Recently it has been brought to my attention that many competing self defense programs have been advertising about easy to learn, quick Krav Maga programs.
Some of them are diluted, outdated, and highly dangerous (to the practitioner) forms of Krav Maga. Many of these Krav Maga organizations have no direct ties to Israel. Others are simply old forms that have failed the test of reality. Yet they continue to teach.
Some ads advertise "Deadly Secrets" and how in one weekend, in the comfort of your own home, using your DVD, you can become an unstoppable, deadly warrior, capable of defeating black belts with many years of experience.
Now there is a certain element of truth in this. In just a short session I can open your eyes to self defense ideas and concepts that are much more effective than all the fancy pants kungfullery or karate kata that will take you years to learn and greatly lighten your wallet. But, you will not become a super hero just yet. The techniques may be simple, and some are very easy to learn, but you still must practice them over and over again, and then some more, and then some more. You must also have someone to observe and correct you. And you must eventually practice them full force against a resisting opponent.
"There is no easy way out, there is no short cut home."(Rocky) Yes, an experienced instructor can save you a great deal of time. I have trained in many styles of martial arts; kung fu, karate, judo, etc and I have filtered out the techniques, distilling the system so you spend your time only on those techniques that will work for you in a real life situation. But still, you will have to work on those techniques. You can not expect much by just sitting at home and watching DVD's. Sorry folks.
In one seminar or one afternoon I can open your eyes to some amazing ideas, concepts and techniques but you will still have to put in your time on the mat. I have been training for years and I am still learning, experimenting, training, making mistakes and revising techniques. I am also still seeking guidance in my training. I want to learn from those who know more, I want to learn from those who know less (by observing their mistakes and seeing how they move). I want to learn from those who have experienced violence first hand.
In IKI Krav Maga we are never content, we always want more, after all it is our lives on the line and this must always count more than money in the bank.
So, what are the deadly secrets? Simple, practical techniques that will work for anyone who puts in the necessary time and effort. For more information you will have to come train with us or sign up for the on-line training program.