Beyond Guns: Krav Maga, The Ultimate Self-Defense

If you’re looking to improve your self-defense skills, you should definitely take a look at Krav Maga, Israel’s mythical and deadly martial art used by the Mossad that has been around for over 50 years.

Krav Maga was created in military battlefields and perfected in Middle Eastern combat zones by the Mossad, and pretty much everybody can learn how to use it, regardless of its gender, age, or size. This combat and self-defense martial art is based on the principle of logic before practice. Therefore, it’s focused entirely in real-life situations where people expect (or not) to be attacked, whether it’s with guns or not.

What’s Krav Maga?

Krav Maga literally means contact combat, and it’s a system of self-defense based on this phrase: “there’s no better defense than a good offense”, and most of its supporters rather not think of it as a martial art. It was originally conceived as a way for people to fight back from racist and anti-semitic attacks from the WWII era, and it combines different styles of combat and several moves from other martial arts like Jiu-Jitsu, boxing, kickboxing, Muay Thai, wrestling or even grappling. Also, Krav Maga is Israel’s official defensive system, and all of its military and law enforcement officers are obliged to learn how to perfect this art before actually being able to go out there and do their jobs. Nowadays, military and paramilitary organizations all around the world have turned their attention to Krav Maga. France’s GIGN, the FBI, the SWAT, Rio de Janeiro’s special military police, among others, have been interested in mastering the art of ‘Operative Krav Maga’. Operative Krav Maga is destined exclusively for law enforcement agents and bodyguards, as it requires less training because it’s focused solely on the system’s most efficient techniques. However, it doesn’t mean civilians wouldn’t be more than able to learn and master this art as well. Furthermore, it’s worth noticing that Krav Maga isn’t usually considered a sport, as there are no belts or divisions, and students’ progress as they learn new techniques that can go from punches, kicks, grasps, wrestling, and gun defense. However, there’s a growing tendency pointing towards thinking of Krav Maga as a sport, andthere’s even an International Krav Maga Federation that’s advocating for the institutionalization of it, developing different courses, belts, colors and patches for students to use as they progress in their training.

Once a student develops a given skill set while using protection, he’d be entitled of the chance of fighting hand to hand, where he’ll be able to learn about potentially life-threatening situations until he’s finally graduated. Obviously, Krav Maga takes a lot of time and discipline, but if you want to become a master of self-defense, there’s no better way than doing so than learning this revolutionary system that can definitely help you get out of trouble in no time. Notably, it’s not meant to use to attack other people but to defend yourself, so use it wisely.