What is Krav Maga?

Krav Maga is hand-to-hand combat system. It’s a combination of techniques sourced from Judo, wrestling, boxiing and Aikido and it’s a great self-defence workout that’s even popular with celebrities such as Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. But why should you give it a go?

#1. It really works

Because Krav Maga was originally developed for the Israeli military, you know it’s going to be the s*** when it comes to a full-body workout and a means of self-defence! Krav Maga means ‘contact combat’ in Hebrew, and that’s exactly what it is. Developed in the 1940’s, Krav Maga makes your body a weapon, helping you to defend yourself against anything, even knives and guns. The system has been adapted over the years for civilian use, but the main principles remain the same – be as aggressive as you can, and defend and counter-attack simultaneously. Krav Maga is as much about offence as it is defence. But safety is still paramount, and you should be able to train without being injured.

#2. It’s a reality-based martial art

There’s a reason why practitioners of Krav Maga are so good at kicking butt! Unlike most other martial arts, Krav is realistic and practical. In class, you’ll deal with confrontations such as simulated sexual assaults and muggings to teach you the best way to defend yourself against attackers. This isn’t a competitive martial art, it’s a simulation of real life threats, that lets you practice your technique whilst under stress in a controlled environment.

#3. It’s suitable for everyone

You don’t need to be a muscle-bound six-footer to be good at Krav Maga. It’s suitable for absolutely anyone to learn, whether you weigh 12 stone or 7 stone, and whether you’re 5 foot nothing or 7 foot tall. Krav Maga is for everyone – the system allows a 5ft, 90lb woman to neutralise a 6ft 5″, 300lb attacker by focusing on his vulnerable points. What’s more, you don’t need any previous martial arts experience to be good at Krav Maga!

#4. It’s a fantastic workout

Krav Maga teaches you that your body is a weapon, so it makes sense to make that weapon as strong as you possibly can. Think of Krav Maga as the metalsmith who forges a sword and fortifies the weapon to do maximum damage – you’re the sword! Classes will usually involve drills and exercises that combine strength training and cardio – these body conditioning moves will help you to last longer in a fight.

#5. It boosts your confidence

It’s natural that gaining physical confidence can make you feel more confident in other areas of your life too, and that’s something that those who have tried Krav Maga say it gives them. Strengthening your muscles, understanding your body and developing mental strength can all boost your confidence levels and help you to be happier and more successful. Krav Maga can change your psychological patterns and your opinions of yourself, others and life generally – you’ll realise you are capable of more than you thought!