Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Krav Maga. What Do We Teach?

Krav Maga is relatively new to Canada and evokes many questions. "Is it like karate?"  "Is it like MMA?"  "How do you pronounce it?" "Where does it come from?"

One of the most frequently asked questions: "What do you teach?"

Since Krav Maga is a very comprehensive system it is a challenge to avoid giving a long-winded answer that makes you regret asking.

So, here is a concise(ish) and very general description of what we teach.

  1. Understanding Realistic Attacks:  Our federation, the IKMF spends a lot of time traveling the globe studying how real assaults take place.  Attackers, we have learned, are quite innovative.  We strive to match this and to pass on what we learn to our students.  
  2. Adapting to Various Settings:  Assaults happen everywhere - on the subway, in homes, walking or running, parking lots.....   We teach you to defend yourself in various contexts.  
  3. Situational Awareness:  Surviving an assault involves more than performing an effective defense against one person.  You need to identify other factors such as multiple attackers, motor traffic, escape and exit options.... You also learn how to avoid, prevent, and escape.  
  4. Using Your Natural Reflexes. As much as possible, our techniques grow from your body's natural reactions to danger.  See...
  5. Finding Simple Solutions.  Stress inhibits your motor skills.  Moreover, not everyone is athletic.  Accordingly, we keep movements simple and easy to perform.    
All in all, our mandate is to prepare you for real life violent assaults.

We hope this helps you better understand what we do.  Each of these points can be elaborated and we are happy to do so - simply ask us.

Stay Safe,

Christopher Gagne
Lead Instructor, International Krav Maga FederationToronto

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