Book Review: Krav Maga Tactical Survival by Gershon Ben Keren.

Hello, my friend and welcome back! A while back, the good people at Tuttle Publishing contacted me and asked if I would review a new book that will be released on February 21,2017.   Given that it deals with hand to hand tactical fighting, I quickly agreed and they sent me the book to review.  This is the subject of today’s post, so grab a cup of coffee and have a seat while we visit.

When I received the book in the mail, I was a little apprehensive to say the least. Most books I have seen with the exception those from the military are usually a lot of hype without a lot of substance.  They expect you to already know certain things, but this book is different.

“Krav Maga is the official self-defense system of the Israeli Defense Forces, and has been battle-tested by police, armed forces, private security personnel and security-minded individuals around the globe for 60 years. Krav Maga teaches you how to quickly size up a dangerous situation and neutralize your attackers before they gain the upper hand. “

I actually went through the book taking my time to absorb as much of it as I could. Some of it, I already knew from my special training with the Sheriff’s office, and it was good to learn some of the others moves as well.”

Prose :

This books covers something that every single man, woman and child needs to know. What is it?  How to tell whether you’re advisory can be talked out of pursuing violence, and how to plan your next move.   In other words Fight or Flight, because if you can’t talk them down then you may have no choice but fight.

Something else I liked about it is the way it covers real life situations where you might need the techniques in this book. Whether it is accidentally spilling a drink on the biggest guy in the bar, or dealing with a mugger in the parking garage this book has you covered.

This books covers standing up, sitting down, one attacker or multiple attackers. It is a must for every Prepper who hasn’t been through Basic Training, and even some that have.  The book is packed full   of color pictures, that walk you through every move step by step.   He also offers multiple ways of handling the same situation based on your opponent’s reaction to different moves.

Knowing how to handle different situations where your life could be in danger will give anyone’s ego a boost and help them feel more self-confident.

Something else I especially like about it is there is no jumping in the air or doing hand stands in this book. Almost all of these moves could be done by anyone, including my old butt!  While some books seem like they are written by someone that is high on themselves, this author comes across as humble.

While covering things from fist fights, attackers with knives and attackers with guns, you will find the best way to approach any of these situations.  This all in one guide for learning to defend yourself in any situation is worth every penny!

Now for the Cons:

I really can’t think of any cons, but personally, I would have liked to have seen a few offensive moves for disabling your attacker, as well as defending yourself.   Something besides kicking them in the chest, like maybe doing a knee sweep to keep them down while you try to get away.  Other than that is a great book from cover to cover. All In all, I give it four and a half stars!

It is scheduled to be released on February 21, 2017 and I will post a link below to preorder the book.  If you get the chance to pick up a copy of this book “Tactical Survival, Personal Safety In Action “by Gershon Ben Keren” then by all means do. I will add a link to where you can purchase your copy of this book below.

Well until next time, stay safe, stay strong and stay prepared. God Bless America!


5 thoughts on “Book Review: Krav Maga Tactical Survival by Gershon Ben Keren.”

    • Other than a chest kick, there isn’t much. Of course some of the defensive moves could be used as a offensive moves if you wanted to Yooper. It really is a good book.

      • Thank you for the great review, I genuinely appreciate it. In regards to “offensive” moves the first 50 pages or so look at different types of combatives e.g. hammer-fists, headbutts, elbows etc. In the scenarios we show defensive/responsive solutions to different situations, which in certain instances combatives could be inserted and applied. I can see how that might not be clear in some of the situations and it’s a good point raised.

        Thank you for taking your time to review the book; I’m glad that the decision making process of when to try and deescalate/talk your way out and when to fight or disengage came across, as that was a theme I tried to run throughout the book. I am always happy to discuss people’s thoughts and ideas in all areas of personal safety and self-defense, as I believe in the old adage of, “Sometimes a teacher, always a student”.

        Once again many thanks for taking the time to review.


        • Thank you for writing such a useful and positive book!
          I’m sure my readers will benefit greatly from reading and applying what is in it.


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