Functional Fighting Style
At first glance Krav Maga sounds like some kind of delicious appetizer you'd order to go along with your General Tso's chicken..."Hey, pass the Krav Maga bro." Sounds right to me, but unfortunately you can't pick up any Krav Maga at your local Mr. Wok. You can however learn this official self-defense system of the Israeli Defense Forces at one of the many training centers that are popping up around the country. Not ready for a stint in the Israeli Army? No problem! Krav Maga is taken by law enforcement, military personnel, and your average Dick and Jane who are looking to learn practical self-defense skills while getting in shape at the same time.
Expect The Unexpected
According to Krav Maga Worldwide's official website, their mission is to prepare students for the stress and shock of an unexpected violent encounter using realistic scenarios. The quick counter attacks using punches, knees, elbows and kicks will help you fend off serious threats involving various strikes, chokes and weapons from attackers. This strikes us as a more effective modern day version of the Bartitsu school of fighting. Check out their montage of self-defense techniques in the video below:
Learn To Defend Yourself
We recently spoke with Head Instructor of Krav Maga NJ, Tony Racciatti, who was able to report on some of his student's successes in applying these brutal self-defense techniques to daily life. In addition to several nightclub bouncers who have found the techniques helpful in de-escalating situations (leave that fake ID at home before you get a Krav Maga headbutt to the face), one of his students was recently able to fend off an attempted carjacker (we recommend running in that situation, but hey that's us).
"In each situation, my students acted accordingly and it worked to their advantage," said Raciatti. "I really enjoy seeing these people turn their lives around and improve their self-esteem as well as becoming very proficient at defending themselves." Krav Maga NJ is currently running a 30% discount promotion for school teachers. Juniors also get a free gear package worth $185 with the purchase of a three month membership.
Find The Right Gym
Unlike some of the other alternative fitness classes that we've written about (pole dancing or pure barre) Krav Maga classes are usually taken at gyms with monthly membership fees as opposed to paying by the class. Memberships generally range from about $150 - $250 per month depending on your location and length of contract. Some gyms will give you the option to pay by the class, but this is less common and not nearly as cost effective if you plan on training three to four times a week.
Check out Krav Maga Global to find a quality gym in your area.