Krav Maga

Many people look to go to some form of martial arts class to improve their self-defense skills. This could be very formal and stylized in a Traditional setting, more casual and physical in a combat sport environment, or something 'street', wearing regular clothing and featuring brutal 'dirty' fighting (more on dirty fighting in another blog!).

To a certain extent this is a valid path and I'm sure the readership of Black Belt Magazine will all veer towards one form or another of the above examples. However, there are some things that can be done which are ultimately far more effective at self-protection than any physical class can give you. The trouble is they don't 'fit' into what most people think of as self-defense and so they are often ignored or overlooked. The good news is that these are fairly simple concepts to learn and can be done at any time. But they aren't necessarily easy. As with most things worthwhile, they take practice.

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People often turn to the martial arts to learn how to defend themselves. The trouble is that the 'martial arts' is about as vague as saying 'sport' or 'vehicles' when it comes to what is 'good' or not.


If I want to drive a car fast around a racetrack then a family SUV is not ideal. However, an SUV is capable of going off road a little but won't be as good as a more off-road orientated vehicles such as a Jeep or Land Rover.

The 'Martial Arts' is a wonderfully broad and diverse collection systems, styles and organizations. My blogs are going to focus primarily on real world application of fighting skills in a self defense situation. As such more esoteric styles such as Kendo have very little practical application for self-defense, However it is the case that anyone well versed in Kendo, if they get their hands on a stick of any length will fare far better than the average person in a street fight so ALL systems have their value to a greater of lesser extent!

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Even the best of fighters can sometimes find themselves on the ground. Eyal Yanilov shows you his take on countering a knife attack from that position in this EXCLUSIVE video!

Eyal Yanilov and his krav maga defenses against variations of the front kick were featured as the cover story for the March 2011 issue ofBlack Belt(which happened to be the third of five special 50th Anniversary issues leading up to the June 2011 50th Anniversary Collector's Issue). In this exclusive martial arts video filmed during the photo session for that issue, the krav maga expert shows you how to defend against a knife attack from the ground position.

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You're on the ground. An attacker launches a front kick at you. What do you do? In this exclusive video, respected krav maga master Eyal Yanilov shows you a technique which may allow you to open up an escape route and emerge unharmed.

Eyal Yanilov is, by far, one of the most respected krav maga practitioners in the world today. He is currently listed as "master level 3/expert level 8" in krav maga — the highest rank krav maga founder Imi Lichtenfeld ever awarded to any student. Eyal Yanilov's official title today is chief instructor of Krav Maga Global, the organization he founded in 2010 to spread real krav maga to the world. In the cover story for the March 2011 issue of Black Belt, Eyal Yanilov demonstrated a series of krav maga defenses against variations of the front kick. In this exclusive video, Eyal Yanilov demonstrates his "disable and defend" moves.

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Five attack scenarios, five krav maga options by Imi Lichtenfeld's highest ranked disciple!

In the turbulent world of krav maga, there’s perhaps no name that’s more respected than Eyal Yanilov. Born in 1959, he started training in the Israeli martial arts when he was 14. He began his Israeli martial arts education under Eli Avikzar but then shifted to Imi Lichtenfeld, founder of the system. Imi Lichtenfeld was so impressed by the aptitude of Eyal Yanilov that he made him his assistant. The Israeli martial arts master tasked his disciple with committing the art’s principles and techniques to paper. The first fruit of the assignment was the Israeli martial arts book Krav Maga: How to Defend Yourself Against Armed Assault, co-written by Imi Lichtenfeld (as Imi Sde-Or) and Eyal Yanilov and published in 2001, three years after the founder passed away.

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