1. Krav Maga is a Self-Defense System That Teaches How to Survive Violent Situations
2. Krav Maga is Also a Great Fitness Exercise
Like MMA and all professional fighting gyms, Krav Maga incorporates strength and conditioning programs, and fitness workouts in the class.
The Krav Maga training program emphasize increasing stamina and strength so it combines the punching, kicking, and elbowing techniques with body weight and functional movement training to give you a great workout.
The conditioning exercises alone won’t prepare you for street combat, but it provides a high-intensity workout for people at any level of fitness and helps to develop your physical resistance.
3. Size Doesn’t Matter in Krav Maga
Krav Maga is taught and practiced with the David and Goliath scenario in mind, which emphasizes speed and well-placed infliction over size, strength, age, or fitness.
It’s all about quick movements designed to cause maximum impact; distorting the opponents vision, strike the groin, fracturing a knee, knocking someone out. You don’t need brute strength. It’s perfect for most women because it doesn’t rely on brute strength and it’s incredibly easy to learn.
Will a little old lady be able to take down 6-foot 4-inch (2m) mugger with her Krav Maga? Probably not. But knowing a few simple techniques could slightly tilt the odds in your favor and make the difference between escaping a nasty situation.or not.
4. Many Celebrities Are Learning Krav Maga
Jason Statham used Krav Maga in preparation for his 2012 film Safe.
Move over Kabbalah. There’s a new trend in Hollywood. Daniel Craig, Jessica Chastain, Tom Cruise, Ashton Kutcher, John Mayer, and Hilary Swank are only some of the A-listers learning Krav Maga to stay in shape and to prepare for films.
Leonardo DiCaprio was out of shape when he started preparing for Blood Diamond. In just a few months he got rock-solid.
Tyler Perry credited his 30-pound weight loss in 2012 to his Krav Maga training: “When I started doing the movie, I did Krav Maga, that’s kind of like UFC, I really got into it, dropping a lot of weight”, he told DailyMail.com.
“What I like about Krav Maga is that it is a self-defense class that teaches practical self-defense, not the origins of the universe”, the late-James Gandolfini, actor and KM gym owner, told The Trentonian.
“Self defense is such an important thing for every woman to know. I wish I would have known about this earlier”, says devotee Anna Anka. “Not only is it an amazing workout but you learn something so important: to never be a victim.”
5. Where to Learn Krav Maga
Whether you’re interested in Krav Maga as a method of self-defense or as a way to get fit, there are hundreds of gyms and dedicated studios around the country now offering instruction and classes.
Look for an established practice with a dedicated clientele and track record. Avoid the McDojos, as they are often “belt factories”, more concerned with the bottom line than with turning out proficient practitioners.
Finally, it is important to find a good fit between your goals and the offerings of a particular program. If you’re looking for intense, hands-on combat training, fit-boxing class at your local gym are probably not what you need. Having said that Krav Maga is not some MMA style brawl but a systematic self defense training designed to prepare you to be able to minimize the risk of harm to you and your companion in the event of a conflict.
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