By S. Rogers
I own several self defense dvds, including Krav Maga videos. This dvd series, Pure Krav Maga - Self Defense Mastery, by Grandmaster Boaz Aviram, is by far the best one. It presents a most excellent, comprehensive study of Israeli Defense Forces Krav Maga. It can be used as learning resource on its own, or better yet along with its companion book, Krav Maga - Use Your Body as a Weapon, also by Boaz.
Why I chose real Krav Maga: Years ago I trained in Judo and Karate, and thought I at least knew enough to be able to defend myself if I was ever physically attacked.
What is Krav Maga?
Simply put, Krav Maga is the original Israeli Defense Forces hand-to-hand combat fighting system. Unlike traditional martial arts and MMA for sport and entertainment, IDF Krav Maga was developed as a method to efficiently and effectively engage the human body's natural abilities and reactions to prevail against an enemy in the shortest time possible.. preferably within a few seconds.
"Krav Maga is efficient and therefore simple. It is not efficient because it is simple." Authentic Krav Maga is not a martial art and was never meant to be taught dojo-style over a period of years. Soldiers don't have years to learn to defend themselves. On the contrary, the Krav Maga curriculum was designed to be taught in its entirety within approx 21 hours, even to students with no prior h2h experience. These students actually do quite well as they do not have any bad habits to unlearn. The IDF curriculum is taught as an intensive, with additional hours required only for IDF Krav Maga Instructor training.
What you will learn..
There are seven discs in the series. They present the entire IDF curriculum, compressed into approx 7.5 hours. You will start with information that will help you see the 'big picture.'
You will study attacks, defenses, and counters.. strikes, kicks, close-range encounters, ground fighting, club, chain, knife, pistol, and a whole lot more. One of the very FIRST things you will learn is how to deliver an effective knock-out punch. This is the essence of real Krav Maga.. efficiency. Taking as little time as possible. Again, "If you finish your opponent, you finish the fight."
These dvds were exactly what I wanted. I needed to literally see the techniques broken down step-by-step, and shot from different angles so I could correctly process the motor movements. I wanted to know why one defense or counter was better than another. I wanted to know the reasoning behind everything. I was wanting the principles of Krav Maga. Boaz's videos delivered.
In a nutshell..
Former IDF Krav Maga Chief Instructor Boaz Aviram's Pure Krav Maga - Self Defense Mastery dvd series is a straight-forward presentation of the authentic entire IDF Krav Maga curriculum.
About Grandmaster Boaz Aviram..
Boaz Aviram is third in the lineage of the original Israeli Defense Forces Krav Maga Chief Instructors, following the first and KM founder Immi Sde-Or Lichtenfeld, and his successor Eli Avikzar.
In his book, Boaz tells how he got involved in Krav Maga. He relates some of his personal experiences in defensive situations, beginning as a youngster in Tel Aviv and progressing thru his service in the IDF and afterward.
During the time I was reading, watching, and studying his book and dvds, I became acquainted with Boaz via email and messaging via internet.
I have since had the honor and privilege of meeting Grandmaster Aviram, training privately with him, and being certified by him as a Pure Krav Maga Instructor.
As a certified firearms instructor and Pure Krav Maga Instructor, I am pleased to have added seminars and classes in IDF-PKM to my list of training options for my students.