KRAV MAGA Efficient Use of a Knife




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 …

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  1. TopExpert10 says:

    Knife Defenses in Pure Krav Maga – Proposal to retrieve proper Military, law Enforcement and Civilian Life saving Skills/Boaz Aviram, Pure Krav Maga Founder
    Instead showing techniques from the "Bible" and blaming students for not being able to master them fast enough, and to tell them they need years of training for mastery, if you want to provide students with significant help of how to defend themselves you need to show them first how humans can use their bodies and weapons to maximum reach, force, speed. These amount to being more efficient in controlling your fate. You must also teach the invisible forces so called of awareness, timing, feinting, its consequences and cure.
    Once this is achieved, students get the idea of how to attempt to do it and how to attempt to defend it and what to expect.
    Now you would teach the best approach to handle each angle and methods of knife attack.
    When using a handy object which could also be the same weapon the opponent has there are four approaches usually to one side which is in front of the opponent. The preference of that is perhaps the ease of reach to pressure points to end the confrontation swiftly with strive to one kill shot as a counter.
    For Using your boots vs. knife you learn four tactics using kicks: front side, roundhouse and Scissors Kick. These kicks provide with best tactical approach within the kicking range. They can be used preemptively, or when an opponent did not execute a committed attack and is jumping backward after the initial attempt that may have been deflected or may have been an out of reach feint.
    For bare hands vs. Knife, there are four of these in pure krav maga with slight finishing variation depending if you have the luxury to end behind the opponent's back, or end in front of him.
    There is also another curriculum drill to deal with opponent that uses his front foot or hand for distraction with a kick, punch or continuous slapping so he can use his cross hand to stab you with no interruption. Here you learn to prioritize as well.
    Pure Krav Maga Four Knife Tactics are proofed to prevent repeated attack of any sort. These characteristics lie in few components considering reaction time, physical reach and control methods in which a strike provides the most effective control as it distracts the opponent, break his plans momentarily or permanently.
    Students do tend to get confused from the mass details required to memorize to ensure success. So be patient and keep in mind that you can always go back and rehearse prior training drills if forgotten. The key is now to aspire to have the students mind and body being able to retrieve their knowledge and use their judgments within an instant. Therefore, what is called intuitive drills such as "sparring" where students in the attacker role keeps changing his position and knife hold prior to entry into the hot zone. In such a fashion, instructors should supervise that all critical forms of approach that can contribute for such purpose had been drilled sufficiently.

    Other knife threat scenarios could be couples with the grappling chapter or could be rehearsed with the knife chapter as well. The reason is that they are more in the grappling range. Knife on the throat from the front or back are the major threats, and aside from that sparring drills on the ground could be added where students need to prioritize between controlling the knife and attacking soft pressure points. The reason why this area is not stressed in civilian environment and should not even be stressed in Military environment, is because you are talking about Pure Stupidity of allowing the fight to escalate that far. But if you have extra time on your hands you can drill them as well.
    The military does not use disciplined marching for his combat tactics, and therefore there is no merit for line up calisthenics and stand up demos instead of unarmed combat training methods.

  2. TopExpert10 says:

    Pure Krav Maga – Excellence through Proper Sequence!/Boaz Aviram

    All martial arts share common ingredients.
    People – A creature with generally two legs and two arms of which natural motion could be generated in any direction to create impact with any point of body contact. Generally it is wise to use hard bones to hit soft pressure points…

    Strikes – to strike at pressure points you need to create momentum which is acceleration of mass over distance and maintain it through penetration of that pressure point to reach the desired effect of control, damage or death. You need not project your attempts as your opponent might move away from your intended hitting location and your attempt will be futile. Also you need to plan your next move if that happens.

    Kicks – To kick at pressure points you need to create momentum which is the same principle of aforementioned strikes.

    Pressure Points – Striking, tearing and gouging points which upon activation, cause distraction through the senses, and bodily damage limiting functioning to the purpose of being unable to attack back.

    Using Leverage – Using greater force achieved with more parts of the body or with a stronger part, motion, or faster speed, in the weakest direction or redirection even in the same direction to deflect strikes, kicks, and to escape restraining holds.

    Using bare hands – Meaning using your body only.

    Using Sharp Objects Using a handy object or a knife.

    Using Blunt Objects Using a chair or a club or such.

    Preventing getting shot at when possible Using the limits of reaction time to overcome a gun threat.

    Preemptive attack makes sense that if you are the first to properly attack your opponent will not be in attack mode and you will have an advantage, so if you keep going and nothing stops you, you will prevail. If you let go, there could be a reversal of fortunes.

    Defensive reaction Last resort possible defensive move that will foil attacker's intent. If you immediately use that split second to counter attack, you are now the leading fighter that if you use your advantage properly you will not let reversal of fortunes happen again.

    As you see the above ingredients are found in all martial arts. However, learning the most efficient sequence of thought, analysis, motion, training drills, and curriculum, is the most important factor to success.

    There is a difference in the goals of using martial arts as fitness and friendly grappling, wrestling, boxing, MMA etc, where the fitness, resilience of the physics are competing to certain limits. In these scenarios the goal is staying within these limits. At times athletes are encouraged to prevail by endurance and all sorts of virtues derived by nature.

    Seeing the whole picture of a scenario or a sports fight is the essence. While the tendency in sports fights is to look back at prior opponents in the field, the tendency in Self Defense should be to look at the human capacity.

    This is because you are dealing with the average Joe that does not have time to train all the time, and you want to ensure he or she will get optimal results when needed.

    Prioritization is an important virtue of serious coaches.

    Consolidation and specific applications are important as well. The bottom line is to find the most consolidated way to overcome any obstacle, teach the essence and let the students connect the dots.

    Specific application ensures that when connecting the dots, students will not bypass an essential point!

    For self defense, the optimal thought would be to use those last resort natural tools available to overcome an attack. Being more efficient is the essence! Using the best sequences in thought, training, and defense throughout the matrix is the key!

    Pure Krav Maga Training Consists mostly of consolidated most efficient methods of safe entry into the hotzone, for the purpose of reaching opponent's pressure points to control them and secure your safety. These entries include scenarios where practitioners enter first or wait for the attacker to enter first.

    What can Pure Krav Maga do for Fighting Sports and other martial Artists? It can make them more specifically efficient to what they do and much better prepared to realistic self defense. It can also make the competitions more pure and technical.

    While it appears that most champions posses a combinations of those principles of Pure Krav Maga making them overall more efficient opponent than the rest of their members. Through learning Pure Krav Maga, it can enhance them and also enhance those who were not so fortunate to have the correct sequences in training.

    After all they learned the hard way and took few falls in their career, and will take another fall at the end of their career. While some things are inevitable, knowing the intricate details of scenarios and understanding them proficiently could very well help to avoid falling into making critical errors and waste time.

    What can Pure Krav Maga do to the average folk? It can make them aware, and train them to be more efficient in awareness and reacting using the last resort tools available to all humans driving them to use them when needed!

    What Can other Martial Arts and fighting sports can do for Pure Krav Maga – Keep it at bay if anything suddenly changes in their practices.

    Can sports and stand up martial arts adjust their training to realistic self defense scenario? Of course they can, but since there is so much to adjust starting with understanding the hotzone timing and sequences of unfolding scenarios, and being efficient throughout the process, there are many areas to adjust at once. It will be surely a long road of self learning, and all it takes one more efficient attacker to end your life!

    Pure Krav Maga – Self Defense Mastery 7 Disk DVD Set teaches you the most efficient sequences!

  3. TopExpert10 says:

    When you think about self defense training system, sure it can be used as a tool for awareness and quick fix to a potential victim using the natural instincts of survivals coupled with logic. That natural instinct to live and realization of what can cause one injury or another is partly innate and partly taught.
    The mindset of an attacker is not the mindset of a fighting sports athlete, although if he had the training in one of the competitive fighting sports, he would have a quicker reaction to changes in the unfolding scenarios.
    In a modern world people are reluctant to get daily Spartan training, and the whole idea about self defense is to be used to protect physically weaker individuals…
    However, as much as the lesser priority and interest in fighting sports, and more of self defense, but at the same time maintaining a balanced career and family life, keep in mind that just fitness or just fighting sports are not going to cut it.
    At the same time keep in mind that dry techniques are a small part of the training in any case. You need to practice to apply them or similar motions and tactics to resolve unfolding scenarios. You basically need to create few scenarios where to test your confidence and skills.
    If your time is limited, these scenarios and their complexities must we chosen very carefully to provide maximum learning and coverage of all the material learned which is the essence of self defense. Same as in boxing, just learning how to punch and having few bag drills is not going to make you a boxer.
    Learning few releases from holds, chokes, or few strikes and natural blocks, might enhance your reflexes, but will not make you self-defense proof. You need to learn to see and feel the whole picture.
    So even if your training course is short and amounts to few weeks or training or few seminars, you need to consider drills that force you to utilize the principles you are using in your techniques and not the techniques you learned. The principles are efficiency throughout by paying attention to the sequences of chain of defense.

  4. TopExpert10 says:

    Pure Krav Maga
    Binary System of Logic simplified at the core but complex in its entirety!
    As a training system, the interactive teaching and learning process calls for prioritization to teach the essence.
    As a self defense response and hand-to-hand-fighting system, the structure of training must include all the elements of a fighting/self-defense scenarios broken down to the smallest components and put together to use on the various levels.
    The human body has an innate ability to learn, to move, and to use what it is learning. Humans all have about the same number of bones in about the same ratios of size and shape and about the same amount of organ and build. We just need the most efficient logic to program ourselves what to do with it.
    A training system dealing with self defense and the human body, deals with instructions and drills to create training programs and scenarios to mimic the essence of fighting in real scenarios and gain maximum experience in each part possible and combining all the aspects of training to have a complete mental picture of what is about to happen before it actually happens. It is like slowly creating a complete navigation system where any possible opponent in any possible environment is being subject to virtual control when he is on sight.
    Principles, Definitions, techniques, training drills, training aides, proper instruction etc. are basically logical division of matter dealt with to the smallest meaningful and useful component for that purpose. The purpose of breaking down and putting back together a system is to place such items in your memory and gain efficient habits of retrieval and use upon any variation of occurrence. Therefore these concepts must be universal.
    The core concepts and principles of Pure Krav Maga are Proper sequential assessment, sequential execution, sequential action under the constraint of reaction time!

  5. TopExpert10 says:

    Pure Krav Maga Offense and Defense Knife Training Methods/Boaz Aviram
    For all these people that still look at a knife technique and are still thinking it will work, maybe it will work, and maybe there are so many ways and techniques to answer the same scenario?
    Before I start, let me make one thing clear. Krav Maga does not teach butchering techniques. These can be applied to dead animals and wounded humans.
    The assumption is that the defender is a human using a military type modern bayonet knife or even a good kitchen knife. If you happen to use other sharp objects for offence or defense, use your brain and apply the principles you have learned.
    Pure Krav Maga Knife Defense Drills incorporate selected few distilled Original Krav Maga techniques presented in the below linked video clips.
    These tactics and training methods are comprehensive approach for Use of a Knife for Defense and Offence in Combat Scenarios and use of bare hands or kicks against an unknown opponent attacking you with a knife.
    In fact in Pure Krav Maga we do not deal with all realistic scenarios, but just the best theoretical and practical scenarios.
    We use these scenarios to learn the principles of how to respond to any knife attack with a simple formula. Then we drill the proper response with Pure Krav Maga Techniques.
    Rather than exploring endless possibilities, the most efficient approach is chosen where an opponent might hold a knife in a any possible grip with the front or cross hand or hiding it behind his back. This includes various methods of approach to close and enter the hotzone.
    Pure Krav Maga takes the assumption that the first cut is the most critical as it creates distraction facilitating further injury and lack of quick response for further fighting.
    Therefore knife attacks are dealt with up to two to three stabs at a time only exploring the failed first attempt or feinting first attempt and its outcome. Generally the third stab is attempted by students in the attacker role never makes it, and can only be used by the defender as a finishing kill shot.
    Since Krav Maga is using the invisible principles of reaction time in its training system, it considers any multiple attacks beyond the first 2-3 stabs as irrelevant and belonging to another scenario.
    Pure Krav Maga techniques provide its users the optimal training method of defense. The training method first considers, the type of bio-mechanical motion expected from the way the opponent is standing: Straight-stab, slash, bottom-up, and top-down and then the differentiation of response whether the attacker is holding the knife in his front hand or cross hand. In addition technical solutions in form of techniques are variant depending which sides of the bodies of both opponents face each other as they get closer to the hotzone.
    Let me put it in other words, if you try to apply any other techniques against an attacker that is using the most efficient advance and reach of the target realistically you will fail!!!
    Pure Krav Maga does not explore what you are doing far out of the hotzone. It is only exploring what is in a split second reach without losing the element of surprise.
    The reason is due to the reaction time principle in which human brains need a split second to plan an action of attack or defense and another few split seconds to execute the maneuver.
    Very simple, if you hold a knife on a certain plane, your body can create leverages with its limbs to drive the knife into a poke, cut or stash, or tear in various angles. And if you combine that fact with a straight line from this position is the fastest way to reach the target, you become more efficient.
    If a defender recognizes your initial hold of the knife and body positioning just before you enter the hotzone he can predict how long it is going to take you to complete that most efficient motion. The rest of the move is a race. The attacker is either completing the most efficient motion or stops and redirect the attack.
    The defender is racing to reach the wrist in its entry point to the hotzone and counter attack at the same time. Even if the attacker’s wrist was pulled back or moved to the sides the defender completed his counter attack while the attacker is still in changing tactics mode. The hotzone is the breakeven point of no return…

  6. Boaz Aviram says:

    Pure Krav Maga Offense and Defense Knife Training Methods/Boaz Aviram
    For all these people that still look at a knife technique and are still thinking it will work, maybe it will work, and maybe there are so many ways and techniques to answer the same scenario?
    Before I start, let me make one thing clear. Krav Maga does not teach butchering techniques. These can be applied to dead animals and wounded humans.
    The assumption is that the defender is a human using a military type modern bayonet knife or even a good kitchen knife. If you happen to use other sharp objects for offence or defense, use your brain and apply the principles you have learned.
    Pure Krav Maga Knife Defense Drills incorporate selected few distilled Original Krav Maga techniques presented in the below linked video clips.
    These tactics and training methods are comprehensive approach for Use of a Knife for Defense and Offence in Combat Scenarios and use of bare hands or kicks against an unknown opponent attacking you with a knife.
    In fact in Pure Krav Maga we do not deal with all realistic scenarios, but just the best theoretical and practical scenarios.
    We use these scenarios to learn the principles of how to respond to any knife attack with a simple formula. Then we drill the proper response with Pure Krav Maga Techniques.
    Rather than exploring endless possibilities, the most efficient approach is chosen where an opponent might hold a knife in a any possible grip with the front or cross hand or hiding it behind his back. This includes various methods of approach to close and enter the hotzone.
    Pure Krav Maga takes the assumption that the first cut is the most critical as it creates distraction facilitating further injury and lack of quick response for further fighting.
    Therefore knife attacks are dealt with up to two to three stabs at a time only exploring the failed first attempt or feinting first attempt and its outcome. Generally the third stab is attempted by students in the attacker role never makes it, and can only be used by the defender as a finishing kill shot.
    Since Krav Maga is using the invisible principles of reaction time in its training system, it considers any multiple attacks beyond the first 2-3 stabs as irrelevant and belonging to another scenario.
    Pure Krav Maga techniques provide its users the optimal training method of defense. The training method first considers, the type of bio-mechanical motion expected from the way the opponent is standing: Straight-stab, slash, bottom-up, and top-down and then the differentiation of response whether the attacker is holding the knife in his front hand or cross hand. In addition technical solutions in form of techniques are variant depending which sides of the bodies of both opponents face each other as they get closer to the hotzone.
    Let me put it in other words, if you try to apply any other techniques against an attacker that is using the most efficient advance and reach of the target realistically you will fail!!!
    Pure Krav Maga does not explore what you are doing far out of the hotzone. It is only exploring what is in a split second reach without losing the element of surprise.
    The reason is due to the reaction time principle in which human brains need a split second to plan an action of attack or defense and another few split seconds to execute the maneuver.
    Very simple, if you hold a knife on a certain plane, your body can create leverages with its limbs to drive the knife into a poke, cut or stash, or tear in various angles. And if you combine that fact with a straight line from this position is the fastest way to reach the target, you become more efficient.
    If a defender recognizes your initial hold of the knife and body positioning just before you enter the hotzone he can predict how long it is going to take you to complete that most efficient motion. The rest of the move is a race. The attacker is either completing the most efficient motion or stops and redirect the attack.
    The defender is racing to reach the wrist in its entry point to the hotzone and counter attack at the same time. Even if the attacker’s wrist was pulled back or moved to the sides the defender completed his counter attack while the attacker is still in changing tactics mode. The hotzone is the breakeven point of no return…

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