Krav Maga Self Defence System
What is the Krav Maga Self Defence System?
Krav Maga is a self defence system used and invented by the IDF (Israeli Defence Forces). It was invented by Imi Lichtenfield who honed his skills in the 1930’s fighting fascist thugs in Bratislava. During this period Imi, who’s background was in western boxing and grappling, learned the difference between sport and street fighting. Imi was forced to leave Bratislava in the late 1930’s as Europe became a battlefield. Imi went on to develop Krav Maga in 1948. Read more
Here are my top 10 good reasons to train in Krav Maga – or any other martial art:
10. Learning a self defence skill is a genuinely useful thing to have. Statistically you ARE going to need it one day, maybe to defend yourself, or even to defend a loved one or a colleague. But even if you never needed to use it, its like owning a smoke alarm or a fire extinguisher – you don’t buy these things in the hope that one day your house burns down so you can use them. You buy them because you know that if you don’t have them when you need them you are going to be in trouble! A small investment of time or money can put you in a place so that when you need these things you have them! Read more
Instructor Jim Halton of Krav Maga Bristol writes:
Here are 3 tips for students beginning to train in grappling.
In the Titans club at Krav Maga Bristol we train sparring every session. We train stand up sparring but we also train in sparring on the ground. When new students to Krav Maga Bristol first start rolling it can be an uncomfortable experience. A mix of confusion, nervousness, fatigue, trying to use your strength instead of technique you find yourself exhausted. Getting submitted by your fellow student again and again isn’t much fun and eventually you will ask, “How can I get better at ground sparring?”
The first thing is to acknowledge that all of us go through it. Sometimes you are the hammer, sometimes you are the nail. When you first start, you’re the nail! But remember we have all been there before! Other students at Krav Maga Bristol will be there to support you.
Secondly, remember that there are no quick fixes that will work overnight. You need to perservere through the first few months of training. It will get easier, you will learn skills and you will improve but there isn’t anything you can learn in a couple of classes that will make you better than someone who has been training for longer than you. There is no cheating mat time. If you want to be better than another student, better than the next person who’s going to attack you, or even just better than you yourself. You need to put the time in against real live opponents. Mat time. Time with the gloves on. Sparring stand up or ground, there’s no cheating it.
Takedowns and Groundfighting
Krav Maga only has a few takedowns, there are many we could use but we only use a handful of the ones which are easiest to remember and work well against larger attackers. Read more
Krav Maga Bristol Instructor Jim Halton writes on the reality of defending yourself against a baseball attack on the street.
Krav Maga Bristol Instructor Jm Halton writes:
You hear a knock at the door and answer and someone stood there with a bat in their hand, it’s pulled back, chambered and… Read more
Sparring Tips for Beginners
In this guide our Sparring Tips for Beginners we look to advise the Krav Maga student or student from any striking or submission based martial art on how to improve their sparring ability.
Krav Maga is widely regarded as the best form of self defence training. It is comprised of a mixture of martial arts and modern street self defence techniques and tactics. In Krav Maga, practitioners will regularly train in Boxing, Muay Thai and Grappling (BJJ) as well as alongside weapons training and multiple opponent training.
There are numerous types of sparring for Krav Maga Typically…
- Stand up sparring – hands and kicks, muay thai and kickboxing rules
- Stand up Sparring – hands only
- Ground sparring – no strikes
- Ground sparring – all strikes allowed
- Open sparring – stand up and ground allowed
- Multiple opponent sparring – survival mode
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Krav Maga Combat Training Demonstration by the Korean Army
The Korean Military Special Forces division have recently begun using Krav Maga as their primary source of hand to hand combat training because of its simplicity, its effectiveness and its ability to turn a civilian into a combat ready soldier in the shortest time possible. Over 500 military and law enforcement agencies use Krav Maga for their hand to hand combat training most notably Mossad, the FBI, SWAT, UK SF and many more.
Krav Maga Bristol Target Hardening
Krav Maga Bristol Instructor Jim Halton writes about the concept of target hardening and what it means to you…