Academic journal article Military Review

Krav Maga: Real World Solutions to Real World Violence

Academic journal article Military Review

Krav Maga: Real World Solutions to Real World Violence

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KRAV MAGA: Real World Solutions to Real World Violence

Gershon Ben Keren, Tuttle Publishing, North Clarendon, Vermont, 2014, 192 pages

In Krav Maga, Gershon Ben Keren, who has more than twenty years of martial arts experience, black belts in various forms of judo, and a psychology background, delivers a hard-punching book (pun intended), hoping to "improve [one's] survival chances in violent situations" Initially designed as a military self-defense system and used by the Israeli Defense Forces, Krav Maga, founded by Imi Lichtenfeld, has evolved into a full-fledged martial art and is an umbrella term for various fighting systems.

In his book, Ben Keren discusses Krav Maga Yashir, his technique, expanding on Lichtenfeld's principles. Want to defend against a gun attack? How about against a knife attack from behind while at the ATM? Want to pinpoint someone monitoring your movements in a crowded mall? It's all here--and more.

First, the author dispels notions that Krav Maga is a collection of moves used to thwart an attack. He's adamant: "It's a systematic approach to self-defense, not an encyclopedia of techniques" While reading, I thought: "Would I be able to do execute these moves? Should I know this already?" Ben Keren attempts to alleviate the stress of unpreparedness; however, a feeling of unease still settled over me.

The book is clear and coherent, spanning three sections: basic skills, self-defense scenarios, and unarmed assaults and dynamic components of assaults. …

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