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  • What makes a good firearms instructor?

    What makes a good firearms instructor?

    At Alaska Krav Maga & Fitness in Fairbanks, this is a topic I get asked quite frequently so I would like to address it. There are many different folks out there offering some sort of firearms training, among other things. So how do we choose a good one, spot a bad one, and get the most we can for our hard-earned dollar. First are credentials. This isn't the end all be all of an individual, but it may be good clue. Several firearm instructors have good training and education behind them, and this is good, however it doesn't mean that they will be a good teacher. Research their backgrounds and check references, comments from students etc. Second, be sure ....

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  • Choices, Choices ( firearms for home defense )

    Choices, choices At Alaska Krav Maga & Fitness in Fairbanks, a commonly asked question I get is, what's the best gun for home defense? This could be answered differently for different people with different circumstances. There are 5 general categories to consider when choosing a home defense firearm and a few less thought of ones as well, let's examine! The five main categories are: 1) accuracy 2) recoil management 3) capacity 4) handling 5)"stopping power". Let's look at each of the three firearm types with the criteria for selection. HANDGUNS: Handguns are portable, concealable and quick to bring to action with proper training. When it comes to home ....

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  • The OODA Loop

    The OODA Loop in Fairbanks Alaska? John Boyd, an air force pilot, is the founder of the OODA loop. It stands for Observe, Orient, Decision(s), Action(s). What is this and how does it relate to us? Boyd's idea came from a tactical mindset while being a fighter pilot. His thought was that if he could see an enemy before he was seen and execute his plan first that he had a decisive advantage. Or, if the enemy had an advantage, disrupting the enemies thought process and stymie or disrupt their plan of attack. This is often referred to as the thought process of action/reaction. You must first observe the actions and behaviors of the opponent. You then ....

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  • Mindset and Preparedness

    Mindset and Preparedness discussion in Fairbanks at Alaska at Alaska Krav Maga & Fitness, In the next chapter of our journey we will discuss mindset and preparedness. This will be a 3part series and I will put the sections out one week apart. We could discuss this topic for days because there has been so much talk and confusion about this area and what it truly means. The first section will be mindset, the second training and philosophy with psychology and advancement last. Mindset. What does it actually mean?! The "sheepdog" mentality is a frame of mind and a lifestyle. However, you do not have to be a true sheep dog to have a good sense of safety and regimen for ....

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  • Performance based training in Fairbanks Alaska

    Performance based training in Fairbanks Alaska at Alaska Krav Maga & Fitness, Many will read the title and think "That Rick is off his rocker again!" Hear me out!! Many of us go through our lives performing tasks of all different types. Whether it be at work, while at home or at the gym we all perform differently. So how does this relate to me or AKM? Let's review. Many of us drudge through our activities with a certain level of performance anxiety. This is drilled into us from when we were younger in the pass/fail mentality. This is referred to as outcome based training. This is how much, how many, how fast. Execution of a task with consideration of ....

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  • Firearm Selection for Personal Protection

    Selecting the “right gun” for personal protection in Fairbanks Alaska. At Alaska Krav Maga & Fitness, one of the most common questions I (Rick) get regarding firearms is how to select the "right gun" for personal protection. There is a myriad of options, styles etc. to make your head spin and no two people are alike in their needs. In this article we will explore some simple yet effective ways to determine what is right for you. The first major talking point in selecting a firearm is to determine the main purpose for it. Is it for target practice, hunting? Etc. For this topic we have chosen personal protection, however this can be bigger than you ....

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  • Training with Ryan Hoover at Alaska Krav Maga & Fitness in Fairbanks, Alaska.

    Training with Ryan Hoover at Alaska Krav Maga & Fitness in Fairbanks, Alaska. Friday, June 8th. It was a wonderful, sunny morning as I commuted to the gym. Ryan Hoover was in town for a weekend long seminar which I was looking forward to. Mr. Hoover is a "who's who" in the personal protection arena and has had several endorsements as well as many uploaded videos on YouTube. This was shaping up for a great learning experience. Arriving at the gym I was greeted by the smiling faces of AKM staff. Everyone was full of anticipation and wondering what the day’s events had in store. I approached Mr. Hoover and introduced myself he had a smile and seemed genuinely ....

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  • New Year’s Resolutions

    Happy New Year! It’s that time of year for new fitness and health goals, all of which I love to see! But if your New Year’s Resolutions include changing your diet, you may be feeling a little overwhelmed or confused on where to start. That’s okay and completely normal. Here at Alaska Krav Maga & Fitness in Fairbanks we will give you a few tips to help you get started and help you stick to it.
    Start small if you’re feeling overwhelmed Many people make the mistake of setting goals that are too ambitious. The problem with this is that it can leave you feeling like you’re failing, even though you may actually be making progress. Feeling failure usually ....

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  • AKM Newsletter, December 2017


    Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all of you. The New Year is fast approaching and there are some of you that have slipped off the radar. You originally joined us because you had motivation to attack your goals but life gets in the way and it is often easier to make excuses and stop working towards those goals. But remember the only way to obtain things in life is through dedication and hard work. That means that if your goals are to get fit or learn a skillset that makes you hard to kill then you need to actually be making steps towards that achievement and you can do that by stepping foot through our front door. A lot of our members ....

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  • Krav Maga and Adult Martial Arts in Fairbanks!

    Check out our new website for Alaska Krav Maga & Fitness!
    We proudly serve the Fairbanks and North Pole areas! Come see the programs and deals we have to offer. Krav Maga, Adult Martial Arts, Group Fitness and SO MUCH MORE! Fill out the "Request Information" form on the side of the page and stop in for a visit today! Don't forget to click here to visit us on our social media pages!! Facebook Instagram ....

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