An Israeli fighting style that is specifically designed for real fighting on the streets, unlike other martial arts that are made for sport. It blends together techniques from many other martial arts, such as Jujutsu, Muay Thai, Aikido, Judo, and boxing.
One of the main philosophies in Krav Maga is that there are no rules. For example, some of the things that are off limits in something like MMA (Groin shots, throat strikes, hits to the back of the neck) are some of the main targets you want to attack in Krav Maga. Another main philosophy is to do as much damage to your attacker as quickly as possible, making at possible for you to cripple your attacker and escape.
Unlike some other (more traditional) fighting styles, it teaches disarms against weapons such as guns, knives, and bats. It is widely regarded as an extremely effective method of self defense, and is used by American police forces, as well as the FBI
and several military branches, which use the combat Krav Maga used by the IDF.
If you are considering taking up Krav Maga, it is important to find one that is a genuinely good school, and not simply trying to cash in on the Krav Maga name. Here are several ways to tell if it is a good Krav Maga school:
-Make sure the instructor has valid Krav Maga instruction credentials, which means he has taken the Instructor's class at the Krav Maga training center.
-Make sure the classes are at the very least, 45 minutes to an hour long
-The class should practice sparring regularly. And it shouldn't be sparring for points, it should be like a real fight (only wearing protective gear, of course)
-You should be worn out after the class
-Try to avoid brand new Krav schools, the older ones that were there before the Krav Maga craze are much more likely to be good schools
-Training should be intense and focus on perfecting your power, speed, and technique
Thanks to Krav Maga, when someone attacked me on the subway, i was able to break their nose and crush their windpipe and get away safely!