About Krav Maga
“Good things can continue to flow into the system and flawed exercises can flow out.” — Imi Lichtenfeld, the Grand Master of Krav Maga
Krav Maga is not a traditional martial art. It was developed in an environment where the Israeli military could not devote many hours to hand to hand combat training. Therefore, the Krav Maga system was created to bring students to a high level of skill in a relatively short period of time. Krav Maga There are no forms (katas) or rules or set combinations as reactions to attacks. Instead, Krav Maga training focuses on teaching simple self-defense techniques which are specifically catered to reality based attack situations. Many techniques originated in Muay Thai, kickboxing, boxing and wrestling, with other techniques call from Ju-Jitsu and Karate.
The art of Krav Maga is much more of a survival system dealing with personal safety issues. It is considered to be a modern, highly refined, street fighting system, designed to be used against armed and unarmed attackers. Krav Maga addresses a wide variety of aggressive acts which include punches, kicks, chokes, bearhugs, headlocks, grabs, as well as defenses against multiple attackers and assailants armed with a firearm, edged weapon, or blunt object.
In addition to self-defense, Krav Maga teaches hand to hand combat. This is a more advanced and sophisticated phase, and shows how to neutralize an opponent quickly and effectively. It embodies elements related to the actual performance of the fight including tactics, feints, powerful combinations of different attacks, the psychological dimensions of the fight, and learning how to use the environment to your advantage.
Krav Maga includes specialized training methods to not only challenge students physically, but to also instill a special mental discipline meant to strengthen the spirit and to develop the ability to deal with violent confrontations under intense stress. Classes will also incorporate the self-defense techniques that they teach to law enforcement personnel.
Because of the Krav Maga’s combat-orientation, there are no competitions or tournaments. Like other arts, Krav Maga issues colored belts to mark higher levels of expertise.
We are about simplicity, adaptability and practical functionality. From “Soft” skills (Awareness) to “Hard” skills (tools & tactics), we focus on giving our students “Real” tools for the streets. If we discover a better way, we adopt it. A combative system should constantly evolve with the ever changing world. New threats appear, and tactics must adapt. We want our students to understand that when variables change, so do tactics, but our principles remain the same. If they understand the “Why” (principle), the “What” (tactics) simply adapt to fit the scenario. A pro-active approach to Personal Protection is necessary for a system to be effective.
We do not use the term “Self Defense” to describe what we do because it implies that it is a default. If you always come from a “Self defense” mentality, you will always find yourself in a “Self Defense” modality. Personal Protection is the umbrella in which we operate, encompassing preemptive, offensive & defensive tactics, to have a more realistic approach. All of our students train together as a unit. At HKM we do not use ranks or levels. Is it how most schools run? Nope! We do things a little different, but it’s about equipping our students for survival . . . not a title!
About Coach Jeff
Life Long Martial Artist and Perpetual Student. Throw out what doesn’t work, keep what does is my philosophy. My Martial Arts story is one of evolution. I began my Martial Arts Journey as a kid with Shotokan Karate under Sensei David Blair. Hard wood floors, no A.C. just the way it should be. As I traveled up the ranks I began to realize that I wanted more. I Joined the Military at a young age and that changed my perspective on what was “Functional” and what “Worked”. Returning from the Military I began to search for something different, and that’s when I discovered Muay Thai under the instruction of Bob Chaney. The art’s devastating strikes and practical application appealed to me and I dove in head first. Even though it is a sport system, it was by far the most “Street Applicable” I had found, but again I felt that there was more.
As a Martial Arts Photographer as well, I was exposed to thousands of schools and multiple disciplines. Friends with many school owners throughout the West Coast, I started seeing this “NEW” system showing up . . . KRAV MAGA. I was amazed at just how simple & practical the system was and I was intrigued. The more I saw of it, the more I was intrigued. I would see similarities of all the strikes I had been throwing for years, but in a new context. Krav Maga was the system I was looking for. Krav Maga incorporated all the tools I had in my tool box, but gave me a brand new tool box to put them in; one that was designed to only hold tools that were street tested & Combat proven. I found my home with Krav Maga. I am a Certified Instructor through Beau Durocher at Beach Cities Krav Maga. I am a perpetual student of Krav Maga, and constantly evolving as a Martial Artist.