What would you do if a stranger — or even your date — grabbed you around the neck and planned to do you harm? Screaming as loud as you can might break your assailant’s grip and motivation. But if it doesn’t, you better be ready to physically defend yourself.
The authors of Krav Maga for Women: Your Ultimate Program for Self Defense recommend mastering the following self defense moves. Incorporate them into your regular workouts so they become second nature.
What is Krav Maga?
According to Darren Levine, a 6th degree black belt in Krav Maga and co-author of Krav Maga for Women, Krav Maga was originally developed in Israel as the official system of self-defense and hand-to-hand combat for the Israel Defense Forces and other security units. More recently, it is being taught extensively to civilians, law-enforcement agencies and military units in the U.S.
“Krav Maga is a no-nonsense, no-frills system that is designed to instill a fighting spirit and aggressive mindset in its students,” explains Levine. “Additionally, since many adults today are not interested in the formalities of traditional martial arts, the purposes of Krav Maga are simply self-defense and fitness, so training time is spent cultivating those goals.”
The Krav Maga fitness advantage
Though the primary purpose of Krav Maga is to teach self-defense techniques, it offers one of the fastest and best ways to get in shape. “Many actors, such as Ashton Kutcher, Jennifer Lopez, Brendon Fraser, Kristanna Loken, Lucy Liu, Michelle Ryan, Jennifer Garner, Shannon Elizabeth, Leonardo Di Caprio, Dennis Haysbert, Brad Pitt, Hillary Swank and many others have sought out Krav Maga training as a way to enhance their on-screen fighting prowess and just as importantly, to build a ripped, toned and highly defined physique,” says Levine. “Krav Maga workouts are a unique approach to strength training, improving flexibility and endurance, and maximizing explosiveness.” He adds that explosiveness is the great equalizer because it allows smaller defenders, such as women, to perform against larger opponents.
Krav Maga has a purpose
With most workouts, you do the moves to get fitter and stronger and to improve your endurance. However, Krav Maga workouts go beyond building your physique. “Krav Maga training is different from ordinary gym workouts where exercise routines become boring. Krav Maga has a purpose in that you have acquired the life saving skills that Krav Maga training provides. It’s world class self-defense training against modern attacks that can extend your life by years against a violent assailant. This produces confidence for every aspect of your life!”