The Importance of Hybridizing Training

The Importance of Hybridizing Training

I am both American and Israeli. My entire life has been split between Israel and the United States. Although I was born in Israel, at the age of nine I moved with my family to the United States. Growing up in the suburbs of Austin, Texas I started training in various sports and eventually found my way to Krav Maga and mixed martial arts. When I turned 18 I promptly moved back to Israel to complete my service in the Israeli Defense Forces. As most combat soldiers in the IDF, I was introduced to Krav Maga, a completely different Krav Maga then what I learned back in Austin. The physical difficulty, mental training, and the aggression level was on a much higher level. Krav Maga in the IDF simulated reality and gave me a completely different perspective on my training. Since then, I realized that it is very important to step out of the known and step into the unknown, to hybridize, and to avoid incestuous training.

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Combat Conditioning: The Foundations of Survival

Combat Conditioning: The Foundations of Survival

It is hard to simulate full intensity in training because you need to follow safety protocols designed to prevent injuries. Using the best and most advanced protective gear can help you train better. Your training partner is critical to simulating intensity. It is ok to learn a technique without stress, but when you know the technique well enough, it’s time to train it under stress. Your training partner must adopt the role of a real “bad guy” and simulate his attack with enough speed, power, unpredictability, and resistance. Contrary to popular belief, your partner is not doing you any favors by attacking gently and letting you win easily. He needs to make the attack “dirty” in order for you to benefit from it. For example, when attacking you with a knife, he must simulate several thrusts at high speed and try to free his arm when you try to control it. When choking or grabbing, he must try to surprise you and apply real resistance to simulate real stress. When training two attackers against one, one attacker often waits for the other to finish his or her attack. When simulating reality, you cannot wait. You must put constant pressure on your training partner in order to challenge him correctly. Remember—in real life, you won’t be attacked by an old lady with osteoporosis. You will be attacked by a psychotic, blood thirsty beast in his prime. To make training efficient, you must attack with speed, surprise, intensity, and resistance.

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Firearm Safety for Krav Maga Practitioners

Firearm Safety for Krav Maga Practitioners

Over the past ten years I have taught Krav Maga in Israel, Europe, North America, and South America. In most of the countries that I teach, the practitioners (ordinary citizens) are not allowed by law to carry firearms let alone use them for self-defense. However, in all of the places I have taught around the world everyone trains pistol and rifle disarms.

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Top three self-defense tips while traveling abroad

Top three self-defense tips while traveling abroad

As a business owner, I don’t have much free time. When I do, I tend to fly abroad. Although I carry my firearm almost everywhere with me when I am stateside, I am unarmed when I travel (if you didn’t know, your gun license is invalid outside of the United States). When it comes to my own safety, I plan ahead and find ways to keep myself from being a victim. This involves studying the culture, learning about local self-defense laws, and always knowing my route in and out of locations during my stay.

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How to get into the special forces

How to get into the special forces

Many people have asked me over the years how to train to be in the special forces.  They will ask, “I want to try out for the special forces. What sort of cross training and weight training should I do to prepare myself?”  I usually respond with, “You are asking the wrong question.”

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The Endless Weapon

The Endless Weapon

It is about 2 am in my level one trauma center in one of the major cities in the United States. By this point, I have been a nurse for about seven years in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and was completing my second year of my Certified Nurse Anesthesia (CRNA) training. I was pretty comfortable with death, and able to “keep my s*** together when s*** hit the fan.” I’ve broken ribs countless times while performing CPR and just to keep things a bit more interesting, myself and other staff members (including other nurses, respiratory members, physicians) had friendly competitions to see who can perform the most quality compression by watching an arterial line waveform and achieving best systolic blood pressure.  

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The Illusion of Control

The Illusion of Control

Knife attacks are brutal! Many times, they involve multiple stab wounds and are always very up close and personal. Krav Maga offers solutions for these types of attacks. Typically defend, counter attack, and move. However, some martial arts instructors train their student to try and control the perpetrator’s hand that is holding the knife. Although this tactic is theoretically possible, it does not match up to reality and what it takes to actually stop the attack.

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The Importance of One Handed Training

The Importance of One Handed Training

Our everyday life is vastly different from when we spend time at the Krav Maga academy. The Krav Maga school is an environment designed to be ideal for learning, training, and safety. Due to the sterile conditions, many aspects of realism are missed. The main missing aspects can be the application of self-defense and fighting techniques using only one hand due to an injury, the situation you are in, or while holding on to something you cannot let go of.

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