Archive for May, 2011

May 26

What’s the Difference between Krav Maga and Mixed Martial Arts?

People ask me all the time: What's the difference between Krav Maga and Mixed Martial Arts (MMA)? Well, allow me to explain the fundamental differences between the two.

With MMA, you want to be a fighter, so you find a gym, you start training, and you start sparring. You bleed, you sweat, you hurt, and you smile. And then, the natural step is to get a fight. Once you have some amateur fights and turn pro, the hobby/fun/sport/martial art becomes business:

  • You decide what weight you will fight at.
  • You find a matchmaker or a matchmaker finds you — sometimes through your gym, sometimes through your manager. This matchmaker works for a promotion company, who will now be your employer, either for a fight or for several fights, if you sign a contract.
  • The matchmaker finds you an opponent — usually a match-up that the matchmaker thinks is “fan-friendly” (i.e. a fight that the crowd will enjoy).
  • You negotiate a purse. Not a Christian Dior one, but rather the amount of money that you will be paid for the fight.
  • You go into training camp for X amount of weeks, where you train harder than you have ever trained before.
  • You step into a cage and perform in front of paying customers/clients/fans/crowds, like a modern day gladiator.

So how does this differ from Krav Maga?

  • In MMA, you fight for a living. In Krav Maga, you fight for your life.
  • In MMA, you fight to win a purse. In Krav Maga, you fight to keep a purse.
  • In MMA, you fight in a cage. In Krav Maga, you might fight someone who looks like Nicholas Cage in Raising Arizona.

Thus, Mixed Martial Arts and Krav Maga serve two completely different purposes: sport versus self-defense.

For those of you who do watch MMA — or who have never seen it but want to experience it live — I went through all of the above and will be fighting on June 4th for Respect in the Cage in Pomona. I’m in my last week of training camp, and I’m ready to go.

For all my fights, I will donate 10% of my purse to the Marni Fund, in support of cancer research. Get your tickets from one of our locations.

Want to follow my fight preparations? Follow me on twitter: www.twitter.com/marcuskowal.

May 23

Krav Maga Worldwide™ Fitness Director Tina Angelotti Qualifies for 2011 CrossFit Games SoCal Regionals

Congratulations to Krav Maga Worldwide™ Fitness Director Tina Angelotti for qualifying for the 2011 CrossFit Games SoCal Regionals.

Tina Angelotti has been teaching Krav Maga and Fitness at Krav Maga Worldwide™ for over a decade. She developed our Fitness Program and has been instrumental in helping to integrate CrossFit into our overall fitness training.

"The CrossFit methodology is empirically driven with an evidence-based approach to fitness," said Tina. "This is very similar to the development of Krav Maga. Basically, we take a look at every approach out there, try them all, and keep what works. If you have something better, we will take it and adapt it into the system. CrossFit works the same way. It just makes sense."

Tina's enthusiasm for CrossFit goes far beyond its fitness modalities. According to Tina, she's equally intrenched in CrossFit's unique competitive community: "CrossFit is considered the 'sport of fitness,' bringing in camaraderie, competition, and the fun of sport and game. This brings an intensity into the training that cannot be matched by other means. It is incredibly satisfying and fun!"

Since 2007, CrossFit has been organizing an annual competition called the CrossFit Games. These annual events have grown exponentially each year, so much so that this year the event is being sponsored by Reebok. But don't let the attachment of a name brand fool you — it's no easy, made-for-the-mainstream task to compete in these games; you've got to be insanely fit.

Just to make it to the regionals you have to outperform hordes of fitter-than-average fellow CrossFitters — and there are thousands of them. Moreover, not all regions are created equal. In some regions, such as Tina's, you may be competing with athletes from one — or in Tina's case, two (San Diego and Los Angeles) — of the "10 Most Health Conscious Cities in America," according to the  International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA.org).

GO TINA!

To read more about the CrossFit Games, visit games.crossfit.com.
Stay tuned for our video interview with Krav Maga Worldwide™ Fitness Director Tina Angelotti.

May 4

KMW CrossFit WOD: Thursday 5/5/11

WOD
Death by Sumo Deadlift High Pull
(M: 75/W: 55)
With a continuously running clock complete 1 Sumo Deadlift High Pull the first minute, 2 Sumo Deadlift High Pulls  the second minute, 3 Sumo’s the third minute…. continuing as long as you are able.

"When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on." ~Franklin D Roosevelt

Class limit=20 Athletes
WODs will be run at 6am, 7am, and 5pm

CrossFit Level 2 at 6:00pm
Back Squats
30-1-20-1-10-1 Reps

May 1

Krav Maga Worldwide™ Rape Prevention Seminar in Somers, New York

Fight Like a Girl ImageToday, May 1, a 4-hour "Fear Less" Defensive Tactics Seminar for Women Only is being held from 9am to 1pm at the Certified Krav Maga Worldwide™ Training Center in Somers, NY — Krav Maga New York.

Ladies will be empowered through simple, easy to learn, instinctive Self Defense techniques that do not rely on strength or complex motions.

This seminar will be taught by the same high-level Krav Maga Instructors who’ve trained hundreds of Law Enforcement personnel including our governor’s protective service unit. What’s more, during the last hour, police Investigator Gilberto R. will be on hand to discuss date rape drugs.

Krav Maga New york students and friends may attend this seminar FREE of charge you will need to RSVP to Admin@kmny.us before April 30th. If you’re not yet a Krav Maga New York friend, find us on Facebook, become a friend, and then RSVP at the e-mail address above. All others, the fee to attend this seminar is $99 per person before April 30th or $125 per person at the door.

Krav Maga New York
Somers Sports & Fitness
245 / 247 RT 100
Somers, NY 10589
Tel: 877-KRAV-MAGA
Web: http://www.kmny.us