The Krav Maga system was invented and developed to provide a real solution to violent situations that can occur on the street. For this reason there are no rules in Krav Maga, there is no limit to the style of attacks and defences. This is a simple, efficient, and purposeful self defence system adapted according to the reality of the street.
The method is comprised of numerous martial arts and exercises developed by the inventor of the system – Mr. 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 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, and went on to develop the system that became known as Krav Maga. It has since been refined for civilian, police and military applications. Click here to learn more about the founder.
Unlike other methods, Krav Maga contains within it all the street fighting techniques required to provide a solution to all varieties of violent attack – simple situations like hand grabs, shirt grabs, chokes and dealing with an attacker armed with a knife / stick / gun, or possibly two or more attackers. For this reason there are no competitions in Krav Maga as contests are conducted under strict rules. For example, strikes to the groin are banned in almost every martial arts competition.
At the same time as learning self-defence techniques, – the student will gradually enhance self-awareness and sense of security that he can defend himself against a violent attacker. The greater the individual’s knowledge suggests that he/she will try to avoid violence at all costs. Quite a few violent incidents were caused by lack of confidence, since violence is the first resort of those who don’t know of any alternatives.
Krav Maga improves your physical and mental attributes. Gradual improvement in physical capabilities of the trainee increases rapidly from the various power drills, physical fitness conditioning exercises that form the training syllabus. Another benefit is improved coordination, muscle strengthening in all parts of the body, flexibility, cardio fitness, explosive power, endurance, stamina, speed, and agility. Additional benefits such as self-confidence, self control, discipline, restraint, patience, ability to function correctly under pressure, determination, and the ability to cope with pain will improve considerably
Large parts of the training in Krav Maga deal with issues relating to complex mental and physical barriers – that require constant development to help overcome them quickly with intense but enjoyable training .
Core Krav Maga principles :-
Expect anything and everything – plan for the worst, there are no rules on the street
Defend and attack to neutralise the threat in the minimum time required
Utilise the body’s natural reflexes
Use of the body’s natural weapons as well as everyday objects that may be nearby
Exploit the human body’s most vulnerable spots
Avoid getting hurt at all costs