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Everybody loves Krav Maga

19th May 2016

Everybody loves Krav Maga
Krav Maga, you've probably heard about it but you might not know what it is. You may have heard it mentioned in popular culture, in episodes of How I Met Your Mother or The Big Bang Theory, in which a woman claims she knows"100 ways to rip a man's nuts off". Who are we to argue? Well that's not quite what Krav Maga is, but it is about self-defence, so if you're defending yourself against a man, then why not go for the more sensitive areas?

Krav Maga's popping up all over the place and that's because in recent years it's become a whole lot more popular. The Israeli combat system is fast becoming the go to Martial Art for self-defence and a hobby of choice for adults, not just in the UK, but worldwide.

The street smart Martial Art

Krav Maga originated in Israel, developed secretly by the special forces. It was intended for hand-to-hand combat in life endangering situations. However its popularity is such that it's become a firm staple of civilian life as a great way of learning how to protect yourself on the streets. It's the street smart Martial Art.

Krav Maga takes elements from other martial arts such as wrestling, Jiu Jitsu and boxing, and moulds them together to create an effective fighting system.

The concept is simple... go for the weak spots. Krav Maga is a fast and impulsive style of combat. It's not only about defending yourself effectively, but also about being aware of your surroundings and having an eye for danger. It doesn't matter if it's a quick kick to a sensitive spot, or whether you pick up a snooker cue and choke someone with it. The important point is that you end up safe. This is why it's street smart, because there are no rules. It's fast and it's very dirty, there is no such thing as a cheap shot.

When Imi Litchenfield created Krav Maga, he did it because of his past experience, his need to flee Europe as Nazi Germany began its rise. He joined the Israeli army in 1948 and developed the self-defence method in order to meet the needs of military personnel. It was a hit and immediately spread wider across the Israeli forces.

The basic principles teach students how to neutralise, disable or control aggressive situations as quickly as possible. It will educate a student in how to defend against punches, kicks, choke holds, attacks from behind and against weapons. Importantly, size doesn't matter. Unlike traditional martial arts such as Karate or Judo, it is not about being pitted in a fair contest against someone that is the same size as you. In real life, if you're going to be attacked it's usually by someone bigger, or someone who has an advantage over you. The moves help you to effectively use your body weight to get maximum power into kicks and punches, so that the size difference is meaningless.

From Israel to Hollywood

As mentioned before, Krav Maga has become popular in Hollywood. In many action movies, actors take Krav Maga lessons to improve their technique and make fight scenes more realistic. It features prominently in the Taken series starring Liam Neeson, as well as the X-Men movies, both of which are huge hits worldwide. Hollywood wants realistic combat scenes and Krav Maga helps deliver that.

It's also become a celebrity fad, a hobby that many are taking to lose weight, stay fit or stay safe. Daniel Craig, Tom Cruise, Hilary Swank and Jessica Chastain are just some of the A-listers using the fighting system to stay in shape or prepare for films. Another celebrity who enjoyed Krav Maga was the late James Gandolfini who played Tony Soprano in the acclaimed TV series"The Sopranos". He summed it up perfectly...

“What I like about Krav Maga is that it is a self-defence class that teaches practical self-defence, not the origins of the universe."

It might not be an ancient Martial Art with many rules and teachings, but it gets the job done and that is a huge part of its appeal.

How to find a Krav Maga class

With its popularity soaring, finding a Krav Maga class is easier than ever. By using Martial Arts Near You, you'll be able to find the Martial arts classes in your local area. There are martial arts studios and Krav Maga instructors all across the UK.

Once you have found one, if you have any reservations about giving it a try, just leave an enquiry with the instructor and they'll be able to tell you more. If you're ready to get stuck in, then you can buy the class online and secure your place.

Krav Maga is suitable for everybody. Women's Krav Maga classes have become very popular in recent years and it's especially easy to find a beginners Krav Maga class. All you need to do is narrow down what you're looking for on our search.
Source: Martial Arts Near You