What is Krav Maga?
The Krav Maga System
The Art of Krav Maga
Why Krav Maga?
Krav Maga is the official self defense system of the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF). It is used by thousands of law enforcement, military and government agencies around the world such as Navy Seals, Delta Force, FBI, Secret Service and more.
Krav Maga is a simple yet effective self defense system that emphasizes instinctive movements, practical techniques and realistic training scenarios. Krav Maga is not a traditional martial art. It was developed in a hostile environment in which combatants could not devote many hours to hand to hand combat training. Therefore, the Krav Maga system was created to bring students to a high level of proficiency in a relatively short period of time. There are no forms (katas) or rules or set combinations as reactions to attacks. Instead, Krav Maga training focuses on teaching simple self-defense principles which are specifically designed to meet real world situations.
The art of Krav Maga is much more than a survival system dealing with personal protection. It is a modern, highly refined, street fighting system, designed to be effective against armed and unarmed attackers. Krav Maga addresses a wide variety of aggressive attacks that include punches, kicks, chokes, bear hugs, headlocks, grabs, as well as defenses against multiple attackers and assailants armed with a firearm, edged weapon, or blunt object.
Krav Maga training stresses the ability to react when surprised. Principles and training methods emphasize the ability to function from a poor state of readiness and to move from a passive to aggressive state immediately in order to fight back and survive. Training methods teach students to react effectively under stress and to move efficiently from a position of disadvantage to a position of advantage.
Krav Maga includes specialized training methods to not only challenge students physically but to also instill a special mental discipline meant to strengthen the spirit and to develop the ability to deal with violent confrontations under intense stress. Principles are based on natural instincts and feature simple, basic movements of the human body so, you will never have a long series of moves to memorize.