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  • Paperback: 326 pages
  • Publisher: (11 Dec. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0557248469
  • ISBN-13: 978-0557248469
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 1.9 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 568,268 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Boaz Aviram is one of the only Krav Maga experts who were there at the very beginning, and holds the secrets of this most effective Hand-to-Hand fighting technique ever developed. Aviram served as the Israel Defense Force Fighting Fitness Academy Krav Maga Chief Instructor, succeeding Eli Avikzar and Imrich Lichtenfeld, the father of Krav Maga.

Pure Krav Maga - Self Defense Mastery DVD Collection demonstrates a complete program of intensive training methods that can bring any man or a woman to master self-defense. Aviram takes a female novice through the entire IDF curriculum, walking you through the myriad of possibilities during confrontations, with training steps to perfect your execution of mental and motor skills and give you the upper hand in a split-second, life or death situation.

In Krav Maga, efficiency equals being faster than your opponent, and therefore always one step ahead of him. Aviram demonstrates the most efficient methods of attack and defense ever devised, through training steps designed to teach them effectively without making them complicated. In addition, Aviram's explanations and answers to his student's questions make these DVDs an invaluable source for any serious self-defense or Krav Maga instructor.

The name Krav Maga was first used in the IDF to designate the Hand-to-Hand fighting system developed by Imrich Lichtenfeld, a former European champion in three branches of sports: boxing, gymnastics and wrestling. After serving two years in the British Legions, he immigrated to the future State of Israel, where he initially trained Israeli underground guerrillas in the use of a knife, stick, swimming and Hand-to-Hand combat. When the new State of Israel was created, he became the first IDF Chief Instructor of Hand-to-Hand fighting. Krav Maga was adopted shortly thereafter as the official Hand-to-Hand system of the IDF.

When the founder of Krav Maga retired from the IDF, he transformed the 21-hour military intensive training curriculum into a 4 year Dojo training system based on the Japanese Judo ranking system. This civilian adaptation was diluted to be taught over long periods of time, and extracted many of its lethal elements. Imi's rationale was to keep the essence of Krav Maga in the IDF, and make a Civilian system suitable to teach youth. Upon his death, the generic name Krav Maga ("Contact Combat" in Hebrew) was adopted by many Martial Arts instructors who respected Imi when he was alive, but commercialized his system after his departure.

Boaz Aviram, determined to preserve the spirit and body of the original Krav Maga, had published the book "Krav Maga - Use Your Body as a Weapon," which tells the true history of the system, its rationale, uniqueness, advantages, and completely documents what the training system is all about and how to use it. Aviram then created this Pure Krav Maga - Self Defense Mastery collection of training videos, the most comprehensive and detailed course in Krav Maga ever recorded. He is the founder of Pure Krav Maga - Self Defense Mastery™

Contents of the Collection: DVD I Introduction, Specific Warm Up, Pressure Points, Danger Analysis, Reaction Time, Knockout Hand Strikes, and Combat Motion. DVD II Basic Kicks and other Hand Strikes. DVD III Defenses vs. Hand Strikes, Defenses vs. Kicks, Fighting Drills, and Other Kicks. DVD IV Escapes from Grabs Holds and Chokes, and Prevailing in Grappling Scenarios, Rolling Techniques, Restraining Techniques Counter Escapes. DVD V Break Falls, Prevailing in Ground Grappling, Use of Clubbing Weapons, and Defenses vs. Clubbing Attempts. DVD VI Knife Attack Methods, Defenses vs. Knife Stabbing (Using kicks or Hand Techniques), Knife Fighting, and Tactical Applications. DVD VII Getting out of Pistol Threat Scenarios(Standing, Sitting, and Unpredicted Scenarios), Defense vs. Assault Rifle Threat, and Assault Rifle Retention.

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One of the best textbooks on Krav Maga and Self Defense! Book Review,Chionh Chye, Singapore March 19 , 2010

Seems like there are a lot of imitators on the market but this is the real thing. Book Review, L.L. Seidenberg, March 19, 2010 Book Review, L.L. Seidenberg, March 22, 2010

As a woman who has been trained in various martial arts, I found Boaz Aviram's book insightful and inspiring. Book Review, Ella Wohl, Israel, March 11, 2010

After... years, and so many Krav Maga books that I have read, this book seem to teach me the most! Book Review, Lim Beng Kit, Singapore, Feb 14, 2010

This book is for EVERY KRAV MAGA instructor out there! Book Review, Oh Tiam ohty, Singapore, March 4, 2010

From the Author

All over the world people seek to learn how to defend themselves. They seek help. People are still born with a brain, two legs and two hands. The only think that changed over time is the collective intelligence in form of faster access around the world. Self Defense is having series of skills to timely identify, react, and resolve an instant scenario that could cost your life. The time frame in a real life scenario could be few seconds. This calls for efficiency in the use of time, generally two seconds, and therefore efficiency in the use of movement. Krav Maga was a complete Training method for a self defense engagement. It is logical to conclude that there is only one best way to the course of action in a self defense scenario. In scenarios where we never get a second chance we would not want to rely on the second best choice.
Various interests caused various interpretations of Krav Maga
I've decided to leave my contribution to humanity with this book. I've spent about 2,000 hours writing this book with the following goals in mind: Give anyone that can read the opportunity to take control over their learning or teaching and understand in depth what they are learning. Giving potential students and potential instructors the ability to identify if they are learning Krav Maga or whether they are just using the name Krav Maga and not learning or teaching its techniques and training methods. I've included a comparative analysis of Krav Maga Techniques and Training Systems to many other self Defense Training Systems that were developed over the last decades. I drew conclusions to why other methods would not be likely to work. I've included a complete in depth research of the human body major pressure points. Complete analysis of human body reaction time, and complete analysis of the outcome of tactical decisions in each scenario. While training methods attempt to limit injuries of the trainees, yet it was discovered in the Israeli Defense Forces that after twenty one hours of training, new trainees were far more advanced than trainees that had obtained an instructor degree in various sports martial arts. A non athletic trainee would knock Out a Karate, Judo, Wrestling, Boxing and Sambo champions or a jujitsu or Aikido Nin-Jitsu instructor.
Since it only takes 21 hours to master all Krav Maga skills and techniques, I thought it would be best to put it all in one book. For anyone that has a limited interest in part of it, for example how to win a Sports Martial Arts Competition, how to execute a knockout punch, Self Defense for Women, etc., I think they should read the whole book and decide if they want to practice part of it or all of it. In the Israeli Defense forces an additional eighty hours are spent to teach Instructors how to teach. This ensures quality control of the product.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By MR on 28 April 2011
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Having read most books on Krav Maga, I was drawn to Mr. Aviram's book because of his background. This guy didn't just learn Krav Maga in the IDF, he TAUGHT it. Mr Aviram was the Chief Instructor to the IDF and it shows in the book - this is not sanitised "civilian" Krav or "invented" Krav - this is the real deal, written and explained by the real deal.

The chapter on the philosophy of Krav Maga - the biomechanics and instinctive simplicity of the moves - is the most in-depth, clear and easily understood I've ever read.

Mr. Aviram didn't have the benefits of a large publishing house behind him so some of the proof-reading has missed grammatical errors, and the photos are sometimes on a different page to the text, but that doesn't detract from the value of the book to anyone interested in the REAL, TRUE, PURE version of Krav Maga.

This is genuinely the only book on Krav Maga that anyone needs to own, and if used together with Mr. Aviram's DVDs "Pure Krav Maga - Self Defence Mastery" gives anyone involved or interested in Krav Maga an essential toolkit to either begin learning or to improve their skills. For the cost of a couple of lessons at the local gym, this is extremely good value for money too.

Buy the book, get the DVDs, work with a friend through the exercises and techniques. Learn REAL Krav Maga. Excellent stuff.
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I have read quite a number of Martial Arts, Self Defence and Krav Maga books in my time, but none have been written with as much authority as this one.

Boaz details the strengths of Krav Maga as opposed to classical martial arts in a structure that is informative and interesting without being condescending to other combat art forms. His writing style progresses smoothly enhancing the readers ability to understand the various applications that he is describing. The written descriptions are enhanced by clear sequential photographs.

Where some books strive to be nothing more than an alleged training manual promising the reader black belt information, this book, however, differs, not only does it enable the reader to concentrate on solid basic techniques and preparation, but is also a great manual for those that have practicised Martial Arts, Self Defense or Combat Arts for several years. It will give you total understanding and good foundation for solid practical use of basic techniques to enhance the users ability to perform even complex moves well and enable them to teach novice practitioners to a good standard. Boaz has accomplished this by taking the time to look in detail at human biology and the use and effects of various strikes against different areas of the human body. This in itself is a technique that very few martial art / self defence systems even attempt to explain. It is one that is of vital importance to anyone whose is either a practitioner or instructor, as a good understanding of the human body and its weak areas or the weaknesses in each area enable a practitioner to be more effective when it becomes necessary to strike in a defensive situation.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 5 Mar. 2011
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Krav maga is beautifully simple.There's no frills, just practical real world tested techniques.This is a superb resource for anyone who wants to learn how to defend themselves.Boaz Aviram was the chief instructor in the IDF for a number of years.If you are going to learn Krav Maga, you might as well go to the source.

Well thought out, simple effective techniques detailed with clear instructions. In a review of another Krav Maga book I cautioned that you can't learn martial arts from a book. I still stand by that, but this book is the closest thing to having an instructor with you.I still say you would be advised to have at least a few lessons from a qualified Krav Maga instructor, but you can be confident that after reading this book, and a little bit of practise, you will be better equipped in a self defence situation.

Krav Maga is designed to be learned quickly, as it utilises your body's natural reactions. Boaz Aviram had 23 hours to teach recruits Krav Maga, this manual is the result of all his years of experience.I cannot reccommend it highly enough, well worth every penny paid.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By G. Gilmour on 12 Feb. 2011
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This is an extremely detailed and authoritative work which documents the history, motivation, philosophy and techniques of the Israeli Defence Forces Krav Maga system. It is an essential read for Krav Maga students and will be of interest to anyone interested in combat (as opposed to sports oriented) martial arts.

The author speaks directly from his own personal experience as the 3rd IDF KM chief instructor and covers the full range of techniques, including defences against weapons and car-jacking.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mart on 2 Jan. 2012
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This book is the definitive guide for the reader seeking in sight into the IDF Krav Maga system. The philosophy, tactics and techniques are explained with great clarity. In conjuction with this book, the DVD set (available on enhances the understanding and knowledge of the reader.

Whether you practice Krav Maga or any other self defence system, this book is a must.
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