Krav Maga – Martial Art Or Not?

Is Krav Maga a martial art or not?

As far as Krav Maga practitioners are concerned it’s more about martial than art.

Now what does that mean? Good question.

For some, traditional martial arts appear to be too rigid and simply too tradition-bound.

Krav Maga strives to be a ‘defensive tactics system’ which means it has to constantly adapt to situation and circumstances.

It is NOT a sport. It is about self-defense that will get you home safely.

Krav Maga incorporates elements of many martial arts themselves.

Krav Maga has been the prime fighting system of the Israeli Defense Forces since the State of Israel was founded in 1948.

Imi Lichtenfeld, who created Krav Maga (Hebrew for contact combat), was the Israeli military school’s chief instructor for physical training and Krav Maga.

He already developed the concepts of an effective self-defense system while still living as a Jew in Eastern Europe and fighting fascist thugs in the 1930s.

Years later in Israel, Mr. Lichtenfeld continued to refine the system to base it on the body’s natural instincts under stress and making it a very aggressive, “never quit” combat system.

Check out this video clip and as always viewer discretion is advised.
Do not attempt without a certified instructor and not before consulting your physician!

Who’s The World’s Most Famous Martial Artist Ever?

Who do you think is the world’s most famous martial artist ever?

Are we talking about a martial artist becoming a famous household name?

Or are we talking about a famous household name who happens to be
a martial artist?

Hmmm.

Let’s see who comes to mind:

1. Bruce Lee was at first a martial artist and then became a household name.

2. Jackie Chan pretty much the same, right?

3. Chuck Norris, same way, I guess.

4. Steven Seagal, dto.

5. Oh, wait, how about “The King” aka Elvis Presley?
Everybody, young and old, martial artist or not, knows about the singer, entertainer,
songwriter Elvis Presley.

But most people don’t know that Elvis Presley was a dedicated martial artist in the style
of American Kenpo for many years until his untimely passing in 1977.

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So, again, who would you consider the world’s most famous martial artist ever?

Tell me who comes to your mind!

A Tribute To The Godfather Of Grappling, “Judo” Gene Lebell

It’s about time for a tribute to The Godfather Of Grappling, “Judo” Gene Lebell!

In case of an emergency, people normally call ‘911′.  Right?!

Well, when seasoned martial arts and wrestling greats such as Bruce Lee, Ed Parker, Chuck Norris, Bob Wall, Ken Shamrock, Benny “The Jet” Urquidez, The Rock, Gokor “Armenian Assassin” Chivichyan and many many more needed grappling advice and training, guess who they called?

You guessed right, “Judo” Gene Lebell.

In 1954, as a twenty-two year old judoka, Master Gene accomplished something at the National Judo Championships in Japan nobody had done before:

He won the Heavyweight Title as the first non-Japanese weighing only 165 lbs.!

Master Gene repeated this extraordinary acomplishment the next year.

All while competing in a pink judo gi. So what’s with funky colored gi?
I’m glad you asked.

When Master Gene was in Japan the first time, the laundry service cleaning his gi messed up big time by somehow throwing in red clothing and so turning his white gi into the now infamous pink.

Master Gene had no choice but to compete in pink. The Japanese were outraged, because they considered it disrespectful. Traditions can be very strong.

Master Gene prevailed and the pink gi has been his trademark ever since.

So, when looking around a dojo you knew that dangerous guy was always the one wearing pink.

For years he continued to successfully compete in the Judo and Pro-Wrestling.

His proven skills have helped him in stunt-work in literally hundreds of movies along side with celebrities such as Elvis Presley, Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan.

Master Gene continues to share his vast knowledge in Los Angeles and at seminars around the country such as the Paradise Warrior Retreat with other martial arts legends.

Master Gene is certainly not your typical 77-year old.
He’s as sharp as a tack and as witty as they come. And he owns the mat.

And what’s absolutely amazing: His sleeper choke keeps on putting people to sleep within seconds.
Nobody does it better!

Or as the famous saying goes, “When in doubt, choke him out.”

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Let me know if any of you have met “Judo” Gene Lebell in person.

You Want This Former UFC Champ In Your Corner During A Bar Fight

You want this former UFC Champ in your corner during a bar fight.

And he even speaks Dutch just in case (oranje boven!).

Deep down, we all want to speak Dutch. Just admit it! I’m just kidding.

His name is ….. drumroll, please …. the amazing Bas “El Guapo” Rutten.

Years ago he started his martial arts career over in The Netherlands with Tae Kwon Do, Oyama Karate and Muay Thai.

He can kick like a mule, so stay out of his way.

Later on he got involved in Pancrase and Ultimate Fighting. I guess you could consider Bas Rutten one of the pioneers of UFC.

After an extremely successful UFC career, this illlustrious Mixed Martial Artist moved on to become an IFL coach and a highly sought-after fight commentator.

El Guapo is always up to some sort of crank and just loves to joke around.
Heck, he even cracked me up as a bouncer on the successful TV sitcom “The King of Queens” with Kevin James. His real life experience as a bouncer came in pretty handy.

Now, I am not entirely sure but I thought I just recently saw him in the movie “Mall Cop” again with Kevin James (who has been known to train with Randy “The Natural” Couture). I believe he plays the drill sergeant at the beginning of the movie.

It’s safe to say: You want this former UFC Champ in your corner during a bar fight.

Why? Just check out this clip (short version) and you’ll know why!

Viewer discretion is advised. This video is for informational purpose only.
Do not try any of this at home or your next bar visit!

Tell me what you think!