Interview with Randy King of KPC Martial Arts in Canada
TT: Thank you Mr. Randy King for joining Tribal Triangle for an interview. You’re a busy guy with your training facility in Edmonton, AB (Can). Plus you provide security for events don’t you?
RK: No problem at all! Thanks for asking me. Yes, we do also provide event security for all around northern Alberta and have been doing that for about 4 years now.
TT: You also are creating a documentary from what I hear. What’s it about?
RK: We are creating a documentary called what is reality based self defense. Over the last three years KPC martial arts has moved into the reality based self defense type of training, which is a little less known than traditional martial arts. The documentary is about what people think reality based self defense is and how it differs from current training.
TT: What drives you to go to this extent to create it?
RK: Well I feel as an instructor and lifelong martial artist it is my job to get as much information out there as possible so people make the right choice when taking a defensive system. I have been extremely lucky in my martial arts career to have met and befriended so many legendary individuals so I figured, why not get some of the greatest minds and warriors in the martial arts to answer some questions for the rest of us. It was an amazing experience! This round we got to interview Professor Kelly S Worden, Professor Lenord Trigg and Rory Miller. We got quite the diverse answers to our questions!
TT: Tell us about the training that goes on at your studio.
RK: Well what we try and do at KPC is remove all of the excess from training. My job is not to keep you in the gym for 10 years but to make sure that everytime you leave you are a little more prepared than when you came in. Since I have been in the martial arts world and I have the worst ADHD (attention-deficit-hyperactity-disorder) you have ever seen, I ALWAYS ask the most important question which is, Why? Without being disrespectful to your trainer no matter where you are your coach should be able to tell you why they are showing you the technique, where it applies and why it was derived. So when we train at KPC I encourage questions. This is the way we have created our syllabus it is based on what I call the progressive failure system. We show you defenses to the most common attacks (according to stats Canada and the FBI data base) first and then when that fails we show you the next step. For example we will train into you how not to go to the ground first, then at the next stage of training we cover what to do when down there.
TT: You run the only Krav Maga school in Edmonton, Alberta. Can you share some of the philosophies and practises behind this art?
RK: Well we are not the only ones who teach Krav anymore. I believe another gym says that they are doing Krav Maga as well now. But we are definitely the original krav gym in Edmonton. Krav Maga is in essence not an art at all. Saying you take Krav Maga is like saying yo take Kung-fu, no one takes just Kung-fu they take a style of Kung Fu. Krav Maga literally translated just means close combat. So the art is not very consistent in what it teaches for techniques. Another one of my go to saying (which I clearly have a lot of) is: it is not what you train, it is how you train it. The thing that is different about Krav from a lot of other arts is that is it constantly looking for reality and efficiency. Most arts now have been watered down so much that they just want to make sure it stays the same as it was 500 years ago. There is nothing wrong with that if you are looking to count to 20 in Japanese and learn a culture. But if you are looking for self protection in today’s world a reality based system like Krav may be more what you are looking for.
TT: How would you compare Krav to the other systems you teach?
RK: It is like comparing apples to oranges. There is no comparison really it is about what you are looking for. Krav is great for quick and dirty defense to keep you safe if that is what you want then it is perfect. If you want to learn about the body and how to apply force and become an extremely good fighter may no be the best place. As with anything all arts have their place. No need for a 6’8” 250lb man to learn how to get out of a rape scenario…the odds are extremely low that it will happen to him in that way. Your art needs to match your reality. If you are here because you have been hurt and don’t want it to happen again then reality based is for you. If you want to be the big dog and gain fame and impress your friends then you will probably want to go to MMA. The only wrong choice is to waste your time trying to find what you are looking for in an art that does not actively meet your needs.
TT: Very interesting! Thanks a million for your time & insights Sir. I wish you continued success in 2013 and years to come.