There are no short cuts in life. If something is worth having, it’s worth working for. Self defense and martial arts skills are no different. Krav Maga has long been marketed as “Easy to learn, easy to use”. While this may be partially true, it is a marketing tool to get people to sign up thinking they will get a quick fix, a panacea to ward of danger and violence. There is nothing “easy” about deadly force encounters.
In reality self defense training should be challenging. It should challenge you physically, mentally, and psychologically. The nature of violence as it exists in the world is physically, mentally, and psychologically stressful as nothing else is. It brings you eye to eye with your own death. Your training sessions don’t need to recreate this every day, they can be focused on the technical or physical, but your focus must remain on the threat you wish to address.
Sparring is a must, be it striking, grappling, weapons based, or a mix. There is no substitute. This allows you to understand range, timing, power, movement, etc… All Krav Maga schools serious about realistic training will have sparring. From the first classes students should be introduced to force-on-force training. Simple drills designed to pit you against an opponent in a zero sum game.
These need not involve strikes, joint locks, or weapons, but can be simple grappling or stand up clinch drills. It is important to understand that when the time comes to defend yourself you will not be pitted against your compliant partner from class. You will be pitted against a highly motivated and likely experienced aggressor. Your motivations may be unclear, while his are “I am never going back to prison.”
Training must focus the student for this scenario. It is the pinnacle of self defense and Krav Maga preparation. Typically all self defense styles purport to address this scenario while few actually do. Most choose to lose themselves in forms, katas, and preparation for competition which brings glory and prestige to a gym, but training by sporting rules may handicap you when you need your skills most.
Hand to Hand Combat, Krav Maga, Self Defense, and Combatives – We know it’s hard, but you need it!
At Krav Maga Academy San Diego, we ask our students to cross train across Krav Maga, Combat Submission Wrestling, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Wrestling, Catch Wrestling, Boxing, STX Kickboxing, Fitness, as well as attend our training courses in Combat Shooting, Edged Weapons training, and Tactical Combat Casualty Care. We understand this is a large commitment, and potentially a psychologically daunting one. But we also understand that this is a necessity when it comes to preparation for REAL violence. Broad skill sets save lives, don’t get pigeon holed. Our Krav Maga program brings all of these disciplines together which is why we say we are the Krav Maga San Diego needs!