By Charles M. Schoonover "krav maga" (Los Angeles, CA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Pure Krav Maga - Self Defense Mastery (DVD)
I have completed 4 years of Krav Maga instruction in California. After purchasing both the DVD series and the book also available, I have been able to better focus on the true self defense combative aspect of Krav Maga, and better develop what I have been introduced to in my other course work.
Mr. Schoonover, I mean no offense to any instructors you may have had during your yrs. of training; However, it would seem that the issue may have been your instructors inability to convey the "life or death" mind set necessary to train at a "combat" level. "If you do not perceive the threat you can not respond to the threat."
In reply to an earlier post on Mar 16, 2011 8:58:49 AM PDTCharles M. Schoonover says: No offense taken, you are 100% correct. I learned more in the first 50 pages of this book about where the threat will come and what needs to be done than in 4 years of instruction. For the most part it is my true feeling that most of the instructors I have had do not understand either threat awareness or the strategy of distance from attack. I feel the primary interest in the paid instruction I have received to date is to prolong the instruction to bill membership fees. I am concerned that this type of instruction not only is not effective, but gives a false sense of security to the students that earn belts but not understanding. I don't think this intentional by the teachers, but I truly feel it is the end result of the type of instruction they offer. Mr. Aviram's work gets you where you need to be in a hurry. Thanks for your comment, I agree with your perception.
Ride on says:
I would also add that your instructors are following a teaching pattern that they learned from their trainers. People do what they know. Hopefully, one would change his or her approach to learning/teaching Krav Maga if they could gain efficiency that leads to mastery in a shorter period of time. However, for those who teach a civilianized form of Krav Maga, keeping their students for 4 years or more certainly keeps the money coming in. Learn and perfect the basics and continue to train to mastery.
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 21, 2011 1:29:09 PM PST
Charles M. Schoonover says:
Thank you for your comments, the biggest let down is that what really needs to be taught to make a person safer is not taught. I watch video's of these so called teachers and for the most part there is not a krav maga punch or kick among them. Flat footed instruction with no regard or understanding of distance or how to correctly use the body to maximize your position. I was really better served working on what is important, and I truly feel Boaz Aviram gets to the point. I am thankful he spent so much time and effort putting this training together.
Krav Maga - Use Your Body as a Weapon!