Saturday, June 1, 2013

Krav Maga: So One May Walk In Peace

Krav Maga: So One May Walk in Peace 

 Unless you’ve been living under a rock you have probably heard of the hottest system of self defense to hit the scene called Krav Maga. For those of you out there who haven’t heard about it, it is the official hand to hand combat system used by the Israeli Military. It was designed to be stupid simple and brutally effective. Where most martial arts take years or decades to perfect, Krav Maga was designed to be “taught today and used tonight” by elite military, law enforcement and civilians alike. That’s not to say that Krav is not a sophisticated method of combat capable of dealing with vast array of challenging and complex tactical situations.

All things being equal, the simplest solution tends to be the best one.
~Ockham’s Principle
For me Krav Maga continues to be intriguing because of it is simple, easy and effective system to learn use, and teach. In a modern world where seconds count, Krav Maga continues to help provide a physical management system for protectors all across the world.

The basic idea is to deal first with the immediate threat (being choked, for example), prevent the attacker from re-attacking, and then deciding how to resolve the situation, which may mean escaping, neutralize, or attempting to restrain and control the attacker. Proceeding through all steps in a methodical manner, despite the rush of adrenaline that occurs in such an attack is key. The emphasis is put on taking the initiative from the attacker as soon as possible. Indeed, some circumstances may require pre-emptive action, which may or may not be violent. Options here could range from “making the first move physically” to situational awareness (also part of the training) that might avoid a dangerous situation developing.

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