USA Best Books Award WINNER - 2016
BECAUSE NOT ALL KRAV MAGA IS THE SAME TMIsraeli krav maga is the official self-defense system of the Israel Defense Forces. Krav maga training shares the same principles for civilians, law enforcement, and military personnel alike to deliver them from harm's way. Goals however, are different for law enforcement and military personnel.
This book is designed for security-conscious civilians, law enforcement officers, military personnel, and security professionals alike who want to improve their chances of not just surviving an armed attack, but increase the odds of prevailing without serious injury.
Krav maga's popularity in professional law enforcement, military, and security circles is attributable to its practicality, simplicity, quick retention, easy learning curve, and brutal effectiveness. This effectiveness is built on a few core tenets and simple building blocks. General principles are applied and customized to suit the needs of a dynamic violent situation.
• Mind-sets, reactions, and tactics in response to violence• The highest-level counters against multiple armed attacks and threats• Core kick, clinch, and tackle defenses• Core ground survival tactics• Multiple-opponent strategies and tactics• Impact weapon defenses• Edged weapon defenses• Firearm disarms and retention• Includes 954 detailed photographs
The most up-to-date tactics presented in this book focus on the most common violent scenarios. These techniques derive from the author's translation of the Israeli Krav Maga Association (IKMA) curriculum. The IKMA is the governing body for krav maga, recognized by the Israeli government and headed by Grandmaster Haim Gidon.
Responsible people seek krav maga training as a shield against violence.
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About the Author
David Kahn is the United States chief instructor for the Israeli Krav Maga Association. He has trained all branches of the US military in addition to federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies. David is certified by the State of New Jersey Police Training Commission. He has been featured in Men’s Fitness, GQ, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, New Yorker, Penthouse, Fitness, Marine Corps News, and on Armed Forces Network and Military.com. He is the author of three previous books and resides in Princeton, NJ.
Table of Contents
The Professional Kravist Mindset When Facing a Deadly Attack
Psychological Aspects Of Violent Conflict
Violent Conflict’s Mental and Physical Stress Manifestations
Krav Maga’s Training Philosophy
Attack the Attacker: Anatomical Targeting™
24 Vulnerable Targets
Injuring Versus Hurting
Krav Maga Tactical Positioning
Reacting To An Ambush
Seeing An Attack
Straight Punch Defenses
Hook Punch Defenses
Krav Maga Throws
Defending A Hook Punch Into Throws
Core Kick Defenses
Escort Control Holds
Core Ground Survival Tactics
Protecting Your Neck
Offenses From The Rearmount
Impact Weapons Against Upper- And Lower-Body Strikes
Short Impact Weapon Against Short Impact Weapon
Impact Weapon Against Edged Weapon Attack
Impact Defenses Against An Assailant Posturing with an Edged Weapon (Midlevel)
“Windmill” Rotational Defense Against An Overhead Edged Weapon (not depicted)
How to Optimize Cold Weapon Combatives
Mastering Personal, Impact and Firearm Combined Combatives
Long-Gun “Cold Weapons” Against Personal and Cold Weapons
Defense With An Empty/Malfunctioning Pistol Against Edged Weapon Attacks
Hostage Taker Holding A Knife To A Hostage’s Throat
Krav Maga’s Firearm Disarm Philosophy
Handgun Defenses From The Front VIP Protection
Long-Gun Weapon Retention While Defending Takedown Attempts
Use-of-force and Law Enforcement
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
There are days during training when the "martial" is clear; there are other days that it's obvious that it's truly "art"; on occasion it feels as if it is only a sport, with all of the emphasis on scoring points, countering the "attack", and looking for quick openings. That's why it's useful, once in a while, to delve into books that recall what it's all about. In this regard a new volume has just rolled off the press by David Kahn, a certified Israeli Krav Maga Association instructor, and trainer of federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies along with all branches of the U.S. military. "Krav Maga: Professional Tactics" is a 352 page instructional manual that is designed for "security-conscious civilians, law enforcement officers, military personnel, and security professionals alike who wish to improve their chances of surviving an armed attack and prevailing without serious injury" (xxi). It is clearly and unashamedly emphasizing the "martial" part of martial arts! The subject matter is accessible, and easy to follow. The initial chapters cover the principle concepts of Krav Maga, such as simplicity; retzev (continuous combat motion); combine defense and offense; attack the attacker; close the distance and neutralize the threat, and use the “deadside” of the assailant, to name a few. These themes are drummed throughout the bulk of the material, visually and in the written instructions. It is quickly obvious that from cover-to-cover, the instruction arises from an environment of violence; the same kind of environment that all martial arts originally were crafted in. The largest portion of “Krav Maga: Professional Tactics” consists of step-by-step, picture-by-picture coaching on defensive and offensive movements. Though the pictures are smaller, they are normally very clear so that when reading the instruction it is easy to visualize the “what” and the “how”. Chapters cover punches, throws, counterthrows, chokes, choking defense, escort controls, surviving ground tactics. There are five chapters on weapons; blunt, edged, and firearms. And one section addresses how to survive multiple assailants. With the combined aid of the written and visual guidance, learners could easily pick up a few important maneuvers with consistent practice. “Krav Maga: Practical Tactics” would make a good addition to any martial arts school. It could also be an ideal means of supplementing any formal self-defense training, or Krav Maga sessions. Obviously, the best way to go is with personal instruction by a genuine trainer and fellow learners. Nevertheless the book is a valuable tool for anyone looking to gain some extra skill-sets in the martial arts and self-protection. I highly recommend the book. Thanks to YMAA for providing, upon my request, the free copy of “Krav Maga: Professional Tactics” used for this review. The assessments are mine given without restrictions or requirements (as per Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255).
As it says on the back of the book, I am a security-conscious civilian, so I can't speak for the military, security or law enforcement. However, I was really impressed with the way the author writes this book. And I was further impressed that I could understand it. Thank you for all those photos in this book. They are a great help. I was also impressed with information on the psychological aspects of violent conflict, legal considerations, and seeing an attack. This book is a keeper in my library; one I will refer to many times. It's a keeper.