Krav Maga is a really practical fighting method, designed for real life combat and self defense.
The origins of this fighting technique are much debated to date, but the term “Krav Maga” is a Hebrew phrase which means hand to hand combat. Krav literally means “combat” while Maga means “contact” or “touch”. It is said to be developed in Israel as a form of self defense against the Nazis in Czechoslovakia during World War II.
Since then, it has been refined as both military and civilian form of self defense. And unlike most forms of martial arts, Krav Maga is basically a survival skill. Its philosophy is founded on neutralization of threat and simultaneous defensive and offensive drills.
Basic Principles of Krav Maga
The basic principles of this mixed martial arts are the following:
- Threat Neutralization – This is one of the basic principles you’ll learn when you train for Krav Maga. Ensuring that the threat has been neutralized, which means that your attacker can no longer harm you, which is extremely important.
- Avoid Being Injured – Another essential principle of this combat technique is to work to ensure you don’t get injured. You’d have to learn how to take measures to protect your body.
- Strike Opponent at Vulnerable Points – When you are attacking your opponent, it is important that you understand which his most vulnerable points are.
- Attack Not Defend – Another fundamental principle in performing the techniques of Krav Maga is to ensure that you start attacking instead of defending as soon as possible. Sure, this methos is founded to defend yourself at first, but if you really want to win, you’ll also need to learn how to start an attack as soon as possible. See Krav Maga fighting stance.
- Use Objects Around You – When training and using Krav Maga techniques you will have to know how to use any objects that you may find around you as weapon. As in real life, you may not be armed when you are attacked, so you’ll have to utilize the things you can find around you in a given situation.
Krav Maga differs from other martial arts in that it has no particular set of rules, no off limit techniques, no competitions and no sporting applications. The sole aim of this fighting system is to stop the opponent with as much force as necessary, having the assumption that the attacker is a potential threat to one’s life.
Krav Maga techniques are brutally direct yet effective and are truly reality based.