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What Is Krav Maga
Krav Maga is the most devastating fighting system / Self Defense or protection system in the world. Krav Maga is not a sport, it is a system based on principles and concepts. In Krav Maga, you’ll learn to defeat unarmed attackers, rapidly resolve ground fights, and deal with knives and guns. Additionally, you’ll learn how to debilitate your opponent rapidly irrespective of his size, training background or experience level. Most importantly the system can be learned quickly and applied under extreme stress.
The guiding principles Training in Krav Maga
Techniques should be as simple as possible. Simple techniques are faster to learn and easier to master and better retained over time. Simple techniques are more reliable in high stress situations. Complexity should be saved for sport, dance and martial arts – not survival.
2. Use Natural Responses and Reactions
Where possible, Krav Maga uses natural reactions and reflexes. Krav Maga stresses an intuitive approach to combat. This is characterized by the use of gross motor movements where possible.
The same defense should be used for as many attacks as possible, If each attack requires a separate defense, the Kravist would be required to learn an unending number of techniques. Instead, Krav Maga teaches a small number of techniques that are highly adaptable and easily mastered.
4. There are no rules in survival
The Kravist will use any means available to protect themselves or a loved one. Improvised weapons, striking to the groin, gouging or biting are all acceptable. Criminals recognize no code of conduct – neither should the Kravist. The prime objective is survival.
In sum, the principals can be broken down to the following:
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
What is Brazilian (Gracie) Jiu Jitsu?
Brazilian or Gracie Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a martial art based in ground fighting. It is unlike many other ground fighting styles, particularly in the way that it teaches practitioners to fight from their backs.
Today, nearly all Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighters train in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu due to the success that past practitioners have had in the sport.
Over four centuries ago in northern India, Buddhist monks were busy going about the dangerous work of trying to spread the word of Buddha in a world that wasnt always kind to roaming peoples. In order to defend themselves from attacks that happened along the way, they developed a form of grappling that allowed them to subdue opponents without killing them. Eventually this style of fighting made its way to Japan where it was improved upon and called jujutsu or jiu- jitsu. Judo is a derivative of jiu- jitsu.
The Japanese sought to hide jujutsu and its derivatives from the western world, but nothing lasts forever. In 1914, Kodokan Judo master Mitsuyo Maeda (1878-1941) came to stay at the household of Brazils Gastao Gracie. Gracie helped Maeda with business in the area and in appreciation of this, Maeda taught Gastaos eldest son, Carlos, the art of judo. In turn, Carlos taught the other children in the family what he knew, including the smallest and youngest of his brothers, Helio.
Helio often felt at a disadvantage when practicing with his brothers because many of the moves in judo favored the stronger and larger fighter. Thus, he developed an offshoot of Maedas teachings that favored leverage over brute strength and refined the formula for fighting from ones back on the ground. Today the art that Helio refined is called Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
Characteristics of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu fighters tend to feel very comfortable fighting from a position called the guard, if need be. The guard position– in essence, wrapping ones legs around an opponent to limit their movement– is what allows them to fight from their backs so effectively, and is also something that separates their art from most other grappling styles.
Basic Goals of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
When on their backs, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu fighters are very dangerous. From the guard various submission holds can be employed. They may also seek to turn their opponent over in an attempt to reverse their fortunes.
“Placing one foot in front of the other, I've climbed to higher lengths. Reaching beyond my own limitations, to show my inner strength. No obstacle too hard, for this warrior to overcome. I'm just a man on a mission, to prove my disability hasn't won—“
By Robert M. Hensel
Here at Coastal Krav Maga and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu we believe the only limitations are those that we place upon ourselves. We at Coastal Krav Maga believe anyone can train and be successful in martial arts. As a disabled martial artist myself, I experienced multiple schools and clubs who felt I was unable to train because of my disability and I was politely turned away. I began to wonder how many other disabled and handicapped had the same experience. After contacting others who were disabled, they had the same story. Having 30 years of martial arts training I knew I could still train. The first obstacle I ran into was that there were very few established programs and curriculum in the martial arts community for the disabled, So decided I would have to make adjustments for myself. As I began to make changes in the way I trained and the techniques I used, I was able to continue my martial arts training and teaching. After developing my own program, I realized I could teach what I had learned to others with disabilities. Although our disabled program is a multi-disciplinary curriculum; I chose to focus on the two systems that leant themselves to being flexible and having as part of their principles the ability to change in order to adapt to the practitioner and not vice versa. I choose to focus upon Krav Maga and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Thus, the genesis of a self-defense program for the disabled was born. Choosing these to disciplines for an adaptive martial arts program made the most sense for several reasons. First, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu teaches you how to use your body as one unit. In our current society where most of the day is spent sitting, driving, or working at a computer, the body develops some strange and unnatural movement patterns. The body awareness that BJJ teaches you is invaluable. With an increase in body awareness, strength and mobility will soon follow. You will see improvements in strength on the mats and in the weight room you will see the numbers on your lifts increasing. On the mats it’s harder to see, but it’s something you can feel. Improvements in mobility show up during techniques and drills that at first were difficult to complete but now you are able to move your hips better. Improvements in mobility will keep you on the mats training for a long time. Krav Maga includes the subjects of: Prevention, avoidance, escape and evasion. Dealing with throws and falls to all directions and angles. Attacks and counterattacks, performed to all targets, distances, ranges, heights, angles, directions and in all rhythms; executed from all positions and postures as well as use of all sorts of common objects for defensive purposes; this flexibility in principles allows the disabled to adjust both the techniques and the way you train. Krav Maga teaches defending all unarmed attacks: punches, strikes and kicks and releases from all sorts of grabs and holds. Defending all armed attacks and threats of knife and sharp objects; of sticks bars and other blunt objects and all types of firearms. Training in Krav Maga include confined or open areas such in an alley, staircase, car; On all types of surroundings such as water, grass, pavements. If we are attacked, it is not in a building with padded flooring. Thus we take to the outside domain and train where we are most likely to be attacked. Again, we train the disabled to fight in free or in limited space where there is a lack movement; Such training venues include standing, on the move, sitting down, laying down on the back, side or facing down. Krav Maga is a modern method characterized by a logical and practical approach. It is an easy to perform, natural, and effective system featuring simple movements and “reflexive” behavior of the human body. It is easy to learn and retain, performed naturally and intuitively and practically be use under stressful conditions; thus it is an excellent system for the disabled. A critical part of Krav Maga is its teaching process and methodology. Krav Maga can be summed up with six basic principles:
With these principles, Krav Maga and the principles Brazilian Jiu Jitsu can adapt to the person no matter what their physical or mental condition is. It is important to understand that the self-defense system we have developed finds it most basic roots in traditional Japanese Jujitsu which is the origen of all martial arts I teach. The core of the art encompasses a system of throws, joint locks and strikes; That are based on the principal of using an aggressor's energy to their own disadvantage. Here at Coastal Krav Maga and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu we take a whole person approach to learning martial arts. Not only will you learn to defend yourself, you will get nutritional counseling, strength and fitness consolation all geared towards the unique needs of the disabled student. Our goal is to empower the disabled. Here at our facility we a proud to serve the disabled community and to rank each student according to their abilities and not a rigid format that does not lend itself to the handicapped. Our adaptive program does not discriminate or turn away any type of disabilities. We set our training goals for the students’ needs and wants. We do an extensive interview process with the students in order to develop a program that suits their needs. Our curriculum is fluid and changing as we try to meet the disabled community abilities and needs. We never turn anyone away; we are a positive up beat program that is sure to build self-esteem and confidence in our students. Finally, I can personally attest that training in martial arts has been the best physical therapy I could have wished for. It has helped in my recovery both physically and mentally. I invite my fellow disabled to try our program, you will not be disappointed. Martial arts is for everyone, and no disability should keep us from training…if you have been on the side line watching, now is your chance to get on the mat and become part of the martial arts community!
“The difference between those who fail and those who succeed is largely perseverance. Never quit—“ By Charles Schwab
"Not only do physically disabled people have experiences which are not available to the able-bodied, they are in a better position to transcend cultural mythologies about the body, because they cannot do things the able-bodied feel they must do in order to be happy, ‘normal,’ and sane….If disabled people were truly heard, an explosion of knowledge of the human body and psyche would take place." - Susan Wendell