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My First Real Krav Maga Experience

After learning that a local Krav Maga school would be offering a free 90 minute introductory session on Saturday afternoon, I was very interested to say the least.

For those of you not too familiar with Krav Maga, here’s something I posted about it many moons ago to bring you up to speed.

I counted 20 participants plus 2 instructors (1 female, 1 male) who were knowledgable and approachable.

After a brief warm-up and light stretching, we proceeded without further ado. And it got real. Real fast.

Basic fight stance. Always keep arms up and hands/fists  protecting one’s jaw.

A lot of partner exercises and striking pads.

Front jab and cross. First using your fist, then using the heel palm of your hand.

It looks something like this:

We then moved on to a very basic and extremely effective technique: The Front (Groin) Kick.

There are self-defense situations in which the attacker has already closed in on you and you cannot execute either of the described techniques.

Let’s say he’s applying a two-handed front choke or a choke from the side. Yep, Krav Maga offers responses to that, too.

Break the choke by pulling your opponent’s hands to the side like this:

What about a choke from the side? Yep, they got that covered, too:

To top it off and to add that some more adrenaline, we formed one line of 10 participants who were the defenders and another line of 10 who were the attackers.

As a defender, you were to close your eyes and only to know and expect either a front or side choke and respond accordingly.

Your attackers would constantly change. All of this with loud “Angry White Male” music.

Our instructors incorporated numerous cardio exercises during our 90 minute session and I must say I wasn’t the only one with a dripping wet shirt after everything was said and done.

If you’re looking for a good workout and a practical approach to self-defense, you have a real option with Krav Maga.

Stay safe, my friends!


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!