Krav Maga combines two concepts: self-defense and close combat
Self-defense is the ability to defend oneself against an aggressor, to avoid being hurt and to weaken the attacker.
Close combat aims at neutralizing an assailant quickly and effectively using various fighting elements such as technical moves, tactics, feints, attack combinations, etc.
Simplicity, rapidity and efficiency
The Krav Maga trainings aim to teach how to react simply, quickly and efficiently to a variety of threatening situations. Such as surprise attacks and threats, with weapon or not, grabs, chokes, bear hugs, agressions by one or multiple attackers…
The skills the students develop allow them to pull themselves out of a dangerous situation in a minimum amount of time while taking the minimum of risk.
Indeed, they improve their reflexes, fluidity, precision, self-control, and their ability to choose the best move according to each situation: punching, kicking, choking, different holds and reactions in case of armed aggression with knife or gun…
The Krav Maga techniques were developed in order to be easily learnt and doable in real life by all students. Therefore, each move aims at weakening the natural sensitive points of the human body: throat, eyes, genitals etc. The movements are simple and short, which consequently makes them less tiring and immediately more effective.
Krav Maga demonstration
Krav Maga in real life situations
Krav Maga literally means close combat in Hebrew. It is a self-defense and close combat system. It combines techniques that come from Boxing, Muay Thai, Judo, Jiu-Jitsu, and wrestling but with a practical focus.
Originally created to protect the Jewish community against anti-Semitic aggressions that were happening in Europe in the mid 1930s, Krav Maga has been developed then for the Israeli Defense and Security Forces in Israel.
Nowadays, the security forces from many countries use Krav Maga to train their soldiers, policemen and law enforcement groups.
Since the development of Krav Maga federations in North and South America and in Europe, many civilians have started to join the trainings including an important number of women willing to learn self-defense and rape prevention techniques.
In the mid 1930s and during World War II, facing the rise of fascism in Europe, a young Hungarian athlete who won several boxing, wrestling and gym competitions, decided to create a group of young men to protect the local Jewish community. His name was Imi Lichtenfeld (May 26, 1910 – January 9, 1998).
Imi realized that street fighting was different from competition fighting. Therefore he focused on creating a system that could be simple, efficient and quickly learnt and reproduced in real life.
Imi Lichtenfeld left Europe in the 1940s and joined the Israel Army and the Israeli Defense Forces. For 20 years in active service, he developed and adapted the Krav Maga techniques thanks to his insights and his partners’ feedbacks from the fighting field. In 1964, he opened his first Krav Maga school in Netanya (Israel). The 1980’s were the beginning of the internationalization of Krav Maga and he authorized the creation of a federation in North and South America and in Europe.
Nowadays, the security forces of many counties in America and Europe use Krav Maga to train their soldiers, police elite groups and law enforcement groups. FBI, DEA, marines, GIGN and SAS are the most famous names. But more and more civilians, including women willing to learn rape prevention techniques, are joining Krav Maga classes. Their motivations? Learn practical self-defense and close combat efficient techniques for real life situations.
How is it different?
What makes Krav Maga unique is the fact that its fighting techniques have been developed to respond to real life situations. Indeed, unlike the other fighting sports that occur in a training gymnasium, Krav Maga aims at giving the skills one would need during a surprise attack that could happen anywhere and anytime. Also, the goal is not to take part in any competition but to improve oneself in order to be technically ready and efficient when the attack will happen.
The Krav Maga students learn how to free themselves from an aggressor, no matter how strong, heavy and tall that assailant can be. They train to react in many situations: attack from behind, frontal attack, aggression in the dark, armed aggression, standing and sitting positions, ground assault, etc.
What will you learn?
Krav Maga’s main objective is for one to learn self-defense and close combat efficient techniques in a minimum of time. Starting from verbal methods to stop the aggression until fighting techniques for one to defend and set themselves free from an aggressor.
One important trait of Krav Maga is that it gives the students the ability to identify a potentially dangerous situation and the self confidence they need to react in an appropriate way: avoiding the fight or responding to the attack with the right techniques.
The trainees improve their reflexes, fluidity, precision, self-control, and their ability to choose the best move (punching, kicking, choking, different holds and reactions in case of armed aggression with knife or gun) according to each situation (attack from behind, frontal attack, aggression in the dark, armed aggression, standing and sitting positions, ground assault, etc).
Krav Maga is also an excellent way to increase one’s fitness level through the time dedicated to cardio training during each class.
Siam Krav Maga classes last 1.5 hours and include:
- Practical self-defense skills
- Reality based training
- Defense against punches, kicks, chokes, headlocks, grips, weapons and multiple attackers
- Close combat drills
- Fitness, cardio & conditioning drills
Designed for law enforcement
The security forces of many countries (Israel, North and South American countries, European countries) use Krav Maga to train their soldiers and police elite groups.
Useful for civilian men and women
Since this self-defense and close combat method is based on simplicity, rapidity and techniques, all men and women can practice regardless of their fitness level. Thousands of women have decided to start Krav Maga to learn self-defense and rape prevention techniques. Using realistic scenario of real life situations, they learn how to identify the threat and danger signs and how to respond effectively to an attack. Many women have joined Siam Krav Maga since its creation as Siam Krav Maga’s instructor is experienced and qualified to deliver this kind of trainings.