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Krav Maga Worldwide self-defense is renowned for being the best self-defense system because of the principles that it’s founder, Imi Lichtenfeld, believed in. Imi was a Nazi resistance fighter during WW2 before moving to Israel and being put in charge of training the country’s newly formed military. Imi created Krav Maga as way of brining people with little to no hand-to-hand combat experience to a high level of proficiency in hand-to-hand combat, in a very short period of time. 

Efficiency was the key for Imi, so he created Krav Maga without any sort of ceremonial elements. He also knew that, in reality, self-defense is about doing whatever it takes to survive. As a result, Krav Maga is no-holds barred system. There is no regard for set of rules or “fair play” in Krav Maga. The only rule is win and go home safe. 

Krav Maga Worldwide’s Chief Instructor Darren Levine received his black belt from Imi Lichtenfeld in the 1980’s. Imi himself tasked Darren with spreading Krav Maga training to the rest of the world. Darren formed Krav Maga Worldwide with the mission of empowering ever person with real skills to be safer and stronger. 

Think about that. Real skills to be safer and stronger. That’s ultimately what self-defense training is all about. It’s what your personal goals for self-defense training should be centered around. 

Combat sports is not self-defense.

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In the past decade or so combat sports have seen a meteoric rise in popularity and publicity. The UFC is at the forefront of this wave of success. Originally created as a competition to determine “what is the best martial art”, the UFC as a promotion and as a company is responsible for creating what is essentially a new category of martial arts, MMA or “mixed martial arts.” 

Mixed martial arts competitions have shined a light on the concept that fighting in general involves being on your feet, being on the ground, and the transitions in-between these two positions. A mixed martial arts competitor has to be proficient in all three aspects of fighting in order to have a chance at winning. A kickboxer also needs to know how to grapple. A grappler also needs to know how to box and kickbox. Otherwise their opponent has an avenue for exploring a weakness in a given aspect of fighting during their bout or competition.

Interestingly, the overall popularity that the UFC helped bring to sport fighting as whole has caused the genesis of MMA to kind of come full circle. We’re now seeing individual, or “un-mixed” martial arts styles like submission grappling, boxing, and kickboxing becoming more and more popular. Good examples of this would be the ADCC Championships in 2022 and “super fight” type events like K1 Grand Prix, and boxing matches featuring notable personalities like Logan Paul.

The reality is that there’s a huge market out there for fight related competitions. The athletes who compete in these shows and promotions at the highest levels have made careers out of fighting. They are incredibly skilled and incredibly well conditioned because it’s their livelihood and what they do every day.

These types of competitions however are not really about self-defense. They are about entertainment. Competitors enter a contest with knowledge of who their opponent is, what weight class the competition will be held at, when and where the competition will be held, etc. Competitions are sanctioned by local governments and required to be as fair as possible.

An assault on the street or a sexual assault or an active shooter situation is not a fair competition. It’s the complete opposite. While the average person who is consuming combat sports entertainment has little to no chance of performing at the highest levels they have a frighteningly real chance of being involved in a potentially life-threatening assault. 

Unfortunately, being a fan of MMA doesn’t make a person any stronger or safer. Training makes people safer. Further, focusing on skills and training that is designed specifically for competition is not going to provide the scope of comprehending and building skills specifically for self-defense. 

This is not to say that the athletes who compete in martial arts competitions and are unable to defend themselves. It means they are training for an entirely different application of their skills. For the average person that is not a really beneficial or practical way to approach the idea of becoming safer. The average person wants the best self-defense for the streets, not just the best skills for winning a contest in a ring, cage, or on the mats.

Get in shape. Go home safe.

Real skills to be safer and stronger should be the goal and purpose of self-defense training. That’s going to be different for every person. Some people learn faster than others and every person’s physical capacity for training is going to be different. The Krav Maga Worldwide self-defense system recognizes that and is structured to help every person build the skills they need as they work through the Krav Maga levels and Krav Maga belts.

The Krav Maga Worldwide self-defense system and Krav Maga Worldwide self-defense classes are the best way to train for real world self defense. Consistency in training is the way to reach your goals. There is simply no substitute for being consistent.

Most of our certified training centers will recommend a baseline of around 3-4 classes per week as a baseline for training. If a student is coming to classes 3-4 times a week they are going to be learning, practicing, and applying techniques in training at a very productive level. The repetition of practicing techniques and participating in drills that push a student past physical and mental comfort zones creates is what get results.

Krav Maga Worldwide self-defense training is designed to get people in the best shape of their lives. It’s essential that students learn skills like striking techniques and defenses against specific types of assaults. It’s just as important that a student’s physical body is capable of performing, and fighting back, for an undetermined amount of time. That’s the kind of challenge that is looming in the real world. It’s not going to be a “fair fight” if an assault takes place. 

Getting in the best shape you can possibly be in, and training on what to do in a real-world assault, gives students the best possible chance to go home safe. That’s what Imi wanted when he created Krav Maga. His idea was that he wanted every person to be able to “walk in peace.”

If training for a combat sports competition is really an inspiration for someone, then it makes sense to get involved in that sort of training. If learning the best self-defense system and being physically capable of personal protection is what’s most important though, there’s really no better place to train than at a Krav Maga Worldwide certified training center

Krav Maga Worldwide certified training centers.

Get in shape. Go home safe. Start training at a Krav Maga Worldwide certified training center near you. Krav Maga Worldwide certified training centers are staffed by instructors who have dedicated yeas of their lives to learning the Krav Maga Worldwide self-defense system and learning how to teach the best self-defense classes. The mission for all of our certified instructors is the same as Imi and Darren’s, empower every person with real skills to be safer and stronger so they may walk in peace. 

Many of our certified training centers will let you take a trial class for free in order to see what we’re all about. If you’re interested in finding “Krav Maga classes near me” or “self-defense classes near me” click here and enter your zip code into our searchable map or call us at 800-KRAV-MAGA we’ll help you. 

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