Added Firepower


Happy New Year everybody! 2011 was excellent, but I have good and reasonable hopes that 2012 will be even greater. This year, in addition to Krav Maga, we added firearms classes. Concealed Carry Handgun aka CCH courses, primarily, and the program has gone far better than we had originally hoped.
At TKM, we have a sophisticated clientele. We are friendly, intelligent Triangle folk who speak a language of mutual respect, a language of business, a language of love. But unfortunately, there are those among our communities that choose to speak another language, for one reason or another. They choose to speak Violence. And that’s why TKM exists, to teach you how to speak Violence. So when one of these thugs speaks Violence to you, you’ll be able to not only continue the conversation, but make your point with vim and verve. Think of Triangle Krav Maga as your local VSL institute. “Violence as a Second Language”.
Now, as a combat instructor, I have to believe, deep down, that violence can actually solve problems, that it is necessary and even praiseworthy when used to protect and serve society. I mean, you can’t just train to destroy an enemy like we do without believing that an event could arise where a chop to the throat or a kick to the groin could be necessary. But adding firearms training goes beyond soft hands, hard hands, chemical spray, impact weapons; it goes straight to deadly force. The reach and severity of the firearm takes combat to a whole other level.
When you hold a pistol in your hand, you are holding the power of life and death. It is extreme. It is dangerous. And it is excellent. Because as much as I value hand-to-hand skills, there are situations where distance and immediate deadly force require added firepower, pun intended. And that’s why I’m so proud of our students and what we’re accomplishing with our new program.
Anyone who takes our course has to pass a written test and a shooting proficiency trial. Then, they submit to the bureaucratic equivalent of a full body cavity search when they submit their paperwork to their Sheriff, who takes their fingerprints and goes over their record with a fine-toothed comb. Frankly, anyone who’s been under a microscope like that and is still awarded a CCH is okay in my book. I feel 100% comfortable around that kind of armed citizen. And that’s part of why we started TKM, really. It’s so satisfying, just working out with an awesome system like Krav Maga, but we also get to equip excellent people with excellent weapons. But now, our newest weapons can hit an opponent from a football field away. And I think that’s pretty cool.

We Moved!


Tags: Martial arts. Self-defense. Boxing.
I almost entitled this post “Here We Grow Again!” just to be cheesy-ironic, but I simply refuse to resemble hipsters in any way these days, so the boring, straightforward title “We Moved!” won out. I don’t know about you, but I feel…okay about it.

We started teaching Krav Maga in Sync Studio a few months ago, but if you were there, you remember how it got cramped really fast, right? I mean, you could work elbows without hitting anyone, but hammerfists were pushing it. And as cool as the Sync people are, we were slipping and sliding around on those wooden floors a lot more than we wanted to. Well, we’ve finally fixed those problems and made your wildest dreams come true! WE MOVED! So don’t look for us at Sync anymore. Our new space is located on the other side of Los Portales, just two doors down from where we were, and it rocks. We’ve got more than double the space we had at Sync, our own restrooms, office space and cushy padded carpeting. But best of all, we can now add as many classes as we’d like! So we’re in the process of adding offering midday classes, high school classes, concealed carry classes and after this next Level One test, more Level Two classes. So get ready, because HERE WE GROW AGAIN! (…I just couldn’t resist!)


Concealed Carry Handgun Cert. Course


Imi Lichtenfeld, the father of Krav Maga, recognized the importance of firearms in self-defense. So do we at Triangle Krav Maga. North Carolina is an open carry state, but carrying a handgun in the open can draw unnecessary attention and create potential problems. Having to file a request with your sheriff each and every time you want to purchase a handgun can be extremely inconvenient, as well. But attaining your CCH permit solves both of those problems. Attend our one day course, pass the tests and discover what it’s like to walk in peace!
CCH courses are held every Saturday from 8am to 6PM, which includes class time and range time. We will cover NC firearms law, deadly force, where you can and can not carry, shooting positions, handgun selection, and much more.

1. The CCH course cost is $120.00 (cash, checks and credit cards accepted). Seats are numbered, so you must RSVP first.
2. All course materials will be provided by instructor, including targets.
3. Students must bring eye and ear protection. Prescription glasses are acceptable.
4. Students need to provide their own handguns and ammunition. You need 30rds minimum.

Shooting qualification: 70% of the rounds must hit the target from 3, 5 and 7 yard distances.
Written qualification: Make at least a 70% on the exam.

Even if you have never fired a handgun before, this class is an excellent way to familiarize yourself with one. TKM’s classes are hands-on and lively. Numerous first-time students have passed their shooting tests without a problem. If you do not have a handgun, you can either borrow one from a friend or use one of our loaner handguns (mention this when you RSVP) for $20, which includes 30 rounds of ammo. Please make sure all guns are in working order and are safe to operate. If we feel that a gun is not safe to operate, we will provide a loaner gun for you to use.

For any further info or to RSVP, contact

BOOM! An Introduction To Firearms



TKM’s Molotov Mitchell will be covering the basics of firearms and addressing some common questions about them, such as: What kind of gun should I buy? How do guns work? What’s legal and illegal when it comes to self-defense in NC? What’s safe and unsafe?

Unlike many firearms courses, BOOM! addresses guns in a fun, relaxed atmosphere over pizza. That’s right! Pizza is provided!

Also, this class is required for anyone who wishes to attend TKM’s advanced firearms courses, which involve shooting.

ATTENTION: DO NOT bring any firearms or live ammunition (loaded or otherwise) to this class. There will NOT be shooting at this class, so you don’t need to bring hearing or eye protection, either.

Molotov Mitchell is the head instructor of Triangle Krav Maga and a NRA-certified pistol instructor. Beyond that, he’s also a really, really cool guy. Just ask Richard Hoffman or Cris Campos!

Belated Grand Opening & Lv. 1 Test


BJJ, Muay Thai, MMA, Krav Maga, Chuck Norris…there. Now that I’ve gotten those pesky search engine tag words out of the way…

Doughnut Burger. RESPECT.

…Boy, 3 months sure blew right by! Because we were still waiting on some paperwork in the mail when we held our first class, we didn’t have the Grand Opening extravaganza we wanted (Mike Mathias was particularly bummed when he showed up with a karaoke machine and a clown). We expected to celebrate our opening soon after that class, but our schedules have been so crazy that we lost track, procrastinated, etc. So this weekend, we’re having a REAL Grand Opening with food, friends and…well, mostly food and friends. Most businesses have a soft opening and then a grand opening within 30 days, so we’re a little behind, but I think the doughnut burgers will taste that much sweeter. Yes, Ken Richstad set the trend when he created the doughnut burger tradition. You cut a doughnut like a bagel and slap a beef patty, cheese and maybe even an egg on there…VOILA! Krav tradition!
We’re also about to begin another tradition in August, the Level One Test! Oh yes, it’s about that time, when students who think they’re ready find out just how ready they are by training harder than they ever have for 2-3 hours while we grade them. In past tests, participants have been known to throw up, cry and pass out, but I expect nothing less than perfect technique and frosty stoicism from our ferocious TKM students 😉 The test will be held on August 20th at 12:30PM at the KMR studio. A Level One Review will be held on the 6th (same time, same location) for those who either think they’re ready to test or those who’d simply enjoy the curricular overview. After the Review, we’ll tell students whether they’re ready or whether they need to improve on certain techniques.

If anyone passes the deadly Level One Test (which I highly doubt), they will move on to Level Two training. This means they will have officially attained the right to look down upon their Level One peers and make jokes about their round kicks. It also means we will add Level Two classes to our schedule!
So get ready, ninjas! TKM’s about to make some history!

In the Beginning…


Molotov and Patricia
The first time I took a Krav Maga class, I literally threw up. Admittedly, I ate only an hour before I came, but that’s not the point. Krav Maga was far more challenging and dynamic than anything I had anticipated. I half expected to show up, break some boards, listen to some smarmy teacher wax poetic about jump kicks, and then leave with a black belt…boy, was I wrong. There were no boards to be broken, no lengthy speeches or impractical kicks, just constant punching, constant movement, painful stretches and an especially useful defense against a choke from the front. It wasn’t just informative. It wasn’t just exercise. The best way I can describe the experience it is to say that the fun level eclipsed all the sweat and strain. Needless to say, I was hooked. Years later, as a Krav Maga instructor, I look back on that class with fondness. I can honestly say that taking that class was one of the best decisions I ever made. I walked in weighing close to 250 lb.’s and it wasn’t muscle. Today, I’m 210, fit and fully equipped to defend myself and others from almost any physical threat. Thanks to Krav Maga, today I am a better man.

Now, I’ve heard Krav Maga instructors talk about “spreading Im’s vision” or “spreading Imi’s system” around the world (Imi Lichtenfeld is the creator of Krav Maga). I first heard those words with some cynicism, as if those were clever ways to say “make more money by opening new schools”. But today, having experienced “Imi’s vision” firsthand, I know that I was mistaken. Don’t get me wrong; I’m not trying to sound like some cult leader here! I’m a Christian, after all. But as far as earthly pastimes go, I can’t think of a better one. My life (and my wife’s life) have been radically, noticeably improved. And with TKM, it’s my turn to share Imi’s vision with others so “that they may walk in peace” as I do.