History of Krav Maga
Krav Maga was introduced in the year 1954 by a defence officer ImiLichtenfeld who had commenced 15 year training among the Israel Defense Force. These self-defense and hand-to-hand combat was invented for the sake of IDF soldiers to enhance their defence techniques. When Imi retired in the year 1963, he went on to advance and modify his technique so that it can be used by normal civilians.
From 1972 to today, civilian courses for Krav Maga has been offered at different schools like: Wingate Institute in 1972. In 1978, federation for Krav Maga was created. Today it is taught by the right people, those who have been well trained.
Krav Maga Techniques and Movements
- Defending a one hand choke against a wall – This is one move where the attacker, putting pressure on the wall behind, uses one hand to grab and hold your throat. It is mostly designed to make you comply with the attacker’s will and should be responded by pretending to comply so that you can plan for your first strike.
- Disarming a knife-to-throat attack from behind – This is where the attacker places a knife or a blade to your throat from the rear while his or her other hand is free to control your arm and restrict your movement. You are supposed to comply with it, so as to be able to plan for your next move.
- Stomp kick to the groin – This is where the attacker kicks or knees you in the groin, which can cause severe damage, a series of agonizing pain and follow-up-attacks. When your attacker kicks you with your right leg, you should defend yourself with your left hand and vice versa, putting in mind that you should always mirror your attack.
Benefits of Learning Krav Maga
- Adaptive Self-Defense – Helps you to be able to defend yourself in any situation.
- Helps improve your physical well-being – Practitioners tend to have tremendously high metabolic rates and develop significant increases in strength, endurance and speed over time and for that they have adaptive and dynamic nature of the
- Stress release – Krav Maga can be a great way to cope with stress just like any form of intense activity, plus keep the endorphin flowing.
- It is known to increase the self-confidence of an individual – Due to the improved physical capabilities, some people have less fear when it comes to walking alone in the dark and having to deal with threatening situations. They find themselves well equipped with skills that one acquires in the course of practicing Krav Maga, which boost their self-confidence, benefiting other aspects of their life too.
- Heightened awareness of one’s surroundings – Krav Maga is a highly adaptive and fast paced move. Therefore, the practitioner gets conditioned to develop a keen awareness of his /her surroundings and what goes on in it. This is very crucial for the purpose of staying prepared at all times.