A hard-hitting military self-defense and fighting system focused on real-world situations and applied with extreme efficiency: Krav Maga.
Origin of Krav Maga
Derived from a combination of techniques found in aikido, judo, boxing, karate, and wrestling, Krav Maga is one of the deadliest martial arts. Hungarian-Israeli martial artist ImiLichtenfeld developed the technique from his street-fighting experiences back in the 1930s defending the Jewish communities from fascists groups in Czechoslovakia. Now, it is used by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and other security forces of Israel. Although it is a physical art, this fighting technique effectively works. It requires a strong, persistent, and decisive mindset as well as a readiness to become aggressive whenever the need arises.
Understanding Krav Maga
Experts of the style teach that self-defense starts by avoiding trouble. When confronted by danger, however, one must quickly assess the nature of the assailant’s actions by having heightened awareness. Reading the body language of the attacker is also very essential.
One of the basic techniques also shared by experts is to avoid staying directly in front of the enemy. One must try to swiftly glide to the side of the attacker. Students of the art are also thought to strongly grab the attacker’s wrist, and in one quick motion, swivel smoothly to his side. Targeting the wrist as a defensive move can save one from attacks involving deadly weapons such as knives.
Like most martial arts, Krav Maga considers the strong and weak parts of the body and how they relate to self-defense. Another basic lesson that Krav Maga teaches its students is the function of the chest as the center of one’s body. Hitting the chest forcefully is a good way of knocking an attacker off-balance. This gives a person enough time to escape.
Krav Maga practitioners also remind students to firmly lock their elbows and wrists when they issue a blow. An incorrect form of the arms when throwing chops or punches risk one to break his/her wrist or forearm.
Lastly, it is good to always step up on self-defense and continuously improve one’s skill through learning and practice. Krav Maga is also something that can be practiced by children as young as five and by adults nearing the age of 60.