The Krav Maga Edge
Israeli system of self-defense
There's only one rule for the street:
Do whatever you need to defend yourself.

Let us help you get The Edge.

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What is Krav Maga?   |   How is it unique compared to other martial arts?   |   Advice to students: choosing a system & instructor.


What is Krav Maga? 

Krav Maga (pronounced: krahv ma-gah`) is the
hand-to-hand combat system
of the Israeli Defense Forces.  Techniques are effective and easy-to-learn.

It is widely used throughout the world by

  • civilians
  • law enforcement
  • military units

Broad-ranging topics covered:

  • weapon defenses: knives, guns/firearms, sticks

  • multiple opponents & surprise attacks

  • combatives, grabs & holds

  • ground situations & sexual assault

Characteristics of the system 

  • movements are simple & based on natural reactions

  • proficiency gained quickly
  • techniques leverage the defender's strengths against attacker's weaknesses

  • less is more: few techniques address lots of situations
Primary benefits of training:
  • techniques for dealing with violence and confrontation

  • performance under stress: reaction and decision making
  • situational trainings: ATMs, parking garages, stairwells

Additional benefits:

  • improved fitness, coordination & flexibility

  • improved awareness and confidence

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What is unique about Krav Maga? 

All training is for the street, where there's no referee guaranteeing a "clean fight." 

The system
addresses everything:
  • grabs & chokes

  • grappling & strikes (including in-fighting)

  • stand-up & ground fighting

  • armed threats & attacks
  • surprise attacks & multiple opponents

The system's roots are as a military combat system:

  • battle tested & continuously improved

  • efficient & effective
  • opponent's vulnerable sites are targeted: eyes, throat, groin, knees, etc.

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What do other martial arts do? 

Many martial arts restrict what is allowed:
  • judo does not allow punches
  • boxing does not allow kicks
  • karate does not allow grappling
  • guns and knives usually not addressed
  • vulnerable targets are typically off-limits

Most training follows certain assumptions:
  • a padded mat allows for comfortable fighting while on the knees or back -- not so fun on concrete or gravel
  • attacker is unarmed
  • defender is "ready" for the fight or attack

  Advice  to students  +++++++++++++++++++++++++

  Questions to ask yourself   ++++++++++++++

Which system to choose:

1. What are you looking for in your training?

People practice martial arts for all sorts of reasons:
fitness, competition, comraderie, enjoyment, and of course self defense.

2. Can I actually do the techniques of the system?

Some styles require complex or physically demanding movements  (e.g., intricate joint locks or flying side kick).

Ask yourself if you could perform these techniques at the training club.  How about on the street, under pressure by an aggressive attacker?  How long will it take you to master them?

3. Do the techniques address your concerns?

First determine what your concerns are (e.g., walking to your car at night; dealing with a knife at your throat).

Then figure out if the techniques address those concerns.  If it's not obvious, ask the instructor.

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What to look for in an instructor:

1. Do you want a coach or bodyguard?

If you're looking to learn the style, your instructor needs to be able to teach & coach you.  Many instructors are themselves skilled fighters or competitors.  This means they can perform the system at a high level.  But that's no guarantee that they can teach you.  Remember, at the end of the day, you need to perform the self-defense.

2. What is the instructor providing?

A good teacher should help you progress in the system.  Ask yourself if you think your performance will improve under his guidance.

3. Does the instructor welcome questions?

It's normal for students to have questions during the learning process.  Would you feel comfortable asking them?  Does the instructor offer satisfactory responses?  His answers and feedback are crucial to your progress.

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