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Old 02-29-2008   #1
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"Niko is a master at Krav Maga..."

According to the new previews, Niko is a matter at Krav Maga, a style of fighting practiced by Israeli Special Forces. Krav Maga is an unorganized, limitless, free of rules style of fighting designed for providing yourself with the most possible amount of safety, no matter what may follow. Realistically, this style would be used in life threatening situations, where one would refuse to give up their life and do whatever it takes to keep it.

Here's some interesting points I found on its Wikipedia page:

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The guiding principles for those performing Krav Maga techniques are:
  • Neutralize the threat
  • Avoid injury
  • Go from defending to attacking as quickly as possible
  • Use the body's natural reflexes
  • Strike at any vulnerable point
  • Use any tool or object available to you
The basic premises of Krav Maga are:
  • You're not going to care how much damage you're going to cause.
  • Cause as much damage as possible and run.
  • Do not try to prolong a fight. Do what needs to be done and escape.
So in other words...

Niko intends to take out any threats by any means necessary, inflicting as much damage as possible, as quickly as possible, and flee the scene. He will use his environment and everything in it to assist him, including his own blows he make take from the enemy as a recoiling effect. Niko has a high level of agility and will use this to block any oncoming attacks and to return attacks to keep himself free of injury or harm. Niko will do whatever it takes without care of consequence. His only concern is himself. He will not surrender his life to anyone, and will take the lives of those who wish to take his.

Interesting stuff, tells us a lot about his personality really.

EDIT:

Through some further research, aka the video linked below, I've discovered there is much more to Krav Maga than hand to hand combat, but also many methods of disarming your enemy, whether they be attacking with a gun, knife, or another type of melee weapon. Guns are also another important part of Krav Maga, using methods such as Kneel & Shoot, Turn & Shoot, Speed Shooting, and Run & Shoot, which may be some recognizable actions we'll see and control with Niko while playing GTA IV.

CHECK OUT THIS VIDEO FOR A GOOD IDEA OF WHAT KRAV MAGA IS ALL ABOUT
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Old 02-29-2008   #2
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Damn Slim, that´s cold blooded. Fo´Real!
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Sure is, check out the edit in that first post for even more information on other forms of combat.
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Havok was posting about this, I think he said he knows it.

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Pretty good stuff, I'm really looking forward to this aspect of the game.
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Ya I do know it.
Basically its "Do whatever works best for you so that you can destroy the opponent without causing yourself to much harm"

I can't say that it would be "this this and this" because it changes but its most likely gonna be grapples, throws, attacking and defending at the same time (called "bursting" or Retzev), eye gouges, kicks to the groin, elbows to throats, knees, thunderfists, hammerfists. hopefully some gun disarming, baton/bat disarming(called "the Israeli spear") and knife disarming/counterattacking... It's truly vicious because it has to be.
the reasons I learned it was because of the disarming which is incredibly simple and the defense against gang attacks; keep moving, attack on all sides, and change your pace.

The gun disarming/Point shooting has acutally been turned into its own style of defense called Kapap.
Kapap

this is actually what I learned, this and a mixture of Commando Krav Maga which is incredibly simple.

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Watching the video, it's pretty cool stuff. Seems to me some hit and run tactics mixed in with various weapons and stuff. GTA isn't really known for the character to be 'fast-responding' when on foot (especially in vice city with the katana and stuff), maybe that'll change in IV since alot of this stuff is really fast.
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Quite plausible to port these moves into the game, euphoria provides all the possibilities.
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