's good news, and we bring you other good news about osteoporosis treatments and send a Groin-A-Gram to unnecessary movie sequels. See you on the mats! ....

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  • Upcoming Events in August

    In an unprecedented move, We've got the event schedule for August posted a full week before the start of the month. You can see the events on our schedule page of course, but I'll go over them here as well: August 8, 1:00-3:00 Triangle Women's Self-Defense Padded Assailant Class Our excellent ground fighting instructor Chip Slade runs this class, the end of which involves beating up a guy in a suit! It's open to any KMR members level 2 and higher. August 15, 11:30am-1:30pm Introduction to Teaching This workshop teaches teaching! For anyone interested in teaching Krav Maga one day, or just learning more about how the system is put together. At previous workshops we had a lot of ....

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  • Corporate Reimbursement Programs

    As public health has become a serious issue in the last few years, especially with ever-growing concern of and increasingly overweight population, corporate wellness programs are growing increasingly popular. A corporate wellness program usually reimburses employees for fitness and heath related expenses such as gym memberships, fitness events, and sometimes even equipment. It seems like a great deal, and it is, but many people don't even realize their company offers a reimbursement program! Check with your employer and see if they have any sort of compensation program, then come to us so we can help you get credit. And if you check with HR and they don't have a wellness program, then ....

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  • The KravCast! #103 July 12, 2015

    It's a stab-tacular week on the KravCast with reports from all over the midwest about knife attack s. We also learned the benefit of stepping on a scale every day , and send a Groin-A-Gram to a guy who takes his video games a little too seriously . ....

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  • There's Always A Way

    You'd think we'd found every way to strike to the groin, and then someone starts doing gymnastics .. ....

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  • Drive By Saving

    It's dangerous being a good samaritan , but I'm sure the woman being attacked was grateful. ....

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  • The KravCast! #102 July 6, 2015

    Hello again from the KravCast! It's been a couple weeks so we have a lot of past events, a lot of people have gained weight , and Oreo is doing their best to help by disappointing everyone . It's great to be back, and we will see you on the mats! ....

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  • July Events

    Hello Krav Maga Raleigh members. June was a busy month with special courses, travel, and holidays, and I feel like I haven't been at KMR since May. I've been delinquent in setting up the July workshops but here they are: July 11 - Stretching and Flexibility July 18 - Level 3 Workshop July 25 - Women's Self-Defense Workshop Check the schedule page or the registration page to register. See you on the mats! ....

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  • The KravCast! #101 June 21, 2015

    Welcome back to the KravCast! It's a groin kick filled week as we talk about soccer players catching on to the benefits of blasting their opponents in the crotch, and catch up on all the richly deserved Groin-A-Grams from the past two weeks. Subscribe to us on iTunes, and we will see you on the mats! ....

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  • Krav Maga Raleigh Participates in Raleigh Typhoon

    Krav Maga Raleigh shows its commitment to area men and women by participating in Activate Good’s charity scavenger event Raleigh Typhoon Raleigh, NC – June 17, 2015 – fast growing Krav Maga Raleigh in downtown Raleigh, a leader in self-defense and fitness, today announced their participation in the charity scavenger hunt Raleigh Typhoon “We are thrilled to partner with Activate Good to help them raise money for charity, and show all of the participants in Raleigh Typhoon the fun and exciting material in Krav Maga,” says Ken Richstad, owner of Krav Maga Raleigh. “Activate Good is a terrific organization that motivates people to improve the lives of others, and we are pleased to be part of ....

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  • The KravCast! #100 June 8, 2015

    It's the 100th episode of the KravCast, and to celebrate we're going back into the archives to bring you the best segments from our illustrious history! We also give you a bonus preview of our 200th episode. Enjoy the show, subscribe to us on iTunes, and we'll see you for the next hundred episodes! ....

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  • Because Of Reasons

    If, "Because it's wrong," isn't a good enough reason to not hit women, how about, "Because you'll get your ass kicked ?" ....

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  • The KravCast! #99 May 31, 2015

    [caption id="attachment_2899" align="aligncenter" width="720"] 150521_ Carnival at PS 120, 58-01 136th St, Queens, NY, for Sunday, J.C.Rice[/caption] Welcome back after a long break! This week the KravCast brings you news of bullet-proof groin cups , new workout periodizations , and sends a Groin-A-Gram to a public school in Queens . ....

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  • Wait, Chocolate DOESN'T Help Me Lose Weight?

    Here's a great article about intentionally shoddy diet research and how you really need to evaluate the quality of whatever studies you are agreeing with. Unfortunately the media doesn't seem willing to do that for you. ....

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  • Wake Up Call

    Most of us rely on caffeine to get going or stay going throughout the day, and there's no doubt that it can do some pretty incredible things. There's also no doubt that it can be very habit forming and you can build a tolerance and dependence in just a few weeks, if not sooner. Here's a few tips to help you maximize the benefits from your coffee. ....

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  • Uncle Ruckus

    There is something about fitness where people just love taking the activites from everyone who actually works for a living and turning it into a "hardcore" exercise. Anything involving sledgehammers or sandbags comes to mind, and now it looks like we can start cribbing from soldiers as well. ....

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  • The KravCast! #98 May 17, 2015

    [caption id="attachment_2873" align="aligncenter" width="600"] A little Krav would go a long way here.[/caption] It's Central Texas Side Story in the KravCast this week as we talk about a giant biker gang fight in Waco, the best exercise protocol for overweight people , and send a Groin-A-Gram to a wasteful NCDHHS director . Remember to subscribe to us on iTunes and we will see you on the mats! ....

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  • Krav Maga Raleigh Announces New Location in Wake Forest!

    Krav Maga Raleigh Announces a New Location in Wake Forest Krav Maga Raleigh shows it’s commitment to area men and women by opening a new location in Wake Forest to help all citizens get in shape and learn to defend themselves. Wake Forest, NC – May 8, 2015 – fast growing Krav Maga Raleigh in downtown Raleigh, a leader in self-defense and fitness, today announced their new location opening soon in Wake Forest “We are thrilled to offer this world-class self-defense and fitness program in Wake Forest,” said Ken Richstad, Owner of Krav Maga Raleigh. “Krav Maga gives people the opportunity to get in the best shape of their lives, and walk home safe and with confidence every night.” Krav Maga ....

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  • The KravCast! #97 March 10, 2015

    Street Justice is in full effect this week on the KravCast as we get two stories of martial artists foiling robberies . We also bust the myth of standing vs. sitting, and send a Groin-A-Gram to a very litigious and closed-minded senior citizen . As always be sure to subscribe to us on iTunes and Like Krav Maga Raleigh on Facebook; see you on the mats! ....

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  • The KravCast! #96 May 3, 2015

    The KravCast is expanding this week as we talk about our new program in Wake Forest , deadly mice attacks , rehydrating beer , and send a Groin-A-Gram to Chipotle for jumping on a misinformation campaign . Remember to subscribe to us on iTunes, and come train in Wake Forest! ....

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  • Maybe It Was A Science Experiment

    I really need to make a comprehensive list of all the non-traditional things people have used as weapons. Then once I make that list, I can add white mice to it. ....

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  • Why We Hit

    Seth Stevenson at Slate.com wrote a very introspective piece about getting into boxing , focusing on his changing attitudes towards hitting another person. It's a great read and I'm sure there's something on one end of his experience or that other that you can relate to. And as a bonus, he references Krav Maga as the best self-defense system! ....

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  • The Middle School of Krav Maga

    [caption id="attachment_2826" align="aligncenter" width="300"] This is pretty much what a level 2 class looks like.[/caption] We have lots of new level 2 students after the weekend, and Scott and I were talking to one of them this evening. She had taken her first level 2 class the other day and said she felt incredibly awkward, to which I responded that Level 2 is, "The 'middle school' of Krav Maga." And it's true. Now, I personally never experienced any awkward phases in middle school or in my Krav Maga training, but a big part of teaching is being able to empathize with my students, and I completely understand the uncomfortable feeling of being in a new environment with the "big ....

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  • Temptation

    [caption id="attachment_2816" align="aligncenter" width="300"] This has absolutely no effect on me. I may as well be looking at a picture of a tupperware lid. A delicious, delicious tupperware lid. [/caption] I personally have never been struck with overwhelming cravings for warm, gooey chocolate chip cookies or a piping hot pizza that's so cheesy you can't fully separate the pieces, but as a fitness professional it's something that I always have to help other people with. So even if I don't get warm, fuzzy feelings when thinking of a Double Stuff Oreo dipped in peanut butter, or the heavenly refreshment of a glass of whole chocolate milk, it's good for other people to understand why ....

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  • The Latest Tests and Workshops

    We had a huge Saturday at Krav Maga Raleigh this weekend, with two tests and a women's self-defense workshop. Let's take them in order: [caption id="attachment_2807" align="aligncenter" width="448"] Another large group![/caption] The first event to start was our always-popular women's self-defense workshop. We've been doing these classes on the last Saturday of every month for years, but they exploded in popularity last year. We're always glad to see so many people taking the opportunity to improve their safety. [caption id="attachment_2808" align="aligncenter" width="448"] Vicious elbows on bear hug from behind[/caption] Shortly after the women's workshop started, Gian and Toni ....

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  • The KravCast #95 April 26, 2015

    It's another beautiful day at the KravCast! This week we talk about all the tests and events we had at Krav Maga Raleigh, the muscle building benefits of drinking breast milk , and send a Groin-A-Gram to a Popeye's manager . Don't forget to subscribe to us on iTunes, and we will see you on the mats! ....

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  • Brewgaloo

    As one should always expect on the weekends, there are some street closings downtown today for Brewgaloo . Nothing too serious, just plan ahead: Street Closure: Fayetteville St from Lenoir St to Morgan St and the 00 blocks of Davie St, Martin St, and Hargett St. Lenoir St to the Marriott Circle will remain open to local traffic only. ....

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  • The Level 1 Test

    We have a good number of people taking their level 1 test this Saturday, and everyone always wants to know how to prepare for it. Start hydrating NOW. Don't drown yourself, but make a point of drinking plenty of water. Nutrition is a pretty big component of your performance. On the day of the test, finish eating at least two hours before the test starts. The test isn't until 3:00 so you can get a good breakfast and a light lunch. Bring food and a sports drink. We like to keep our tests nice and tight, but they go on long enough that you'll need to replenish calories. Fruit, power bars, trail mix, Gatorade, and all that stuff will help keep you going. You don't need much, just a few ....

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  • The Stance

    Krav Maga and ring-fighting are not the same thing, but there's plenty we can learn from fighters. One of my favorite people to read is Jack Slack , a very insightful analyst of combat sports. I'd recommend reading any of his articles, but he recently started producing video and his first entry is on something we all need to understand: The Stance. Even if a boxer doesn't use the same stance that we do in Krav, understanding how fighters move their feet and shift their weight on strikes will make your striking tremendously better. Check out the video, and read anything you can by this guy. ....

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  • The KravCast! #94 April 19, 2015

    This week on the KravCast you're never too old to fight back! We also get some updates on the Paleo Diet and send a Groin-A-Gram to everyone who has already announced their Presidential candidacy . ....

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  • The KravCast! #93, April 12 2015

    This week on the KravCast: Did you know that Robert F. Kennedy Jr. has some really dumb beliefs about vaccines ? Hopefully our Groin-A-Gram will show him the error of his ways! ....

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  • The KravCast! #92, April 7 2015

    It's Chocolate Raining at the KravCast this week as we come back from a two-week absence with further proof of the effectiveness of groin kicks , further proof that chocolate is awesome , and further proof that some guys push their luck a little too far . It's great to be back, and we will see you on the mats! ....

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  • The End of the Nonpetition

    I'd like to congratulate everyone who took a fitness class this week, as our already challenging workouts got turned up to 11. Last Thursday I was working the desk as Cassie's fitness class wrapped up. I watched as everyone from downstairs dragged themselves through the studio with the energy and vitality of war refugees. My inquiries of, "Good class?" were met with the blank, empty stares of those who had seen something so harrowing, so terrible, that they knew life would never return to the way it was. Through their barely-coherent mumblings ( Sand...so much sand...I don't like sand. It's coarse and rough and irritating, and it gets everywhere ) I deduced that Cassie's workout had been ....

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    The aftermath of a an intense Krav Maga Raleigh fitness class ....

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  • What's In A Level 1 Workshop?

    Our next level 1 workshop is coming up on April 11th, and new students might not know what they're all about. The workshops serve two functions: Teaching all of the material, and evaluating for testing. The workshops are open to everyone, but if I'm being honest I don't recommend them to students who have been training less that three months or so. There is a surprising amount of material in Level 1 and we cover all of it at the workshops. If you are unfamiliar with the majority of the curriculum the workshop will just be a blur, and if most of the students are relatively new then the workshop, which already last three hours easily, will drag on. Most students will take the workshop twice ....

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  • Upcoming Events for April

    We've got one weekend left in March, with our always-terrific Women's Self-defense workshop, and then a very full schedule in April. If you check the schedule page most of them should be fairly obvious, but I want to draw attention to two things. First, we now have online registration for ALL workshops and events, including the free one. So if you plan to come to a Level 1 or Level 2 workshop, please use the registration page to reserve your spot. Second, I want to give some details on the "Introduction to Teaching," workshop. There is actually a very specific and effective method to teaching a Krav Maga class, and for those of you that are interested in teaching Krav Maga this ....

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  • The KravCast! #91 March 22, 2015

    Halloween came early for the KravCast this week, with a chainsaw fight in the streets of Big Sandy and a machete attack in New Orleans. We also talk about a new twin study, and send a Groin-A-Gram to a " charitable " origination. There is one week left in the March Membership Drive! See you on the mats! ....

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  • The KravCast! #90 March 15, 2015

    Welcome back to the KravCast! This week we learned about a crazy self-defense tool from India , and learned when NOT to kick a subordinate in the groin (hint: It's, "never,"), then discussed eating frequency, and sent a Groin-A-Gram to a cop who can't control his temper (and is a racist). Remember that our March Membership Drive is in effect! ....

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  • Training With Women

    One of the most frustrating things I see as an instructor is a level 1 class where a male student is partnered up with a female student, we get out the punching pads, and instead of laying on the hard, life-saving punches that we train at Krav Maga Raleigh, he taps the pad like his hands are made of old pastries. And from all my conversations with our female members, they find it just as frustrating. I think in almost all of these cases, the guys are trying to be courteous and not be bullies, which is an admirable goal, but they just take it too far. There is a consideration guys should take when training with girls, which is that women are usually smaller than men, but that's a ....

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  • The KravCast! #89 March 8, 2015

    It's another beautiful day for the KravCast, as we spend the bulk of the episode telling you how to get better at everything , then send a Groin-A-Gram AND and Anti-Groin-A-Gram, and talk about our big Spring Membership Drive/Tax Writeoff Scam. As always be sure to subscribe to us on iTunes, share us on Facebook, and we will see you on the mats! ....

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  • Spring Membership Drive!

    It's March 2nd, and here in Raleigh we're finally getting that beautiful spring weather we've been waiting for, which is a great omen for our spring membership drive. All month we have a special promotion running for members that bring in a guest: If you refer someone who joins up, you will receive a free month of classes! Our standard guest policy is that there is a $20 fee for any guests that want to join a class, but we are waiving that cost this month so that you can bring your friends in absolutely free. And hey, it's fine if they don't sign up, bring them in anyway so that you have someone new to workout with. If they do make the decision to join, we'll get you that free month. So ....

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  • The KravCast! #88 March 1, 2015

    Is it that time already? We're finally done with the snow and ice, and the KravCast is here is bring warmth back into your life! This week we review the third Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Movie, eat one gram of whey protein per kilogram (or pound?) of bodyweight, and send a Groin-A-Gram to Afroman for punching a fan. ....

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  • Level 2 Workshop and Test

    Hello everyone. We have a level 2 workshop this Sunday at 11:30am. Also, the test is scheduled for March 14th, so it's time to get serious. The workshop this Sunday will focus on combatives (both on mitts and in self-defense) and kick defenses, so bring your shin guards. See you there! ....

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  • The KravCast! #87 February 22, 2015

    It's a street-fightin' KravCast this week as we talk about head kicks in street fights , heroic Krav Ma-dogs , fitness manipulations in relationships , and send a Groin-A-Gram to revisionist Oklahoma lawmakers . ....

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  • The KravCast! #86 February 15, 2015

    We're back in Raleigh for the KravCast this week, recapping our adventures in LA, the Level 1 test, a triumphant story about a brave Krav Maga student in the UK, and send a Groin-A-Gram to musical anti-vaxxers . ....

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  • The KravCast! #85 February 8, 2015

    The KravCast is coming to you a few days late this week, since your intrepid hosts were both in Los Angeles. When we weren't prepping for the Grammy's, we talked about branch-chain amino acids, and sent a Groin-A-Gram to our slumlord. ....

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  • The KravCast! #84 February 1, 2015

    It's already February, and this week the KravCast talks about exciting events at the studio, the value of pre-workout supplementation, and sends a Groin-A-Gram to people who take fictional motivation a little too seriously. ....

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  • The KravCast! #83 January 25, 2015

    Welcome as always to the KravCast! This week we warn you not to mess with movie mascots , not to sit down , and not to get a funeral at the New Hope Church . Don't forget to subscribe on iTunes, and we will see you on the mats! ....

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  • Thanks for signing up!

    Thanks for your interest in our program! Our general manager will contact you shortly to schedule an appointment. We recommend that your child wear gym clothes and bring a water bottle and towel to class. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to get in touch . Be sure to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter ! ....

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  • Kids


    Youth Krav Maga
    Kids today have a lot of fights: against bullying, against bad influences, against childhood obesity. What if there were one place that could give them the tools to fight back against all those struggles, and help them become the confident, healthy, disciplined, safe kids that you want them to be? Well there is, and it’s Krav Maga Raleigh.
    Health, Confidence, and Self-defense
    Our Krav Maga Youth program focuses on health, confidence, and self-defense. Class sizes are limited so that each student gets plenty of attention and help from the instructors. Students will learn verbal and physical self-defense, conflict resolution, and do tough workouts that will keep them strong ....

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  • The KravCast #82 January 18, 2015

    It's a mega episode of the KravCast this week, as we talk about alternative self-defense strategies , the future of fitness (which might include some insulting apps ), send a Groin-A-Gram to a child abusing pastor , and discuss upcoming events, including our new youth program! ....

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  • The KravCast! #81 January 11, 2014

    Welcome to the KravCasts of 2015! This week we talk about well-armed clerks at adult shops , front row status at fitness centers, how to reframe your cravings to resist them, and we send a Groin-A-Gram to someone who wishes he were still a caveman. Remember to subscribe to us on iTunes and share us with all your friends. See you on the mats! ....

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  • Yeah It's Cold, But So What?

    As I write this post on Wednesday night, it's currently 16 degrees outside, and not supposed to get much warmer during the day on Thursday. It's the kind of weather that makes it hard to go outside; the kind of weather where you think, "I"ll just take today off and train extra hard tomorrow." However we owe it to ourselves to do better. At Krav Maga Raleigh we are training to protect ourselves against the worst attacks. If we let a little bit of cold weather stop us from training, what does that say about our willingness to fight back 100% in a violent encounter? Or our desire to get in the best shape of our lives? If you are training at Krav Maga Raleigh then you have made a commitment to ....

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  • Fitness Class Guidelines

    We've got the downstairs all put together now, and we're ready for the fitness classes to start on Monday. Here are a couple important things to know about the fitness classes: Classes will be a combination of heavy bag work, bodyweight exercises, and loaded strength-building exercises, so get ready to work hard! You will need to wear shoes for all fitness classes and anytime you are in the fitness area for safety reason. Class size is limited to 8 people to prevent overcrowding and ensure that everyone gets a good workout; for the moment we will just go on a first-come, first-serve basis. You will need heavy bag gloves for the fitness classes, which we have at the studio. You are free to ....

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  • Donuts? Do not.

    I live about a block away from a Krispy Kreme, so needless to say when I want to give into temptation, I don't have to travel far. We've had a couple of long days at Krav Maga Raleigh with working on the new fitness area and everything we need to do to get 2015 off to a good start, and I was pretty beat this evening. And I really wanted donuts. Fortunately I was also playing a video game, which means I had to get to a checkpoint before leaving, and that gave me enough time to change my mind, and I think the way I got myself to reconsider is worth sharing. At first I was slumping on the couch thinking, "I'm tired, I had a long day, it's been a stressful week, some donuts would really taste ....

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  • Resolutions

    It's January 2nd, so I'll bet about half of us have failed our New Year's Resolutions already. Whether it was stop smoking, lose weight, or shower every night before bed, it doesn't take more than a day to fall off of your goals. But I think that we need to rephrase the way we think about our New Years resolutions. The fact is, a vague long term goal is difficult, intimidating, and easily lost. I think we do much better when, instead of waking up on January 1st and saying, "I'm going to exercise more this year," we wake up and say, "I'm going to workout TODAY." If your resolution is to eat less junk food, then you need to wake up and say, "I'm not going to eat junk food TODAY." Because it's ....

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  • Special New Year's Day Class!

    Hello everyone. January 1st is only two days away, and while most people and places treat New Year's Day as a vacation (and I hope your office is doing just that) at Krav Maga Raleigh it is a work day, and we couldn't be more excited! We are offering a special 90-minute class to kick off 2015. This class is a combination of Krav Maga and fitness, and will guarantee a strong start to those resolutions. To sign up for the class, just get on Facebook and tell us that you're coming: We need to know how many people will be there so we can format the class appropriately. And there are still two days left in December, so there is no reason to wait until January to train. See you on the mats! ....

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  • 'Tis The Season

    It's nice to know that, even with Christmas only a day away, it's still the season for groin kicks . It truly is a Merry Kravmas! ....

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  • The KravCast #79 December 21, 2014

    Merry KravCast Everyone! This week we tell you the gruesome story of an MMA fighter who had his eye kicked out , the business model behind Planet Fitness and other low-cost gyms , and send a Groin-A-Gram to people who can't take well-wishes without complaining. See you on the mats! ....

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  • The KravCast! #78 December, 14 2014

    The year is winding down but the KravCast continues! This week we talk about the recent tests at Krav Maga Raleigh, the best self-defense presents for a loved one , subliminal messages in fitness (rumor has it that if you listen to the KravCast backwards, there's a hidden message)(the hidden message is, "Take Krav Maga), and send a Goin-A-Gram to slow drivers (probably not our first one). Enjoy the rest of Kravmas and we will see you on the mats! ....

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  • The KravCast! #77 December 6, 2014

    Welcome back to the KravCast! This week we talk about bad guys with McChicken sandwiches , the effects of drinking 10 Cokes a day (it's not good), and send a Groin-A-Gram to people with no perspective. ....

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  • First Night

    Tonight was the first full evening of classes on the new mats with the new schedule at Krav Maga Raleigh, and I couldn't have been happier. We had a ton of space, even for our large level 1 class at 6:30, and there weren't any other classes shouting, striking, and groaning at the same time. Thanks to everyone who helped get this together, and thanks to everyone who came in tonight. We will see you all in class! ....

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  • The KravCast! #76 November 30, 2014

    It's been two weeks since the last KravCast, so we are very happy to be back to tell you about the brand new layout at the studio, how to work off your 4,500 calorie Thanksgiving feast, send a Groin-A-Gram to Walmart, and tell you what's coming up for December. Kida! ....

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  • The New Schedule

    It's December 1st, which means the long awaited new schedule is in effect at Krav Maga Raleigh! I hope the schedule is clear, but I wanted to talk a bit about how to "use," the schedule. Although there are not as many classes, we still have a ton of great training opportunities. ....

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  • Thanksgiving Week Schedule

    We have a modified schedule this week for the holiday, so please check that out below. On Friday morning we start remodeling, but we are offering as many classes as possible over the weekend. On December 1st we are coming back with a brand new schedule, which you can see at the bottom of this post. Have a great week, and make sure that you keep training. Bad guys don't take holidays. • Monday 11/24
    o Standard schedule • Tuesday 11/25
    o Standard schedule • Wednesday 11/26
    o 12:15 mixed level o 5:30 Level 3/4 o 6:30 Level 1/2 • Thursday 11/27
    o No classes • Friday 11/28
    o 12:15 mixed level • Saturday 11/29
    o 10:30 Level 3/4 o 11:30 Level 1/2 • Sunday 11/30
    o No classes ....

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  • Christmas Parade this Saturday

    Hey everybody, the Christmas Parade is this Saturday downtown, from 9:30 to 2:00. It's always a big event, but if you look at the map of street closings , it doesn't look like Hargett or Blount street are closed, so it shouldn't be too hard to get to Krav Maga Raleigh. I recommend either coming on Peace St. and going down Blount, or coming on Western and going up Person st. Both of those appear to avoid the parade route and street closings. It will probably be harder to find parking than usual, and it's likely the parking garages will be charging a fee. However that should in no way stop you from training! Krav Maga is all about dealing with obstacles and overcoming them, and an extra ....

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  • The KravCast! #75 November 16, 2014

    It's a super-sized KravCast this week as we dissect an article on how to kick guys in the groin , review the Secret of The Ooze , talk about why you might gain weight when you start working out , send a Groin-A-Gram to a modern day Marie Antoinette , and of course talk about upcoming events. Also, I know that Marie Antoinette didn't actually say, "Let them eat cake," so take it easy historians! ....

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  • Calories Don't Care

    I'd say we have to admit that we are well into the holiday season. Christmas stuff has been on the shelves since last month, and I haven't heard jingles yet but I'm sure they're out there. The holiday season can be catastrophic to your training, because Thanksgiving leads right into Christmas which leads right into New Years, and a lot of people just give up on the last six weeks of the year and say, "Well in January I'll make a resolution to train every day and then everything will be perfect." However we have to expect better of ourselves. It's very easy to say, "Oh I'm so busy over the holidays I can't train," or "The holidays are so expensive I have to save money," or "I ate so much ....

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  • The KravCast! #74 November 9, 2014

    This week's KravCast is brought to you by Turtle Power and the Midterm Elections, as we talk about politically motivated groin kicks , review the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles , discuss the value of reheated pasta , send a Groin-A-Gram to guys with the wrong perspective, and lay out the upcoming events. ....

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  • New Schedule Starting December

    Hopefully you have already heard that Krav Maga Raleigh is embarking on some major changes over the rest of the year. We are rearranging the mats to have one larger mat instead of two smaller ones, and also expanding into the downstairs to add a fitness program. Obviously the new arrangements will result in a new schedule, which you can see on this post. The upstairs changes will happen over Thanksgiving, with the new schedule starting on Monday, December 1st. The downstairs program will open in January. Here is the schedule for weekday evening Krav Maga classes, effective December 1st. The day classes and weekend classes will not change. With only one class at a time obviously some of ....

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  • The KravCast! #73 November 2, 2014

    [caption id="attachment_2533" align="alignnone" width="380"] He just wanted to lose weight![/caption] The KravCast congratulates you for surviving Halloween (with our help no doubt!) as we look towards the long feasting season until the end of the year. This week we talk about creative 911 call s, ATM panic code myths , frustrated Subway sandwich eaters , send a Groin-A-Gram to anyone who doubted T-Pain, and discuss the major changes coming up at Krav Maga Raleigh. ....

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  • Big Changes

    We have some big changes in the works for the rest of the year at Krav Maga Raleigh. After almost a year and a half, I've realized the holding two classes at once is impractical. The noise from one class interferes with the other, and neither mat is quite big enough to hold a large class. So we are going to take one training area away and expand the other one. This will lead to a completely new schedule of course, which should be released in the next day or two, and some fairly significant redesigning of the upstairs. The new schedule will be released shortly. In related news, our downstairs tenets are moving out by the end of the year, which means we are moving in. Those members that have ....

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  • Sweet, Sweet Justice

    It seems like it's too rare that people get what they deserve, but that's not the case for this hateful passenger in the Dallas-Fort Worth airport. He attacked a man for wearing a pink shirt because it set off his homophobia, and about twelve other people took him down . I doubt the guy learned anything from the experience, but at least the rest of us can enjoy it. ....

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  • The KravCast! #72, October 26, 2014

    [caption id="attachment_2518" align="alignnone" width="400"] This is a Tactical Combat Pumpkin[/caption] It's the annual KravCast ClownCast this week as we give you Halloween safety tips, how to be fit and run from monsters, and send a Groin-A-Gram to the biggest Halloween monsters of all: people that give out fruit. ....

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  • Why Wait For The Avengers?

    People think Batman vs Superman is a big deal, or pray for the day when Sony gives the X-Men rights back to Marvel, but why hope for all of that when we have an actual street fight involving Batgirl, Chewbacca, Mr. Incredible, and Waldo? ....

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  • Being Fat

    [caption id="attachment_2503" align="alignnone" width="300"] I worked out today, so I'm not fat.[/caption] I don't like the word "fat." I don't call anyone fat, and I don't refer to overweight people as fat; it's a mean word that serves little purpose other than to hurt people. However as a concept, it definitely exists. To me, "Fat" has nothing to do with body composition and everything to do with attitude. Anybody training at Krav Maga Raleigh or any gym, or watching their diet, or taking any steps to improve their health, is not "Fat," regardless of their B.M.I. This has been on my mind because the other night, after eating a cake dessert to follow my cupcake dessert, I had to ....

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  • The KravCast! #71, October 19, 2014

    [caption id="attachment_2490" align="alignnone" width="640"] These will be so comfortable under my Krav shorts![/caption] It's a special episode of the KravCast today (just like every day) as we talk about the military course that definitely DIDN'T happen this week, fitness programs at Texas Police Departments, caffeinated-underwear , send a Groin-A-Gram to the man who didn't discover America , and help a listener use Krav Maga to improve his relationship. ....

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  • What About Going Commando?

    [caption id="attachment_2490" align="alignnone" width="640"] These will be so comfortable under my Krav shorts![/caption] Caffeine has many benefits: When used properly it can increase memory, cognition, energy, and fat loss. Overuse and dependence are obviously bad, but moderate and intelligent consumption has a lot in it's favor. They key concept there is "consumption;" which is why the FTC recently ordered Norm Thompson Outfitters Inc. and Wacoal America Inc. to refund 1.5 millions dollars to customers who had bought caffeine-infused underwear . That's correct, caffeinated underwear. You might say that's crazy, but you would be absolutely correct. What's doubly crazy is that the ....

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  • The KravCast! #70 October 12, 2014

    It's KravCast awareness month, as we bring you an update on the KravCast's influence on the breast cancer fundraising industry, decreasing levels of pink , Paleo lifestyle camps , send a Groin-A-Gram to the intellectual property thieves over at ISIS , and of course discuss our amazing upcoming events. ....

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  • Great Saturday Workshops

    We had two great workshops at Krav Maga Raleigh today. In the morning we had our mitt holding workshop, and as soon as that finished we started our monthly women's self-defense workshop. This month's workshop was free to members and their families, and there were plenty of non-affiliated attendees as well. Thanks to everyone who attended the workshops, and I hope the skills you learned will help you the next time you train! ....

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  • The Artist Within You

    The Mitt Holding workshop is only a few days away now, and I hope everybody reading this is signed up. Or maybe I hope you're not signed up, because then I have the opportunity to convince you of how important this training is. From level 2 up, you'll use focus mitts (or their big brother Thai Pads) almost every class, and they are simultaneously the most fun and the most frustrating element of training. Holding mitts is much harder than hitting them, but the striker can only be as good as his mitt holder. We could get Floyd Mayweather in the gym and pair him with a novice mitt holder, and he would look like an amateur. But take a novice striker and pair him with a skilled mitt holder, and ....

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  • The KravCast! #69 October 5, 2014

    [caption id="attachment_2469" align="alignnone" width="300"] You might think this picture is for our pirate segment, but it's actually from the Krav Maga Beach Trip[/caption] It's always Talk Like a Pirate Day at the KravCast as we bring you news stories of the beach trip, failed boomerang robberies, unfairly profiled pirates, weightlifting to improve memory, and send a Groin-A-Gram to a cheating oncologist. See you on the mats! ....

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  • That's Going to Come Back To Haunt Him

    [caption id="attachment_2464" align="alignnone" width="300"] I'll bet he didn't even have it registered[/caption] It's well known that Australia is home to 120% of the world's most dangerous animals, and compared with snakes, spiders, jellyfish, and sharks, I doubt a robber wielding a boomerang rates very highly. ....

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  • Was It "Talk Like A Pirate Day?"

    [caption id="attachment_2461" align="alignnone" width="400"] "Guys, it's just a costume, I swear."[/caption] When I think of America, I think of freedom. And that includes the freedom to walk down one's own street dressed as a pirate, and not have your neighbors point guns at you. If you read the article, you find out that this man was dressed in a pirate costume, carrying a toy gun and sword, and his neighbors were threatened enough by this display that they called 911 and then tracked the guy down and put him on the ground at gunpoint. Unfortunately the news story did not include a picture of the man in his full pirate regalia, because where the blame for this story falls really ....

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  • Beach Training Details

    I hope everyone reading this is coming to our beach training session this Saturday. Here are the details, directions, and instructions: KMR Beach Workshop - Saturday, Oct 4th 11:00 am – Pier at Carolina Beach 1800 Carolina Beach Ave N Carolina Beach, NC 28428 Take I-40 all the way West. 40 turns into 132, which turns into 421. Go approx 7.5 miles on 421, turn left on CARL WINNER AVE. Then take another left onto CANAL St. You’re now driving with the water on your right. Drive all the way to the end of Canal st and it basically dead ends into a sandy parking lot. You can find street parking in that area, or pay a little bit for that parking lot. It's all cash, but the way. Out by the ....

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  • Beach Trip Details

    KMR Beach Workshop - Saturday, Oct 4th 11:00 am – Pier at Carolina Beach Take I-40 all the way West. 40 turns into 132, which turns into 421. Go approx 7.5 miles on 421, turn left on HARPER AVE. There should be a parking garage at the second left, which is CANAL ST. It’s $7 for the day. Park wherever you want, then take HARPER AVE straight out towards the water, and you should be on the PIER. We’ll meet there by 11. After 11, we’ll be somewhere on the beach, so be on time. In fact, be early. Bring plenty of food and water. We’ll train for a couple hours, have lunch, then train some more, so you’ll need provisions to last the whole time. Currently the forecast is partly cloudy, high of ....

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  • The KravCast! #68, September 28 2014

    Once again it's time for the KravCast! This week we bring you an amazing KravCast movie review of The Equalizer, talk about a radical fitness push from Moscow, risk eternal damnation with our Groin-A-Gram, and discuss the many events coming up in October. ....

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  • Have A Seat Over Here

    [caption id="attachment_2447" align="alignnone" width="300"] They're going to need a display with more space if this comes to America.[/caption] American culture can be pretty tough on overweight people, generally shaming them for the same circumstances it helped create. But we've got nothing on other parts of the world. In Moscow it looks like they are going to start turning their park benches into scales , with a very large, very public display of your weight. I support any action that will lead to a fitter populace, so if this actually works, so much the better. However I can't help but be skeptical that it will lead to anything but vandalism. ....

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  • October Is Members Appreciation Month!

    Hello everyone, I have some very exciting new for all our Krav Maga Raleigh members about the upcoming month. Krav Maga Raleigh started in October of 2008, which makes it our anniversary month, and we are taking the month celebrate our program and show our thanks to all of our members. All throughout October we will offer free classes and workshops, and other rewards for our members to let you know that we appreciate everything you do for us. Oct. 2nd 6:30pm – Special Series: Hostage Scenarios! Thursdays at 6:30 pm all month Oct. 4th 11:00 am – Beach Trip! at Carolina Beach. Learn to fight in the sand and underwater Oct 11th 10:30am – Mitt Holding Workshop! Get proficient with focus ....

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  • The KravCast! #67 September 21, 2014

    Quite a week for the KravCast this time! We have not one but TWO stories about people defending themselves with non-traditional weapons, diet advice to end all diet advice, a friendly neighborhood Groin-A-Gram, and a slate of upcoming events that will knock your socks off. ....

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  • Congratulations New Level 3 and Level 5 Students!

    We had a crazy day at Krav Maga Raleigh, with not one but TWO tests: Level 2 in the morning and level 4 in the afternoon. [caption id="attachment_2432" align="alignnone" width="400"] Just to be clear: Quintin has already passed this test.[/caption] Elliot, Zach, and Scott did a great job on their level 2 test. Quintin put them through almost three hours of drills, but they came out the other side looking great. The level 2 test is a pretty significant step up from the level 1 test, and having a group of three often means that you get put through more complex drills and scenarios then when we have even numbers and everyone is just partnered up. Congratulations guys, you should be very ....

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  • No Way He Could Have Seen That Coming

    [caption id="attachment_2426" align="alignnone" width="400"] It still works[/caption] It's getting so tough for burglars these days. It's not enough that they have to worry about homeowners having guns, bats, knives, samurai swords, or dogs, now they might be faced with medieval short spears as well. The whole article is definitely worth reading, but I have to quote my favorite part, as said by the homeowner and spear-enthusiast Jimmy Morgan Jr: "He started retreating and I started advancing and I was stalking him here, you never cross your legs
    , and I cornered him right here." See, Jimmy knows the importance of good footwork. If the burglar had understood that, maybe he'd be free ....

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  • First Person Shooter

    Here is another video of someone getting robber in first person. It's really interesting both to see one of these interactions actually play out, and also to see it in first person. It really does help put you in that mindset, and although watching a video is not the same as training, I think things like this absolutely can make you more prepared to deal with them in real life. ....

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  • Add It To The List

    At Krav Maga Raleigh we train weapon defenses constantly, but it's almost always using our empty hands to defend against guns, sticks, knives and the like. Stories like this one about a gas station clerk who fought off a gunman with a mop make me think that we are really limiting ourselves. Now we'll have to put mops up there with empty hands, lassos, chili powder, and a billion other things that have stopped a bad guy with a gun. ....

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  • The KravCast! #66 September 14, 2014

    [caption id="attachment_2406" align="alignnone" width="300"] One of these spies does Krav Maga[/caption] It's time for the KravCast! This week we talk about the insidious Krav Mag conspiracy from Israel, the diet benefits of chocolate cake , send a Groin-A-Gram to the NFL, and announce the upcoming events. ....

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  • New Level 3/4 Class Thursdays At Noon

    Hello everybody, especially everyone who trains during the day. With Quintin's triumphant return to weekday teaching, we are adding level 3/4 class Thursdays at 12:15. This will allow our higher level students to have a training option for their material during the day. I had received requests for a level 2 class during the day, so I apologize for not being able to add that class, but since the mixed level classes almost always run level 2 material anyway, it was more important to give an opportunity to the higher levels. I look forwards to seeing you all on Thursday! ....

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  • Amazingly, It's More Than Zero

    One of the many great things about the internet, and the global supply of video, is that you don't have to know someone personally for them to make you feel weak and pathetic. They could be on the other side of the world, or be seven years old, and they can still reach out and touch your life that make it just a little bit worse. I can't do THAT many pull-ups, but it's enough that I feel capably strong as long as I don't see someone doing more pull-ups with only his pinkies. So it's a good thing I didn't watch that video above. ....

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  • Tactical Beach Trip

    [caption id="attachment_2394" align="alignnone" width="300"] Our trip is a lot bigger, of course[/caption] At Krav Maga Raleigh, we like to mark the end of Summer with a training trip to Carolina Beach, where we take our Krav skills and apply them to the hostile environment of sand and water. Sand is a terrific training challenge: It's course, it's rough, and it gets everywhere. So we'll start by doing striking and self-defense drills on the beach, then move into the water for some aquatic training. One of Krav Maga's big successes is developing techniques that work in a variety of situations, and you'll find out firsthand how many of the moves you do on the mats also work underwater. ....

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  • The KravCast! #65 September 7, 2014

    Is it time for the KravCast already? I think it is! This week we talk about the recent Women's workshop, what kind of workout clothes smell the worst , send a Groin-A-Gram to an old friend from high school , and talk about the upcoming events. ....

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  • Motivation

    [caption id="attachment_2379" align="alignnone" width="500"] I look forward to our robot Krav instructors[/caption] Much to my surprise, it's already September. And everyone at Krav Maga Raleigh that I've talked to in the last few days shares the same sentiment: We can't believe how fast this year is going, doesn't every year seem to go faster than the previous one, remember when we were kids and summer vacation lasted forever but still wasn't long enough, etc. Actually I don't know why the fact that we're in the last third of the year sets off such a cloying bout of nostalgia, but the fact remains that fall us upon us, and for many people this season engenders a chance in either their ....

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  • The KravCast! #64 September 1, 2014

    No holidays for the KravCast! This week we talk about KMR on the news, celebrity Kravists, and send a Groin-A-Gram to water hypocrites. We'd also like to recognize the great efforts past, present and future of America's workers, and appreciate that most of the time we don't have to work on weekends. ....

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  • Labor Day Weekend

    Hello everybody, I hope you are training hard in anticipation of having a long relaxing weekend. But not too relaxing! We are open for regular classes Saturday and Sunday, and will be closed on Monday. Scott and Quintin have generously showed the dedication to come in and teach on the weekend, so why not show up and keep them company? You might even get to do some special holiday exercises! (Hint: It's burpees). Have a great weekend, and we will see you in class! ....

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  • The KravCast! #63 August 24, 2014

    This week the KravCast blinds you with awesomeness as we talk about a military workshop we may or may not have run this week, bio batteries, and send a Groin-A-Gram to steak snobs. Don't forget to share us on Facebook and subscribe on iTunes! ....

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  • I Guess He Had Good Balance

    In Krav Maga, we train defenses to almost every conceivable attack. Bats, knives, guns, hatchets, garrotes, shotguns, hand grenades, and more. I don't think we've every trained to defend against a prosthetic leg though ... ....

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  • The KravCast! #62 August 17th, 2014

    [caption id="attachment_2345" align="alignnone" width="300"] Congratulations to Monty, Jessica, Heather, Katerine, and Emily. [/caption] Is it time for the KravCast already? Fantastic! This week we talk about the recent test, the benefits of wearing color sunglasses during your workout (aside from the obvious), send a big Groin-A-Gram, and preview some upcoming events. ....

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  • Force Training

    [caption id="attachment_2338" align="alignnone" width="300"] From left to right: [redacted][redacted][redacted][redacted][redacted][redacted][redacted][redacted][redacted][/caption] Thank you to all of the LEOs from the Raleigh Police Department that came in to Krav Maga Raleigh yesterday for our Force Training class. Our lead Force Training instructor Reid Cranfill took them through an hour of weapon retention, and it looked like a good time was had by all. Thanks also to Chip Slade for setting up this class, and we hope to offer many more special courses for law enforcement officers in the future. ....

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  • The KravCast! #61 August 12, 2014

    This week's KravCast is coming to you a bit late because of weekend travel conflicts, but we are back with tales of Burger King Karmic Justice, advice to keep you workout simple, a Groin-A-Gram to infographics, and of course the update on upcoming events. ....

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  • Advancing

    I had a conversation with someone recently about advancing from level 2 to level 3, and I thought the contents of the discussion were worth sharing. Actually I have a conversation about advancing from one level to the next almost everyday, so by this point I've got a pretty good script down. The main point I always try to get across is that for most people, what holds them back from advancing is not that they aren't good enough at the "new" material, but that their fundamental skills haven't progressed enough. At every level when I'm preparing groups to test, we probably spend more time on straight punches than anything else. The straight punches you throw at your level 1 test are not good ....

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  • The KravCast! #60 August 3, 2014

    [caption id="attachment_2306" align="alignnone" width="300"] photo: AP[/caption] My gosh, it's already time for the KravCast again! This week we talk about how wrestling IS real, Hearbalife, and send a Groin-A-Gram to people who will believe anything. ....

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  • I Guess It Works

    #200470628-001 / gettyimages.com Sometimes Krav Maga practitioners, in our love for the system, will get critical about other fighting styles, even MMA related ones where the training involves actual, you know, fighting. However we should all be able to agree that if you can fight off four home invaders , whatever you're doing is working. ....

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  • It's Still Real To Me!

    [caption id="attachment_2306" align="alignnone" width="300"] photo: AP[/caption] I always enjoy hearing a story about a failed criminal, but I enjoy them twice as much when there is some absurdly comic element, like a WWF champ defeating a home burglar . Maybe this will help professional wrestling regain the respect it's lost in the last decade. ....

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  • Daniel Bryan

    IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR WWE - Daniel Bryan celebrates after winning the main event during Wrestlemania XXX at the Mercedes-Benz Super Dome in New Orleans on Sunday, April 6, 2014. (Jonathan Bachman/AP Images for WWE) ....

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  • The KravCast! #59 July 26, 2014

    video platform video management video solutions video player Welcome to the KravCast! This week we talk about the crazy weekend of events at Krav Maga Raleigh, gas station clerks with MMA skills , a new alternative to steroids, send a Groin-A-Gram to a snobby developer, and preview our upcoming events. ....

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  • This Doesn't Mean I Have To Like It

    #110115093 / gettyimages.com Many of you at KMR know my feeling about high fives, which are basically the same as my feeling about eating zucchini: I don't have any problem with other people doing it, but I myself choose not to participate. My objections have nothing to do with the high five itself, but actually an experience I had years ago in Los Angeles. I went to a boxing match with my roommate and some of his friends, and some of their friends, and these guys were the most bro'd out meatheads I've seen outside of a Bud Light Lime commercial. They would high five each other if they made eye contact, and that is not an exaggeration. And that experience soured me on high ....

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  • August Level 1 Test and Review

    August brings the hottest weather of the year and with it, another level 1 test. The test will be on August 16th at 12:30, and we are actually going to put the review two weeks before on August 2nd. The weekend in between we are actually hosting a padded assailant class from Chip Slade's Bushido Women's Self-Defense program, and I'll write a detailed post about that course next, but that's why the review and test will be two weeks apart. Most people are ready for the level 1 test after about six months of regular training. If you want to test, it is essential that you take the review to be evaluated. At the review we will cover all of the level 1 material, and most people are surprised ....

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  • The KravCast! #58 July 20, 2014

    It's getting warm in the KravCast this week as we talk about the bizarre items confiscated by the TSA , discuss whether or not hot yoga has any benefits , send a Groin-A-Gram to an easy target, and of course discuss the upcoming events. ....

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  • The Heat is On...But It should't Be

    #172600066 / gettyimages.com I've taken a few yoga classes with mixed results, but I won't deny that dedicated study won't produce excellent improvements in flexibility and balance. However I never bought the premise of hot yoga, which is that making your training conditions more wretched will help you stretch and of course wash out those pernicious unspecified toxins that always plague your body. I was happy to see some research that supports my position that adding heat and humidity to your training is more of a gimmick than a benefit. You see a lot of this phenomenon in the fitness industry, where people think that misery is the purest measure of how effective a workout ....

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  • The KravCast! #57 July 12, 2014

    We are back with a brand new KravCast! This week we talk about the new long gun series that started, the benefits or lack thereof of sitting on a BOSU ball at work, and send a Groin-A-Gram to violent drivers. ....

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  • Ground Slipping Class

    #172600066 / gettyimages.com Our esteemed lead Groundfighting instructor Chip Slade has asked me to tell all the grapplers that Thursday's class will earn the title of, "Sweatiest class ever taught," surpassing Quintin's Level 3 class from Wednesday, February 12. He has recommended bringing a towel and extra water, and I'm sure this will in no way lead to Cold-War style era of brinksmanship, when he and Quintin - and then the other instructors - push their classes harder and harder, not using the air conditioning and then eventually turning on the heat in August, until the mats are so slippery that we have to teach swimming classes. ....

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  • The KravCast! #56 June 29, 2014

    Welcome back to the KravCast! I'm sure you've missed us the last six days, but we're back to talk about the dozens of recent events at Krav Maga Raleigh, find a new place your body is storing fat, send a Groin-A-Gram to Nancy Grace, and of course discuss the upcoming events. ....

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  • Saturday Workshop Extravaganza!

    We had a busy Saturday today, with two good regular classes and two huge workshops. Level 3/4 this morning was all in the opposite stance, both for striking and for self-defense, so I guess it was opposite day. Or it was NOT opposite day, actually. [caption id="attachment_2247" align="alignnone" width="300"] I admit, this is not the best picture I've ever taken, but you can see that everyone has their right foot forwards![/caption] Level 1/2 worked on hooks and uppercuts. I was not able to take a picture of that class, but everyone did really well. [caption id="attachment_2248" align="alignnone" width="300"] His '3' is especially nasty.[/caption] Cassie then taught a Women's ....

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  • Great Night of Classes Wednesday!

    We had a great night of classes at Krav Maga Raleigh this evening, and I was actually on the ball enough to get pictures of most of them. We started with Level 3, and I don't have a picture of that, but Quintin taught, so it looked pretty much like this: [caption id="attachment_2232" align="alignnone" width="300"] "He keeps asking for more burpees..."[/caption] Then we had sparring and level 1. It's been really great to see the Wednesday 6:30 Level 1 class grow over the last few weeks. Different times aways see fluctuations in attendance - one season early classes are popular, and the next season they're quiet while the late classes are hopping - so we expect some of that, but it's ....

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  • The KravCast! #55, June 22, 2014

    #82915630 / gettyimages.com Welcome to this week's KravCast! This week we talk about the last Women's Self-Defense class, diet shenanigans from Dr. Oz, send a Groin-A-Gram to soccer floppers, and of course talk about upcoming events. ....

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  • New Corporate Wellness Program and Referral Program

    Hello everybody, I have some membership rewards announcements for you. We are starting a new referral program for corporate accounts. We are offering a discounted rate to employees of companies if 10 or more people from the company sign up. If you work for a large (or large-ish) company where there is the potential for getting nine of your co-workers to join, then please see Scott or me at the front desk. We will work with your HR department to set up a free class at your company. If we can entice enough people to sign up, they will all get a discounted rate, including you of course. Additionally, many companies also subsidize their employees' fitness training, so you could potentially ....

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  • The KravCast! #54

    It's Sunday, which means it's time for the KravCast! This week we talk about an IDF Krav Maga competition , the ways people choose fitness partners, send a Groin-A-Gram to people who don't think women should learn self-defense, and of course cover our amazing upcoming events. Don't forget to subscribe to us on iTunes, recommend us to friends, and we will see you on the mats! ....

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  • 100 Ways to Strike the Groin

    At Krav Maga Raleigh we are all about striking to the groin, but this video takes it to the next level. The video is pretty hilarious, but if you watch closely there are actually quite a few "legitimate" techniques that you'll even see in Krav, like our response to a bear hug from behind. Enjoy the video, and I look forwards to seeing more creative groin striking in class! ....

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  • The KravCast! #53 June 8, 2014

    [caption id="attachment_2170" align="alignnone" width="584"] This woman definitely does Krav[/caption] Welcome to this week's episode of the KravCast! This week we talk about heroic Octogenarians, the importance of deception in fitness, and send a Groin-A-Gram to Sallie Mae. ....

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  • Nine Days of Fitness

    I've a bunch of fitness posts over that last week that I've wanted to put up, but something else kept interfering like a heroic 6-year old or rodeo cowboy, so I'll just throw them all into one compound, full-body, functional fitness post. It all started last Tuesday when Dwight asked me to cover his fitness class since he was stuck at work. The Stairs and Sandbags workout from two weeks ago has gotten my nostalgia hormones acting up, so I decided to break out another dreaded blast from the past: Sandbag Burpees. These are exactly what they sound like: You grab and sandbag and do a burpee. Your browser does not support the video tag. The original workout was to do 100 sandbag burpees as ....

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  • Schedule Change: Fitness

    Quick schedule announcement: We are changing the Tuesday evening fitness class to 6:30pm. If you haven't tried out a fitness class yet, then maybe this schedule change will give you the opportunity. See you in class! ....

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  • Defensive Handgun Course

    On June 22nd we having a Defensive Handgun Course, hosted and taught by Monty Edge. This d At Krav Maga Raleigh we spend a lot of time training to defend against handguns, but they are a viable defensive tool as well if you know how to use them. And if you don't know how to use them, they aren't much good at all. Handgun Safety Defensive Shooting Fundamentals Realistic Shooting Drills And much, much more! ....

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  • The KravCast! #52 June 1, 2014

    It's time for the KravCast! It's June already as we talk about lasso defenses against gunmen, the weekend's stretching seminar, and send a Groin-A-Gram to snotty dog owners. ....

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  • There Must Be Something In The Water This Week

    I can't believe how crazy this week has been with self-defense stories, especially with so many of them having a comedic angle. Here we have the story of an 89-year old woman driving a robber away from her store with a golf club. Also the robber had a sword. ....

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  • "I Hooked A Big One!"

    This is shaping up to be a great week for self-defense news stories. This is actually the second lasso-involving self-defense story I've heard. Granted that's only two in my whole life, but that still seems like a lot. ....

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  • The Kids Are Alright

    A six year-old-kid helped save his ten-year-old neighbor from a kidnapper by kicking the criminal in the leg. Really impressive stuff from both these kids, and we're glad they are alright. ....

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  • The KravCast! #51 May 25, 2014

    It's year two of the KravCast this week as we talk about the ongoing women's self-defense series, foam rolling, review X-MEN: Days Of Nonsensical Titles, send a Goin-A-Gram to brain myths, and hear some thoughtful words from Dwight about Memorial Day. ....

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  • Ground Fighting Schedule Changes

    [caption id="attachment_2089" align="alignnone" width="500"] My whole life has been a lie![/caption] We are taking the Monday, 5:30pm ground fighting class off of the schedule. It never really took off in that time slot. However this change means that Chip and Thomas will be available to teach the Ground Fighting fundamentals class on Tuesdays at 6:30pm, which is good news for that class. I have been teaching that class for a while, and of course I've been doing an amazing job, just top notch work, but Chip and Thomas are two of the only people in the world that could teach a better ground fighting class than I can, and I'm excited that they will be able to come in on the fundamentals ....

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  • Striking In Ground Fighting

    The ground fighting classes are going to focus on striking for a little while, and Chip asked me to post what must be his favorite video of all time (OF ALL TIME!): Shark vs. Octopus. He will assuredly use this video as a reference point for teaching, so make sure to watch it so you can understand his deep, Miyagi-esque insights. He also asked me to post a dramatic, high-budget remake of the shark vs. octopus clip, which is below. Enjoy, and we'll see you in ground fighting! ....

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  • I Sense A Vicious Cycle Developing

    We had two great fitness classes yesterday at Krav Maga Raleigh, and I actually participated in both of them, a decision I greatly regret this morning. At 12:15 we did the new conditioning class, which focused on balance and shoulder mobility in addition to the general conditioning that comes with all fitness class. Then in the evening I jumped into Dwight's 7:30 fitness class, a 20 minute Kettlebell ladder of swings, cleans, squats, and more. I thought it was a pretty tough workout, but Quintin raced through it even though he'd just finished an hour of sparring downstairs. All in all it was a great day of working out, completely undone by the vast quantities of food I ate when I got home. ....

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  • The KravCast! #50 May 18, 2014 - The 50th Episode Anniversary Blowout Extravaganza Special!

    Welcome to the very special 50th episode of the KravCast! With a couple of missed weeks over the last year, this episode marks our the first anniversary of the KravCast and we have a very special episode for you. We talk about the recent level 3 test, and then go over the very best moments from the last year of the KravCast. Thank you all for listening, and help us make the second year even better than the first by subscribing on iTunes and leaving us a review, sharing us on Facebook, and introducing your friends to this life-changing podcast! ....

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  • Congratulations New Level 4 Students!

    [caption id="attachment_1959" align="alignnone" width="300"] This picture is composed of 50% Matt by quantity, 68% by volume.[/caption] We had a terrific level 3 test today at Krav Maga Raleigh, and congratulations to Matt, Matt, Mike, and some guy whose name doesn't start with an 'M' (Walt) for their gutsy performance. They had thai pads, self-defense, groundwork, sparring, and more drills than you could possibly hope for. [caption id="attachment_1960" align="alignnone" width="300"] Walt really wants this ball because it matches his shirt[/caption] One of the drills they had to do was defending all attacks while holding their "baby," a 10lb medicine ball. It is always important to ....

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  • Nostalgia Can Be So Painful

    [caption id="attachment_1955" align="alignnone" width="300"] This man is committed to his workouts.[/caption] Last night I participated in the 7:30 fitness class. It had been a long time since I'd take one of those classes, because at 7:30 I'm usually either teaching or eating cake, so there was always a schedule conflict. But I have resolved that this is the summer of fitness for Krav Maga Raleigh, and that includes me. The workout du jour was sandbags and stairs, one of the longest running and most fondly viewed workouts we do at KMR. It involves hosting a sandbag on your shoulders and running it up and down the stairs of the parking deck behind the studio. Last night's variation ....

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  • Tuesday's Conditioning Class

    The first class of our new conditioning program at Krav Maga Raleigh kicked off yesterday, and it was a great success. We focused used kettlebells, resistance bands, and focus mitts in a full body workout that focused on hip strength and mobility. Thanks to everyone who came, and I hope to see even more of you next week. And don't forget to check out our amazing fitness classes at 7:30 on weekday evenings! ....

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  • New Conditioning Program at Krav Maga Raleigh

    We have a new conditioning program starting tomorrow, Tuesday the 13th, at Krav Maga Raleigh. We already have excellent fitness class at 7:30 pm during the week, but we are always looking for ways to prove more training to our members. This new program is an hour long class that combines fundamental strength and conditioning exercises with Krav striking drills. There are tons of hour-long fitness classes out there, but often their focus is limited to just making the class as hard as possible. And while our class is definitely going to kick your butt, there is a method to the madness. We won't just make you work harder, we'll make you work better , by teaching proper body mechanics and ....

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  • The KravCast! #49, May 11 2014

    <iframe width="560" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/9g0bmCPFsi8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> It's time for the KravCast! This week we welcome our host Dwight Henderson back from instructor camp, swing words about kettlebells, flip a Groin-A-Gram to free-running, and as always, talk about upcoming events. One of those upcoming events is next week, when we have our 50th episode extravaganza! We want to share it's greatness with as many people as possible, so we would appreciate your help this week spreading the KravCast to new listeners. Enjoy the show, and we will see you next week! ....

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  • The End of The Knife Series

    The last class of the knife series was last night, and although I'd love to talk about how hard everyone worked, how much they learned, and how much fun the five weeks were, all of that was pretty much blown out of the water by the cupcakes that Dennie brought in. [caption id="attachment_1939" align="alignnone" width="300"] These knives actually could kill you - with diabetes[/caption] It was a seriously impressive display of craftsmanship, accompanied by some text that used every stab pun in existence. Thank you to everyone who attended the course, you did a terrific job handling the advanced material, and thank you to Dennie for all the work making those cupcakes, even though - ....

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  • Last Day of the Knife Series!

    We have one more class in the knife series, and it's going to be a good one. Bring your white shirt again (although it might have a lot of red on it after last week) and get ready to push your self-defense to the limit! ....

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  • New Conditioning Program!

    I am very excited to announce that we are introducing a new conditioning program at Krav Maga Raleigh. This program will combine strength and conditioning exercises Most gyms have a cudgel-like approach to fitness, thinking that the more they crush the members the more effective the class is, but our program will be based on actual sports science and a combined forty years of experience in strength and conditioning and martial arts. The class will definitely kick your butt, but that's just the beginning of what it will do for you. There are two components to conditioning: the one everyone thinks about is just being in better shape; working hard so you can work a little harder the next ....

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  • The KravCast! #48 May 5, 2014

    Welcome back to the KravCast! We are rapidly closing in on our 50 episode special, but first I want to apologize if you missed the KravCast last week. We recorded it, but I forgot to load it into the RSS feeder until Friday, so you may not have seen it. But KravCast #47 is out there now, and it's on the blog as well, so make sure to catch it if you haven't yet. Anyway, this week has tons of stuff. We talk about the ongoing knife series, the weekend's level 1 test, and a great story about a woman surviving a hitman. We introduce a new conditioning class, have Scotty deal with some listener questions, send a Groin-A-Gram to the Food Babe, and discuss a slew of upcoming events. As always, ....

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  • Congratulations To Our New Level 2 Students

    [caption id="attachment_1920" align="alignnone" width="300"] Triumphant at the end.[/caption] We just finished up a great level 2 test at Krav Maga Raleigh this afternoon. Alexis, George, Lindsey, Mickey, and Ray all gave terrific performances, showing good technique, incredibly intensity, and tons of heart. We are very excited to welcome them into level 2, where they will continue to excel. [caption id="attachment_1919" align="alignnone" width="300"] The test was so hard it turned Alexis' hair black[/caption] Thanks to Scotty for running a great test, and to everyone else who showed up to cheer, encourage, and attack. Special mention to Jessica for jumping on the mat in her ....

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  • See, It Does Work!

    Over the last year, the UFC has been doing a good job of showing that spinning kicks are highly effective fighting techniques, and now GLORY, a kickboxing promotion, is taking it one step further with this terrific jumping spinning kick. ....

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  • Conservation of Ninjitsu

    One of my favorite entries from the terrific website tvtropes.com is the conservation of ninjutsu , which states: "In any martial arts fight, there is only a finite amount of ninjutsu available to each side in a given encounter. As a result, one Ninja is a deadly threat, but an army of them are cannon fodder." And now Japan has seen fit to put that theory to the test. ....

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  • The KravCast! #47 April 27, 2014

    It's time for the KravCast! This week we talk about creative management of public nuisances at a Thai New Years festival, exercise and aging, send a Groin-A-Gram to probably the most obvious target, discuss the upcoming events, and mispronounce a bunch of science words. ....

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  • This Must Be Van Damme's Next Movie

    There are many reasons why I am grateful to live in America, but on occasion I wish the country could permit actions more commonly associated with rougher countries. Like having party hooligans fight professional fighters . Thanks to Charlie Barefoot for the link. ....

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  • The KravCast! #46 April 20, 2014

    It's the KravCast! for April 20th. This week we talk about kids who fights back, water myths (is it really good for you? The answer may surprise you!), send a Groin-A-Gram to 4/20 enthusiasts, and of course discuss the upcoming events. ....

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  • The KravCast! #45 April 13, 2014

    Once again it's time for the KravCast! This week we talk about a real life Superman, happy fitness memories, and send a Groin-A-Gram on which everyone can agree. ....

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  • Weekend Workshops

    We have two workshops this weekend, a level 3 workshop at 11:30 and a level 1 review at 12:30. As will be the case for most weekends until the winter, there is an event downtown on Saturday which means that some streets will be closed and parking will be more difficult. This weekend is the Rock and Roll Marathon , which actually runs from Friday to Sunday, so be ready on all three days. However, don't let a little inconvenience stop you from coming to the studio, just take a look at the street closings and allow yourself a few extra minutes. See you in class! ....

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  • The KravCast! #44 April 6, 2014

    It's the Mighty Morphin' Power KravCast this week as we find the red ranger showing up in the news, talk about the importance of muscle building for older people, send a Groin-A-Gram to corrupt politicians, and review some listener feedback. ....

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  • Level 2 Class Time Change On Thursdays

    Starting this week, we are moving the level 2 class on Thursdays from 8:30 pm to 5:30 pm. I hope this new time will be more convenient for everybody, and we will look forwards to seeing you in class! ....

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  • The KravCast! #43 March 30, 2014

    It's Sunday, which means it is (probably) time for the KravCast! This week we talk about vigilante inception, combined fitness training, and send a Groin-A-Gram to Duke Energy. Remember to subscribe to us on Facebook, and please share us on Facebook, Twitter, and all the other sharing services that let you force your interests on your friends and casual acquaintances. ....

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  • The KravCast! #42 March 23, 2014

    Na na na na na na na na Na na na na na na na na KravCast! In this week's episode we talk about the little known history of hook punches, a misunderstanding of Paleo exercise, and send a Groin-A-Gram to dumb people on the internet, if you can believe that. Don't forget to subscribe to us on iTunes, and please share us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ MySpace, Friendster, and every other massively popular social network. Thanks for listening! ....

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  • The KravCast! #41 March 16, 2014

    Welcome to this week's KravCast! In this episode we groin kick you with science, addressing the 10,000 hours myth, 9 common workout myths, send a Groin-A-Gram to people believing in vaccine myths, and answer a fantastical listener question. ....

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  • Good, Because 10,000 Hours Is A Lot

    The meme that 10,000 hours or practice makes you an expert has been so pervasive over the last few years that I have begun to develop a Pavlovian gag response anytime I hear it repeated. To me it always sounded too clean and too general to be true. 10,000 hours is three hours a day for ten years, so I don't doubt that after that much practice you probably would be an expert at something, but the idea that 10,000 hours is some magic number of proficiency rather than a large, semi-arbitrary round number with lots of zeros always perturbed me. Finally we're starting to see some analysis and push-back against that claim . ....

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  • St. Patrick's Day Driving Advice

    This Saturday downtown Raleigh will host the St. Patrick's Day parade, bringing with it a few street closings and inconveniences. Getting the the studio is usually not to difficult if you don't try to cross downtown. The schedule and street closings are posted here . Don't let the parade stop you from coming in to train, but you might want to choose an alternate route. Also, the parking decks also charge money during special events, so either prepare for that or look for street parking. See you this weekend! ....

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  • A Wild Level 2 Test Approaches!

    This Saturday finally brings the next level 2 test. It feels like we've been building up to this for months, and for the people in the test, that's true. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to come watch the test, they are always exciting and it's a good way to see what is in your future. And the people testing will be going through a pretty tough couple of hours, and they will appreciate your support. The test is at 12:30, and I hope we will see you all there! ....

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  • The KravCast! #40 March 9, 2014

    It's time for the KravCast! This week we talk about the recent mock test, our love for Tabata rounds (we don't love them, but they're effective), and send a Groin-A-Gram to credit card fraudsters. Subscribe to us on iTunes if you haven't already, and enjoy the week's show! ....

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  • Level 3 Workshop on March 16

    The next Level 3 test is about two months away, so it is time to start preparing! March is chock full of other workshops already, so we will put our first level 3 workshop on Sunday, March 16th at 11:30. In April we will be able to schedule them on Saturdays, but there just aren't any available this month. See you on Sunday! ....

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  • Daytime Schedule Changes

    We have some small changes to our daytime class schedule. Starting on Monday, March 10, we will have Mixed Level classes at 12:15 on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. For the time begin there will be no classes on Tuesday or Thursday. Mixed Level classes are open to all levels, and the curriculum is flexible depending on the class composition that day. Most students will get a chance to see material from higher levels. We appreciate your flexibility as we try to optimize our schedule. ....

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  • New Schedule For Law Enforcement Training

    We are moving our Force Training class for LEOs and military personnel to a new time. Classes will be the 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month at 1:30. Force Training is open to all Law Enforcement Officers and members of the military grade E-3 and higher. The class focuses on unique, proprietary techniques that are not taught to the general public. ....

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  • The KravCast! #39, 2014

    It's time for the KravCast! This week we mostly talk about fast food, but in a fitness context, we swear! ....

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  • Level 2 Workshop Saturday

    [caption id="attachment_1787" align="alignnone" width="300"] White boards are an integral part of all Krav Maga workshops.[/caption] We have a level 2 workshop tomorrow, March 1st, and I just want to give everyone the heads up that it will probably be a long one. The last workshop was held opposite a level 1 test, and the noise made it difficult to do much teaching, so I want to make up for that on Saturday. Of course I am famously averse to long workshops, but I'll make sure to have a bag of cookies to keep me going. My best estimation would be 3.5 hours for the workshop, so bring a few shirts and snacks. See you guys tomorrow. ....

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  • The KravCast! #38 February 24, 2014

    [caption id="attachment_1783" align="alignnone" width="300"] This does not count as Ken giving a high five[/caption] Welcome to this week's KravCast! This week we talk about the expansion of Burlington Krav Maga, crazy Chinese bank robbers, shivering to burn fat, and send Groin-A-Gram to someone who would put more high-fives on the streets of Missouri. ....

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  • We Can Still Respect His Effort

    There is probably a very tragic story behind this man who attempted to rob a Chinese bank with only a meat cleaver . And considering that he is probably mentally unstable, he could have done some damage if he had started swinging at the customers instead of holding it against the glass of the teller's booth. However that didn't' happen, so we are free to laugh at one of the worst bank robbery attempts I've heard of so far. ....

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  • Gun Series Schedule

    We were closed last Thursday because of the snow, missing a day of the gun series, so we will extend the course for another week. ....

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  • The KravCast! #37, February 17, 2014

    News9.com - Oklahoma City, OK - News, Weather, Video and Sports | This week's KravCast! comes to you a day late, which is not the fault of the snow but we'll blame it on the weather anyway. This week we talk about recent tests and workshops, questionable women's self-defense tactics , questionable moon-based diets , and extremely questionable elementary school cafeteria policies . ....

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  • Storm's Coming

    The winter weather continues to play havoc with our schedule. We will close tonight, Thursday the 13th, and stay open-minded about Friday's schedule. I feel confident that everything will be back on track by Saturday. We will add a week to the gun series, to make up for the class we are missing tonight. This will not affect the start date of the Women's Self-Defense series. Stay safe and drive carefully if you get on the road. And many thanks to the police, firefighters, postmen-and-women, and everyone else who is doing their essential jobs today. ....

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  • The KravCast! #36 February 9, 2014

    Welcome to the KravCast! for February 9, 2014. This week we talk about people trading groin kicks for money, artificial sweeteners, send a Groin-A-Gram to people who got angry over a particular commercial, and discuss the upcoming events. ....

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  • EURO TESTING! - Upcoming Tests And Workshops For Level 2 Students

    [caption id="attachment_1755" align="alignnone" width="300"] Do not disagree with this man.[/caption] We are about five weeks away from the next level 2 test, which means workshop season is about to commence in full swing. Testing out of level 2 requires a great deal of extra preparation: the first of several level 2 sessions is on February 15 at 12:30. That is the pre-workshop to the workshop, to get you ready for the pre-review, followed by the review, which precedes the post-review, which leads into the test. Get ready! Feb 15 - Level 2 Workshop March 1 - Level 2 Workshop March 8 - Level 2 Mock Test March 15 - Level 2 Test Everything is at 12:30 unless otherwise noted. ....

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  • Find A Need And Fill It

    Here at Krav Maga Raleigh, we are committed to having self-defense solutions to every threat in the modern world. Not as committed as these guys though... ....

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  • The KravCast! #35 February 2, 2014

    Welcome to the KravCast! for February 2, 2014. This week we talk about the amazing level 4 test we had at Krav Maga Raleigh, our ongoing gun series, and send a Groin-A-Gram to a woman who traveled to the Super Bowl to pimp out her daughter. We also have the second half of our interview with Evan Bernstein of the Skeptic's Guide to the Universe . ....

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  • Congratulations New Level 5 Students!

    [caption id="attachment_1738" align="alignnone" width="300"] Fortunately Tom did not wear the kilt during the groundwork.[/caption] Congratulations to Charlie, Quintin, Reid, and Tom for their incredible performance in the first ever level 4 test at Krav Maga Raleigh. It was quite the barn burner. This group had been preparing since July of last year for the test, and every hour of training really showed. Thanks to all of the spectators who came in to support the testers during such a grueling affair. It was an impressive display of skill and grit, and everyone involved should be very proud of themselves. See you guys in level 5! ....

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  • The Real Imi

    Thanks to Charlie for finding this footage of Imi doing Krav. You may be able to notice that while some techniques seem very different, the knife and gun defenses are still very similar. ....

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  • It's All Fantasy, Really

    D & D Yoga from 39forks on Vimeo . Some folks in Brooklyn have decided that yoga on its own is not fantastical enough, and so they combined it with Dungeons and Dragons . My first instinct is to deride it, but one of the difficulties I have with yoga is that I tend to get bored during a class, so I actually have to congratulate these guys who came up with D&D Yoga because I'm sure it at least keeps it interesting. And I have taken standard yoga classes where the trappings were every bit as magical, referring to imaginary energies and chakras, so it's not really all that different. ....

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  • A Fine Shot

    I'm not sure how essential the mustache and high-waisted capri pants are to punching, but the everything else in this article is pretty spot on. ....

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  • The KravCast! #34 January 26, 2014

    [caption id="attachment_1720" align="alignnone" width="256"] Evan Bernstein[/caption] We have an awesome KravCast this week, as we interview Evan Bernstein from the Skeptics Guide to the Universe . If you know Evan it's probably from his massively popular podcast, but he's also an avid Krav Maga student and he joins us to talk about his skeptical work, his Krav training, the similarities between the two, and send a Groin-A-Gram to cancer quacks. We also discuss the last week's workshops and upcoming tests. ....

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  • Like A Record

    In level 4 we introduce spinning hook kick. Given that we're a Krav program, it doesn't get much emphasis, but MMA fighters are really making a case for it . ....

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  • Apparently It Does Matter

    http://youtu.be/nGSNEhXEu_s It's surprising how often people come into the studio and ask about my qualifications, including the question, "Are you Jewish?" I could understand if they wanted to know if I were Israeli, there's a bit of logic there, but I fail to see how being Jewish would matter. For this rabbi though , maybe there is a relationship. ....

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  • Krav Maga: The Winter Soldier

    [caption id="attachment_1711" align="alignnone" width="300"] He watches over us all[/caption] I just want to assure everyone that, despite the near-apocalyptic levels of snow that remain stuck to the roofs of cars from last night's blizzard, we will be open for all classes today. I am hooking my team of Huskies up to the sled right now to ensure that no amount of inclement weather will prevent us from providing the best Krav Maga classes in the world to our loyal students. See you in class! ....

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  • Make The Right Choice

    [caption id="attachment_1706" align="alignnone" width="300"] Maybe it's just being held by a baby.[/caption] If you've been around Krav Maga Raleigh for a while, then you might be lucky enough to have tried the Krispy Kreme donut burger which we break out on occasions social events. And if not, I'm sure that you are, like all of us at KMR, very concerned with eating healthy, and so I'm sure that this chart of Krispy Kreme donuts broken down by macronutrient will be very helpful in making smart dietary choices. ....

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  • Next Level 1 Review Feb 8

    As you have hopefully noticed, the test for the entirety of 2014 are scheduled and posted online and in the studio. The review workshops are not scheduled, because with the need for so many of them, and attempts to put them on a schedule would have been arbitrary at best. However it is very likely that the reviews will be the week before the test. That is our preferred placement, but sometimes other events interfere. We will do our best to confirm them as early as possible, and I can tell you for certain that the next level 1 review will be Feb 8th at 12:30. ....

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  • The KravCast! #33 January 19, 2014

    The weather may be cold, but the KravCast is hot hot hot! And also cool. This week we discuss banana assaults, useless diabetes studies, and in a huge surprise, Steven Seagal does not get the Groin-A-Gram, but he is adjacent to it. ....

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  • The Return Of Dodgeball

    I know that P.E. classes were no one's favorite in High School, but I fully support the Chicago Public School's goal to have daily physical education . Implementing a good program that actually helps kids stay fit and health instead of just providing opportunities to have their self-esteem shattered will be very difficult, and I suspect that they will have a lot of opposition from the community, but I think it's a great ideal. ....

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  • The Most Dangerous Game

    We are going to have a level 4 test coming up at the studio, and I'm still trying to come up with good drills for it. I think this game might be the way to go. ....

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  • The Voice

    As many of you know, I'm always happy to let other people do my work for me, which is why I was so happy to see t his article from Krav Maga Maryland about using your voice as a weapon. ....

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  • The KravCast! #32 January 12, 2014

    At last, our long national nightmare is over. We start 2014 with a great interview with Ryan Hoover of Fit to Fight , one of the preeminent figures in Krav Maga and self-defense. We talk about his program, the future of self-defense training, what it's like to train the Carolina Panthers, and send a Groin-A-Gram to their opponents. Welcome back! ....

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  • Study Time

    This video isn't great quality, but it's definitely worth watching as an exquisite example of kickboxing. It's rare to see a fight where the fighters can go this hard and preserve their technique. How often do you actually see the combinations we work in training used in a match? It's a lot harder than it looks, but these guys do a great job. ....

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  • How Did This Happen?

    And we're back! I hope everyone had a great holiday, and I hope you are well on your way to a successful 2014 by coming into Krav Maga Raleigh as early and often as possible. The new teaching schedule is online, and this year's version includes dates for tests and special courses for the whole year. We have our gun series starting this month, a five week course taking you from basic handgun threats up through attacks on the ground, third party protection, and carjacking. You can register online or at the desk. It was very popular last year, so make sure to sign up early. And last but not least, I know it has been very painful going for two weeks with a new episode of the KravCast, but ....

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  • This Hardly Seems Stealthy

    I am about 68% certain that this upcoming Ninja Star Throwing Range is not a real thing. And even if it is real, is it really that big a deal? I remember growing up with a ninja star throwing range, we called it "the backyard." ....

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  • Not So Super

    There are a lot of wacky fights out there, but this is truly bizarre. This is an actual, unchoreographed MMA fight between a guy dressed as Spiderman, and two guys dressed as Batman and Robin. Spiderman seems to actually have some skill, as well as weigh as much as the Dynamic Duo put together, and all in all it's almost as sad as it is hilarious and messed up. ....

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  • Merry Christmas

    I hope you are all enjoying some time off from work or school. We are closed for a couple days over the holidays but we're mostly open, so I hope you can fit a few Krav classes into your busy schedule of eating and doing nothing. Remember to be thankful for what you have, and to think about how you can help the people around you, and we'll see you in a few days. ....

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  • The KravCast! #31 December 22, 2013

    It's almost Christmas, and that means it's time for another KravCast! This week we mostly talk about Santa Claus, and you might be surprised at what you hear... ....

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  • The KravCast! #30 December 15, 2013

    Welcome to the KravCast! This week we discuss the dangers of robbing from stores owned by MMA fighters, give you running tips for next year, and send a Groin-A-Gram to bad sign language interpreter staffing companies. ....

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  • Does A Body Good

    It's no secret that many of us at Krav Maga Raleigh love chocolate milk, and if you aren't a convert yet, maybe you haven't heard of its many benefits ! Actually as the article points out, it's pretty good, but it's not a miracle liquid or anything. But it tastes so good! ....

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  • The KravCast! #29 December 9, 2013

    It's time for the KravCast! This week we talk about violence in relationships, food journals, and the knockout game. It's almost Christmastime, keep training hard! ....

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  • Sports Science

    If you want to really learn about athletic development from a scientific perspective, this book The Sports Gene seems like it actually knows its stuff. ....

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  • The KravCast! #28 December 1, 2013

    Welcome to the first KravCast of the last month of the year! This week we talk mostly about Thanksgiving and the madness at Walmart, but take a side track on preventing sickness. ....

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  • The KravCast! #27 November 24, 2013

    It's a Sunday or a Monday, and that means it's time for another KravCast! This week we recap the terrific level 2 test, discuss what self-defense techniques are best at Thanksgiving, give you fitness advice for the holidays, and really stretch by sending a Groin-A-Gram to Walmart. ....

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  • The Sweet Science

    This is not the first time I have posted about Chessboxing, and I hope it won't be the last. If any sport deserves to be famous worldwide as the ultimate test of physical and mental prowess, surely this is the one . ....

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  • Fightin' In The Rain

    It's not until the highest levels of Krav that you start training weapon vs. weapon scenarios: knife vs. knife, stick vs. stick, chair vs. chainsaw, etc. I think that " umbrella vs. machete ," is a new one thought. ....

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  • The KravCast! November 18

    Welcome to this week's KravCast, brought to you a day late by the flu! This week we talk about interesting workshops, bemoan the fair play of the weekend's UFC card, discuss if working out makes you sick, and send a Groin-A-Gram to...ourselves? Surely not! ....

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  • The Trunk Is Surprisingly Roomy

    "What does a bear in a Lamborghini have to do with Krav Maga?" you might ask. That's a great question. Well this did happen in LA, which is the headquarters of Krav Maga Worldwide, so maybe it's a new training methodology. ....

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  • The KravCast! #26 November 10, 2013

    Welcome to the KravCast! for November 10, 2013. This week we cover the slew of workshops over the last week, talk about how mouthpieces can make you stronger, and send a Groin-A-Gram to sugar. ....

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  • That's Very Dynamic

    Courtesy of Nikki Zane, I think we're going to start seeing some new moves in the warm-ups . ....

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  • You Have My Sword...

    Times are tough for burglars. It's bad enough having to worry about homeowners carrying guns, knives, tasers, and mace, and now throwing axes? ....

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  • The KravCast! #25 November 3, 2013

    Remember remember, the KravCast of November. In this week's KravCast we talk about bear attacks, exercising to eat less, send a Groin-A-Gram to people who don't show up for their commitments, and set out the upcoming events. ....

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  • Over The Top

    An excellent demonstration of a right overhand counter to a left jab. ....

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  • The KravCast! #24 October 28, 2013

    It's the ClownCast! for October 28th. This week we talk about killer clowns in the news, running away from clowns, send a Groin-A-Gram to Coulrophobia (fear of clowns, I googled it), and talk about upcoming clown events. Have a wonderful clown filled week! ....

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  • KravCast! 10-21-13

    Thank you for waiting an extra day for this week's KravCast! This week we talk about sparring workshops and concealed carry classes, send a Groin-A-Gram to racists, and hear what is probably the world's first ever Krav Maga haiku! ....

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  • Now It's Official

    One of the many things I like about math is its purity. When you prove something with math it's absolute, so if math shows that bacon is a miracle food , who am I to argue? ....

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  • Level 1 Review and Test

    It's about time for another Level 1 test, and in our continuing quest to help people prepare for them without losing all their weekends, we are going to change the format of the review. We will have a level 1 Mock Test on Oct. 26 at 12:30. We do mock tests for every other level and they have always been successful, but testing out of those levels also involves a whole season of workshops. The mock test will cover all of the techniques in Level 1 with minimal instruction. We won't include the drills that are on the level 1 test, but we will go through all the material at full speed. The next Level 1 test will be on November 9, and this mock test will qualify you to take the test. It is ....

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  • New Level 1 and Level 2 classes

    We have a few new classes on the schedule that everyone should be aware of. We have morning Level 1 classes now, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:30 am. So for those of you that are early risers, come on in. We also have another level 2 class during the day, 12:15 pm on Wednesdays. See you there! ....

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  • Life-saving training at Osan AB

    Maj. Paul Neidhardt starts a fire using a block of flint during combat search and rescue training Sept. 21 near Osan Air Base, South Korea. Annual training is conducted by survival, evasion, resistance and escape instructors to reacquaint aircrew members with combat search and rescue procedures and techniques. Major Neidhardt is with the 25th Fighter Squadron at Osan AB. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Chad Strohmeyer) ....

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  • KravCast! 10-13-13

    It's the KravCast! for Breast Cancer this week as we introduce our first sponsor, discuss how to spot weapons, ask if a calorie really is a calorie, send a Groin-A-Gram to shameless marketers, and hear a ringing endorsement from a listener. ....

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  • Ye Olde Diet Tips

    If you are struggling with your diet, and none of modern science's strategies are working for you, try reaching into the past . With such excellent advice as, "Don't drink water, only red and white wine," the pounds will melt away! ....

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  • KravCast! 10-6-13

    It's October and it's time for the KravCast! This week we have a live interview from In-n-Out, talk about emotional fitness, send a Groin-A-Gram to everyone who didn't come to the morning classes, advise a concerned listener how to fight Bigfoot, and remember to look on the bright side of life! ....

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  • Beach Trip Details and Directions

    As you have heard, this Saturday is Krav Maga Raleigh's annual beach trip. We'll take our Krav Maga out to the sand an the water and find out just how versatile it is. We'll meet at the Pier at Carolina Beach, it's not too hard to find but here are some detailed directions: Official Address: 1800 Carolina Beach Avenue North Carolina Beach, NC 28428 Directions: Take I-40 all the way East. I-40 becomes College Rd for about ten miles, then becomes Carolina Beach Rd for about seven miles. Just keep going straight more or less. Turn left on Carl Winner Dr, then left on Canal Dr. You are now driving with the ocean on your right side. From there you basically drive to the end of the road. ....

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  • KravCast! 9-29-13

    Welcome to the KravCast! for September 29, 2013. This week we talk about recent tests and workshops, have an interview from Los Angeles, go over some strategies for workout recovery, and send a Groin-A-Gram to people who blame virtual violence for real violence. ....

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  • The KravCast! - After Dark

    It's another exciting episode of the KravCast! After Dark, where we discuss topics relevant to our interests but not necessarily relevant to a family audience. In this installment we have a vigorous, penetrating conversation about how much sex counts as exercise. We get deep into a long, hard discussion about...you know I'm sorry, I just can't finish this description right now. I swear this is the first time this has happened, normally I can describe things for hours in a row. I must just be tired. Too much fitness I guess. ....

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  • You're Doing It Wrong

    Our Street Awareness and Verbal Self-Defense series starts today at 6:30. In the first class we'll focus primarily on controlling situations in the "conversation" distance. For an example of several parties going about it in the worst possible way, please enjoy the video below: ....

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  • KravCast! 9-22-13

    It's the Eye of the KravCast! this week as we talk about the weekend's events at Krav Maga Raleigh, shoe-based self-defense, musical motivation, send a Groin-A-Gram to Jaden Smith, and answer a listener question about Ken's availability for parties. ....

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  • KravCast! 9-15-13

    It's the KravCast! This week we welcome back Dwight from clown school, where he somehow managed to get an interview with Krav Maga Worldwide Lead Instructor Kelly Campbell, get a terrific listener comment, send a Groin-A-Gram to traffic in all cities, and cover the staggering slate of upcoming events. ....

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  • KravCast! 9-8-13

    Welcome to a super-special extra long KravCast! Dwight is out of town at clown college, so KMR instructor and manager Scotty Harris joins us to talk about kids throwing headbutts, the importance of sleep, deal with some common complaints, and send a Groin-A-Gram to people who think the sidewalk is where people play Red Rover. ....

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  • In Krav, Every Nap Is A Power Nap

    If you want to improve your life, you could probably benefit from sleeping more. Unfortunately with jobs, hobbies, and families, sleep is progressively harder to come by, but maybe you can sneak in some highly efficient naps once in a while. ....

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  • The KravCast! 9-1-13

    Welcome back to the KravCast! The only podcast to win the Nobel Prize in Krav Maga Podcasting. This week we reminisce about International Bacon Day, have an interview with Michael Margolin from Krav Maga Worldwide, and hear a long, tragic story from Dwight that eventually ends in a Groin-A-Gram to porch thieves. Enjoy! ....

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  • This Is Why They're So Polite

    Unfortunately there's no video of this event of a female train station employee in Japan Judo throwing an allegedly violent traveller , but the middle-school level CGI recreation is probably even better. ....

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  • Dress For The Occasion

    When we talk about situational awareness, we're usually referring to protecting yourself against criminals, but it seems that some of them could benefit from a little more sense themselves. ....

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  • KravCast! 8-25-14

    [caption id="attachment_1330" align="alignnone" width="300"] All Lies I Tell You![/caption] Ken makes his triumphant return to the KravCast! this week as we talk about his trip to Los Angeles, have an interview with AJ Draven from Krav Maga Worldwide, let you know when you're overtraining, and send a Groin-A-Gram to Double-Stuff Oreos. ....

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  • Helping Hand Mission

    The Helping Hand Mission is right around the corner from us on South Wilmington, so it's especially disappointing to hear that another location of theirs in Raleigh  got robbed . Stealing school supplies earmarked for needs kids sounds something a cartoonishly evil supervillain but apparently it's a real thing. We've donated a lot of stuff from KMR to the mission over the years (not those smelly gloves you lost, don't blame us for that) and they can always use more, so please consider them if you're looking to clean out your closets. ....

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  • KravCast! 8-18-13

    This week, Ken's El Salvadorian past has caught up to him and he's conspicuously missing from the KravCast! Chip Slade joins us to discuss law enforcement, women's self-defense and sends a groin-a-gram out to people who refuse to lock their doors. ....

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  • They Are Some Meaty Guys

    I thought that the Expendables movies were pretty bad overall, with some moments of decent action, so I think this method of reimbursement is completely appropriate. ....

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  • KravCast! 8-11-13

    We have a very special KravCast! this week, as a special guest joins us to tell his story about how he used Krav Maga in a real life situation. Enjoy! ....

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  • Help, I've Fallen And I Can't Avoid Cliches!

    I often mention that rolling and falling will probably be the most important skill you learn when you train, because you might go through your whole life without someone pointing a gun at you, but I can guarantee that you will fall, probably more than once. It's especially a problem as you get older, so it's great so see that this guy can be so proactive about it. ....

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  • KravCast! 8-4-13

    It's the KravCast! for August 4th, 2013. In this food-centric episode we review Popeye's Chicken Waffle Tenders, discuss yet more benefits of bacon (and coffee), discuss the recent level 1 test, send a Groin-A-Gram to fighters who can't keep their heads still to let the vaseline guy do his job, and answer a listener question from someone who doesn't want to step off the financial cliff of buying a groin cup. ....

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  • The KravCast...After Dark

    Sometimes things come up that are relevant to our interests at the KravCast, but are not family friendly, and so we are proud to present: KravCast..After Dark. [audio m4a="https://kravmagaraleigh.com/assets/KCAD-8-2-13.m4a"][/audio] ....

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  • Upcoming Events For Level 1 And Level 3 Students

    All events are at 12:30. August 3
    Level 1 test Level 3 workshop August 10
    Level 1 striking workshop Level 3 workshop August 17
    Level 1 self-defense workshop level 3 workshop August 24
    Level 1 test Level 3 test ....

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  • KravCast! 7-28-13

    Welcome to this week's edition of the KravCast!, the podcast voted most likely to marry rich. This week we talk about our recent mitt holding workshop, discuss high intensity interval training, and send a cautionary Groin-A-Gram to someone who besmirched Steven Seagal. ....

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  • Mitt Holding Videos

    We had a great mitt holding workshop this morning. Many thanks to Tom Martin for contributing his experience, and to all the students who came not just to improve themselves, but also to improve their training partners. The videos embedded below cover the material taught in the workshop, and are hosted on our Krav Maga Raleigh YouTube channel: ....

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  • Mitt Holding Videos

    We had a great class this morning on mitt holding. Many thanks to Tom Martin for providing his experience there, and also to all of the students who showed up to not just improve themselves, but also lean to improve their training partners. The videos embedded below are hosted on out YouTube channel so you can revisit them at any time: ....

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  • Euro Training!

    You may not all know Craig Sowers, our athletic development director. He's a strength and conditioning coach with over twenty years of experience at universities and private facilities. He currently coaches athletes at NC State, but MUCH more importantly, he also trains the instructor crew here at Krav Maga Raleigh. It's hard to describe what a "Craig workout," is like, but fortunately I found a video that represents it pretty well: ....

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  • Let's Get Dangerous

    There are always a lot of things from a Krav class that we need to fix: Pivoting, recoil, timing, aggression, but I learned tonight that the number one problem we need to correct is that apparently not everyone is familiar with Darkwing Duck: Excellent! With that out of the way we can get on to fixing punches. ....

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  • Mitt Holding

    We have our mitt holding class this Saturday from 10:30 to 12:30, and I hope that everyone can attend. While we won't get quite as fancy as the video above, we'll work on essential mitt holding concepts like placement, rhythm, range, timing, and building combos. Mitt holding is an art, and the better we are as mitt holders, the better everyone will develop as strikers. So I hope to see you all this Saturday morning at 10:30! ....

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  • It Can't Be True!

    I'm shocked, shocked to find that Steven Seagal might not have actually taught Anderson Silva anything! ....

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  • KravCast! 7-21-13

    It's the moment that makes you glad Sunday is almost over! In this week's KravCast! we talk about the striking workshop, aerial silks, send a Groin-A-Gram to the View , and hear from a listener who has deduced Ken's secret past. ....

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  • Goats, See!

    I feel awkward enough as it is, I don't need goats showing me up. ....

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  • KravCast! 7-14-13

    Welcome to this week's KravCast! Today we talk about pre-testing preparation, have an interview with our Athletic Development Director Craig Sowers, send a Groin-A-Gram to pretty much everybody, and attempt to kick Pacific Rim in the groin. ....

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  • Upcoming Events for Level 1 Students

    We just finished a level 1 test about an hour ago at Krav Maga Raleigh, and it's already time to think about the next one. We're going to go on a two month binge of level 1 training to give students more opportunities to get the training they need to advance. All the workshops below begin at 12:30 pm and will probably last a little over two hours: July 20th - Level 1 striking workshop July 27th - Level 1 self-defense workshop August 3rd - Level 1 Test August 10th - Level 1 Striking workshop August 17 - Level 1 self-defense workshop August 24th - Level 1 Test We're breaking the traditionally long level 1 workshop into two separate ones. If you want to test, you have to attend the ....

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  • We're back!

    I hope everyone enjoyed their July 4th and accompanying weekend. We are back in action with our regular schedule as of today, and although we aren't finished with all the renovations, we're ready to get back to training. ....

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  • KravCast! 7-7-13

    It's time for the KravCast! This week we talk about the importance of rodeo skills in self-defense, how do you know if you're getting in better shape, send a Groin-A-Gram to Facebook, and discuss the utility of striking WITH the groin. ....

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  • Independent Thinking

    Well it's July 4th again, which means it's time for the yearly ritual of cookouts, fireworks, and hysteria about how kids these days don't know where they came from. A while back I saw a survey claiming that 26% of Americans don't know the country from which we won our independence. If you're like me you're probably thinking, "Twenty-six percent? That's not bad!" I know it's fashionable to hate on how dumb people are, and you might incline to think that facts about the American Revolution are sacrosanct, but I think it's pretty impressive to find any item of knowledge that three-quarters of the population actually knows. That's about the same proportion that understands the Earth revolves ....

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  • It's Not Rodeo, It's Lifeskills

    On the KravCast! we've several times discussed the logistics of interrupting crime in progress and holding someone in a choke hold until the police arrive. This guy couldn't have his schedule messed with, so he improvised . Also, here's a quick life tip: Do not google search for "hogtied," with safesearch off. Don't even search for it with safesearch on. ....

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  • Great Progress!

    Less than 36 hours and we're practically done! (Not really!) Great progress and the bulk of the non-professional work is done. Thanks to everyone who helped out yesterday and today, and have a great 4th of July! ....

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  • Wait, Was It Nuns Wearing Converse?

    We've all had houseguests that won't leave, but I doubt we've assaulted them with nunchucks . The story seems to imply that the police determined nunchucks were used based on the damage inflicted. The story says he "suffered injuries to his head, left eye and right arm that were consistent with nunchucks." This really raises the question of if nunchucks cause injuries so unique that they couldn't have been caused by, say, a dowel. ....

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  • Bear With Us

    It has begun! Thanks to the army of volunteers who helped us out Tuesday night. We got everything moved from downstairs except the office stuff, and even laid out some of the mats upstairs. Also we talked about the anti-bear suit: ....

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  • Everything Must Go!

    Well, the day is finally upon us. We have regular classes tonight, then we immediately start breaking down everything downstairs and moving stuff upstairs. Thank you in advance to those of you who are going to help out. Although we are taking almost everything upstairs, there are a few things that we don't need anymore, which we are happy to send home to whoever wants them. -About 700 sq ft of carpet padding. -A few dozen grey puzzle mats, each 2ft square. These would be great for a garage gym or basement. -The green couch. Nooooooooooo! Say it isn't so! Unfortunately it is so. Comfortable as it is, the green couch won't fit very well aesthetically or spatially upstairs. Also I'm not ....

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  • Ruffing_yard-sales001

    Shoppers in southern Kentucky on the route of the World's Longest Yard Sale, stretching more than 650 miles along U.S. 127 from Alabama to Ohio. (GREG RUFFING/REDUX) ....

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  • KravCast! 6-30-13

    Welcome to this week's KravCast! This week we talk about MMA fighters taking their skills into the real world, Superhero Mud Runs, and dealing with loud people in the theater. Send you questions and comments to kravcast@kravmagaraleigh.com, and Iff you haven't subscribed to us on iTunes, why do you hate freedom? ....

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  • The Superman Punch

    One of my favorite movie tropes is when someone gets uppercutted so hard that he launches off his feet and lands on a glass coffee table. But what if Superman threw that uppercut? ....

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  • "You Take One Week Off Of Training..."

    I hope that everyone is able to enjoy some vacation time this summer, and I look forwards to the inevitable laments of "Man, you take a little vacation and come back out of shape!" And while it's true that the first class back can be very strenuous, I don't think it's because you atrophied after a few days off; in fact I think it's quite the opposite. Training hard and often is very strenuous on your body. After weeks or months of class you are pretty worn down, even if you don't realize it. As a result two things happen. The first is that it becomes difficult to push yourself and train at 100% in class because you just don't have the energy. You may feel like you're going all out, and ....

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  • "Won't Your Hand Explode?"

    This question comes up a lot when we're doing gun defense, since it always involves holding the barrel of the gun. As you can see, this man's hand did not explode or catch on fire. I have copied the text describing the video below: ----- In Krav Maga the defense against a gun being held closely in front on you is to grab hold of the gun and push it to the side while moving in the opposite direction. One aspect of this defense is that the grip on the gun keeps the slide from moving if the gun is fired. This mean that one shot can be fired, but then the gun will jam and be unable to be fired again. This video shows a gun being held as it would during the defense and being fired. As you will ....

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  • KravCast! 6-23-13

    [caption id="attachment_1127" align="alignnone" width="300"] "This grass feels soooooo good!" [/caption] Welcome to the latest KravCast! This week we talk about the renovations at Krav Maga Raleigh, the benefits of exercising outdoors, and send a Groin-A-Gram to a bad driver/decision maker. If you haven't subscribed on iTunes be sure to find us there! ....

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  • Better Already

    A mere two years after leasing the upstairs space, the floor is finally level. I'll bet the contractors had a lot of fun moving all those weights around. ....

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  • It Has Begun

    [caption id="attachment_1117" align="alignnone" width="300"] Mary did this with her bare hands in 30 minutes.[/caption] The long discussed renovations actually began yesterday at Krav Maga Raleigh. If you've been upstairs you may have noticed that the floor is missing; don't worry, that's part of the plan. We also removed the drywall wraps around the pillars, so I will have to find somewhere else to leave my mouthpiece. The planned layout is for two long training areas running on either side of the mats. Standing at the back of the room facing the door, the mats on the left will be longer but not quite as wide as on the right. We will have some sort of division between the two sides ....

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  • Renovations Start Tomorrow

    The day is finally upon us, as renovations to the upstairs start on Thursday morning. They'll be working on the floor, which has uneven sections, mismatched materials, and even the remnants of a dance floor from when the space was an undoubtedly classy and sophisticated night club ten years ago. I don't think it will be too disruptive; they'll work during the day before classes start in the evening. It's going to get messy upstairs, but that won't really be much of a change, will it? ....

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  • More New Classes!

    We have classes pouring out of our ears here at Krav Maga Raleigh. Starting this Sunday, the 23rd, we are adding a level 2 class at 3pm and a level 1 class at 4pm. See you there! ....

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  • KravCast! 6-16-13

    We have a very special KravCast! this week, recorded at Fit to Fight in Charlotte. Fit to Fight in Charlotte, run by Ryan Hoover and Jeff Jimmo, two phenomenally talented and insightful leaders in Krav Maga. After taking some workshops, we managed to get some time with Jeff Jimmo to talk about his training, philosophy, lifestyle, and love of the Simpsons. Jeff's full bio is below, enjoy the podcast! ------------ Having trained a literal lifetime in the Combat Arts, worked as both a social worker and nightclub bouncer for almost 20 years, Jeff has amassed a unique resume as a Student, Instructor and Motivator. Through the years as a perpetual student, Jeff has competed at the NCAA level in ....

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  • Renovations Schedule

    We might have some renovations starting upstairs by the end of next week, but the bulk of the work will be done the week of July 3rd. The current plan is to close from July 3rd to July 7th, that's a Wednesday through a Sunday, and move all the mats and get everything set up during that period. While it is extremely likely that we will not finish everything in those five days, we'll be able to get all the mats set up so we can hold regular classes. Thank you in advance for being patient with us during this whole process. ....

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  • The Apex Of Fitness

    I have no idea how people come up with this stuff, but if you take these apparatuses and strap them on your feet before going Prancercising, you might have the ultimate workout. ....

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  • Beauty Is In The Eye Of The Mittholder

    Symmetry is one of the most important factors by which humans judge beauty, whether looking at faces or bodies . Symmetry indicates genetic health and correlates with positive character traits like conscientiousness and agreeableness. Symmetrical bodies (for example, no minor differences in leg length) are stronger and less injury prone. Symmetrical faces are judged to be more trustworthy. So knowing about the beauty and importance of symmetry, please choose matching focus mitts in class. ....

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  • Renovations Coming Your Way

    In casual conversation with my friends lately, it seems we are all shocked that the year is halfway over already. One of the many things that has been sneaking up on us is a big renovation and rearrangement at KMR. In about a month, we are planning to move all of the Krav Maga Raleigh classes upstairs, and have Gracie Raleigh come downstairs. We'll still have access to the downstairs of course, but classes will be upstairs. This move will really help clean up the upstairs, and we won't be stepping all over each other switching classes and mats. The current plan is to start doing some light work next week, mostly getting new equipment ordered and moving a few things around upstairs. The ....

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  • KravCast! 6-9-13

    Welcome to the KravCast! for June 9th, 2013. This week we talk about a ten year old boy who defends his home against armed invaders, the fitness benefits of prancing around like a dangerously insane person, and send a Groin-A-Gram to Steven Seagal. ....

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  • It Helps You Be Light on Your Feet

    Here at Krav Maga Raleigh, we are always looking for the latest and greatest in fitness training. Prancercise is not that. However if you have a huge ranch around which to frolic like a crazy person, a love for horses that approaches uncomfortable levels of passion, and want to work out while still wearing your Sunday best, it might just be the fitness revolution you've been waiting for. ....

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  • Milestones!

    We hit a big milestone at Krav Maga Raleigh this week when we reached 200 active members. Now, 200 is not any more especially significant than any other number. 187 members was neat, 209 will be great as well, but those nice round numbers do make nice milestones. It's also my birthday on Sunday. I'll be 29, and for a while I was unexcited about the birthday since 29 is not a nice round number, nor is it a significant life milestone. However I've realized that 29 is an excellent number. First off, it's a prime, which automatically makes it cooler than most numbers. It is the number of days in February during a leap year. That's pretty much it actually, but still, that's pretty good. ....

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  • "Why Do We Fall, Master Wayne?"

    Fall breaks may not be the most fun to train, but you can watch at 3:55 of this video to see why they are so useful. The fact that Anthony Pettis dislocates his shoulder and still wins does not undermine the importance of knowing how the hit the ground safely. So thanks to Charlie Barefoot for finding that video. For more examples of why falling is bad, please enjoy this video of Parkour fails: ....

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  • They Grow Up So Fast These Days

    It's bad enough that there are already 10-year-old kids out there who are better than me at boxing, grappling, wrestling, every sport in the world, piano, math, science, driving, origami, jump-rope, and literally anything I can think of. Seriously just get on YouTube and type in, "10 year old does_____" and there will be a video of a kid doing that activity with only slightly less skill than Michael Jordan playing basketball But I always thought that I would be better than a 10-year-old at defending my home against two gun wielding attackers. Apparently not . ....

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  • They Didn't Have Beer Either, But That's Not Stopping Anybody

    The Paleo Diet has gotten a lot of attention over the past few years, positive and negative, but most of it has been half-educated, fully-impassioned opinions on either side of the argument. So I was very happy to see that Scientific American  has applied some actual science and facts to the debate. ....

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  • Is There Anything He Can't Do?

    Steven Seagal, not content with simply being an action superstar, MMA trainer to top athletes, and defensive tactics instructor , is now apparently a  diplomat . How does one man develop so many skills? Truly we are blessed to have such a luminous figure among us. Segal for President! ....

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  • KravCast! 6-2-13

    Welcome back! This week in the KravCast! we talk about the wisdom of attacking UFC fans, grade school kids fighting bullies, workout frequency, send a Groin-A-Gram to a bike thief, and remember the electrifying Los Angeles crime documentary Heat . ....

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  • Next We'll Be Big in Japan

    The KravCast! is now available in iTunes! If you search for "KravCast" in iTunes it should show up under podcasts, so you can subscribe and have every episode delivered right to your metaphorical door. We're still figuring out how to add artwork and all the other bells and whistles, but we're making progress. If anyone out there is experienced with putting podcasts online, we'll welcome the help. Groin kicks seems sadly useless in this situation. ....

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  • That's Black Belt Level

    Here at Krav Maga Raleigh, we're always looking for the best groin kick in existence, and I think Superman would be hard to beat. His form is actually pretty bad - notice how much he swings his leg back before the kick - but he has excellent follow through and of course, he's Superman. ....

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  • Upcoming Events and Announcements for June

    Welcome back everybody. I hope you enjoyed the long weekend and managed to have fun without completely destroying your body. We have a lot going on in June as usual, and I'd like to draw your attention to our next special course starting June 27th - blunt weapons and multiple attackers. Blunt weapons refers to sticks, bats, clubs, bottles, bricks, and anything else that thumps you in the head. We will learn to defend against these threats and combine those defenses with multiple attacker drills so that you can defend against a group of attackers when weapons are involved. The full schedule: I. Level 1 Test June 1st at 12:30 II. Level 4 Workshop June 8th at 12:30 III. Blunt Weapons and ....

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  • KravCast! 5-27-13

    Welcome back after the long weekend. In this week's podcast we talk about the wide world of threats to your groin, dynamic stretching, send our first GROIN-A-GRAM, and reflect on the rise of spinning heel kicks in the UFC. ....

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  • Military Martial Arts

    As you are spending memorial day honoring the many military men and women who died in service by using meat and alcohol to bring yourself one step closer to joining them in death, enjoy this overview of the development of military martial arts. ....

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  • Picking Up The, Well, You Know...

    We're closed over the weekend, and I won't be working too hard over the next few days. Fortunately the always excellent Jack Slack has us covered. ....

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  • First Groundfighting Basics Class

    The inaugural groundfighting basics class was this Tuesday at Krav Maga Raleigh, and I was really happy to see so many people participating. Groundfighting is an essential self-defense skill, but the classes can have a frustrating learning curve. Even the fundamentals can be challenging if it's your first class, but groundfighting basics will definitely be the easiest way to get started. And for "experienced" grapplers, it's actually fairly unlikely that you skills are so sharp you won't benefit from work on the fundamentals :-) ....

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  • It's Comedy If No One Gets Hurt

    Here at Krav Maga Raleigh, we are mostly concerned about getting hit in the groin with kicks, but as twenty-three years of  America's Funniest Home Videos  has painstakingly documented for us over the years, there are  many more dangers  out there. ....

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  • Can't Touch This

    We always work head movement when we're sparring, and you really can't get better than Pernell "Sweet Pea" Whitaker. Now, he doesn't have to deal with elbows, knees, kicks, takedowns, etc, which frees him to be very liberal with his head movement. We probably can't be as active with our head movement when we have to account for other threats, but it's still a great example, and fun to watch! ....

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  • You Spin Me Right Round

    If you watched the UFC fights this Saturday you were probably largely bored and disappointed until the fantastic conclusion of the last fight, when Vitor Belfort knocked out Luke Rockhold with a spinning heel kick. The spinning heel kick actually does show up in Krav Maga, in the level 4 curriculum. In Krav we prefer to keep our moves simple and straightforward, but that's like saying basketball players prefer to dunk the ball: that may be a high percentage move for them, but it's not always the right move at the right time. One of the difficulties in landing a spinning heel kick is that, even if you are fast, it's a lengthy technique compared to a straight punch. All you have to do to ....

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  • KravCast! May 19

    You can now subscribe to the KravCast in iTunes . KravCast! 5-19-13 Welcome to another terrific episode of the KravCast! This week we talk about real life uses of the groin kick, the hidden dangers of bacon (and why it's worth the risk), spectacular spinning kick finishes in the UFC, the so-bad-it's-good  GYMKATA , and take our first listener question! ....

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  • Artsplosure

    I love our location in Downtown Raleigh, but we do have to deal often with downtown events like races, festivals, concerts, and their associated street closings. This weekend we have Artsplosure , which closes down everything around Moore Square. Hargett St. is still open, so Artsplosure won't affect your commute too much. It's very common for the parking decks to charge for parking on weekends with special events, so you may want to budget either extra cash, or extra time to find free parking. And after class why not check out the festival? ....

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  • Upcoming Workshops and Classes

    -The new groundfighting classes start next week, on Monday May 20th. We have groundfighting at 5:30 on Mondays, and basic groundfighting on Tuesdays at 6:30. -After Memorial day, the Level 4 class on Wednesday will be at 7:30. The sparring class with be at 6:30. -We will also be adjusting our fitness schedule: Classes will run at 7:30 pm Monday through Thursday. Remember that the equipment is always available when the studio is open. -Level 1 and Level 2 workshops are being held on Sat. May 18 at 12:30. -We are closed on Sat. May 25 and Mon May 27. ....

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  • Ways in which pad holding is like being in a relationship:

    -Verbal communication is good, but non-verbal communication is what really counts. -It takes a little bit of tenderness, a little bit of toughness. -You have to put your partner's well being above your own. -The more you give, the more you get. -The longer you work together, the better you'll be at it. -It's good to have different partners...? Hmm, I don't know about that one. -Sometime you just have to smack them around a little...no wait...I'm sorry, this just isn't working for me any more. I'm going to go find another blog post. ....

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  • "Advanced" Mitt Holding

    Here's a really excellent example of the kind of mitt holding we worked on in the day class. If you can tear your attention away from the cannon-like punches (seriously, it sounds like they're recording inside a battleship) take a moment to appreciate the coach. He's not doing anything complicated, but his position and rhythm are impeccable. Being good at mitt holding isn't calling out long sequences or fancy combinations, it's holding the mitts, and your body, in a way that compels the best performance out of your partner. ....

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  • It's a Journey

    Here's another typically excellent article by Jack Slack about boxing in MMA. The whole article is worth reading, as are all of his writings, but there's a line about halfway through that I thought was worth spending time on: "Good boxing is something you perform throughout the fight, not something you go in having." Whether or not you have excellent boxing is not necessarily an important question for self-defense, but you can substitute almost any quality for the word 'boxing' in that quote and it still applies. Aggression, intensity, toughness...these are not personal attributes that you either have or don't, they are skills that you constantly work to implement and develop. Like the ....

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  • The KravCast!

    Exciting news everyone! Dwight and I have been working on the world's first ever Krav Maga podcast, and we are very happy to debut it tonight. In this week's episode we discuss the last class of the knife series, using chili as an improvised weapon, and what to do when fighting She-Hulk. We also discuss supersets in the weight room, and bacon for longevity. We hope you enjoy it! KravCast! 5-12-13 With the KravCast! we are setting a number of records. We are the most popular Krav Maga podcast when measured in weekly and lifetime downloads. We are also the longest running Krav Maga podcast, as well as the most critically acclaimed. So click on that link and add yourself to the fans of ....

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  • KravCast! 5-12-13

    This week we talk about the end of the knife series, improvised chili weapons, fighting She-Hulk, supersets and bacon rewards! ....

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  • The Spinning Back Kick Experience

    Did you know that Joe Rogan isn't just a brash MMA announcer and moon hoaxer? He actually has a pretty good spinning back kick (or spinning side kick if you want to be pedantic). And while I wouldn't take his lifestyle advice, I would take some pointers on kicking. ....

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  • She Might Be Small, but She's Scrappy!

    Now my general reaction to internet videos is that their veracity is inversely proportional to their awesomeness, so I am skeptical that the one above is not faked. Also, I'm not sure why the attacker would wait for the doors to begin opening to begin his assault. Regardless, it is an excellent example of aggression and ferocity, so you can keep it in mind you're training! ....

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  • Ambrosia...?

    Now, there may not be and science supporting the hypothesis that eating bacon every day will keep you alive, but who are you going to believe? A bunch of hungry, cranky nutritionists, or a 105-year old woman ? ....

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  • Anything Can Happen

    One of the tenets of Krav Maga is that you can't know when, where, and how you might be attacked, so you need to develop principles like immediate reaction and overwhelming aggression to be as prepared as possible. I wonder how well the Krav principles will hold up to She-Hulk ? ....

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  • Jason Bourne Has Nothing on Them

    The term improvised weapon almost always make one think of Jason Bourne, but it looks like fast food workers in Sydney could show him a thing or two... ....

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  • A Cautionary Tale

    I have as much fun with training as the next guy, probably more, but we do have to remember that fighting can have serious consequences , even when it's not serious. ....

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  • He Must Have Been Attunded to His Chi

    Quite often, when someone learns that I teach Krav Maga, his first response is to say, "I guess I shouldn't mess with you then." I always reply, "You shouldn't mess with anybody, it's not polite," but if good manners aren't enough to keep you from messing with people, how about the chance that even a middle-aged blind man can take you down . Here's my favorite quote: "When police arrived, they found Besaw on top of Andrew." Given that the police were probably not called before the incident, and at best were called right after Mr. Besaw resolved the situation, how long do you think he spent sitting on top of Andrew? ....

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  • Fight Like a Girl

    Our next Women's Self-Defense series starts on May 16. The WSD series is a six week progressive course that teaches basic striking and defenses against common attacks. The course is open to members and non-members alike, and is appropriate for beginning to intermediate students. Now, mostly unrelated to the WSD series but still awesome, is this video of a tiny girl boxing: ....

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  • It Actually Worked!

    You can train weapons defenses your whole life and never get to use them (not necessarily a bad thing), or you could be this guy: I have to say that the robber here was just incredibly incompetent. Putting the gun within arm's reach? That's an amateur mistake. Also, while I give the "victim" huge respect for his reactions, he was walking along the street at 5:00am staring at his phone. I'm glad he was able to make the defense, but a little more situational awareness might have prevented the altercation entirely. And if the criminal had been more tactical, and stayed out of arms reach, it might have gone very differently for the defender. Here's a link to the full article ....

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  • New May Classes

    We have a few new classes starting this month: We are adding another groundfighting class on Mondays at 5:30 pm, starting May 20th. The Tuesday 6:30 pm groundfighting class is becoming groundfigthing basics. The curriculum for this class is still fairly broad, but it will be taught similarly to a level 1 class, where each lesson is taught from the ground up and does not depend on previous knowledge. Groundfighting often has a high learning curve, and this class will help you get past the difficult first stages. It will also be an excellent review of fundamentals for the more experienced students. Finally, the Wednesday night level 3 class is moving to 5:30 pm. This class will also be ....

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  • May Workshops

    As usual, we have quite a few events going on this month. Here's the current schedule: May 4 - level 2 workshop May 11 - Level 3 workshop May 18 - Level 1 workshop All of those workshops are at 12:30. As always, they are subject to change. We also have another six-week women's self-defense series starting on Thursday, May 16th. KMR will be closed on May 25th and 27th for Memorial Day. ....

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  • Swing And A Miss!

    This video proves that whatever style of combat, proper footwork is indispensable: ....

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  • Not The Fun Kind of Violence

    Last night's UFC was not the most exciting card we've ever seen, but it may have been the most horrific. Two fights were stopped due to eye damage, and the sight of blood literally coming out of Alan Belcher's eye is not one I will soon forget. A fighter in the undercard had his thumb dislocated, and Jon Jones managed, during his one-sided destruction of Chael Sonnen, to twist his big toe around like the head of an inquisitive Corgi. All in all it was a lot of damage for relatively unexciting fights. Usually after a UFC event I'm excited to train, to hit pads and move around, but last night's event made me think that maybe it's not too late to get into art school. We did preface the ....

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  • Fast Feet

    We've been covering a lot of footwork in the last couple of weeks at Krav Maga Raleigh, which gives enough reason to show this example of truly elite level dexterity: ....

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  • More UFC, More Great Analysis

    UFC on FOX this past Saturday continued their streak of great cards. However there was only one Krav Moment(TM) in the main card, when Nate Diaz kneed Josh Thompson in the groin (shortly after receiving a head kick and TKO for his troubles). It amuses me to no end how much special attention is given to groin strikes in MMA. I know it hurts, believe me, but these fighters are guys who routinely take knees to the face and keep moving forwards, but one shot to the groin and Whoa! Stop everything! Are you ok sir? Do you need to sit down, get some water, maybe an icepack? We can reschedule this fight for later if that's better for you. As usual, we also get another excellent breakdown of the ....

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  • Congratulations New Level 2 Students!

    Congratulations to Daniel, Bonnye, Nora, and Serena for a great performance in their level 1 test at Krav Maga Raleigh on Saturday. In the words of Reid Cranfill, who administered the test: "They beasted it!" ....

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  • Doing It Right

    One of the most common questions I hear at Krav Maga Raleigh is, "Am I doing this right?" And while I appreciate everyone's desire to perform their techniques correctly, fixating on doing them "right" is the surest way to frustrate yourself and stall your progress I'm going to paraphrase Carl Sagan and asset that we NEVER do our techniques right, we just do them a little less wrong every time. That may sound like a pessimistic criticism of technique, but it's a very liberating way of approaching your training. The "right technique" is like the Platonic ideal of a circle: It doesn't even exist in nature, but we can still try to approach it. I have been throwing round kicks for twenty ....

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  • The World These Days...

    Self-Defense training always invites casual declarations about how bad the world has gotten and how kids these days are running around killing people with their xboxes or whatever, but rarely involves actual information. Here is some . ....

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  • Jack Slack

    Jack Slack is an excellent writer and analyst of combat sports, and I probably enjoy reading his UFC breakdowns as much as the actual fights. In this article he looks at Uriah Hall, a talented fighter from this season of the Ultimate Fighter. ....

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  • Maybe It's Not So Bad

    The South is always getting the brunt of the blame for obesity in this country; maybe we're not as bad as it seems ? ....

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  • The 21 Foot Rule for Real

    We've got our knife series starting tomorrow, and one of the most constant refrains I hear about knife defense is, "Just pull out your gun and shoot them." Unfortunately that blanket statement is not good advice. As this video demonstrates, having a gun is no guarantee that you are invincible. ....

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  • Uki-Goshi

    The hip throw we worked on in the sparring class last week is called Uki-Goshi. It's a tricky throw, so hopefully this video will make it a little more clear. ....

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  • The Marker Is Mightier Than The Pen

    We're only a few days away from our knife series, so to give you a preview of what it will look like: Ok, so maybe our techniques will be a little different. The gun takeaway is definitely not Krav Approved, but the way Steven attacks Conan with a marker is actually a great representation of what we're dealing with in a knife situation. ....

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  • 21 Feet

    We've got our Knife Defense Series starting up next week, and if you aren't already convinced that you need to learn to defend against bladed weapons, then you have to watch this very realistic and not-at-all-insane video: See you in class! ....

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  • Sweep The Leg!

    In level 4 last night we talked about sweeps after catching a round kick, and you can't get better examples than Muay Thai fighters: ....

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  • Boot To The Head

    We did a lot of round kicking in level 3 tonight, and it's always helpful to see good examples. This guy's round kicks aren't bad... ....

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  • "That Got Me Good."

    I train with our athletic development director Craig every Wednesday, and he concludes every workout with a "finisher," an aptly named series of exercises that not only finishes the workout, but also finishes your ability to function as a human being. And although a hard workout, and a stupid video from the dawn of the internet may not seem related, when I'm huddled on the ground gasping for every molecule of oxygen, I keep thinking back to what this guy says: ....

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  • "It is not enough that I should succeed, others must fail."

    One of our level 1 members came in today thrilled that she had fit into the smallest jeans she'd tried on in years. This was terrific news of course, made all the more joyous by the homemade celebration cake pops she brought in. First, I want to say that, having eaten three of them myself just this evening, they are excellent. Second, that's a dirty, dirty trick to play on everyone else at KMR. "Oh I'm just celebrating a new milestone in my personal fitness...here, have a ball of calories so dense that it pulls your mouth towards it ." As the owner of KMR and the person ultimately responsible for the welfare of all the instructors and members, I reluctantly accepted the task of saving ....

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  • Protect Your Neck

    We were working on chops in level 4 tonight (yes chops, as in: Karate. It's a real move!) and the question came up, "Is a forearm chop to the neck effective?" I think this video answers the question quite well. ....

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  • Congratulations new Level 2 and Level 4 members!

    Quite an eventful day at KMR this Sunday. At 10:30 we had Jay and Russell blasting through their level 1 test. They did a terrific job and, while I'm confident that the test was very challenging, there were a few times when they made it look too easy. Immediately after the level 1 test, we jumped right into the level 3 test. The level 3 test is a special blend of physical and mental challenges, and all five of the participants pushed through it with great technique and terrific heart. Congratulations to Terry, Charles, Juan, Adam, and Reid, our newest level 4 students! ....

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  • Level 3 Test Sunday at 12:30

    This Sunday, March 24 we have one of our rare level 3 tests for students ready to advance into level 4. Testing into level 4 requires a huge amount of commitment to ones training and is a tremendous accomplishment. The test is also fairly grueling, as you might imagine! If you would like to come out and support the group testing tomorrow, we will all welcome your encouragement. ....

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  • The True Full Body Training

    We're always looking for new programs and training methodologies to bring to KMR, and Chess Boxing might be the way to take our self-defense training to the next level! ....

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  • Baddest Men in the Room

    As with most things that are too good to be true, I highly suspect that everything in the video is faked. Although having lived in LA for several years, I don't doubt that there are real versions of these people out there, I just don't think they would be this good. ....

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  • Southpaw Jab Counter

    In the sparring class tonight we touched on countering a jab when you and your opponent are in an open stance, meaning one of you is orthodox and the other is southpaw. Here is the video I mentioned showing Manny Pacquiao doing it over and over. ....

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  • Kick Like a Horse

    When Alistair Overeem ballooned from fighting at 185lbs to barely squeezing under 265 lbs, many people understandably suspected that steroids had been largely responsible for his increased size and newfound ability to kick his opponents so hard that they often awoke speaking a foreign language. He attributed it to hard training and a diet consisting largely of horse meat. Perhaps we should have believed him. ....

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  • Vertical Jump Series

    Want to jump like this guy? That's too bad, because I'd imagine that for most of use that ship has sailed. However it's never too late to make improvements, and you might find more benefits than being closer to dunking a basketball. A few years ago I was a fairly diligent ultimate frisbee player, and some other friends of mine and I took a vertical jump course to get that extra edge when going up for a high catch. Vertical jump training is very explosive, and over the course of the training I noticed that not only could I jump higher, but I also started punching and kicking much harder and faster, which stands to reason since your striking power, like your jumping power, is largely ....

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  • Confirmation

    Thanks for your interest in training with us! Our general manager will contact you shortly to make an appointment for you to come in for a tour and free introductory lesson. If you have any questions don't hesitate to get in touch . Be sure to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for videos, training articles, and best practices in self-defense and fitness! /* */ ....

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  • Welcome to the new kravmagaraleigh.com!

    If you're reading this post, then you have noticed the new and improved website. Check the home page to register for upcoming events like our Long Gun Workshop on March 30th, and visit this blog regularly for news, articles, and videos that will be relevant to your training. If you aren't already liking and following us on Facebook and Twitter, hit the buttons at the bottom of the page. Enjoy the new site! ....

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  • This Is Why You Train

    Some people might say that foods like these are a detriment to your training, but I think of them as more of a reward. ....

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  • Krav Maga Ninja

    Not all of these moves are official Krav Maga Worldwide techniques, but they certainly are awesome. ....

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  • Turkish Get Ups

    This exercise has been showing up in the fitness classes lately, and since it's a little complicated here's a video that may help you learn how to do them. ....

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  • FAQ

    Frequently Asked Questions. Need more information? Get in touch.
    What do I need to start Krav Maga training?
    Just the willingness to show up! You don’t need to have any experience or special gear. We train in gym clothes and everyone is on a first name basis.
    I’ve never done Krav Maga, or anything like it. Can I still train?
    Of course! Krav Maga is for everyone, all you have to do is show up and try your best. And there really isn’t anything else like it anyway.
    Are there men and women in the same class?
    Yes, all of our regular classes are co-ed. People partner up during class and generally match up with someone of similar size. We have women's only workshops and courses for those ....

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  • Contact

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  • Blog

    [caption id="attachment_1920" align="alignnone" width="300"] Triumphant at the end.[/caption] Welcome to the Krav Maga Raleigh Blog! Here you will get all the updates about Krav Maga Raleigh like new class announcements, test results, schedule changes, and upcoming events. You will also get self-defense and fitness advice, and links to relevant articles from around the internet. There are several types of posts you'll see here on the blog. The first is schedule announcements like new classes or holiday closings. We will also talk about our special workshops and courses like the handgun and other special weapon series, women's self-defense workshops, and other special events. After ....

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  • About

    About Krav Maga Raleigh (KMR) Krav Maga (“contact combat” in Hebrew) is an effective, modern, and dynamic self-defense and fighting system. It is practical and intuitive for people of any age, shape or size. Training in Krav Maga is intended to help avoid and survive worst case scenarios. There are no uniforms, traditions or elaborate choreographies. According to Krav Maga Founder Imi Litchenfeld, we train in Krav Maga “so that one may walk in peace.”
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    Ken Richstad opened the first Krav Maga studio in Raleigh on October 13, 2008. Krav Maga Raleigh (KMR) is not just martial arts; it is a friendly, supportive community. Krav Maga is the ....

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    Krav Maga
    Krav Maga is the fighting system of the Israeli Military. It emphasizes instinctive movements, practical techniques, and realistic training scenarios to get results from the very first class. Krav Maga is taught to military, law enforcement, and civilians all over the world, and is proven to be the most effective fighting system. Krav Maga is designed to be appropriate for everybody, regardless of gender, size, fitness level, or ....

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  • About

    Krav Maga (“contact combat” in Hebrew) is an effective, modern, and dynamic self-defense and fighting system. It is practical and intuitive for people of any age, shape or size. Training in Krav Maga is intended to help avoid and survive worst case scenarios. There are no uniforms, traditions or elaborate choreography. According to Krav Maga Founder Imi Litchenfeld, we train in Krav Maga “so that one may walk in peace.” Krav Maga Wake Forest (KMWF) is not just martial arts; it is a friendly, supportive community. Krav Maga is the easiest form of self-defense to learn, yet it provides the best results and an intense workout. Staff members are trained at the Krav Maga Institute in Los ....

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