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If I say Urban Tactics Krav Maga is one of the most diversified and dynamic Krav Maga schools in North America, I think there would be very little dispute. Other than having been certified under 4 International Krav Maga Federations, one of our specialties is firearm training and Krav Maga techniques related to firearms, from firearm disarms, tactical shooting to military Krav Maga. We are privileged to have extensive knowledge from our military background as combat arms soldiers and shooting instructors in the Defense Industry.


50 cal, the author’s favorite gun during his service with CDN Army

However, sometimes when we ask our civilian students at our Krav Maga school here in Vancouver if they would like to participate in some of Krav Maga seminars related to firearms or Firearm Possession Course, some of them ask “Why? What’s the point to learn about guns ? I will never use it.“  ” what’s the point of using guns as cold steel weapon? I will just shoot the guy. ”  Many Vancouverites do not own firearms nor have an interest in it. I was amazed with these students’ response that they do not want to participate because they think any form of firearm training is not useful in a real life threat.

Let us be clear about something:

  1. Armed robbers or other bad guys do not attack their targets with their bare hands. They always want to achieve superiority by having either a knife or a gun; only honorable people fight in equal amount of forces and let their skill determine who the winner is. Bad guys are not looking for a fair fight; they are looking for an easy pay day. If, unfortunately, you end up at the end of barrel and you faint at the first sight of a gun, the chance of you acting calmly is pretty slim. Knowledge is key to calmness and being collective under pressure. To know what type of firearm and the condition of the firearm is vital to survival in dealing with an armed assailant.
  1. If you disarm someone‘s firearm you need to know how to use it, even if you want to disable the gun to prevent the bad guy from using it again. You need to know how to do so fluidly and accurately under stress. Over and over again I see Krav Maga schools or other Krav Maga instructors teach people how to disarm attackers with a gun, but their immediate actions after the disarm makes my heart skip a beat.  Most of them clearly do not know how a real firearm functions, different functionality between a revolver and semi-automatic pistol, nor how to point the gun at the person if they chose to take lethal action. Just because you point a gun at an attacker does not magically make this person stop from taking the gun back or to attack you again. Do you have the will and skill to fire a gun if you chose to and, if you can hit accurately the bad guy, without hurting the bystanders or yourself? If you do not wish to shoot someone, how do you use guns as cold steel weapon and combine with Krav Maga moves ?
  1. Since almost most Israelis have served in the IDF; firearms have always been part of general Krav Maga curriculum from Day One in Israel. After all, almost every 18, 19 old Israeli youth can take apart, put it back a M-16 and be confident with it on the range. Most North American Krav Maga students and instructors cannot rival Israeli Krav Maga student and instructors’ firearm experience. Nonetheless, In order to learn the full system of Krav Maga, you better be good at firearms. You need to learn how to shoot it, disassemble it, then finally disarm it if you have to. Firearm training is a serious issue and takes lots of training time; more so than any other aspects in Krav Maga. People generally need lots of range time with guns to eliminate the fear of the “Boom Stick“, but also be confident that guns are merely tools and be comfortable with them as extension of their limbs.

Are you Ash or Villagers ?

Last but not least, we do Krav Maga for a reason. We do it not for fitness or completion but to protect our lives. My friend, you want to ask yourself: Is there ever enough training when it comes to protecting your lives, especially about the most efficient killing tool created by man?

Written By: Borki Yony

Edited By: Warren C

Because of the popularity of UFC and other sport martial arts, most people think martial arts is a competition between two people. This is quite far from the truth. In fact, many of martial arts such as Jiu Jitsu, Kung Fu, Sambo, etc in essence are meant to train a group of soldiers for war. The system has to be quick to learn and easy to use as today’s Krav Maga.

Warriors would do exercises as the ones shown in this video as a group as well as practice their individual combat skill. One of the most important military figures in late Chinese history general Qi Jiguang ( 1527-1588 ) commented in his military strategy book Ji Xiao Xin Shu that individual combat skill is not very important in battle.  In ancient combat the first wave of attack is generally carried out in a very close group formation, and the individual has little free movement. As we can see in this video (from 07:00-09:40), in a group battle you have little chance to use your individual fighting ability. Only as the battle progresses and both sides break into little skirmishes after initial impacts, individual combat ability would play a factor in battle.


The Battle of the Ice. A brutal battle between Teutonic Knight Order and Russia in AD 1242. The drawing is done by Russian Artist Vladimir Alexandrovich Serov

A Tai Chi master and historian from Taiwan sent me a message after seeing this video saying ” now I understand how Kung Fu was used to trained soldiers in the past, in fact the word Tai Chi was first used by a Chinese general to train soldiers in AD 502一557. ” It is unlikely Tai Chi from AD 502-557 has the same techniques as Tai Chi today but this was the first record of the word Tai Chi used in historical text in China.  As time progressed martial arts evolved to meet different needs for different time periods. During the Warring States Period (Sengoku period) Jiu Jitsu was meant for fighting samurais wearing heavy armor; it was kill or be killed. During the Edo period, Jiu Jitsu evolves into empty hand martial arts against people wearing normal daily clothes. In modern century Jiu Jitsu’s  kill or to be killed mentality of the past was transformed to a gentleman’s sports such as Judo and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for today’s world.

Some might ask what does this have to do with Krav Maga ? After Imi’s death, under different instructors Krav Maga evolved very rapidly into different things. Some thought Krav Maga should become a traditional martial art, some thought Krav Maga should become a self defense system, some thought Krav Maga is an offensive Military Fighting System. There is no argument which school of thought is better nor where Krav Maga is going. However, as the influence from MMA and other disciplines are getting more influential in Krav Maga in order to grasp the spirit of Krav Maga and true purpose of some of the Krav Maga techniques and training we have to study its original form: an offensive Military Fighting System. In the following video, you might able to get the answers on why Krav Maga fighter do mostly low kick ? Why Krav Maga fighter does not bounce around as boxer ? Why original Krav Maga kicks are different from Muay Tai or Kickboxing ? Why most drills in Krav Maga class are conducted in group ? In the end of the day, as Krav Maga instructors we have to be able to explain the principals behind the techniques and training or otherwise we are no better than McDojo Masters.

“Study the past if you would define the future.”

Written By: Borhan J

Edited By: Doug V