What is Krav Maga?

Krav Maga is a self-defense system developed by the Israeli army. In Hebrew, the Krav Maga literally means “contact combat”. At first view, Krav Maga may look like a martial art, but it’s actually a form of combat with no rules and no limitations. Those Martial Arts such as Judo, Karate, Tae Kwon Do, Aikido and even wrestling are considered sports; Krav Maga, on the other hand, is a non regulated form of combat. In fact, the point of Krav Maga is to take the enemy down as quickly as possible. Some teachers of Krav Maga explain it as “the art of going home alive,” which means that groin strikes, choking, elbow strikes and headbutts are considered acceptable moves.

In addition to using their bodies to fight, practitioners of Krav Maga are taught to use the environment as a weapon. This means learning to use any object nearby, from bottles to baseball bats, as a gun-substitute. The objective of Krav Maga is to avoid injury in real-life scenarios, such as fights, street attacks, and violent encounters. Advanced students of Krav Maga learn to defend themselves from gun and knife attacks, multiple attacker scenarios, headlocks, and ground fighting.

(Restricted) Military training in Krav Maga is more extreme, including manual killing techniques, defense against grenades, and disarmament of the enemy. All military and police offices in Israel are trained in Krav Maga, and so are many Special Forces Units around the world.

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