- Avoid getting hit. Techniques will always have an element that minimizes the danger of you being hit, especially in your vulnerable areas.
- Don’t be fancy. Techniques are simple and do not conflict with natural or instinctive body movements.
- Defend yourself in the quickest, safest and most effective way. Most techniques include both defensive and offensive elements designed to protect you while inflicting maximum possible damage to your opponent to end the conflict quickly.
- Use the opponent’s vulnerable and weak points. Techniques are designed to exploit the many other not so obvious weak points on the human body.
- Don’t rely on strength. Techniques are designed to minimize your effort, enabling you to work effectively even when at a size, strength or position disadvantage.
- Use available objects as weapons. The system is designed to teach you to effectively use improvised and ordinary weapons.
- If forced to fight, no rules, no limits. If diplomacy fails, no hesitation, no holding back – anything goes.
Core Components Haganah includes the following components (*some of which are limited access- require active duty or veteran military or law enforcement status or background checks and approval by IDFS): Techniques of Self-Defense:
- Defense against punches and kicks and other strikes
- Escapes and releases from chokes, bear hugs and other grappling techniques
- Defense against cold weapons: knives, clubs, etc.
- Defense against hot weapons; guns, other firearms, automatic weapons*
- Defense against multiple attackers
- Various types of arm blows including all hand parts, arms and elbows
- Various types of kicks including all foot parts with/without shoes and various knee strike tactics
- Ground survival techniques including combat neutralizing grappling techniques – pinching, tendon and muscle tearing, hard core submission (breaking) techniques and defenses against weapon deployment
Founder & Master Instructor Of HaganaH USA Mike Lee Kanarek with Instructor & 2nd Dan HaganaH Black Belt Coleman Ray Instructor Ray’s HaganaH Specialties: Israeli Tactical Knife (ITK) Certified, Ground Survival Certified, F.I.G.H.T. Certified, 2nd Dan HaganaH Black Belt, Combat Fitness Instructor, Israeli Trench Fighting Certified and IPTT-Level 1.
HaganaH Terrorist Strategies and Techniques Method of Training Unlike many other systems which teach according to a belt level curriculum, adding techniques according to the rank level and seniority of the student, Haganah trains it’s practitioners in a military version/format. At its core, we have carefully picked two sets of the 18 most common street attack scenarios to work from. The first set of 18 counterattacks consists of empty hand strategies addressing unarmed assailants and the second set of 18 counterattacks consists of armed threat self-defense strategies addressing knife treats and attacks at gunpoint. Training is conducted in parallel in a three-month rotation system. This method has been proven very effective as a tool to train people quickly to be able to deploy the Haganah system in combative situations upon completing only three months of training. Our practitioners are exposed to the entire core system in that time. They have learned and trained in what would have been reserved as advance material in other more traditionally structured systems. They may then begin training in the armed self-defense components of Haganah. To support this speed of training we apply the Israeli military KAPAP/LOTAR training system to the two sets of self-defense techniques. KAPAP is the Hebrew acronym for “Face to Face Combat”, what is referred in the U.S. as “Hand to Hand Combat”. LOTAR is the Hebrew combination of two words Lochama and Terror which translate to anti-terrorism warfare. KAPAP is the teaching system in use in the Israeli military, where ordinary civilians (all Israelis serve in the military for 3 years) are turned into capable fighters ready to confront life and death engagements in a matter of months. LOTAR is the system used to teach advanced tactics to Israeli Special Forces. Haganah uses these training methods and certain tactical components of these two systems.
All techniques in the Haganah system lead practitioners to one of three points of reference (destination points) with three objective options- restraint, incapacitation, or termination. By limiting the variety of combat strategies, learning time is accelerated and depth of understanding and skill levels are increased. Our practitioners become adept at quickly reacting to attacks and if necessary improvising to achieve these few points of reference. Once achieved, our practitioners feel very confident and comfortable that, even though the engagement may not be over, it is theirs to win. More Haganah info at This Web Addresses: http://www.haganahnews.com/