Krazy for Krav
Muay Thai, Trail running, Kettle-bell workouts; these are all awesome conditioning training techniques. However, there’s something wildly wicked about Krav Maga! We do the conditioning exercises of course, as well as stretches but getting into the meat of the training is such an adrenalin rush!
Krav Maga /krɑːv məˈɡɑː/ (Hebrew: קרב מגע [ˈkʁav maˈɡa], lit. “contact combat”) is a noncompetitive eclectic self-defense system developed in Israel that involves striking techniques, wrestling and grappling. Krav Maga is known for its focus on real-world situations and extremely efficient, brutal counter-attacks. It was derived from street-fighting skills developed by Imi Lichtenfeld, who made use of his training as a boxer and wrestler, as a means of defending the Jewish quarter against fascist groups in Bratislava in the mid-to-late 1930s. In the late-1940s, following his immigration to Israel, he began to provide lessons on combat training to what was to become the IDF, who went on to develop the system that became known as Krav Maga. It has since been refined for civilian, police and military applications.
Krav Maga has a philosophy emphasizing threat neutralization, simultaneous defensive and offensive maneuvers, and aggression.
I know, I know – you’re thinking it’s so brutal and cruel and violent…and it is actually, I certainly won’t argue that. But that’s not why I enjoy it so much. In fact, I pray to the good Lord every day that I will never be in a position where I will have to even think about using it. And believe me, I definitely am not a fighter!! So why does it fascinate me? Efficiency. Getting the best results from the quickest and least amount of movement and effort. I’m not saying it’s easy but, in my opinion, Krav Maga is probably the fastest and most efficient form of self defense.
It trains your mind to react quickly to different situations and to do so in the fastest time with the greatest results. It operates on a ‘burst’ method. That is, you defend and attack at the same time. It’s requires stamina, strength, flexibility, speed and very importantly, a calm mind. Of course other martial arts require these attributes also but Krav Maga basically has no rules so you are ad-libbing from the very get-go, using the learned techniques. You have to be creative while being aggressive. Actually its the only form of self defense that is mainly offense. No fancy schmancy, dancing around and sparring. Take your opponent out or at least down, so you can get away, that’s it – that’s all. Still, our instructor reminds us in every class that it is always best to avoid any confrontation. Give up your wallet or watch if it will keep everyone involved safe.
Since training in Krav Maga I’ve seen a noticeable improvement in my squash and badminton playing and I also feel much lighter on my feet when running trails. Even running up hills I think differently. Instead of, “Oh man, another 100 meters of ‘UP’!”, I think, ” There it is, bring it on. I’ll get up there one way or another.” The challenge seems less daunting and I’m more confident. I’m hoping that mentality will carry over when I run in the Tough Mudder!!
One downfall however, I’m always coming home with bruises and bumps on my arms and legs but I guess that just goes with the territory.
Have you ever taken any martial arts training? If so, did you find it helped with your other sporting endeavors or life in general? It’s still relatively new to me but for now I’m still Krazy about Krav…I just hope the bruises go away soon!
and for one of my blogger friends out there, we do a lot of Pull ups! Arrrggghh!
Smile and have a great week.