OKM – A tool for operational skills optimization 

The special methodology applied in OKM training, exploits the limited learning time, optimizing training processes for the development of the most diverse operational skills, required for the optimal function.

OKM was developed in a thorough holistic process by Gabi (Gabriel) Shai, a retired officer and former director of the Krav-Maga department of the Israeli Security Agency (Shin Bet - SHABAK).


At its beginning OKM adapted the various techniques of traditional Krav-Maga to meet the specific operational needs of different law enforcement / security / defense units, integrating the basic principles of self defense and hand-to-hand combat for situations that require continuously changing tactics.


Over the years, and with the development of AMOT, Advanced Methodology Operational Training, OKM has been transformed into a unique process for the development of the most diverse operational skills, such as operational awareness, proactivity , identifying coefficients of abnormal behavior, early identification of possible aggression, incident management, decision-making in stressful situations, and others skills of utmost importance, which are not adequately covered by traditional systems.

Operational Krav Maga Basic Principles

  1. The primary objective of Operational Krav-Maga is the improvement of the general operational capacity (performance) of the trainee and not just his technical skill level.

  2. The instruction of hand-to-hand, shooting and tactical skills is converted into a comprehensive training process.

  3. Development of additional operational skills and security awareness abilities, tactical positioning, early identification of potential adversaries, decision making, and so on.

  4. Training in real surprise situations, based on Gabi Shai's core principle of training as close to reality as possible.

  5. Learning principles of action and reaction, mastery of basic, simple and natural tactical adaptations to specific operational functions according to the type, nature and location of the activity.

  6. The training is focused on the specific operating environment (street, office, plane, security patrol, etc.) of the trainee, taking into consideration the clothing worn and other professional tools.

  7. Training in chaotics environment, under stress and physical exhaustion, combined with elements of suspicious behavior recognition and decision-making.

  8. Integration of all the physical, psychological and / or environmental factors that may influence the level of operational activity.

  9. Operational Guts Development. Strong and rapid responses to gain the tactical advantage over the adversary / enemy.

  10. Training in the use of different levels of controlled aggression according to the requirements of the situation and the limits of the law. Each operational activity has its own unique characteristics.