What are the benefits of self defense

5 good reasons to learn self-defense

5 reasons to learn Krav Maga

From David

Krav Maga is a self-defense system based on the techniques of street fighting by the Hungarian-Israeli martial artist Imi Lichtenfeld. He used it to defend the Jewish quarter against the fascist groups where he lived in the 1930s.

Later, in the 1940s, he moved to Israel and offered combat training, which later became the IDF (Israeli Defense Forces) system. IDF is still being developed today.

The basic principle of Krav Maga is to inflict maximum damage on the opponent in order to end the fight as quickly as possible. Brutal counter-attacks using your most effective weapons (knees, elbows, keys, etc.) to attack the weakest parts of your opponent (targeted punches or kicks on the neck, throat, eyes, knees, ribs, solar plexus, groin, etc.) are the focus. Because of this, it is not a competitive martial art like Brazilian Ju-Jitsu or Muay Thai because it is deadly.

When I heard that Jason Bourne - from the movie: "Bourne Identity" - was training Krav Maga (which was not true, as I later found out) and that it included gun defense training (the best technique ever), I signed up immediately. I've just had 6 months of training. It is awesome indeed. Here are the top 5 reasons why you should sign up today:

1. You get tough

Nothing boosts your self-confidence and testosterone levels more than knowing you are prepared for anything. Very few people have regular self-defense or combat training. As a result, most people are lost in tense situations, but you stay cool. When it really comes down to it, you're ready.

2. It's practical and intuitive

Most martial arts are heavily ritual based, and as a result, they often involve various forms or strange techniques. Krav Maga goes a different way. Brutal efficiency is the only concern. Because of this, many of the strikes and defenses use the same basic movements (e.g., the straight strike and many of the defense against strikes and knives). In addition, all techniques are based on the natural instincts of the body (e.g. hands in front of the head when attacking a stick).

3. It's good exercise

Between the exercises themselves and getting used to it, you get one hell of a workout, guaranteed. Dealing punches (on the punch pad) or knee kicks for three minutes are exhausting. Just like three minute burpees (push-ups and squat jumps).

Side note: Level 1 of Krav-Maga training was the most intense physical event of my life. Seriously. Three hours in a row: punches, kicks, choking defense and basic training are no joke. I consider myself to be in good shape and yet I almost vomited several times.

4. It relieves stress

Sure, most workouts do that, but hammering a punch pad or throwing your partner on the floor over and over is a completely different game.

5. It's the perfect hobby

I came to my first lesson with no idea how to hit a proper punch. A few weeks later, I felt like Jason Bourne. Then I realized that it wasn't like that. After 6 months I look back in amazement and I am happy about the progress that I have made. Experiencing this progress is extremely gratifying.

Obviously, there are many benefits to self-defense training. A word of caution: make sure you train somewhere with certified, experienced instructors. I've been to places that train a lot of endurance with little focus on technique. So start and use these advantages now.