Why Krav Maga?
The simple answer is…it works!!
Krav Maga is not a martial art. It is a defensive tactics system built on principles that work. No uniforms, no refs, and no rules. In fact, some people like to say that Krav Maga is martial without the art.
Krav Maga is for everybody! No matter your size, strength, speed, age, gender or experience level, the defenses are made to work for you. The system was designed with this in mind.
Krav Maga defenses are designed to be mastered and retained in a short amount of time. “Krav Maga as a system is designed for short term training. The assumption built in to Krav Maga is that people won’t have time to become career martial artists. You can master the basics of the system and certainly get the approach and the attitude in 8-12 weeks, assuming you are training a couple times a week. To understand a higher technique and to get into higher level and higher risk training, you have to do it a little longer. But you’ll learn the basics against the average street attack in a couple months. It takes you from 0-60 faster than any other system I’ve ever seen. Or, it brings you to a high level of proficiency quickly. That’s what Krav Maga does.” -John Whitman, Founder, Krav Maga Alliance
Krav Maga builds defenses around your instinctive reactions to threats. Instinctive means you will react without thinking about it, or, faster than your conscious mind can process the threat and tell your body to move. The split seconds saved by using instinctual movements as the basis of your defenses can sometimes mean the difference between massive injury and pain, or going home safe. Also because the system is based on common principles and natural, instinctive movements, you will retain Krav Maga techniques with minimal review and practice.
Krav Maga emphasizes training under stress. Here’s where many martial arts and self defense styles fail. There’s a lot of cool and neat looking techniques out there. But, they break down under the stress of a real life violent attack! Too many choices, too much thinking involved, or the movements are too complicated. Or, quite simply, they have never been tested under the stress of a violent encounter.