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Brutal, eclectic, entirely non-competitive and most importantly, very real. This is the best way to describe the martial arts and self defense technique that is slowly taking the world by storm thanks to its proven effectiveness.
Krav Maga, meaning 'contact combat' in Hebrew, was derived from street fighting and developed by a renowned Israeli boxer and wrestler, Imi Kichtenfeld, who made use of these skills when defending the Jewish quarter against fascist groups in the mid-to-late 1930s. Once he immigrated to Israel in the late 1940s, he quickly began to provide lessons in this lethal combat art. And before long, it was refined and used to train civilians, military personnel and Israeli citizens as well--making them the most feared fighting force in the world!
The entire system is known for its extreme focus on very real-life situations. As such, it involves a mixture of fighting techniques from striking, wrestling and grappling to boxing and it is very efficient in teaching people how to counterattack. These tried and tested tactics are taught in an environment with no rules and no limitations, where the only real question is that of your own survival or the protection of others. In fact, most training also occurs under real-life scenarios. Hence, it's not much of a surprise that people are flocking to it the way they are.
The main principle of its philosophy concentrates on how the human body naturally reacts when threatened by an assailant--be it armed or unarmed. It emphasizes threat neutralization and simultaneous defense and offense, combined with ample aggression.
Today, the day-to-day threats we face have made it necessary to seriously consider learning self defense techniques. Sure, karate, judo and the hundreds of other martial arts that exist are readily available, but none are quite as apt in preparing one for real-life situations as Krav Maga. So if serious street fights are a possibility for you, do consider Krav Maga!
Here's a video demonstration:
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