Never underestimate the martial art that strengthens mental fortitude more than the physical. Krav Maga is a martial art primarily developed for the Israel Defense Forces, enhancing the military’s self-defense and fighting system. Although its techniques were mainly derived from many well-known martial arts such as boxing, judo, karate, and the likes, this craft focuses on real-life situations rather than the usual competitive nature of similar artistry.
With that being said, Krav Maga follows an instinctive technique, a response that is, in practice, both fight and flight. It aims to end the fight as quickly and aggressively as possible, enabling the person to escape as soon as the assailant is disabled. However, violence is set as the least priority and the situation is first immediately and effectively assessed through a verbal and then physical response. Thus, the engagement of the individual trained in Krav Maga to the environment is not merely physical—it is a holistic approach to the conflicts which may or may not lead to actual combat.
Reinforcing strength through the brain
In self-defense, the mind is taught to be alert of many physical and behavioral cues within one’s surroundings, rendering Krav Maga very effective in preventing potential violence. This craft not only trains how to detect external cues, but also prepares for the internal, that being, controlling one’s emotions and preparing oneself to possibly be hurt in dealing with the altercation. Therefore, internal stability is used as leverage when handling one’s surroundings, lessening the panic which may be induced by alarming situations, allowing the person to think critically and act thoroughly.
Engaging with the brawn
However, when worse comes to worst, physical combat may be deemed inevitable. Deeply rooted in self-defense, the techniques of Krav Maga is similar to a hit-and-run incident, but more of people clashing than cars colliding. The tactic is simple enough: disable the attacker as quickly as possible and run from the scene. It is most effective when there is lesser exchange of hits, and when the assailant could less likely counterattack. The attack also serves as the defense itself, protecting the person from any harm while escaping the area.
As far as the technicality of it goes, it employs simple and repeatable strikes, executed with heavier emphasis on the criticality of the hit rather than perfect delivery. The affliction is directed toward the vulnerable parts of the body, such as the face, neck, ribs, and abdomen, to name a few. It can also use nearby objects as weapons of convenience to further strengthen the blow. One of the main ideas among the techniques would be to avoid being directly in front of the attacker, so as to have better ease in charging, being out of the line of sight.
Krav Maga is an evolving martial art, reflecting real-life situations of the modern times. Although techniques may continuously progress in line with society, its principle is grounded on one truth: when dealing with the oppressors of the real world, mental fortitude is just as crucial as physical strength.