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What Is Krav Maga?

What is Krav Maga?

Krav Maga translates from Hebrew as Contact Combat and is a tried and tested system of close quarter self-defence. The system has developed from Israel over a long time and has been proven in many real life situations. The system we use today is still based upon the original street fighting techniques of Imi Lichtenfeld, the founder of Krav Maga.

Krav Maga is used by many official armed forces, most notably it is the official close quarter combat of Israel’s Armed Forces as well as being used in the training for many other military and law enforcement units.

The system taught at WKMKA, as per the World Krav Maga Association, has been honed and adapted for everyday use as a self-defence system, for regular people. It is a hugely popular self-defence option because it is highly practical, easy to learn and highly effective for both men and women.

Is Krav Maga a Martial Art?

No, according the World Krav Maga Association it is a self-defence system. Krav Maga is based upon realism and the ability to work in the real world. It is described as a ‘field stripped martial art’ with the sole focus of all moves being survival and escape. Simple, natural movements are key to Krav Maga and it is a practical and realistic self-defence option for people of all experience levels, with no sporting or competitive elements included.

Real World Experience

Krav Maga is different to martial arts because it has been tested and developed in a way that martial art haven’t been. Krav Maga is the most proven and tested self-protection method known to many, every technique has been tried and tested and tested again. All techniques have been tested in different environments too including warfare and law enforcement as well as on the street. It’s a system that works and the evidence is stacked up to prove it.

Social Responsibility

At WKMKA and as is standard across all Krav Maga training centres, the disciplines taught are designed to be appropriate and suitable for avoiding or responding to danger in everyday environments. Our class members are ordinary people who learn how to use their own bodies to protect themselves within the bounds of the law. Violence and aggression are not encouraged in Krav Maga, training is defensive and designed to train your body to act responsively and reflexively in the line of danger.

Who can learn Krav Maga?

The beauty of Krav Maga is that it can be learned by anybody. It was designed for universal use and not just elite military units or law enforcement. Krav Maga can be taught to anybody in any profession and anybody of any age, including children. Krav Maga is usually learned by regular people who are interested in fitness or self-defence and we hope this includes you!