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Krav Maga Handgun Defense


At POLICE-TREXPO West, Det. Maury Sumlin and two instructors from Krav Maga Worldwide demonstrate the defensive tactic "handgun with a threat from the front" that an officer can use against a suspect armed with a pistol. Video shot and edited by Kelly Bracken.

April 15, 2010
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kathysue @ 10/11/2010 7:23 PM

Just to set the record straight:

First, the United Nations granted statehood to Israel in 1948 - the same year that Krav Maga was instituted in the IDF by Imi Lichtenfeld [NOT the 1950s as stated my KM Worldwide spokesperson Maury Sumlin].

Second, the gun defense shown is incorrect. Defender should not proceed and grab the barrel until the pistol has hit the attacker’s sternum. Which means the movement is more straight than lowered down as shown. Your body should pivot as all your weight is shifted forward. Once the gun has made contact with the attacker’s sternum, then you should grab the pistol and position it pointed to the ground and away from your body, putting all your weight on your front hand holding the attacker’s hand down. If you happen to lose your balance doing this, land on your front foot. Simultaneously, strike your attacker in the face with your right fist. Next, you bring your right hand close to your body, so you don’t cross the line of the barrel and put it like a tray underneath your left hand grabbing the pistol’s hammer area and pull toward you. Your left elbow simultaneously pushes the attacker’s arm in order to extract the pistol. NOTE: be careful NOT to break your attacker’s finger - this reduces the possibility of another shot being fired.

And who am I to question the authority of the Worldwide Krav Maga Association? Well, I am a Certified Instructor who teaches IDF Krav Maga. And someone who is just tired of seeing incorrect or ‘evolved’ techniques as originated by Imi.

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