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Krav Maga is a modern self-defence system that employs aggressive hand-to-hand combat skills and other street fighting techniques to defend oneself from violent assaults. The system uses a practical approach to defence, using the natural and instinctive response of people to a threatening situation. The word is Hebrew meaning combat/battle contact, literally, while a more meaningful translation is ‘close combat/ battle’.
Krav Maga is believed to have existed since 1930s. Imi Lichtenfeld is credited with the creation of this self-defence form during the 1930s. After his immigration to Israel in the late 1940s, he began to teach this defence form there and eventually created more refined techniques, which became popular as Krav Maga.
Krav Maga methodology focuses on neutralization of threat with simultaneous defensive and offensive movements and tactics, reinforced by an aggressive endurance approach representing ‘dominance of only one’. Techniques are developed to tackle real-life situations where failure to respond can translate to death. The techniques focus on quick and frequent moves aimed at the opponent’s highly vulnerable body parts to cripple him.
Krav Maga deals with situations of the real world. So, trainees are prepared to tackle attacks from all or any direction(s) by one or more attackers, in any place, including open or closed spaces, water, and in any posture ? sitting, standing, moving, or flat on the back or abdomen or any such sedentary posture.
Though Krav Maga is structured, there are no specific formalities as uniforms, bowing or other rituals, found in other forms of martial arts. There is also no difference in training for men and women. Krav Maga also allows usage of any available weapon for safety.
As with any other self-defence system, a good instructor is of paramount importance in KM too. Since techniques and tactics involved are complex, a qualified instructor with experience is essential to effective training. Krav Maga Ireland is a renowned training center that has been imparting authentic Krav Maga to over 8000 individuals, including members of the Irish Army Ranger Wing, for the last 8 years. Patrick Cumiskey, the Chief Instructor, is highly qualified and a man of multiple accomplishments. Know more about Krav Maga Ireland.
Though some KM techniques are extracts of traditional martial arts, they have been refined to suit Krav Maga philosophy of dealing with real-life situations. Despite its violent facet, KM is a proven self-defence system, essential in the prevailing sensitive world situation.
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