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Krav Maga: Real World Solutions to Real World Violence - Disrupt . Damage . Destroy . Disengage Paperback – December 23, 2014
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"As an ex-military intelligence operator with Special Forces units, I expect the highest standards from the self-defense school I choose. I have trained under Gershon for the last nine years and continue, with his encouragement, to explore other martial arts and self-defense systems although I have yet to find any as complete, thoughtful and practical as his. Gershon is more than just a self-defense instructor, he thinks about and tests his theories under the harshest conditions and deeply cares about his system and students." —SR, Private Security Contractor
"The book is a great guide to Krav Maga, how to defend yourself and when you should do so. Very worth a read, because one day something in it could save you, or your loved one's lives." —Martial Arts Lab blog
"The approaches highlighted in Gershon Ben Keren's Krav Maga book provide simple, effective solutions to common and complex attacks…Whilst no book can replace ongoing, supervised reality-based training, this book provides a valuable reference for anyone serious about self-protection. Gershon has sought out and trained with many of Israel's leading self-defense experts and combined his findings with his experiences in the military, private security industry, and a successful martial arts career to produce an effective approach that is in line with best practices and proven techniques. This book should be a part of any serious martial arts and self-defense practitioner's reference library." —Dr. Gavriel Schneider 6th Dan, author of Beyond the Bodyguard and Head of System for Gendai Ryu and the Modern Warrior Alliance
"I recommend this book for combatant instructors, martial arts enthusiasts, and laypeople with interest in learning self-defense techniques" —Maj. John L. Hewitt, US Army, Military Review
"As a professional security consultant, I have worked for the UK and US governments providing protective services to diplomats and military officers. Prior to this, I served in the UK military on Special Duties. Whilst in this unit, I was keen on learning more close quarters combative techniques, and this search took me to Krav Maga, where I met Gershon. His training, methodology and knowledge not just of the physical side of violence but the mental side of it, made me take notice. I have happily worked alongside Gershon, and his training methods and ideas are continually developing. This makes him one of the most knowledgeable personal defense experts I know." —David Ashworth, Professional Security Consultant
"The material it covers is good, solid self-defense. And again, you can easily find a way to incorporate this information into your own training. If you call your martial art, self-defense based, then you should be able to recognize all the good information presented in this book." —J. Wilson, Martial Thoughts blog
"Gershon is an excellent instructor. He teaches reality-based scenario techniques that are far more productive outside the studio than many martial arts available today. Gershon's expertise will also get you into the proper mindset for effective self-defense. I have practiced various martial arts, and I'm a former marine, but no one has prepared me better for personal security on the street than Gershon. Every class I attend I learn something new. He teaches aggressive, hardcore, comprehensive skills that give you the confidence you need to handle yourself if you're ever in danger. His credibility and knowledge of personal security have taught viewers of local newscasts to become more self-aware." —Jarrod Holbrook, Television News correspondent
About the Author
Gershon Ben Keren has been training in Krav Maga since 1994 in both Israel and Europe. He holds a 5th Degree Black Belt in Krav Maga in Israel, where he also received his teaching certification. He has been trained by some of the IDF's (Israeli Defense Forces) most experienced and respected Krav Maga instructors. In December 2011, he was inducted into the "Museum of Israeli Martial Arts" at the Israeli Martial Arts Center in Herzilya. He has taught Krav Maga to civilians, security personnel, law enforcement agencies, and to members of elite military units and Special Forces. He also holds a 2nd Degree Black Belt in Judo and has won regional and national titles in Judo tournaments.
He has a Master's Degree in Psychology, with particular reference to violence and aggressive behavior, and incorporates this knowledge into the reality based self-defense training that he provides. He lives and teaches Krav Maga in Boston, running Krav Maga Yashir Boston.
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1. LAYOUT - The book is very descriptive and easy to understand. The color photo demonstrations are crystal clear and of insanely high-quality. If you're used to one or two black-and-white photos to accompany text, you're going to be pleased with the number of superbly photographed pictures in this book.
2. CONCEPT - Of all that I've seen, this book is the most effective at demonstrating combative techniques, but there will always be a limit to the physical content one can actually learn from reading a book. My favorite thing about this book is its emphasis on personal safety concepts and principles that completely transcend any specific technique one might use in self-defense. This is the most "real" take on violence that I've ever read (i.e. It includes psychological factors, physiological factors, and environmental factors), and the idea that the physical aspect is just one component of a much bigger picture of personal protection is the most valuable thing that someone can take from reading a book on this subject.
If you are looking to actually learn something of value, I highly recommend this!
The book follows a typical format for martial arts books. The early pages discuss the philosophy and approach of the system in detail. The book then proceeds to discuss basics such as stance and the fundamentals of punching and kicking. Finally, it delves into progressively more challenging self-defense scenarios (unarmed, armed, multiple attacker, and from various directions) and the counters that the system offers.
The book succeeds in its objectives. The photographs are well-done and provide the requisite clarity. One particularly nice feature is that the scenario photographs are taken in realistic settings so as to reinforce the importance of recognizing and using one’s environment. Key concepts are reiterated throughout so as to facilitate learning. The organization is systematic and builds logically through progressively more challenging situations.
The biggest criticism is of some of the book’s repetitiveness. Repetitiveness is not necessarily a bad thing. It can be an important tool for learning, particularly with ideas that need to be thoroughly ingrained—e.g. self-defense concepts. However, some of the repetition in this book is more wasteful than beneficial. The scenario sections feature a textual description of the attack / defense event, and then there’re captioned photos that visually portray how the scenario plays out. The captions repeat much of the text, and they do it so close to the original text that it’s hard to imagine it being much more than an annoyance.
I’d recommend this book for someone who is considering whether to take Krav Maga classes, or for martial artists looking for insight in to the nature of this system. It has some sound general advice on self-defense that those interested in that topic might find useful.
The way the book is laid out, in situation based vignettes, allows the reader to wholly comprehend the basic theories and movements in context. This approach provides insight for a student of any skill level to apply the theories and ideas to the real world from day one.
The scenarios are complimented by realistic photography that seems to truly capture the intensity of the movements. Overall, the book is well written and an easy read, the captions that accompany each photo are particularly intuitive and descriptive.
If you are interested in learning about Krav Maga or just how to keep yourself safe in everyday life this book is a must read!
Principles are discussed in depth.
Innovative photography technique used exclusively for every technique displayed in the book, not posed or staged, photographed in real time as entire technique series is performed.According to author at least 10,000 photographs were taken in production of this book.
Highly credible Krav Maga instructor.Israeli hall of fame member.
I recommend this book.