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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What is the Combat Rifle Course?

What is the Combat Rifle Course?

The Combat Rifle course is a full day course (8 hours) meant to teach students the fundamentals operation of the AR15/AK platforms. Course curriculum ranges from basic disassembly of the rifle to shooting to various distances from different positions. It is ideal for the beginner level shooter. 

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Darkness - a form of tactical concealment

Darkness - a form of tactical concealment

During my service in the IDF my unit operated almost exclusively in complete darkness. Operating under the concealment of darkness gave us a huge tactical advantage, not only for the ability to surprise the enemy but also to ability to be concealed. Except in Security Ops, we seldomly used white lights.  When in use we still had to understand the importance of staying concealed whenever possible. As a civilian, I adapted these tactics for the defensive shooting and self-defense world, since night vision and thermal optics are no longer readily available to me.

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Fighting in Confined Spaces

Fighting in Confined Spaces

As Murphy's law implies, you will never be in an ideal environment when in a physical altercation on the street. There will not be gloves, wraps, a gi, a cushioned mat, and a referee. More than likely that environment will be confined, like a pub, nightclub, or in or around a vehicle. Hence, you will need to adapt your hand-to-hand techniques to those confined spaces. A person needs to know which hand strikes, leg strikes, and how to use the environment to your advantage, in these situations.

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