So I finished my 40 hours of inservice training this week. This year my department subjected me to 16 hours of introduction to "Krav Maga" which, near as I can tell, is Hebrew for "Punch 'em in the junk." It seemed like every third move ended with a strike to the fruity pebbles. I figure we probably have some Krav aficianados on here. I was wondering if some of you could share your insights into the appropriateness and/ or usefulness of Krav for law enforcement officers. Here are my observations after an admittedly very brief introduction. For the record, I'm not and have never been a martial artist of any kind. My self- defense training is primarily PPCT, but I'm not an instructor. 1. 16 hours of Krav instruction is just enough time to give the average LEO enough knowledge to be dangerous. 2. The moves, while simpler than the forms in other martial arts, are several orders of magnitude more technical than the gross motor moves taught in PPCT. 3. It was pretty clear that the instructors were trying to "tone down" the lethality to make it more liability friendly. 4. The Krav response to resistance is much more aggressive than PPCT in several ways, some of which I found kind of reckless, for lack of a better term. For example, we were introduced to the Krav method of weapon retention if a bad guy tried to take your gun from the holster. For almost 14 years I have practiced trapping the snap, lowering my center of gravity, twisting away to break their grip on the gun, gaining complete control of the weapon, and then counter attacking when appropriate. The Krav method called for attacking your opponent before you had gained complete and total control of the weapon. That just seemed wrong to me. I beleive that in a highly stressful situation, like a struggle over a gun, you are better served devoting your attention and energy to securing the gun before you worry specifically about hurting your opponent. If your opponent happens to be hurt by your efforts to gain control of the gun, that's great. Anyway, what are the CT brain trust's thoughts on Krav maga? Wanna kill these ads? We can help!