UTKM Core Values

At UTKM just like Krav Maga we are a principle based school and organizations as such we have 3 core values that dictate everything we do.

We train people, not belts or certificates

To build the person, through time, commitment, and hard work.

A belt is just a milestone to show hard work. A certificate is just a recognition of completion. They don’t really actually indicate one’s skill or overall capability. While a rank or qualification could indicate skill level our real goal is to build our students to be something more and a belt or certificate is just a material thing. The fact is, they are just a milestone along a journey and actual skill level could vary from one person at a particular belt level to another person at the same level.

We want to teach people to properly defend themselves, not to give false hope about their abilities. As such we are not a belt factory and only allow people to test for each level or advanced to the next course if they show us the required proficiencies. Giving someone a rank just because they have been doing it long enough in Krav Maga even though they barely show the skill level just to make them feel better is dangerous and can give people the false reality about their real ability to defend themselves. Some people may meet the minimum requirements and be allowed to move forward and others may take years at each stage.

Building people takes time, commitment, and hard work from both UTKM and our students.

We turn lambs into lions

To turn everyday citizens into everyday warriors.

Aside from it being our slogan, it is something we truly believe in. Confidence is one of the most important aspects of personal success and whether a person comes to UTKM with it or needs our help we will grow and refine it into something to help you succeed in all aspects of life.

Lamb Into LionsLambs follow the herd. They don’t think for themselves, and they don’t know how to overcome whatever obstacles are ahead. They just follow. Lions don’t hesitate to act. They have confidence knowing they are at the top of the food chain. Heard mentality or mob mentality is something that has always been around and always will be so long as humans continue to exist as we are. Our goal is to help you evolve and break free of the mold and truly develop your critical thinking skills. In Krav Maga failing to critically think may get you punched in the face in real life it can stall your life as you failed to do so and made the wrong decision. Don’t just do something because of thats the way it always was, or because you were told so, even if it is us telling you (sometimes we lie to make a point). Critically thinking and being a lion isn’t just about strength it’s about the ability to take the information you have and grow and adapt.

Our Krav Maga programs and other programs are all designed to take you from nothing to something, or from something to something better. We will help you grow to be the best person you can be both physically and mentally.

We never stop learning and growing

To always keep an open mind and keep learning.

Emptiness: the starting point. In order to taste my cup of water, you must first empty your cup. My friend, drop all your preconceived and fixed ideas and be neutral. Do you know why this cup is useful? Because it is empty. – Bruce Lee

Bruce Lee Quote EmptinessThe day you think you know everything, the day you think you are untouchable, the day you think you will never be better. That’s the way you are defeated. This is where ego often comes in. We all have it even if you deny it. If you let your ego overwhelm you it will cost you every time. However, there is often a confusion between confidence and ego from the outside view. Confidence is based on past experience and results which have been positive or in which were learned from negative mistakes. Internal confidence is based on logic and historical precedence. Ego is based on one’s emotional need to feel important or be the best, this is not always true. For unless you have consistently proven yourself to be the best to others then you are only lying to yourself. Remember, there can be only one best, so until you are it you will always need to keep learning and growing. UTKM students are expected to keep open minds and learn from outside sources even if they are ones we personally dislike. It is only through this will you get the perspective to know what is true and what is not for your personal journey.

So never stop learning and always keep an open mind.