You know, these days things are really different. Back in the day the status quo said that there was just one true master of Krav Maga. I was brainwashed to believe that my master was the only true master.
I remember being so naive and looking at videos of other Krav Maga organisations, that were 100% legitimate, yet at the time completely denouncing them as ‘fake’ Krav Maga. At one point I sent an email to a martial arts supplier in the area asking them why they sold dvds from someone who was not a real Krav Maga instructor, when in fact they were and I was being ignorant. I am actually quite surprised at the depths of how stupid my thinking was.
See, I just believed what they told me for a while. However, being a martial artist and having a natural curiosity, the more I heard disputes as to who the true king of Krav Maga was, the more I looked into it and began to question it and train with people from different Krav Maga organisations.
Over the years I have discovered that there is so much bullshit in the Krav Maga world. So many masters and keepers of the ultimate secrets. People awarded successor by Imi, with all the stripes, certificates, videos and what not. Some of these people look like they are just trying to take his role.
Let me be clear: there will never be another like Imi. He is at the top of the foodchain! After Imi is a whole bunch of great people, most of them you have likely never heard of and never will. Some of them had the opportunity to train under Imi, some only met him, and then there are thousands of others who have been trained by one of his instructor’s, instructor. Many of these people, the ‘unknowns’, propelled Krav Maga throughout the world, and to this day have taken little or no credit.
Today we see many big organisations sitting beside smaller and sometimes totally solo operations. Does ‘bigger’ and ‘well known’ always mean better? No, not necessarily so.
The truth is that each legitimate organisation and each legitimate individual has something unique to offer. As students of Krav Maga we should strive to be open minded enough and not allow dogma and politics to deter us from the truth.
There are many ways, many opinions, many real truths and much more depth to Krav Maga that most people don’t realise.
I will write more about this in future blogs. What are your thoughts? Please comment, and share if you care.Written by Kurt Colpan
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