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KRAV MAGA: A PHYSICAL FITNESS PROGRAM WITH REAL WORLD APPLICATION
Krav Maga is inherently different from other Martial Arts. Originally developed for the Israeli military, the discipline is less about mystique and tradition and more about eliminating your opponent as quickly and effectively as possible. A skilled practitioner of Krav Maga is, in essence, a walking human weapon.
At the same time, however, there is a wisdom behind Krav Maga that is seen in all disciplines of the Martial Arts. One of the first things a student learns is to avoid confrontation whenever possible. It is only when doing so is impossible or unsafe that an attack is mounted. And these attacks aim to end the fight as quickly as possible by targeting vulnerable parts of the body.
Krav Maga is a Martial Arts discipline that is unlike any other. It is well suited for both adults and children, both men and women. It is perfect for those that are looking to improve their self-defense skills or those that just want to get into the best shape of their lives. It is also a great way to meet like-minded people and become part of a unique community.
The History of Krav Maga
Krav Maga was originally developed for use by the military in Israel. It consists of a combination of techniques from boxing, savate, Muay Thai, Wing Chun, Judo, Jujutsu, wrestling, and grappling. Training in Krav Maga focuses on its application in real-world street fighting situations.
The first person to develop Krav Maga was Imi Lichtenfeld. Trained as a boxer and a wrestler, Lichtenfeld developed the new Martial Art to help defend the Jewish quarter from fascist groups in Czechoslovakia during the late 1930s and early 1940s. He started to give lessons on Krav Maga to the Israeli Defense Forces after immigrating to Israel in the late 1940s. The development of the Martial Art took off from here and has since been refined by the Mossad and Shin Bet law enforcement and intelligence organizations.
Principles of Krav Maga
The primary goal of Krav Maga is to neutralize the threat. You want to do this as quickly and efficiently as possible. Because the aim is to neutralize the threat in a life-or-death situation, anything goes in Krav Maga. There is very little fighting etiquette to learn and an emphasis is placed on attacking vulnerable soft tissues and pressure points, such as the eyes, neck or throat, face, solar plexus, groin, ribs, knee, foot, and fingers.
Maintaining an awareness of your surroundings is also taught. In a street setting, it is vital to know what is happening all around you. For example, if you are arguing with someone on the street, you don’t know the intentions of any third-party observers gathered around you. They could very well be looking for an opportunity to attack.
Another important principle of Krav Maga is simultaneous defense and attack. Unlike many other Martial Arts, defensive and offensive movements are combined into a single continuous movement. When blocking an attack, you are also performing a counterattack. This is also where the principle of Retzev, or continuous motion, comes into play.
Finally, Krav Maga doesn’t shy away from the use of weapons. Practitioners are taught how to incorporate firearms and knives into the Martial Art. They are also taught how to improvise and use random objects such as keys, pens, belts, and chairs as weapons.
How Krav Maga Benefits You
Almost all Martial Arts aim to teach students self-defense in some form. However, many of the techniques learned have little if any real-world application.
In a real-life setting, you are probably not going to be surrounded by a ring. It is also likely that you won’t be fighting a single person. Attacks can come from anywhere, when you least expect them. You might be squaring off against an opponent head on when a third-party attacks you from behind.
Krav Maga trains you for situations just like these. It teaches you how to be aware of your surroundings and protect yourself in real-life. It teaches you how to take down an attacker as quickly as possible by focusing on their pressure points and vulnerable areas. It teaches you how to get out of danger and to safety better than most other Martial Arts.