Krav Maga Tactical Survival Book Review

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I was sent this book, Krav Maga Tactical Survival: Personal Safety In Action by Gershon Ben Keren, a few months ago in exchange for an honest review…

Normally I avoid book reviews these days. I’m not sure if it’s that I don’t have time to read them or that I feel like “I’ve seen it all” but when I was asked to review this book I said “yes” and I’m quite glad I did.

The first thing I noticed was how sturdy and well put together the book was as they sure didn’t skimp on the cost to put it together, that’s for sure. Though paperback, the pages are thick, the illustrations are numerous and in color, and I’m positive this book will last a long time… I’ve already been through it twice and there’s no sign of wear whatsoever.

Anyway, when I got the book I dove right in. Separated into five distinct parts, I was a bit surprised that the author got straight to the point and started discussing various striking techniques right from the start. That said, I guess it isn’t that shocking considering this book IS about Krav Maga… those folks don’t mess around!

Really, I would have assumed part two (on armed and unarmed self-defense scenarios) would have been a better place to start since there’s a lot in there about de-escalation techniques, how people interpret the world and reason when angry, warning signs, and more. I really learned more than I figured I would about the subtopic.

Besides striking techniques, the author also spends quite a bit of time discussing armed and unarmed assaults (parts three and four, respectively) which are easily the majority of the book by number of pages. To be honest, by the fourth part on unarmed assaults my head started to spin and I got a bit overwhelmed, lol. And, so, I found myself breezing through part five on throws the first time through without retaining much of anything. I eventually decided to go back over the book a few weeks later.

Now I should point out…

To be clear, one cannot learn a hand-to-hand combat technique by reading a book once or twice and then expecting to know what you’re doing, that’s silly.

People spend years (even a lifetime) trying to get these techniques down in a classroom setting all while being taught by instructors who know what they’re doing and who can correct your form properly.

That’s NOT what this book is about… please don’t think you can learn Krav Maga by reading this–or any–book on the subject, you can’t.

What you can do is to use this book as (1) a great introduction to an awesome self defense system and (2) as a fall-back reference for when SHTF after you’ve had proper classroom instruction.

Now, I can’t say that I’ve read other books on the topic or had proper classroom instruction on Krav Maga, but I can say that I’ve taken martial arts in the past and, in my humble opinion, they pale in comparison to what Krav Maga can be.

Why THIS Book?

With regards to this book, however, what I like most about it is the author’s take on what Krav Maga can do for you. He’s not touting it as the “be all, end all” self defense system but as one more tool in your toolkit.

Moreover, the author restates time and again how fluid a situation can be and that a classroom setting really is different from a real life confrontation; because of this understanding he continually reaffirms how important it is to NOT get set on dealing with a particular situation (or strike or encounter) in only one way like many self defense systems tend to do.

I also really like how detailed the author’s instructions and illustrations are. The illustrations are numerous and include additional details which reinforce what’s being taught quite well… this really is what the book is all about.

One thing which took me a bit of time to get used to was how the illustrations tended to be intermingled with his instruction. In other words, if I’d followed the book literally, reading page by page, I would have (at times) been trying to read his instructions and then forced to start on the illustrations before I’d finished the instructions. What I would have preferred was the complete instructions on a particular technique then to move onto the illustrations, but I’m guessing it was done this way to save space. I got used to it so this wasn’t a big deal my second time through.

Ultimately, I’d suggest this book, Krav Maga Tactical Survival, is a welcome addition to your survival library and maybe even a great catalyst to getting YOU into the classroom!

Simple Solar Water Distilling – Easy DIY (video)

I’ve never had much luck distilling water with DIY ideas like this but maybe there’s hope yet. The one change I’d like to see is the collection bottles angled downward to collect more water but then this idea won’t work quite as easily, plus I don’t see why you can’t just tape the lids together to save yourself time…

Could You Rebuild Civilization? (link)

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This particular post got my attention as it’s a question I sometimes ask myself, but rather than it being “me” I wonder if “we” as a society could honestly get back to where we are now after some global (or even national) catastrophe?

Granted, the pole shift catastrophe mentioned at the start of the article doesn’t seem very likely but there certainly are ones to consider–even if they’re not fully world-encompassing–everything from a pandemic to WW3 to EMP… the list is bigger than most people realize.

Regardless, the relatively small list of technological skills included in the following article offers some thought-starters and, while I don’t agree with all of them as being necessary, it should make you start to realize just how dependent we truly are on technology.

Yes, we as preppers spend our time preparing for such events but just how long could we make it before we’re essentially forced to live an 1800’s lifestyle if we’re lucky? A decade? A generation?

Who knows. What I do know is that most of us just aren’t prepared (physically and mentally for sure) for such a drastic change to our lives and we’ll quickly realize just how much we take for granted everything in our lives, from the shoes on our feet to the filament that lights up the darkness, we’ll miss it all one day…

“Most people would agree that when disaster strikes, what you know is one of the most important things you will have to work with. Your knowledge base is the one thing you can carry with you wherever you go. It will allow you to create items from locally available materials and improve your situation, whatever it may be. It is this mindset that many preppers use to improve their chances if the unthinkable should happen.

But lets take this mindset a step further. What would you be capable of doing if a global catastrophe happened? One such as a pole shift that destroys much of the infrastructure, knowledge and people that know how to build things and how they work. Would you be able to recreate some of the things you would need to rebuild society if you had to start from scratch with only your knowledge to guide you?

I like to play a mental game sometimes to help me understand just how much I actually know so I can identify what I need to learn…”

Read the full article here

Food Dehydrating By Pilot Light (link)

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Got an old stove with a pilot light? Why not make use of it by dehydrating food. Apparently it’s actually possible…

“I have a really old oven that that has a pilot light flame rather than an electric ignition. I wanted to see if the oven was hot enough to dehydrate food with just the heat from the pilot light. Since the pilot light is lit and burning all the time, if this works I will be able to dehydrate food for free and also not have the expense of buying a dehydrator…”

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17 Ways To Repurpose Motor Oil (link)

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Motor oil has never been on my radar as something to re-purpose, that’s for sure. Now, every other oil on the planet has but NOT motor oil, lol. Regardless, I was quite surprised if the following suggestions are true as I’d never expected motor oil to be this potentially useful in ways other than in your vehicle. Granted, some of the suggestions are a bit over-the-top but if even half of them aren’t then motor oil may be something to hoard even more than you might otherwise expect:

“Motor oil is commonly considered a waste material, but it may become something of value to people trying to put their lives back together in a post-crisis world. People will try to scavenge whatever may be of use, and it’s understandable since it will take some time for mechanization to re-emerge with new products.

You’ll also have to deal with what you have, so learn to speak multipurpose, and don’t skip motor oil from this equation. So here’s how to reuse motor oil regardless of whether there is a major crisis to deal with or not.

Where to Find Used Motor Oil

Right now, used motor oil is more of a nuisance than something else you might consider valuable in the post crisis world.

For the most part, mechanic shops and recycling facilities will be the first places to go for used motor oil, but you should also consider…”

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