Blog by: Eyal Yanilov
KMG has three paths – Self-defense, Fighting skills and Protection of others (Close Personal Protection known as CPP or VIP Protection) making it a truly multi dimensional system.
In self-defense the goal is to avoid confrontations, fighting or getting hurt. However, if this is not possible and the use of KMG techniques is needed, we should do the minimum possible in order to overcome the dangerous situation. Sometimes this may include only the appropriate verbal approach and at the extreme even the use of a firearm.
In self-defense, we offer specific techniques, principles and tactics that differs it from the other paths. For example – The defender should distant him or herself from the vicinity of the attacker to avoid additional danger, scan the area for other assailants and move away as soon as possible.
When fighting is the name of the game, generally the idea is to cause the opponent maximum damage in minimum time (remember we are not ring fighting for 5 or 15 rounds) while suffering minimum harm. Fighting tactics and skills include specific techniques too. For example we have “families” of fakes and rhythms built according to certain principles; “braking corners”, “tying up” and “trapping” and multiple simultaneous attacks are just some of the other sections in the fighting curriculum.
In situations involving VIP protection the goal is keeping the VIP away from all harm. We the defenders are second in the consideration.
KMG addresses the following 5 sectors: (a) Civilians (including specific curriculums for women, kids, elderly and handicap). The overall civilian curriculum is divided into Practitioner, Graduate and Expert categories, with 5 levels in each category; (b) Law-Enforcement; (c) Military – Where Krav Maga was first developed; (d) Governmental and general VIP Protection; (e) Special Units and task forces. Here the curriculum is divided into 3 Fighter levels and 3 Warrior levels. Each level includes general and particular material for that unit, according to its relevant tasks, missions, risk analysis and equipment.
Fields of Preparation
At KMG we prepare the trainee whether a civilian, police officer, member of an anti-terror unit or female teenager in the Technical, Tactical, Mental and Physical fields. Naturally the training will be adequate to the trainee and the group in which he or she is participating. The four fields are integrated and as KMG is a system all is inter-connected and meshed together.
So for example – A SWAT unit officer (Gov. sector) will get a designated curriculum, including technical and tactical material, specific mental training and physical preparation. The curriculum will include material from the 3 paths – self-defense, fighting skills and defending of others, as we prepare him to defend himself, his fellow officers and others (especially civilians) , in all kind of adverse conditions and violent situations and fight for the right reasons.
On the other hand – A Teenager (civilian sector) will also get a specific curriculum. Obviously, it will not be the same as the SWAT officer receives, but still in the same fields of technical and tactical material, designated mental training and physical preparation, and in the same paths of self-defense, fighting and defending of others. Same dimensions just bit different ingredients.
One may ask what the difference is between the SWAT officers and teenager’s training. The answer is simple, some of the technics will be very similar but each will get a specific approach (mental and tactical), a curriculum according to the risks and capabilities and equipment that one carries and will be trained on the relevant continuation and finishing modes. When inspecting those trainings, one will clearly understand and be able to distinguish what is given to which group and why.
A piece of history – Imi, followed by his advanced students, educated only self-defense instructors for the civilian sectors. Imi held these courses only three times (I took a part in the 2nd and 3rd ones in 1975 and 1976). After that and till 2005 all courses for the civilian sectors where only for self-defense instructors. I educated instructors for the first time in 1980 and in 1981 the 1st foreign instructors’ course took place in Israel. In 2005 we held the first L-E and after that VIP Protection instructor courses that were designed for civilian instructors as well as for governmental instructors (in 1999 we gave the first military instructors’ course outside of Israel). 2010 was the first time we held the Combat and Fighting instructors’ course, knowledge and training that was never exposed before to the public. During the years we also held Law-Enforcement Instructors’ Courses, SWAT Instructors’ Courses, Air-Marshal Instructors Courses and Krav Maga Instructors for Undercover Officers under Extreme Conditions.
Since then and on a regular basis, the organization head by our higher level instructors and myself, is providing the above education in all the mentioned dimensions (paths, sectors and fields), whether in regular weekly training, intensive seminars and courses or instructors training and further education.
Keep on doing the good work of practicing Krav Maga.
All the best,