When people first contact us, we often get asked a question:
“What makes Krav Maga different to other martial arts?”
The answer is simple. Traditional martial arts – in some cases – are very powerful and useful in certain contexts. However, contexts change, and in the modern world, a couple of things are readily apparent:
- Traditional martial arts do not adequately prepare you for the reality of a world where guns, knives, impact weapons, and multiple attackers are a regular feature – especially in an urban environment.
- Traditional martial arts do not teach you how to use weapons. (Yes, you may learn how to use a 6-foot long pole or a set of nunchakus, but that doesn’t help you when you have just stepped out of the shower and need to know how to kill or disable your attacker with a toothbrush.)
- Traditional martial arts take a long time to learn. This is a good thing on one hand, because you’re able to groove movements and perfect the basics – but most of us don’t have ten years at our disposal. We want stuff that works, and we want it fast.
- Traditional martial arts are mostly concerned with form rather than function. The whole point of learning Krav Maga is to be able to avoid conflict effectively, fight effectively if you have to, and to survive violence by any and all means necessary. It’s not a sport, there are no “fair fight” rules, and we’re concerned only with how smartly you’re able to apply what we teach you.
In addition to that, our particular system of Krav Maga differs in several respects from many of the more commercialized, mainstream styles of Krav Maga out there, for some very important reasons. But quite simply, when all is said and done, the most important thing for us is the ability to objectively arrive at the most efficient way of defending yourself in pretty much any situation.
We don’t conform you to a system, as much as we teach you how to conform the system to yourself. And that makes all the difference.