Why is Krav Maga suddenly so popular?
Other forms of martial arts such as Karate or Tae Kwon Do have been more popular in the United States even though Krav Maga has been around for approximately forty years. Krav Maga is only now beginning to reach mass popularity in the United States. Once reserved for special military, police and protection units, it is now accessible to just about any individual of any ability. This is because Krav Maga was designed for the general public as well. Krav Maga has also been more in the public eye due to media exposure, from movies like Enough, Terminator 3, and Tomb Raider 2, with celebrities like Jennifer Lopez, Shannon Elizabeth, and Angelina Jolie training. Now more than ever, people want to feel safe and Krav Maga is one of the most efficient ways to protect yourself and your loved ones.
How safe is Krav Maga? Do I risk getting hurt?
Krav Maga is as safe as any other martial arts form. The chances of being injured during a class are as remote and even less than for any other sport. The chances of someone attacking you being injured, however, are extremely high.
My schedule is unpredictable, how can I fit Krav Maga into my lifestyle?
We reccomend 2 classes per week and our schedules at our schools allow you to mix your days each week, depending on your schedule. At each of our locations, we offer classes at different times of the day to accomodate individuals' schedules.
How long will it take for me to become proficient at Krav Maga?
Krav Maga, unlike many other martial arts, is a very fast-progressing system. Part of its design was driven by the need to train people very quickly and very efficiently. Consequently, it typically takes a person of average physical ability perhaps only several months before significant progress is achieved and noticeable.
What does the Krav Maga logo mean?
The Krav Maga logo consists of the letters K and M written in Hebrew, artfully combined to form the symbol of Krav Maga. The K and M are surrounded by an open circle because the system is open to improvement by adding techniques, exercises, and training methods and by eliminating. techniques from the system when there is a better approach. Imi Lichtenfeld, the Grand Master of Krav Maga, said of the logo's open circle: Good things can continue to flow into the system and flawed exercises can flow out.
What if I'm not sure about joining a class?
We recommend that you call the location nearest you to schedule a free introduction class. This class is designed for individuals new to Krav Maga and we will go over beginner level techniques needed to know for beginner classes. Also at this time, you can meet with an instructor to go over the different programs and training options that we have available. There is no obligation whatsoever. Email or call us to set up a time for you to explore Krav Maga.
Do I have to buy special equipment or clothes?
Unlike other martial art forms, there is no imposed uniform for Krav Maga. Sweats and a Krav Maga t-shirt are sufficient. Wrist wraps are required and can be purchased at any of our locations. We do require that you bring body protection (groin protection for men) to each class and a mouthguard. We offer special discounts on all the above-mentioned equipment, and packages are available at any of our training centers' pro-shops.
I'm a small person with little strength, what good is Krav Maga to me?
Krav Maga was designed to benefit the average person. The system is not about sheer strength or power. As a matter of fact one of the basic tenets of Krav Maga is that one should not oppose power with power. Rather, Krav Maga blends a combination of physical skill with mental self-defense determination. Consequently Krav Maga, is more accessible to more people of either sex, shape or size than many other martial art forms.
I want to spar, is that available?
You bet! Krav Maga BC offers classes that include sparring and boxing (with all equipment- gloves, shin guards, mouthpiece, and head protection). In these classes, we focus on movement, combinations, technique, and mindset.
Is there national competition and a belt system for Krav Maga like Karate?
Krav Maga does have a color belt system of advancement in expertise. However, there are no specific competition events for Krav Maga like there is for other martial arts. Similarly, there are no katas in Krav Maga. Each belt level carries with it various techniques that must be performed in a testing environment. One may or may not desire to even test for a belt. There are no such obligations in Krav Maga.
Can we take classes as a couple?
Why not? What better way to ensure that your better half is as prepared to face an attacker as you are? As an added bonus you are guaranteed a workout and training partner in your house as well.