Thousands of people all over the world take up Krav Maga to learn to defend themselves, to learn how to protect other people, to get fitter, to join a community of like-minded people, and to learn to be a total bad-ass. But what they don’t realise at the time of starting out is that in addition to the physical changes that are about to take place, there’s a whole realm of characteristic changes and growth that will come along during their journey.
Rarely do we talk about the soft-skills of Krav Maga: the de-escalation strategies, the avoidance, the situational awareness. None of this stuff releases endorphins like a good multiple attacker drill with knives and sticks.
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If you walk into any standard globo-gym you will find yourself surrounded by a myriad of machines. Machines to work your quads, another to work your biceps, another to work the lower section of the left hand side of your right forearm.
“How the hell did it come to this? I’ve gone from scoffing at Splinter Cell Blacklist’s hand-to-hand takedowns, to being in a real-life stand-off against Australia’s foremost authority on Krav Maga, the martial art favoured by elite military units everywhere…”
“A national focus on drug and alcohol fuelled violence in Australia, as well as increased threats from Terrorist organisations oversees has seen an increasing number of people take part in self-defence classes, including a hard-hitting program used by the Israeli army called Krav Maga.”