Krav Maga, which translates literally as ‘contact combat’ from Hebrew, strictly speaking is not a martial art such as karate, jiu jitsu or kung fu. Rather, it is a system developed in Israel out of need to train its military personnel quickly to be proficient in hand to hand combat in the early days of the fledgling state’s formation.
Using the 20/80 rule Krav Maga extracted the essence of many fighting methods, taking only what was needed to create an original method of combat and self-defence that was easy to learn and apply, even under the most challenging situations.
The Krav Maga practiced world-wide is a product of knowledge leaked from the military to civilian market as former soldiers of the Israeli Defence Force developed civilian assimilation of the things that they have been exposed to after military service. Paradoxically, in Israel military service actually adds on average more than three years to the life expectancy of men and women.
Moshe Katz, an Israeli Krav Maga grand master, will be making a brief first visit to New Zealand to run a half day seminar at the Blockhouse Bay Krav Maga school. Although this is a Krav Maga seminar it is open to anybody that is interested.
Of course, you do not need to be Israeli or Jewish to practice Krav Maga. Because sanctity of life is central to the Jewish faith the method is open to anybody wanting to learn self-defence, and there is a club right here in Blockhouse Bay. The club teaches Krav Maga survival tactics and self-defence involving cold weapons, firearms and hand to hand combat.