Krav Maga???

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    Jan 26, 2011 1:47 AM GMT
    Any one ever try Krav Maga? One of my co-workers is a krav maga instructor and I was looking at a promo vid, looked pretty cool. Just wondering if anyone has ever done it, recommend it, etc....???
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    Jan 26, 2011 2:00 AM GMT
    It has its' advantages for those who need to use it and aren't interested in deeper philosophy. Traditional Martial Arts on the other hand are part of a deep tradition and development which in itself is very important in understanding the 'why' and 'when' that becomes ingrained into the practitioners' mentality and lifestyle.
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    Jan 26, 2011 5:30 AM GMT
    i've taken a few classes with my coworkers. it seems to be a bunch of take down moves like clawing someone's face. its probably useful if you ever get assaulted or want to take someone down quickly.
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    Jan 26, 2011 6:15 AM GMT
    it is great for gay men. it teaches you a thousand ways of hitting the guy in the nads. so להנות
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    Jan 26, 2011 10:39 AM GMT
    I took Krav Maga for about a year, and I thought it was the most practical form of martial art there is. Not only do you learn to defend yourself in a typical "fist fight" situation, it will also teach you to work against common weapons such as guns, bats, knives, etc. Plus, the strength conditioning is part of the program so you'll be doing a lot of endurance exercises.

    There was this sparring system that they used in my Krav Maga classes called "pressure test" where a person would have to defend himself against others with/without weapons in a dark surrounding for a certain amount of time. While it's obviously not as terrifying and nerve-wrecking as in real situations, it still gives you a general idea to what it's like to fight at a constant pace, and how to best observe the surrounding without leaving too much blind-spots and react to attacks as fast as possible.

    Though, keep in mind that Krav Maga is also called "Israeli Street Survival" for a pretty damn good reason. If you want the "bold" style of fighting where you want to learn to fight WITH certain regulations (e.g. boxing or even MMA), you will not like Krav Maga at all. Krav Maga teaches you how to dispose of an opponent the fast way possible, even if it means squeezing their eyeballs into the back of their brain, bursting their eardrums, or squashing their balls with your foot.

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    Jan 26, 2011 10:52 AM GMT
    I did it for a year and only quit because of an injury last March. The classes certainly aren't cheap, but learning it definitely pays off. It was an excellent application of the strength training I was doing at the time and really helps you build endurance as well. Check the main site (I'm sure someone has the URL) for a Krav Maga International-sanctioned training center in your area.
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    Jan 26, 2011 5:11 PM GMT
    ANDCB saidit is great for gay men. it teaches you a thousand ways of hitting the guy in the nads. [...]


    This could be said only if gay men were all the negative stereotypical fem helpless type.

    Krav Maga ("contact battle") is, if anything, for people who need to learn self defense quickly, OR, don't have the time / are too lazy to invest time in traditional martial arts. A student and practitioner of traditional martial arts who has a well educated teacher (who also knows how to teach) enhances his all-around life substantially.