Krav Maga

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  1. Mububban

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    Does anyone do this self defense style? Has anyone tried it?

    I tried it a couple of times and liked it but got slack and haven't done any more. I'm going to get back into it. I like the "real world" style of it. I'm not into katas and spinning flip kicks etc. Not being able to touch my toes may have somethig to do with that as well :)

    There are all sorts of Youtube videos of varying quality on krav maga if you don't know what it is. But basically, it's about staying alive, get in, smash something, then run away. No need to be a dead hero. Just do enough to stop the attacker, drop them, then run for your life.
     
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    Ah yes, the Israeli martial art of choice.

    I've not personally studied it since there are very few places here in London which are
    1. Expensive
    2. Long Travel

    but I've seen it being taught. Quite brutal. Uses a lot of strikes that other martial arts don't teach or cover much of. I still actually want to study it, but hard to find places.
     
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    My first preference would be open handed (weaponless) Kali, which is what was used in the Jason Bourne movies. But I couldn't find anyone that wasn't extraordinarily expensive near where I lived. I found Krav and it seemed like the next best thing.
     
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    I've not heard of a weaponless Kali, but I suppose it's part of Kali. Krav Maga is an efficient fighting style though, probably better than Kali for normal people in a street fight.
     
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    I think if I was going to pay to study a martial art this would be the one, either that or a marine close combat type deal, but that would require a military commitment. Krav is proven in one of the most helacious places on earth under modern extreme circumstances, and it hasn't been corrupted like so many other arts, at least not to the same degree. If it's good enough for the Israeli Special Forces, it's more than good enough for the average person.
     
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    Check this out for open handed kali, by a guy named Rick Young. For a big guy, he's sure got some snap and quickness to him.

    From the little krav I've seen, it's similar, but more defensive. I guess you might call it a self defense technqiue, whereas kali might be classed as a fight style.

    My local instructor is so busy he's not taking new students for the next 2 weeks. I'm going to a 90 minute starter session, then 2 more hour long sessions, for a $20 introductory offer. That's pretty sweet.
     
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    i am going to teach Kaine unarmed combat as i taught it in the army
     
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    That's pretty cool, you're lucky you live in a big country that provides a lot of things. Over here in England it's hard to find places to learn stuff that is worthwhile aswell as reasonably priced.
     
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    don't u have pcyc there?
     
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    Sorry but what is that? (Obviously not since I've not heard of it...or maybe just haven't looked in the correct places..)
     
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    police citizens youth club...
    where people like me teach self defence to women and children.
    (was unarmed combat instructor in army for 4 years)
     
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    I'm not really sure, I think they possibly may have it, but not anywhere near me....
     
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    might be called something different there
     
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    Most probably is. Either way finding a worthwhile and efficient martial art to learn is somewhat hard. Most of the sensei's I have seen are pretty useless. Ok, sure I can't do what they can do....yet, but one can still see.
     
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    Well it's not that simple anymore. I am about to start going to university, so I don't know where I will be living. I might be moving out of London which might make starting there pointless.

    I will be searching once again in September or so.
     
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    fair enough
     
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    I am proficient in Karate, Taek Won Do, Hap Kido, Han Mudo, Shotokan, and just started Shaolin Kung Fu at a nearby temple.

    I would definately go with Hap Kido or Taek. Krav is good as well, very honest and no screwing around with katas like you said. Shotokan is generally karate and its a joke to call it anything special. Hap Kido is real world and weaponry,

    I'll get back to you on Shaolin.
     
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    I didn't like Shaolin Kempo Kung Fu, to soft and not enough action for me, but it was all I could find.
     
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    Ow my sore body :)

    The Krav class was good, we did some basic puncing and groin kicking drills, and mainly worked on some defense against being choked. Good, simple, no fuss moves. Easy to remember, not an elaborate series of moves. Elbow strikes, basic punches, groin kick, run away. Simple and effective. Me like.