By Ilya Dunsky Expert 4
Today Krav Maga training in the IDF (Israel defense forces) is divided into three sections:
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Blog by Ran Laskov – part of the KMG Global Instructor Team (GIT), clinical dietitian, fitness instructor, nutritionist and healthy lifestyle lecturer.
In my mind, an unhealthy lifestyle is a collection of destructive habits which create a physical and mentally unbalanced living environment. This unbalance may lead to morbidity, damage our lifestyle and shorten our life expectancy.
Below are 10 somewhat undesired habits that we must protect ourselves from and the “self-defense” methods against them.
|#||Threat||Threat details||Self-defense technique|
|1||Smoking||One of the primary causes for lung and Esophagus cancer, responsible for many illnesses to the body. We are exposed to it passively and actively in everyday life.||The best way to defend against smoking is by avoiding it and people who smoke. If you cannot avoid it, politely ask people not to smoke around you and take responsibility over your body by not smoking.|
|2||Lack of sleep||Lack of sleep has a big effect on our body, physically and mentally. People who suffer from lack of sleep often deal with blurred vision, dizziness, decline in cognitive function, confusion, hallucination and memory loss. Aside from this, anxiety and depression are very common to people who suffer from lack of sleep.||Try to get at least 7.5 hours of sleep per night and create a good sleeping environment. I.E.: comfortable mattress, clean bedroom, darken the room and remove anything that might interfere with your sleep. Get into bed no later than 22:30 and get up no later than 6:00.|
|3||Alcohol||Excessive consumption of alcohol damages the liver, disrupts your judgment, causes aggressive behavior and might lead to car accidents and other damages. On the other hand, researches have shown that drinking a moderate amount of red wine that is full of anti-oxidants may be beneficial to your health.||Avoid at all costs driving after alcohol consumption or being in a car with a driver that has consumed alcohol. Prepare a designated driver or call a taxi to get you home. If you still insist on drinking, try to consume no more than one cup each time, no more than three times per week and try to do it before you go to sleep.|
|4||Nervousness||Nervousness can damage your judgment and can lead to wrong actions that may cause irreversible damage. Nervousness can lead to excessive secretion of stress hormones that may damage the immune system and leave the body vulnerable to heart attacks, diabetes, stroke and cancer.||Practice 20 minutes of breathing techniques every day while sitting cross-legged. Make sure to inhale through the nose and exhale through the mouth. Researches have shown that people who practice these techniques every day, are calmer, more peaceful and can cope better with the hectic everyday life.|
|5||Obesity||About 2 million people die every year as a result of Obesity. Today there are about 1.5 billion people around the world that are overweight and obese. According to the world health organization, obesity is the number 1 cause of morbidity. Overweight people are more prone to illnesses such as: strokes, damage to internal organs- liver, heart and kidneys. Joint problems in the legs and problem with blood circulation in the legs.||Weigh yourselves and measure your height, check on the internet your BMI score, if it is above 27, check your diameter three cm’ above your belly button, if it is above 102 cm for men or 88 cm for women then it is considered high. If you are over- weight reach out to a professional that may assist you in your dietary habits with physical fitness in-order to reduce the excessive fat that is a risk to your health. Physical fitness alone is not enough, you must combine the two.|
Instructor of the Month
Aleks Petrov, KMG Bulgaria
26 years old
Director of KMG Bulgaria and a full time KMG Instructor
Krav Maga experience:
My first contact with Krav Maga was in 2009 when I enrolled and took part in an intensive security and anti-terror course in Kibbutz Shefayim, Israel. From that moment, my life has changed. When I returned to Bulgaria, I started to practice Krav Maga on my own. There were no Krav Maga instructors in Bulgaria at that time and I had to learn from few old IKMF DVD’s with Eyal Yanilov. In 2011, I attended the CIC in Athens, Greece organized by IKMF. I was trained and completed the course under the guidance of Avi Moyal, Amnon Darsa, Tamir Gilad, Israel Tamir, Shlomi Moyal, Israel Cohen, Dan Oren and Avshalom Dahan. I became responsible for the position of Director for IKMF Bulgaria from 2011 until 2013. In that period, I gained experience in teaching security companies, law enforcement authorities, the prison guards in the central jail in Sofia and a specialized unit fighting organized crimes. In the beginning of 2013, I started to work with KMG and after an intensive instructor update and exam under the supervision of Szabo Balazs in Sofia, Bulgaria I got my Graduate Level 2 Diploma. In 2014, I attended and passed the KIC and the exam for Graduate Level 3 under Zeev Cohen in Katowice, Poland.
By Lance Manley, P4
Krav Maga Midlands, UK
I am currently reading a very informative book entitled The Little Black Book of Violence by Lawrence Kane and Kris Wilder. It has the subtitle “What Every Young Man Needs to Know About Fighting.”
This book was lent to me by a fellow practitioner at my club, Krav Maga Midlands.
While perusing it last night, something struck a chord that is fundamental to the principles of Krav, but is sometimes oh so very easy to overlook in favor of the “sexy” bits of what we do.
A preface by Rory Miller (a police sergeant in the US when the book was published) states that he believe most people reading the book will simply cherry pick the parts they like. He goes on to say, “I don’t think you can see past your own ego. I think that you will risk your own life and piss away good information to protect your daydreams.”
I started the Touring and Training in Israel Events in the mid 1990’s, over 20 years ago (time is running…). Indeed, there were few events before that but they were not really the T&T program as you know it. These events hosted small groups from my American students who came to train and received a bit of touring in Israel also. The upgraded program started at the same time as I started spreading KMG in Europe in 1994 and 1995.
Israel is two-thirds desert and I, who grew up in Netanya with its beautiful beaches and Mediterranean climate, was always fascinated by the desert. When my younger sister and I were kids, our parents used to take us on trips in Israel and Sinai. Many of those journeys and short vacations were in tents or small huts in the desert areas and at the south beaches of Israel that are practically touching the desert. In addition, a significant part of my military service took place in the desert area of the south and east parts of Israel.
I always wanted to combine the Touring and Training events with my fascination and love for the desert. So…Finally we are making it happen for the first time.
David (Dudi), KMG’s general manager, the team at HQ and me, designed a fabulous event, Krav Desert. This event combines unique experiences, very interesting training sessions and visits to exceptional locations. We’ll spend one day of training on the beach in Netanya and from there on it is only the Israeli desert. We will be spending a couple of days in Eilat – a popular resort city, on the northern tip of the Red Sea; we will travel to one of World’s Wonders – the city of Petra in Jordan also known as the “Red Rock”. We will not miss Jerusalem but, this time we’ll do it in a different way than we do during Touring and Training events. The event will include navigation on mountain-bikes in the very unique Ramon Crater (a rare nature phenomena); repelling, camel riding, Jeep riding and much more
The training during the Krav Desert event will focus on the different pillars of Krav Maga: Self-Defense, Fighting Skills and Tactics; and Protection of others. This will be while taking into consideration the uniqueness of the event, the different, environments and equipment.
Blog by David Gorin, General Manager of Krav Maga Global
When I first started in Krav Maga Global, the professionalism of Eyal Yanilov and his team of dedicated country directors, school owners and instructors struck me. I knew right from the beginning that the size of Krav Maga Global would grow exponentially.
Why should you train KMG / Self Defense? The truth is, a much better question would be – why should someone not make an effort to learn self-defense? No one even thinks about getting into deep water without knowing how to swim and if a thought like this comes to mind, that mind eventually will stay without a body, and the sea will remove the genes of that person from the gene pool Read More
Instructor of the Month
Jiří Polanský, KMG Czech Republic
Married, two children
Full time instructor under Krav Maga Academy Prague
Krav Maga experience:
7 years, E1 currently. I´ve got Civil, L-E, Kids and Woman Instructor Course certification. Looking forward to VIP Course next year
Why Krav Maga:
It is a complex system which is still being developed, keeps up with the times.
Instructor of the Month
Sandra Heudecker, KMG Germany
Single, no Kids
Full time Executive Assistant with ARTDECO cosmetics (degree in Business Administration) and KMG instructor with KMT Munich.
Krav Maga experience:
I started training KM at KMT Munich in 2008. I completed my GIC successfully under Zeev Cohen (also many thanks to Tal and Ilya). It was a great experience. This summer I passed level G4. And now I continue training under our head instructor Jan Tevini, who is part of the KMG international instructor team and Germany’s KMG board of Directors.
I have always wanted to do a World Tour (WT). Why? Why do the Rolling Stones, or the best acts in the world do it? I am sure they have their own reasons, but for me it is about teaching what I know, connecting with people and seeing the fruits of the work done by KMG (how the branches, schools, instructors and students are doing and progressing). I just needed a reason for “party” and the year 2014 was perfect as we celebrate different milestones in KM history. In the last part of this blog you can see which ones. Read More
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