Since the late 1940s, when it was first developed for military applications, Krav Maga has been crafted into a system successfully used to train law enforcement personnel, SWAT teams, Air and Sea Marshals, and intelligence agencies across the globe. Krav Maga is lauded in law enforcement for its base in natural movements making it easily learned, retained, and applied; practical techniques to maximize both effectiveness and simplicity; reality-based training to improve performance under stress; and, specific to Law Enforcement Krav Maga, use-of-force and civil liability issues that impact training and contribute to programs designed exclusively for officers of the law.
Law enforcement officers are faced with a unique dilemma: subduing and/or restraining an assailant while protecting the law. They must be aware of limitations on use of force as well as dangers to themselves, their fellow officers, and the civilians they protect. Krav Maga is a flexible tool that can be adjusted to comply with any country’s set of laws. It teaches officers how to deal effectively with escalating levels of violence, from empty-handed combat to active shooter situations, and can be applied in self-defense, third-party protection, or arrest procedures. The law enforcement program teaches officers to maximize the efficiency of the tools at their disposal. Trainees quickly learn to operate under extreme stress and complicated scenarios while staying within their unique legal guidelines.
Areas of Krav Maga law enforcement training include:
Third Party Protection in Krav Maga covers a wide range of situations and applications, but can be split into two basic sections: civilian and professional. The civilian program incorporates techniques used to protect family, friends, and other acquaintances in threatening situations that might arise in everyday life. These situations can range from street fights to muggings to walking an unruly friend out of a bar and away from conflict.
The professional program caters to close protection operatives responsible for the safety of a VIP. Politicians, celebrities, and high-level executives are among the VIP who have maximum exposure due to the public nature of their careers and are at risk of attacks. CPOs often work in teams to ensure the safety of their VIP, and must possess a variety of skills to carry out their duties in high-stress situations of conflict. These situations can occur out in the open, in a crowd, in a vehicle, or any number of other difficult environments. Students will learn to navigate their unique circumstances and utilize their Krav Maga training in congruence with the operating procedures of the their job or team.
VIP Third Party Protection offers training in the following areas:
Air and Sea Marshal programs are adapted to suit each job’s distinct characteristics, particularly their environments. Air and Sea Marshals work in enclosed, limited space and may deal with a variety of dangerous situations from disorderly passengers to hijacking attempts. The restrictions of movement and firearm use onboard an aircraft make Krav Maga a useful tool for Air Marshals, while Sea Marshals are often away from shore (and backup) for long periods of time and benefit from stress training and simple retention of Krav Maga. Both programs train how to make use of the unique surroundings Marshals work in, such as being seated in an airplane, and how to use these to their advantage.
Members of SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics) units are tasked with handling the most difficult and hazardous situations, and in challenging environments that require a high level of training and experience. SWAT teams must be prepared for and capable of levelheaded decision-making during attacks, arrests, raids, hostage rescues, etc. that occur on a regular basis and the resolution of which is a primary concern to SWAT team members. The daily routine of a SWAT team member demands the mental and physical stamina to repeatedly tackle high-stress, often violent confrontations. A correct and well-rounded arsenal of skills can save lives, so it is essential that SWAT units are properly trained in the technical, tactical, physical, and mental capabilities necessary to the development of determined, complete combatants.
Krav Maga training for SWAT teams comprises but is not limited to: