Krav Maga Self Defense
Brutal Counter-Attacks for Self Defense
What is Krav Maga?
Krav Maga translates in Hebrew as “contact combat”. The root word Krav means “combat” and Maga means “contact”. It was invented by the Hungarian-Israeli martial artist, Imi Lichtenfeld. He developed this martial art for the Israeli Defense Forces in the mid 1930’s. He combined akido, judo, boxing and wrestling techniques to eventually create a brutal series of counter attacks. Subsequently, the system became known as Krav Maga. Imi began teaching in the 1940’s. It has since been refined for civilian, police and military applications.
The main philosophy
Brutal counter-attacks to neutralize a threat, is the main philosophy. Your goal is to return home safe from combat by any means necessary. Common techniques include eye gouging, groin strikes and throat attacks. Never worry about etiquette when your life is on the line. Disrupt the attack while simultaneously counterattacking. When your opponent attacks your throat, you not only defend the attack, you also counterattack by going for his eyes, groin or throat. End the fight as quickly as possible.
The main concepts of Krav Maga
- Do anything to defend yourself.
- Aim for the attacker’s weak points.
- Use quick and powerful responses to disarm the attacker.
- Always utilize speed and technique rather than focusing on strength.
- Stay on your feet.
- By dedication and practice, skill will be acquired for real life situations.
- Repetition is crucial for muscle memory.
- Simplicity is best.
- Do not waste energy.
- Always try to avoid a fight.
- If you must fight, end the fight quickly.