Why is Firearms Training Essential for Krav Maga Practitioners?

Why is Firearms Training Essential for Krav Maga Practitioners?

When it comes to real world self-defense techniques and tactics, knowledge is power. If you understand the nature of the threat you’re facing you can formulate a practical defense — whether that’s compliance, fleeing or attacking. People who know little to nothing about firearms are at a severe disadvantage. If they’re assaulted by someone with a gun, they may well be too frightened or too ignorant to react properly.

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The Different "Accents" of Fighting

The Different "Accents" of Fighting

Over the past decade of teaching Krav Maga I have taught thousands of students, young, old, fit, out of shape, police, military, and civilian. Unfortunately, my most frustrating students have always been the ones coming with previous martial arts experience. This is not because of their inability to learn techniques, but their almost complete inability to change the way they move.  The reason stems from the little differences that are apparent between different fighting systems or martial arts - one system may call it a good technique and the other a bad habit. I call it having a martial arts “accent.” Much like when learning a new language after the age of 12 and most likely having an accent in the new language you learn.

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The Biomechanics of the Combat Stance

The Biomechanics of the Combat Stance

The term “combat” to me, has always been something that is related to all forms of combat, armed and unarmed. It followed me through my years of training in Krav Maga and my service in the IDF. I noticed over the years that each form of combat had its stance, and a lot of the time that stance was similar between the different forms. As an instructor of both armed and unarmed combat, I have always tried to streamline the learning process for my students. As a result, I have consolidated the different stances into one “combat stance.”

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Daily thoughts: the lazy EDC community / Gear based solutions

Daily thoughts: the lazy EDC community / Gear based solutions

I am constantly seeing this phenomena with the EDC (every day carry) community. They will buy every accessory possible for their firearm but will not spend any money on training. It is as if their firearm will magically shoot better with a new trigger and sights. This is similar to buying workout videos to get in shape but never actually working out. Learn to use your firearm as is and then spend your money on items that will give you a slight tactical edge.  

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The Self-Defense Training Disconnect

The Self-Defense Training Disconnect

During my service in the IDF (Israeli Defense Forces), the majority of my training was conducted at night and in simulated terrain with a great amount of stress and uncertainty. Why does the IDF train this way? Because these are the realities of modern warfare. When I transitioned to civilian life I started to notice a great disconnect in the civilian training community. Training was almost always during the day in a cushioned gym environment that was made to be comfortable and predictable.

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Fist or palm, which is the better strike for self-defense?

Fist or palm, which is the better strike for self-defense?

When making the distinction between recreational martial arts and self-defense, one must also make the distinction between what strikes to use at the gym versus the street. The world outside of the gym has many variables to take into account; lack of equipment (gloves/wraps), weather, light, skill, and safety.

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Know Your Weapons

Know Your Weapons

Often during my Krav Maga classes I not only teach my students different self-defense techniques, but I also stress the different ranges at which certain techniques should be taken advantage of. What are the situations when you are better off engaging in hand-to-hand or knife combat? When should you use a gun or a stick to defend yourself? In order to truly be able to protect yourself, you must understand the advantages and dangers of each weapon and how the distance from your opponent affects each weapons efficacy.

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