Krav Maga is not some new health drink or Super Food. It’s a hand-to-hand military form of combat that was started in Isreal and used by the Isreali Defense Forces as a form of self-defense and unarmed combat. Krav Maga has been gaining popularity here in the states as a form of exercise and self-defense. Krav Maga fans include Jennifer Lopez, Christian Slater and most recently, Bar Rafaeli, Leonardo DiCaprio’s current squeeze who just happens to be the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover model.
Krav Maga is similar to other martial arts forms. It combines elements of boxing, Aikodo, Judo and Jujutsu to create a dynamic flow of instinctive movements, techniques and practical scenarios. What sets Krav Maga apart from other exercise forms that incorporate martial arts techniques is that the workouts vary from class to class. You may perform more partner work one week and then switch to striking a boxing bag the next. You’ll learn the proper way how to throw a punch or a kick and you’ll be moving the entire time. Krav Maga devotees are addicted to the continual cardio burn that is a mainstay of any class.
A fitness fad it is not. The popularity of Krav Maga continues to grow with studios in almost every major city in the country, with Krav Maga DVDs and guidebooks filling online bookstores.
Don’t let the military intensity of Krav Maga steer you away. Part of the lure of the training is that it is designed to meet you exactly where you’re at, regardless of age, strength or fitness level. As you work with the techniques, you’ll increase strength, agility, coordination and self-confidence.
February 19th, 2009