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Complete Krav Maga: The Ultimate Guide to Over 200 Self-Defense and Combative Techniques [Kindle Edition]

Darren Levine , John Whitman
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Book Description


“Darren Levine has my unqualified support and gratitude for his
contributions to Krav Maga.” —Imi Lichtenfeld, founder of Krav Maga

The official self-defense system of the Israeli Defense Forces, Krav Maga offers
you an easy-to-learn yet highly effective self-defense system that emphasizes
instinctive movements, practical techniques and realistic training scenarios.
Based on the principle that it is best to move from defense to attack as quickly
as possible, Complete Krav Maga teaches fast-escape maneuvers combined with powerful counterattacks. Whether you are big or small, male or female, young or old, you can use Krav Maga to protect yourself by exploiting an assailant’s vulnerabilities. Learning Krav Maga will give you the fitness, skills and confidence to feel safer and more secure every day.
All the moves in Complete Krav Maga—from beginner Yellow Belt to advanced Brown Belt—are described in depth and illustrated with step-by-step photos:

Punches, kicks, knee strikes and basic defense movements

Further self-defense moves, counterattacks, and defenses against knives, guns and sticks

All weapon defenses, groundfighting techniques and advanced strikes

Editorial Reviews


First class all the way.

Great book!

Product Details

  • File Size: 16461 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Ulysses Press (April 1, 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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80 of 86 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding! July 10, 2007
I was able to get a copy of this book last weekend and WOW, it's even more detailed than I thought. I have been involved in the Martial Arts for 30 years now (since I was a kid) and I must say that not only is this book easy to follow and learn from, it includes great "Tips" for training and I must say is factually and pictorially on-the-money accurate!

For a comprehensive guide, it's laid out easily for the beginner to follow through from start to finish. DON'T try to skip through to higher level techniques, the text refers to lower level stuff that you need to know before trying the harder ones...just like Krav Maga is taught on the training floor.

I have a deep understanding of Krav Maga as I've been training in it for the last 10 years, and this book lays out the techniques exactly as they should be done. The pictures are taken from great angles too and show really good progressions. Thank you Darren and John and Krav Maga Worldwide for putting this book out to help all students of Krav Maga better "Walk In Peace".
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42 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best books.for self defense July 27, 2007
This book is amazing.
You will see that a lot of thought and work went into making this book. The self-defense techniques are grouped by belt levels in a graduated learning approach.

This book is about self-defense techniques (not so much about street, war or sport fighting). The emphasis is on defend, counter, and escape.

Each of the techniques are described in detail and illustrated with 3 to 5 pictures. This book is so well written and illustrated that it is like a text book for a class.

I highly recommend getting this book if you are interested in self-defense.
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43 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Impressive & Useful July 30, 2007
With hundreds of excellent photographs, COMPLETE KRAV MAGA provides readers with clear explanations of Krav Maga techniques. I teach Krav, and have already made regular use of this book as a handy reference. For the 12 years I've trained in Krav, I've hoped for a book just like this to come out. John Whitman and Darren Levine have done a terrific job in organizing and presenting a wide range of material in a format that is both user-friendly and in-depth.
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55 of 66 people found the following review helpful
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This was the first 'complete' publication of the US Krav Maga branch* (see below for debate on the US vs International) and for the most part the first publication that deals with unarmed techniques.

For those of you currently studying from versions 1 -3 (as I am testing into 3), you'll find this a helpful study guide. The accompanying photos are large and offer decent detail with a general step by step description of techniques that grow more advanced as you move throughout the book. I would advise it as an excellent supplement (not a replacement) to anyones training - in fact, I'd consider it a foundation for future books of Krav Maga both to inspire from, and learn from their mistakes.

Side Note: You may find discrepancies from the books techniques compared to your school techniques: this is a product of an expansive, living, modern Martial Art. Talk with your instructors, as I did, to find out if these are watered down or improved variations. I'm listing this here, since I consider it neither a pro nor a con.

The photos would have been better in color; I know, I know, they most likely kept it black and white to lower the cost for their demographic, I am an Art Director after all, but it cheapens the quality of the finished book. I would have easily paid double for the same high resolution photos they have in color; it would have added a unique dimension to the book that lacks in many Martial Arts publications.

You may also find that the quality of writing is fairly watered down (or as I've heard some joke, Americanized) compared to the international publications. Most of the descriptions are quick/bulleted examples compared to
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Simple but not easy January 10, 2008
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Self defense (SD) covers a number of attributes: awareness, avoidance, deescalation, strategy, tactics, techniques, witness building, speaking to law enforcement and the legal system, torts, ad nauseum. This book on Krav Maga doesn't attempt to cover all of that, which is a shame, because they are necessary components of self defense. It does you little good to defend yourself only to be prosecuted and imprisoned later. That is what keeps a good, solid book about self defense from being great.

Based upon the information is does present, I find the book to be excellent. The SD material presented (techniques) aren't flashy nor need the coordination of a nineteen year old Olympian. These are solid techniques that are practical, simple and can be retained in an adrenal event (when adrenaline hits, conscious thought can go out the window. Think of people who freeze at public speaking. Now magnify that fear by about a million). The KISS method is always preferable. Save the fancy stuff for the next Matrix movie.

To sum up-
The good:
The techniques are solid, real-world techniques that are functional and appropriate. They are not useless chop and flop. Pictures are well-done and easy to see. The techniques are well-explained.

The bad:
No mention of appropriate use of force. No mention of legal strategies or that there are such things as laws regarding self defense. Little discussion on awareness and avoidance (the primary SD tools).

Bottom line:
If you have a good grasp on the other important parts of SD and just need a book on technique or maybe some more techniques to throw into your toolbox, this is a good book. A newbie wanting solid information of the totality of what it means to defend yourself can do better.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book. Photos are great and explanations are very
Great book. Photos are great and explanations are very helpful
Published 3 days ago by janetporro
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book! Made a perfect gift.
Published 10 days ago by IG
3.0 out of 5 stars No fault of the book's, but it is almost ...
No fault of the book's, but it is almost impossible to learn how to dance, fight, or speak a language just by reading a book. I never finished it.
Published 13 days ago by David Rizzo
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great read, and they do apply well to real life situations.
Published 13 days ago by Rhome
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for review, but should NOT be your only resource
I've been training in Krav Maga for a few years now, this is the curriculum that my school uses. I have also been fortunate enough to have trained under Darren Levine a couple... Read more
Published 15 days ago by TBone
4.0 out of 5 stars ... the last ten years I found this book really nice to look through
As a martial artist for the last ten years I found this book really nice to look through, I use it more as an idea book, If I'm looking for something to practice I can just pull... Read more
Published 19 days ago by Cleo
5.0 out of 5 stars great learning aid
great book. breaks down the steps. many pictures. great for beginers or higher levels of training.
Published 20 days ago by keith cook
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book to remind me of the basics
Great book to remind me of the basics. This will not replace a class, but will allow you to practice what you've been taught to make sure you are doing things correctly.
Published 27 days ago by James Fraze
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Krav is the best simple most effective self defense. good book
Published 28 days ago by Tutman
5.0 out of 5 stars Krav Maga Training
Reviewed this book. It seems to be simple to follow if you either one: have an understanding of Martial Arts or two: learning Krav Maga and using it as a guide during your journey... Read more
Published 29 days ago by Marc Crispiano
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