Krav Maga vs. Traditional Martial Arts

What's the Difference Between Krav Maga and Traditional Martial Arts?

Krav Maga is a practical Self Defense system. "Light on the Art & Heavy on the Martial". It was developed to deal with real-world situations in order to avoid, prevent and act upon violent confrontations of any kind. 

Unlike traditional martial arts which might focus on spirituality, biomechanics, or sport, Krav Maga is primarily concerned with safety in the modern world – making it home alive and having the fitness, confidence and awareness to do so. 

There are many different types of martial arts, all with their own rules and ideologies; let’s take a look at why Krav Maga stands out as the best type of self defense training in the world!

Basic Principles 

Krav Maga has it's roots in close combat, hands-on fighting to be used in real situations where psychical violence is a threat. Many traditional martial art forms focus on compliancy drills and memorized routines; they are built upon unrealistic forms of fighting and have since become method-based sports and a collection of ineffective self defense techniques.

Krav Maga is situational. It focuses on opportunity, efficiency, targets, neutralizing attackers, and simultaneous defense and attack with a focus on real-life situations where you might actually be in danger. The point of Krav Maga is not to invoke fear, quite the opposite actually. The philosophy is one of preparation, determining what the immediate danger is and what the most effective solution is. 

In addition, arming oneself with anything and everything you could use to diffuse a situation, or protect and counter-attack.

Physical over Mental 

Some forms of martial arts advocate mental or internal forces as a focal point for ‘sourcing power’. Taekwando, for example, focuses on breathing control, concentration, equilibrium (centre-point) and internal reactive forces to generate power. While these are extremely relevant concepts when thinking of just about any physical activity or exercises, they aren’t so applicable to situations where danger is imminent and there’s a very good chance you will be caught off guard.

Krav Maga is more ingrained in the physical world, and its basic principles reflect that:

• Simultaneous defense and attack.
• Instinctive movement.
• Targeting soft tissue and pressure points such as the neck, groin, throat and solar plexus.
• Using weapons of opportunity that are available in your environment (rocks, sticks etc)
• Dealing with multiple attackers.
• Neutralizing armed and unarmed attackers.
• Being aware of surroundings in order to search for escape routes, more attackers, weapons or assistance. 

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