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Krav Maga Street Reality

May 24, 2015

By Moshe Katz
CEO
Israeli Krav International


Our goal at IKI is to provide practical, effective self-defense that anyone can use.

Our goal is that every technique should be;

Easy to learn,

Easy to apply

Easy to remember.

If it does not meet those three criteria, we drop the technique. We only want techniques that will work for us, not against us.


Most people who take up martial arts do so for reasons of self-protection/ self-defense. Of course there are those seeking sports, fitness, competition, spirituality or friendship but the the underlying core of martial arts is self-defense.

But what happens when you suddenly realize that martial arts, in fact, as practiced today is not really an effective self-defense, what happens when the myth explodes?

It is a terrible moment. I recall by own teacher, Itay Gil, many years ago, causally saying that “95% of martial arts is ineffective”. It was a stunning blow on par with when my finance professor in college informed us that our MBA diploma was pretty much useless.

It is a time for reflection and self-examination. Hard times.

I still believe that the core, the essence of martial arts is effective. However, as Bruce Lee pointed out, over the years we have lost the practicality. We became immersed in complex memorization and fancy moves that are difficult to perform under stress.

I know these ideas will offend some but they will enlighten others.

The idea is not to offend but to improve our training so that we can teach people to actually defend themselves. At IKI we have one goal; for you to get home safe and be safe at home.

In Jewish learning we have a wonderful concept called “Baruch sh’kivanti” which means Blessed be God that I had the same idea as some great scholar who preceded me.

It means that if you came up with a great interpretation and then some older scholar pointed out to you that in fact that very same idea was articulated in the 11th century by a Spanish rabbi, well, Thank God I had the same thought/idea/intention as that great scholar.

There is no disappointment that your idea was not totally original, that after billions of people were created you were the very first to think of this. No, there is the humble approach that “I am grateful that I came up with the same idea as some great man who preceded me”. And perhaps we refined the idea just a little.

It is the same with IKI Krav Maga.

With IKI Krav Maga we are privileged to have very high ranking masters of traditional styles. Sometimes when I am teaching a technique, something that I “invented myself”, one of these student/Masters will come over with a great smile and say, “We have been doing that in Aikido for years and I never understood the application, it never made any sense to me but now I see how it really works on the street. Thank you“.

And I scratch my head and think, “I had no idea I was doing Aikido” I was just trying to find something that works.

Or when I teach a technique and Joe Cayer in Florida comes over and says that is a …..(something in Japanese) and I think, wonderful, Baruch sh’Kivanti, I am glad that I thought of something that great masters who preceded me thought of years ago.

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