Martial arts which happens to be one of my favorite things, and it’s a major inspiration for my travel plans. And, in my opinion, one of the most effective and brutal techniques out there is Krav Maga. This martial art is used by Israeli defense forces, with the word Krav standing for combat, and the word Maga for contact. This unique martial art is derived from street fighting and involves wrestling and grappling, and is meant to end fight as soon as possible by striking the main targets around the groin area, eyes, throat, and joints. In my past I have dabbed in a little bit of everything such as kung fu, tae kwon do, jujitsu and some boxing but out of everything I’ve seen Krav Maga is the most brutal and efficient, while the others are more of an art form with spiritual ties.
Krav Maga consist of lightning fast movements and bone-breaking blows so that their opponent won’t even know what hit them. People with these skills become a deadly force whether it’s with their bare hands or maybe even a weapon that they acquired from their enemy, ranging from a water canteen to a belt to even an unloaded gun or a boot, a knife or even a random thing like a backpack. Whereas other martial arts focus on meditation, chi, focus and rhythmic control over long years of study, Krav Maga is about using everything and anything at hand to quickly and efficiently defend yourself in any given situation.
I’ll be the first to say martial arts is not a game; it can be very dangerous when used the right way and can take a life in extreme settings. Krav Maga in particular teaches you to use every limb of your body to inflict brute force, from elbows and knees or whatever means necessary to defend yourself, including poking the eyes, going for the throat, groin and beyond. Not only is this art known for its self-defense but also the offensive situations, like what to do when someone comes at you with a knife or a gun, and how to either take that weapon from them or break their bones so they can’t continue to try and hurt you.
There are places where you can travel to in Israel and take a 10-day course. You will be taught shirt grabs, hand grabs, what to do in case of an attempted abduction, plus an array of skills ranging from chokes to weapon attacks and using your elbows, knees, and legs to fight. You also learn how to defend yourself in confined spaces like an elevator or car and the courses also cover hostage situations, VIP protection and protecting yourself from a rape situation. Not only will you learn a great skill but be able to see where biblical battles took place.
It is a dream of mine to travel to Israel and not only to learn the amazing self-defense techniques but to meet the people/culture and history that Israel has. Regardless of what your beliefs are, there has been a lot of history over the years, and while some of it has been fairly violent and bloody, Israel is still a country with a rich and diverse cultural background.
Almost everyone gets into a fight at some point in their life and the skills that I have obtained over the years have helped me in several life-threatening situations where my life depended on what actions I took. Proper martial arts training can help save lives, just like CPR and learning how to swim, and you also learn when and when not to use these skills. I advise any person to get involved in martial arts, but especially children because it teaches them discipline and respect and in my eyes that is something not too many people know about these days.