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Intensive Week Training or Five Year Black Belt Program / Boaz Aviram

Although Immi had a vast athletic background in Wrestling, Boxing, Swimming, Jujitsu, Circus acrobatics, and Fairbairn Unarmed Combat from the British Legions, he was teaching intensive hand-to-hand combat courses in the Israel Defense Force. 

While past Jujitsu masters were demonstrating vast methods and techniques to be applied to various scenarios, Immi was lecturing and drilling about 360 degree reach of attacker and defender and the mathematical tangent of where they meet! He also devised short drills to put the math into applied science.

His Israel Defense Force type of students personalities never digested what they learned alike.  It was the purpose and hope however, that these minimal intensive training are the core essence of self defense and therefore with the training program they would be of use to these soldiers in hand-to-hand combat scenarios. Years later more people became to know of his genius and the masses became to admire his reputation.

Since Immi was a key planner and trainer in the physical training of the Israel Defense Force in his inception, he regarded Krav Maga as a reserved training system for Military. 


Upon retirement from the Israel Defense Force, he found a hobby in teaching what he started to call Jujitsu in addition to gymnastics and later named it Krav Maga.

While the name was finally carried over from the Israel Defense Force, it was basically 21 hours of core curriculum military intensive 3 week course that were spread out over 4-5 years trying to fit it the the civilian market of people that traditionally allot only few hours a week or physical activity of fitness and such.

As a youngster that had spent seven years in some of the leading Dojos in Israel, taking the intensive IDF Krav Maga Course had left me in astonishment and resentment toward the martial arts!

In reality I was in a quest to find peace in ability to handle physical confrontation. I did handle them without any prior experience when I had to, but it was never a comfortable mental in these memorable intensive few split seconds reacting to preserve my dignity. To calm the memorable anxiety that arise in each dangerous scenario, I enlisted in Martial Arts Training.

Taking Israel Defense Force Krav Maga, I instantly connected the dots. Taking Civilian Krav Maga consecutively and witnessing that even after five years of training it lacked not only the intensity, but also the core elements of hand to hand combat existed in the Israel Defense Force Krav Maga at the time, I wanted nothing to do with Civilian Krav Maga!

Everything is relative in life. Many ask the question which is better Intensive IDF Krav Maga Course of Five years of Black Belt training in Civilian Krav Maga.  Well this question in fact has three different mediums:

The first of all it the timing - at some point only the name Krav Maga was left in the IDF. How did it happened, simply the lineage of IDF Chief Instructors had been broken. The IDF summoned a Civilian Krav Maga practitioner and made him instructor. That fact creates an answer in the question of comparing Intensive Civilian Krav Maga to Five year Civilian Krav Maga. Overall trying to see the benefits of extra time invested in students as beneficial we must consider it realistically. 


How many hours in total were dedicated to learn Krav Maga, how many hours to fitness i.e. stretching, cardio strength and coordination training which are not directly related to increasing ability to reach opponents pressure points first and therefore controlling an assailant from inflicting harm upon you. How many hours are directly related into attaining the insight how to completely train others as an instructor.

Another medium is that civilian Krav Maga was watered down. What a funny word, but what does it means really? If you concentrate your mind on discipline, memorizing sequences, techniques haphazardly striving to sufficient training time and improvement without specific criteria for improvement that supports your end comprehensive goals with yet unable to demonstrate how to put it all together to meet your objective your fruit never ripes!

Another medium was identity theft. Different people that were in the business of misleading the public in one way or another, without serious appreciation to what they did, with imaginary dreams about fame and bravery and due respect had started to use the name only learning nothing new!

Does the average person know exactly what Krav Maga is? Aside from the crude translation from the Hebrew language translated into hand-to-hand combat, does he know enough what are the identity characteristics of that medium? Most of the time it amounts to the lay man's impression influenced by television and cinema choreography and lighting depicting emotions creating fictitious fear, danger and fictitious resolution!

Since comparing apples and oranges is useless, in Conclusion all I can leave is one argument when it comes to hand-to-hand combat: What if you take Pure Krav Maga and teach it intensively comparing it to when it is taught over five years...

There are many issues here. One the ability to control Instructors to put sufficient priority in indeed teaching real Krav Maga or in other words comprehensive universal tested hand to hand combat skills. Elaborating on this, is that once you teach someone quickly, he might become competition to your business. Well competition supposed to be good but if you are not always in the mood to keep thinking about winning and working hard for it, then it could be a problem.

There are millions of people to teach, but there are only so many with the inclination to find you, give you their time and their dues in each territory, and ups and down of the economy as hand-to-hand combat was never a priority of the masses.

Even if you are teaching complete crap, that student of yours can find the right audience and keep teaching it to others over winning you in selling crap. So if you keep your knowledge to yourself at some point people will realize it is a joke. Not to worry, for generation masses were led with stupidity.

So in fact this aforementioned consideration does not make a lot of sense except from a business point of view, people are more likely to accept and invest in quick solutions even if they dont work just because it fits their hopes. The dojo could easily become a soothing occupational therapy for those that hope to become as manly looking as their instructor hoping to get tough and prestigious. That would lead them to waste years of their lives in the wrong direction.

Overall as an instructor if you plan of two hours activity class that resemble more of a fitness class you get the benefits of pulling your subjects to workout for an hour without thinking and getting addicted to the fitness part of it. However, that way they will be missing the essential links to hand-to-hand combat. You can however add seminars to compensate for those mass workout classes you are having. The difference between Krav maga training lets say to Jujitsu training is that aside the different approach and tactics, the programming of the mind and physical body for the purpose of making life saving decisions instantly is more profound than just controlling a bully or an opponent during a competition. So it is not so much as a fun soccer game, but rather something that requires a deep concentration connecting the dots and linking your play to reality to make your skills executable properly.

Fitness is good. You need it through life. The skills you learn quickly, and when required some level of fitness that you do not have you will probably be at discomfort. Soldiers need the fitness to respond to various combat scenarios. People need the fitness to keep healthy and to function in their work and leisure. There is nothing wrong in bi weekly Martial Arts training or Hand-to-Hand Combat training. But historically there is a danger of control of the learning process over time. Postponing the finals might take care of current fears and procrastinating to deal with them in the future. It just happen that an intensive training system that was tested by all of these mediums exists and is very suitable for people that strive for close to maximum efficiency conducting their lives.

So back to Immi who started in fighting sports and Martial Arts, spent the bulk of his career training people intensively in hand-to-hand combat and moved back to teach sports groups and martial arts.

It is very easy to miss the point of the argument here. He simply did not want to divulge the IDF Krav Maga to the public, but yet thought about creating a sport geared toward self defense. 


Contemplating if you are better off with 30 hours of training or 450 hour training(average Dojo required training twice a week for five years for black belt), you need to think about when you will know what you want to know, and remember you might realize you wasted your time down the road. 

As for the instructor, you might have certain percentage of your students that are training for longer time than competitive combat sports that might get bullied or attack and lose a fight. That would not reflect very well on your soul if you truly believed that your stuff works...Small percentage because you live in a civilized country and because these students spend the evenings secure under your protection.

If you try to fit the intensive IDF Curriculum of 24 hours in the first few months of training you are giving your students a good shell of hand to hand combat training. They you can continue and try and combine fun fitness and theater but hopefully keep focusing seriously on improving your students skills.  


Overall it is much easier for someone that commands control over the complete curriculum training over a week's training rehearsing the core elements of hand to hand fighting over and over completely without missing and essential component! 





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