❖ Krav Maga: Teaching with Doubt!
Book Review by Professor Ben Judkins
What I am Reading Now - "Krav Maga: Teaching with Doubt!" by Dr. Guy Mor & Abi Moriya. Prior to the holidays Abi Moriya (an occasional commentator over at KFT) sent me a copy of a short book (about 90 pages) that he and Dr. Guy Mor had just finished. I held off mentioning it till now as it had not yet been publicly released.
I personally have no background in Krav Maga, but I have to say that I am really enjoying this book. As always I am a sucker for a good historical discussion, and this volume certainly offers a few of those (focused mostly on the early settlers in the 1910s-1930s).
Yet rather than attempting to provide an introduction to Krav Maga itself, this book is really aimed at newly minted assistant or junior instructors. Its focus is on helping these individuals to begin to think about pedagogy in a more systematic way while developing good habits in the gym. This is a great idea as I think that our collective "return on our investment" when we help these specific individuals will be huge. After all, everyone in the community benefits from having more skilled instructors around.
So, if you have a junior instructor in your life, or you want to think about your own approach to teaching, this might be the book for you. It is written in such a way that it is relevant to a wide cross-section of martial artists (as a WC guy I have no trouble seeing how these lessons, with some tweaking to individual circumstance, may apply).
In fact, I have recently started reviewing my basic 6 week WC Introductory Course with a couple of people, and I have decided to think through and try out some of the things in this book as we go through the class. Hopefully I will be able to let you know how it worked in a couple of months!