When you hear Krav Maga, what are your first thoughts?
Intense? Effective? Brutal? It’s all of these things, but also more.
Krav Maga, or “Contact-Combat” in Hebrew, was developed in the 1930’s and 40’s by Imi Lichtenfeld, who was skilled in boxing, wrestling, and judo. His concept was to create a system that was effective on the street, regardless of size or physical ability, easy to learn, and easy to perform under a large amount of stress.
He designed the system to be principle based, so you don’t have 100 different defenses for 100 different attacks or scenarios. What are the principles?
Make the attacker worry about defending himself, instead of hurting you
Simultaneous attack and defense
Protect yourself and eliminate the threat as quickly as possible
Simple, natural movements
Take instinctive movements and reactions,and make them more beneficial to us
Strike vulnerable parts of the body
Attack the eyes, neck, throat, groin, etc
Improve your position
Always be looking for the exit. If possible, leave before the fight can even begin
Originally Krav Maga was designed for the IDF – Military and law enforcement. Because of its simplicity and effectiveness; however, interest among civilians continued to rise and Imi adapted it for civilian use.
All of this being said, what can one expect in a Krav Maga class?
When you attend a Krav Maga class or private lesson, you will learn how to punch, kick, knee, elbow, and head-butt, along with how to defend against various chokes, grabs, bear hugs, and weapons from all different angles and positions.
Classes are designed to be intense and incorporate drills that build muscle memory, and train you to function under a high level of stress. A bonus? You get a great workout and leave drenched in sweat!
Krav Maga classes are for everyone – all ages, sizes, fitness levels, and experience levels are welcome.
So, what are you waiting for? Get in shape and go home safe!