Nir has many distinctions under his belt in the realm of Krav Maga and other systems, but what makes him stand out is his experience training the Israeli Special Forces. From his bio: "Nir served in one of the most elite units in the Israeli Special Forces, the Central Command Counter-Terror Unit (C.T.U.) and the Special Forces Counter-Terror and Special Operations School(C.T.S.O). During his service he held several positions including Commander of the Counter-Terror School’s International Training Section where he was responsible for developing and delivering specialized Counter-Terror, Hostage Rescue, and Krav Maga training to Special Forces Units from various countries around the world including the United States (Delta Force, Army Special Forces, Marines Special Operations Command, Rangers and Asymmetrical Warfare Group), that attend the Israeli Special Forces Counter-Terror and Special Operations School in preparation for high risk deployments such as Iraq and Afghanistan." To read the rest of his bio, go here.
To say the least, he's
Throughout the four-day course, we covered his entire system of unarmed defense. Not only was everyone in the room a seasoned martial artist, everyone there was also already a Krav Maga instructor from other organizations. Instructors from as far away as the Czech Republic made the trip to learn this system. I think this illustrates the international recognition of Nir's expertise. It was apparent that everyone in the room took something away from the training.
Having done this stuff for awhile, I was impressed by several elements of the training. First - and I think this is important - was Nir's teaching style. Though extremely versed in the subject matter, he kept things simple, concise, and easy to learn. Some instructors have a tendency to convolute their instruction, usually to appear more credible. None of this was present in Nir's teaching. I also appreciated his dedication to principles and simplicity. Self-defense tactics need to be easy to learn and recall under stress, and CT707 does not deviate from this point.
The other thing that I personally appreciated was an utter lack of ego. Martial arts, maybe more-so than other areas, tends to be rife with self-importance and, in my experience, Israeli systems are no exception. In fact, one organization I worked with was so dripping with alpha-male posturing that I left it only for that reason. It's a big turn-off.
But Nir Maman exhibited only a sincere attitude - maybe because of his real life experiences with violence or just because it's in his nature, but it was appreciated by more than just me during the training.
There were a lot of highlights for me, but to list a few:
1) Headhunting. If you were there, you know what I'm talking about.
2) Funneling almost everything into Reference Points.
3) The three things a defender must do to the attacker during the engagement:
- Disrupt thought process, or "reset".
- Inflict pain, or preferably, damage.
- Disrupt balance.
4) The concept of "Retzef", which I was familiar with but was explained thoroughly.
5) Impact weapon and knife defense and finally:
6) Multiple attacker strategies. This was a big one for me, because I've never seen any martial art, Krav Maga included, address this satisfactorily. And without going into detail, Nir's Two-On-One defense does not feature any actual "techniques". Because really, how are you going to unleash something as static as a "technique" in a situation as complex and multidimensional as a multiple-attacker scenario?
I could go on, but I'll conclude by saying that it was a very worthwhile four days, one that I will repeat the next chance I get!