So, once again, we are reminded that people going about their business, in the most (ostensibly) peaceful of surroundings, can find themselves under direct assault by terrorists bent on doing harm to all those living in the Western world.
Add to the threats from terrorism…all those that come at the hands of “regular” criminal predators, and you have a citizenry that is genuinely under assault. I have written previously about the growing number of law enforcement officials who are declaring that regular citizens must learn to protect themselves, because the number and nature of threats today are just too overwhelming for police agencies to handle. This is the reality of the world in which we live today, and it will not soon change.
Much of this talk from police leadership centers on the importance of citizens remaining armed, but, as important as that is, it is also essential that people are well-acquainted with the techniques and tactics associated with unarmed self-defense. The plain fact is that even a usually well-prepared person may not always have a gun on his person when he needs one.
On that note, I am always on the lookout for quality training materials that can be easily accessed by people who are looking for an opportunity to become better prepared at defending themselves, but who have neither the time, nor perhaps the interest, to enroll in a formal training program at an outside facility. Today, after thoroughly reviewing one in particular, I am prepared to introduce it to you with my heartiest recommendation. It is called MaxKravMaga.com, and it is the official online training program of Krav Maga Global and its founder, Eyal Yanilov.
What is Krav Maga?
Krav Maga is a system of self-defense that was created for the benefit of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). It is comprised of a wide variety of techniques with origins in other formal systems and concepts of self-defense. One of the characteristics I particularly like about Krav Maga is its realistic approach to self-defense; one of its core themes is combat expediency, which is, perhaps, the most important feature (or should be) in street self-defense. Combat expediency refers, in part, to the utility derived from techniques that are simple and unglamorous, recognizing that many of the more “dramatic” kinds of martial moves…like high-flying kicks…have virtually no practical application in a real-life self-defense situation.
Simply put, MaxKravMaga.com is one of the best, and may be the very best, online self-defense training program I have ever seen. It is the brainchild of Eyal Yanilov, the founder of Krav Maga Global who studied under the tutelage of Krav Maga’s legendary founder, Imi Lichtenfeld. As the founder of Krav Maga Global, Yanilov provides oversight to more than 1,500 Krav Maga instructors around the world. The detail of the instruction, along with the top-notch quality of the videos themselves, the clean, crisp organization of the materials, and the excellence of the platform on which they’re situated, make MaxKravMaga.com a true winner in the realm of remote-based self-defense instruction.
One of the biggest complaints I have had, historically, with online-based training programs is the lack of attention to detail with regard to technique illustration. Every technique taught here is meticulously broken down so that the viewer can see, from a movement’s start to finish, how each relevant part of the body should be positioned. This is often an issue in the area of footwork and foot position as they pertain to striking techniques. You will often find training videos that demonstrate punches, for example, do an unfortunate job of detailing the proper foot position associated with the strikes’ best execution - poor foot position can lead to a range of problems, including a momentary loss of balance (which can prove disastrous in a quickly-unfolding self-defense situation) as well as a loss of full striking power. That is not a problem here; a great deal of attention is paid to proper stance, foot position, and overall body configuration as they pertain to the execution of all techniques.
Something else worth noting is that just about any self-defense scenario that one can envision having to face is addressed in the materials. This is not a supposedly “comprehensive” training program that, in reality, concerns itself with just a relative handful of threat scenarios. MaxKravMaga.com presents the student with a vast array of anticipated, dangerous self-defense situations, and illustrates, in great detail, how each can be safely (for the victim) negotiated.
MaxKravMaga.com is Meant for Serious Students of Self-Defense
If I have any words of caution for a person interested in this program, it is only these: this is not for you if you are not serious about becoming highly-proficient in unarmed combat. The quality of this material, the amount of material, including the breadth of strategies and tactics covered, is suitable for that person who sees himself/herself as an ongoing student of self-defense training. If you have no more than a passing interest in this subject…although, in these ever-dangerous days, I’m not sure why that would be the case…then it may not be for you. However, even if that is so, surely you have a loved one or a good friend who is acutely interested in this topic, and I would encourage you to point him or her in the direction of Max Krav Maga.com.
Also, it is important to understand that this program is intended to be something at which you regularly train. Speaking as an I.S.S.A. Certified Fitness Trainer and Specialist in Martial Arts Conditioning, let me say that I do NOT support the idea that a person can do no more than watch videos like these, as well-made as they are, and acquire functional skills. This material must be actively trained by you, and, ideally, by a like-minded training partner. Ideally, you will keep a device handy when you head to the garage or spare room to train, so that you can review the material as you practice it.
Like I said, this is serious stuff.
So What Do You Get with MaxKravMaga.com?
Lots. Here is just a brief rundown of what is contained in the MaxKravMaga.com program, because a full detailing would take up several more pages:
10 comprehensive, highly-detailed video training modules
The official KMG syllabus for every proficiency level
Technique analysis and discussion with fellow members
Access to every future upgrade and content addition
Q&A with program architect and Krav Maga legend Eyal Yanilov
You ALSO receive four terrific bonus videos, as well:
Combat Mindset and Mental Conditioning
Eyal Yanilov’s Masterclass Seminar
Anti-Carjacking and Road Rage Defense
Using Firearms as Non-Lethal-Weapons
As for the techniques illustrated in the material, there are far too many to itemize here, but they include:
Strikes, including hooks and uppercuts
Spinning attacks, strikes, and kicks
Takedowns using wrist leverage
Defenses against chokes
Defenses against armed attacks
The truth is that I am probably doing a disservice to the program by listing any of these, because there are so many more beyond what I’ve indicated. Still, I want you to get an idea of the range of techniques taught by program founder Eyal Yanilov in these terrific instructional videos.
In total, your membership in MaxKravMaga.com provides you with access to:
23 HOURS OF FOOTAGE
There’s other cool stuff, as well, including the opportunity to earn 30 free days of membership for each time someone you solicit enrolls in the program!
An additional feature that I want to mention is the generous refund policy. As great as this program is, if you enroll in MaxKravMaga.com and then decide that it is not really for you, then you can get a no-hassle refund for up to 60 days after you first sign up. Speaking candidly, if you see yourself as a devoted self-defense student who wants to be able to train remotely and on your schedule, I cannot imagine that you would want to quit and get your money back. However, I also understand “life events” sometimes arise that force even the dedicated student to change course. Anyway, regardless of the reason, you can receive a refund anytime during the first two months of membership, which seems pretty great to me.
This is serious training for a serious world; it’s really that simple. If you would like to learn more, or just enroll in MaxKravMaga.com directly, Click Here.
By Robert G. Yetman, Jr. Editor At Large