For those that don’t know… Krav Maga is the type of Martial Arts developed in Israel. I don’t practice it myself, my preference being Shotokan. Since I don’t practice it, I am no expert in it. However I do have an opinion. I think it’s an “All or Nothing” type of thing… You make a move and it either works, or you are totally screwed. Just my impression, this is probably what you need in Israel if you are the One Guy in the doorway protecting a room full of babies from the guy with a gun trying to get in. I may be wrong. Like I said, I’m no expert in Krav Maga. I think I would like to take a few classes in it and learn more.
HOWEVER… I’m not wrong in this: Krav Maga Shooting looks dangerous as hell and I don’t want anything to do with it, based on this video:
The video starts out with an introduction that is all fine and well. And then it shows the guy in white camo pants. Stop. WHO wears white camo pants anymore? The guy then does a spastic firing as fast as possible while Prancercizing routine. Stop. WTH is that? Operating the trigger as fast as possible with the off-hand. Seriously, if I see this on my range – I’m kicking you out. I don’t care if my range is in the middle of the desert, 100 miles from the nearest building, and there’s no one else on the range… I’m kicking you out. Because that is a flagrant violation of sane gun handling. And I’m no Zumbo here.
The rest of the video is choreographed dance routines with guns. Many looking less than safe. Some looking needlessly stupid. Such as holding out your non-firing hand like they are doing. I’m kind of curious as to the explanation of what that is supposed to accomplish.
I’m not going to talk about the packing on an empty chamber. I’ll leave that to your own imagination. Personally, I think it’s foolish. And training to do so is also foolish. This is often called “The Israeli Technique” and it stems from Israel’s military requirement of “All Guns Are Always Unloaded”. This is because Israel’s military is full of Conscripts. They have a mandatory 2 year military service requirement, and not everyone is a professional about it. It’s lovely that they learn how to load quickly. But I’d rather the gun in my holster be loaded.
Synchronized Shooting is becoming too popular in Firearms Training Circles. It’s no longer about teaching techniques that will help you not get dead and help you make the badguys dead… It’s become all about who has the best Choreography. None of the newer training videos I’ve seen emphasize the basics of living through a gunfight. Moving to Cover, Reloading behind Cover, Using Cover, Minimizing Exposure of Vital Organs, Target ID and actual AIMED FIRE, and real Communication to a Battle Buddy.
Things like this show Multiple Target Engagements, but none of them consider that your Multiple Targets, if they are justifiable to Engage, will be combative targets with the same goal you have. So you go running up on one of them with your super ninja ferocious
dance moves, and your Target’s Buddies are going to light you the hell up. Back in my Light Infantry days, we’d call guys like this “John Wayne”. The Hero guy that runs in and gets dramatically killed and puts the rest of the team in jeopardy. This is all about BAD TACTICS. Everything with this sort of thing is Assault through the Ambush – which is fine. If it’s just an Ambush. But if the threat was a set up to draw you out… You just left everything else wide open and you let yourself into a trap, because you didn’t think. You reacted and ran to the threat emptying your magazine like a spastic 2nd LT Airsofter.
I’m concerned about the wave of foreign instructors coming in with all these new forms from their home countries. How do we know these guys are Legit? I’m not saying this guy isn’t. I’m just concerned in general. Americans have a nasty reaction to Foreign. We tend to automatically think Foreign is Better. A guy from Israel is automatically more exotic, interesting, and deadly than a guy from central Kansas. Never mind that the guy from Israel is a 2 year Conscript and the guy from Kansas is an veteran soldier who grew up with a hunting rifle and served multiple tours in multiple countries and has taught more people than he can count. Forget that guy. Take a class from the exotic unknown guy.