Krav Maga, the Modern Approach to Self Defence
Krav Mag a Self Defence system which originated in Israel. It is the official tactical combat system of the Israeli Army. The name roughly translates to ‘Close Combat’ all Israeli Army Recruits including Women, receive basic Training in Krav Maga.
Krav Maga emphasis the use of the body’s instinctive reactions, the kind of moves the body makes under pressure. This instinctive moves evolved as basic survival skills. These moves operate below or consciousness so are the fastest responses we can have, it’s techniques and counter assault moves on these instinctive responses meaning our self defence response is the fastest it can be.
It may well be the most suitable self defence system for women, as it was developed by the Israeli Army which is one of the few armies which conscripts. Because of this it developed it had a very strong emphasis on ensuring the techniques and moves were built from the ground up to be practical for female soldiers.
Is Krav Maga A Martial Art?
While in some ways the moves may look familiar Krav Maga differs from Traditional Martial arts in a number of key areas.
Many traditional martial arts are steeped in ancient traditions, ideas and concepts whose times have long passed. Ideas such has repeated bowing, kneeling, and supplication of e student have no places in the system. It is important to note that it is a modern system built on modern principals and values and as such respect for your training partner instructor and the law are still paramount.
Training focuses on only one objective, ensuring your safety, So all training exercise, drills and games are practical and based on real world situations. There are no ‘fancy’ moves seen in many martial arts and the movies.
Focus on Student
In many martial arts the focus is on the instructor, they must be revered and called by names such as Sensei or Sifu. But in this system the most important person in the class is the student. The instructors jobs is simple, teach the student how to protect themselves as fast as possible. The instructors is judged on one thing, how capable the students are.
Is There an Age Limit?
The System is designed for the life or death situations, as a result the defence techniques, training drills and are very adult in nature. It should not be confused with sports based martial arts which parents often seek to enroll their children in to build basic self defence and confidence skills. In general course participants must be over eighteen, however exceptions can be made in particular circumstances
Is it good for fitness
Classes can be a great workout. The training philosophy is that being fit is part of your self defence strategy. Classes generally begin with a ten to fifteen minutes warm up followed by lots of practical exercises and drills, classes usually finish with a high energy exercise designed to build the students ability to operate under pressure. All of this combines to make a Krav Maga class and ideal part of a fitness routine.
Krav Maga is a modern approach to martial arts for Self Defence and Fitness, it’s focus it to teach people how to protect themselves quickly in a professional environment and help with fitness.