Created on the violent streets of pre-WWII Europe, and developed on the battlefields of the Middle East in an environment where one had little time to devote to combat training, the Krav Maga system was created to bring students to an efficient level of fighting ability in a short period of time.
Since its birth, Krav Maga has proven its efficient applicability in the real and violent worlds of war, law enforcement, and civilian “street-wise” self-defense. Changing with the times, Krav Maga has continued to be developed and improved for over a half-century. You will find no specific “forms” (referred to as kata in Japanese Martial Arts) in this system, and very few absolute rules (if any). In Krav Maga training, the focus is on you. The training in this book is meant to help you develop a high level of physical fitness while teaching you easy-to-learn self-defense techniques that are designed to be effective in reality-based situations of aggression and/or violence.
The path of Krav Maga is far more than just a way of fighting, it is a survival system meant to ensure the practitioner's personal safety. Considered a modern and constantly evolving street fighting system, Krav Maga is effective for use against both armed and unarmed attackers, addressing a variety of potential situations such as defense against punches, kicks, chokes, physical restraints/ grabs. What's more, these defenses are learned in such a way that they may be employed against one or multiple attackers, armed with firearms, edged weapons, or blunt objects.
Krav Maga training places emphasis on conditioning oneself to react when caught off-guard. The techniques and training methods will sharpen your ability to defend and counter from a state of non-readiness, teaching you to transition from passive to aggressive modes in the blink of an eye. The training methods will tone your body while teaching you to fight effectively in moments of chaos and stress. The techniques will allow you to learn how to move from a disadvantaged situation to a position of advantage in combative situations.
In addition to self-defense, Krav Maga will harden, strengthen, and lengthen the muscles of your body. You will grow faster, stronger, and more toned with every passing week of training. The training will introduce you to elements that are applicable to the act of fighting — fighting strategies, feints, punching/ kicking combinations, blocks, and counterattacks. Psychologically, your confidence and assertiveness will grow as you learn to control fear, to face uncertainty, to remain calm in the midst of chaos, and to use the environment to your advantage.
Krav Maga offers a fitness program that includes specialized training methods that will not only challenge you on a physical level, but will also develop within you a rare mental discipline that will strengthen your spirit and develop your ability to deal with violent encounters under great amounts of mental stress. This is perhaps why so many law enforcement organizations have begun to integrate Krav Maga into their training programs.
Krav Maga is not a combat sport, and you will find no Krav Maga-sanctioned competitions or tournaments. This is not a sport…it is a way to develop the mental acuity and physical strength that will allow you to live and survive in today's harsh world.
The Krav Maga symbol, as seen in the KMAA logo on the cover of this book, consists of a combination of the Hebrew letters K and M surrounded by an open circle. The open circle is symbolic of how the Krav Maga system remains open and constantly evolving, as practitioners are always improving, revising, and adding upon techniques, exercises, and training methods.