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Cutting Edge Self Defense: Krav Maga

September 1, 2010

Krav Maga

Approximately 1 in 6 women and 1 in 33 men will be sexually assaulted in their lifetime. In 2007 alone, 248,300 victims were sexually assaulted. Startling numbers, aren’t they? With these numbers on the rise every year, it is crucial that we learn how to defend ourselves from potential predators perhaps now more than ever. We have all heard a story about a friend or acquaintance that was mugged or attacked. Hopefully they were able to fend off the intruder, and hopefully they were aware of the necessary protocol for handling the situation. If you have ever been attacked personally, then you know exactly how important it is to be equipped with knowledge in self-defense. Krav Maga is one of the most popular current martial arts techniques for self-defense and the art of warding off an attacker, and it is incredibly effective.

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The Book, Krav Maga: How to Defend Yourself Against Armed Assault, written by Imi Sde-Or and Eyal Yanilov describes the Israeli army’s techniques for defending themselves from a range of weapons along with a step-by-step guide on the processes. Whether the assailant is wielding a knife, stick, or even gun, the available techniques explained through Krav Maga can be there to assist in valuable protection.

Throughout reading the Krav Maga guide, I instantly picked up on some of the basic principles and rules to train by. Be it that everyday household appliances like screw drivers, forks, or even pens may one day save your life from an attacker, or the simple fact that in a mugging or brawl, there are no rules, knowing how to defend yourself can be the most important aspect to training in any martial art.

Here are some of the more important guiding principles of krav maga presented in this book:

1) In an attack, it is incredibly important to avoid injury at all costs. Every step, block, and strike must be calculated and planned in a well thought out fashion to ensure safety.

2) We all have the ability to practice and yield the formidable skills of Krav Maga. The techniques are nothing more than an extension of the body’s natural reflexes that are channeled and directed to meet the need of any given situation. We all have the power to refine our bodies, and only through studying, practicing, and training can we truly master all that we are capable of.

Weapons

Any household object can be used to defend yourself from an attacker.

3) Strike correctly at any vulnerable point and use any tool or object available nearby. The book does a very thorough and detailed explanation of showing any type of scenario with the assailant attacking from all different directions and with varied weapons. As I said before, there are no rules when being attacked, so be prepared to strike wherever you can and with whatever you can.

Training

From front cover to the final page, Krav Maga: How to Defend Yourself Against Armed Assault will teach you exactly how to defend yourself from an attacker. You will learn how to keep control of yourself both physically and mentally regardless of the proximity of the attacker and regardless of their weapon. If you have any interest in learning how to practice self-defense, then I implore you to visit our website and get yourself a copy of Krav Maga today.

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