Krav Maga Self Defense

Krav Maga (Hebrew for Contact Combat)

is the official hand-to-hand combat system for the Israeli Defense Forces. It is one of the most preferred systems for the U.S. military and law enforcement personnel. Krav Maga is not a traditional martial art. No katas. No rituals. No nonsense. Based on simple principles and instinctive movements, this reality-system is designed to teach real self defense in the shortest amount of time possible. Students of Krav Maga will learn how to defend against common chokes, grabs, and bearhugs, as well as, guns, knives, and sticks. Krav Maga also teaches people to function during the stress and shock of a sudden, violent encounter. Krav Maga is a system that has been tested on the battlefields and the streets and thrives on its success of making people safer.

Krav Maga emphasizes the use of a few general principles:

  • Counter attacking as soon as possible (or attacking preemptively).
  • Targeting attacks to the body’s most vulnerable points such as the eyes, jaw, throat, groin, knee etc.
  • Neutralizing the opponent as quickly as possible by responding with an unbroken stream of counter attacks and if necessary a takedown/joint break.
  • Maintaining awareness of surroundings while dealing with the threat in order to look for escape routes, further attackers, objects that could be used to defend or help attack and so on.

The above listed principles are accomplished by using a variety of aggressive striking techniques that include punches, headbutts, low-line kicks, elbows, and knees. Krav Maga also emphasizes the use of biting, eye-gouging, and the use of improvised weapons to escape danger. The eclectic system of Krav Maga only employs one rule:”Don’t get hurt!” Krav Maga accomplishes this rule by using extremely efficient and brutal counter-attacks so that the practitioner can escape danger. Krav Maga students train to protect themselves by using these brutal counter-attacks in drills designed to simulate real life situations and scenarios. By incorporating these drills into its’ training, Krav Maga classes prepare students to face a violent encounter by reacting in an aggressive manner to the attack. The methodology of training allows students to receive an aerobic and anaerobic workout. Krav Maga is one of the few systems taught that allows people to get into better shape while learning to defend themselves at the same time.

Instructor: Todd Mashburn

Instructor Todd MashburnTodd Mashburn is the head Krav Maga Instructor at Pooler Karate . He has been training in the highly aggressive and effective Israeli martial art for 10 years and has been teaching martial arts for nearly the same amount of time. Todd began his road to becoming a Krav Maga Instructor in 2001 when he attended his first Krav Maga instructor course in Knoxville, Tennessee. After becoming ‘hooked’ on the first phase of instruction, Todd continued to pursue knowledge of the system by traveling regularly to Los Angeles for additional Krav Maga training at the Krav Maga National Training Center. Rather than ending his pursuit of knowledge and stopping after becoming a Phase C certified instructor, Todd continued his training displaying his never quit attitude and entered into the Expert Series of training. His Expert Series training path led him to becoming a Krav Maga Blackbelt Instructor in 2006, where he was also awarded the 2006 Marni Levine Fighting Spirit Award, an award that is presented to the Instructor that exhibits a tenacious fighting spirit, understanding of the system, and refuses to yield when faced with adversity.

After becoming one of approximately 65 Krav Maga Blackbelts in the United States, Todd was chosen as one of thirteen people outside of Los Angeles to participate in the Krav Maga Train-the-Trainer Program. The Train-the-Trainer Program further honed Todd’s skills and allowed him to travel the United States and Canada training others to become Krav Maga instructors.

Todd’s primary emphasis of teaching is Krav Maga, but he has also trained in other martial arts including American Tang Soo Do, Tae Kwon Do, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. While considering himself to be a full time student and always willing to learn from other systems, Todd utilizes his Krav Maga training to teach others to better protect themselves because he feels that Krav Maga is capable of making people safer in a shorter amount of time with the ability to retain the principles easier.

In addition to being a Krav Maga Instructor, Todd is also a 20 year law enforcement veteran. After graduating from Georgia Southern University in 1994 with a degree in Justice Studies, Todd joined the Statesboro Police Department. In 1998, he became a member of the Bulloch County Sheriff’s Office Drug Suppression Team and has been with the department ever since. Todd currently serves as a Captain with the Bulloch County Sheriff’s Office and is the head training officer. He is a State of Georgia POST certified General Instructor and also holds Specialized Instructor Certifications in Firearms, Defensive Tactics, Driver Training, and Speed Detection Devices. He is a certified instructor in Pressure Point Control Tactics (P.P.C.T.), Controlled F.O.R.C.E., CPR, the Advanced Air Taser, the Expandable Baton and numerous other certifications. Todd is also a 2010 graduate of the prestigious F.B.I. National Academy.

Todd not only teaches law enforcement in the area to better themselves, but also trains police officers attending the Ogeechee Technical College Police Academy, officers attending classes at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center (Forsyth, GA), and is an instructor for the Georgia Sheriff’s Association (Stockbridge, GA).

Todd has vast experience as a law enforcement officer in the areas of uniform patrol, investigations, and as a certified S.W.A.T. operator has engaged in numerous high risk tactical situations. His law enforcement career directly intertwines with his Krav Maga training. Todd has been faced with numerous situations in which he has called upon his martial arts training to defend and protect himself and other officers. He teaches his Krav Maga classes in a very straightforward aggressive aspect calling on his law enforcement experiences to help the public better learn to protect themselves.

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