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  • Gopal Raghavan

Self Defence – It's all about survival not glory or revenge.

What is Krav Maga?

In the Hebrew language, "KRAV" means Contact or

Touch and "MAGA" means Combat or Battle. Krav Maga translated as

"Contact Combat" is a Real World Self Defence Fighting System

developed by Imi Lichtenfeld during the 1930s in Czechoslovakia. Imi Sde-Or (Imi Lichtenfeld / Imi Light Field) was the Chief Instructor of the Israel DefenseForces and trained the IDF in Krav Maga.

Origins of Krav Maga

Imi Lichtenfeld was a Jewish fighter who had become a

world-famous boxer, wrestler, and gymnast. Lichtenfeld was Jewish and grew up in a rough neighbourhood where thugs were not uncommon. He found that traditional martial arts training did not serve him well in street combat. Imi was a target for tugs and learned how to fight back. He discovered that sports martial arts training did not work when dealing with street thugs. The mindset and techniques of sports martial arts are completely different when dealing with street threats. Imi's expertise in hand-to-hand combat led to the development of the system. As the art spread, many organisations sprang up in Israel and abroad. Imi Lichtenfeld became the founder of the Israeli Krav Maga Association.

Krav Maga has now become the favourite self-defence and fighting system among the armed forces, special forces, civilians & police


Why learn self-defence

Unlike in movies, self-defence in real life is all about survival, not glory or revenge. Ideal self-defence is the one where you don't need to fight. Avoiding physical confrontation may be your first choice, but that may not necessarily be what the other person wants. Street fights, mugging or sexual assault are ugly, dynamic and full of people with big egos. It is very difficult to predict how a street fight will end; that's why it's best to avoid it in the first place. Unfortunately, there are situations when you can not avoid a fight for various reasons and when the push comes to shove, we all have to do what has to be done, to fight!.

The Problem:

  1. We fight fair, and that's not because we want to, but because it is taught & is ingrained in all of us.

  2. A street fight is never fair, so why fight fair?

  3. Freezing: Wonder why we freeze in a volatile situation? That's because we train the body and not the mind.

  4. A fight is 80% mind and 20% body

  5. Your safety & well-being is on you, period.

The Answer:

  1. Learn to fight dirty. Yes, you heard it right. Fighting dirty needs to be taught. It's a skill. Fighting dirty comes naturally to some, but for others like us, we need to train.

  2. Fight stress: train in a self-defence format which puts you under stress. Train as close to reality as possible.

  3. Understand and work on the principle of self-defence and dont over-focus on techniques.

  4. Dont fight with anger. Fight with aggression.

  5. Visit the facility before you sign up for a self-defence class. Request for a trial class.


"When It comes to self-defence, It is better to have the power and not use it than to need it and not have it.

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