Pure Krav Maga - Self Defense Mastery
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(May 17, 2012)
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Boaz Aviram is one of the only Krav Maga experts who were there at the very beginning, and holds the secrets of this most effective Hand-to-Hand fighting technique ever developed. Aviram served as the Israel Defense Force Fighting Fitness Academy Krav Maga Chief Instructor, succeeding Eli Avikzar and Imrich Lichtenfeld, the father of Krav Maga.
Pure Krav Maga - Self Defense Mastery DVD Collection demonstrates a complete program of intensive training methods that can bring any man or a woman to master self-defense. Aviram takes a female novice through the entire IDF curriculum, walking you through the myriad of possibilities during confrontations, with training steps to perfect your execution of mental and motor skills and give you the upper hand in a split-second, life or death situation.
In Krav Maga, efficiency equals being faster than your opponent, and therefore always one step ahead of him. Aviram demonstrates the most efficient methods of attack and defense ever devised, through training steps designed to teach them effectively without making them complicated. In addition, Aviram's explanations and answers to his student's questions make these DVDs an invaluable source for any serious self-defense or Krav Maga instructor.
The name Krav Maga was first used in the IDF to designate the Hand-to-Hand fighting system developed by Imrich Lichtenfeld, a former European champion in three branches of sports: boxing, gymnastics and wrestling. After serving two years in the British Legions, he immigrated to the future State of Israel, where he initially trained Israeli underground guerrillas in the use of a knife, stick, swimming and Hand-to-Hand combat. When the new State of Israel was created, he became the first IDF Chief Instructor of Hand-to-Hand fighting. Krav Maga was adopted shortly thereafter as the official Hand-to-Hand system of the IDF.
When the founder of Krav Maga retired from the IDF, he transformed the 21-hour military intensive training curriculum into a 4 year Dojo training system based on the Japanese Judo ranking system. This civilian adaptation was diluted to be taught over long periods of time, and extracted many of its lethal elements. Imi's rationale was to keep the essence of Krav Maga in the IDF, and make a Civilian system suitable to teach youth. Upon his death, the generic name Krav Maga ("Contact Combat" in Hebrew) was adopted by many Martial Arts instructors who respected Imi when he was alive, but commercialized his system after his departure.
Boaz Aviram, determined to preserve the spirit and body of the original Krav Maga, had published the book "Krav Maga - Use of the Human Body as a Weapon: Philosophy and Application of Hand to Hand Fighting Training System," with tells the true history of the system, its rationale, uniqueness, advantages, and completely documents what the training system is all about and how to use it. Aviram then created this Pure Krav Maga - Self Defense Mastery collection of training videos, the most comprehensive and detailed course in Krav Maga ever recorded. He is the founder of Pure Krav Maga - Self Defense Mastery.
Contents of the Collection: DVD I Introduction, Specific Warm Up, Pressure Points, Danger Analysis, Reaction Time, Knockout Hand Strikes, and Combat Motion. DVD II Basic Kicks and other Hand Strikes. DVD III Defenses vs. Hand Strikes, Defenses vs. Kicks, Fighting Drills, and Other Kicks. DVD IV Escapes from Grabs Holds and Chokes, and Prevailing in Grappling Scenarios, Rolling Techniques, Restraining Techniques Counter Escapes. DVD V Break Falls, Prevailing in Ground Grappling, Use of Clubbing Weapons, and Defenses vs. Clubbing Attempts. DVD VI Knife Attack Methods, Defenses vs. Knife Stabbing (Using kicks or Hand Techniques), Knife Fighting, and Tactical Applications. DVD VII Getting out of Pistol Threat Scenarios(Standing, Sitting, and Unpredicted Scenarios), Defense vs. Assault Rifle Threat, and Assault Rifle Retention.
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But the third IDF Krav Maga Chief Instructor Boaz Aviram is still with us and in 2010 he produced this video focusing on proper biomechanics and technique for authentic Krav Maga.
If anyone knows Krav, it's Boaz. His tenure as IDF Chief Instructor was approximately 1981 - 1983, predating the more widely-known Darren Levine -- Boaz told me "I was asked to train Darren Levine upon arrival to the US in Oct 1985 to complete his training for his conditional blackbelt, but he prevented that from happening by excusing himself from inviting me during a phone conversation." So, for the contemporary student trying to capture what made Krav Maga legendary, Boaz is our direct link to the original Krav, or as he calls it, "Pure Krav Maga" (PKM).
PKM looks deceptively simple but the biomechanics are sophisticated -- and NOT found in the other versions of Krav widely available to the public. It is necessary to perform and overlap actions with a particular sequence and timing, if you want an optimal result. That's the difference between a jab, and a knockout punch. The details are in the DVDs (and his book).
The "video production values" (fancy video editing, graphics, etc.) are admittedly lacking here, but the content more than makes up for that. Boaz takes student Kathysue through all the essential techniques of Pure Krav Maga, and as he corrects her mistakes, the viewer also learns to avoid those mistakes.
Considering that the Japanese PKM interest group functioned for two years using just Boaz's book and video (before their instructor recently got official certification), there is enough material here to help you practice in depth for a long time, and on-target.
To address some of the other comments re: the video. Yes the quality is not million dollar, but I pose the question: It is what you stand to learn or how flashy it is, and with what level of pre and post production the content is measured? If we use You Tube we can all see the great videos with a Hummer draped in camo netting, and the shadow lighting, and so forth, but when that is stripped away, what is the content? I contend that for content, you will not find a better video. You may find some you feel are equal in quality and we all have our own opinions, and maybe Krav Maga practitioners we like, but again, I challenge you to find better content.
This video is 7+ hours of instruction in a fly-on-the-wall style where you watch a now accomplished instructor starting on day one. This is how most of us have been at some point. We ALL make mistakes- stand with the wrong hand or foot forward, and we have ALL had a hand slap to the forehead moment where we are frustrated with our speed of learning and comprehension.
I admit I like the jumping around hybrid Krav Maga on You Tube...it is entertaining, but is it Krav Maga? This is KRAV MAGA. If you use Google and You Tube you can find great examples of flash with no substance. Take 5 min and search for sites that track down the claims of other Masters, super instructor, Combat, Commando, taught Batman and Superman how to fight, wrote the book with Imi himself.... and see who has the credentials. If you find it not to be Boaz, no harm no foul and we agree to disagree. I think you will find the true real article in Boaz and "the water is most pure closest to the source".
If you prefer another school of thought: More power to you, I think we should all make a free choice and I am not here to change any minds.
I train in Krav Maga with a Worldwide school and love the boxing and conditioning I get in my 1 hour class. The 15-30 minutes of a Krav Maga technique is what I am looking for, but the fitness is great. Pure Krav Maga is just that, Pure. This is not a "join for a year"... "School shirt shows respect... and they are in the pro shop $$".... "you should move up to the next level and that class cost X$$ extra"... Krav Maga can sometime be strip mall dojo and heck we all have to make a living, so I don't hold that against anyone, heck I go to one!
With all that said.... This is the Pure, easy to learn, repeatable system, where several attacks can be handled with muscle memory from a basic technique. After all, we forget that this was for a 21 hour course taught to the IDF and not 3 hours a week for years that a McDojo can make it.
*closing disclaimer: I like Boaz, he has been a gentleman in my interaction with him, and I hope to train with him during 2012. So if my view seems tilted...it is.
Thanks for reading.
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