Self-Defense Tip #113 — What Krav Maga Is Lacking….

What Krav Maga is lacking …
but not only Krav Maga.

First watch a great demo of effective self-defense techniques by Krav Maga instructors from Defense Lab:

Now, what is lacking in the above demo and why….

Krav Maga is a military-style self-defense system based on Imre Lichtenfeld’s 1930’s and 1940’s street-fighting and military hand-to-hand combat experience. The street fighting was done in an era of no CCTV and no cellphones. So Krav Maga was formed in times and circumstances in which tactical effectiveness was the only concern. You, however, live in a different era–the era of ubiquitous video surveillance and criminal and civil liability. Now tactical effectiveness in fighting off an assault is not enough–you must be ready to defend yourself from the justice system. To put it briefly: Krav Maga’s winning techniques may win you the battle but lose you the war. To keep from losing the war, i.e., being convicted, you need to build deniability into your tactics.

The bottom line:
Practice whatever tactically effective system you like, be it Krav Maga or Kapap or some other, but look into ways of making at least your finishing moves deniable. For ideas see Self-Defense Tip #100 — Empty-Hand Defenses and Deniability.

Self-defense tip from Thomas Kurz, co-author of Basic Instincts of Self-Defense and author of Science of Sports Training, Stretching Scientifically, and Flexibility Express.

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Self-Defense Moves

Basic Instincts of Self-Defense - Defenses Against Unarmed Attacks DVD

For your defense moves to work under stress they must be based on your natural, instinctive reactions, require little strength and limited range of motion, and be proven in fighting experience.

To learn how your natural reactions can instantly defeat any unarmed attack, see the video Basic Instincts of Self-Defense.

Defend Against Weapons

Self-Defense: Tools of Attack DVD

To defend against weapons you have to know how they are used. Also—every stick has two ends … the weapon of attack may become a weapon of defense in your hand …

To learn how the typical street weapons (club, knife, razor) are used by an experienced streetfighter and how to practice with them, see the video Self-Defense: Tools of attack—Club, Hatchet, Blackjack, Knife, Straight Razor.

Mental Toughness

Gold Medal Mental Workout - One CD, PDF Book, & mp3/iPod Recordings

Staying cool under pressure is more important for self-defense than being physically fit and technically skilled. If you can’t control your mind what can you control?

To learn mental techniques that let you calmly face any threat and act rationally in the heat of a fight, click here.

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