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I was speaking to a fellow instructor the other day, this guy has pretty much over 25 years of experience teaching Krav Maga to the military. We were talking about the different Krav Maga organisations in the world and how some of them have softened up and watered down their systems to make them more attractive as a mainstream product aimed mainly for civilians.

We agreed that it’s a shame, as it has somewhat damaged the reputation of what true Krav Maga is throughout the world. On the other hand, we also agreed that this is what happens in the business world. It’s happened in all martial arts; just think TKD, Karate, BJJ, Muay Thai and so on. Commercialism!

The problem we identified with the commercial model is that generally it is largely dependant on techniques. You get a list of techniques, and at the end of a term, as long as you can demonstrate that you can do the technique in the prescribed way, then you pass. These tests are often done with human dummies that don’t provide realistic attacks in the first place. Often the individual doing the test can make it look ‘pretty’, but it lacks realism. We both agreed that we’ve seen a hell of a lot of people pass tests like this, and that we felt it wasn’t a true account of real and effective Krav Maga training.

Let me tell you why? What good is technique if you have no timing? What good is technique if you have no sense of distance? What if you’re not used to hitting something and dealing with the shock of being hit? What good is technique if you’ve got no speed or no power? What good is your technique if you haven’t pressure tested it? What good is it? It’s not. We agreed that the described organisation/s are building a load of experts who really cannot really protect themselves under non-predictable situations. It’s a real shame it’s come to this! But we accept it at least.

As a true Krav Maga practitioner we believe that we need to develop good technique and also have the attributes that support them: speed, power, co-ordination, timing, etc. We also must be practising to fight and adapt in different situations, working to a point where we are training with a resistant attacker/s in our drills and such.

The Krav Maga world is changing! Beware of the fakes, beware of the average & train with the best you can find!

Written by Kurt Colpan
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  1. I really like the way you talked about not only needing to know the technique, but also have the attributes that support the techniques. I feel like that applies in almost anything you do in life – you need to have the basics down, but then you have to work on the little things that are going to help you get better at the basics. I really appreciated your perspective on training in Krav Maga. Thanks for sharing.

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