The Importance and Meaning of the Combat and Fighting Instructor Course

By Eyal Yanilov

Regarding Combat and Fighting, when you look at the basics of the self-defense section of KMG, we always start by teaching a technique. From there we continue with understanding principles and creating variations that deal with similar but different attacks and problems. This is followed by adding pre-fight and post-fight concepts and possibilities, training under stress, practicing during simulations under different conditions, and more.

While teaching KMG’s section of fighting and combat we take a different path, commonly we start from the principles. Understanding the families of tactics, techniques, and training methods. Then manifest those in different techniques, trying to get outside the box as much as possible.

I am writing you here to explain the nature, meaning, content, and naturally the benefits of the CFIC. The result/product is a better you, which also includes better abilities to conduct and handle “fighting classes” as well as fighting and sparring segments in regular lessons.

We all know that combat and fighting are one of the three pillars of the KMG system. The other two are Self-Defense and 3rdParty – VIP protection.

BTW, when I write KMG, I mean the real Krav Maga system…:), what we call Krav Maga and what is Krav Maga. Not some random collection of techniques from several different styles or martial arts that the “esteemed” collector decided to call Krav Maga.

The CFIC is the best and most intensive way that we have to educate instructors in the theory and practice of combat and fighting. This is in order to improve knowledge and ability side by side with the know-how of instructing and coaching it.

The CFIC is focused on several subjects, all integrated together:

  • The concepts and way of reaching the level of a fighter and the level of a warrior
  • How to better prepare fighters and warriors
  • In a time of need, how to deal with fighters from other styles and practitioners of other martial arts, especially against boxers and wrestlers (grappling)
  • How to teach slow fighting, sparring, and harder fighting
  • How to work and train with focus mitts, heavy bag,s and other targets
  • Using different rhythms and speeds in any kind of confrontation and combat
  • Tactics and strategies divided to different families
  • The relations and integration of different families of tactics
  • Specific techniques that represent different tactics and concepts
  • Curriculum from the E1-E4 relevant for the subjects
  • Mental preparations of fighters and warriors
  • Physical development of yourself and your trainees
  • Curriculum that is relevant, also for members of governmental units
  • Preparation and training methods of fighting against multiple attackers, concepts that are related to combat and not to self-defense.
  • Handling team fighting and combats of the group against the group.
  • Training and fighting under different conditions and ground.

Historically, I gathered and finished the first fighting tactics and training methods section in the curriculum in the late 1980s. After it was approved by Imi, I taught it to the first line of KM instructors in Israel. With time more and more knowledge and experience were accumulated and constant improvements were made and natural evolution occurred. It was then evident that we need a special instructor course to bring the knowledge to those who need it, meaning all of us who are doing KMG.

These days, and as always, you are receiving the cutting edge of our system. When out there, there are imitators and wannabes, and also some legitimate competition. We should spread our way, show, prove and clarify that we are the origin and source of the Krav Maga. Those who are searching for the real thing, for the best they can get, and even those who do not know who is what and where will easily identify us.

With the CFIC, more than in other training courses that we have, you can understand how KMG is a dangerous tool and weapon. After this instructor course, you should use and teach this knowledge very wisely. A mistake can cause much harm and can put the user in great danger and conflicts with others and with the law.

Naturally, the importance of practice and drilling of the different aspects of fighting and combat cannot be emphasized enough. These aspects are in the heart of the progress of each and every one of us and the advancement of our students. We hand out in the course additional material as a specific manual and video material to remind us what it is all about.

I am very glad and grateful that Jovan Manojlovic, our leading expert in the combat and fighting field and director of KMG Serbia, is assisting me in forming a more suitable CFIC curriculum and format.  He is also helping me teach and run it. Jovan is coaching his country’s most successful MMA team and has vast experience in training fighters, both for the ring and the battlefield.

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I trust that we will meet many of you in this very valuable course – the CFIC.