KRAV MAGA SURVIVAL PRINCIPLES
• Respect for God and Life
• Respect for the Flag and the Country
• Respect for the Family
• Respect for the Instructor
• Respect for your Friends
• Respect for Yourself
— Dr. Dennis Hanover
KRAV MAGA COMPONENTS
TECHNIQUES OF SELF DEFENSE
• Defense against punches and kicks
• Releases from bear hugs and chokes
• Defense against knifes and clubs, etc.
• Defense against guns
• Defense against multiple attackers
• Various types of arm blows
• Various types of kicks
• Sparring under pressure
• Controlled fighting
KRAV MAGA BENEFITS
Krav Maga is a very modern and innovative style of self defense. This system has been continually refined and developed in light of actual modern combat and self defense experience. Practitioners of the style incorporate new lessons learned to improve the style”s techniques, encouraging individual student”s creativity.
Krav Maga Was Developed For Use In The Street
Here there are no rules. When an individual is attacked in the street there is no way to know how many opponent”s or weapons one might encounter, therefore Krav Maga training is based on a system without rules. In an assault situation an individual has the right to use whatever techniques is necessary to defend himself/herself. For this reason there are no competitive tournaments or katas in Krav Maga. The techniques practiced in the style must be in terms of actual defense situations. In fact, students of Krav Maga are taught the vulnerable points i.e. back of neck, temples, eyes, throat, knees, groin, etc. of the human body and are encouraged to use this knowledge to fend off an attack.
Krav Maga Uses A Simple Approach To Learning
Through constant practice and repetition, the most effective defenses against each kind of assault become almost second nature and automatic, so that in actual “street” confrontations they will be immediately utilized. By emphasizing and practicing a few key defense techniques for each assault the style is able to consider a wide range of defense options hardly ever found in other styles, making Krav Maga a complete fighting system.
Benefits For Adults And Adolescents:
Students of Krav Maga use basic moves in various combinations to fend off violent attacks. This means that students adjust to new situations through improvisation, an important and unique feature of this style. Of course, this requires using the “head” as well as the body, and thus Krav Maga addresses the thought process as well as the physical action.
Improvisation also allows for limitations in physical abilities. Not everyone can bring his or her leg up to a 180-degree angle, and therefore the system is geared towards the average person. Students are taught a variety of possible defensive reactions for each possible attack situation, building upon an actual framework of useable techniques. They are then encouraged to utilize the responses that are appropriate to their capabilities. This allows the student to develop a sense of confidence in their abilities.
Because physical fitness is closely interwoven into the system, the workout includes a number of cardiovascular and strength building exercises, as well as stretching to increase flexibility. Emphasis is put on speed, endurance, strength, accuracy and coordination, especially for intensive Krav Maga training.
Krav Maga is a style benefiting both the individual who seeks serious self defense training as well as the practitioner seeking to round out prior martial art knowledge. The bottom line is that, it is a style that proves most effective against any type of assault.