The violence occurring on the streets of our cities today is no joke! Random acts of violence happen in a blink of the eye and by the time most people's minds are actually registering the event, the attackers have fled with your purse, your wallet, your vehicle, your sense of security and your self-esteme. So, what is one to do? Walk around armed to the teeth, packing a gun or a big knife? Not too practical in big cities like New York, Chicago, Wash., DC, etc. A good solution would be to learn an effective and modern self-defense system!
The next thing is to decide which one of the hundreds of martial arts and self-defense systems would be the best for you. Just take a look in the newspaper and the yellow pages and you'll find places teaching judo, various types of karate, various kinds of aikido, hundreds of kung-fu styles, boxing, Thai boxing, kali, penjak-silat, eskrima, savate, capoeira...even sumo wrestling! So, how is one to decide which martial arts class to enroll in?
Over the years, I've personally been involved in studying various different styles of martial arts such as White Crane and Seven-Star Praying Mantis kung-fu, judo, boxing, Tomiki Aikido, Tai Chi, Burmese Karate (Bando), and Capoeira Regional, to name just a few... What I found was that most of these systems emphasize the "art" aspect much more than the "martial" aspect! They sure look pretty and some even impart an "inner sense of peace and well-being". But, none of these were ever designed for dealing with today's modern urban reality, as is the case with Krav Maga!
Krav Maga is a style dealing with self-defense and hand to hand combat. The system was developed originally by a Hungarian man named Imrich (Imi) Lichtenfeld, who began to design the style during the late 1940's. From around 1948, Imi became the head instructor in the Israeli I.D.F.'s unit for physical fitness, during which time he developed and refined his unique method for self-defense and hand-to-hand combat. Today, besides being the official self-defense style of the army and special forces of Israel, many military and police forces around the world are also adopting the style of Krav Maga!