Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Starting Off: Krav Maga and Beginners

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Image and Reality: Krav Maga Self Defense Training

"So one may walk in peace." 
-Imi Lichtenfeld, founder of Krav Maga

...defending yourself is not being aggressive, it is doing what’s necessary.” 
― Charles F. Glassman 

 Perceptions not grounded in experience or sound reasoning can be very misplaced.  This certainly applies to how some people perceive Krav Maga training.   Some of our students have described how family or friends are puzzled as to why they want to "learn to hurt" or even  "kill" people.  Others, have suggested that training promotes or even encourages violence.  The general protest revolves around the assumption that Krav Maga is promoting aggression and violence.  

To be fair, many Krav Maga schools have not helped their cause.   Many of the images on You Tube, Facebook,  include people grinning with knives, guns or other weapons.  Moreover, there are schools that reinforce a "fight club" mentality.   Before coming to us, a student visited another self defense school asking what they can expect.

"Blood, sweat, and tears!" The instructor said.

What does that mean?

Rather than a fight club mentality we focus on one thing -  giving you the knowledge and skills to get home safe. Yes, there will be sweat (we'll skip the blood and tears) and hard work.  Yes, you learn how to strike effectively and to fight aggressively but only when necessary and only to protect yourself and others.  

There is nothing romantic about violence and promoting it as such is irresponsible and misguided.  Violence, however, does exist and we want you to survive it.   Krav Maga training has one overarching goal, at least as I see it:  to get you home safe.   

Stay safe, 

Christopher Gagne
Lead Instructor, International Krav Maga FederationToronto