Krav Maga Weapon Defenses: The Contact Combat System of the Israel Defense Forces

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Winner – 2013 USA Best Books AwardWinner - 2013 IP's Book AwardFinalist – 2013 Book of the Year Award by ForeWord MagazineRegardless of strength, size, age, or gender, you can learn krav maga techniques to fend off an armed attacker.

Israeli Krav Maga is the Israel Defense Force’s official self-defense system. The system is simple, instinctive, adaptable, and if necessary, brutally effective to thwart a life threatening assault. Krav maga is ...

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Winner – 2013 USA Best Books AwardWinner - 2013 IP's Book AwardFinalist – 2013 Book of the Year Award by ForeWord MagazineRegardless of strength, size, age, or gender, you can learn krav maga techniques to fend off an armed attacker.

Israeli Krav Maga is the Israel Defense Force’s official self-defense system. The system is simple, instinctive, adaptable, and if necessary, brutally effective to thwart a life threatening assault. Krav maga is particularly world renowned for its weapon defenses.

This book presents the most up-to-date and effective techniques to prevail against armed threats and attacks. These techniques are incorporated into the green, blue, brown, and black belt levels of the Israeli krav maga curriculum.

Many of these updated defenses have never been seen before. Grandmaster Haim Gidon has improved and evolved this material with the late krav maga founder Imi Lichtenfeld’s formal approval.

Contents include these important topics:
• Weapon awareness training; functionality, range, and deployment
• Dominant control holds over a stunned assailant
• Edged weapon defenses
• Impact weapon defenses
• Handgun defenses
• Rifle defenses
• Defending against weapons while on the ground
• Defending against continuous attacks
• Non-conventional weapon threats
• First-party hostage situations
• Kravist weapon defense drillsThe conditioning and hand-eye coordination achieved by practicing these techniques will tone your muscles, improve your reflexes, and get you street prepared. This is the most up-to-date, authoritative, and advanced guide to the world’s premier weapons defense tactics.

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Editorial Reviews

Men's Fitness
Krav maga is the world’s most brutal martial art. We met David Kahn for a lesson we’ll never forget.
Ronald Jacobs
The Krav Maga I have learned from David Kahn is highly efficient and effective. Whether in the street or in combat, these skills are a force multiplier. I highly recommend the book Krav Maga Weapon Defenses to anyone serious about street survival or hand-to-hand combat.
John Ouelett
David Kahn brought an already top-notch fighting system to another level.
Peter R. Mucciarone
Your efforts and dedication reflect distinct credit upon yourself and the Israeli Krav Maga Association.
M. K. Jeron
Your training … assisted our Marines to learn a valuable combat skill set.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594392405
  • Publisher: Ymaa Publication Center
  • Publication date: 7/16/2012
  • Pages: 314
  • Sales rank: 472,018
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

David Kahn is the United States Chief Instructor for the Israeli Krav Maga Association. He has trained all branches of the U.S. military in addition to federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies. David is an instructor certified by the State of New Jersey Police Training Commission. He has been featured in Men's Fitness, GQ, USA Today, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, New Yorker, Marine Corps News, and other major publications. David also authored the books Krav Maga and Advanced Krav Maga and produced the Mastering Krav Maga DVD series. David Kahn resides in Hamilton, N.J.
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Table of Contents

The Language of Krav Maga
Street Violence
Human Emotional Responses in a Life-threatening Encounter
Krav Maga’s Methodology
Krav Maga Tactics
The Best Use of This Book

Chapter 1—Control Holds Reviewed
Cavalier #1
Cavalier #2
Cavalier #3
Control Hold A
Control Hold B
Control Hold C
Face and Weapon Control Hold
Weapons of Opportunity

Chapter 2—Impact-Weapon Defenses
Overhand One-Handed Strike Defense
What to Do if the Assailant Drops the Weapon as You Counterattack
Overhand Defense Against a Long-Distance Attack or When Late
Defending a One-Handed Overhand “Off-Angle” Defense
Defending a Two-Handed Overhead Chair or Stool-Type Attack
Defending a Two-Handed Overhead Swing Attack
Defending a Sideswing Impact-Weapon Attack
Defending a Low Sideswing Impact-Weapon Attack
Defending an Attacker Using Two Impact Weapons
Defending a Chain or Whip-like Attack
Defending an Overhead Impact Attack When on the Ground
Defending an Upward Rifle-Butt Stroke
Defending a Horizontal Rifle-Butt Stroke
Defending an Impact-Weapon Front Choke
Defending a Pulling Impact-Weapon Rear Choke

Chapter 3—Leg Defenses Against Edged-Weapon Attacks
Edged-Weapons Introduction
Straight Kick Against an Overhead Attack
Straight Kick Against an Underhand Attack
Roundhouse Kick Against a Straight Stab
Roundhouse Kick Against a Slash
Sidekick Against a High Straight Stab
Rear Stab Defenses
Overhead Attack
Defending a Surprise Short Straight Stab
Using Shield-like Objects Against an Edged-Weapon Attack
Defending an Attacker Using Two Edged Weapons
Edged-Weapon Threats
Defending Against an Assailant Posturing/Threatening with an Edged Weapon
Defending When the Assailant Switches the Edged Weapon Between His Hands
An Assailant Posturing with an Edged Weapon at a Distance
Defenses When the Defender Is on the Ground
Both the Assailant and Defender Are on the Ground
Defending Against a Standing Assailant Slashing at Your Legs or Jumping on You
Overhead Attack Defense When the Defender is on His Back

Chapter 4—Hand Defenses Against Edged Weapons
Defending an Incoming Overhead Stab
Overhead Defense When Not “Nose to Nose” or the Defender Can Burst Early
Defending an Overhead Off-Angle Stab When Facing in Opposite Direction
Straight Stab “L” Block
Straight Stab “L” Block When in an Opposite Outlet Stance
Instinctive Defense Against a Close Underhand Stab
Sidestep an Underhand Stab
Defending an Off-Angle Underhand Stab
Defending an Off-Angle Straight Stab
Defending a Midsection Hook Stab or Slash
Defending an Inside Slash
Defending an Inside Diagonal Slash
Body Defense an Inside Forward Slash and Follow-up Backslash
Backslash Defense or Against a “Reverse” Stab
Body Defense Against a Backslash and Follow-up Inside Slash
Defending a Stab or Slash to the Legs
Defending an Assailant Who Strikes/Kicks and Stabs/Slashes
Defending Continuous Edged-Weapon Attacks
Late Defense Using Minimum Deflection-Redirection and Tsai-bake
Defense Against an Assailant Who Engages You in Conversation
Hiding the Weapon and Then Attacks
Defense Against an Assailant Who First Engages You in an Unarmed Fight and
Then Attacks With an Edged Weapon
Edged-Weapon Threats
Defenses When Both Combatants Are on the Ground
Defenses Against a Needle

Chapter 5—Handgun Defenses
Shooting Accuracy at Close Range
Active Shooter
Krav Maga’s Firearm Disarm Philosophy
Basic Firearms Knowledge
The Four Essential Components of Gun Defenses
Handgun Defenses from the Front
Handgun Defenses from the Side
In Front of Your Arm Variations
Handgun Defense Variations #1 and #2 Against/ To the Side of the Head
Handgun Defenses from the Rear
Handgun Defenses to the Back of the Head When Pressed Against a Wall
Sidearm Retention

Chapter 6—Rifle/Submachine Gun (SMG) Defenses
Frontal Rifle/SMG Defenses
Bayonet/Sharp-Elongated Weapon Defenses
Bayonet-Type Stab with the Defender on His Back
Rifle/SMG Defenses from the Rear
Rifle/SMG Defenses from the Side
Rifle/SMG Weapon Retention

Chapter 7—Kravist Weapon Defense Drills
Training Drills with a Partner
Impact-Weapon Threat and Attack Pattern Drills
Edged-Weapon Attack Pattern Drills
Firearm Threats (Handgun, Submachine Gun (SMG), Rifle
Defenses When Assailant is in Motion (Including Seated and Off-angle Attacks)
Partner Groundwork
Defending Against Two Armed Assailants
Special Training Scenarios
Group Drills

Appendix—Vehicle Safety Tips, Road Rage, and Carjacking
Krav Maga Vehicle Safety Tips
Road Rage Incidents
Carjacking When the Carjacker is Outside of Your Vehicle Brandishing a Firearm
Defenses Against Carjacking Situations
Krav Maga Founder Imi Lichtenfeld
Grandmaster Haim Gidon
Senior Instructor Yigal Arbiv
Senior Instructor Rick Blitstein
Senior Instructor Alan Feldman
Instructor Abel Kahn
Instructor/Photographer Rinaldo Rossi
About the Author

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2013

    David Kahn has done it again

    David Kahn Chief US Instructor for Isresli Krav Maga Association has done it again with another best selling book on Krav Maga, this book is jam packed with tons of update to date information straight from Isreal and Grandmaster Haim Gidon. This book has more pictures depicting in great detail the accurate ways to perform disarms and counter attacks. Don't trust your life or your loved ones life to the imposters out there. Go with the only true authority on Krav Maga the Israeli Krav Maga Association Gidon System. If you want the best go with the best!! Thank David you are an awesome teacher and a great asset to the foundation please keep the information coming!!
    Isreali Krav Maga Association Follower,
    Brandon Balthrop

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