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What is Krav Maga?


What is Krav Maga?

Krav Maga differs from most martial arts by not employing complex forms or katas (forms), instead employing quick movements that allow the practitioner to neutralize potential threats before they have too much chance to close in on you.


Techniques designed to work regardless of an opponent's size include using leverage to open an opening for attacks to the groin, eyes, and throat.

What is Krav Maga?

Krav Maga is an Israeli system of self-defense and operational close quarter combat designed, constructed, and continually refined to meet the demands of Israel's military and law enforcement. 


Krav Maga's central philosophy is that effective defense requires immediate offensive action - it does not exist without offense! In addition to fighting stance, striking, grappling techniques, awareness raising tactics and prevention measures this system also offers awareness tactics and prevention tactics for protection.


Imi Lichtenfeld was an internationally acclaimed Jewish boxer, wrestler, and gymnast before World War II erupted. In Czechoslovakia he used his hand-to-hand combat skills to defend against fascist and anti-Semitic groups that had emerged, realizing quickly that sport martial arts training wasn't sufficient against street thugs; protecting family and community requires different mindset and set of skills than competing for points and medals in martial arts tournaments.


As soon as Israel received independence from the UN in 1948, Lichtenfeld became a trainer with both Haganah and later Israel Defense Forces. Due to a limited training time available he created Krav Maga. Not a traditional martial art as such but instead focused on life-threatening situations that could occur anywhere at any time - eye gouges, groin strikes, choke attacks are all accepted moves as it prioritises survival over etiquette.


History of Krav Maga

As with any martial art, there is an array of instructors claiming to teach Krav Maga. Some use falsified experience and qualifications to claim they alone teach true Krav Maga; some even suffer from Messiah complexes and believe they have found some ancient, secret form that no other teacher knows about (while believing everyone else must be wrong).


Imi Lichtenfeld of Hungary established what is now widely considered to be the foundations of Krav Maga in the 1930s through boxing, wrestling, and gymnastic training to defend the Jewish community from anti-Semitic forces that had emerged prior to World War II Czechoslovakia.


Lichtenfeld originated the self-defense techniques that later came to be known as Kapap and then Krav Maga from his street fighting experience in the 1950s, providing combat training to what would eventually become Israel's army.


At this point, Lichtenfeld began combining various fighting methods used by European military and police units into his system, creating something practical yet efficient that conscripts could learn quickly.


Krav Maga is different than sport martial arts because its focus lies in street combat situations with no rules and an attacker who may be larger and stronger than its defender. Krav Maga teaches that an attacker must be neutralized through a continuous series of aggressive defensive and offensive movements known as retzev (Hebrew for "continuous motion").

Basic Techniques

Krav Maga is an Israeli martial art that emphasizes aggression and survival instincts. Its techniques are designed to be simple, straightforward and effective for use in real-life scenarios; teaching how to neutralize an attacker as quickly as possible while using whatever resources available against them to you; unlike sport martial arts it assumes attackers won't follow rules, instead using whatever means possible against you; its focus on brutal efficiency makes it standout among other self-defense systems.


Krav Maga's basic techniques begin with stance and movement. Practitioners of Krav Maga should aim to achieve a strong yet balanced stance with fluid movement for instantaneous responses and reactions. Consistent practice and repetition is essential in developing good technique in Krav Maga.


Krav Maga is known for its "fighting stance." To achieve this position, feet must be shoulder width apart with one leg bent slightly inwards while the other leg remains straight behind you to form a solid platform from which to strike or defend. Another important stance is neutral stance which serves as the starting point for many of its techniques.


Krav Maga is distinguished from other martial arts by its focus on striking vulnerable points of the body such as eyes, throat and groin. For optimal performance it's crucial that practice be conducted regularly in order to develop these skills and master this form of self-defense.


Advanced Techniques

Krav Maga stresses simultaneous defense and offense for optimal results in any situation, encouraging students to improvise based on instinct rather than learning fixed routines to quickly neutralize threats in any environment.


Krav Maga's unique approach allows people of all shapes, sizes, and physical abilities to learn life-saving techniques. Unlike most defensive'martial' systems, it was specifically created to be inclusive for people of all ages and genders - its techniques are straightforward yet intuitive; taught equally among men and women (with minor modifications); its basis lies in leverage so even smaller people can defend against larger, stronger opponents effectively.


Krav Maga is an art that emphasizes weaponry use and techniques for countering multiple attackers, targeting real-life threats in urban settings that do not follow established rules and use whatever resources available against attackers who break them - such as punches, kicks and grappling attacks such as joint locks.


Krav Maga goes beyond defensive and offensive techniques to teach everyday items such as bottles, keys, chairs and other everyday objects to be used and protected as weapons against potential attackers. Practitioners learn that their body can act as an offensive weapon as well as how to defend against multiple attackers as they escape complex, armed or crowded situations.

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