Perhaps you’ve also started or studied a Martial Art as an alternative workout, as part of your path to competition, weight loss, or just general conditioning. You may not have started martial arts specifically for self defense but it’s probably entered your mind. It seems reasonable that you can defend yourself if the need arises but do all martial arts like Boxing, Kickboxing, (BJJ)Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, automatically add up to Self Defense?

Self Defense Difference

As good as your punches or takedowns may be how confident are you that those skills could get the job done against anyone with any degree of training? All martial arts have the humbling moments when you are on the receiving end of a punch, kick, or arm bar. We know that defenses no matter how good aren’t 100%, so what would happen if even one hit got through in a Self Defense scenario? How about if your attacker is an expert in takedowns or the attacker is armed with weapons?

Self Defense has different rules than sport training or more accurately Self Defense has no rules:

  • You’re not matched by physical size or abilities. Chances are your attacker is larger or at least sure they can overpower you.
  • You’re not working with a training partner, just an attacker with their own agenda.
  • It’s not going to happen in a controlled environment…no padded mats in real world just slippery or uneven surfaces and hard ground.
  • Weapons and multiple attackers may be present which means your focus needs to change.

Krav Maga training is not sport training it is solely focused on Self Defense. It is solely focused on getting home safe.

Krav Maga—Combined Defense

Relying solely on your ability to physically overwhelm your attacker through strength or superior skill is a dangerous gamble when you know nothing about the person attacking you. Krav Maga starts with the assumption that you are physically overpowered and instead relies on overwhelming the thought process of the attacker. The attacker’s thought process can be interrupted by a series of moves that can:

  • Maintain constant pressure & counterattack
  • Create pain
  • Off balance the attacker

Fortunately, the strikes and techniques used to interrupt the thought process come from a variety of martial arts so what you’ve learned so far is often incorporated into Krav Maga Self Defense techniques. If you’ve been training, you’ve got a head start. What you may need to close the gap is a change in the thought process, both yours and the attackers.

Krav it Up

Because Krav Maga was designed for a wide variety of people and inclusive of the best techniques of several different martial arts the end product will have a unique signature for each user. So if you’ve trained in Boxing, those are techniques you may build your Krav approach on, if you’ve trained in (BJJ)Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu you may lean on those techniques.

If you are currently taking classes in Boxing, Kickboxing, or other Martial Arts consider exploring Krav Maga to better develop Self Defense strategies using the skills you already have. If regular classes aren’t possible, Self Defense training seminars may help you piece together a Self Defense strategy that suits your strengths. Even a brief introduction can help you begin to understand how to adapt your current skills for efficient Self Defense.


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