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  •  in Tempe - EVKM Self Defense & Fitness - EVKM Takes Home Medals at Local Tournament

    EVKM Takes Home Medals at Local Tournament

    We recently had 5 of our upper level Krav Maga students takepart in a regional Muay Thai tournament. Our team had a great showing, winning 2 gold medals and 1 silver medal! You may be asking, "Why are Krav Maga students taking part in a sports fighting tournament?", which is a really good question! We are definitely not a combat sports fighting school, nor do we have a combat sports program. Our passions as instructors rest solely on the self defense side of things. So then Why? The "Why" is due to what we as self defense practitioners can gain from the experience. The Krav Maga organization that we are affiliated with (Krav Maga Alliance) has a requirement called the Fight ....

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  •  in Tempe - EVKM Self Defense & Fitness - Krav Maga Disarms with CCTactics

    Krav Maga Disarms with CCTactics

    Charr Cee of CCTactics (Follow her on Instagram @cctactics ) visited EVKM recently to learn some Krav Maga gun defenses. She spent about an hour training with EVKM Chief Instructor Derrek, and they worked on a few different scenarios involving defending against a handgun. When faced with this type of threat, the first response should be to comply and satisfy the attacker's demands if it seems like the most likely route to getting away safely. If a determination is made that escaping unharmed is not certain, attempting a defense may be needed. In our trainingwe follow an order of operations abbreviated to RCAT, Redirect Control Attack Takeaway. In this video, you can see Charr learning ....

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  •  in Tempe - EVKM Self Defense & Fitness - New Level 4 Krav Maga Instructors

    New Level 4 Krav Maga Instructors

    Recently EVKMInstructors Ivvette and Sara completed and passed their Level 4 Krav Maga Instructor Certifications! This certification course washeld at CSA Gym in Dublin, CA and administered by the Krav Maga Alliance . Both Ivvette and Sara have been training and teaching for many years, and both began their Krav Maga journey as students at EVKM. Ivvette holds the rank of Black Belt and Sara holds the rank of Brown Belt. All EVKM instructors are certified through the Krav Maga Alliance. ....

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  •  in Tempe - EVKM Self Defense & Fitness - Injury Prevention: Shin Splints Edition

    Injury Prevention: Shin Splints Edition

    While not a common Krav Maga or self defense training-related injury, shin splints can still affect your training if you have developed them through other activities such as running. In this video, EVKM Instructor Dr. Sara Ullenbruch, PT., DPT., explains what shins splints are, what causes them to happen, and then what you can do to prevent them. For more injury prevention tips, visit the EVKMBlog! ....

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  •  in Tempe - EVKM Self Defense & Fitness - How The Negativity Bias Derails Your Goals

    How The Negativity Bias Derails Your Goals

    Post by EVKM Chief Instructor Derrek Hofrichter I’m sure you are familiar with the concept of being in your own way when it comes to accomplishing goals. We all have struggles where we can be our own worst enemy and one, in particular, is our human predisposition for negativity and assuming the worst. We all have these little errors in our judgment and thinking called Cognitive Biases that come from our tendencies to make assumptions instead of gathering and analyzing relevant data. There is actually a cognitive bias called the Negativity Bias that tends to make negative things outweigh the positive in our thinking and decision making. Examples of this negativity bias ....

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  •  in Tempe - EVKM Self Defense & Fitness - Krav Maga Belt Testing Day at EVKM in Tempe

    Krav Maga Belt Testing Day at EVKM in Tempe

    This last Saturday, October 20th, was a Krav Maga belt testing day at EVKM! It was a busy day as we held testing for both youth in our Young Warriors program and adults in our Krav Maga program. The tests were lead by EVKM Chief Instructor Derrek Hofrichter, and assisted by Intructors Ivvette , Sara, Sara, Keith, Logan, Michele, and Kyle. The Young Warriors kicked it off with our largest youth testing group ever! The ages ranged from 4-15, and these youth showed great determination and skill in being tested on the techniques they have worked on the last few months. Following the Youth tests, the adult Krav Maga tests began. We had students testing for Levels 1, 2, 3, and 4. ....

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  •  in Tempe - EVKM Self Defense & Fitness - Injury Prevention: Knee Strikes Edition

    Injury Prevention: Knee Strikes Edition

    Guest Post by EVKM Instructor Dr. Sara Ullenbruch, PT., DPT. Hey guys! Dr. Sara Ullenbruch PT., DPT. here to help you improve your ability to deliver a knee strike! There is a lot of movement that goes into throwing a proper knee strike. Focusing on the standing/base leg, the motion needed is; ankle plantar flexion (going up on you toes), knee extension (knee is straight), hip extension and lastly “rotation” at the spine (the vertebra in your spine rotate and extend together to allow for increased motion). In your moving/striking leg, when loading to deliver the knee, your ankle dorsiflexes (heel lowers to ground) then violently push off the ground. The quad and hip ....

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  •  in Tempe - EVKM Self Defense & Fitness - Olivia Marie Garcia Learns Some Krav Maga

    Olivia Marie Garcia Learns Some Krav Maga

    Viral video martial artist Olivia Marie Garcia recently stopped by EVKM to learn some Krav Maga! Olivia became an online sensation with a video of her impressivelyspin kicking a water bottle and the video getting played on The Ellen Show, Tosh.0, amongst others, and even a Nike commercial! (Follow her on Instagram at @oliviamariaIG )   She's already a TKD World Champion, but wanted to learn some self defense moves with Krav Maga training. In her training session with EVKM Chief Instructor Derrek Hofrichter, she learned a defense vs Knife, Gun, and Stick. After training, Olivia and Derrek had some fun with their own Krav Maga version of her water bottle kicking stunt! ....

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  •  in Tempe - EVKM Self Defense & Fitness - Krav Maga at Arizona State University: Self Defense at Any Age

    Krav Maga at Arizona State University: Self Defense at Any Age

    Our Chief Instructor, Derrek Hofrichter, was recently invited by the Arizona State University Kosher School of Lifelong Learning as a guest speaker! His presentation took place at the Downtown Phoenix ASU campus and was a sold out event with a waiting list. The School of Lifelong Learning provides educational courses for senior citizens, and Chief Instructor Derrek spoke about Self Defense at Any Age. He provided examples of why Krav Maga was a great system of self defense to learn at any age, as well as important safety tips and principles. He was joined by EVKM Instructor Sara Yee, who helped with demonstrating the techniques.The participants had many questions and concerns about ....

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  •  in Tempe - EVKM Self Defense & Fitness - Injury Prevention: Round Kicks Edition

    Injury Prevention: Round Kicks Edition

    Guest Post by EVKM Instructor Sara Ullenbruch PT., DPT. Hi everyone, Dr. Sara Ullenbruch PT., DPT., here to help you improve your round kicks with some education, mobility and strengthening exercises! I began my career as a Physical Therapist about 5 years ago seeking to improve my client's ability to actively participate in the things they love. I love Krav Maga and learning self-defense skills and I want you to be able to avoid injury and improve your skills at EVKM. I will be addressing certain movement patterns and giving you advice on exercises and stretches! This post will focus on the round kick and we've put together a video to demonstrate the mechanics we are seeking to ....

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