Krav Maga
🇮🇱 (קרב מגע)

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KRAV MAGA FACTS

  • Developed for the Israel Defence Forces
  • The name in Hebrew can be translated as "contact combat"
  • Started in the 1930s
  • Known for its efficiency
  • Civilian training was not available until 1972

WHAT IS KRAV MAGA?

Krav Maga is a practical, fighting self-defence style that has its roots with the Israeli Defence Force, where it was perfected as a realistic approach to hand-to-hand combat. The original idea was to teach recruits about ways to protect themselves when their weapons were not to hand.

A hybrid of several different techniques from other sports and martial arts, Krav Maga is one of the most pragmatic approaches to self-defence. Using simple and natural moves, Krav Maga focuses on escape and survival using techniques that are quick to learn and more likely to be remembered in a difficult or stressful situation. It remains a popular choice for those looking to further their self-defence training so that it can be utilised in real world situations.

 

WHAT WILL I LEARN FROM KRAV MAGA?

When you attend your nearest Krav Maga class, you’ll learn real world hand-to-hand self-defence techniques that can be can applied in real life situations. In fact, one of the key features of Krav Maga is learning to avoid confrontation in the first place. In the unlikely event that confrontation does occur, you’ll be equipped with a variety of attacks that are to deal with the situation as efficiently as possible.

Ranging from pre-emptive strikes, counter attacking, as well as making the most of any objects that are to hand, Krav Maga will equip students with a wide variety of techniques to deal with any real-world danger. There are also strong psychological components such as how to develop physical aggression – which is different to anger – through to maintaining awareness of your surroundings whilst looking for escape routes.

WHAT ARE THE KRAV MAGA BELTS?

There are no official uniforms in Krav Maga, although some organizations do recognize progress with rank badges and/or belts. The beginner grade is white belt and goes through to the advanced  Black Belt. Some of the grades could include:

Beginner Grade: White Belt

Yellow belt

Orange Belt

Green belt

Blue Belt

Brown Belt

Black Belt

WHO CAN TAKE UP KRAV MAGA CLASSES?

Similar to other self defence methods, Krav Maga classes focus on technique rather than lots of fitness or exercise drills. But it can still be physically demanding and provides a good workout.

Krav Maga was designed as a technique that could be used by everyone – not just the best military units. So if you’re looking for a straightforward and practical method of self defence, no matter what your age, ability or gender, then Krav Maga is a suitable choice.

For people who work alone or walk late at night, then learning Krav Maga techniques may help students feel a little safer or more confident, as they’ll know a variety of techniques to give them more control.

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