Simplicity and speed
So that a technique is effective on the street, it has to be the simplest possible and must allow an immediate reaction. The beginner, will more quickly be likely to defend himself with Krav Maga than with a traditional, often complex, thus slow to assimilate, martial art. Contrary to certain disciplines that teach acrobatic and complicated techniques, that requires years of practice and particular physical qualities, the simplicity of Krav Maga makes it accessible to all. In practical terms, we essentially use parries, that are close to natural reflexes, as well as hands, elbows, legs, knees and head punch techniques. When possible, we riposte with a parry and a simultaneous counterattack to neutralize the aggressor before he moves on new attacks. The knocks aim essentially at tender or vital spots as genitals, eyes, throat, or knees. We also practise armlocks, constrictions and projections as well as fight on the ground, always according to the principle of ” everything is allowed “.
As our defence techniques respect the human morphology, they are not traumatizing for the person who practises them. Most of the kicks, for example, are given below the belt. This avoids traumatisms due to the practice of high kicks, like ligamentary, muscular and articular wounds, as well as hip or knee degenerative osteoarthritis…
Krav Maga appeared in Israel in a geopolitical environment where violence was ordinary. In that situation of almost permanent conflict, the army and the Israeli security services needed a really effective bare hands fight method. By necessity, Krav Maga was often used in real situation and Master Imrich Lichtenfeld, his creator, constantly improved it, according to the results. In 1964, as Krav Maga stopped being classified, Imi adapted it to the needs of the civilians, while preserving its efficiency. That’s why aestheticism has no dominating space in our discipline. Efficiency and coherence dominates on any other consideration.
While a lot of martial arts adapted little by little their techniques to satisfy the requirements of the competition, Krav Maga remained faithful to its principles. Everything is allowed, whether strikings in genitals, pikes in eyes or headbutt. Because in the street, there is no rule! Krav Maga teaches to save lives and to face the violence. He cannot be distorted by regulations intended to allow sporting events.
We consider that there is no real efficiency without real self-control. Imi’s Krav Maga is based on moral values, which underline the importance of personal integrity, non-violence and humility. The person who practises Krav Maga is a respectful and honest person. During training, his courteous behavior allows a pleasant and safe practice.
Self-control means acting according to a principle of proportionality and resorting to Krav Maga only when the situation requires it. According to circumstances and to the amount of danger, the person who practises Krav Maga will try to avoid the fight by going away or, if it is possible, by reasoning with the aggressor by speaking to him. But, if it is absolutely necessary, he will know how to use trained techniques to defend his own life or other person’s lives. At a late stage, the person who practises Krav Maga will, as wanted by Master Lichtenfeld, “master self-defence so well, that he will never have to kill nobody, whoever he is, whatever is the situation”.