Many practitioners of traditional martial arts are drawn to their chosen field by the mystique of philosophy or the opportunity to participate in sporting competitions, seeking triumph, pride and glory in the ring, mat or cage. Some do it for a primary goal of physical fitness and well-being.
Krav Maga is different. The practitioner of Krav Maga is not seeking the thrill of personal conquest in sport, nor just fitness as a primary and exclusive aim. Our single objective; to become a walking human weapon in the defence of ourselves and others. Explosively effective in mind and body when we are called upon, yet calm and considered in our walks of life.
This is the reason for the hardcore reputation of Krav Maga as the most effective self defence system in the world.
What are the components of Krav Maga that makes it such a brutally, no-nonsense self defence and fighting system? Let’s look at the top 10 reasons…
- Anything goes. We have no rules. When your life or limb is threatened by one or more violent, maybe armed, attackers, then there are no referee, no rules, no point system to win. You owe it to yourself to do whatever necessary to minimise or avoid death or injury to yourself or friends or family around you. Your life has no price.
- Vital and vulnerable points only. We look to end the violent situation as quickly as possible, so we focus on a limited set of body points as primary targets; head/eyes, throat, groin, knees. We do not waste time and energy on things that do not work.
- Neutralise the threat. We always think multiple attackers may be involved and weapons may be deployed. This is why we look at finish the conflict quickly by dominating and incapacitating the aggressor. Immediately.
- Simple and effective. We know your instinctive reactions and movements are the easiest to learn and quickest to remember and deploy. That’s why Krav Maga is based on natural movement and intuitive responses to threats. You learn it quickly.
Part II here.