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  1. Wolfwood is offline

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    Krav Maga?

    A few questions.

    First, is this considered a martial art?
    Second, do we have any practitioners here?

    From reading up on the details of the apparently "official self-defense method of the Isreali army", it's more of a "practical technique" in that it pits you in certain "real life situations", like a gun to the side of your head.

    Comments, info about Krav maga?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wolfwood
    A few questions.

    First, is this considered a martial art?
    Second, do we have any practitioners here?

    From reading up on the details of the apparently "official self-defense method of the Isreali army", it's more of a "practical technique" in that it pits you in certain "real life situations", like a gun to the side of your head.

    Comments, info about Krav maga?
    Mcdojo.

    Black Belt magazine excerpts-

    November 2002

    Birth of krav maga

    To prepare soldiers for combat and to instill a warrior spirit, in the 1980s the IDF (Israeli Defense Force) created a boot-camp-style hand-to-hand program called krav maga (krav means "combat" or "fight," and maga means "touch" or "contact"). Krav maga is a well-rounded hybrid system which encourages students to be aggressive and decisive in conflict. It includes hard-hitting hand and elbow strikes, thai-style knee strikes, low kicks, grappling, knife defense, gun and rifle takeaways, and lots of physical conditioning. The original concept of krav maga was to absorb any martial art that was useful by taking its most effective techniques and teaching them quickly and efficiently.

    Krav maga offshoots

    In late 1980s krav maga was also being taught to the Israeli public. Since everyone in that society serves in the military, most of the population had been exposed to it anyway. In fact, the name of the art became so common that it was used as loosely in Israel as the word karate is used in America. Variations sprang up everywhere. By the 1990s, everybody was claiming to be a krav maga master or a 10th degree black belt.

    Some of the original instructors of krav maga got so fed up with people claiming that their krav maga was the "true-version taught to elite units" that they dropped the term krav maga from their vocabulary altogether. With so many people laying claims to the krav maga system, many veteran instructors felt a need to regulate what was, and was not, pure krav maga. Several organizations stepped up to the plate: the krav maga association, krav maga federation, krav maga union, Israeli krav maga, international krav maga federation, krav maga and so on.

    A few years ago, the Wingate Institute, a respected Israeli sports organization, claimed to have the exclusive rights to krav maga for licensing and curriculum purposes. Although it was recently defeated in court, the organization is appealing to the Israeli Supreme Court. Many in the military community are outraged at the Institutes attempt to gain control of the name.

    Since the commercialization of krav maga in Israel, there has been a movement away from using these terms altogether.
    Kungfoolss, Scourge of the theory-based stylists, Most Feared man at Bullshido.com, and the Preeminent Force in the martial arts political arena
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wolfwood
    Comments, info about Krav maga?
    Welcome to our little corner of the Internet. You should use the search function at top right hand side of you screen as there has been a lot posted about Krav Maga.
  4. Judah Maccabee is offline
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    Yes, search function, noob.

    I will say that it can vary GREATLY between schools. My school blends Krav with BJJ, since the national center doesn't currently place much emphasis on ground engagement, more like get off the ground.

    I've trained at 3 separate places and had sucess with 2/3 in terms of quality instruction.

    Let's also emphasize that McDojo isn't the same as Bullshido.
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    I took Krav for a year on and off, and at first it was pretty cool, we did a lot of groundwork and full contact sparring, but after more and more soccer moms and executives started showing up in their Beamers and mini-vans, it turned into a tae-bo workout.
    Regardless, that doesn't change the fact that kickboxing is commonly known as fighting while grappling simply isn't. - Osiris

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