In CKM, the intention in any conflict situation is to find an honorable path towards a peaceful resolution. CKM is all about avoiding the fight. Violence is the absolute last resort. CKM always gives the aggressor a chance to save face, an honorable solution as a way out, without ever compromising his own sense of self esteem. Your body should say, “I don’t want to fight”, while your eyes are saying, “watch out”.
￼Many times, a fight is all about somebody’s ego, either theirs or ours. CKM knows that fighting is mostly avoidable and as such its practitioners do their best to de‐escalate any situation that could turn violent. Every practitioner of CKM seeks to dissolve his own individual ego through intense training and introspection.
Because every CKM technique is potentially lethal, CKM insists that its practitioners respect every other human being, regardless of race, religion or gender.
Therefore, the fundamental CKM principle is this: No first use of force.
The second principle of CKM is this: While negotiating for peace, prepare for war. CKM evolved in the hostile environment of the Middle East. So, CKM intrinsically is a mature and pragmatic body of knowledge. Though every CKM practitioner does his best to deescalate the conflict, CKM is not oblivious to the fact that there are many unintelligent people out there who might mistake a desire for peace as weakness. So, even as CKM tries to negotiate a honorable peace with the aggressor, the CKM practitioner instantly begins to prepare for combat.
The CKM starting stance for instance conceals far more than it reveals. If there is going to be any kind of fighting, the opponent will know nothing about what the CKM practitioner knows. This allows CKM to launch the most devastating counter attacks from what looks like an innocuous position. CKM practitioners are taught to loudly announce their intentions of not wanting to fight. This further ensures that should the law enforcement authorities intervene, they will have witnesses to show that the CKM practitioner did not want to fight and that whatever happened subsequently was the result of the aggressor. Fighting in self defense is legally justified in most countries. Unprovoked physical confrontation and the use of excessive force is not.
Static systems that claim to know all the answers are obviously highly suspect. All bodies of knowledge must keep evolving to keep pace with new inputs or else they become outdated. CKM is no different. CKM knows that criminals and terrorists continuously keep changing their tactics. Therefore, CKM keeps evolving to keep pace with the new tactics and weapons of the enemy. It is totally dynamic.
Combat in the streets is totally unpredictable. There are no rules. There is no referee who will stop the fight, or throw in the towel. There is no honor code. Treacherous behavior abounds. The attacker might pull a gun or a knife, or have friends lurking not too far away…possibly even a gang. Such people are capable of stooping to any sub‐human extent.
ATA Martial Arts Commando Krav Maga is an officially licensed CKM school located at
6030 St. Andrews Rd. Ste N Columbia, South Carolina 29212