I was introduced to Krav Maga by my husband who is an expert black belt.
Krav Maga is the most devastating fighting /self defense system in the world . It’s the official self defense system of the Israeli Defense Forces (both regular and special forces) and also the defensive tactics system used to train the Israeli Police, Israeli Intelligence and all Security Divisions and has been taught to hundreds of law enforcement agencies and thousands of civilians in the United States and throughout the world
Krav Maga was derived from street-fighting skills developed by Imi Lichtenfeld, who made use of his training as a boxer and wrestler as a means of defending the Jewish quarter against fascist groups in Bratislava in the mid-to-late 1930s. In the late-1940s, following his immigration to Israel, he began to provide lessons on combat training to what was to become the IDF, who went on to develop the system that became known as Krav Maga which stands for hand to hand combat in Hebrew. It has since been refined for civilian, police and military applications. Krav Maga was introduced in the U.S in the early 1980’s and growing internationally since the 1990’s.
Krav Maga is not a traditional martial art. There are No katas and No rituals. It’s actually a form of combat with no rules and no limitations. Martial arts such as Judo, Karate, and even wrestling are considered sports; Krav Maga, on the other hand is a regulated form of combat.
[box type=”note”]In fact, the point of Krav Maga is to take the enemy down as quickly as possible. Some teachers of Krav Maga explain it as “the art of going home alive,” which means that groin strikes, choking, and head butts are considered acceptable moves .[/box]
This simple, yet effective self defense system emphasizes on instinctive movements, practical techniques, and realistic training scenarios. It’s designed to teach real self defense in the shortest possible time. The objective of Krav Maga is to avoid injury in real-life scenarios, such as fights, street attacks, and violent encounters.
In addition to using their bodies to fight, practitioners of Krav Maga are taught to use the environment as a weapon. This means learning to use any object nearby, from bottles to baseball bats, as a gun-substitute. Advanced students of Krav Maga learn to defend themselves from gun and knife attacks, multiple attacker scenarios, headlocks, and ground fighting. Just as important it teaches people to function during the stress and shock of a sudden, violent encounter. Krav Maga is also great for women because it focuses on rape prevention techniques and tactics and teaches you to spot danger signs and how to defend yourself when no danger signs are given.
Anyone these days can learn Krav Maga. There are academies in many cities across the country that teach it. You do not need any previous experience in martial arts and you do not need to be in great shape to learn it.
If you’re looking to get in great shape and learn realistic self defense that’s been proven in military combat then Krav Maga is for you.
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