Krav Maga Professional Tactics

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2016-04-07
  • Publisher: Ymaa Pubns

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WINNER – Sports, 2016 Best Books Award


Israeli 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.

Contents include:

  • 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.

Author Biography

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

Visceral Counter-Violence

Attack the Attacker: Anatomical Targeting™

24 Vulnerable Targets

Injuring Versus Hurting

Legal Considerations

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


Clinch Defenses

Tackle 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

Sidearm Retention

Long-Gun Weapon Retention While Defending Takedown Attempts

Use-of-force and Law Enforcement

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