Real Life Krav Maga Self Defense Testimonials

   

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The fact that you're reading this likely means that you're researching Krav Maga and real martial arts skills rather than sport martial arts or a children's class. Krav Maga is known for being functional and street effective.

 

The Fort Lauderdale area is not unusually dangerous compared to other Florida cities (FBI violent crime stats say it is Florida's 7th most dangerous city with 68 violent crimes per 100,000 residents. So you have a 1 in 15 chance. Miami to our south is the most dangerous city) So things do happen in this area and if it does you will want to have the skill to handle it.

   

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Beyond that a prime benefit of serious self defense training is the peace of mind that comes from knowing you have some real skills. We use the analogy of having a new car with a warranty, you have more peace of mind knowing if things go wrong you are protected.

   

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Some good defensive tactics experts make the important point that there are circumstances where your safety and the safety of the people with you may come down to YOU being your own first responder. Fortunately, unless you're like some of our students who work high-risk jobs, that type of defensive scenario it's unlikely to happen to you. But if it did how confident are you that you could effectively handle it?

   

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If you had some training in the past, do you believe the skills that you learned would be effective in actually handling a real life scenario? The vast majority of martial arts training that is available to people is not really meant to be applicable to real world self defense situations. Especially if you took it as a kid and/or there is a large competitive or tournament element to the training.

   

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If you train for martial sports then you'll be good at playing that sport. If the self-defense situation happens to be similar to the skills from your sport then you have your best chance of having those skills come through for you in real life. So if you're training in sport karate and someone tries to kick you your skills may be helpful. If you did a bunch of wrestling in high school and some guy tries to tackle you to the ground your skills might help you. The situations you're facing similar to the sports situations you've trained for.

   

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As I write this the 2016 Rio Olympics are happening. A few days ago one of the medal winners for the judo competition was attacked when he was downtown at night celebrating. He was beaten and robbed of some of his things. His high level Judo skills presumably were not helpful against a quick striking attack because that is not what judo trains for. If the attacker had tried to throw him down or grapple with him then he very likely would've been much more able to defend himself effectively.

   

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Real martial arts were created to handle real self defense situations. They won't get you a movie part or a trip to the Olympics they are for handling real situations. Like These situations our students found themselves in and successfully defended against in the testimonials above.

   

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Krav Maga is well known for being a functional, street effective martial art. Searching for real world, adult martial arts training is what brings most people who apply to our Dojo.

   

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A useful bit the history of the Krav Maga that explains its focus on functional combative martial skills is that the founder of the art, Imi Lichtenfeld, was trained in various martial arts by his father, Samuel, who was a chief inspector on the Bratislava police as well as owning a martial arts training center where he taught fighting skills.

   

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Before joining the police force Samuel had spent the previous 20 years working as a professional acrobat in a traveling circus. Over this time Samuel had trained with many martial artists (fellow acrobats and others who worked and traveled with him) and in a variety of different fighting arts, Jujitsu, Judo, Karate, Boxing, Wrestling, weapons and more.

   

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Imi learned martial arts from his father and later used the more combative of those martial arts to train others to defend themselves from the constant street attacks they were dealing with in the late 1930s leading up to the Nazi occupation of his country and later in defending from the daily dangers people living in Israel faced and in his training of the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF).

   

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Real world self defense needs made Imi look at his early martial arts training and focus more on his training in the original combative martial arts (jujitsu, weapons, karate etc) and move away from or modify the sport martial arts he had also trained and competed in (boxing, wrestling etc). The mix of original fighting arts he blended together and later taught others he called Krav Maga.

   

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In the same way as Imi decided to focus on the real martial arts rather than the martial sports, you have to decide what you want out of training. Do you want to play and compete at martial sports or do you want real skills? Doing martial sports is fine and most long time martial artist did them when they were kids but they are not meant to be street effective.

   

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Martial artists have to choose which of the two main training paths and martial philosophies that works best for them. We believe the better path is to train in the older, functional martial arts. Generally called BuJutsu (”war arts”) they are the original, reality based martial arts that Krav Maga and all the other martial arts defended from.

   

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Most people who contact us have been extensively researching looking for real martial arts training in the fort lauderdale area (and south florida generally). You likely have too. As you've already learned, Dojos that teach effective fighting arts for adults are extremely hard to find. It's just not a common path and most schools don't focus on it at all nor would they know how to teach it.

   

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A lot of very common martial arts techniques have a very steep learning curve. You won't be able to utilize a spinning hook kick or a triangle choke in real life for years, if ever.

   

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The most effective real martial arts techniques (the ones you should learn first) don't require you to first modify your body before you able to execute them effectively. You can learn them in a few minutes and they will function right away. Yes, real training will develop you physically (flexibility, balance, hand-eye, speed, power, stamina etc). But the fundamental skills don't need much of these attributes to be very effective. That’s why they are the primary skills.

   

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That's the hallmark of truly effective weapons and defensive techniques. They are easy to use and are very effective. That's why knives are such a formidable threat. Even in the hands of an untrained person they are very dangerous.

   

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Sport martial arts techniques are not designed to be functional for defense. That's why we get so many black belts from "Budo" arts (martial ways/sports) that join our Dojo. They are good at their art but there is a lot of skills that are not taught in those styles.

   

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If someone is trying to teach you a martial arts technique that purportedly will be effective for self defense BUT it will take years to be able to do it properly then they are teaching you a martial sport "Budo" technique. The real techniques are very direct. That's why to date we still have a perfect self defense record among students we have trained. Real self defense is not complicated because it can't be complicated if you need it to work.

   

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The original war art versions of Karate, Kung fu, Jujitsu and Kali (Filipino weapons arts), along modern direct descendants like Krav Maga, are extremely functional and proven effective.

   

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The term “BuJutsu” is a compound of the root Bu (武), meaning war or martial; and Jutsu (術), meaning technique or skill. We use the study of the war arts as a medium for personal transformation (mind, body & spirit), to develop expert self defense fighting skills (along with the peace of mind that comes from knowing you have those skills) and for the fun of serious training in the Arts (the elegance of the techniques, mastering the skills, martial arts culture & history, being a member of a great group of fun, dynamic people etc).

   

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Dojo Admission

   

We are a private Dojo. Admission to our Dojo is by invitation from the Sensei. Prospective students are first given the chance to train with us for 2 weeks so they can experience our Dojo and so we can get to know them. For prospective students to then be offered admission to our Dojo they need to be quality people with a good attitude who have a strong interest in the martial arts and are motivated to take action and train. We are an adult Dojo with all adult classes. (Most students are between 25 & 45). Watch the demo videos to see more of the training.

 

If you want the opportunity to train at our Dojo then contact us. 954.249.4998