Contact combat the Israeli way | OHeraldo | 6 October 2013 | Goa

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With technical, tactical, physical and mental presence as the main prerequisites, Krav Maga is not only about moves, but also thought process and constant alertness. However, the Israeli hand to hand combat form of self-defence has few female enthusiasts in Goa, finds

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As recent incidents in Mumbai and Delhi have established, you don’t have to be scantily dressed or out late at night, to get attacked or raped. This makes it increasingly important to arm yourself with more than just pepper
spray. A timely blow in the perpetrator’s groin, face and chest could buy you sufficient time to flee, say Krav Maga experts in Goa.

This Israeli street fighting form is self-defence, self-protection, fighting and combat skill to prevent, deal and
overcome attacks and other forms of violence.

According to Elroy Vaz, regional director (India) for Krav Maga Global, only agency that teaches the form in
Goa, it is very different from martial arts.

“Modern martial art deals with an opponent and not an attacker. In boxing, you know the weight of the opponent and over time their moves become predictable. You have no such idea when it comes to an attacker. An opponent is usually just one person with a referee to make sure you stick to the rules. An attacker can go from one to many and even escalate to a knife attack or a gun or a stick. In real life there is no referee,” he says.

Read more: Contact combat the Israeli way | OHeraldo | 6 October 2013 | Goa

Krav Maga is for individuals who most need the skills and courage to defend themselves | Time Out Mumbai | 11 October 2013 | Mumbai

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It’s impossible to utter the Hebrew words Krav Maga, meaning contact combat, with lilt and frolic. Much as it sounds, the experience is brutal, requiring you to shake off the warm fuzzies and be unafraid to inflict pain when necessary. Unlike traditional martial arts like taekwondo or karate, and sports like mixed martial arts (MMA) or Muay Thai, Krav Maga was developed in the late 1930s by Imrich Lichtenfield solely for self-defense. So it’s stripped of the trappings of martial arts such as a reverential greeting, fighting rink, stance, uniform and referee, imparting instead the wherewithal to fight anywhere and at any time.

Read more: Krav Maga is for individuals who most need the skills and courage to defend themselves | Time Out...

India: Goan police 'trained in street-fighting' | BBC News | September 2013 | Goa

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Police in the laidback Indian state of Goa are being trained in street-fighting moves used in blockbuster films such as James Bond's Skyfall, it's reported.


It's a popular haunt of Western backpackers, attracted by beach parties, but it seems Goa's authorities are increasingly concerned that rowdy behaviour is scaring off up-market travellers. And the First Post newspaper suggests local bobbies are ill-equipped to deal with incidents: "Goa Police have been criticised for their high-handedness, lack of investigative skills and poor human-rights record. Now they are banking on Krav Maga to add a cutting edge to their combat skills."

Read more: India: Goan police 'trained in street-fighting' | BBC News | September 2013 | Goa

Goa police learn Israeli combat moves | The Times Of India | 12 September 2013 | Goa

PANAJI: Looking to bolster their military training with some tough Israeli street-fighting know-how, the anti-terror squad of the Goa police has also started taking Krav Maga lessons.

Around 50 personnel from the squad attended their first workshop in hand-to-hand combat recently, and the training may extend to other divisions of the state's police force as well, said police officials.

"Being effectively able to defend themselves as well as others without weapons is essential in today's scenario, and they have to keep updating their fighting skills," says police inspector Devendra Gad, who is in charge of the training sessions.

The armed forces in several countries, including Australia, UK, Norway, Sweden and a few South American nations apart from Israel undergo rigorous Krav Maga training.

Read more: Goa police learn Israeli combat moves | The Times Of India | 12 September 2013 | Goa

 

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