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Whether you're new to self-defense and Krav Maga, or you're looking to freshen up your knowledge because you may not have a Krav Maga training facility near you, this blog is a great place to start for beginners and more advanced practitioners for tactical combat and self-defense techniques. 

Krav Maga For Beginners: 10 Things You Need To Know

Krav Maga For Beginners: 10 Things You Need To Know

Krav Maga is a system of self-defense and fighting tactics that have been developed for the Israeli military. It is an ideal form of martial arts training for beginners because it teaches real-life skills with no fancy moves or sequences. Instead, Krav Maga focuses on instinctive movements and practical techniques that are easy to learn in order to defend oneself in any situation. This blog post will outline some of the basics you should know before starting your Krav Maga training!

 1. Krav Maga is Not Martial Arts

Krav Maga is designed for the realities and dangers of combat. It was developed by Imi Lichtenfeld in Czechoslovakia to give his students a chance at surviving an attack from Nazi soldiers, which are highly trained combatants with advanced weapons.

One of Krav Maga's main tenets is that it doesn't require years of training to be effective as other forms of martial arts do. Instead, one can learn the basic...

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Self Defense for Senior Citizens

Self Defense for Senior Citizens

There are many groups in society that struggle with being able to defend themselves. Predators, who are also cowards, look for prey that will give them what they want, whatever that may be, with as little of a struggle as possible. They certainly don’t want someone who is willing to fight back. 

There can’t be a worse feeling than that of helplessness. To constantly walk around with a  constant feeling out of not being in control is a terrible sensation. To make matters worse, violence against people 60+ increased by 53% between 2008 and 2016 according to U.S. News. From 2002 to 2016, nonfatal assault rose 75.4%. An estimated 1 of 6 seniors will experience some type of violence and the worst part? 58% of the assailants are either related or know the victim.

hate crimes against senior citizens statistic

No one should have to live in constant fear and in a state of helplessness, regardless of religion, sexual orientation, race, size, gender or age. Yet, violence against...

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How to Learn Self Defense

How to Learn Self Defense

Out of everything I get asked about martial arts, I think, “How do you learn self defense,” and “How do you learn to fight,” are the two most common things people ask. To anyone looking to learn how to defend themselves, I want to first say, congratulations on the first step. Krav Maga can sometimes feel intimidating especially if you’re a survivor of any sort of violence. Even if you’ve never been accosted but want to take the necessary precautions to get safer, Krav Maga can seem overwhelming. You have the technical combatives of punching, kicking, knees, and elbows, then there are the aggression drills, fatigue drills, defensive tactics, and stress drills which will all test your mindset and may cause you to go into fight or flight mode, and finally there’s the potential emotional catharsis that comes with the mental hurdles you overcome each time you train. Deciding to learn how to defend yourself is a big step...

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The Difference Between MMA and Krav Maga - UFC 259

I often get asked why I do both MMA and Krav Maga and most of the time, people don’t really understand the difference. If you look at a lot of the combatives, strikes, defenses, etc, there’s a lot of similarities: Punches, kicks, knees, elbows, submissions and takedowns are all part of Krav Maga. Yet, they serve completely different purposes. Here’s the best explanation I can give:

MMA (Mixed Martial Arts)

Mixed martial arts is a sport. By nature, sports have confines, rules, regulations, and procedures. This is a controlled environment and because of that the athletes are still (relatively) safe. There is a referee, whose core job objective is to ensure a fight is stopped before too much or irreparable damage is caused to either party. You fight because you want to fight and if you fight professionally, you get paid to fight. When I would fight, I would sign a contract, I would know who I was fighting, what time we were fighting, at what weight and where we were...

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Which Self-Defense Systems is the Best?

Which Self-Defense Systems is the Best?

 

I don’t think there has been a more important time in modern history to know self defense. A very common question I get asked is: what self defense is the best? Well, the true answer is: for what situation? The question can’t truly be answered by itself without a few follow up questions: For who? In what situation? Against whom? 

 

I’m going to answer those questions for you and several more in this post in order to get you to understand the differences between different martial arts and their pros and cons and thus, make an educated decision for yourself as to what martial arts or self defense system is right for you.



BJJ

What it is 

BJJ, or Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, has become very popular in recent years since the Gracies introduced it in the U.S. in the Ultimate Fighting Championships (UFC). BJJ revolutionised the world of martial arts and is still a huge part of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA). However, due to...

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Why Range in a Fight Matters

Uncategorized Sep 04, 2020
 

The Winning Formula

The formula for winning a fight is pretty easy: It’s about landing as many strikes as possible and not let your opponent do the same to you. Yes, that’s very oversimplified but if you have ever done any type of sparring or been in a fight, you know you will jam some strikes and miss a whole lot more from not being close enough. In fighting, be it boxing, kickboxing, or MMA, you often hear commentators talk about a fighter, “Being able to find his/her range,” or “Not being able to find his/her range.”

Some believe a ring or cage fight is different from a street fight and that the dynamics change the basic fighting principles. 

Fighting Principles 

Yes and no, is the answer to that statement. Yes, there are many more variables in a street altercation, such as space, weapons, multiple attackers, etc. However, there are also a lot of similarities. A punch is a punch and a kick is a kick and whether you’re standing...

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How to defend against someone coming up from behind with a baseball bat

Uncategorized Jun 03, 2020

I’ve been asked this more times than I can count and I figured it’s time to answer it once and for all. 

 

“It can’t be done, can it?” you might be thinking right now. 

 

You’re right.

 

It can’t be done. And if you’ve seen some online video with some “martial art guru” using his mind to defend it, it’s not real unfortunately. Still, I get asked about it a lot, as if there was some magic that you can learn in martial arts. Sure, you become more combat savvy, so that you know how to be aware of your surroundings and what to do to make yourself less of a target but you will never get another pair of eyes in the back of your neck. 

 

Unfortunately, people often have this idea that martial arts will give you some magical powers. They will certainly give you powers you never thought were possible but there’s no magic to it. There’s only hard work, dedication and commitment....

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