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May 26, 2021

Why Every Security Professional Should Learn Krav Maga

Self-defense is one of the first things every security professional is taught, but the method of self-defense varies greatly.

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Self-defense is one of the first things every security professional is taught, but the method of self-defense varies greatly. Maybe your lessons surrounded de-escalation practices, or weapons training. Maybe general self-defense “moves” were included, but not really delved into. ITAC believes that each of these pieces serve a purpose, but come together to form a greater whole in Krav Maga.

Krav Maga is a self-defense discipline first developed in 1910 by Imi Lichtenfeld, a Hungarian-born athlete living in Slovakia. Eventually it was refined further by pulling methods from Judo, Aikido and Karate, and became a staple of training in the Israeli military. Despite its base in Israel, Krav Maga is taught and practiced internationally. Today, it’s incorporated into everything from women’s defense courses to weapons training.

So how do the benefits of Krav Maga translate into the daily tasks of a security professional? Although it is primarily a self-defense technique, the lessons learned through Krav Maga training can become useful in a variety of situations. First off, this method prioritizes violence as a last resort, encouraging practitioners to use verbal de-escalation and heightened judgment to ensure confrontations are as safe as possible. Situational awareness is a key component of Krav Maga as well, and students are taught to develop an intimate understanding of their environment. For security professionals, this could look like deeply assessing their assigned location, putting themselves in the mindset of a potential attacker and judging the location based on where it might be easiest to strike. This mindset can help to prevent attacks before they ever occur.

Should physical self-defense become necessary, Krav Maga uses the same situational awareness used to assess threats and translates it into muscle memory and awareness of where your body is in space. Defensive movements are meant to be fast and precise, never random, and always used to end the fight as quickly as possible. If an attacker is armed, Krav Maga can be used to effectively disarm them regardless of the weapon they’re carrying. The same methods used to disarm and subdue can be used to restrain a perpetrator and hold them until law enforcement arrives. Because of its ability to be offensive and defensive simultaneously, Krav Maga outranks many other self-defense techniques in versatility and usefulness.

ITAC has incorporated Krav Maga into a variety of training courses since our founding. Course options are available for students of every skill level, and specialty courses are offered for those looking to add to what they already know. In our weapons disarming course, students will learn how to subdue attackers wielding guns, knives and blunt weapons. Our women’s self-defense course uses Krav Maga to use an attacker’s larger body against them, and training includes drills as well as lessons on situational awareness.  We even offer a Krav Maga course tailored specifically to law enforcement, where common tools like handcuffs and pistols are incorporated into lessons. There are endless possibilities when it comes to this world-renowned self-defense method, and ITAC is passionate about helping students access each one.

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