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Understanding Krav Maga

Krav Maga (pronounced KRAHV muh-GAH, which refers to “contact fight” on the basis of Hebrew) can be described as a basic quick, intense, and simple to remember system of self-defense. Krav Maga training is based on the fundamentals rather than the techniques since no two techniques are ever exactly the identical. Nobody is identical. In fact that the same person who is confronted by a specific threat may respond differently on one day as compared to the next day.

The core in Krav Maga can be understood by delineating a few of these concepts. Some of the fundamentals that comprise this Krav Maga system are the following:

The movements should be inspired by natural instincts.
The techniques must be able to address the immediate risk.
Techniques should be able to defend and counterattack simultaneously.
A defense should work against different attacks.
The system must be integrated in a way that the movements that are learned in one part of the system can complement rather than conflict with actions in another.
The techniques must be available to everyone not just athletes.
Techniques must be based on an advantage.
Training should incorporate the stress encountered in real attacks.

These guidelines guide our instruction as well as our evaluation of our techniques. If we discover a weakness in a technique or if a modification is being considered, we pose questions based on these principles. For example, if instructors suggest a change in an exercise, instead of try it out with our top athletes. Instead, we reach out to the least athletic students and determine how they execute the new method (principle is that the technique must be easy for the average person to use).

When we evaluate a defensive strategy it is a matter of measuring its effectiveness by the extent to which it can be effective even if we’re late (principle that techniques should work from a disadvantage). If the technique only works when we’re in the early hours or are prepared or prepared, then we should need to find something more effective.

Krav Maga is Not a Martial Art

The most important thing to keep in your mind it is Krav Maga is not a traditional martial art. In fact, we do not use the word “martial art” in any sense. Traditional martial arts are strict, dogmatic, and centered on keeping the tradition passed down by masters from the past. Furthermore, based on the discipline it is a focus on the elegance of movements and the finer points of detail. Krav Maga tries to avoid all of these aspects. A majority of martial arts systems tend to be entangled in a mindset of sports and create rules that restrict the athletes. Mixed martial arts fighters which are a majority of our close friends and who we admire deeply, compete in a controlled environment with limitations regarding what they can and can’t do.

A few highly effective methods can be entangled in the trap of being a sports-oriented system. For example, Brazilian JiuJitsu (BJJ) is a highly effective method. Anyone looking to become skilled in groundfighting must invest time in training at one of the numerous Brazilian JiuJitsu instructors across the globe. But, many schools offer BJJ as a sport, with not striking, there’s no eye-strain and there is no emphasis on moving away from the danger. In reality that these restrictions are needed for beginner students to learn the techniques (it’s difficult to master the triangle choke when your friend is biting you on the thigh) however, in the absence of other elements to fighting in a street fight the training is in the sport of self-defense.

This is the reason why Krav Maga is different. We do indeed create drills for training and methods of training that limit the student’s options…but we continually (our students may say obsessively!) remind them to not be fighting according to rules. For instance, they can try to break up and escape, or locate objects that can be used to use as weapons. We don’t have any interest in showing ourselves or an attacker we could execute a particular method. Our sole concern is getting back home safe.

Krav Maga is heavy on the “martial” and doesn’t go much in”art” “art”. It’s not always glamorous however, we do can get the job done. We prefer to define Krav Maga as a “defensive tactics system” that is a strategic and rationally sound method of fighting violent conflicts.