What is Krav Maga?
“Embraced by the FBI and SWAT teams alike, Krav Maga is also a staple of high-end gyms across the globe, where a faster-paced and less-combative version provides a workout that could literally save your life.” – TIME Magazine
Krav Maga (pronounced “krahv mahGAH”) is an effective, modern, and dynamic self-defense and fighting system. Developed in the 1930’s, it combines the most effective techniques and philosophy from various martial arts and fight training. It was originally taught to the Israeli Army, and instruction for civilians began in the late 70s. Multiple forms of Krav Maga continue today: civilian (self-defense), law enforcement (arrest or detain), and military. The name itself, “Krav Maga”, literally translates to “contact combat” and was designed to be practical and intuitive for people of any age, shape, or size.
Some of the principles of Krav include;
- Counter attacking as soon as possible (or attacking pre-emptively).
- Targeting attacks to the body’s most vulnerable points, such as: the eyes, neck or throat, face, solar plexus, groin, ribs, knee, foot, fingers, etc.
- Maximum effectiveness and efficiency in order to neutralize the opponent as quickly as possible.
- Maintaining awareness of surroundings while dealing with the threat in order to look for escape routes, further attackers, objects that could be used to defend or help attack, and so on.
Why should I train in Krav Maga?
Krav Maga is a pure self defense and striking system. There are no competitions or showcases for self defense scenarios. We do not train in Krav Maga to start fights or show off. We train to save our own lives and the lives of our loved ones.
The techniques of Krav maya expand on your natural instincts to develop skills quickly and effectively, while enabling you to address attacks under any scenario. You will learn how to defend yourself and your loved ones, while gaining increased awareness and instinctive reflexes. You will improve your conditioning, balance, dexterity, reflexes, and overall fitness. Since the movements are simple and instinctual, techniques are taught using the concept of “memorized motion.” Just as you don’t need to think about scribbling your signature on a receipt, the principal behind Krav Maga is that you will react to a threat without having to think about what you are going to do. After just one class, all new students leave with a feeling of, “Wow! I could totally use this if I really needed it!” We practice real-life scenario training against single and multiple attackers and against a variety of weapons because the reality is: there’s no such thing as a fair fight.
We train in Krav Maga “so that one may walk in peace.”
Training in Krav Maga
No experience is necessary to begin Krav Maga. In the beginning, you will learn basic stances, striking, techniques for falling and getting up safely, and basic defenses against common attacks including chokes and headlocks. This will be your foundation for which you can always expand. In addition to learning how to deal with an attack, you will train to perform better under stress and learn awareness and prevention techniques that will help keep you from getting into problematic situations. After mastering the basics, advanced students will train to deal with multiple simultaneous attackers, weapons, complicated situations, and learn advanced combative and weapon techniques (standing up or on the ground). If you want to be able to react calmly during the unexpected, it’s critical that you train under stress. Join in, and do your best. All ages, shapes, and sizes can learn life saving skills from Krav Maga training.
Why the Caio Terra Academy?
At CTA, we believe that Krav is for everyone. All our classes are ego-free and all of our instructors are nationally certified. Although intense at times everything is done safely at your own pace. CTA is your best source of authentic Israeli Krav Maga. All of our instructors are trained, certified, and professional, with extensive experience!
For more information please visit our official Krav Maga Site Here!