Krav Maga is a combination of military and defense style of martial arts. It was initially developed in the Israeli special and combat forces. What is different about this martial arts style is it combines things like boxing, wrestling, and karate into one.
It has also been known to derive its energy from real-world situations including street fighting. Some of you might see some similarities in the teachings of Imi Lichtenfeld (a Hungarian-Israeli martial artist).
The main philosophy behind Krav Maga is aggression with a hint of defensive and offensive strategies.
How Effective Is It Real Life?
It is most effective when you are on the street and come across someone who is heavily armed and in greater numbers. It has been proven to be a life-saving experience if you happen to come across someone much larger and stronger who wants to start something.
Is It Dangerous?
Safety is a big issue with this form of martial arts. Some people ask whether Krav Maga is dangerous or deadly. It is not more dangerous than other contact sports. You do have to know what you are doing if you want to make it.
That means you cannot fake your way through Krav Maga, especially if you come up against an enemy who knows what they are doing. You do have to wear some kind of protective gear. The main rule(aside from proper fighting) is to get home safely. That is why you need to know what you are doing at all times.
Four Things To Know Before You Begin Krav Maga
1) You have to prepare to work very hard and consistently. It is extremely physically demanding, as it is mental preparation. You are going to push your body to its limits, and it is supposed to be. You might be in pain for a few days. Give yourself time to get into the new routine and your body is going to adapt.
You cannot come to class once in a while. That is not going to get you anywhere. You have to commit to this form of martial arts or you might as well pick something else.
2) The training is going to transition into other areas of your life. Your confidence is going to grow, allowing you to make better choices.
3) You have to work as a team with this style. You might as well move onto something else if teamwork is not for you. All I am saying is that those who do not possess team skills are not going to get very far.
4) This is a form of martial arts. You should come prepared to be bruised. It is part of the process. You will get to a point where your bruises become a badge of honor(similar to how you earn your stripes in life).