This article explains some of the misconceptions about Krav Maga. In doing so, it highlights the principles and personal benefits students gain from training in it.
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Krav Maga is perhaps best known for being a highly effective and sometimes brutal system of self-defense that was invented by the Israeli military. There is truth to this reputation but Krav Maga is not as simple as that. For starters, it was actually derived from the fighting techniques of Jewish street gangs who needed to defend themselves in the tough European ghettos of the 1930s. Krav Maga was developed in Czechoslovakia in the 1930’s by Imi Lichtenfeld. Later Krav Maga was adapted and perfected by the Israeli Defense Forces for battlefield use.
While it mostly forgoes the showy forms and ceremonies of many traditional Asian martial arts, there are in fact Krav Maga principles students are taught to adhere to in their training. The main guiding principles of Krav Maga are:
1. Practice good citizenship
2. Train properly to avoid injury
3. Act in a humble manner
4. Avoid confrontation whenever possible
5. Never use unnecessary force
Changing Lives ATA Martial Arts is a martial arts school with five locations in the Virginia Beach, Chesapeake area. It is also the only martial art school in the region that is sanctioned to teach Krav Maga by Krav Maga Worldwide and the American Taekwondo Association (ATA). All of these guiding principles are integral to the Krav Maga training provided at CLMA.
Many students are initially drawn to Krav Maga classes at CLMA because they want to learn to defend themselves and their families should the need ever arise. However, once they begin their training they discover there are a number of personal benefits to Krav Maga. For one thing, training in martial arts helps many students to achieve the best physical shape they have been in for years. martial art training involves a combination of aerobic and anaerobic exercise. To effectively deliver the strikes, grapples, throws, takedowns, holds and locks involved in Krav Maga, students must build their whole bodies up. Some personal benefits to Krav Maga training include greater core strength, stronger arms and legs and improved cardiovascular fitness. Students also become more flexible, faster and more physically balanced overall.
Thankfully, most students are unlikely to ever wind up having to use their Krav Maga or martial art training in a real life combat situation. But it is important to train for that possibility in any event. But even though they may never really wind up in a close quarters street fight, students remain dedicated to Krav Maga because of its principles and the many personal benefits they receive from training in it.
Krav Maga is a modern martial art. Unlike many Asian martial arts which date back hundreds of years, it was born in the 20th century. This makes it one of the best martial art systems available for realistic self defense in a close quarters, urban setting.
If you would like to find out about Krav Maga, its principles and the many ways in which it could benefit you personally, contact Changing Lives ATA Martial Arts by phone at 757-471-9002 or visit: http://www.atakick.com or http://www.kravmagavirginiabeach.com