Day 97 – Krav Maga

I have taken a keen interest in Krav Maga, it is a contact combat system developed in Israel. In essence, Krav Maga isn’t about being a tough guy, it is an art of self-defense, it is not about learning how to fight in a ring, it is about going home alive no matter what the situation.

Traditional martial arts are generally criticized for their lack of real-life applicability. Most people learn Martial Arts to look after themselves but Martial Arts in their traditional form are not realistic self defense systems – and were never meant to be – they are more of a sport with rules to prevent illegal moves and foul play.

Krav Maga on the other hand is all about fighting dirty and learning no-holds-barred moves in a real life situation. When assaulted an individual has the right to use whatever techniques necessary to defend themselves. It is a survival system that teaches you to use your instinct to defend against both armed and unarmed attackers. It also instils aggressiveness, fighting spirit, situational awareness, and promotes verbal de-escalation of conflict

General Krav Maga principles include:

  • Counter attacking as soon as possible (or attacking preemptively).
  • Targeting attacks to the body’s most vulnerable points such as the eyes, jaw, throat, groin, knee etc.
  • Neutralising the opponent as quickly as possible by responding with an unbroken stream of counter attacks and if necessary a take down/joint break.
  • Maintaining awareness of surroundings while dealing with the threat in order to look for escape routes, further attackers, objects that could be used to defend or help attack and so on.

Below is a video of Krav Maga instructor Roy Elghanayan doing what he does best –


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