Krav Maga Detroit Weekly Update
We Forge Warriors - June 6th, 2022
THIS FRIDAY, JUNE 10
Crisis Mitigation Training
See more details below.
Thursday, June 16
KM 2 Review
Friday, June 17
Women's Advanced Studies
Friday, June 24
Level 2 Test
Saturday, June 25
Young Warriors Test
Tuesday, June 28
Early morning. See details below.
D-Day June 6, 1944
Normandy: The Most American Place on Earth
The D-Day Beaches are the most American place on the planet. It’s strange to be in a foreign country and have it feel like America.
A seemingly bold statement until you have felt how cold the English Channel is in June, low-crawled across 300 meters of beach, and then tried to imagine doing the same thing from the vantage point of the high ground where for every 85 yards of sand, there was a German machine gun shooting interlocking fire on the largest fatal funnel you’ve ever laid eyes on.
It’s impossible to imagine.
Attacking at low tide against an enemy with superior firepower who had built the Atlantic seawall and dug into their position for the better part of the past four years. The strategy to win was simply to keep sending more men. That’s how bold it was to invade, that’s how brave the Allied soldiers were on that cold, wet summer morning.
In emotionally charged settings, there is usually a specific moment in time when true reckoning occurs. The Cadre led us on the ultimate mission-based scenario of that fateful day, from beach to field to bluff, citing facts from Stephen Ambrose and relating it to their own combat experiences. Our Germans friends were moved to share war story anecdotes from a different perspective about their countrymen seeking forgiveness. For me, it was the realization that the rock the Cadre directed participants to use as our re-enacted casualty collection point was the first casualty collection point on June 6, 1944.
“Wait a minute,” I interrupted, “this same rock?”
“Yes. This rock.”
I was speechless. This miserable excuse for cover from fire was the only available on the beach. The Cadre showed us the plaque on the other side of what is known as Lambert’s Rock, in honor of Arnold Lambert who set up behind it and started treating casualties in the middle of the fight on D-Day. A participant climbed up on top of the rock and shared a remarkable story that she had heard the day before in the pouring rain – told by Lambert himself. He was wheeled out to the rock, an umbrella held over his head, as he recounted his memories of that day and how he had insisted that his name be put not at the top of the plaque, but alongside his fellow combat medics.
It comes as no surprise that the highlight of the GORUCK Normandy events was listening to WWII veterans tell their stories, for us and themselves and their comrades who are no longer with us. One self-proclaimed loud and fast-talking veteran, a 99-year-old who served in the 29th Division, made us laugh and cry as he recounted his experience as part of the first wave of the Omaha Beach invasion.
“We had this part of the beach…yeah, we had the short end of the stick, this was the toughest beach. That’s why I tell all people when you go up to the cemetery, walk to the English Channel, take a look out. I hope you’re there at low tide so you can see what these guys had to come across.”
“The reason why both of us are here today is because someone took a hit for us. The 400,000 Americans who gave their lives for this…they are the reason that all of us – I don’t care where you come from – are here and have the success and peace and freedom we have now. You have to give it to that Generation. I want you all to remember that because we’re not going to be around for a long time and you have to protect this world. We did it once and it’s your responsibility to keep going.”
And then his 97-year-old buddy who survived Pearl Harbor outed him as a “dancing fool” and laughter filled the air on Omaha Beach.
It’s true that GORUCK Challenges are known for the raw emotions they bring out in us, inviting us to commune with the world in a way that is real, unfiltered. Normandy is no exception, in fact, it is the “mother-freaking” rule as Cadre Heath would say. The landscape is ruggedly breath-taking. The locals are still grateful for the sacrifices made by our ancestors. But damn, those beautiful white crosses seem to go on forever.
Where there are tears, there is also laughter and freedom. Freedom paid in blood.
Our life is a gift and one that we aren’t going to keep on the shelf. Get yourself to Normandy one day. If you can’t, grab a buddy and go outside to do something awesome with your freedom.
CMT: Techniques & tactics for an Active Killer event.
Crisis Mitigation Training (CMT)
This 4 Hour Seminar lead by KMD Expert Instructor Pawel will teach you the essential aspects of making decisions and acting during a time of distress. Stop the Bleed course Taught by Mallory & Tyler included!
***FREE EVENT FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL & HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS - 10 SPOTS LEFT***
Parents must register students under 18 and students must present school ID at event.
Beginners welcome - no experience needed.
Be ready for training. Bring light snacks and water. It's going to be amazing.
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Women's Advanced Studies
FRIDAY, JUNE 17TH
Please join us! This is the chance for us women to train together, learn techniques more in depth, and share in the community of our KMD sisterhood!
Drop in! No pre-registration required!
Member price: $20
Non-member price: $40
KMD Young Warriors Test
A few of our Young Warriors have filled up their belts with white, red and gold stripes and are ready to test for the yellow belt.
This historic event will take place on Saturday June 25, 2022 at 1230.
Regular class is still on at 1200 and it will be a great warmup for the few brave souls who decide to test.
The test is by invitation only and this week the chosen Young Warriors will receive their invites.
The cost is $49 per student and it includes the brand new yellow belt.
All are welcome to watch so feel free to invite your family and friends.
Tuesday 6/28 marks 17th anniversary of the tragic events of the Operation Red Wings and as every year we will remember the sacrifice by crushing the Murph - a grueling workout named after Lt. Michael P. Murphy SEAL.
So mark your calendars. We are planning for an early morning and, if you’re still alive after, maybe we would grab a breakfast.
Curriculum of the Week 6/6/22
Straight combinations (Bas 1-4 on tombstone)
360º – 1-3
Ground - Get up
Choke - Behind with Push
Inside defense w/counter vs. left punch (dead side)
Side Kick In Place & With Advance
Back Kick In Place & With Advance
Short Uppercutt Back Kick
Side Kick with Hammerfist Punch
Back Kick with Hammerfist Punch
Wrist Holds - vs. 2 Attackers w/arms Being Pulled
Wrist Holds - vs. 2 Attackers w/Arms Being Pulled and 3rd Attacker Approaching
Fall breaks - High Fall break (back, side)
Fall breaks - Forward - Hard and Soft
Rolls - Forward Roll (regular)
Rolls/Fall Breaks - Forward Roll / Back Fall Break
Takedown - Knee Tap - Forward
Takedown - Knee Tap - Backward
Ground - Arm Bar
REVIEW - All Front Kicks
REVIEW – All Side Kicks
REVIEW – Stab and Pluck vs. Front Kicks
Kick Defense vs. High Side Kick
Kick Defense vs. Low Side Kick
Kick Defense vs. Low to Medium Side Kick (plucking)
Kick Defense vs. Side Kick (sideways to attacker)
- ALWAYS change your shoes before class, no matter what the weather is like outside.
- REMEMBER to sign in for classes before showing up. If class shows "full," please still come - some people will sign up but not show up!
- RESPECT all equipment and rooms. If you are utilizing the "open gym," put things back where you found them and clean up after yourself. (Put away your weights and clean up chalk