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Krav Maga is roughly translated from Hebrew to mean close quarter fighting. Krav Maga is a modern method of protecting yourself from someone who may be posing danger to your life, whether they are armed or unarmed. This is a highly effective type of martial arts that uses various combinations of throws, strikes, holds, grapples and locks. Although Krav Maga was originally developed during the 1930’s in Czechoslovakia, it was later adapted by and continues to be used by the Israeli security forces and has been quickly growing in popularity throughout various countries around the world.
The Krav Maga philosophy stresses simultaneous defense and threat neutralization for offensive maneuvers and aggression. This form of martial arts is easily implemented and can be learned fairly easily. Compared to other martial art styles, Krav Maga is more effectively used in close quarter combat. This is a modern system of self-defense and unlike Kung Fu or Karate that were developed as a way for people to defend themselves while traveling through dangerous areas of Korea, China and Japan, Krav Maga is better used in an urban setting.
The Krav Maga technique utilizes the natural movements of the body with simple, direct movements that allow you to quickly stop an opponent. Since the Krav Maga style of fighting was originally designed to improve the street fighting skills and was refined for use by military personnel, police and civilians it focuses on practical techniques that have been proven to be effective in a common, real life attack. Krav Maga techniques include eye jabs, joint breaks and groin strikes so there is not a point system and there is no sporting federation involved in Krav Maga style of fighting.
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