Krav Maga: Why is it Your Best Self-Defense System?

Did Krav Maga invent the round kick? 

Did Krav Maga invent the round kick? 

As a self-defense instructor, people often ask me why is Krav Maga the best form of self-defense? What makes it superior to all the other forms like MMA, Karate, Tae Kwon Do, or even Brazilian Jiu Jitsu?

Before you can even ask this question, you need to understand the Krav Maga system as a whole and why, as a defense system, Krav Maga seems to be structured un-structure. The basic answer, before we dive deeper into its history, is that Krav Maga derives its superiority from its refusal to cultivate a predictable pattern.

As an ever-evolving system of real life self-defense, there are no uniforms, no traditions, and no rules in Krav Maga. This system is taught as if you were learning it on the street; you learn what you need to know to defend yourself as quickly and effectively as possible. This means that the techniques that are taught rely on the bodys natural reflexes and movements to make them easy to perform and remember in stressful situations, even with very little practice.  

Why is this method so effective? To understand the efficacy of Krav Maga one must understand the history of its formation and evolution.

In the early 20th century, with the rise of the Nazis, professional wrestler and martial artist Imi Lichtenfeld, found himself forced to employ his sharply honed fighting skills to protect himself and the community from invading forces. However, it wasnt long until he realized that there was an enormous difference between fighting for sport and defending yourself in the street. It was this realization that spurred the development of the Krav Maga system.

In 1942, after several years of street fighting experience, Imi immigrated to Israel where he began instructing newly formed paramilitary groups. Several years later, in 1948, the IDF (Israeli Defense Force) was formed and brought  Imi in as its chief fitness and hand-to-hand combat instructor.

As both the country of Israel and their military defense corp were so newly formed, Imi was tasked with developing a technical hand-to-hand defense system that was simultaneously quick and effective for recruits of all sizes, physical abilities, and genders to learn.

With this goal in mind, what Imi created was the ultimate intuitive combat system: Krav Maga. He took the best techniques from every system that he had come into contact with and fused them together in a natural progression to create a reflex-based self-defense method. There are no rings, referees, belts, or weight classes. Instead students learn how to systematically and logically assess and respond to real life threats in the outside world.

So now that you know what Krav Maga is, well circle back to our original question: Why should you learn Krav Maga instead of any of the other various forms of self-defense? Simply because by practicing Krav Maga you are effectively studying the best parts of various forms of self-defense simultaneously. Dont just learn Karate, Tae Kwon Do, MMA, or Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Learn Krav Maga instead, is all of them bundled together and more! 

Ron Grobman


Tactical Fitness Austin