MARTIAL ARTS VS KRAV MAGA
Krav Maga began in Israel when the IDF was formed in order to provide their soldiers with an efficient and effective way of protecting themselves in hostile situations. Many techniques are either derived, or taken directly from, another form of fighting. Krav Maga has a much shorter history than most traditional martial arts and most practitioners do not consider it a martial art at all.
Today it is used by military, law enforcement, and civilians around the world. The first thing to note is Krav Maga centers around the basis of no rules, no quitting, and an anything goes mentality. Therefore, any rules which apply to competition fighting are eliminated and the possibility of Krav Maga as a competition sport is in-turn eliminated.
Unlike traditional martial arts, Krav Maga has little focus on ritual and formalities and heavy focus on fitness, intensity, and incapacitating your attacker - all which are necessary in a fast, hard, real life attack. Again, it is not competitive sport fighting. The intent is to quickly and efficiently get you out of danger and end the attack, so at the end of the day you can go home safely to your family and loved ones. More than anything else, Krav Maga is practical and designed to accommodate various sizes, abilities, and even handicaps. You will learn what is practical for you.
No katas. No rituals. No nonsense. Based on simple principles and instinctive movements, this reality-based system is designed to teach real self-defense in the shortest possible time. You'll learn to defend against common chokes and grabs from all angles, punches and kicks, and weapons such as guns, knives, and sticks. Just as important, Krav Maga will teach you to function under the stress, shock, and adrenaline rush of a sudden violent encounter. Tested on the battlefield and the chosen system used by many law enforcement agencies, Krav Maga's practical approach to self-defense will make you safer and more secure.
The Krav Maga training system has become especially popular among Hollywood celebrities and has taken a place in many movie fight scenes as well. This speaks to the many advantages of learning Krav Maga. Muscle memory, balance, and coordination will all improve, but there are other advantages such as stress relief and the ability to be confident in any situation avoiding the panic that untrained individuals may experience.