Krav Maga and Use of Force

Posted: December 12, 2017 by urbantacticskravmaga in Krav Maga Principles
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This photo is a representation of the complex decision making that needs to occur in a split second in your brain during a violent confrontation. It is meant to be confusing, it is meant to be cluttered. See Stages of mental processing for more.


Krav Maga was developed to deal with extreme duress and potential risk to human life, which makes the style very aggressive and functional, However, since its creation, countries have grown and laws have changed. Not all countries have the same outlook on what is an appropriate use of force. In many developed countries, it is expected from trained individuals to minimize their use of force to only that which is necessary. Therefore, know your country’s laws; know what is considered too much force in your country. In some places, the law may consider killing acceptable, so long as it is in self defense. But in other places, that may not be the case. It is up to you, and only you to use your discretion to decide what amount of force is appropriate. Above is a guide to situations in which one should or shouldn’t use force. This is only a guide; we can’t tell you what is right or wrong. Know the laws, and use your discretion.

Understand, that how fast you can react or make a decision is based on many factors such as training, and experience. It can also be determined based on what state of mental awareness you are in. One key is to be situationally aware or at mental colour code yellow. (See Awareness Colour Code for more detail). No matter what your training or experience if you fail to be situationally aware and identify the threat your reactions may be too slow. Add on to the complexity of the decision-making process as seen (above) and you may start to understand why so many are woefully unready to deal with an initial burst of violence.

There is a reason the best Self Defense is to not be there in the first place because the more complex the situation, the more complex the decision making and the more likely there will be an error in judgment. Real life is messy, and mistakes happen, no matter how well you are prepared. This is why unless it is your job to engage practice avoidance and diffusion as a general lifestyle (See The stages of Self Defense).

After all, “You Win 100% of Fights you are not in.” – Nir Maman – CT707 Founder

Use of Force is a term usually to describe a model of one form or another that is a decision making tree to decide when and how to use violence to counter violence. It must be remembered that in the immediate situation and acute exposure to a violent act if you are unable to avoid or diffuse the situation then you must meet violence with violence. There is no way to overcome this it is the time to fight fire with fire. In that one moment, you MUST meet violence hard, fast and aggressive all while applying the appropriate level of force for the level of violence you are dealing with. It will always be messy, it may be full of mistakes, but if you make the correct decisions you will go home to safety.

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