Secrets Of Self Defense – Krav Maga.

It’s not secret that the Israeli Defense Forces boast some of the most highly trained and motivated military personnel on the face of the planet. The tiny country has faced existential threats from literally the day it came into being.

Today conscripts fight in a variety of settings, on sea, air, land and water. The IDF boasts some of the best technology in the world when it comes to warding off threats in the Middle East.

However in the midst of this high tech environment of metal and bullets there’s one thing that makes it so lethal in combat – it’s people.

The Israeli soldier, men and women (both serve a mandatory time in the armed services, two years and eight months for men and two years for women) are highly trained in weapons, systems and hand to hand combat.

The core of the hand to hand training that they receive is known as Krav Maga, or in English ‘combat contact.’

The self defense style of Krav Maga is a unique combination of Eastern disciplines of Muay Thai,Jujutsu, Aikido and Judo, along with more Westernised fighting styles like boxing. What sets the training apart is that it includes realistic scenarios and how to defend against assailants in real world situations.

For many of those who have been trained in the skills of Krav Maga the attraction is that it incorporates reactions to threat situations that many have described as brutal. It gets rid of a threat in the most efficient way possible – by rendering the attacker completely incapacitated.

In fact it takes its roots from a man who honed his skills on the streets of Hungary. Imi Lichtenfeld built on his experiences as a boxer and wrestler to defend himself and others against gangs of thugs in Czechoslovakia. When he immigrated to Israel in the 1940’s he found that the fledgling Israeli Defense Forces were in need of training in self defense methods. He stepped up to the plate and began to train raw recruits.

The key was to provide those recruits with a set of techniques that would allow them to defend themselves, but would only take a short time for them to master.

The techniques continued to be refined with others moving to the new Jewish state providing refinement in the form of Eastern fighting techniques such as Muay Thai. This rapidly evolved into a style of self defense that involved low kicks, elbow strikes and knee strikes.

Abandoning the typical Eastern ideas of non aggression Krav Maga evolved into a discipline that involves immediate and controlled aggression. With a combination of aggressive attacks and defensive stances and styles it has become one of the most feared and respected forms of self defense in the world.

The reputation of Krav Maga has spread beyond the shores of the Israeli state. Today units in the British SAS and the U.S. Marines use elements of the style.

It cannot be over emphasized that Krav Maga focuses on aggression. It is a style of fighting that has a single point of focus – to cause maximum pain and render an opponent unable to continue an attack. It is proactive in nature and those who study it have a single point of focus and that is proactivity. The objective is not reactive – it is proactive. Krav Maga teaches people to attack and remove a threat. Failing that to counter attack in such a devastating manner that the threat is removed as soon as possible.

Krav Maga focuses on removing a threat as quickly as possible by focusing blows on body parts that will immobilize an opponent. Liver, kidneys, groin and eyes are only some of the targets that a Krav Maga student will aim for.

Add to this training in situational awareness and you have a recipe for a lethal fighting discipline second to none.

For people who are interested in surviving in a world that is becoming more and more dangerous Krav Maga may just be one of the best solutions to providing peace of mind in a world where the individual is constantly under threat.

If you are interested in becoming more capable of surviving an increasingly threatening environment Krav Maga may just be what you are looking for.

It cannot be over emphasized that Krav Maga focuses on aggression. It is a style of fighting that has a single point of focus – to cause maximum pain and render an opponent unable to continue an attack. It is proactive in nature and those who study it have a single point of focus and that is proactivity. The objective is not reactive – it is proactive. Krav Maga teaches people to attack and remove a threat. Failing that to counter attack in such a devastating manner that the threat is removed as soon as possible.

Krav Maga Focus

Krav Maga focuses on removing a threat as quickly as possible by focusing blows on body parts that will immobilize an opponent. Liver, kidneys, groin and eyes are only some of the targets that a Krav Maga student will aim for.

Add to this training in situational awareness and you have a recipe for a lethal fighting discipline second to none.

For people who are interested in surviving in a world that is becoming more and more dangerous Krav Maga may just be one of the best solutions to providing peace of mind in a world where the individual is constantly under threat.

If you are interested in becoming more capable of surviving an increasingly threatening environment Krav Maga may just be what you are looking for.