I recently started to study Krav Maga in Melbourne and wanted to share some of what I have learned about this amazing martial art. Krav Maga is a type of self defence system that was developed for the military in Israel. It literally translates to mean ‘contact combat’ and it consists of a wide range of techniques that are sourced from Aikido, Judo, boxing and other kinds of wrestling. It also encompasses realistic fight training. The practice of Krav Maga is known for its focus on real world situation and it is also characterised by its extremely efficient and often brutal counter-attacks. It was created by the Hungarian-Israeli martial artist named Imi Lichtenfeld, who used his training as a street-fighter and boxer to create a way to defend the Jewish quarter against fascist groups in Bratislava in Czechoslovakia in the 1930s.
After Imi Lichtenfeld immigrated to Israel, he started to give lessons on combat training, and went on to develop the system now known as Krav Maga. It has been refined since its inception for use in police, military and civilian applications. One of the key philosophies of Krav Maga embodies threat neutralization, simultaneous defensive and offensive maneuvers, and aggression. It has been mainly used by the IDF (Israeli defence Force) and other infantry brigades. It is well liked for its efficiency and thorough training.
Apart from the use in the military, there are a number of civilian applications where people can learn Krav Maga as a martial art. I want to discuss some of the key benefits to using Krav Maga and how it can benefit the mind and body.
Benefit One – Strong Body, Strong Mind
Krav Maga works to train students to avoid confrontation, and if avoiding the confrontation is impossible or unsafe, then it trains students to finish a fight as quickly as possible. In order to be able to do this, you need to be very strong, very well trained and mentally calm so as to respond to a situation without overreacting. The teachers who train you in Krav Maga train you to work every part of your body and mind so as to keep your cool in a tense situation. This is a huge benefit to self esteem, ego, testosterone and strength.
Benefit Two – Practical and Intuitive Training
Many martial arts are based in ritual and often incorporate different styles, forms or techniques. Krav Maga is different in that the main concern for Krav Maga is to be brutally efficient. Many of the strikes and defences in Krav Maga use the same basic motions for defence, and all of the techniques are built on the basic natural instinct in the body, so you learn intuitively.
Benefit Three – It will get you very fit!
There are a lot of drill, exercises and conditioning used in Krav Maga. You’re basically guaranteed to be getting a huge workout when you train. Just a few minutes of throwing punches or practicing knee strikes is going to tucker you out like nobody’s business – and three minutes of straight burpees will do the same. Be ready. The level tests are also exhausting, and you’ll need to be in great shape to progress as a student.
Benefit Four – Stress relief like no other
Ok, so most workouts are going to relieve stress and make you feel good – but then there’s just something so great about kicking and punching and throwing people around that really relieves whatever has been irking you during the day.
Benefit Five – It’s a great hobby for your life
You’ll see excellent results with Krav Maga and will be able to see them pretty soon – so it’s really rewarding too.
I hope you got a lot out of this short guide on the benefits of Krav Maga and that you gear up to get along to a class soon!