Just like most people in the world, we all want to be able to defend ourselves against an attacker. Krav Maga was created in the 1930s to help the Jews in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia, against unfriendly fascists. It wasn't taught in a studio; it was taught by Imre Lichtenfeld to his friends and neighbors so they could defend themselves in the streets against the violence there.
Lichtenfeld took what he had been taught in boxing and wrestling and tweaked it into what we know as Krav Maga today. He worked with the Israeli Military to teach their soldiers new skills to help them in combat.
Krav Maga has changed and been refined over the years, but the principle remains the same.
Krav Maga ideas include:
- Seeing how important it is to learn to expand on the instinctive responses of being under stress
- Staying aware of your surroundings while you deal with threats so you can look for escape routes, other attackers, and objects that can be used to hit an opponent
- Using easy and simple strikes that are repeatable
- Targeting the attack on the vulnerable parts of the body like the liver, fingers, foot, knee, ribs, groin, solar plexus, face, throat, neck, eyes, and so forth
- Using whatever object is at hand to hit your opponent
- Attacking before the opponent can and counterattacking as quickly as possible
- Continuing to strike your opponent until they are totally incapacitated
- Developing physical aggression and realizing that physical aggression is the most crucial part of the fight
- Simultaneous defense and attack
Training covers the development and study of situational awareness in order to understand one's surroundings. You will learn to understand the mind and behavior typical of street confrontations. You will be able to identify any threats before attacks can occur. It also covers ways to handle the verbal and physical methods to stay away from violence when you can.