FAQs about Krav Maga
FAQs about Krav Maga: We have tried to answer some of the questions often asked by our customers. If you have particular question with regard to Krav Maga, our training programme or anything else please contact us via our contact form.
Who uses Krav Maga?
Krav Maga is used every day by the men and women of the Israeli defense and security forces. Numerous international military, security, and law enforcement agencies also use Krav Maga every day. Krav Maga also has thousands of civilian practitioners around the world.
How does Krav Maga differ from other martial arts or fighting styles?
Krav Maga is a complete fighting system. The only rule with survival is that there are no rules. In its military capacity and higher levels of learning, Krav Maga teaches not just defenses against armed and unarmed attack, but how to initiate a counter attack. An IKMF Krav Maga practitioner is as comfortable during a ground confrontation as a standing confrontation. (Note: a practitioner does not necessarily want to be situated on the ground during a confrontation for several reasons including the threat of multiple attackers. Nevertheless the reality is that many fights do end up on the ground.) Imi designed Krav Maga to be learned in a short time, and equally important to be retained. Krav Maga does not emphasize traditional katas or choreographed routines. Instead, Krav Maga relies on retzev or “continuous combat motion” to complete the defenses. Krav Maga’s spiritual side is embodied by civility and good citizenship.
Does one require previous self-defense training?
No, previous self defense or Martial Arts experience is not requires to learn self-defense and advanced fighting skills. Krav Maga’s overriding philosophy is to do “whatever works.” While Krav Maga emphasizes several basic techniques and advanced applications of these techniques to neutralize a dangerous situation, there may be no absolute or correct answer. The system is flexible in its thinking, true to its modern combat evolution. Techniques are constantly modified, revised, added and discarded as real-life encounters are taken into account and analyzed.
Does Krav Maga require uniforms or specific attire?
No, Krav Maga is designed for people to learn self-defense and advanced fighting skills irrespective of previous self-defense training. Krav Maga’s overriding philosophy is to do “whatever works.” While Krav Maga emphasizes several basic techniques and advanced applications of these techniques to neutralize a dangerous situation, there may be no absolute or correct answer. The system is flexible in its thinking, true to modern combat’s evolution. Techniques are constantly modified, revised, added or discarded as real-life encounters are taken into account and analyzed.
Do classes incorporate full contact fighting?
Yes and no. Krav Maga, because of its nature, must be practiced under controlled conditions. Because striking at the body’s vulnerable parts is Krav Maga’s underlying counterattack principle, caution must be applied when using techniques especially to the groin, throat and eyes. However, controlled sparring and ground work with protective equipment is an integral part of the Krav Maga curriculum. Advanced students may regularly participate in “fighting classes.” Krav Maga instructors emphasize two paradoxical training rules: (1) there are no rules in a fight and (2) one must not injure oneself or one’s partner when training.
Does Krav Maga distinguish between training men and women?
No, Imi designed Krav Maga for people of all shapes, sizes and physical abilities, regardless of age or sex. The same Krav Maga techniques, with minor modifications are taught to both men and women. However, the emphasis placed on certain techniques can be different. Size and strength are factors a defender – male or female – must take into consideration. This is especially true where reach is a determining factor. Often women are confronted with a predatory attack, which brings the attacker in close. As a result infighting – elbows, knees, eye-gouges and if necessary, bites are encouraged. In addition, some women are reluctant to use their knuckles for striking and for example may feel more comfortable using a palm-heal. Several Krav Maga ground-fighting techniques also address sexual predation or other dangers women may face and are specially adapted.
Is it appropriate for children to learn Krav Maga?
Yes, Krav Maga is recognized by the Israeli Ministry of Education as the leading method of self-defense. The IKMF runs extensive training programs for children. Basic Krav Maga movements are taught combining physical fitness training along with civic virtues.
Does Krav Maga incorporate weapons defenses?
Yes, Krav Maga is world renowned for its weapon defenses including threats from edged weapons, blunt weapons, firearms, and even micro-explosives