St. Patrick’s Day – Punching at the Pub

FREE BEER!  Idaho Krav Maga is heading back to the brewery on St. Patrick’s Day!  Join chief instructor Tracie Ide at White Dog Brewing for a lesson on becoming a lean, green, mean, street fighting machine!  Learn what to do when the leprechauns turn on you and start pulling hair, taking cheap shots, and swinging their shamrocks!  Make it through the Pot of Gold Drill, Leprechaun Alley, and The Emerald Isle Knock You Out gauntlet and stick around for a brew on us!  Come get lucky with White Dog and Idaho Krav Maga!

Cost: $20

Date: March 17, 2018 from 9:00am to 10:30am

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Twas the week after Christmas

Twas the week after Christmas and all through the house, no piece of clothes would fit me, not even a blouse. The blue jeans were hung in the closet with care in hopes that i’d wear them and go out somewhere. My tushy was nestled all snug in my sweats while visions of running did cause me to fret.   I in my stretchies and the dog on her string had just gazed out the window longing for spring. When out on the street there arose such a clatter I sprang to my feet to see what was the matter. Away to the door I flew like the Flash, then stood their winded, my breathe in gasps. The inversion was grey on top of the snow, casting gloom to the Idaho we all know. When what to my sugar glazed eyes should appear but my reflection in ice as if in a mirror. With a tubby lil tummy, so jiggly and sick, I knew in a moment I looked like Saint Nick. More rapid than eagles my course I did change, I whistled and shouted and called the dog by name! Now Phoster! You good dog! Grab a leash or a chain. Now puppy, lets go run, come snow or come rain! To the top of the hill, on the top of the snow! Now run with me! Run with me! Run with me, go!

Prepare for a level up exam

How do you prepare for a level up exam in Krav Maga?  This question was recently brought to the foreground at Idaho Krav Maga and merits a brief discussion.

The simple answer is come to class.  Don’t come to class when you feel like it or when you think we are going to spar or do something “fancy”.  Come to class religiously.  We offer classes in Krav

Maga for beginner, intermediate, and advanced students separately as well as a couple of combined classes.  We also offer fitness classes and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu classes.  One thing I have learned over the years is this; if I take a Krav Maga class, any level of Krav Maga class, and I don’t improve or learn something, then I wasn’t paying attention.  Advanced students can learn from beginners just as well as beginners can learn from advanced students.  Be open.

The Krav Maga curriculum is designed in such a way that regular attendance will provide you with the right amount of training opportunities for the material you need to know.  StrikeFit is an incredible way to condition yourself for the rigors of an exam.  Try taking StrikeFit and Krav Maga back-to-back.  In fact, on both Tuesday and Thursday evenings, here at IKM, you could bust out a trifecta with StrikeFit, Krav Maga, and BJJ.

Ask questions.  If you are struggling with a single technique or KM principle, ask.  Keep asking until you understand your material.

If you are doing all of these things, and you still feel ill prepared, consider private lessons.  The average student does not need private lessons if they are training in class regularly, but they can be a big help if something just hasn’t clicked for you.  Take a step back.  Look at your nutrition and habits outside of IKM.  Do you eat to fuel your training?  Are you sedentary on the days you skip classes?  What simple changes can you make to maximize your endurance and overall performance.

We set you up for success.  We provide the training opportunities.  We can’t do the training for you.

Peace through Reverence


Reverence – a feeling of deep respect tinged with awe.  This is the feeling I get when I stand and look up at the Sawtooth Mountains or when I hear singing so pure it gives me goosebumps.  It’s the feeling I get when I set out my Christmas decorations and go through the ceremony of carefully unwrapping each ornament and bobble.  For me, regardless of what leads me to feel reverence, it is always stemmed in the knowledge of something greater than myself.  Nature is vast, and this year more than many others, has shown how powerful she is and how limited we are.  The excellence of a voice powerful enough to make me tingle is something to behold.  Christmas decorations always make me feel grounded.  The ceremony of remembering the little things, creating a comfortable and warm haven for my family and loved ones, stirs a deep sense of reverence in me.  I think it’s the thing that helps me stay grounded in what can easily become a hectic and overwhelming time of year.

Why is reverence so important to us as a society and so much so this time of year?  Paul Woodruff says in his book  Reverence: Renewing a Forgotten Virtue “We feel awe for what we believe is above us all as human beings, and this feeling helps us to avoid treating other human beings with contempt”.  He further says “A reverent soul listens to other people even when they are inferior; that is a large part of remembering that you are human together with them” (Woodruff, p. 83).
We often associate reverence with religion, and certainly the deference to God as being greater than ourselves and something which forces us to humble ourselves does evoke the feelings of reverence.  But reverence is a feeling of its own.
Lately it has been easy for people to forget that we all are human and that there are things greater than us.  We argue and yell over political parties and who we love and what we think is right, and hate and vitriol spill from us like water from a spring.  Then, a hurricane hits, and we come together to help fellow humans.  Our reverence for that act of nature reminds us we are all in this together, and it brings a cease fire.  So how do we find reverence and practice reverence?
Nature is where I like to start. I like to get up early, no matter the cold or snow, and get outside for a while.  It is hard to watch a Great Horned owl glide silently past on a full moon and not feel reverent.  It is hard to look up at clear, cloudless sky, and see billions of stars and not feel reverence.  I seek nature year round but even more so when I feel pressured or stressed.  It reminds me of the insignificance of daily trials.
Ceremony.  I love ceremony this time of year.  I think this feeling in me comes from a childhood spent in the Catholic Church but has remained because of my reverence for the act of ceremonies, and not just a mindless habit of doing things a certain way.  One of my favorite ceremonies at Christmas time is the Advent calendar.  I get excited every morning to watch my children wake up sleepy and count down another day until Christmas.  Ceremonies can be powerful and can bring people together into a community.  They remind us we are not alone, we have like minded humans all around us, and this community at least is bigger than self.
I mentioned music earlier.  While not in the least bit musical myself, I have so much respect for people that can take notes or notes and lyrics and turn them into something beautiful and powerful.  Hearing the reverence the musicians must have for the music to make it sound like they do is awe inspiring.
The virtue of reverence is powerful.  The lack of it is devastating, for if we forget that we are human together it is easier to treat each other with contempt.  Show reverence to your children, your parents, your students, your teachers.  Show reverence for life, for human worth.  Embrace it.  I think it will make your holiday season happier and more enjoyable.  I know it will do more for you than the mall will.
“Let parents bequeath to their children not riches, but the spirit of reverence.” Plato

The Ifs of carrying a gun

As a self defense instructor, I am often asked whether I recommend carrying a firearm for personal safety.  I do, but with many “ifs” attached.

A gun can be an effective self defense tool, if you are willing to invest in learning how to handle the gun proficiently and safely.  Hitting a target is not easy.  Hitting a target when you are under stress and duress is damn hard.  It requires learning the basics of marksmanship and practicing them on a regular basis.  If you make the decision to carry a gun, first make the decision to find a qualified instructor and train.  Set aside time and money, and commit.

A gun requires care and maintenance.  It is your responsibility to learn what makes your gun go bang, how to keep that gun running smoothly, and what to do in the event the gun fails to do so at any given time.

Carrying a gun on your person means you are choosing to be responsible for keeping that gun on your person securely.  How and where will it be carried?  Are you practicing getting to the gun quickly and presenting it quickly when the need arises?  Have you considered what might happen if someone tries to take it from you?  Have you considered the legal ramifications if you use the gun in self protection and everything goes smoothly and the threat is stopped?  What if everything goes horribly wrong and an innocent person is injured or killed?

The decision to carry a firearm is one that requires careful consideration, commitment to training, and acceptance of immense responsibility.  Don’t make it lightly.

New Year – New You Fitness Challenge

This challenge is a StrikeFit focused challenge that will include daily recipes, fitness and nutrition tips, and step-by-step guidance to kick start a fitness routine and STICK WITH IT! Show up to the 10:00 StrikeFit class that day for more details and to get started! This challenge is free to members, $59 for non enrolled parents of a Kids Krav student, and $89 for non members.

Kickoff December 31. This is a StrikeFit workout followed by an information meeting outlining the guidelines of the challenge. The challenge will begin officially on this day and end six weeks later on February 11th. If you cannot make it the kick off event, simply email for information on how to start the challenge.

Jumpstart the New You

What is Krav Maga?

Krav Maga (pronounced “krahv mahGAH”) is an effective, modern, and dynamic self-defense and fighting system. It is designed to be practical and intuitive for people of any age, shape, or size. The techniques expand on your natural instincts to develop skills quickly and effectively, while enabling you to address attacks under any scenario. You will learn how to defend yourself and your loved ones, while gaining increased awareness and instinctive reflexes.