Instructor Candidates & the Servant Mindset

When you think of your Krav Maga instructor(s), what do you envision? A charismatic badass? A trusted ally? A teacher? A mentor? Whatever lens you see your instructor through, it’s important to realize that there’s much more dedication, training, sacrifice, and service that they dedicate to their position and responsibility outside of teaching a few killer one-hour classes every week.

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Rachel Parker
Try vs. DO

Back in January, I heard a very sharp-someone equate the word “try” to a four-letter word -- as in, a curse word. This took me aback, since I saw “try” as any other word. He went on to explain that saying, “I’m going to try to do _______” left an opening for an easy way out.

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Rachel Parker
The Power of Your Voice

While physical training is vital, it is not complete by itself. When we train, something else happens in addition to learning how to physically fight back – we find our voice again. As women we grow up learning that loudness is not acceptable, attractive, or desirable. After a lifetime of understanding this as the cultural expectation, women default to going inward (both physically and verbally). Essentially, we need to re-learn how to use our voice.

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Rachel Parker
Beyond Weapons: What Women’s Self Defense is Really About

Nearly every woman has, at one time, been given well-meaning advice from a father, brother, or uncle about how to keep herself safe. While this advice is given out of a desire to help, it’s very often ineffective. Or at least incomplete. In my time as a self-defense professional, I’ve learned that there is no one miracle product that will keep you out of danger; no cure-all keychain or app that will make you invincible.

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Rachel Parker