WHAT IS KRAV MAGA?
Krav Maga is a practical and strategic system of unarmed combat and self-defence that encompasses effectiveness, efficiency and ease. This part-strategic, part-military defence system was developed in Israel by Imi Lichtenfield and has been continued to be used world-wide by law enforcement, military and civilian personnel.
Krav Maga is very easy to learn and maintain because it surrounds itself with an instinctive base telegraphing to real combat techniques. The systems methodology is explosive and very aggressive, reflecting everything from the very basic, intuitive defences to worst-case scenarios, under both physically and mentally strenuous situations.
The system is designed for men, women, and children of all ages, shapes and sizes, and is limited only in ones mind as the body is subjected to exhausting, demanding conditions.
The main focus revolves around techniques that are easy, effective and efficient. It is the Official Hand-to-Hand Combat System of the Israeli Defense Forces. Developed for the Israeli military, it is used by civilians and law enforcement agencies worldwide. This realism-based system is designed to teach practical self-defence, ranging widely from regular to worst case scenarios, in the shortest possible span of time.
Learn to defend against common strikes, chokes, grabs and bear hugs, as well as weapons such as guns, knives, sticks and bats. Learn to adjust to different levels of confrontations including shock and surprise attacks, violent encounters and many other situations.
It truly is a system that best addresses all possible situations, and excels at teaching you to keep yourself and loved ones safe.
It should be noted that the techniques used in our Krav Maga program are never “written in stone”. As physical and mental combat/attacks evolve, our Self-defense program evolves with it. Below are some techniques you can expect to see in our Krav Maga program, as well as a break-down of Krav Maga’s Level/Belt System:
Stances: Krav Maga attempts to simplify fighting and make it more reflexive by introducing only a small number of stances.
Punches: Highly emphasized on basic strikes which are useful in almost every situation.
Kicks: While Krav Maga does use kicks, it focuses on efficient, low-risk kicks. More advanced and risky kicks are taught at high levels, but use of them is discouraged. They are primarily just taught so that practitioners are able to recognize them in case they are facing an opponent with a background in kick-heavy martial arts, such as Taekwondo.
Headbutts: Krav Maga uses all of the tools available, including the head. All uses of the head are covered at the Green Belt level.
Blocking Techniques: Our practitioners are taught to go from defending to attacking as quickly as possible, and most blocking techniques are designed to facilitate this.
Throws and Take-downs: Throws are not covered much in Krav Maga, because the system stresses staying off the ground.
Ground Fighting: While we stress staying off the ground at all costs, it accepts that you may eventually have no choice but to fight there.
Gun and Knife Defenses: In addition to the illustrated techniques, realistic defenses against guns and knifes are an integral part of our training