Krav Maga For Fitness And Self Defence


Krav Maga For Fitness And Self Defence

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There are so many martial arts that can help a person defend himself or herself. In today’s world it is good to know a way to protect yourself. This post focuses on a self-defence system called Krav Maga.

What is Krav Maga?

Krav Maga is a self-defence system that was invented by Imrich “Imi” Lichtenfeld and it was adopted by the police and military forces. In 1972, it was introduced as a course for civilians too. Krav Maga is effective for both self defence and fitness. Practice it for fitness and if you happen to confront a dangerous situation use it to protect yourself!

The great part about Krav Maga is that it doesn’t require any special tools or gear. It teaches you techniques that can help you in any kind of life threatening situation.

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Basic fundamentals

In Krav Maga there is an emphasis on ‘combatives’; they are basic street fighting techniques that involve kicks, punches, elbow strikes, knees and also biting and scratching. You will be taught to work from Krav Maga stance that is a relaxed boxing posture in which the legs are a shoulder width apart and spread out so that your stronger foot is at front.

Six pillars

Krav Maga is based on 6 strategic ‘pillars’ that include:

  • Learning how to defend and attack simultaneously.
  • Focusing on vulnerable spots (soft tissues) like the eyes, throat, nose, knee and groin.
  • Using a quick and continuous combat motion meant to overwhelm the attacker before giving him a chance to react.
  • Making use of decisive action and being prepared to do anything to overcome the threat.
  • Trying techniques to subdue the opponent before the violence increases.
  • The last one is the building block process in which one learns one technique at a time and build on it to create a complete store of methods ready at your disposal.

4 steps to action

When you are under attack or threatened, Krav Maga teaches you to swiftly process a series of steps that will help you in instinctively choosing the right response as fast as possible. The steps are as follows:

  • Threat recognition- Summing up the danger level in which you are stuck up.
  • Situational analysis- analysing your opponent, your surroundings and your position.
  • Choosing whether you should take any action or not.
  • If taking action is chosen, the plan has to be decided quickly.


Krav Maga for fitness and self defence

Personal weapons

The underlying principle of Krav Maga is to use one’s own body as a weapon against the opponent. Other objects close to you can also be used. You will be taught to use fish punches, hand punches, roundhouse punches, elbow and finger strikes, various kinds of kicks from the front, side and rear. You will also be taught to deal with falls and techniques to get out of headlocks and choke holds while standing or while lying on the ground.

How to defend against knives and guns?

Krav Maga teaches you to escape from attackers who have a knife in hand. One has to lean away from the knife and deliver kicks. In Krav Maga there are techniques that help in defending against an attacker holding a gun. You have to use the hands and body to redirect or move away from the line of fire. Take away the weapon from the opponent and hit the attacker with punches and kicks. For such risky defences you will b needing a lot of training.

Doesn’t it sound like filmy street fight? :P. You need vigourous training to master it. If you have a class nearby that offers Krav Maga coaching, do join it for both fitness and safety.

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