A while ago, I learned about Krav Maga from watching a program on National Geographic. I have always been interested in martial arts but never seemed to find a style that suited me. Although earning a black belt in something would be an honor, I never wanted to learn martial arts for the sport of it. I wanted skills that would allow me to effectively handle an unexpected attack in everyday life.
For those unaware of Krav Maga, a brief history of it can be found here. It is used by Israeli security forces and by military and law enforcement departments all over the world. In technical terms terms, it is a hand-to-hand combat system first developed in Czechoslovakia that involves striking techniques, wrestling and grappling, and other self-defense tactics designed to quickly neutralize an attacker or defuse a dangerous situation.
In simplified terms, it’s a skill that makes you a potentially lethal weapon. If anyone would try to rob you, rape you, or jump you, it would be the worst decision of his short life.
Krav Maga has no sporting federation, and there are no official uniforms or attire, point systems, or trophies to earn. If you want self-defense skills to use in real-life situations, then this might be the thing for you.
Krav Maga is slowly catching on here in the U.S. Visit Krav Maga Worldwide for more info. I am currently looking into training in Minnesota and have found two so far: one in Chaska, and one in Minneapolis. I know nothing about either, so if you have information to share, please comment.
- What Is Krav Maga? (mademan.com)