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Question – Krav Maga vs. Other Martial Arts

Hello Everyone,


I am trying to shed some light on recent conversations about Krav Maga vs. other Martial Arts.

Everyone knows the benefits and advantages of traditional martial arts like Karate-do, Boxing, Muay Thai, Shaolin Kung Fu, Jeet Kune Do, Kalarippayattu, Taekwondo, Judo, Aikido, Jiu Jitsu, etc.


In the discussion, the question is: “Is Krav Maga different and/or better than another martial art systems”.  For us kravists, it isn’t a matter of who is better because I do believe that we are in different situations entirely.  I also believe that it is based on the level of the individual.  I would like to better myself taking multiple disciplines.  Therefore, I don’t want to relate or question the “versus or better” but rather align my thoughts to the goals and needs of the individuals taking Krav Maga.

If someone asked me, “how is Krav Maga different from other martial arts” that would be a great question to ask and one with a relevant answer.  This is a system for self-preservation and survival! We don’t necessarily compete in a sporting ring, have weight classes, or even have the same sexes fighting together.  You could go as far as saying 1 on 1 doesn’t necessarily apply!  In a sports ring, any expert who has invested years of experience in such martial arts will beat anyone who has less experience then them or is a novice.

However, a common criticism of some traditional martial arts is the lack of real-life applicability – will all those fancy moves hold up against thugs with weapons on the street or in a crowded bus is a different story coming back to our original point.

After a while in any system, most people seem to realize if it is for them or not but I am prepare to say that if you stick with it and become proficient at it, you can be deadly in your own way.  I can also say that Krav Maga is to defend yourself to get away fast and efficient! That can be difficult to say for some Martial Arts in their traditional form;  not realistic self-defence systems – and were never meant to be but a sport: involving rules to prevent illegal moves and foul play.

Indeed there are some similarities between Krav Maga and martial arts. However, Krav Maga was developed in an environment where the Israeli military could not devote many hours to prolonged hand to hand combat training for their personnel.  Therefore, the Krav Maga system was created with great importance placed on bringing students to a level of skill in a relatively short period of time that enables them to do their military duties. There are no katas (forms) or rules in our system.

A great Krav Maga instructor once said, why should we follow rules when the attacker doesn’t!! Anything goes when you are fighting for your life!  We don’t have the choice to let go and stop the fight, that is unacceptable because if we do, you can potentially die!

Krav Maga is more of a survival system dealing with personal safety issues in the context of defending against both armed and unarmed attackers. It is considered to be a modern, highly refined, street fighting system, designed to be utilized against muggings, street attacks, and sexual assaults etc.

We also believe no one martial art is better than any other. You still cannot attend a couple of classes of anything and take on a weapon-ed opponent!!  That is stupid and un-realistic!! They are like peanut butter and jelly-they blend well with the right person(s). You have to see what’s available in your city and go from there. Once again…the best art is the one you like to do because more practice the better. So if you don’t like something, you will not stick with it and get good at it…so stick with one or three like some of us if you can’t decide….that you like! The most important fact is that you are …training.

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What makes Krav Maga different from others & What seperates IKMF from other Krav Maga organizations?

What makes the Krav Maga different from martial arts or other systems?

Looking at the basic principle of Krav Maga, it is to inflict maximum damage to the opponents (we train multiple attackers) in order to end the fight as quickly as possible. Brutal counter-attacks using your most effective tool (knees, elbows, weapons, etc.) to target your opponent’s weakest area (neck, throat, eyes, knees, ribs, solar plexus, groin, etc.) are the focus. For this reason, it is not a competitive martial arts, like Brazilian Ju-Jitsu or Muay Thai, because people would die.

  1. You can guarantee yourself that you will leave knowing you learned something intuitive and practical that will help you defend yourself.
  2. You learn it quickly with little practice
  3. It involves just as much cardio and strength as a workout anywhere else.
  4. Release your stress and anxiety from work or actual situations that can happen.

IKMF standout from other Krav Maga and Self Defense organizations and systems…

Here are some examples….

  • The IKMF is always pushing the limits!

  • Always evolving and has a must combat sparring mandate.

 IKMF researching the techniques with science

  • Others work with surgeons, psychologist and other professionals to gain a better understanding.

  • IKMF drawing information from experience, current events and real life applications.

  • IMKF works with civilians, professionals, other agencies, military’s, Law enforcements, secret service and so on throughout the world to refine and develop new techniques.

  • IKMF moving forward

  • Continuously reviewing its techniques and developing of new programs, seminars and techniques from the findings.

The IKMF is the largest and most veteran Krav Maga Organization in the world we draw information from every sector worldwide and blend experience, science, the past and current events globally to become the best and most effective system today!

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Facts on Krav Maga

Developed in Israel, Krav Maga is a martial art that draws influences from boxing, muay thai, jiu jitsu, judo, and wrestling. It was developed by Hungarian-Israeli martial artist Imi Lichtenfeld as a means of defense against fascist groups. Today, it’s used in combat training for police and military, but it’s also a great recreational sport enjoyed by many.

Krav Maga provides an excellent workout, as it involves plenty of drilling (mental and physical) and conditioning such as crossfit, plyometrics and functional movement. As a result, it improves metabolic rate, strength, endurance, and speed. Additionally, Krav Maga can be a great way to cope with stress, as it keeps your endorphins flowing and you get to punch and hit things just because you can!

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Wednesday Night – Moose Jaw Time Change…Starting Next Week

Hello Everyone, this is an update starting next week for all those who don’t show up to class in Moose Jaw.

Class will be starting at 5:30 and going to 6:45pm from now on.  This is to help parents get their kids to bed earlier and to hopefully increase attendance!

If this does not work for you,  Please contact me or comment below.  Self-defense is very important for everyone in the Moose Jaw community and those of you who have came to class know that we work hard, we have fun and we learn valuable information!

Hope to see everyone at class and new people are always welcome.  Please if Wednesday’s do not work, what would be better Tuesday or Thursday? Lets work together…