Unless you’ve been living under a rock you have probably heard of the hottest system of self defense to hit the scene called Krav Maga. For those of you out there who haven’t heard about it, it is the official hand to hand combat system used by the Israeli Military. It was designed to be stupid simple and brutally effective. Where most martial arts take years or decades to perfect, Krav Maga was designed to be “taught today and used tonight” by elite military, law enforcement and civilians alike. That’s not to say that Krav is not a sophisticated method of combat capable of dealing with vast array of challenging and complex tactical situations.

All things being equal, the simplest solution tends to be the best one.
Ockham’s Principle

For me Krav Maga continues to be intriguing because of it is simple, easy and effective system to learn use, and teach. In a modern world where seconds count, Krav Maga continues to help provide a physical management system for protectors all across the world.

The basic idea is to deal first with the immediate threat (being choked, for example), prevent the attacker from re-attacking, and then deciding how to resolve the situation, which may mean escaping, neutralize, or attempting to restrain and control the attacker. Proceeding through all steps in a methodical manner, despite the rush of adrenaline that occurs in such an attack is key. The emphasis is put on taking the initiative from the attacker as soon as possible. Indeed, some circumstances may require pre-emptive action, which may or may not be violent. Options here could range from “making the first move physically” to situational awareness (also part of the training) that might avoid a dangerous situation developing.

The Krav Maga 10 Commandments:

  1. Avoid injury! – This applies to training as well as a combat situation.
  2. React naturally – Natural instincts should be transformed into techniques that will work under pressure.
  3. Use shortest and most direct way possible – This enables greater speed.
  4. Respond correctly, in accordance with and required by the circumstance. The correct tool for the job.
  5. Strike at vulnerable points – When you are fighting larger stronger opponents attack sensitive areas.
  6. Use any tool or object available nearby – Improvise with daily objects to survive, e.g. pen as a knife.
  7. In Krav Maga there are no rules! – Just survive.
  8. Only use scientific reality based training methods – training methods which have been used in combat.
  9. Draw from real world experience – Study from those who have been there for real.
  10. Knowledge is power – Keep learning and training!

Although Krav Maga is known for its aggressiveness and no nonsense approach toward its adversaries, it is not typically associated with personal development or ethics, however in the words of one of Krav Maga’s leading developers the late Imi Lichtenfeld,

The reason for learning Krav Maga is so one may walk in peace. 

The idea of walking in peace was so important to Imi that after his military service he went on to create the first Krav Maga organization that would share this powerful methodology with civilians and then later, spread Krav’s effectiveness with the world.

Now-a-days many people and organizations continue to spread the no nonsense methodology of Krav Maga’s tactical approach as well as its attitude of perseverance and never giving up. The organization that I belong to is stationed directly out of Israel and Headed by Moshe Katz. Moshe’s organization called Israeli Krav International continues to spread this protector methodology to over 24 countries worldwide. I admire Moshe’s ability and passion to make Krav’s effective protector’s tools accessible to everyone regardless of physicality, gender, age, profession, etc.

I myself have had the privilege to train people of our elite forces and civilians alike: From the SAS to the soccer mom, from Federal Marshals to insurance salesmen, from deputy sheriffs to doctors and everyone in between. It has been an honor to train and share with each person I have had the fortune to encounter. I consider myself as much a student as an instructor. We all help each other to be better protectors of not only ourselves, but of others as well, even those we dislike or call an enemy. Imi also had words of wisdom on this idea. He was quoted to have said,

We need not make peace with friends, only enemies.

Okay, as I bring this article to a close I want to leave you with Robert Humphrey’s Warrior’s Creed:

“Where ever I am people are safer because I am there.

Where ever I go someone in need has a friend.

Whenever I go home everyone’s glad that I am there.”

It’s a better life.

If you interesting in embracing your protector / defender legacy of Krav Maga, please feel free to visit my site www.roninempowermentgroup.com or email me at: roninkravmaga@gmail.com.

All the best and keep going!