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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Frog Books (June 25, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1583940081
  • ISBN-13: 978-1583940082
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #136,655 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Imi Sde-Or, of blessed memory, developed a strategy for Krav Maga that makes self-defense possible for the individual too, whether or not in uniform, such that even when alone, the battle will not necessarily be lost."—Shimon Peres, formerly Israel's Prime Minister

About the Author

Imi Sde-Or (Imrich Lichtenfeld, 1910-1998) was the creator of the acclaimed school of Krav Maga. Imi and his senior disciple and follower, Iyal Yanilov, spent more than a decade writing this book.

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Customer Reviews

Under stress one does not have very much time to think, one has to react!
This book starts out with a basic definition of Krav Maga and the basic principles behind the self-defense system and the techniques in which it encompasses.
Shawn Kovacich
The introduction is very good by being concise and artculating the facts about self-defense as well as the written material at the end.

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61 of 66 people found the following review helpful By rickvid on February 3, 2002
Format: Paperback
The first rule of KM is "Don't get hurt!" What do you do when you see the knife in the fight - 1. RUN! (No macho last-man-standing...) 2. Get a longer weapon. 3. As a last ditch, life or death resort, go hand-to-hand, then RUN! KM will teach you things you can effectively use after your first class going to your car in the parking lot. It does not take years of study, complex choreographed jumping and hand swirling and theatrics. If you can't learn a technique to some degree of usefulness in five or ten minutes, it won't help you in a street attack.
This book is, unfortunately, fairly advanced, being aimed at weapons defense. The basics of punch, kick, elbow, knee are essential to weapons defense. Is KM "nothing new?" Depends on what you mean by "new." Krav Maga was developed for the Israeli Defense Forces with the aim of training large numbers of ordinary citizens (remember, mandatory conscription in Israel) in a very short time to defend themselves successfully. KM is based on boxing, street fighting, grappling and, being an open system, changes its techniques and incorporates from other systems. In my four plus years of KM study in nice safe Seattle, we have changed some of our moves, studied techniques from Ju Jitsu, Capoeira, Safta, Marine Corps CQB, Muay Thai kickboxing, joint manipulation, Tae Kwon Do and other systems. We have instructors come in, occasionally, to show us other systems.
KM is for the ordinary person as well as police and military. An attacker is not likely to be a trained weapons fighter, just a loser out to get cash or valuables. Knife attacks are up as penalties for gun use become more severe. Sometimes, the loser just hurts you for kicks - not much else happening in his miserable little life, maybe.
Is KM worth learning? Yep.
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103 of 118 people found the following review helpful By Oavde on August 18, 2001
Format: Paperback
I have upgraded my review to 4 stars - I did not think I would create such controversy.
I have to apologise if I seemed overly critical in the last review because I have over 15 years experience in specific anti-gun and anti-knife techniques so when I looked at Krav Maga I didn�t think �wow something that really works!� I thought �mistake, bad foot work, wrong position elbow, what if attacker does this, telegraphed movement, approach from wrong side� etc..
However after thinking about it, compared to what other books are out there it is quite good. Certainly what I have learnt in my training I have NEVER seen in any book. For me KM was nothing new. It was a good read and interesting and gave me an insight into the psychology and social history behind its development. Maybe I should write a book � seriously, maybe I will.
Kjetil Moland you asked what techniques I advocate against guns, knives and sticks � I recommend techniques similar to Krav Maga � but when I saw the KM techniques I picked them apart, I forget that what I know is not widely practised. I made specific points in my other review. THERE ARE SHORTCOMINGS IN THE TECHNIQUES IN THE KRAV MAGA BOOK. If you can�t pick up on them then you need more experience. Coat your practise knife in paint and see where you get cut. Karate, Taekwondo, Ju Jitsu, Judo, kickboxing, thaiboxing are inferior to KM for real world self defense (although Ju Jitsu should not have been too bad) they all have their own strengths but in all that I have seen of those you mentioned I have never seen adequate real world techniques taught.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 6, 2003
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This book is by no means a "teach yourselfe Krav-Maga" book, and was not intended to be either. This book does not teach you how to block an attack and it does not teach you how to kick ore even how to throw a straight punch, so it is not aimed at the novice, but it contains a vide variety of information on how to deal with an armed assault just like it promisses. It teaches principples and aproaches that are truly unique. I am a black belt in Taekwon-Do ( ITF ) and i feel pretty safe whenever i am out on the street, but this book has given me an extra edge in selfe defence.... so if you want to expand your horizont and are looking for a way to feel more comfortable with armed opponents this is a great opportunity.
But remember, the teqnicues need to be praticed in order to work in a real life and death situation :D
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49 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Michael Dees on April 20, 2002
Format: Paperback
Having studied the 5 part Krav Maga video series,which was excellent, and then comparing that information presented with this book, I was disappointed. This book is supposed to be the only authorized written guide for a fighting system developed over a plus 30 year period. This fighting system is widely respected and adopted by many institutions, yet the book does not address in any significant detail, the basic building blocks upon which the rather advanced techniques which are shown must be based. The book addressed defense against knife, handgun, long gun, multiple bad guys, and hand grenade (I'm not joking). Yet basic stances, blocks, strikes, and training methods are barely discussed. As a manual or reference guide, this book is very poorly written. Purhaps I missed the point and the purpose of the book was not to instruct by rather to foster interest in people with regard to this self defense system by showing its capabilities.
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