Krav Maga (FrontLine Krav Maga) – Hostage gun defense tactic

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29 thoughts on “Krav Maga (FrontLine Krav Maga) – Hostage gun defense tactic

  1. Fightingchanceprogra says:

    Because Krav is basically concepts and principles and not rigid tactics you are proving you have limited knowledge of Krav Maga. I have modified many tactics of Krav Maga in my 19 yrs. of teaching Krav. Good try though.

  2. samhainaz says:

    in reality mostof the time the gun is held at the victims head so they already know not to move the gun away to point at anyone else becaus they know there might be resistance so if you move then bang youre dead.

  3. MfalmeBwana says:

    Surprise is a martial artists only hope against a gun.Guns and firearm technologies are the ultimate martial art of killing. Hand to hand combat is obsolete compared to these. Note that the introduction of firearms in Japan ended the centuries old Samurai culture. The only thing we as martial artists can do when it comes to guns is learn to use them safely, as for learning gun disarms never try them in real life unless you're close enough and are ready to kill or die if you make a mistake.

  4. Fernando George says:

    Yess I agree!

    I am sorry by the way for saying that, when I made the comment, I just've seen the whole video, and then I saw that it is very efficient!

    Congratulations and thanks for posting this videos!

  5. FrontlineKravMaga says:

    Hello Fernando,
    You raise a point I should have more clearly emphasized. Muzzle control of the line of fire is extremely important. As their arm is brought up and the weapon is taken their finger will come off the trigger prior to the foot becoming the line of fire. So it is important to understand that the arm MUST be taken up as the gun is disarmed. We also utilize if necessary an underhand grab to the gun. Thanks for your post.

  6. FrontlineKravMaga says:

    Hi MoR91Ga, unfortunately, we have to deal with the hand we are dealt. There are risks when confronted with a life threatening situation. So aggressive and decisive action must trump reaction. I am not minimizing the danger but neither the jostling or release of the gases are the problem. The problem is the shock value of the noise if the gun discharges. Thank you for your post and kind words. Good questions.

  7. FrontlineKravMaga says:

    No. Actually the problem is the sound. Most people that have never fired a weapon or been near when a weapon is fired are jolted by the sound of the bang!!! Adrenaline and the expectation of the sound will minimize the reaction to the sound. We set up visits to the shooting range periodically so students can get used to the sound and power of a gun. 2 of my students are concealed weapons instructors as well. In Israel it is common to hold a gun when fired for the training. Legal issues in USA.

  8. FrontlineKravMaga says:

    part 2 Tactically whether you punch/kick or use the pistol to strike is based on what is most available dependent how you disengage from the attacker. As a side note, when striking with the gun strike forward only with the hole of the barrel or the forward strike with the hammer end. Always be sure the line of fire is ALWAYS away from you. Notice here when I strike with the gun, I am sure to have the line of fire, should the gun discharge, be pointed away from me. Thanks for posting.

  9. FrontlineKravMaga says:

    Hi Skwerril. This particular disarm has a lower likelihood of breaking the finger because of the angle of which it is taken. I do have a finger-break disarm from this scenario when we grab the gun with palm up. I will be changing out this clip with a slight modification I added due to something a friend overseas named Mike referenced. It minimizes the danger/risk of this scenario enough where I think it adds even more value to this response. Check back in a few weeks. go to part 2

  10. FrontlineKravMaga says:

    part 3 Another aspect I teach for THIS scenario is once you get the gun.. drop to the ground and let the Police or SWAT take the guy out. Remember what this scenario is. When I teach a similar rear gun threat "Arm around neck gun at your temple" I incorporate a butt bump (disrupt his balance) take gun and curl forward and toward the attacker to strike immediately. It makes him grabbing you difficult at best if you move swiftly. Hopefully I wrote this with clarity. Good question Lordscrub

  11. FrontlineKravMaga says:

    Part 2 I use this particular gun disarm because it is quicker than what you will see other Krav examples use in this scenario. Gun comes out quickly and by being turned the defender need get proactive and attack IMMEDIATELY otherwise the attacker WILL. In an off youtube discussion my friend Galacticus suggested an immediate shoulder barge / bump which adds value to this response and if you aren't quick it is what you better do. go to part 3

  12. FrontlineKravMaga says:

    Lordscrub, you ask a good question and a problematic concern first pointed out by Galacticus. Plus I should have addressed this. These uploads I basically just turn on the camera and go. So I may not stress a point or I may even forget to deal with a point. OK, the advantage you have IN THIS HOSTAGE SITUATION is that the attacker is focused on those he is pointing the gun at (SWAT, Police or someone else). Your swift action gets the jump on the attacker. go to part 2

  13. lordscrub says:

    I have a question: I noticed while you were doing this you never touched on the fact the guy could do you a number of things with the free hand, for example claw to the eyes, punch to the back of the head/neck etc, I look foward to your reply, and I hope it does not include the guy's inteligence as a factor

  14. FrontlineKravMaga says:

    P8nT, your question is a good one and frequently asked. Answer = NO. First it will probably discharge so you must mentally prepare for this. That said, if you grab it well, it will prevent the slide from moving to expel the shell and re-chamber another bullet. Thus it will most often jam the gun as you take it. Also this is a hostage scenario. Once you disarm, drop down and away and let the police take him out. A revolver cylinder won't spin. Thanks for your comment.

  15. FrontlineKravMaga says:

    part 2 Luna, Regarding someone grabbing you as a joke. This is hard because you probably tried to wrestle yourself free when the response should have been a headbutt busting his nose open. Or a finger jab wrecking his eye or biting half his ear off. Responses you wont do in a playful encounter. But those may be the responses necessary for a path to safety. Hit him hard once in the face or groin and they wont play as much.

  16. FrontlineKravMaga says:

    Hi Luna, I dont mislead anyone. There is no doubt that certain (not necessarily this) scenarios.. size and strength are issues. That said I make and test modifications to scenarios for my female or even smaller male students. Some situations are tougher than others. I also want women to "stun and run" There are exceptions but to expect a woman to stand and slug it out with a larger man is not realistic. read part 2 please

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