Selected news articles

The surprising benefits of Krav Maga and how it can change your life


"Krav Maga teaches you not only combatives and self defense, but you start learning to think outside the box when it comes to self-defense. . . . It is realistic, creative, challenging, exhilarating and powerful. . . . [Y]ou will learn how to critically assess the situation and use even the most trivial objects to your advantage."

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PayPal CEO takes his best career advice from Krav Maga

"[The overrunning philosophy of Krav is that the best way to win a fight is to not get into a fight. . . . It's translated into the way that I think about business as well."
"[E]very punch has to have a home so don't just flail away, make sure you have a game plan. It's the same in business."
"You always have to be willing to take some risks going forward. You can't stand still.

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Israeli fighter teaches women in Vietnam to defend themselves

A victim of harassment says it "gave me the strength to react this way instead of just running".

"[The instructor] remembers clearly a female student in her late 20s who was a victim of sexual assault by her own family member. . . . '[A]fter several months of training, the student became stronger, more confident and started laughing.'"

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A 12-year old girl put her Krav Maga to use when a man grabbed her

"With her year plus of Krav Maga training, she reacted quickly elbowing the perpetrator and then kneeing them in the groin before taking off at a clip to safety before calling me."

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Why take on the brutal Israeli army self-defence technique

"You learn techniques to avoid confrontation. It’s about efficiency more than aesthetics. And it’s accessible to anyone."
"If you learn self-defence, you will always be one step ahead of those who don’t

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Krav Maga boosts fitness, safety and self-confidence

"The real reward is seeing people gain strength that they didn’t know they had. It makes them realize that wherever their sources of fear are in life that they have the capacity to fight through those."

"I have stopped telling myself I can’t."

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A Krav Maga teacher shares her tips

"[R]esponding to e-mails on the way to the car, the house, the office . . . is unbelievably dangerous. . . you’re . . . signaling to someone who is looking at you that you don’t know what’s going on. . . . Do not look like a good target. . . . If there is somebody that is making me uncomfortable or intimidating me, I make eye contact with that person."

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Female police officer credits Jiu-Jitsu and Krav Maga training for surviving a fight with a dangerous suspect

"I think the majority of the credit goes to my training outside of work. . . . I knew how to react and fight through being repeatedly being [sic] struck in the face and head. I didn't freak out... knew I was okay and still in the fight."

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British MPs trained in Krav Maga: why is it so popular?

"Eyes, throat, groin – krav maga emphasises your opponent's most vulnerable areas and targets them mercilessly. . . . Speed of thought and movement are everything."
"[T]he adrenaline will be flowing and you will have great strength, but that has to be married to the defence techniques that have been drilled into you and will be retained in your 'muscle memory' no matter what level of stress and danger you face.

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University of Florida professor applies Krav Maga principles to business

"You will get punched in the face. Understand what that feels like."
"The moment you get attacked, you are not the victim. You become the attacker."
"I win not because I have perfect form, or a super-human strength but because I don't give up. I don't stop fighting until I win because I don't have the luxury of losing."

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Retired firefighter training other firefighters in Krav Maga

"We train them to be aware of their surroundings so that if somebody walks into our scene especially if we don't have law enforcement that we're able to diffuse the situation. . . . Our mode in a violent situation is generally to back out and let law enforcement handle it, but there's some situations where we don't have a choice."

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You have to strike first because action is faster than reaction

"Standard rules of engagement are non-existent, and sportsmanship is far from encouraged. Strikes to the body’s most vulnerable areas — knees, throat, eyes, groin and fingers — are not only encouraged, they are commonplace."
"If you are going to engage an opponent, you engage as hard as you can, as fast as you can, and you destroy that person. . . . that’s the only option you have if you can’t run away.

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Amid a rise in domestic violence cases, women are learning Krav Maga

"It's open hand combat, it is aggression. There is no sport to Krav Maga, it is street fighting."
"Student Lori McClanahan told News 4 her husband signed her up. She added that she was intimidated at first but said she now comes to as many classes as she can."

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Krav Maga promotes self-defense, fitness and safety—and it’s something everyone should try learning

"Learning Krav Maga will by no means make you invincible. However, it can dramatically increase your self-confidence. . . . [Y]ou don’t have to already be in shape to begin training. The point of Krav Maga is to utilize the art to your personal advantage using your physical capabilities."

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The beauty of Krav Maga is it’s simple and it’s easy to learn

"The beauty of Krav Maga is it’s simple and it’s easy to learn . . . [by] people older age, younger age, people who are very athletic, people who can’t even do a push-up."
"If you have no athletic background, you’re fine."
"Krav Maga needs to work for every situation for every person, and that’s not something you can get from a traditional martial art. . . . [W]e evolve. We adapt.

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How a friend's mugging inspired teacher to learn Krav Maga

"The only thing you do have control over is your reaction. . . . [S]ituational awareness . . . is a skill that can be honed through ongoing practice."

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"I’m a lot calmer now in life when something doesn’t go right. . . . I have a better understanding of what I’m capable of."

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Why Krav Maga Will Change Your Life and why everyone should try it

"It works, . . . it's reality based, . . . anyone can learn it, . . . it's a great workout, . . . it will help you in other areas of Life, . . . you will make life-long friends, . . . it can save your life."

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What it's like to attend a Krav Maga class

"There is no emphasis on the “right move”. Instead, Mr Cumiskey instructs his charges to remember that they must take some action, any action to fight back and get home."

"Initial awkwardness takes the class time to overcome, particularly since many moves include a palm to the groin. 'Don’t overthink; just act.'"

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Why Krav Maga is the best form of self-defence

"[K]rav maga is all about awareness: of who you are, who you’re meeting, what weapons might be to hand to defend yourself."

"Faced with an attacker you maintain a submissive stance — hands up, don’t-hurt-me — before you go in for the killer eye gouge."

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55-year old Krav Maga practitioner saves his son and dog

"[F]our machete-wielding robbers . . . forced their way into his home demanding money"

"Mr Pugh, 55, who is trained in Krav Maga, said "instinct took over" when he found them attacking his 17-year-old son - and his 20-week-old puppy."

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Feeling unsafe on the streets? Try Krav Maga

"Self-defense is anchored on 'situational awareness.'"
"[T]here's no age, there's no gender, there are no levels. Everybody here is exactly the same.
"[T]his form of self-defense does not rely on strength of one person, to be effective, but the execution of a certain technique."
"[E]ven if you . . . panicked, your body moved in the technique that we did in the class.

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Krav Maga instructor explains the principles of Krav Maga and way it works under pressure

"If you can, run away."
"The principles are: redirect . . .; control . . .; attack . . ."
"[T]here's a lot of running, squatting and press-ups, 'because we really need to pressure test you, see how you react when you think you have nothing left to draw on'

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Arons '78 sponsors Krav Maga workshops to combat campus sexual assault

"Krav Maga is a . . . system about attitude and mentality. . . . It is both mental and physical. . . . [It is a] mental thing, a way of life from when you wake up in the morning to when you go to bed."
"There are no problems, only situations. For every situation, there is a solution.

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How to defend yourself if a stranger attacks you on the street

"Be aware of your surroundings. . . . Voice your suspicions. . . . Think of your body parts as weapons. . . . Don't ignore the mental component. . . . Be willing to hurt the person who tries to hurt you."

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Why a mother puts her daughters through intensive Krav Maga training

"Taekwon-Do is a tea party compared to Krav Maga."
"They exude a confidence I'm sure can be seen and felt by others as well. . . . And if by any chance I'm not there and sh*t starts going down, they can defend themselves.

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