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Krav Maga – One of the Best Self Defense Arts

Krav Maga – One of the Best Self Defense Arts

Submitted by: Avi Moyal

It is very important to avoid danger in order to lead a safe life. You need to stay alarmed every time and protect yourself from any miscreant. Krav Maga is one of the best self-defense arts that help to combat threatening situations. Its techniques are not only used by civilians, but military personnel as well.

With the increasing level of danger in society, there are always chances of facing situations that require you to know self-defense techniques. It becomes essential to learn how you can protect yourself and your loved ones in such situations. You can even learn the art of self-defense and pass it on to your coming generations.

Krav Maga was founded by Imi Litchenfeld (Sde – Or) who began training in 1948 in Israel. Initially, he gave training to the IDF soldiers in order to develop a strong self-defense system. His training included physical fitness, wrestling, swimming, use of knife and defense techniques against knife attacks. In 1964, when he retired from his training career in IDF, Imi made some modifications in his self-defense techniques to cater to the needs of civilians. He then laid the foundation of IKMF (International Krav Maga Federation) that is not only available in Israel, but in Australia, North America, Far East Asia and most of the European countries as well.

The basic aim of Krav Maga is to hurt the attacker intensely. Since there are no specific sporting rules, so anyone can learn the techniques which are easy to learn and implement. Punches are a very essential part of it. Some of the punches that are taught during the training programs include straight punch, low punch, hammerfist, palm heel strike, hook, uppercut, overhand and chop. People undergoing Krav Maga training are taught defending as well as attacking techniques. Krav Maga practitioners also learn the techniques to defend themselves against punches and kicks simultaneously from any angle. Once you learn the art, it is advisable to practice with complete protective gear.

A Krav Maga practitioner needs to know some basic principles. It includes finishing the fight as early as possible. Another basic principle involves neutralizing the attacker by responding him back with counter attacks and that too continuously. It is very important to be aware of the surroundings while dealing with the attacker. Always look for more attackers with him. It will be advantageous to look for objects so that you will get some help in attacking as well as defending yourself. Further, physical and mental control is also among the most basic principles of Krav Maga.

Whether you are a civilian or non-civilian, Krav Maga techniques are apt for personnel from various backgrounds. Its programs are available for civilians who want to learn it for self-defense or seeking a long term career as a Krav Maga instructor. It is one of the most popular and leading self-defense art among women. Besides these, Krav Maga also fined its way in military, law enforcement and V.I.P protection.

About the Author: The author of this article is associated with IKMF the original Kravmaga organization. Website:

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