Is Krav Maga a martial art? Marc Edward Smith is the owner of Ultra Krav Maga, and he's going to do his best to provide an answer.
The general opinion is the Krav Maga is not a martial art but in fact a form of self-defence, and even though it does take bits from almost all martial arts it focuses on a person’s natural reaction to the situation a person may find themselves in.
Martial arts focus on discipline, flexibility, dedication – and most cases – some form of sporting element.
In contrast, Krav Maga looks to finish any engagement as soon as possible, using any means necessary.
This may include biting, eye gorging and of course the signature Krav Maga technique – the good old strike to the groin.
Focusing on a person’s natural reaction makes Krav Maga ideal for all ages, genders, faith and fitness levels. Personally, I still can’t reach my toes!
What Krav Maga also does very very well is focus on the common weapon attacks and threats we may face in today’s society such as; knife, stick, glass, bottle, axe, sword and even firearms.
Krav Maga is a relatively new system of around 70 years old. However, it is currently used throughout the worlds military and law enforcement units, including many of the world’s elite Special Forces.
20 years ago, Krav Maga was fairly unknown outside of Israel. Thanks to films like Taken and Bourne Identity – Krav Maga has come more into the main stream.
Having experienced losing a loved one to knife crime and the heart ache it brings to so many, I decided to set up Ultra Krav Maga in 2014. This was in the hope I could try to prevent others having to go through the same.
In 2019, I also launched Ultra Online, an online training portal to extend the ability to learn self-defence from home, for those unable to get to an Ultra Class or those who simply always on the go.
In closing, even though Krav Maga is a mixture of Boxing, Kickboxing, Judo, MMA, BJJ, Taekwondo, Wrestling and many more martial arts, I do not think it is a martial art in itself.