Dag Posted October 30, 2005 Share Posted October 30, 2005 If you are looking for a good martial arts system which is interested in dealing with modern street violence, you might want to take a look at Krav Maga. The martial art of Krav Maga teaches people to use everyday objects as weapons based on natural reactions of the human body. Krav Maga was developed by a Hungarian born Jew who was a world class wrestler, boxer, and gymnist (he was a champion in all three). His father was at one point a circus acrobat and self-defense instructor. The founder of Krav Maga traveled around with the circus and learned different wrestling techniques, acrobatics, boxing, and strongman tricks from the people who worked in the circus with his father. His father eventually became a cop and the family settled down in Hungary. In the 1930's persecution of Jews become widespread. Nazis and other hungarians began attacking the ghettos where the Jews lived so Imi Sde-Or (the founder) decided to fight back. He created gang of other wrestlers, boxers, and weightlifters to protect his people. Jews were not allowed to own weapons so many times Imi jump Nazis (who had guns) unarmed. They would beat the shit out of them and steal their weapons. Eventually he fled to Palestine and was asked by Ben Gurion to train the fledgling Haganah (the beginnings of the Israeli Defense Forces). He fought with the IDF and headed the training for all the soldiers and the commandos for 20 years. His system is the most battle tested modern fighting system in the world. In Miami there are quite a few Krav Maga instructors here from Israel, many of whom were not only soldiers, but former commandos (these guys are bad ass fighters). If you are interested in getting back into Martial Arts, you might want to check this one out. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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