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  1. TopExpert10 says:


    Back in the 1990's Immi Lichtenfeld gathered his Civilian Black Belt recognizing it is essential to be able to have knock out power to end a fight. So out of prioritization he went over the basics.

    If you notice that some of his old students who are black belts do not follow exactly his way of punching, you should ask yourself why. Perhaps the way Civilian Krav Maga organization was run.

    If you pay close attention you can notice Immi was demonstrating a weight shift and desired retraction of the arm after the impact. In the Israel Defense Force (IDF), the idea in teaching punching or strikes was more to concentrate on a quick efficient fast reach blow to the opponent without projection – meaning without standing in a projected fighting stance.

    Watch in a Video Imrich Lichtenfeld demo and follow up Punching Lesson by Boaz Aviram

    Since Krav Maga defenses were built to counter an overall myriad of Human Capacity to deliver, kicks punches, blows and various strikes, or take down attempts, there was no use to many of the boxing drills, but instead it was chosen to concentrate on effective and efficient strikes.

    Imrich is demonstrating what a punch should look like coming back to the center court after execution. He emphasizes proper arm retraction immediately after the impact. He also mentioned that later the cross punch can be delivered. You can see in the follow up lesson in the video in the above link that I elaborated on it in great details sufficient enough to help anyone comprehend. Of course if that does not work, it is your responsibility as an instructor to make it work!

    They key in punching is accelerating the arm and maintaining maximum speed during the impact with the opponent chin or other areas desired. Retraction of the arm with the impact helps maintain the speed as if you strike a pause you must have slowed down before you came to a complete stop. The other part of the formula is the weight shift and is done but pivoting the shoulder and putting all the body weight possible behind it. The only retraction you execute is the arm as you do not want to idle to back to your centercourt. Instead you rather wait and see what you need to do next incase you've missed your first shot. So your follow up strikes will start from your last position you were in. Idling back slows down your focus and attention in the critical split seconds and could give your attacker the valuable time to counter attack.

    It some striking methods of other martial arts, the force is done the weight shift is done with a shock like motion with tightening all the muscles in the body with the strike. Instead of returning to the center court, you then strategically evaluate what options your opponent might have next and follow up accordingly. If you missed the first strike, and you are moving to the center court you are idling which subjects you to a counter attack.

    This is a fighting tactic I learned form Eli Avikzar, the Second Israel Defense Force Krav Maga Chief Instructor and as the Third IDF Krav Maga Chief Instructor, I've put this tactical approach into the training steps of the hand Strikes learning process starting with the basic breakdown of the sequential execution training steps.

    In addition it facilitates a better training breakdown to the correct sequential execution required for a KO Punch. It ensures your body weight is supporting the hand during contact and penetration with the target which could be a few inches before or behind the estimated location when you start to lunge your strike.

    In fast speeds the untrained eye would not notice the difference when someone is shadowboxing, but the idea is to slow down in training in order to assume control of the unseen.

    I have a very pleasant memory of listening to Imrich Lichtenfeld at the time a well aged man in the 1980's talk about the details of what a Knock Out punch should be sitting in a Cafe Ugati in Natanya where occasionally he was demonstrating it and explaining it while sitting, and occasionally getting up and demonstrating it.

    Imrich Lichtenfeld a man that in his youth was a boxing champion, a wrestling champion, a glamorous gymnast, but later in his life assumed the responsibility of training the Israelis soon to become soldiers, and later the Israeli soldiers in the working art of unarmed combat – Krav Maga!

    Processing the information in my mind, and then in the next opportunity trying to check myself and apply the advice… or any student anywhere looking at his instructor demonstrating in class a punch and repeating the motion with or without thinking the end result.

    Better be thinking. How is this motion going to stop my opponent… Listening to Instructors recommending breaking more boards or bricks, others recommend more workouts on the punching bag….

    Well each training method develops some elements but not necessarily all that are required for a knock out strike.

    Continuous attack the golden solution to control an opponent hoping that while attacking the window of opportunity is increased for a knockout punch sounds like a good idea. But, the window of opportunity could close immediately after the first attempt to strike and open for your opponent instead. You need to know the whole theory before you attempt to use one idea of it.

    Anyway, in the IDF training steps had to be modified for the favorite KO punch in order to simplify the complexity of any human motion and bring the soldiers for a speedy control of the unarmed combat theory and application.

  2. TopExpert10 says:

    Mr. Boaz Aviram,

    I believe that what you’ve done will keep Krav Maga alive for generations to come. I want to thank you, because I really feel that it is imperative to our people–to all people–that we endure life and its many challenges.

    The challenges most hideous are largely those violently forced upon others by the darker elements of society. Truly, Krav Maga answers these challenges succinctly, effectively, and better than anything else we know.

    On the other hand, the whole of martial arts has failed to provide efficient and effective methods of self-defense, which can be quickly grasped and sufficiently understood by the general population.

    To put it another way, anyone can bang a hammer and go through the motions to build a structure. But it is not until one study the underlying framework, scientific calculations, and purposeful methods involved in building that one can build a structure with sufficient strength to endure, while simultaneously providing the most comfort and safety for its inhabitants.

    Even so with martial arts systems, which altogether fail to sufficiently examine the most practical elements, efficient methodology, and realistic techniques upon which to teach self-defense.

    I know your teachings and the heart with which you instruct, and feel a kind of kinship which goes beyond nation, heritage, and value system. You see—I, too, have "bought-in" to Krav Maga—as it was intended, as it is truly practiced.

    And I have you to thank for it. While it is true that others also have a passion for Krav Maga, yours is truer because you have the proper technique and understanding, and did not exchange your knowledge for arrogance or illicit gain.

    And when you left Israel, Krav Maga came with you. Despite claims, photos, and certificates of those who think themselves proven Krav Maga disciples or leaders, many of them never understood Krav Maga to begin with. Over time, even those who did know gave way to age, health, ego, power or wealth, and their knowledge was lost or obscured.

    While others make claims and have photos with Krav Maga’s Founder, many of today’s leaders never fully understood Krav Maga to begin with. This is not entirely their fault, since many could not have realized that Lichtenfeld’s civilian school taught a dojo version, intended to maintain IDF Krav Maga superiority.

    Others, still, knew these limitations but portrayed themselves as all-in-all Krav Maga masters. You, my friend, did no such thing, despite personal instruction by both KM founders (Imi Lichtenfeld and Eli Avikzar) and holding the position of IDF Krav Maga Chief Instructor, the position both men assumed before you.

    These two facts, alone, uniquely qualify you to teach and critique Krav Maga, above all others.

    I cannot afford Imi Lichtenfeld (Sde-Or) and Eli Avikzar the respect they deserve; however, you did when you re-introduced authentic Krav Maga to the world with Pure Krav Maga (PKM). So I ask you: who are the true founders, innovators, and guardians of authentic Krav Maga? He who yells from the rooftop or he who tends the field? Thanks again, Boaz!

    –Stephen M. McPherson

  3. TopExpert10 says:

    Principles come from Immi the Genius! Training method comes from Eli Avikzar conforming to the Israel Defense Force Intensive Training Methods including proper angle demonstration, Impressive action view, breakdown into training steps, correction and physical manipulation.

    While I never thought too much into it, and got all my knowledge from both Eli and Immi, it is obvious to me now that probably the following scenarios are possible: Immi was teaching in a slower pace in the IDF and after he left, under Eli Avikzar a more intensive training step method was developed, and I perfected it. However, When Eli left the IDF he reverted to a more vague training steps but went into in depth comments to his selected students.

    Perhaps you can say he reverted to Immi's civilian and IDF training methods, and perhaps both slowed it down a bit. One way or another the civilian curriculum evidently demonstrated a journey into staged art of deliberating principles but never drilling them too much in depth or following up and maintaining quality control.

    Perhaps it was the large amount of people in all levels that slowed down the already watered down process and one dictated the pace for the other and vice versa… But the IDF had large classes as well and Krav Maga used to be more top notched technical and methodological training system!

    The Intensive original IDF training method comprised of walking through and drilling all the details that can be controlled in as soldiers get close to the H2H range giving them compete understanding of the visible and invisible elements of the process and drilling them to reach sufficient fluidity and react properly. This includes reading the opponent's body and capabilities by his body positions and prioritizing all the possibilities to what can come before the other according to what is possible time wise. Lunging generating impact, leverage to hit and not get hit reaching the opponent's pressure points first to control him! At the same time you are looking at civilian Krav Maga drilling only few aspects of the method such as techniques or few drills and warm up off course! [Boaz Aviram]

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