Krav Maga is a self-defense system, originating from the hand-to-hand combat style used by the Israeli army. It is effective, efficient and brutal. Krav Maga translates to “contact combat”, and its lack of rules and spirituality separates it from the usual martial arts classes seen advertised. The purpose of learning Krav Maga is to protect yourself long enough for to escape an attacker.
It is easy to learn, as instructor Sarah Brendlor explains, “Krav Maga takes your natural instincts and makes them more efficient and effective.” The system evens out the playing field between men and women, and it does not use weight categories to determine fights when it comes to practicing moves against real opponents.
“In martial arts, fights are done in weight categories but on the street it’s more likely an attacker will choose a smaller victim,” says instructor Magdalena Nikitczuk. “Women need to know how to use their body weight and put power behind a kick or punch.”
Self-defense is the main reason for learning Krav Maga. It can raise your awareness and put your mind at ease when walking home at night, alone. Too many women know the uneasy feeling when they find themselves alone and in the dark, and such a feeling encourages paranoia and fear that can freeze your muscles if attacked. Krav Maga focuses on simple moves that is repeatedly drilled into you, so if the worse happens and you are attacked, your muscle memory kicks in, giving you an opportunity to escape. The system teaches you to hit your attacker’s vulnerable points, such as their eyes or groin.
Confidence is another reason to learn the system. “In my opinion, women don’t have the confidence they should in life let alone in defence,” Helen “Hellraiser” Harper, top British mixed martial artist, told The Independent. “Learning to fend off an attacker can not only help women to have peace of mind when walking alone, but also increase confidence, independence and a general sense of achievement.”
An additional reason to take up Krav Maga is exercise. You’ll no doubt be in better shape from learning the system. Plus, it is an incredible stress reliever, as the class encourages you to release all of your aggression. The reason for such encouragement is to prevent women from freezing up in real life, if they are ever attacked. “The closer to reality the better,” says Darren Shelley, a Krav Maga instructor, as he explains his teaching methods.
Krav Maga is becoming increasingly popular within the UK. Find your nearest class now, and begin your empowering journey to self-defense.