Archive for January, 2011

Jan 25

Krav Maga Worldwide™ Interviews Black Belt Instructor and “Special Ops” Star A.J. Draven (Part 2)

A.J. Draven is a Krav Maga Worldwide™ Black Belt instructor. He teaches at our Training Center in West Los Angeles, and has trained many Krav Maga Worldwide™ Licensees.  A.J. is also, now officially, an action movie star.

A.J.’s latest movie, titled “Special Ops,” was nominated for 7 awards at the Action-On Film Fest, including Action Picture of the Year, and Best Fight Choreography, a credit which he shares with fellow Krav Maga Worldwide™ Instructor, Kevin Lewis.

We took some time out of our day here at Krav Maga Worldwide™ and sat down with A.J. to talk about Special Ops. In part two A.J. discusses his Krav Maga training and background and what it was like developing the knife fight scene with Eskrima Grandmaster Al Punay.

Check out Part 2 below:

If you missed it, click here to watch part 1 where A.J. discusses his action movie influences, his dog Bruce Lee, what it was like filming in the Philippines and working with his co-stars Steven Bauer (Scarface & Primal Fear) and Finola Hughes (All My Children & General Hospital), and how he developed and prepared for the Krav Maga fight scenes.

Special Ops is available in stores and online now. Visit specialopsmovie.com for more details.

Jan 14

Krav Maga Worldwide™ Interviews Black Belt Instructor and “Special Ops” Star A.J. Draven

A.J. Draven is a Krav Maga Worldwide™ Black Belt instructor. He teaches at our Training Center in West Los Angeles, and has trained many Krav Maga Worldwide™ Licensees.  A.J. is also, now officially, an action movie star.

A.J.’s latest movie, titled “Special Ops,” was nominated for 7 awards at the Action-On Film Fest, including Action Picture of the Year, and Best Fight Choreography, a credit which he shares with fellow Krav Maga Worldwide™ Instructor, Kevin Lewis.

We took some time out of our day here at Krav Maga Worldwide™and sat down with A.J. to talk about Special Ops. In part one he discusses his action movie influences, his dog Bruce Lee, what it was like filming in the Philippines and working with his co-stars Steven Bauer (Scarface & Primal Fear) and Finola Hughes (All My Children & General Hospital), and how he developed and prepared for the Krav Maga fight scenes.

Check out Part 1 below:

Stay tuned for part 2 of this interview where A.J. discusses his Krav Maga training and background and what it was like developing the knife fight scene with Eskrima Grandmaster Al Punay.

Special Ops is available in stores and online now.  Visit specialopsmovie.com for more details.

Jan 8

Darren Levine’s Krav Maga Tactical Training Tip

Basic Gun Threat from Front "Cupping" Defense (Live-Side Option): Part 5 of 5

Step 4: Pull the weapon back to your body. Do not move your feet until you have complete control of the weapon.


Darren Levine is the Chief Instructor of Krav Maga Worldwide. A 6th degree black belt, he is one of the highest-ranked Krav Maga instructors in the world and received extensive training directly from Imi Lichtenfeld, the creator of Krav Maga.

In recognition of his extraordinary contributions to the Krav Maga system, Darren Levine received one of only two Founder Diplomas ever issued by Imi Lichtenfeld. An internationally recognized self-defense and counterterrorism expert, Darren Levine has taught thousands of civilians and police officers, as well as military special operation and anti-terrorist units in the United States and abroad.

Darren Levine serves as a Los Angeles County prosecutor and an assistant head deputy of the Target Crimes Division; he has been tasked with prosecuting the most violent crimes committed against law enforcement, including murders of on-duty peace officers. Levine has received numerous commendations, among them: National Co-Prosecutor of the Year 2004, National Association of District Attorneys; Los Angeles County Prosecutor of the Year, 2003 ADDA; and Distinguished Alumni Award, Loyola Law School.


Today's tip is an excerpt from Black Belt Krav Maga, co-authored by Darren Levine and Ryan Hoover. Available on Amazon now.

Jan 3

Krav Maga Worldwide™ Featured in February 2011 Issue of Men’s Fitness Magazine

Ashton Kutcher on the cover of Men's Fitness.Krav Maga Worldwide™ is featured in the cover story for the February 2011 Issue of Men's Fitness magazine, which is on newsstands now.

In the article, Ashton Kutcher discusses his motivation for training: he wants to be fit enough to save his family.

To read more or purchase a digital copy of this month's issue, click here.