Krav maga differs from traditional martial arts by training its practitioners to disengage quickly from any possible confrontations, particularly those where there may be multiple attackers present at once. Students need to utilise their situational awareness skills quickly in order to spot and address threats or dangers quickly.
Arcini Reszka is one such student. He trains at a club in Bristol and also acts as a regional British Krav Maga instructor, and described the system as dynamic and adapting constantly with our ever-evolving world.
Krav Maga training should always be designed to be realistic. This means there should be both structured (e.g. closed drills like “Jabs & Crosses”) as well as freer practices to enable practitioners to choose how best to respond in different scenarios based on what their goal may be.
Second, techniques must be designed with simplicity in mind. This ensures faster learning, simpler mastery and higher reliability under stressful situations – especially for survival situations. Complex techniques should be left for sport, dance or martial arts and should never be relied upon when dealing with emergency situations.
As a practical self defence system, Krav Maga is unique among global combat systems. Used worldwide by military and law enforcement agencies and proven in real life conditions – unlike many other martial arts which remain theoretical reflections or have never been tested under extreme, terrible circumstances – Krav Maga has never failed, giving us confidence that whatever skills we learn can be deployed legally when faced with attack or threat.
Imi Lichtenfeld retired from military service in the early 1960s and immediately set about adapting Krav Maga for civilian use, simplifying techniques so they could be learned under stress more easily, while adding realism by teaching techniques that could protect against various body types and weapon attacks.
Your goal in any violent confrontation should be to emerge alive; thus your techniques should focus on quickly taking down your opponent without inflicting too much unnecessary damage to themselves or to others. Your attacks should target their vulnerable areas – such as eyes, nose, throat or groin that do not possess protective muscles or fat layers – in order to eliminate them swiftly and without unnecessary collateral damage.
Krav Maga has undergone many modifications over time, yet one thing remains consistent – its focus on simplicity, effectiveness, and realism remains. Military and law enforcement personnel worldwide prefer Krav Maga as an effective training method.
If you’re interested in becoming a FEKM Krav Maga instructor, our UK Sector Technical Director Yann Veillerant offers two special sessions followed by an exam to test your ability. For more information about this process visit the FEKM Instructor Training page here or take part in one of the numerous krav maga courses being held across the UK.
If you are thinking about starting Krav Maga, keep in mind that it will do more than teach self-defence techniques – it also keeps you fit! Every class includes warm ups and power drills which combine cardio with strength training in intense intervals for increased fitness and to help with executing techniques more effectively and lasting longer in combat situations.
Imi Lichtenfeld became involved with Krav Maga during anti-Semitic riots in Bratislava during the mid 1930s due to anti-Semitic riots there and became leader of a group of Jewish boxers and wrestlers that took to the streets to defend their neighborhoods against attacks from hostile elements. While fighting, Imi realized how different it is from competition fighting; this forced him to reevaluate his ideas about fighting and begin developing what later would become Krav Maga.
Lichtenfeld was responsible for training Israeli military and police force members in close-combat techniques during his time with the IDF. This was especially critical given that Israel was an isolated small nation surrounded by hostile nations that did not care about its survival.
After retiring from active service, Lichtenfeld continued to teach and develop Krav Maga. By integrating techniques from different martial arts such as Judo, Jiujitsu and boxing into one practical system he created an effective martial art that has now become used globally by militaries, police forces and security services alike.
Krav Maga is a self-defense system founded on simple yet instinctive reactions to realistic threats, designed for people of any age or physical ability. Over 500 military and law enforcement units across the world rely on this technique.
Krav maga differs from many sports such as boxing and wrestling in its main focus on survival in real-life situations, emphasizing training to do practical things first, like run and hide when necessary or counter attack. Furthermore, mobility drills and strength training to maintain agility while being reactive to threats as well as scanning for movement are emphasized to keep one alive in situations that arise in everyday life.
To be effective in violent situations, it’s essential to identify an opponent’s weak spots such as their eyes, throat and groin. Because these areas do not benefit from muscle or fat protection, attacks directed against these vulnerable areas can have devastating results. Krav Maga training emphasizes physically scanning an attacker to prevent stress-induced tunnel vision from taking hold and debilitating any subsequent interactions.
Higher level krav maga classes focus on more complicated scenarios and techniques, but its basic principles remain constant. Krav maga can be learned much quicker than traditional martial arts and its real world applications are far greater than their counterparts.