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Self defence and women's self defence are not the same thing.

Self Defence and Women’s Self Defence Are Not the Same

You may think it’s a controversial thing to say, but, self defence and women’s self defence are not the same thing.

When I began my fight training journey many years ago I started training in the beautiful and powerful martial art of Aikido. However, it didn’t take long for me to realise that perhaps Aikido was not for me. Not because Aikido is not an excellent martial art and well suited to smaller, lighter practitioners such as women. 

The personal realisation I had was different. It became clear to me that I didn’t have a need to master a beautiful, ancient martial art. What I actually needed was women’s self defence skills.

My number one goal as a woman was to be able to keep myself safe in everyday life and to be able to fight my corner with confidence and skill if the need were to arise. Equally importantly, I knew that I needed that skill today, or at least as soon as possible. 

One Woman’s Self Defence Training Journey

That is where my Krav Maga journey began. I looked at many fighting systems, traditional and modern. It soon became clear that Krav Maga (Hebrew, “Close Combat”) was a front-runner for my goals; to be safe in everyday life and to be able to hold my own physically if it was ever needed. 

I wanted to be safe and confident both as a woman living in a huge, complex city like London and in my travels to countries and cultures I knew little about upon arrival.

I researched Krav Maga training clubs near me for weeks. Yes, the keyboard warrior. My first thought was, “Wow, I really need to get fit before I show up!”.  I then proceeded to waste two months getting fit. Turns out that was a complete misconception. I soon found out that every student starts their Krav Maga journey from a place that is unique to them. 

Just Start!

Why doesn’t it matter how fit you are when you show up to your first Krav Maga self defence class?  And for that matter how young or old you are, how big or small you are, how flexible you are, how strong you are… 

None of this matters because one of the hallmarks of an excellent Krav Maga club and top instructors is that they are skilled at supporting each student’s development from wherever that student may be starting. Qualified, experienced Krav Maga instructors provide just enough challenge at training sessions to help every student exceed their own personal best week by week. 

The second reason is that one of the huge side benefits of learning Krav Maga is that it gets you really fit along the way. Ironically, you don’t have to be fit to start training!

First Ever Krav Maga Session

It is worth saying at this point that my keyboard warrior research had made me quite certain that Krav Maga was the self defence system I was looking for as a woman. It was designed to be a simple, fast and effective form of real-life self defence. It was also relatively fast to learn.

I found a Krav Maga club near me in south London that was particularly interesting. It was a member of a large global federation, the FEKM-RD, and had direct lineage to the founder and master of Krav Maga, Imi Lichtenfeld. 

Well, all I can say at this point is that after my first session I was hooked! Energised, exhilarated, tired and sweaty too. I walked out of that training session knowing that the FEKM training ethos was for me. 

But the thing that really hooked me? I had learnt three different, fast, stunningly effective ways to counter an attacker in a single 90-minute training session. And it felt great. 

Let’s Fast Forward – Today

My love of Krav Maga went from strength to strength. I trained and got my belts to remind me of all the progress along the way. 

There have been bruises and bumps too! I’ve worn them quite proudly if I’m honest. Thrilling successes balanced by some humbling failures. I have met extraordinary instructors and students and have made enduring friendships both in the UK and internationally. And it has been fun!

Finally, I decided to qualify as an FEKM federation instructor and I had the honour of becoming the first woman instructor in our federation in the United Kingdom. In 2016 I opened my own Krav Maga self defence training club, EITAN Krav Maga with training locations across South London.

But Wait. Is Krav Maga Really What Women Need For Self Defence? 

So let’s get to the crux of our discussion. Is Krav Maga training really what women need for self defence? In other words, is self defence the same thing as women’s self defence?

So you’ve trained in Krav Maga – great. You know exactly what to do to neutralise almost any physical street threat that may come at you. 

  • A man grabs you in a chokehold from behind – no problem. 
  • Assailant throws a hard slap to your head – you know what to do. 
  • Someone grabs you hard pulling you by the wrist – you’re on it. 
  • Hair grab, thrown to the ground, punch, double handed choke against a wall… tick, tick, tick. 

But is learning Krav Maga enough for a woman to be able to defend herself effectively? Is self defence the same as women’s self defence?

I’m going to be somewhat controversial here. The answer is yes… and no.

YES… and No

There is absolutely no doubt; having the physical self defence skills of Krav Maga is vitally important for women’s self defence. Krav Maga skills give women both the confidence and the ability to defend themselves effectively and decisively.  Being able to quite literally turn the tables on an assailant in seconds is powerful stuff.

Knowing that you have the skills to fight physically an overcome an assailant if needed also makes you much more likely to intervene early and stop a threatening situation dead in its tracks. Not only for yourself, but for other women and girls too.

Krav Maga training also goes a long way to countering deeply socialised behaviour such as freezing, shrinking and looking away in the hope that the threat will magically disappear or slipping into that dangerous denial mode. Krav Maga training helps us to reverse the “be nice” tendencies that have been socialised into women and girls for centuries.

No doubt. Krav Maga skills are the essential cornerstone of effective women’s self defence. 

But now we also have a growing body of evidence-based research on the types of threats that face women and teenage girls on a daily basis. We also have hundreds of thousands of anecdotal experiences of women and girls who came forward as part of the #MeToo movement around the world. 

In the UK, the EveryonesInvited website has recorded over 54,000 testimonials of sexual threat and violence against women and teenage girls since 8th March 2021 alone. Of course that was the date the dreadful case of Sarah Everard hit our London and UK headlines. We now know that a police officer used his police badge to falsely arrest and handcuff Sarah. In this way he was able to kidnap her effortlessly as she walked from her friends’ house to her home in Brixton London.

So What Else Do Women Need For Real-Life Self Defence?

With this mountain of research, evidence and personal testimony, we now know with certainty that the safety and self defence needs of women, day in day out, in everyday life differ markedly from the needs of most men.

It certainly makes for uncomfortable reading. But it also puts us in a strong position to address the safety and self defence needs of women and teenage girls head on with evidence-based women’s self defence training. 

What follows is a short summary of some of the unique training I believe women need alongside their Krav Maga training for a holistic women’s self defence toolkit: 

  • Understanding and training to use the power of voice as a self defence tool
  • Assertiveness training – from commanding someone to move away from you through to stating your case for a pay rise powerfully 
  • Learning exactly when and how to set boundaries and stop others negating our “no” – with immediate impact
  • Training to build confidence and trust in our own instinctive judgement enabling us to act upon that judgement quickly and decisively 
  • Leaning to identify the predator and the predator’s signals and behaviour patterns before they become a problem 
  • Understanding the law – for example, what exactly is sexual harassment? 
  • Learning how to create and execute a safety plan with children and others in our care and household

Naturally, we’ll also teach you exactly how to deliver the perfect Krav Maga knee strike to the groin. And much more 😉

Women’s Self Defence Training – Next Steps

At EITAN Krav Maga we run specialist courses in Women’s Self Defence.

Journalist Sarah Rodrigues recently wrote a feature article in the Sunday Telegraph sharing her training experience with us when she joined us with her daughter. Sarah’s piece is titled “The Self Defence Moves Young Women Should Know”. 

Find out more about our 1-Day Immersive Women’s Self Defence Course here.

Victoria Kitson

Senior Instructor
EITAN Krav Maga

How Effective is Krav Maga for Self Defence? by Eitan Krav Maga

How Effective is Krav Maga for Self Defence?

In this article we take a look at why Krav Maga has become such a popular and effective form of self defence. So let’s discuss. How effective is Krav Maga for Self Defence?

What is Krav Maga?

Krav Maga is a real life, self defence system developed by Imi Lichtenfeld. Krav is one of the most effective forms of self defence. It was initially developed for Jewish people in Bratislava and later for the Israeli Defence Forces.

Imi Lichtenfeld adopted elements from boxing, wrestling and street fighting. He then combined them with techniques from Karate and Judo. In creating the system of Krav Mga Lichtenfeld adapted everything for simple, fast and effective real life application. The first complete system of Krav Maga self defence was born.

The History of Krav Maga

Imi Lichtenfeld developed Krav Maga in 1930s Bratislava, which was then Czechoslovakia. He went on to develop Krav Maga further over many decades, eventually bringing it into the public domain. At its core he developed Krav Maga as a means of self defence that anyone could learn and use.

In Bratislava, Lichtenfeld first started training local leaders of Jewish youth organisations. His initial goal was to create a system of self defence and fighting which would be taught in all schools throughout Bratislava.

Lichtenfeld later went on to teach Krav Maga in Warsaw, Poland after developing it further. However, he had to stop teaching the techniques when the Nazis invaded Poland.

Lichtenfeld then moved to Israel where he took interest in training the Israeli soldiers how to defend themselves using Krav Maga close combat techniques.

He became Head Instructor for Physical Fitness at the Wingate Institute, where he trained fitness instructors. The trained instructors then went out into the countryside and began teaching what they had learnt from him, Krav Maga.

In time, everyone in Israel was practicing Krav Maga including school children!

How Effective is Krav Maga for Self Defence?

Krav Maga teaches students how to defend themselves against all types of attack through partner work, simulation and stress testing of real life self defence situations.

It teaches students how to recognise threatening behaviour and to act decisively before the escalation to physical violence. Krav Maga also teaches students to defend and counter completely unexpected threats and physical attacks with and without armed assailants.

An important aspect of Krav Maga training as a self defence system is that it gives students the tools to overcome opponents in completely “unfair” situations quickly and decisively; a larger or stronger opponent, multiple opponents, opponents with weapons and unexpected attacks.

Why Is Krav Maga Extremely Effective?

Krav Maga is widely considered to be one of the best self defence systems in the world today. It is taught to military, policing, personal protection and civilians students all over the world. Krav Maga for self defence is very effective for a number of key reasons:

  • Students begin learning a complete set of physical self defence skills for specific self defence situations from their very first class.
  • It was designed, at its core, as a modern self defence system that anyone can learn and apply effectively in a relatively short time.
  • Krav Maga techniques are highly practical and based on the application of instinctive movements and natural reactions making then fast and effective in stressful situations.
  • Krav Maga trains students both physically and mentally so that they can be effective under real pressure.
  • It helps students build vital confidence through their learning and skills.
  • Krav Maga gives students a strong foundation in understanding both the predatory mindset and the mindset of spontaneous threat so that they can see and deal with threatening situations much earlier than an untrained person. We will discuss this very interesting subject further in a future blog.

Krav Maga is Effective and Versatile

There are many different techniques taught in a typical Krav Maga class. For example, the system teaches defences against choke-holds, headlocks, bear hugs, jumper grabs, weapon threats and hair grabs to name a few.

Krav Maga techniques can be applied when out on the street in a real-life threat or attack self defence situation. One of the core principles of Krav Maga teaching is that everything we do must be not only be simple and fast but also adaptable so that anyone can be an effective Kravist – regardless of age, gender, size, weight and even physical ability.

The Main Aim of Krav Maga

The main aim of Krav Maga is to enable students to defend themselves in close combat, ‘real life’ situations within a year rather than years.

However many aspects of Krav Maga training empower students to recognise threat and threat patterns early. This enables them to avoid becoming targets of an attack in the first place. Krav Maga practitioners often say, “We train in Krav Maga so we’ll never need to use Krav Maga”.

OK, Krav Maga is Effective but is Krav Maga Training Safe?

Training in a professional Krav Maga environment allows students to practice self defence in a safe environment. There they gain confidence and learn how to protect themselves from all types of attack.

However, Krav Maga training can only be both effective and safe if it is learned in an environment with highly qualified and experienced instructors.

An incorrect execution of a Krav Maga technique without correct safety protocols can seriously injure your assailant or you. This is why it’s important that you learn this system from experts like the instructors at Eitan Krav Maga. We  specialise in teaching authentic Israeli Krav Maga training together with experience for real life combat situations.

Finally, it’s vital to train with expert instructors as the effectiveness of Krav Maga also brings responsibility for those who learn how to use is. Understanding, the law, moral and ethical considerations is important. Understanding the effect of each technique on an opponent is vital. Both are essential knowledge in the Krav Maga learning process.

Krav Maga for Self Defence: How Can I Start to Learn Krav Maga?

Hopefully in this article we’ve covered everything you need to know about how effective Krav mage is for self defence.

Head over to the EITAN Krav Maga website to book your introductory class for a reduced cost.

We have an introductory offer so that you’re not breaking the bank and you can join us for a fully immersive class. This way, you’ll learn actual life, self defence skills to take away with you and you will discover whether Krav Maga is definitely for you. We warn you though, it’s addictive; we almost guarantee that if you come to a taster session, you’ll sign up for more!

Thank you for your interest in Krav Maga. For more information and booking your first immersive class go to our website at eitankravmaga.com.

Preparing For Your Krav Maga Black Belt Exam

Preparing For Your Krav Maga Black Belt Exam

In this article we explore the topic of preparing for your Krav Maga Black Belt with Eitan Krav Maga.

A Belt Exam Like No Other

Preparing for your Krav Maga Black Belt is different to any other FEKM belt grading that you may have experienced.

The only way I can describe it is that it’s like going back to the beginning of your Krav Maga training and revising everything you have ever learnt; with one big overriding caveat – everything must be executed at full fighting speed and delivered with absolute accuracy, perfect range, full body weight and rotation.

Essentially, you must revise the entire FEKM syllabus across all belts and be able to execute everything you have ever learnt, without thinking, at full fighting speed.

This is the core of preparing for your Krav Maga Black Belt. Every defence, every counterattack, every kick, every takedown, every strike, every disarm must be executed with perfection and precision.

Some exam attacks are known in advance. For other sequences the attacks are completely unknown and random. One key element of preparing for your Krav Maga Black Belt exam is that you can never go backwards. Regardless of what’s happening, you either stand your ground or preferably, “attack the attacker” driving forward.

The Shadow Fighting Element 

Interestingly, the most frequently failed element of the blackbelt curriculum is the Shadow Fighting.  Something we do practically in every class for years becomes the bête noire of all aspiring black belt Kravists! 

In this single black belt element you must demonstrate absolutely everything you know at speed, showing a wide variety of kicks, punches and strikes. There is a mandated set of 14 combat techniques that must be executed in a specific order, however after that, it is free form. You must show good movement and, what’s most challenging, you must demonstrate “fight intelligence”.

Demonstrating Fight Intelligence

What does this mean? Well, if I’ve just kicked my imaginary opponent with a spinning side kick, I can’t then throw a short hook or uppercut. In reality, they would have either moved away to avoid my kick or they would have been struck and been moved backwards by the sheer momentum of the blow. 

Equally, if I’m throwing short hooks and uppercuts then I can’t throw a tornado kick. My attacker would be simply too close to allow me to execute the turns.

The examiners are looking at this type of intelligence as you execute the prescribed and the free-style elements of the Shadow Fighting exam segment. It is nerve wracking and it should be easy but it’s deceptively difficult and physically and mentally exhausting.  

Demonstrating Range and Rotation

Another element to consider when preparing for your Krav Maga Black Belt exam is range and rotation. The range element is related to the fight intelligence we discussed earlier.

Rotation demonstrates that we are applying body weight as a weapon with every single strike. With rotation, power comes all the way from your feet pushing up from the ground. Then through your thighs, hips, core, back and finally as an energy release through your strike. You make contact at full fighting speed, with an imaginary invisible shadow opponent.

You will likely be battling nerves at the time as you are judged by a panel of the highest ranking and most respected Krav Maga students and teachers in the global FEKM federation! Nerve wracking to say the least. 

The importance of Solo Training When Preparing for Your Krav Maga Black Belt Exam 

There are a number of elements that you can practice on your own when preparing for your Krav Maga Black Belt exam. Practice does indeed make perfect. Ironically, the best way to train is to do everything slowly.

Focus on the smallest movement. Which hand moves first? Am I rotating fully? Are my hands in guard position while I’m striking?

A piece of great advice I was once given, has stuck in my head. It sounds like a cheesy line from a 70’s martial arts movie… “To learn fast, train slow!”  Never is this more true than preparing for your FEKM black belt grading.

It is the meticulous attention to detail that will get you through successfully. You must master becoming your own observer. You must watch your every single move to ensure that it is not only perfect but also has built-in “fight intelligence”. You know that’s exactly what your panel of examiners will be doing!

Speed of movement will come on the day, through repetition and the added adrenalin of the exam or, indeed, in a real self defence situation.  Which of-course is the singular reason we all train in Krav Maga – real life self-defence. When you have trained and trained and trained each technique, your body will take care of the rest.  

At the senior grades (blue, brown and black belts) we call this the “frustration of Krav Maga”; going through the endless repetition of techniques, again and again but still not getting that one thing right. For example, I regularly forget to drive my hip into the strike when delivering a sliding kick. 

What it Means to Me Personally to be Preparing for My Krav Maga Black Belt 

For me it’s always been a personal objective to achieve a black belt in two different fighting arts. I’m already a second dan Black Belt in Aikido. Surprisingly, this provided a strong basis for practicing Krav Maga. Let’s explore that in a separate blog!  

I am also very goal orientated, so I find it very motivating to have the Black Belt objective in the back of my mind. It’s clear and focussed and helps drive me on, especially when it’s painful, or some things don’t seem to make sense. For example, when you fail a grading and need to find a way to pick yourself up and start again. 

In many ways, achieving the Brown Belt was technically more demanding. Jumping and spinning kicks for example, will take some time to master unless you have prior experience. Way past the belt itself. However, you gain confidence at each grading and you gain knowledge. I certainly started to see clearly how elements of Krav Maga ‘fit together’.

Things now make perfect sense in a way that they didn’t when I was simply learning a new technique. It’s as though you can fully appreciate the whole rather than just the individual parts. 

Black Belt Signals a New Start in Your Krav Journey

In many ways becoming a Black Belt is a new start to my Krav Maga journey. What do I mean by that? You are finally awarded your Black Belt and then you start your Krav Maga journey again! But this time, with a wealth of knowledge and experience behind you and the ability to use that expertise to help you get an even deeper appreciation of the art. Initially you may have wanted the confidence of knowing that you can defend yourself and others in almost any threatening situation. But now also aiming for a new standard of excellence and ultimately mastery.

As with any martial art or fighting system, achieving a Black Belt means you have reached a degree of competence. You have mastered the basics, if you will. But there is always something more to learn. What that means to me is that I now have a solid foundation on which to build, to develop and grow. 

What I Feel I Will Have Achieved

Clearly, achieving your Black Belt in any fighting system is a massive endorsement of your hard work, dedication, focus and progression. Someone once told me that in all martial arts and fighting systems only a tiny fraction – far less than 1% – of students who begin ever progress to Black Belt.

So achieving that level of competence shows a huge level of commitment, never mind the skill and the inevitable bumps and bruises which are all part of growing up though your chosen martial art.

Your global federation, your peers and your students, all know the level of commitment required so receiving that acknowledgement at the grading and putting on the Black Belt for the first time embodies all of that in one single life moment!

What it Will Mean for My Club and My Students

As an FEKM Black Belt I will become the official Technical Director of my own club and others in my own right. Our federation, the FEKM, quite rightly expects every club across the world to have a Technical Director who is a Black Belt. This ensures that FEKM standards are high and consistent across our 20,000+ student members around the world.

Even though I achieved the FEKM instructor certificate some time ago and have been teaching students regularly for some years, once I succeed and pass the Black Belt exam I will be at the mentoring Technical Director level. 

Helping our students develop and grow is a strong ethos in our FEKM federation as it is for me as an individual instructor. Teaching students and seeing them develop alongside my own journey is personally very rewarding. You also learn so much from teaching your students as you do from discussing techniques with your peer instructor group. How they get a particular technique to work effectively may be subtly different to what works for you. Exploring and understanding these nuances helps you develop both as a practitioner and as an instructor. 

But ultimately, I think it is very important to simply enjoy the journey. Not just achieving your ultimate goal of becoming a Krav Maga Black Belt, but every step, every struggle, every setback and every success along the way. Enjoy the journey, see yourself develop and grow and the consolidation of knowledge and skill will simply follow.

Nicholas Kitson
Senior Instructor
EITAN Krav Maga

International Women’s Day 2018: Empowering Women Through Krav Maga

In celebration and contribution to International Women’s Day 2018 EITAN Krav Maga will be joining FEKM federation clubs across the United Kingdom, Europe and the world in specialised Krav Maga Self-Defence training events for women. All our self-defence training events for International Women’s Day 2018 will be free to all women and teenage girls to attend. Our focus will be to empower women through Krav Maga, both physically and psychologically, in a single 2 to 3-hour training session, with skills that will serve them for a lifetime.

IWD 2018 FREE Women’s Self-Defence Course

Book Your Free Women’s Self-Defence Course

Women’s Self-Defence Course
International Women’s Day 2018
19.20-22.00  Thursday 8th March
EITAN Krav Maga, Trevor Bailey Building, Dulwich Common, London SE21 7EX

Book Your FREE Course Here

100 Years – Women’s Right to Vote 1918

This year we are also celebrating another very important date in the United Kingdom. 100 years ago on 6th February 1918 women suffragettes, at huge personal cost, finally won the initial right to vote. In fact, one of the first ever woman martial arts instructors in the the western world was the English suffragette, Edith Margaret Williams.

The ‘Suffra-Jitsu’ Bodyguards 

Edith Margaret Williams (later Garrud), a small woman of 150cm height, instructed her fellow activists in the core suffragette protection group known as “The Bodyguard” in secret locations. They trained in order to protect themselves and their suffragette leaders, such as Emmeline Pankhurst, against arrest and the brutality of the police. Williams trained them in Jiu Jitsu, the use of clubs as defensive weapons and tactics such as sabotage and subterfuge. “The Bodyguard” unit subsequently fought a number of well-publicised, hand-to-hand, combative confrontations with police officers who were attempting to arrest their leaders. And they somehow achieved this in long Victorian dresses, eight layers of petticoats and corsets.

One of the first ever woman martial arts instructors in the the western world was an English suffragette, Edith Margaret Williams (later Gurrud)

#Press for Progress

Coming back to the present, the theme of International Women’s Day 2018 is “Press For Progress”. And that’s no surprise. The Global Gender Gap Report 2017 by the World Economic Forum predicts that it will take 217 years to achieve gender equality at the current rate of change. The #MeToo campaign has also exposed the enormous scale of the threats and attacks across industries and nations that women and girls are systematically exposed to on a daily basis as they progress in their lives and careers.

All our self-defence training events in the UK for International Women’s Day 2018 will be free to all women and teenage girls to attend.

Transformation through the Simplicity and Power of Krav Maga

What a perfect time for us to share our passion for the simplicity and power of Krav Maga whilst making a huge contribution to women’s lives. All our self-defence training events in the UK for International Women’s Day 2018 will be free to all women and teenage girls to attend.

Our focus will be to empower women, both physically and psychologically, in a single 2 to 3-hour training session and to open up the world of Krav Maga to women who may not otherwise imagine it is for them.

International Women’s Day 2018. Empowering Women Through Krav Maga.

We will have a voluntary contribution or T-Shirt purchase to raise funds for the incredible work of the “Krav Maga Women Protect” charity. We will be teaching from the syllabus of 17 FEKM techniques identified as the most important for women by “Krav Maga Women Protect” in their work with the “Red Brigade” and the women in Lucknow, India. Our focus will be to empower women, both physically and psychologically, in a single 2 to 3-hour training session and to open up the world of Krav Maga to women who may not otherwise imagine it is for them.

Book Your FREE Course Here

Our Sponsors

EITAN Krav Maga thanks the management and team at Dulwich College Sports Club for their generous sponsorship of our International Women’s Day 2018 event – Women’s Self-Defence Course.

EITAN Krav Maga wishes all our sister clubs in the  FEKM-UK and our FEKM clubs around the world hugely successful training events for International Women’s Day 2018; transformation and empowerment through Krav Maga.

Does Krav Maga Training Really Make You Safer? 

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How to Stay Safe in the Modern World

Krav Maga training claims to make you safer, but does it really work?

Imagine parking your car at night in a dimly lit street or car park. As you get out of the car and turn to face the door as you close it, a figure appears behind you. Many people who are not trained in Krav Maga, believe that the training kicks-in at this point and the combat skills learned are used to overpower the aggressor.

If you think that’s how learning Krav Maga works, then you would be right to question its effectiveness. Let me give you some insights into the real world of Krav Maga training. Let’s explore how this practical, real-life self-defence system will keep you safe.

Krav Maga Training is About Much More Than Physical Combat – The AAEC System

You may be surprised to hear that we train in Krav Maga in order to not fight. In other words, Krav Maga combat skills are a kind of insurance policy – just in case – but only used when absolutely necessary. What makes Krav Maga training so effective at keeping you safe is in fact its emphasis on awareness and avoidance of potentially dangerous situations. By learning how to develop and maintain a level of awareness and presence you will have at your disposal the proven 4 tier self-defence system of self-defence:

  1. Awareness
  2. Avoidance
  3. Escape or De-escalate
  4. Combat

The above skill sets are the foundation of Krav Maga training and you’ll see that they make far more sense than simply training to fight with your attacker.

Awareness – The First And Most Important Step To Staying Safe

You will be trained to be present, mindful and aware of your surroundings as a natural every-day habit. You will also be trained to know what behavioural patterns to look for and so you will become alert to potential threats often before they develop. That certainly doesn’t mean walking around in a constant state of Red-Alert! It means you train to get into a normal routine of assessing your surroundings and the situations you are entering. You begin making conscious choices to avoid putting yourself at unnecessary risk. Awareness is absolutely key to effective self-defence.

Avoidance – The Second Step To Staying Safe

Awareness then naturally increases the chance of simply avoiding many situations that can threaten your safety. This happens in two ways.

  • Firstly, by you not putting yourself in unnecessary danger
  • Secondly, your own state of confident alertness will make you a far less desirable target

Going back to our earlier car example, after a short time training in Krav Maga you would instinctively look for a different, well-lit parking spot. And if that was not possible you would certainly assess the immediate environment before stepping out of the car.

With Krav Maga training you will learn and become aware of actions that make you vulnerable to would be attackers. For example, wearing headphones while jogging alone, walking along with your head buried in a phone as you send messages or getting into your car without glancing at the back seat first.

Escape or De-Escalation – Plan to Be Safe

Having a plan to escape or de-escalate a threatening situation will save you valuable seconds and make your actions fast and deliberate.

Let’s go back to our car parking example. Think of somewhere you regularly park your car. If you saw what you thought may be an aggressor and you had already stepped out of the car what would be your first action? What do you do if they demand your keys or wallet? What do you do if they demand you get back in the car? What do you do if they have a weapon?

Most people can’t immediately answer these questions – and if a potential threat occurs they would have the same dangerous hesitation. By training with Eitan Krav Maga you will train in and develop appropriate escape measures for the common situations and environments you enter such as public transport, walking along the street, arriving home alone, using cash points and attending crowded evening venues.

Combat – Effective Self-Defence

Sometimes in life of-course, no amount of avoidance can help you and escape is simply not possible. Dangerous situations can occur suddenly and very unexpectedly. Assailants are not novices – they have done this before. If you have not become aware of a potential threat and not been able to avoid it and there is simply no time or space for an escape you can certainly rely on Krav Maga self-defence and combative techniques to end the threat quickly and decisively.

Krav Maga is not an ancient martial art, it’s a modern form of combat training specifically developed by the Israeli military for dealing with the threats of the modern, real world. There are no elaborate movements, nor hundreds of katas and forms to learn and little by way of high-flying kicks for people who are are gymnasts.

Krav Maga training uses practical combat moves that are short and sharp, and very effective. You’ll learn how to attack vital pressure points, disable your attacker quickly and simply and apply techniques that are used by law enforcement, security and military forces around the world.

Krav Maga doesn’t look pretty. It’s not flamboyant or dance like and you don’t have to be an athlete or gymnast to learn this Israeli martial art. If you would like to learn more about Krav Maga you can view our website at eitankravmaga.com and our Facebook page at facebook.com/EitanKravMaga.

How to get started?

The single best way to learn about Krav Maga is to experience it for yourself! And you can do that by contacting us at team@eitankravmaga.com or on +44 (0)7976 294 825 and come and join us for a training session.

Still not sure whether Krav Maga is right for you? Look out for our next article: Is Krav Maga Training Right for Me? We’ll be discussing what you need to become competent at this modern Israeli martial art that offers unrivalled self-defence training for everyone.