Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Krav Maga - best of the Martial Arts ?

I didn't know what Krav Maga was until recently. Monday, June 5th 2017, The Wall Street Journal wrote a piece on it "'Contact Combat' before work" with the story of PayPal CEO Dan Shurman (age 59) being a daily practitioner of it.

I thought Jujitsu was intelligent and robust, but Krav Maga goes further. Translated as "Contact Combat" from Hebrew, it is a technique developed by Israeli Defense Sources. The most interesting piece is that it uses all the elements of the body to strike: hands, feet, legs, knees, elbows. From Wikipedia:

"Developing aggression, with the view that aggression is the most important component in a fight.
Continuing to strike the opponent until they are completely incapacitated.
Attacking preemptively or counterattacking as soon as possible.Using any objects to hand that you can use to hit your opponent, whether this be the buttstock of your rifle or a fire extinguisher.
Targeting attacks to the body's most vulnerable points, such as: the eyes, neck or throat, face, solar plexus, groin, ribs, knee, foot, fingers, liver, etc.
Using simple and easily repeatable strikes.
Simultaneous attack and defense.
Maintaining awareness of surroundings while dealing with the threat in order to look for escape routes, further attackers, objects that could be used to strike an opponent.
Recognizing the importance of and expanding on instinctive response under stress."
This is one martial arts that uses aggression and annihilation at its core.

Watch this

If the body can be used as a weapon, why not the mind ?

Hear me out

You need a mind that can bounce of and kick in soft spots of that boss if you ever hope of becoming the boss. A mind has soft spots as well as the body does. The body's soft spots are along the mid-line, as shown in Krav Maga.

Can Krav Maga be used for problem solving ? Apparently so.

Note: The problem I have with some demonstrations is the opponent stays like an inane idiot doing very little, in this technique also it is necessary to see overcoming of multiple adversaries.

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