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I honestly think it comes down to old fashioned economics. Simple supply and demand. Krav Maga is a very effective martial art, however the supply of good teachers is rather limited. Contrast that with Tae Kwon Do, and even Muay Thai, and you'll find the schools much more plentiful. Muay Thai and TKD have to compete with each other due to the fact that ...


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Imrich Lichtenfeld - the founder of Krav Maga - does not appear to have any formal asian martial arts roots that I can find. His bios state that he learned wrestling and grappling from his father, and later honed his skills fighting on the street. (wikipedia, kravmaga.com). Once he immigrated to Israel he joined the para-military forces and started teaching ...


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Against knives, that's a terrible position. In bladed arts like kali, escrima, and penjak silat, you see it appear as the briefest of transition phases, usually if you have a blade yourself but it's not a position to hold. With your arms crossed over like that, it's easy to control and trap both arms with one hand, allowing your attacker's free hand (the ...


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First and foremost: do not take medical advice from strangers on the Internet! Go and seek professional medical help. Secondly, from your (very limited) exposition, this clubs seems to encourage bullying and has a clear disregard for basic safety. I would strongly suggest you do not train with them. Finally, you can condition your body to disregard pain. ...


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I've personally sliced my finger open from a kick before. If your grip isn't that great, you'll get cut, but a minor laceration is nothing compared to a gunshot would. Also, many external hammer pistols will not go off if the slide is pushed back a little it. On a side note, if you manage to grab the cylinder of a 6-shooter that hasn't been cocked (hammer ...


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At first glance Krav Maga and Systema seem to be very similar in that they are both very unconventional, no-rules, practical self-defence, martial arts (although Krav isn't technically a martial art) which are no holds barred and generally formless. However... Krav Maga is basically a very raw, dangerous situation survival system (including avoidance and ...


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This question about vertical-fist punching might help you. I'd say that keeping the fist vertical for a "jab or "cross" makes it an entirely different punch with a dubious connection to boxing or MMA. As for this specific situation, I think the salient point is that a fellow student of unknown expertise is giving you advice that contradicts your ...


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Assuming your not in the tragectory of the bullet when it's fired, you can obtain the following injuries: Friction injuries Thermal Injuries Lacerations Broken/Avulsed fingers The first danger, excluding the round, will be the slide. There is considerable amount of force exerted by the gas release and slide recoil. If you finger is trapped inside the ...


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There are only so many ways the body can be manipulated, off-balanced, locked, thrown, etc. Put a bunch of students in a room and they'll argue about systemic differences. Put a bunch of masters in a room and they know they're the same (but different). I see an amazing number of similarities in seemingly-disparate arts.


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There's a few things here that I want to address: I did start thinking about owning a gun and getting a license to carry a concealed weapon after that I feel for you; no one should have to go through what you went through. Let me say this first off: I am 100% for responsible firearms ownership. That said, many people become victims of crimes and ...


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Am I allowed to use Krav Maga for any case of self-defense? Of course you are, within the normal parameters. You will only use what you need with the amount of force required in order to defuse and escape from a situation. The amount of force that is considered "legal" will differ from jurisdiction to jurisdiction based on current law and precedent case ...


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This is a standard exercise in Shodokan Aikido (required for every test). We call it either "Randori" or "Jiyu Waza". We don't standardize it the way you're asking. (In Chinese martial arts, the term may be Sanshou, but I'm not sure that is standardized. Closer to Kumite) My school used to do 4 attackers, 90 seconds, with each attacker starting their ...


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I've been training in (and recently teaching) Krav Maga for a while, and groin kicks are a regular occurrence. From my experience, it really doesn't matter all that much which cup you use, as long as you check it regularly, it shouldn't break spontaneously. Cups will usually crack first. Even if you wear a cup, it's still gonna hurt, you just have to get ...


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I'm getting a bit of a disconnect from the question. You're feeling that the techniques are rushed, but you also want to get to your next rank faster? If you get there faster, they'd be even more rushed. It takes a certain amount of time from learning a technique to actually being able to do it, and while repetitions are a factor, it's my experience that ...


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First, Krav Maga doesn't refer to itself as a martial arts. It's more appropriately called "Self defense tactics system." This might seem like marketing fluff, but the idea is that there is no art to it, and it want's to separate itself from traditional martial arts. Second, there is no sports (also known as competitive) aspect to Krav Maga. Krav Maga ...


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Krav Maga is a relatively new martial art which was developed by Israeli military for military applications, as such it does not have a competitive/sports aspect as with Taekwondo or Seido.


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As an instructor of Krav maga and Israeli Combat Systems (ICS), I can tell you there are very specific reasons for not turning at the end of a punch. Krav Maga and ICS are meant to teach people quickly and effectively defend themselves in a street fight. Unlike a tournament or cage fight, anytime you get into a street fight, your skills will deteriorate ...


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This will depend in large part on what you hope to achieve. Both Krav Maga and Muay Thai have a particular focus. "Which is best" type questions do not work on Stack Exchange. "Which is best for this thing I'm trying to achieve" do work. I won't discuss the relative merits of Krav Maga vs Muay Thai, since each has a particular focus that it is best at. ...


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I am not someone who has studied the style, so I cannot give insider information, but my understanding is that Silat as a single martial arts style is about as informative as referring to Kung Fu or Swordfighting as a style. The name actually incorporates a wide variety of styles that only share a few common aspects and otherwise differ greatly. That said, ...


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The "purpose"? To hurt people, relatively quickly. It's not terribly close to anything you list in terms of stylistic similarities, but it depends a lot on which version of Silat you're discussing. E.g., Maphalindo silat (Guro Dan) is different from a "purer" strain. My silat training has been mostly empty-hands, but as with kali, most techniques work ...


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Well depending on the Krav Maga school it may or not be right. As far as I know from attending some IKMF training the punch is not rotated but it is not perfectly vertical either. The way to do it as I have been told was the position the you get when you raise your arm straight in front of you in a natural position and clench the fist. Bas Rutten, a former ...


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I am an official licensee of Krav Maga Worldwide, a sanctioned organization of krav maga. I own and operate two schools in my area & have been teaching for close to 10 years, but I am not a black belt in krav maga. I am what they rank as Expert III/IV in black belt preparation and will have up to 2 more years before qualifying to test for black belt. ...


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You become a certified instructor, which means passing an instructor's course supervised by a certified coach. Once you're an instructor you can grant belts up to blue if you're ranked two belts higher. Instructor in three years? Sure. I'm leery of people who ask questions like that, though.


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As far as I know, there is no "division" of civilian versus military KM, except in marketing hype. Certain schools may wish to train with less intensity and brand it civilian, or like many Americanized schools, emphasize the cardio and fitness aspect. But, it is all Krav, they just may not elect to use the full curriculum. As far as the rankings and the ...


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Same reason Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is so expensive. It's popular, people actually go out asking for Krav Maga, so they can afford to charge more. If some unknown style charged that much they'd have empty classes and wouldn't be able to afford the rent. Think about it, if you saw a place teaching Gou Chuan at $25/class, you'd just think "Yeah right," but you ...


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The position in the video seems to presuppose that you can't avoid getting slashed but do have time to cross your arms into place and tuck your head down... that's a very bizarre supposition. If you've time to get into that position, you may have had time to move to dodge or block the knife, restrict the targets, angles and/or power, or preempt the attack ...


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That drill exists in a lot of different martial arts, each of which have tailored it to their unique style. I think each style calls it something different, and some don't call it anything at all, so you might be out of luck there. Schools with a penchant for the dramatic will probably call it "circle of death" or something like that (I'm looking at you, ...


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Bruises and light muscle strains resolve after about a week. This is far too long for a mild injury. If it's a bone bruise, the expected healing time is about 2-3 months, provided you're taking it easy and not continuing to subject it to additional trauma. Feeling the pain on the opposite side means it could be a skeletal issue - your ribs connect at the ...


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It sounds to me like you're describing a phenomenon whereby you experience a larger than expected amount of bruising and pain given the light contact you're being exposed to. This surprised you enough to see a medical doctor, which tells me you're probably experiencing something real, as opposed to just being a hypercondriac. Of course, it could still be ...


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Muay Thai steel cups are the only way to go. Anything else has the potential (small, but still potential) of breaking when hit hard enough, and worst case scenario you get your foreskin ripped along with other such unpleasantness. They're also almost always too narrow, so it's easy to get one of your testicles caught between the cup and your thigh, which is ...



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