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Krav Maga Self Defense for Everyone

Posted by Dennis Fritzinger on October 16, 2011 at 10:55 PM

A number of people have taken one or the other self-defense lessons to be able to protect themselves and deal with danger. This article will tell you about KravMaga, one such art which has gained popularity both amongst the civilians as well as military personnel.

Whether you are a man or woman, you never know when and where you might get physically attacked. So, it is important that you are in a position to physically defend yourself from the attacker and ensure your safety. That's why increasing number of people are taking self-defense lessons from various training institutes. Among the types of martial art techniques, Krav Maga, based on the use of natural reflexes, is one of the most effective self-defense arts.

The goal of KravMaga is to make you aware of your natural abilities like reflexes and able to use them to defend yourself against any physical danger. It was founded by the late Imrich Sde-Or who was born on 26 May, 1910 to a Hungarian Jewish family in Budapest. During his childhood, he began to participate in a number of athletic activities and grew up to become a good swimmer, wrestler, boxer and gymnast. During the rise of the fascist and anti-semitic groups in Bratislava in the mid-1930s, he grouped some boxers and wrestlers to fight back against the anti-semitic gangs. Soon, he realized sports has little practical use and began to develop a self-defense art which came to be known as Krav Maga. During the first half of 1940s, he began conducting training sessions for professional fighters and police personnel in the art of self defense, and other sports like swimming and wrestling. From 1948 to 1964, he served as Chief Instructor at the Israel Defense Force School of Combat Fitness. After his retirement, he spent his life in creating a modified form of the art to suit everyone.

How can Krav Maga help you? A practitioner of this art is equipped with combat skills useful in self-defense. Unique teaching methods are followed to help you make use of your natural instincts to deal and overcome any kind of attacks and violence. The art is not meant for confronting your attacker but is about how to avoid, prevent or escape an attack. It teaches you how to deal with both armed and unarmed attacks. Defending yourself from armed attacks like sticks, knives or fire arms need higher concentration and focus compared to defending yourself from unarmed attacks like punches or kicks. Techniques required to deal with single or multiple attacks coming from different directions are an important component of the training. Practitioners of this art undergo extensive training on how to keep the mind and body under control. They are mentally and physically alert at all times and are prepared to deal with danger in any circumstances.

Today, Krav Maga is widely practiced by a number of people. Whether you are a man or woman, civilian or law-enforcement and military personnel, you will find this art extremely useful. There are a number of training academies which offer various courses. Some of the larger academies provide training courses for instructors also. Keeping in mind the difference in the methods and level of difficulty between training given to the civilians and military personnel, the courses for instructors are also designed accordingly. International kravmaga federation offers training classes for everyone willing to learn this art of self defense.

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