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13.8% Taser Knife 10.3 6.9% Pepper foam 0% Stun gun
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WHAT'S SO SPECIAL ABOUT KRAV MAGA?
As a 26-year-old female living in New York City, Kristin’s personal safety was of constant concern to her parents. When she told them her decision to take up an Israeli form of self-defense called Krav Maga, her parents were thrilled. Kristin had spent years in training in Kickboxing, but after only her first Krav Maga class, she realized that Krav was special for five reasons:
1. Krav Maga is not a sport. Unlike most martial arts or other fighting styles, Krav Maga is not about competition or demonstration. There are no trophies or championships. No judges or audiences. No wins or glory. In Krav Maga, survival is success.
Krav Maga is one of the few skills that you train in hoping that you will never have to use it outside of that training. As such, if you’re looking for a fighting style that will bring with it the fire of competition and the prestige of triumph, look elsewhere. That is not to negate the valuable skills you can gain from martial arts such as Jiu Jitsu, Karate, Aikido, etc., but in Krav, the goal is to safely escape a dangerous and unpredictable situation in the real world.
2. Krav Maga is humble. In a world obsessed with competition and acclaim, it can be difficult to let that mindset go in favor of humility and cautious self-confidence. Krav Maga improves and refines a person’s confidence, while showing them that an overabundance of it could be their downfall in a fight. Knowing one’s strengths and weaknesses allows that individual to most effectively use the skills they learned in Self-Defense
3. Krav Maga teaches you when NOT to fight. There is no room for pride and ego when protecting yourself and the ones you love. It is better to lose your wallet, than to lose your life. Bravery is not only taking action; it is also recognizing when not to act.
4. Krav Maga takes the fight off the mat and into the streets. When action is necessary, Krav Maga shows you how to use your body as a weapon, so that no matter where you are or what you are doing, you are armed. It prepares you for scenarios in which there might be multiple attackers, the use of weapons, or conditions and circumstances that complicate your ability to defend yourself.
5. There are no rules in Krav Maga. Perhaps the most unique aspect of Krav Maga is that it exploits the vulnerable points of one’s attacker in a no-holds-barred defense. Nothing is off limits including attacking the groin, the eyes, and any other part that in a ring would be protected by the rules of the fight. You can use your fists, elbows, knees, and feet to strike, but you can also bite, scratch, pinch, hair pull, eye gouge, head butt, and anything else you can think of to protect yourself. It sounds perhaps cruel and maybe even vicious, but what you have to keep in mind is that your attacker will not hold back. Your attacker will not fight fair, so forget fair, and just remember fight.
What matters is that you survive. Krav Maga teaches you how to do that through situational awareness, de-escalation tactics, and defensive strategies and techniques. After almost a year of training, Kristin may look at the world more cautiously now than she did 10 months ago, but she also feels safer walking through it, confident that her weapon (her body) will serve her well in the fight that she hopes she never encounters.