5/28/15

Where do Krav Maga Experts get their Skills and Why There aren't too Many of Them Around/Boaz Aviram, Founder

People think they can run an Intensive Krav Maga Instructor Course... 
Well where did they get the experience for that? Making pompous stories and memberships in famous associations is one way to enlist students to take an intensive course, but lack of experience always bring instructors to resort to training fitness instead of teaching hand-to-hand fighting. 

You can always try to reinvent the wheel, but then your students are paying for a 3,000 year intensive lesson in history, but not hand-to-hand combat course...Still you need to pay up an expert to learn H2H and they to evaluate your Intensive teaching skills. 

Now why would an expert do it for cheap? If you have a Phd in Education surely you can put a nice grading system and tests, but if you do not have the specific required Krav Maga experience then you may as well call a cooking class Krav Maga...

How to you gain that experience to instill solid foundations of hand-to-hand combat intensively in a group of students? If you do not want to take a long shot like all these entrepreneurs that all they are interested in a field that is unregulated and filled with people's fears of death and theories that they have no knowledge how to test as the proof is in the pudding...

The military is a cheap way to do it. If you served as a hand-to-hand combat instructor in charge of certifying other instructors you do not pay for the course and you have thousands of elite top shape soldiers in their prime with all sorts of backgrounds to be your Genoa pigs. 

They can be used as the audience for your senior instructor to do a lesson evaluation and not only correct you on the spot, but also complete a quick fix for the audience covering up the gap you created with your lack of experience. That takes time and money. But that will never stop the military as each country funds it. 

However, most military prefer to use the H2H chapter to develop cohesiveness and fitness instead of teaching H2H so they use old schooling techniques tricks instead of teaching you how it really should be done... Better get your logic and judgment sorted up, find an expert and pay up....

One interesting story worth mentioning is that as long that Immi was alive he was always respected by the military echelon. Often for the low budget jobs in the Krav Maga department Immi would be consulted or let know who was the elected Krav Maga instructor and took the time to get to know him and persuade him the essence of H2H. 

For generations the IDF only wanted Krav Maga to be taught in it. In the 1970's and 1980's the IDF had an idea!  To take all the famous martial artists in Israel of Judo, Jujitsu, Karate, Bujinkan Ninjutsu, etc and try to make use of them by giving them intensive Krav Maga seminar hoping it can make use of them teaching H2H - Krav Maga during their reserve. Like the average security guard mentality that while in the comfort of his job always wish he was a police officer without the extra hardship involved...

Anyway, several courses were conducted. However they turned out to be disastrous. While many intelligent martial artists realized the potential of Krav Maga for Self Defense and H2H, most famous martial artists were so sunk in their arts and self ego, they wished their specific style would rule in the IDF and it was just against their blood to teach Krav Maga... 

So here in an intensive environment free experiment indeed was made in the human nature of a traditional Dojo martial arts instructor's "spirit" tested for its will to condition soldiers intensively to defend their lives and their county. I rest my case!


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