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Independence Training
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    Brice D.
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    I have taken many classes from Independence Training. Handgun, shotgun, carbine, precision rifle, medical training, etc. Glen and his instructors are top notch, experts in their field. I would not hesitate to suggest their courses to anyone.


    We teach knife, tactical, survival gear, self-defense, and hand-to-hand combatives, not just traditional ancient martial arts.

    • 20 years in business

    Welcome to your first step towards survival! Self-defense is your first line of defense to being in control of your life! We teach in Chino Valley Our services include Private lessons and Firearms training * Aiki-jujutsu * Jeet Kune do * Self-defense * Krav Maga * Firearms training classes * Personal protection/Bodyguard services and training * Seminars - reservations minimum of 4 individuals What is Krav Maga? Krav Maga is a Hebrew term that translates contact combat or close combat, and it refers to the official Israeli military, close quarters combat system. It is an eclectic martial art system that incorporates a wide range of techniques, including striking, take downs and joint-locks. Krav Maga is not a sport; rather, it is a highly refined self-defense system that focuses on doing whatever is necessary to survive. Developed in the hostile environment of the Middle East, Krav Maga has been battle tested and combat proven. Krav Maga was developed by Imi Lichtenfeld for the Israeli military. The Israel Defense Force (IDF) needed a system of combat that was easy to learn, easy to remember, and would be effective regardless of a person's age, gender or physical strength. Imi Lichtenfeld developed a no-nonsense fighting system that was based on the body's natural reactions. Originally developed for soldiers, Krav Maga has also been adopted by police agencies, S.W.A.T teams, bodyguards, and civilians for self-defense. It is a modern self-defense system that has been proven effective against both unarmed and armed attackers, as well as multiple assailants. The advantages of Krav Maga are: A lot of people wonder if Krav Maga training is right for them. Here are 5 reasons we feel Krav Maga is the right choice to make when choosing a self-defense system: 1. Krav Maga is for everyone. The techniques of Krav Maga are designed to be effective, regardless of a person's size, strength or gender. Unlike other martial arts that depend on a person's athletic ability, Krav Maga is based upon scientific principles of combat. The reason is because Krav Maga was born out of the Israeli military's need for an effective hand-to-hand system that could be learned and performed effectively by all members of its military, from the young 18-year old to the 50-year old. Remember, in Israel, every citizen is required to serve in the military (men, women, farmers, mechanics, teachers, carpenters, etc). The result is Krav Maga is designed to be universally effective for both men and women of all ages, sizes, and physical abilities. 2. Krav Maga is a no-nonsense, straightforward approach to self-defense. Time spent in training is focused on enhancing your ability to survive a violent encounter. Unlike other martial arts, there are no forms, bowing, or time wasted on trying to cultivate mystical powers. Krav Maga is pragmatic, it's simple, and it's direct. The techniques of Krav Maga are designed to aggressively target the weakness of the human anatomy, while at the same time utilizing economy of motion. The result is a simple, yet highly effective system of self-defense that can be applied to counter an armed and unarmed attacker, as well as multiple assailants. 3. Krav Maga is a great way to get into shape. The truth is, you are more likely to die of a heart attack then you are from an attacker. According to health experts, obesity rates are soaring in America, and these high rates are having an adverse effect on our nation's health. While most people would agree that they need to start exercising, they often procrastinate because they don't find the gym with its weights and treadmills to be that appealing. Krav Maga is a great and exciting way to get into shape, while learning a valuable life skill at the same time. 4. Krav Maga doesn't require years of training to achieve self-defense proficiency. Unlike traditional martial arts that require many years of practice just to master the basics, Krav Maga is easy to learn, easy to remember, and easy to apply. While it is important to practice in order to improve one's skill and expertise, in Krav Maga, one can learn how to effectively defend oneself in a relatively short period of time. In just a matter of a few months, you can acquire the skills to defend yourself and loved ones. 5. Most of all, Krav Maga is fun. There is nothing quite like it in the world. Where else can you learn how to do gun disarms, knife fighting, ground survival, punching and kicking, while at the same time, getting into the best shape of your life. Krav Maga training is a high-energy workout that will push your limits, redefine you body, and put a smile on your face. The Krav Maga principles include: What makes Krav Maga different from other forms of martial arts or self-defense is the basic principles upon which the system is based. Knowledge of these basic principles will help you better understand why Krav Maga is different from other forms of martial arts, like MMA, kickboxing, or Brazilian jiu-jitsu. These principles form the heart of the system, and are the foundation of every technique taught in Krav Maga. Here are just 8 of the basic principles that define Krav Maga: 1. The ultimate goal is survival Krav Maga is not a sport! The objective of Krav Maga is not to win trophies or become a world champion, but to make it home alive. Let's face it. In the street, there are no rules, no referees, no weight classes, no fouls; just the cold brutal reality of unrestrained violence. For this reason, Krav Maga trains a person to do whatever is necessary in order to survive. Many of the techniques taught in Krav Maga, such as eye gouges, groin strikes, and knee breaks, are considered illegal in sports like boxing or MMA. The use of such techniques makes perfect sense when you take into consideration that an attacker in the street is not trying to win, but to seriously hurt, rape, or maybe even kill you. Remember, Krav Maga training is a matter of life and death; therefore, everything in Krav Maga is 100 percent focused on survival! 2. Simplicity is key Unlike combat sports, which are governed by rules and weight classes, in the street, there are no rules; odds are that your attacker will be larger and maybe even armed with a knife or gun. You may even find yourself facing multiple attackers. In such situations, you cannot afford to get involved in a lengthy, drawn out fight, since the longer the confrontation lasts, the less your odds are of survival. You must react precisely and as quickly as you can to eliminate the immediate threat. For this reason, Krav Maga techniques are not designed to be fancy or impressive; rather, by necessity they must be simple and direct. Also, when you are faced with a violent attack, your body will experience a heightened state of stress resulting in a release of adrenaline, causing a number of physical side effects such as faster heart rate, tunnel vision, loss of fine motor skills, impaired judgment, etc. This is why Krav Maga is based upon a small number of techniques that solve a wide range of self-defense situations. Think about it. If you are attacked, you do not have time to think, "Is he punching me with his right hand or left hand? Do I step to the left or do I step back? What you need is just one technique that works the same, regardless if your attacker is punching you, choking you, or trying to take you to the ground. By only teaching a few techniques that can be applied to a variety of situations, you will be able to react faster, and thereby increase your odds of survival. 3. Fight from a position of disadvantage If you are attacked, you can bet your money that you will be fighting from a position of disadvantage. You need to expect and accept the fact that your attacker or attackers will be larger, stronger and possibly armed. This is why Krav Maga always trains a person to fight from a position of disadvantage, assuming from the beginning that your attacker is bigger and stronger than you are. The effectiveness of Krav Maga techniques does not rely on strength, size or athletic ability; instead, Krav Maga relies on economy of movement, the element of surprise, and the effective targeting of the weak points of the human body, thus teaching a smaller person how to prevail over larger attacker. 4. Based upon the body's natural reaction Krav Maga is different from other martial arts, since most other systems attempt to reprogram your natural reactions so that you can perform the techniques under the stress of an attack. This is why it takes so long to become combat proficient at other systems, since you have to relearn everything: walking, blocking, striking, etc. In Krav Maga, we begin with the body's natural reactions to stress, then build techniques and combinations from those reactions. The result is Krav Maga feels more natural, and students are able to learn the movements faster. 5. Universal effectiveness In Israel, every person must serve in the military. For this reason, when Krav Maga was created, the techniques had to be effective for everyone, regardless of body size, shape or gender. Techniques that worked for the 250-pound male athlete had to also work for the 135-pound female. There wasn't a time in training to go around and modify the techniques for each person's personal needs; instead, the techniques had to be universally effective for everyone. Even today, as Krav Maga evolves as a system, this principle governs the direction of the system. Unlike other martial arts, Krav Maga is an effective system of self-defense that is truly for everyone. 6. Simultaneously defend and counterattack When attacked, timing is essential. In order to insure your survival, you must gain the advantage as soon as possible. The fastest way to do this is by defending and counterattacking simultaneously. As a result, Krav Maga techniques are faster and more explosive than other systems that teach you to block first and then punch second. By eliminating the time between defensive movements and counterattacks, Krav Maga is able to overwhelm the assailant and take back the initiative. 7. Reality-based scenario training Krav Maga is a relatively modern system of self-defense. Therefore, it deals with contemporary weapons and violent scenarios. The goal of Krav Maga is to focus on finding solutions to the types of violent attacks students are most likely to encounter in their day-to-day lives. So, instead of training how to defend against a person attacking you with a samurai sword, Krav Maga focuses on training you how to defend against guns, knives and sticks. In addition, Krav Maga recognizes that in the modern age, a person needs to also be aware of the legal ramifications of self-defense. Krav Maga trains practitioners to use only the acceptable amount of force required to defend themselves, thus protecting them from criminal charges and lawsuits. In order for any system of self-defense to be effective in today's society, it must take into consideration both the application of force and the legal use of force. 8. Efficiency in training The primary objective of Krav Maga is to get practitioners to a high level of self-defense proficiency in a relatively short period of time. In order to do this, training time is utilized to its optimal efficiency: every movement, every exercise, and every drill has been thoughtfully selected in order to accomplish the primary goal. There is really nothing quite like Krav Maga in the world of self-defense or fitness. Krav Maga training is designed to push you to your limits and beyond, while focusing everything you do on developing your ability to successfully deal with a violent encounter. In short, Krav Maga training is challenging, it's intense, and it's effective. My specialties are: * women and men's self-defense instructor * spontaneous knife and weapons instructor * military combatives instructor * Krav Maga instructor * pressure point instructor * children's bully program instructor * aiki-jujutsu Master instructor * WTF taekwondo Master instructor * Expert Krav Maga instructor * current CCW and armed security license, personal protection, bodyguard, and defensive tactics instructor. This is where reality keeps you safe!

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