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Complete Krav Maga: The Ultimate Guide to Over 230 Self-defense and Combative Techniques [Paperback]

Darren Levine
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31 Jan 2007
Developed for the Israel military forces and battle tested in real-life combat, Krav Maga has gained an international reputation as an easy-to-learn yet highly effective art of self-defense. Clearly written and extensively illustrated, Complete Krav Maga details every aspect of the system including dozens of hand-to-hand combat moves, over 20 weapons defense techniques and a complete physical conditioning workout program.

All the moves are described in depth from beginning Yellow Belt to advanced Black Belt, yet they are easy to learn because one of Krav Maga's strengths is its simplicity. Based on the principle that it is best to move from defense to attack as quickly as possible, Complete Krav Maga offers fast-escape maneuvers from attacks and holds. It then follows them up with specific counterattacks, including punches, kicks and throws.

The authors show how anyone (big or small, man or woman) can practice self defense by using Krav Maga to protect weak spots, exploit an assailant's vulnerabilities and turn the attacker s force against him. Complete Krav Maga teaches the reader how to get in shape, gain confidence and feel safer and more secure every day.

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  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Ulysses Press; First Edition edition (31 Jan 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1569755736
  • ISBN-13: 978-1569755730
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 19.2 x 2.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,724 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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51 of 52 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for referencing 12 Aug 2007
By Holger
The book has some very good introduction chapters, detailing the history and background of Krav Maga. It points out the difference between KM and martial arts, and why KM is so effective in real life situations. Very well written, and clearly the authors have put a lot of thought into defining things, like the difference between a principle and a technique.

The instructions are pretty straightforward and photos are mostly good, though slightly lacking in print contrast. The introduction contains a short terminology list, however the instructions sometimes use words not obvious to the beginner, such as "telegraphing" (the act of revealing your intended attack or move too early). As far as I could tell most techniques were correctly described and explained properly - no wonder considering the source of information is Darren Levine.

The book wisely states several times that a book can't replace actual physical training with an instructor, and recommend that you practice the instructions in the book with a friend, first slowly then faster and harder. My words exactly, but the book can be great for referencing the philosophy behind KM and the moves up to a certain level.

Having personally trained Krav Maga for a relatively short period of time at the Krav Maga Center in Denmark, it's hats off to a system that's not only very effective but so amazingly easy to remember. Krav Maga is based on the body's own initial and natural responses, and moves are based on principles rather making up a defense for each possible attack you could think of. Reading through the first two instruction chapters (yellow and orange belt) I realized I remembered 99% of all the excercises from my training.

I recommend the book for beginners to medium level, while the introduction chapters are probably of interest to everybody who trains Krav Maga.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The definitive Guide 5 Jan 2010
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This is truly the definitive book for anyone serious about training in Krav Maga.
The books breaks the system into levels illustrating each technique and walks the reader through each step.

I am a professional Krav Maga Instructor (Krav Maga Bristol) and am fortunate that the Krav Maga syllabus is so well laid out for Instructors and students alike. Our students use it to prepare for lessons and gradings. Others use it to attend our bootcamps - in short if you are interested in Krav Maga this book is the place to start.

If you are going to buy any Krav Maga books I would suggest this is the place to start - there is about 4 years worth of material in it.

Finally, although the book is great - bear in mind it does not replace classes or instruction - its a guide thats all.

Paul Grey
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars KM excellence 23 July 2009
This is probably the single best resource for anyone practicing Krav Maga. Although it is true that a book can never replace a decent instructor, the information contained in Complete Krav Maga provides plenty of detailed advice for the practitioner, including handy tips based, obviously, on the lengthy and expert experience of the authors. Anyone who is thinking of starting KM could also use this book to give them a taste of the higher levels of the system. If you are going to buy a book on KM, this has to be the one.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Complete Krav Maga 6 Mar 2009
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I started Krav Maga about 2 months ago and have purchased x2 Krav Maga books in that time. The best by far is Complete Krav Maga. The other book Krav Maga by David Khan does not come anywhere near the standard that this book is at. Firstly, The photo's are very clear ( no problems with the photo's at all ) Secondly, the moves taught cover all the belts up to brown including many ground work techniques. Thirdly, It is simple to follow and the photo's break down the moves step by step.
* I strongly reccomend everyone to buy this book. You will not regret it. Regardless of the Martial Art you do - get this book. If you are interested in Krav Maga or already do this as an art - GET THIS BOOK!. You will be very pleased with it.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Place to start to Learn Krav Maga 19 May 2008
You can't learn any martial art from a book alone.With that out of the way I highly recommend this book as a starting point for anyone who is interested in learning Krav Maga. It starts with the foundation of the system, the philosophy behind it and a sequential step by step process in the various techniques.All relevant details are included, and after studying the photo's and text, you will have a good grounding in the basics of the system.HOWEVER IT DOES NOT REPLACE INSTRUCTION AND PRACTISE.Krav Maga is a great system, and everyone should learn how to defend themselves, but just reading this book will not do that for you.With diligent practise anyone can learn these simple but very effective techniques, and be confident that you can defend yourself should the need ever arise.I look forward to the other volumes in the series.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book 24 Aug 2011
I practise Muay Thai so was interested to have a look at this. Well laid out, good photos, clearly defined levels of expertise but, as with all these things, buying a book is not a substitute for going to a class. Whilst this is very good, you cannot beat getting instruction from a professional tutor but this would be an excellent guide alongside training.

It is heavy enough to throw at an attacker and then run away if that is what you are after.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Fantastic - very useful and interesting
Published 7 days ago by Mrs A M Asher
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended
Published 15 days ago by Jamie Trump
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Very interesting book,pictures are very good for visual learning, book keeps you glued,you just want to read and train,apply the techniques
Published 4 months ago by MR T BELL
4.0 out of 5 stars Very informative
Buy this as a present for my other half who has recently started Krav Maga and, he is very happy with the detail contained as it allows him to study in more depth away from the... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Iesha
2.0 out of 5 stars Ineloquent, Badly Illustrated and Full of Duplicates
Describing each 'technique' doesn't work, since lots of them are virtually the same, so you get lots of information duplicated. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Edward Guyatt
5.0 out of 5 stars if you follow this book &join a club
Read the book for wot its meant to be for &join a club to practise the moves
& master the basic skills you wont have to become a grand master to feel confident that you... Read more
Published 7 months ago by john chieza
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
this book is excellent for the person wanting to start from ground up, but that's not to say that some of the techniques are amazing and realistic and applicable to total... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Cliff Goldthorpe
5.0 out of 5 stars Clear and thorough - good companin to any Krav class
It does not replace training in a class but seems clear and accurate - a useful companion when you are learning the skills in class want to practice at home.
Published 10 months ago by Simon
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book for anyone thinking about doing some Krav Maga training
Have recently joined a local Krav Maga club for some cross-training and this book is ideal for reviewing the techniques taught in class. Read more
Published 10 months ago by P. Clark
4.0 out of 5 stars Krav Maga at its best.
Great book for Kravists however there could have been more advanced techniques within this book covering some more of the G1-G5 Sylllabus. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Alexis Kristyan Fletcher
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