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Lady Savior – Krav Maga As A Treatment
 

Lady Savior – Krav Maga As A Treatment

by Theresa Wever

My name is Theresa and I have been teaching self-defense in Holland for over 3 years, at a specialized clinic for people diagnosed with PTSD/PTSS (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder/ Syndrome).

I have also been teaching Krav-Maga in a Women’s shelter in Haifa, Israel, in the past 2 years. I have been able to do this, during my stay in Israel, for the PGE Master Camps in Israel. This is something I was very eager to do for a long time. Teaching Krav-Maga is challenging as it is, but there is a significant difficulty in teaching it to people who have already had the experience where they were not able to defend themselves (sufficiently).

One of the problems here is the logic behind the “guilt concept”. Meaning that people dealing with PTSD/PTSS will most likely ask themselves: “would it have been possible for me to defend myself at that time?” If the answer is yes, logic seems to demand that in that case they are to be blamed for the misery inflicted on them.

 

In the first few minutes of the lesson, most of them are very skeptical. I found that the best way to connect with them is join them in their skepticism; “Let’s see if Krav-Maga is really as awesome as they say it is”. This way, I team up with them, instead of pretending to be the one with answers. I don’t do this by talking. It’s something in my body language, a non-verbal communication. Another principal that’s very important to me is respect. I sincerely respect them for having the courage to join the class. This is genuine respect and not just a nice thing to say.

In return I expect them to respect me.
Theresa Wever | KMG Master CampsDuring my classes, I make sure I have suitable exercises for the variety of students and their physical and emotional state. The techniques I teach are broken into real basic movements, which anyone can apply. Once all the movements are mastered, I put them together and show the students that they’ve done it – they’ve learned the technique!
As the class advances, the students are more cooperative but there is still some skepticism. This is where I use one of the principals I mentioned earlier – the “join them” approach.
Since I joined them, they are not actually challenging me but together we are challenging the system. This is also very helpful for the ones that are reluctant to ask questions; they don’t have to be afraid I will be offended. If needed, I tell them that I don’t know everything but I do know the best instructors and that these instructors are very willing to help and find solutions. This is of course also underlining that Krav-Maga is not something I make up, but a real system tested by professionals much more skilled then I am. This makes the lesson fun and sort of playtime, inventing problems and creating solutions.

 

It is highly important for me to show my students that they each have great instincts and intuition, which they could learn to use much more efficiently. That way, their intuition will warn them long before the first sign of attack occurs. It’s important they realize they have intuition and know how to use it to their benefit. I show them that their body is aware of things their consciousness is not.

In conclusion, this is what I have learned so far from teaching self-defence to really “tough cookies”. “Tough cookies” being people that were convinced they were victims and always will be victims. The results of the classes are amazing, although technically speaking, they’re beginner level. What they gain is the restored belief in themselves – that they can do it.

I honestly believe that every instructor can do this. You just have to be humble and judgemental free .

 

Good Luck!

Thersea

Carjacking and Road Rage | By Eyal Yanilov
 

Carjacking and Road Rage

Blog by Eyal Yanilov

Two hours after I finished teaching an anti-carjacking and road rage seminar in Florida, there was a carjacking incident near where we were.

It was an evening seminar which part of it was indoors working on the fundamentals of the subject with practice of different techniques, especially against armed assaults and threats, and part was outdoors with the cars. We truly had great fun, because no one was run over, it ended successfully. People learned new material, practiced previously known techniques, acquired experience and had fun.

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“Eat, Sleep, Krav Maga, Repeat”: 12 Days in the birthplace of Krav Maga
 

Eat, Sleep, Krav Maga, Repeat

A guest blog by Marianne Brink

 

I have been on a very exciting and life-changing journey for the last 3.5 years since I started training Krav Maga. In that time, I had a desire to be able to pass it on to others. Then, last year it was decided that I would go on the instructors course, and after that decision was made, the next big step was to decide where and when to take the General Instructors Course (GIC).

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Climbing the KMG Ladder Like an Expert | A guest blog by Sim Radulescu-Van Daele
 

Climbing the KMG Ladder Like an Expert

It’s been 8 years since I started Krav Maga. And so, with my recent level up to Expert, I’d like to write a little about my experiences, appreciation and acknowledgments.

Now, that everything had some time to sink, it was easier to put everything into words. I have a tendency to write books, so this is an attempt to keep it short.

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Becoming a Krav Maga Expert Instructor | by Eyal Yanilov
 

Becoming a Krav Maga Expert Instructor Who Is a Role Model

Invest in Yourself in Order to Invest in Others

By Eyal Yanilov

You and I Got a Problem

Occasionally, we hear instructors saying they can’t attend an update or another higher level certification, such as an Instructor course or even for a Krav Maga experts camp in Israel.
Why can’t they?

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12 Ways For Preventing, Avoiding & Dealing With Violent Attacks
 

 

12 Ways For Preventing, Avoiding & Dealing With Violent Attacks

By Eyal Yanilov

 

When it comes to self-defense, KMG’s way is an integrated system with own benefits in preventing, avoiding and dealing with violent attacks.

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Krav Maga training in the IDF (Israel defense forces)
 

Krav Maga training in the IDF (Israel defense forces)

By Ilya Dunsky | Expert 4 in KMG

 

Today Krav Maga training in the IDF (Israel defense forces) is divided into three sections:

  1. Self defense
  2. Combat and fighting
  3. Third party protection (VIP)

The objective in each section is different and at times may even contradict each other: Read More

Strengthening Your Grip
 

Strengthening Your Grip

By Peter Lakatos

So you pair up with this guy, and you know it is going to hurt.

The subject is pistol threat from the front, and every single time he takes your gun you feel like you are loosing a finger, and your wrist is starting to hurt. You ask him, what is his profession, and turns out he is a plumber, a carpenter, a car mechanic. No, it is never the office guy. Yep, I know the feeling.

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Main Principles of Krav Maga as WE in KMG act and follow (short version)
 

Lately I have been thinking about the main principles of Krav Maga as they were taught to me and later added by myself over the last twenty years. It is my belief that understanding the principles of Krav Maga is important for a greater knowledge of krav maga as a system and for you to have in mind when you are training.

 

There are technical and tactical principles when it comes to defending yourself, or others, as well as principles that are directed to our way of life in combat.

 

Perhaps the first and most important principles is that you must strive to win so that the enemy/aggressor/criminal will not be able to continue. Secondly, you need to aim in order to avoid, prevent or de-escalate the situation you are facing, especially in self-defense. Do not forget, if you need to act, act decisively and correctly according to the danger presented.

  • In fighting and in combat – inflict maximum damage to your enemy, with minimum time spent, while sustaining minimum harm to yourself.
  • In 3rdparty protection – protect your loved ones at all costs.
  • Always act according to the law of the country you are in.

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Mobility and stability – Article number 2 by Peter Lakatos
 

Mobility and stability 

By Peter Lakatos – Expert level 3 KMG international team of instructors

 

For sure you have heard these words, since most of the fitness trends are trying to explain their goals via mobility, stability balance and other concepts. Not many tough has any clear idea about them, and following Gray Cook and Lee Burton – the founders of FMS – is pretty much always a good idea.

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