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Krav Maga for Beginners: A Step-by-Step Guide to the World's Easiest-to-Learn, Most-Effective Fitness and Fighting Program Paperback – February 3, 2009


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Ulysses Press; 1st edition (February 3, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781569756614
  • ISBN-13: 978-1569756614
  • ASIN: 1569756619
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 7.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #86,421 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a fantastic introduction for anyone seeking the basic fundamentals of self defense. --Risingsunproduction.net

About the Author

Darren Levine, a 6th-degree black belt, is the U.S. chief instructor of Krav Maga, and also a deputy district attorney serving on an elite unit with the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office. John Whitman, a 4th-degree black belt and president of Krav Maga Worldwide, trains civilian, military and law-enforcement agencies nationwide.

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Customer Reviews

Great for basic punches, kicks, Blocks & strike combinations, Break falls.
Avenger
The book clearly explains Krav's very simple principles (almost bordering on a philosophy, but deliberately non-philosophical) and shows the fundamental techniques.
jedi master
Ground Fighting KRAV MAGA BASICS Under this section, the authors go over a variety of warm-up and conditioning exercises, as well as various training positions.
Shawn Kovacich

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69 of 71 people found the following review helpful By Shawn Kovacich VINE VOICE on January 29, 2009
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As I stated in the title of this review, both the title and contents of this book (for the most part) are pretty much accurate as far as this book being a, "step-by-step guide to Krav Maga for beginners." However, I do feel that the authors went a bit overboard with their subtitle, "the world's easiest-to-learn, most effective fitness and fighting program." That however is merely a minor annoyance compared to the amount of good and great information within its pages.

This book starts off with the obligatory front matter which consists of basic Krav Maga philosophy, principles, history, and so on, along with more unique and personal information such as; important considerations to consider concerning Krav Maga and dealing with a violent encounter. All subjects worthy of much larger sections, however, not in this book, which is designed to showcase basic skills for beginners.

The authors break this book down into four (4) sections as follows:

1. Krav Maga Basics
2. Combatives
3. Defenses
4. Ground Fighting

KRAV MAGA BASICS

Under this section, the authors go over a variety of warm-up and conditioning exercises, as well as various training positions. All of which are designed to get your ready for the next section, combatives.

COMBATIVES

Under this section, the authors go over a variety of skills and principles such as; the various fighting ranges, vulnerable areas, etc. As well as the proper mechanics of executing a variety of punches, elbow strikes, kicks, knees, and even a headbutt. Now I do have to say that this section, in any other book, would have been to brief for my liking.
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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Adam on July 16, 2011
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This book is ok if you are just starting out in Krav Maga. My problem is that it's not that much different from the Krav Maga Complete guide. Sure, they break down beginner techniques more, slapped in a warm up section, and changed the layout. With just a couple more dollars and you'll have the Complete guide which not only has the beginners techniques, but all the way up through brown belt. It won't have as many details, but it has more to offer in the end.
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52 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Tuna on January 19, 2009
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I first heard about Krav Maga six years ago when I was a cadet in the police academy. I was told by my defensive tactics instructors that this Israeli fighting system was the best choice for cops who wanted to be ready for anything. I immediately signed up. I can honestly state that Krav Maga has saved my butt on several occasions, allowing me to go home safely to my family.

Now I'm a Krav Maga instructor, teaching my fellow officers how to survive violent encounters. I also teach this premier fighting program to men, women and children. Krav Maga For Beginners is the perfect way for newcomers to learn what this very effective system is all about. This book aptly explains what Krav Maga is, and, as importantly, what it isn't (for example, there are no intricate patterned forms in Krav Maga - instead, it's all about "simple, aggressive movements that get right to the point of self-defense").

I have had the privilege of training with two of the book's three co-authors, Darren Levine and Ryan Hoover. Darren Levine holds a special place in my heart as a cop, as he is a senior member of the Crimes Against Peace Officers section of the Los Angeles District Attorney's office. He is a Deputy District Attorney who prosecutes offenders who murder or harm police officers. He is also the lead Krav Maga instructor in the U.S., having trained directly under Imi Lichtenfeld, the founder of Krav Maga.

Ryan Hoover is an amazing teacher who has trained me and many others to focus on the importance of a reality-based self-defense system. Ryan is a master instructor whose passion for helping people to be safe and healthy radiates in everything he does. He has mastered many martial arts, holding several different black belt rankings.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Joseph J. Truncale TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 14, 2009
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I had the pleasure many years ago of training with Darren Levine at the Illinois State Police academy. The officers attending this six day eight hours a day instructor program were all police defensive tactics instructors. That was my first introduction in this very effective combative system. This book is an excellent guide for beginners who may be interested in learning Krav maga; however, like any psychomotor skill text, one should take lessons from a certified instructor to get the most value out of reading this book. As a lover of self-defense and combat books and videos, I have found that they work best when combined with actual hands-on training with an instructor. This book is highly recommended. Rating: 4 stars. Joseph J. Truncale (Bushi Satori Ryu-Author: Monadnock Defensive Tactics System-MDTS)
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Guns4all on September 2, 2011
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I want to first say I think this book is great. However if you decide to move up from this book to the complete km book youll soon realize what I mean. I tell people intrested in joining our Krav maga (advanced class) to pick up the complete book as its well enough put for starters and so much even the most advanced will learn from it. I still carry the complete book in my bad for reference. YES I have read this book and if you are really new to MA then by all mean buy this one if you have had any training get the complete book and save the money.
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